Red Algae Felting

At a ladies group, we recently had a felting demonstration.  Its hard work rolling rolling rolling that damp wool.  I chose a sheer red/charcoal combo for mine.  Reminds me of Red Algae, so ocean scene perhaps.

The end goal, take my approx 10 inch squarish block,  add embroidery, tart it up, turn into …..  not sure yet, winging it 😀

One of the ladies gave me her eork, said do with it  whatever you choose.  Not sure what will become of this 9 inch squarish piece.

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Watch this space

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

SAL 3 week update 25 September

What!  I’m back! Been in hiding! Won Lotto!  In witness protection!  😂😂 practicing my facial moves, so I look surprised when declared Mrs Oz & accept my Tiara !

No, nothing remotely as exciting.  After my holiday, I had a week with a virus.   Then 2 weeks full time work, plus attendance at a seminar by  Harbugs titled “The Power of the Unspoken”.   An amazing  presentation which has enabled me to look stunned, humbled even when presented that tiara.   Then more work, plenty of freezer restocking, and another week off with a mix of sinusitis & conjunctivitis, laryngitis caused by cough from sinusitis.  So its been a lean stitching few weeks.  I was so sick I even forgot about my scrap happy update.  Oh well, double trouble next month.

Ok, now to the SAL, before & after. Slow n steady.  Christmas is approaching, so I better get stuck a wiggle on 🎄

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After, nearly finished

Please visit the other amazing ladies in the SAL,  we have different tine zones.  So updates will vary a little.  But do check out their progress I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com

Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com

Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia@wordpress.com

Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com

Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com

Until the next 3 weeks are up – Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

 

SAL 3 week update 4th September

Not too much progress over the last 3 weeks, but still noticeable change.  Not enough time as we enjoyed our recent holiday.  Too relaxed to stitch – shock horror 😮

Hop on over and check out the smazing work the other ladies sre up to, you wont ne disappointed.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com

Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com

Kate at https:talltalesfromchiconia@wordpress.com

Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com

Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com

C u in 3 weeks

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

 

Back on dry land

Bulla, Bon Jour & welcome, these are just a few of the hello/welcomes the MOTH & I experienced whilst on our recent trip to Fiji & New Calaodnia.  Yes we have been away on a 14 night Tropical Island cruise.  Now that we are back on dry land and stable internet coverage I can tell you about our adventure. 3 & half weeks went super fast.

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We started in QLD for our youngest wedding.  Which was a beautiful family affair.

Our 3 grandies received their quilts & lessons in quilt fort making, ensuring they know these sturdy quilts are designed to be loved, used and abused 😂😂

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Then to Sydney to board the Pacific Jewel.  Lots of fun, dress up time, shows & tours.  Highlights were boating in the SUVA rain and witnessing the micro waterfalls, totally stunning.  Swimming in the pristine warm water of The Isle of Pines.

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Speed boating.  Cultural lessons from the talented, delightful, humble people of Vanuatu, we now know how to catch fish using spider webs.  Preserve bananas for years, open and oeel coconuts with our teeth, how to survive a cyclone in a banyan tree & so on.  My MOTH was a little worried I might try to smuggle a cute local bambino home to nurture.  I  did suggest we could adopt, but alas as we are mid-late 50’s that’s a definite rejection.  Oh well in another lifetime perhaps.

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We also had a few on board happy snaps taken at dress up night.  Gatsby theme, my wig kept falling off and I didn’t use my headband as I had a rotten hayfever headache.  But we still had fun dancing etc

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We spent a few extra days in Sydney catching up with family, visiting Chinese Garden of Friendship, Casino, just strolling the streets.  Now the MOTH & I are recovering from head colds.  So time to catch up on my blogging & everything you have been up to 😊

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Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAL 3 week update 14 august

By the time you get this post I scheduled 2 days ago, I will be in international waters with limited  internet.  Yes the MOTH & I are on a cruise.  So I  shall fill you in all the adventure on our return in a few weeks time.

Time does fly & here is my progress.  The outling really makes the world of difference.  Here are the before & current uodate.  I’m happy this stocking is growing nicely.  Before & after 🎅

Ladies currently in the SAL and links are as follows: check there amazing progress.  Apologies  if I have botched the list, and I shall make amends on my return.

AvisClaireKateCaroleGunWendySueJessConstanzeLucyannChristina , KathySusan

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose xx

 

 

 

Relaxing in Rocky with a chicken foot 😀 Holiday Fun !

Warning  – graffic scary photos included 😯

Ok, its official. The MOTH & I are off on holiday.  Started a little off, a few days prior as I thought had a splinter in my foot so off to the podiatrist as couldn’t get it out.

Turned out to be more than that,  and deeper, didn’t need stitches but this resulted 5 days ago.  Bandage has to stay dry hence the glamorous blue chicken foot.

To make myself pretty during all this an avocado mud mask is in order.  Relaxing in Rocky with a chicken foot and mud mask. 😂😂😂

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Were off to our sons wedding tonight. So its MOG time (mother of the groom).  Or is it SMOG (step mother of groom)

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

Accessories

I’m loving my new quilters gloves.  Snug, comfy & perfect fit for my stubby short fingers.  Here I am putting finishing touches to the twin like quilt.  Not long and its all completed.

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Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

 

 

How often do you?…..

No pictures, just words.   Question time?

How often do you change your sewing machine needle?

Obviously it depends on fabric, however I try to change mine for regularly machining approximately 6 hours of use.

Its all the FMQ & quilting I am doing of late that has me pondering this issue.   Would an hour of quilting be too often, after all its a lot of extra work on the needle.

On the Schmetz website, they say anywhere between one minute and a month.  Yes I  have had instant needle breakage with new one too.  Ultimately they recommend checking sharpness every hour.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this common sewing issue.

Until next time

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose

 

Happy Kitty Dance

Sometimes scraps are a little larger.  In this case, left over binding strips, a piece of stitchery tone on tone, left over threads from long ago finished kits.

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So when I spied this free pattern on the Moda site, this little kitty was the perfect choice to stitch or a lady finishing work.  He’s 16 x 9 inch mug mat.

Happy Stitching ❤ Debbierose