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Monday, February 20, 2017

Big Weekend

Over indulgence with friends was the order of this past weekend....and it was such good fun!
Our friend CHOOKYBLUE left her very hot chookshed and came down to the big smoke for a visit with us Brissy Bloggers.
Lots of catching up, quilt and stitch chat and loads of laughter...we were a tad noisy...hard to believe I know lol!
Yours truly and Chooky.
A great time was had by all concerned....I even got to meet a new blogger to me....the lovely ANITA from Shabby Quilt. A really lovely blog.
Sunday I got to do it all again by going down to Sunday Stitchers. It was Lynda's birthday and pretty fat 1/4's unwrapped......
Sorry the piccie is dark I was facing towards the window.
There was some show and tell.
Marilyn and her pretty  quilt and hand quilted as well.
Helen had a lovely wall hanger to show....
De was busy working on her lovely Lucy's.
Maria was very kind enough to share with me her photos of my show and tell...
Remembering Roma. 
And the duo I worked on....a new design when I get instructions done!
There was much discussion about Lucy Boston blocks over the weekend. My poor blocks are still in the Cadbury tin....I took a peek and they tried to get out......I had such trouble getting her back in the!
To top it off two of our Grandies were in the paper....follow the arrows.
Why does sitting and talking make you so weary....that's what I want to know! 
Needless to say I had an early night.
Bye for now,
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I enjoyed my little cyber sew in last night hosted by WENDY
I worked on Brinton Hall.....yes my hexies! However 2 rows joined now.
I was a bit worried that the cream and tan I had chosen was too 'bright' but I think it highlights the centres now and the next lot of coloured scrappy hexies will dull it down a bit....hoping!
Next job, same treatment with the remaining two!
Looks like more cream hexies!
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Blogger

I always love it when a new blogger joins our ranks but I am really happy that this time it is my dear friend Robyn. Her blog is called Pigeon Patch and you can click HERE to go and visit and say G'day! I know she would love it. Robyn is a beautiful stitcher and is an arty scribbler like me as well. So I am sure you will enjoy reading her blog.....any support and encouragement will be appreciated.
On my home front, I tied myself to my sewing machine this week and started chipping away at my pile of outstanding Splendid Sampler blocks. Progess is happening.....
4 blocks....

And then 2 more with applique....little boo boo on the honey bee block but I think I have saved it.
I have the next one on the pile prepped and ready to go when the mood strikes again.
Back on the subject of blogging, I like a lot of you get my blog printed. Usually every 6 months or so. Last year the months went by and it didn't get done. Come the new year I finally got to it...turns out that I apparently have a lot to say (now there's a surprise) and I couldn't print it all in one book and had to split them.....cost a fortune I might add....yikes! But being a "frugal MacDougall " a lot of the time I decided this was really something I love to have as a keepsake. I do wish there was an Australian version as the postage for them was horrendous! 
Anyway I am really happy that they have both now arrived and I enjoyed curling up and reflecting on last year.
That's it from me for today. Welcome to blogland Robyn.

Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Recently I was working on a little stitchery project....
Well it became this....
Which in turn became this...
The clever girls at my LQS Quirky Quilts turned my design and stitchery into that cute little tote to celebrate the arrival of the new Tilda range...Bumblebee! 

They are soooo very pretty! If you are a Tilda fan you will love this range. You can order the pattern from me or pop into the shop and pick up a kit to make it.
Another Splendid Sampler block ticked off....Juggling...
Ok back to my Brinton Hall hexies much cooler today.....luvverly! 
Happy Valentines Day
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, February 13, 2017


It's been a  bit of a heatwave in the Eastern States of Australia of late. So swimming and quiet stitching has been the best options for keeping cool. Yesterday I worked on another Splendid Sampler block. Fluer de leis. I used my French General fabric with this motif for it. I have been needleturn appliquing any applique blocks in Splendid Sampler but this one certainly took all my needleturning skill and even then there are a few iffy bits....glad I  persevered all the same.
I also got the 3rd row on my clamshells.....
I have also chosen the border fabric for this quilt, so no turning back now lol!

Very, very addictive are these little things!
Last week was our oldest Grandson's birthday and Saturday we had a family celebration. Of course there was delicious cake and I love our 2 cake monsters waiting in the wings for the candles and cutting the cake to be over, so taste testing could begin lol!
My daughter loves photography and recently received a new underwater camera.
The kids were only too happy to oblige Aunty Melissa with some underwater shots lol!

They thought it was great. DD was threatened with all manner of harm if she came near her Mother with it though lol!
It was a very enjoyable cool way to beat the heat and celebrate another milestone!
Last word...huge congratulations to my dear friend Diane and her family on the safe arrival of their new Granddaughter.
Such happy news!
Happy Monday people.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fancy Some Show & Tell?

Today was stitching day with my friends....the lovely Robyn was our hostess.
Delicious morning tea to begin and boost our energy for all that sewing, chatting and laughing! Robyns son is a baker and always makes us a yummy cake.
The close at hand!
Look at Diane working away there! We have created a hexie making monster lol!
I did say show and tell....Monica has another gorgeous UFO to cross off her list. It's a Faeries in my Garden project.

The cutest little stitching caddy with a pincushion within.
This quilt of Robyns is a favourite and definitely on my to do list one day....
We were then treated to some of Robyns almost finished WIPs....

I really tried to sneak this one out......right up my street!
Love it! And then its always fun to see Christmas.....
We all managed to sew too I might add! Yours truly? I worked on my clamshells...
Oh almost forgot this little cutie Monica made for Robyn.

Lovely, lovely day....thanks for the show and tell girls.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, February 9, 2017


A couple of Splendid Sampler blocks to pop on the pile....
I decided to embroider the little clasps on the purse rather than use buttons. I should have reread the Lynette Anderson block instructions as I thought it was only one border but apparently not lol!.....not unsewing! Sigh*
Although extremely appreciative of all the hard work and creative talents from all the designers involved in Splendid Sampler I am looking forward to seeing it end and catching up at my leisure. I am really pleased that I managed to get this far.
More hexies are happening and slowly being attached to the medallions. Very relaxing stitching. I am excited to be working on this quilt.
I so enjoyed working on the little Kingfishers that I couldn't leave them alone and now they are all done!

Thats it from me lovely people. I do hope you are all coping with this heat here in Aus. A little bit of "cool" for you....
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx