Saturday, October 3, 2015


Friday nights sewing with virtual friends is always something to look forward to
night I again joined Cheryll and friends for some stitching enjoyment
The weekend is fun too because I get to visit the other friends who joined in and see what lovelies they have created
Firstly I finished the stitching on this block which is for the Lasting Legacy block of the month quilt
I think there are two more blocks to go then the instructions will be given for putting it together
I like this block a lot

I then traced and stitched the shoe for another of Michelle's shoe bags
I have now made   and given away eight of these bags
Off now to visit some of you
They have been very well received

Friday, September 25, 2015

Last fat 1/4

The last of my fat 1/4s in the Birthday swap has arrived
Well worth the wait
Thank you Wendy
Not one but two lovely fabrics and some lovely little extras
I was very spoilt for my birthday
And a BIG thankyou to Cheryll for organizing Iam sure a lot of time goes into these swaps

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sewing with Wendy and Friends

Some months ago the girls in my quilting group all made a couple of blocks for a charity quilt The only stipulation was it had to be 12 inches square
No one put their hand up to quilt it so Maureen and I travelled to the next town where they have a long arm quilt machine at the Community House
We had a great time playing around with it and were pretty happy with the finished result
I will probably end up doing the binding
At a cost of $16 I think I will be using this machine again sometime

And last nights effort
Looks a bit wonky in the photo It isn't really
Another block in my Lasting Legacy block of the month quilt featured in Patchwork and Stitching magazine
Thanks again Wendy for hosting

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Just been playing around and Yippee I managed to get my little owl to stand the right way

I have recently finished this runner
A Michelle Ridgeway design
Very pleased with it, though I just noticed I put  one heart in side ways
Did you  know that the Amish  make a mistake in a quilt on purpose because only God is perfect
Believe me I do not have to do it on purpose

Saturday, September 5, 2015


I made an owl for a little girls birthday
Sorry you have to screw your neck to see him but I cannot get him to turn
Off now to see what everyone else got up to

Friday, September 4, 2015

More Birthday fats

From Chooky
And Peg

and Simone
Thanks ladies Love them all
Still one to come
I know from Facebook a certain some one forgot my birthday so I guess she will wake up that she has not sent the fat 1/4
Iam sure she has more on her mind than my birthday lol
Off to join Cheryll and friends for some sewing now
Back tomorrow to show results

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birthday Fat 1/4s

I have just had a lovely birthday weekend
Celebrated with my lovely family
Well actually I have had a lovely birthday month
My fat 1/4s have been coming in since the beginning of the month
From the lovely Michelle , including some beautiful extras
From Dzintra
And Claire and Sue
Seems I have not photographed my gifts from Peg and Chooky
Will do them another day
Still have three to come
Hopefully they are not lost
Thank you girls
Love them all

Friday, August 28, 2015

His Very Own Quilt

Hello All This slack Blogger is still here
Have had a few finishes This being one of them
With all the quilts I have made I have never made one for Hubby that was his very own, so I made this one for his birthday
He was very happy with it
Today is Daffodil Day so Iam off to help out at the stall
Getting rugged up as we sit outside the local shop
Ah well some one has to do it

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Busy Busy

I have been very slack on the Blogging front Life seems to be so busy
Have been running grandkids about,  Seeing my Mum, who had a skin cancer removed from her leg and even managed a little holiday
My quilting friend Maureen and I went on a coach tour to a Country Music Stampede at Barham
We had the loveliest time

Our friend Anne was supposed to come with us but got a virus and was to sick so we tried to include her

Was taking a photo of the entertainers and this woman held up her Knitting just as I clicked
There were about half a dozen women knitting while enjoying the show Maureen thought everyone would think we went to a craft weekend

I managed this little bit of stitching when in our room at night
I have not showed what I sent to Kaye in the Christmas in July swap

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in July

Yesterday we got to open our Christmas in July gifts from our secret partner
I was very spoilt by Sue from suesplace in the sun blog
Love this Christmas tree I have always admired these and now have my very own

Cute wall hanging

And this very clever reversible apron I will look very swish on Christmas day

Also included was this very cute button tree
Loved all my gifts
Thankyou Sue and a special thanks again to the lovely Cheryll for organizing this fun swap

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Christmas in July parcel is here and FNSI

My Christmas in July parcel arrived yesterday
It is from Sue a new to me Blogger Looking forward to opening day now
Last night I joined Wendy and friends for a night Of stitching fun
 I traced some stitcheries which I plan to take with me when I go away for six days at the end of the month
Going on a bus trip with two of my Patch work group friends
A country music weekend but Iam sure we will be doing some stitching

 I also completed another block for my Lasting Legacy quilt, which is a block of the month in Patchwork and quilting magazine
Iam a little behind, but will get there
Thanks Wendy for hosting once again

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

18th Birthday

Yesterday my second grandson turned 18
Where have the years gone?
 Love it when all the family get together
Here he is buying his first beer Well legal one any way
Happy birthday Anthony
Love you to bits

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Some quilting done on scrappy quilt for FNWF

Last night when I joined with Cheryll and friends I got some quilting done on this scrappy quilt
This year is my year to use nothing but fabric from my stash
Have pretty much succeeded ( well apart from a little purchase early in the year of some REALLY cheap fabric at the Op shop. So that doesn't count Right? )
I seem to have a collection of farming related fabric so into this quilt they went along with some orphan blocks and a couple of recently completed tractor stitcheries
Very happy with the result
Just home from footy
I wore tights under my jeans , but only one pair of socks Little toesys are freezing
Footy isn't so bad because you can sit in the car and watch, but netball is another story
Best go heat my toes by the fire

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Some Little finishes

Gail Pan design

Michelle Ridgway

Leanne Milsom

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Last night I stitched along with the girls for our Friday night sew in
First chance I have had to post what I got up to
I worked on this little stitchery
Very pleased with the way it is coming along
Went to the footy to watch GS play footy and GD play netball
Now that they are growing up it seems to be the only time I really get to catch up with them
Tomorrow I will be around to see what the rest of you got up to last night

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Grandmothers Sewing Machine

My Grandmothers sewing machine is now mine
She has been sitting in my Aunts shed for many years and now has come to live with me
My grandmother was born in 1900 and died in 1938 leaving behind a nine year old... my Mum
and her sister aged 4
I googled the serial number and this Singer was manufactured in 1910 in Clydebank Scotland
Fitting I think that it is now mine as Iam the only grand child who sews and I was named for my grand mother.
The unusual spelling of my name Illene obviously dates back many years
Iam very happy to have my grandmothers machine in my home

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Secret Sewing for FNSI

Cannot show what I did last night when I joined with Wendy and friends for some stitching because SHHHHHH It is a secret.

I can
show the fabric I used and pleased to say I have one item finished for my Christmas in July swap gift
Been to footy today to watch my GS get soundly beaten in his game and my GD played netball She was beaten too but at least a score went on the board. Will say no more
It was a glorious day at Phillip Island The weather this past week has been awful, so it was nice that I did not freeze at the footy today

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FNWF..... One for the present box

Last night I had a lovely night of stitching with friends
Like Shez says, these are great nights Seem to get so much done
Thanks Cheryll for organizing
I did the stitchery yesterday while visiting my Mum and last night made it into this armchair caddy, which was a tutorial I found on Jenny of Elefantz Blog
Great tutorial and easy to make up
Thanks Jen
My Mum is home from hospital and doing okay now that her pain seems to be under control at last

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wendy's design for FNSI

Life has been pretty hectic around here so last night it was lovely to sit down and stitch along with Wendy and friends
I had some stitcheries done so last night made a couple of completed items
I saw this design of Wendy Bertello's in a magazine prior to ANZAC day last year and it has been on my to do list
Wendy's design was appliqued but I chose to stitch it
Very happy with the result Hope Wendy is too
A coat hanger for a little girls birthday
Off to see what others got up to last night

Friday, April 10, 2015

My Mum

Thanks for all the lovely messages re my Mum
She was fine after her fall but four days later could not get out of bed
Luckily she has  her metpac buzzer She was taken by ambulance to hospital and had has been there ever since
 Doctor Arrogant  said it was her sciatica and she would have to just get used to it as it would keep happening and not much they can do because she is 87
I hope one day he gets to feel that sort of pain
The next doctor who was quite lovely said it was a crumbling disc in her back
I questioned as to wether maybe she had a hairline fracture OH No way It is the disc
Moved from  Emergency to the ward and they gave her a scan (Third since her first fall) and now it is a fracture
Maybe I should have been the doctor
She was treated with pain killers
Today she was moved to Rehab
I have been over every day so nothing much happening on the sewing front