Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I'm Back... again...

Hi all

I've been off the blog for a little bit... not too long but managed to miss a few regular posts. I wrote last week's WIP Wednesday but didn't get to post it and then missed Friday's Fitness report and Sunday's stash report.

My computer crashed on me AGAIN... died completely this time. Fixit Guy tried to get it going and he went back up to the computer shop but they said that the hard drive was obviously corrupted and I'd need a new one of those and... it got complicated and expensive and.... so he just came home again.

We made the decision that I would get a new computer. This is a bit of a yay... oh no situation. Who doesn't love something new and bright and shiny that may well go faster and more efficiently and all of that. But then one has to learn to use that new shiny thing and I admit to being a bit of a reluctant starting in those things. I very much like what is old and familiar.

I tried to use the Blogger Ap on my phone and Ipad to do my posts but I find it rather difficult in that I miss the features available on the computer version... adding links, font features and all that (but esecially adding links)

I could have used my husband's laptop but ok ... another dumb bunny moment... I find it tricky to log out of one email address and back in on another. He uses a gmail account and I worry about logging him out and me in and getting back out again. There I said it.

Now gentle reader you can see that I am writing a new blog post albeit you probably can't tell that I am not using the blogger ap... because... I have a new laptop (well its probably a notebook actually but whatever... a new portable computer device) Fixit Guy and I are currently in Brisbane (or Brisvegas as we sometimes refer to it) We are staying with our children (well some of them) in our townhouse in Brisbane. Kombi Boy and his partner Gamer Girl live in the townhouse full time with our youngest son Boyo. Boyo isn't here atm as he is in Bali having a great time (and staying safe I hope) with some of his uni mates. Fangirl has recently moved to Brisbane for her work and she is staying here too until she rents her own place. Its a 3 bedroom unit. FG is currently sleeping in Boyo's room while he is away so that Fixit Guy and I can have the queen bed in the room she is using. This is only fair since we set the room up for us to use when we are in Brisbane and she has taken it over.

Mr Fixit and I came down to Brisbane to accomplish a variety of tasks... FG's birthday, visits to financial advisor, medical appointments, maintainance issues for the unit and amongst all that... we bought me a new computer. We got a Toshiba again as that is my preferred brand. I find them sturdy and robust. Of course we didn't bring our product key with us so I can't load Office onto it so still a little handicapped but will get that all set up once we are back home again.

Anyway - I'm back and hope to blog regularly from here on in but then again.... there'll be other excuses not to do it.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sunday Stash Report

 This week I have had no finishes. I have done quite a bit of sewing - have been working on a secret project so no photos of it - but its a queen size quilt so when its finished it will make a big dent in my stash. I also got the backing for another project finished and hope to get it pinned this week and perhaps even get start on quilting it. I am going away for a week on Friday so I won't get anything done after then. Hopefully I will be able to get on with some stitching together of hexagons.

So no finishes BUT also no fabric purchases - no parcels from Massdrop arriving on the doorstep to pump up my stash input. So that is a good start.

Stats from Week 4
                 Fabric used         0.00m
                 Fabric added       0.00m

Year to Date
                 Fabric used         0.66
                 Fabric added     16.45m
Net Used                           -15.79m

Monday Musings... its goal setting day

A whole new month is stretching out before me. Its a short month though... and we will be away from home for a good bit of it as well - so not sure how much sewing I will get done - but I can hope.

My plans

  • work on my hexie quilt. Start stitching them together
  • Pin and quilt hashtag quilt
  • Work on Diamond Dash quilt. Sew blocks into strips. Cut and attach sashing. Decide on border and attach. Make backing. Pin and quilt
  • make butterfly zipper pouch
  • decide on some projects for Handmade With Love and complete.
  • And to keep my yearly goals ticking over- empty scrap basket at least once during the month
So - that should be enough to keep me busy

January Monthly Goal Review

My January Goals were
  • Work on Hashtag quilt.   This is now complete including the backing. Now to pin and quilt it.
  • Work on backing for POD quilt This has been completed and has been sent to my friend Kym to be quilted.
  • make label for Chanel's quilt This has been made. The label was sent to her grandma who stitched it on and delivered the quilt to the baby.
  • review and update WIPs and UFO list I went through my cupboard and wrote an updated list of both. The updated list is in the sidebar of the blog.
  • empty scrap basket I managed to get to the bottom of the scrap basket once during the month. Its started to fill again... but that just means I'm sewing

      • Hexie quilt Make 175 hexagons - I haven't actually counted how many hexies I've made this month... but I have made some :)
      • Hexie quilt -make 41 half hexies I decided not to make the half hexies till I finish the design and start to put it together and then I will know what colours the half hexies need to be.
      • Hexie quilt - work out design -Using hexie graph paper I have worked out a design. Its not quite finished but I now have a good idea where I am going and can start to stitch some hexies together.

      •  set up fabric tracker for 2016 - This is done. AND I've got a copy of it on my external hard drive. This week I had a bad fright when my computer wouldn't start up. I hadn't backed up for many months and I was really worried about what I might lose but fortunately the technician got it going again... whew.

      So its almost the end of the month and I have made excellent progress completing most of my goals and working on all of them. 

      How did you go with your goals for the month? Did you make good progress too?

      Friday, January 29, 2016

      Fitness Friday

      It Friday again! Some off you are shouuting with glee cause it is the end of your working week. For us ts a bit of a non event cause we are basically retired. As yet many of my weekly commitments haven't kicked back in after the start off school this week.

      Friday for me is the day I write my fitness blog. Sometimes I get to skite a little sometimes I have to hang my head in shame. Today there is more of the latter for al srts of reasons.

      Boyo's 21st birthday party and subsequent lefts over food meant that - yeah healthy eatiing has takeen a bit of a dive. There was way too much cheesecake left in the fridge to be good for me. Its ok though.... its all gone now. We are still finishing off the left over bbq steak but everything else is back to normal.

      The party also meant that not a much walking was done as I'd have liked and added to that we have had some rain, a couple of evening commitments .... and yeah thiings are not too good on the step count. I'm well done my list of friends again. Sigh. AND my fitbit battery isn't lasting like it should andgoing  flat after just a couple of days which isn't helpful at all!! It only counted 789 steps yestetrday - not happy about that

      Friday            11 677
      Saturday         7 452 (party day. no walks but lots off running about the place)
      Sunday           5 957(no walks but lots of cleaning up)
      Monday        11 843 (only 1 walk but cleaning Fangirls townhouse ready for renting it out)
      Tuesday        11 188 (2 walks)
      Wednesday   12 616 (2 waks)
      Thurday              793 - no walks and fittbit went flat with no warning grrrrrr

      not surprisingly I've slipped way down my friends list. 22nd atm. My fitbit was charged up over night but this morning it is showing half battery and no steps. Im not impressed

      Im battling with my ipad to put up these blog posts. sigh Hope you appreciate it. :)

      Wednesday, January 27, 2016

      Wip Wednesday

      This morning we put our oldest son on the plane to fly back to Melbourne where he lives. His departure meant that Fixit Guy and I are all alone in the house, back to being Empty Nesters for the first time since  early November when Boyo came home from uni and started work for the summer. In that time we have had Kombi Boy and Gamer Girl home for a few weeks over Christmas and then in the last week The Beast and Fann Girl have both come home for our youngest (Boyo's) 21st birthday party which was Saturday night. Boyo and Fangirl left on Tuesday to drive back to Brisbane and as I said this morning The Beast flew out.

      With all the visitors and party preparations sewing time has been in short supply but I have been able to get a bit done over the week.

      I've been working on the design of the hexagonal quilt. Using a graph I'd printed out I've begun to work out a design  using the colours of the hexagons that I've made. I'm making good progress with it.

      The other project that I have been working on is the Hashtag quilt. The blocks were the result of a block swap amongst the Twiltters, an online group of quilting friends, brought together by the the quilting podcasters. I got the top together pretty quickly, once I got the time yesterday to sew. 

      Since then I have been working on the backing for it. I am piecing it and its taking longer than the front!


      Today at my first visit to Patchwork group I made progress on a new project. I'm making a Diamond Dash quilt for a present so can't give too many detais. The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt company. Tooday I started to sew the squares on the corner of the blocks. I gotall the blocks done that i have cutt but still hve to cut a heap more. Its good to mak a starrt on in.

      Im having to do this blog post on my iPad since   my laptop is getting serviced. It doesn't have the features of the full product so I'm sorry its not as polisheed as my ususal efforts

      Hope you are maig progress with your WIPS

      Sunday, January 24, 2016

      Sunday stash report

      My computer has stopped working again. It's very frustrating believe me. I'll trade it to get looked at tomorrow and hopefully I'll be able to access all my files again shortly. So these calculations for fabric used is guess work. When my computer is operational again I'll update figures accordingly

      Thus week I've had a few small finishes. I made 7 little earbud zipper pouches. They don't use much fabric but they were a finish, I put some photos on my WIP Wednesday post. 

      I've had some input too...that 2nd lot of fabric from Massdrop turned up. That's another 35 fat quarters to input. Eek.

      I did use a metre of fabric in a project for my son's 21st birthday. The Tie fighter that Fixit Guy and Boyo made as a prop for the Starwars themed party needed a curtain at the back of it. It was only pinned in place so with the party over ( it was last night) it's back in my stash.

      The Tie Fighter was very popular with the youngest party members.

      And the not so young

      The 2 constructive were enemies on the night. Below Boyo ( Luke Skywalker) battles it out with Fixit Guy (Dark Emperor)

      The family in costume . Boyo, Fixit Guy, The Beast,( Chewbakker) Fangirl (young Pricess Leia) and me!( Leia from the latest movie)

      Stats from Week 3
                       Fabric used         0.80m
                       Fabric added       8.22m

      Year to Date
                       Fabric used         1.03
                       Fabric added     16.44m
      Net Used                           -15.41m