Hello!

I went away camping last week over the (extra) long weekend we had here in Australia (2 days for Easter and 1 day for Anzac Day). We (I will give you some details in a minute about new boy be patient!) went to the (Central) Flinders Ranges which is situated in the Central and Northern Agricultural regions of South Australia.  It’s as outback, as this girl as ever been.

Somewhere in the Middle of Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges

Somewhere in the Middle of Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges

The entire Flinders Ranges, let alone, the area we were camping in is spectular and even though I was not quite fit enough to see all the bits some of my fellow campers got to see, it is one of the most stunning places I have been to in Australia.

Our Campsite

Our Campsite

So yes readers, I went camping with the man, I mentioned in my previous post, who has so far kept me a bit further away from my sewing machine than I would have anticipated.  He is (after 2 weeks and 3 days… no not counting :P), still quite wonderful and I am very happy.  Historically I have not been that ‘lucky’ in love, but I am still more than willing to take a chance that I will get lucky. So far so good!

This weekend there was some time which I was not either spendingwith him, or day dreaming about him, that I actually did sew a few seams! I completed the four shoofly blocks (of the 14 for Block 1 and Block 16) attached the ones for Block 1 to the outer edge of the block.  It’s so exciting to see the block coming together, with all that yummy fabric and stitching, so I did kind of gape at this point, even though some butterflies were wingless and antennaeless at this point.

Vignette Block 1 Nearly Completed - Just some Stitching to Complete in Borders

Vignette Block 1 Nearly Completed - Just some Stitching to Complete in Borders

I used all the same fabrics indicated for the shoofly blocks, but used them in different combinations except for the pink and yellow block, which is the same combination as the one in the magazine.  I completed the butterflies and the satin stitch heart and ironed away my pilot frixion pen lines and here is my (finally!) completed block 1.

Vignette Block 1 Completed

Vignette Block 1 Completed ('scuse my head shadow in the pic!)

I also started working on my zippy purse swap and am only a teeny few steps away from completing mine and mailing it off to LeAnn in California. I am very excited about this one, and so far think that LeAnn, should like what I have done for her.

Here is a sneak peek of your zippy purse LeAnn!

Zippy Purse Swap Sneak Peek, from me to LeAnn in California

Zippy Purse Swap Sneak Peek, from me to LeAnn in California

I love the fabrics in the zippy purse, it arrived in the mail on Friday, and I knew right away that it would be perfect for the zippy purse pattern that I had chose.  The Diamonds are from Michael Miller Fabrics Harlequin Lagoon Mini and the Damask is from Anthology Fabrics by Khristian Howell.  I grabbed some fabric last week from Pink Chalk Fabrics ( a previous order I did in big sale time, was unfortunately mailed to another Australian person – you have my fabric give it back 🙁 – they have told Pink Chalk about it, and hopefully I will get it back, but not sure that will happen. ) Anyway, I was refunded my full purchase and postage by Pink Chalk, so decided to add some more yummies to my stash.

Pink Chalk Fabric Order Arrived in the Mail on Friday

Pink Chalk Fabric Order Arrived in the Mail on Friday

I have not been able to participate in Le Petite this month, I ordered the Brocante pattern (again from Quilt Taffy) but have not touched it yet. I do hope to have a play at some point as the pattern really is lovely and I am sure the parade on Sinta and Sherri’s blog will be equally lovely.

So my current mission (if I choose to accept it) is to ensure that inbetween totally indulging myself in any way that I possibly can in the absolute giddiness that is my new relationship, I actually do remember my little Toyota sewing machine, and all the good times we spend together!

Oh… my block swap adventure partner should have received her blocks by now, so going to show you the blocks I made for April.

April Block Swap Block 1

April Block Swap Block 1

Amanda wanted one colour theme blocks but didn’t mind the pattern, so I chose this Jacob’s ladder block (which I followed instructions on from Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache) I know Amanda likes bright colours and I couldn’t decide on pink or purple so I made two.

April Block Swap Block 2

April Block Swap Block 2