Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hugs & Kisses for SweetP !

I've opened my Christmas in July pressies - thank you so much, Paula of Coffeetime Stitches!

I've been thoroughly spoiled, haven't I ? A gorgeous stocking, I have never had one before, a Clover white marker and little rolls of cord and ribbons!

Also, a gorgeous table runner, 30's fabrics and needle cases! I just love the card made from and A4 paper and wrapping paper! I can't wait for Christmas now to use my goodies!

Whew! Back to Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM - very challenging! When one tries to find ways to make things easier, is that called cheating?

I have discovered I am very good at it - foundation-pieced, except for a little bit of applique to incorporate the yellow strips - the block does measure 6 1/2" square as it should! Oh, I do hope I can get through the rest of the quilt using these sort of shortcuts - not enough time to hand piece it all. Am loving making this quilt - click on my Sidebar, just to the left, if you are interested!

This was our place last night - son-in-law working and several Supervisors!

Tried and tested today, my new sewing bench - it is just perfect and cost about $150 all up, from Bunnings! Still extension leads to be connected safely and quilts to be hung - My Studio is coming along very nicely!
As you may have gathered - I am having the time of my life this weekend - Pea and Bacon Soup in the Slow Cooker and Dancing with the Stars on tele tonight - it doesn't get much better than this on a wet, cold winter's day! Hope you all enjoying yourselves, too!

31 Lovely People said ...:

Lindah said...

Oh that does sound like a lovely weekend. And a lovely SIL to help with getting the studio together.

Joy said...

What a love your SIL is to put that all together for you :o). I really like the cabinet, is that how you bought it or have you modified it a bit?
Mmmmm, pea and ham soup, I haven't had that for ages. Perfect for a winter night :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Lizzie said...

Glad that your weekend is a good one, Paula is such a lovely person, she was one of my swap partners in 'The Kitchen Swap' and went the extra mile with that one too. You will have to hope that Santa knows you now have a stocking to fill ;0)

Lots of lovely goodies, lovely quilt and a new sew place, how lucky are you,
Big hugs, Lizzie XX

One Flew Over said...

I can't wait to get started on the BOM! It looks like a lot of fun!

Julie said...

Your studio is looking good. I've been giving mine a re-vamp. I only have to get a little ironing board like yours and I think I'll be happy for quite a while. Will post a pic when I give it a quick tidy.

Shari said...

Looking very good and well supervised! What a great sewing studio for you! And what lovely gifts for the Christmas in July Swap!
Hugs - Shari

Cardygirl said...

Not cheating, just INNOVATING!love the BOM, you are doing a lovely job. The work crew look like fun.

Notjustnat said...

Thanks Lurline, I forgot completely about Dancing with Stars until I opened your blog. I missed 30 mins of it. Your blog new looks is gorgeous, love it. Must go and watch my fab. program - Hugs Natima

Mildred said...

Hi Lurline, I love your sewing bench and the quilt colors are so very pretty. Your soup and favorite tele show sound like a great way to spend a cold evening inside. We actually had a cooler Summer day yesterday. I was able to weed in the garden for about 3 hours before the heat got too terrible.

Jeanette said...

Hi Lurline, Sounds like a great weekend. Curious about your sewing bench. Love to get one made & you caught my eye saying $150 from Bunnings. Was it bought that way or made. Appreciate if you'd let me know. Hugs, Jeanette

Rumi said...

Your room is really looking good now. Happy sewing in there Lurline! Your BOM is coming along nicely too. I'm all for finding ways to make my life easier so I think it's great that you are finding shortcuts!

Helz said...

Just Luv ALL the Supervisors !!! Great Sewing / Cutting Bench there...

Stephanie said...

Oh lots of terrific Christmas goodies!!! LOVE your BOM. I'm all for easier...

Fiesta said...

Lurline I have received beauties from Paula in the past and she is a perfectionist. Her attention to detail is impeccable. The things she sent you are lovely.
I love your table and I love the block with the novelty fabrics though the block looks hard.

Nedra said...

Your quilt block is wonderful, and it looks like your sewing room is coming along nicely.

Maree said...

Lovely Chrissy Gifts you have there...if you can do shortcuts go for it I say....love your new addition to your sewing room...very functional.
cheers

Purple and Paisley said...

easier does not mean cheating...it means smart! ☺ love the bom's - how fabulous! and your studio is coming along so great - can't wait to see it finished! hugs!

Dena said...

Can't wait to see photos of your finished sewing/quilting studio.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh your goodies from Paula are lovely!! and I do not beleive there are any rules in quilting!! You studio is looking great, what a lucky lady to have such wonderful helpers!!

Terri S said...

Oh, I love pea soup. My favorite recipe has no meat it in though, so it works out perfectly, since I'm supposed to stay low fat!!

Love your little blocks! I've given up trying to sew for the time being. Too many distractions in the summer!!

Janet said...

The new work table looks good and loving seeing the blocks and the lovely mail.I've been experimenting with pea and ham soup this year and decided the yellow peas are nicer than the green.

Julia said...

New work bench looks just perfect Lurline..
It'll make it so much easier for you having everything right there in the room..
Soup sound so good I think it's perfect for tonight for us too..
Hugs Julia ♥

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Its all happening at your place Lurline....love your gifts...

Mel said...

Wonderful Christmas presents! I love the white Clover pen, I make sure I have at least 3 around!

How fun to work on your sewing area, it's looking great!

I love your blocks! I will have to keep watching to see them all together!

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limpingalong said...

Oh, it is the cold, wet, winter day that sounds wonderful to me! We are having a hot, hot, dry, summer!

Sweet P said...

I'm glad you like your Christmas in July goodies. I loved putting the package together. Your new sewing bench is great. Enjoy it!

Sherri said...

Love your goodies...and your new sewing center is looking wonderful!!!

Cybele's patch said...

Your studio is looking good already! I love your Christmas pressies. Your blocks are coming along nicely. Don't worry about the technique. I am an avid paper piecer and try to turn any block into a pp block ;-)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm loving these blocks. I have to click your side bar to find out more. I hate foundation piecing though. But I see some fun fabric there!!! ;)

Messy Karen said...

lovely swap from Paula. your new BOM is so pretty. i enjoy watching you put it together. and that table is both pretty and functional.