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Saturday, February 7, 2015

February's Friday Night with Friends

How silly was I signing up for Friday Night With Friends when much of my sewing at the moment is Secret Sewing?! Hehe. 
My favourite quilting shop, The Country Yard, has its New Year's Launch soon so us staff are busy sewing samples and playing with fabric in preparation for that.
So you'll have to make do with some sneaky looks at what I did last night :-)

I was extra cunning with tea - steak for DH to BBQ (clever huh?) and a rice/courgette bake in the oven. That meant I was able to start off the evening nice and early.
First of all I finished off some cross-hatching which I'd started earlier in the day —
Half-inch cross hatching takes a while, I discovered!
Then I had a little time to finish putting the block below together. Remember the Great Granny Along from a few years ago? The block really appealed to me but I didn't take part... I remembered it when I was wondering what to do with my scraps. I'm focussing on my scraps for my leader-ender projects this year and this is the start of them :-)
This will use my supply of 2 1/2" squares.
Photo a little washed out :-(
I've just taken another photo to show that I have used green
fabric for the second round but it still doesn't show up very well!
By then the steak was cooked so it was time to leave the machine and venture upstairs to my comfy chair and DH's charming company. I worked on another project I cant share but did make good progress. I haven't needleturned for a while and am really enjoying doing it again.
Thank you Cheryl for hosting us again. To see what others got up to on their Friday Night click *here*, then click on the links to everyone's blogs. Prepare to be inspired by the variety of projects!

To finish off I have some photos to share - read on....
When I'm in my sewing room (aka The Palace) I often look around at my mess creative activity and wonder why I have ended up with FOUR chairs in there.
Yesterday the reason why was revealed....
Yes, 3 chairs taken up with pets and one left for me!
At least they weren't sleeping on the ironing board or my cutting table! I've been trying to train the cats to stay off those surfaces to keep cat hair out of my seams!! 

Thank you as always for visiting, I hope you all have a lovely weekend,
happy stitching

31 comments:

Sisbabestitches said...

Oh how nice for you to have such company, lol
Love your sneaks, the cross-hatching has shown me a trick, woohoo, looking forward to seeing your scrappy blocks accumulate :)

Kerryn said...

I LOVE your animals!!

Deb said...

Your babies are so lovely Raewyn. They all need to be as close as possible when sewing is going on don't they. What is cross-hatching? I feel I should know the answer but can't rack the brain.

Susan said...

Lovely companions in the sewing room. The cross hatching looks great, so neat. Sounds like you had a very productive night.

Fiona said...

lovely stitching.... cross hatching is so effective.. the time is worth it.... you know I just bought some metraege yesterday to go with jelly roll to make granny square blocks.... I'm still deciding how many rounds to do...
Hugz

Karen S said...

Sounds like a well planned evening and good value for you for stitching.
Of course the chairs are for the pets!

Janet O. said...

Very clever dinner plan. : )
Do you knot and bury the threads when you do that on your cross-hatching?
Granny Squares is something I want to tackle someday. Good idea to use it as leader/enders.
Love the pet photos. I have 4 chairs in my sewing room, but no pets, so I still don't know why I have them all.

marina said...

lovely sneek peeks Raewyn,
and a great project for your leaders and enders.
such good company in your sewing room.

Maureen said...

I love all the chairs for your four legged friends - they look very happy.

Leeanne said...

Cool photo of all the chairs, better not get anymore animals otherwise you will have to add another chair to your sewing room!

Cisca Heiden van der said...

The stitchery looks lovely to me, but I wonder what cross-hatching means? I'll search for it in the dictionary later. Your cats love blue, I suppose, so sweet they will be as near as possible!
Happy stitching, Cisca x

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely sneakies! Its nice to get dinner sorted so you can stitch. Love your stitching company Lol!

Karen H said...

I had the same problem yesterday. I went to sit down on my sewing chair and it was soft and squisky! Oops there was a cat sleeping on it. So I went to another room to do some hand sewing and there was the other cat sleeping in my sewing seat! Sheesh!

Such interesting sneak peeks! Just curious to know what you will do with the cross hatch threads. Will you draw the bottom thread to the top, knot it and bury the threads?

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Ooh you're such a secret squirrel! :D Jinx the cat thinks I have put out the ironing board especially for her, she's gets the right hump when I flick her off so I can use it, the minute I'm away she's back on again!

Connie said...

I love seeing your sneak peeks and will be back for more.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Connie :)

Barbara said...

It is great to see you are back stitching, but more secret squirrel projects! The big reveal is going to be very special I feel. Bring on March 7th.

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Loving that there's a seat for every pet, guess you get the last one left! Great company though, much quieter than children and they can't ask questions about eating!!!!!! Can't wait until all your secret sewing is revealed ~

Katie said...

Too cute with the chairs. It’s really hard to sew with one on your lap and others agitating for attention. And I sure know about hair in my seams! :-)

Christine M said...

Sounds like you had a great night. How funny are your pets!

Maria said...

Great dinner organised......
love your Blue projects ...
oh yes the fur babies know the comfy seats...

Brenda said...

I also have a great granny square in process with 30's fabrics. I started for one of our guest rooms but I now have 4 grandsons living with us and the colors are more feminine so I have put it aside for now and decided to try and finish up other projects until daughter and grandsons are able to move out on their own again.

Brenda said...

I also have a great granny square in process with 30's fabrics. I started for one of our guest rooms but I now have 4 grandsons living with us and the colors are more feminine so I have put it aside for now and decided to try and finish up other projects until daughter and grandsons are able to move out on their own again.

Sue said...

I love how pets always find there way to be near when you are creating! Mine like to help by lying on the project. The three of then are gorgeous.

Moose-ings said...

Love your little 'helpers'!

Moose-ings said...

Love your little 'helpers'!

Kim said...

Beautiful work

kiwikid said...

How nice to have all the chairs full as you are sewing Raewyn!! Your projects look great.

Katherine said...

Love the helpers lol. Mine are just the same. Love some of your secret sewing you have been able to show. Great block too

Theresa said...

Sounds like you had a productive night. Beautiful stitching.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Nice stitching! Love the pets :-)

Janet said...

Looks like some fun projects under way there. Definitely no green showing up though. What great company you have in your sewing room. Fun!