About Me

My photo
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend....and fur-kid mum I love Quilting, stitching, photography, cooking, baking, gardening, blogging and making new friends...stop by and say hi!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Design Board Monday # 36- Weather for Ducks

There seems to have been a deluge of water everywhere at the moment....no sooner had we watched scenes of the Seine in Paris break it's banks than we were worrying about our children in QLD as severe weather and flooding were predicted there late last week (fortunately, they all coped) but the weather moved down the Eastern Seaboard hitting Sydney hard and eventually it has reached us here in Tasmania. While the fierceness of the rain has diminished, we have had enough rain to make our two top dams overflow creating a river through the fields between dams and our smaller and lowest dam is overflowing into the creek...a very swollen creek. We are not in any danger here but I believe other places in Tasmania have not fared so well. This makes it all perfect weather for ducks.....although, I haven't seen any about! but as for me....I have lots on the go to keep me in the warm and dry.

With the Flowerville stitching complete and only one block left on A Country Tea Party, it was time to turn my thoughts to what will follow. Oh my, the choices! Last week I showed you one BOM kit that I decided to start and I prepped block one for that. It is called Marmalade by Sue Daley. I am doing all the applique bit with needleturn.

I bought this kit for my birthday a couple of years ago and then I remembered one I had bought for my birthday a year earlier....maybe it was time to get started on that too! So I prepped block one for Spring Bouquet. One thing I love about this kit is that all the shapes are pre-cut so it is just a case of placing them on the background, ironing down.....and then.....sew! I am doing this one in blanketstitch by hand.

I also prepped another month's worth of blocks for Brookfield by Leonie Bateman. Leonie is hosting a Mid Winter Gathering...stitching day this month which I really want to attend.....CLICK HERE to find out more.

And on top of that, I received a parcel in the mail......I always said I would never get on the Sashiko bandwagon....it never appealed...until......I saw this!

I saw it on Pinterest and just fell in love so ordered it directly from Sylvia Pippen Designs in the US. It is called Sashiko & Butterflies. It was a very reasonable price for the kit considering the USD/AUD currency rate at the moment.

So as you can see, it may be Weather for Ducks outdoors but indoors it is Weather for Stitching!

How are you coping with the weather where you live.....is it sunny, windy, raining??

What do you have to share for this week?

  • Link will be open until this coming Sunday.
  • Link anything that you are working on this week or over the past week....needle and thread is all it takes.
  • Please add a link back to Bits 'n Bobs as part of your post (why not get the button code from the side bar to paste into your post). This will help your readers finding the Link Up if they want to participate as well.
  • Please make the effort to visit other link users and leave them a comment. Leaving me a comment after linking up will help me know that you have been by and linked up
  • Other Link Parties are more than welcome to link up too! Please NO Sales, Endorsement or Promotional Posts....they will be deleted.

Link Below

Also linking with:


  1. I love reading blogs like yours where you have multiple projects going on. It makes me feel normal! That Spring Bouquet looks yummy! Can't wait to watch your progress. :)

  2. Such gorgeous projects Cath!
    Love your spring bouquet project!! The colours are amazing..
    Such cute baskets and the sashiko is a winner too!
    Happy sewing

  3. I've never tried any of Edyta's silhouette projects, maybe sometime. It would be nice to have the prep work completed ahead of time. Really love the baskets. Blessings, Gretchen

  4. All great choices for the next project! Looking forward to see your progress on them.

  5. You've got lots of beautiful projects in the works. I love your newest acquistions, but I'm a sucker for anything with butterflies on it.

  6. I just found you today. Love the quilts you are working on. I have seen the pre-cut pieces for that quilt by Edyta Sitar and wondered if they were just for machine piecing or could be done by hand - are they working out ok for hand work? Not to hard on the needle?

  7. You have some beautiful projects going on there. Stay safe and dry! Happy Sewing!


  8. The sashiko and butterflies llloks like so much fun. I may have to get that kit myself. I did some sashiko for my Blue collection quilt. I put maple leaves on a blue pot.
    You have some good times ahead of you!

  9. We've had a fair amount of rain here too, and it makes for wonderful stitching days. :) You have so many projects to keep you busy, it must be fun to decide which one you will work on for the day. The kit looks like lots of fun - I hope you enjoy it!

  10. We had rain all day here today right now its coming down pretty hard. Love the SPring Bouquet kit and those little basket have me tempted to start some. I love ths Sashiko kit and look forward to your progress. I love having more than one project going.

  11. Cath what fantastic projects you have on the go. wonderful to have the pieces done ready for the beautiful Spring bouquet. Sashiko is also something that is on my list to try...

  12. I admire your patience, doing needle turn. No rainy weather here, but I keep hoping. Spring Bouquet will be so lovely.

  13. Glad everyone is safe with the rains, and beautiful work and stash!

  14. You have some really pretty projects in the works. Spring Bouquet is going to be gorgeous. I love those fabrics in Marmalade.

  15. You are one busy lady! That Sashiko and Butterflies looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing the results.

  16. I enjoy reading other people blogs from different countries, I learn a lot. I hope it was ok to link to the post I wrote about our farm and my garden. Blessings, Gretchen

  17. So many pretty projects! LOve that applique quilt you've begun!

  18. WOW you do have a lot of pretty projects that you've started! I love the Sashiko! No wonder you bought it as soon as you saw it!

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs.

  19. Hi, Cath! Just popping in to say hello. :) Beautiful projects!


I would love to hear your comments so please leave one....I try to get around to answering ALL comments. If you are having trouble leaving me a comment here...email me at cathquilts(dot)gmail(dot)com(dot)au

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...