25 Jun 2022

RSc- Blue & 3 months of retirement!

 It three months since I retired and I certainly feel better, sleep better and feel more content than I can ever remember feeling feeling before.  

The last three months I've really just done whatever I felt like each day. Most days that's some sewing, or watching a TV series, going for a walk and doing a bit of decluttering.  What I love most is that there are no deadlines to meet and no morning rush to get things done before leaving the house - my time is my own!

DH retires at the end of next week and we have a small trip away planned in a few weeks and a longer holiday to Tasmania planned for November to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary as we visited Tassie for our honeymoon, so we're going to have some fun and revisit the places again. I'm really looking forward to it!

I am feeling like I want to have a bit more routine, which will be easier to plan once DH has left work. I also might go back to some sort of monthly goals as keeping monthly progress reports over the last five years really helped me to keep on track. Now I'd just be tracking different things like renovations, gardening and sewing projects.

 I've done my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for June in blue:

I also had these blue four patches,

so sewed them together into a centre square and put a dark blue border


I cut more 4" squares from some pale blue scraps and some striped fabric and after joining them cut it diagonally to give me four triangles

I joined the triangles to the centre square, then added two more borders to brighten it up and get it to the right size for a donation quilt

So thats one more top finished, added to the 'to be quilted' pile.I think I'll use dark blue binding.  I really enjoy playing with scraps and making up blocks or tops without a pattern.  

Well, its a beautiful winters day here with the sun out and a perfect blue sky. I'm off to have a walk and then I need to do some decluttering in my sewing room and sort out my sewing projects. 

Linking up to SoScrappy and Quilting is more fun than housework.

9 Jun 2022

Sweet Dreams blocks are finished!

Well I've finally finished sewing all of the Sweet Dreams blocks and I'm very happy with the way they have turned out. 

Block 15 - another block where I could add a few more rabbits...

Block 16

Block 17 - this block really pops from a distance...

Block 18

Now comes the decisions about how to place the blocks so I'll play around with them on the design wall for a few days. here's a few layouts I'm considering:



At the moment #2 is my favourite but I'll give a couple more days of consideration.

Other than sewing news - life is good here. I feel happier and more content than I have in years so I have no complaints, no regrets. DH is 'working' from home a few days each week as he winds down and we are enjoying hanging out together, sitting around drinking coffee, talking about our plans for the house and trips we want to do - its nice to have more time together.  The weather is cold and snowy, perfect to be cozy inside working at the sewing machine, the smell of soups and stews from the kitchen during the day, not having to go out into the cold to drive to work. Just taking each day as it comes and without any need to rush - retirement is good! :) 

“Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want but the realisation of how much you already have.” Anonymous