FNSI - February 2020

I joined Wendy and the gang for Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) where we enjoy some virtual sewing company. It's hosted by Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts on the third Friday of each month. Then at some point during the weekend we report back and share what we got up to.

I went out to dinner last night with a group of friends, who I met when my son started kindergarten back in 2011. Some husbands and kids came along too, though it wasn't long before the kids (teens) all gravitated to a separate table. 

I managed to make a couple of scrappy hexagons while watching the rest of 'The Stranger' on Netflix. Have you seen it? Omigosh! So good. 

My scrappy hexi count is up to 53 and I've no idea what I'm going to make with them yet, but they're fun for little travel projects.


Now going back to earlier in the day on Friday, I went down to a local library for a 'no-dig' garden workshop. I've been interested in this for such a long time and we even tried it ourselves on a side bed, but it wasn't very good and not much grew other than leafy greens.

I discovered that we hadn't used enough layers in our garden bed, so I may need to try it all again. I brought home a little sheet with all of the layers and suggestions of what to use:


Aerate the soil with a gardening fork
Sprinkle a thin layer of mineral dust - this adds essential elements to the soil
Green - lawn clippings work fine here (he said around 10cm)
Water - with seasol
Manure - cow or chicken is best
Brown - dry leaves, shredded paper etc
Green - leaves or anything green so long as it doesn't have roots or  gone to seed
Compost - if adding mushroom compost, add some used coffee grounds (which you can get for free at local coffee shops)
Brown - straw or lucerne or even sugar cane mulch
Water it all in with some more seasol or worm wee

It should all shrink down to half the height in a couple of weeks and then it can be planted. I think we'll give this a try. Other than the mineral dust, we pretty much have all the rest of it available here at home (or in the area) already.

After this class, they had a session of painting pots, which I couldn't resist.

My painting isn't the best, but geez it was a lovely way to spend some time doing something a bit different. I think I'll give this a clear coat and put it somewhere in my back garden to remind me of a lovely afternoon.


Karen's Korner said...

I am sure you will find the perfect project for those pretty hexies. I have not heard of a no dig garden bed - sounds good to me.

Susan said...

Love your pot..and your hexies - good luck with the gardening - I prefer to be inside sewing!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Your hexies are adorable. You could make a Kingfisher quilt top if you haven't already. Or just add them to quilt backs.
The Stranger. I hope you like it. We watched what seems like a million episodes of The Americans on Amazon. Finally finished that. It was rough and violent and in the end you hate the family and just wish they would all go away.
Now we are watching Counterpart. So far, so good, just a bit "sci-fi" for me. but I am always cleaning and sewing while the tv is on, or treadmilling.
There is a lot on tv. plenty to keep me distracted while sewing hahaha and unsewing.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I like the plant pot too. Very bright and perky

Vicki said...

Hexies are looking lovely, im sure you'll come up with a plan for them.
Sounds like you had an interesting and enjoyable afternoon too.

Fiona said...

your hexies look great, getting a nice collection of them now.... we watched Stranger.. it was good... hard to stop … I love your pot... happy gardening....

retdairyqueen said...

Your scrappy hexies are lovely

Ondrea said...

Love your plant pot. At first I thought you meant permaculture when you said no dig but it is a little different. Be careful when using mushroom mulch.Wear a mask and gloves. Spores in it may cause health problems. Love your hexie flowers. I am sure you will eventually work out what to do with them. Lots of creative things happening there.

Lin said...

What a super plant pot and lovely way to spend some time. The no dig plan sounds great. Your hexies are fun. xx

fournieces said...

Love that you are sewing the hexies. I did a similar project over the past two years and have one quilt finished. I call it my "flower garden explosion" and one other top pieced. Just need to get it layered and quilted. I really enjoy EPP.

Gerry said...

Where can I find instructions on how to make the hexies ? I love them.

Sharon Kwilter said...

I think that pot is wonderful.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such cute hexies, and I'm loving your pot.

Raewyn said...

Lovely hexies - I did that too - just made them for the fun of it without a real plan in mind :-) It sounds like you had an interesting Friday. Good luck with your garden, and your pot is gorgeous.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your hexies are so pretty and I am sure a lovely project will come out of them. Ohh your painted pot is so sweet. I love my garden but must confess it's a little bit the garden of neglect xx