Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Just a little post to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  May your year be full of lots of stitching and most importantly good health.

My New Year's Resolution is to try and finish at least one project a month.  I will have to do some extras for when I am away and won't be stitching.  I would resolve not to buy any more projects but all these lovely designers keep creating great things to tempt me so I am not going to bother with that one.

Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Christmas Day

I thought I would show you all some of the pictures from my Christmas.  We had such a lovely day but ate way too much.

Firstly I received this gift in the post from Shirley in London for the Christmas in July Swap.


Thanks so much Shirley its great.  I am going to use the fabric to make another camera case.


This is my parents with all their grandchildren.



This is me we my nephews Thomas in the yellow top, Joshua in the grey and my niece Mikayla (aka Little).


This is some of my extended family.  My sister Robyn in the red apron hosted Christmas lunch this year.  Thanks Robyn and Chris for such a great day.


And it wouldn't be Christmas without "Mini Santa".  It is a family tradition that someone dresses up as Santa.  Most of us have had a turn and now it has been handed done to my eight year old niece Nikita who did a great job Ho Ho Ho.


This is my cousin Stuart who is really pleased with his present from Santa.  Matthew Hayden's book if only he could come back and play for Australia again most needed.  Congratulations to the English Team.

Yesterday we took my eldest niece Sarsha to see Mary Poppins the Musical which we gave her as a Christmas gift.  It was great and I can highly recommend it.

Next time I will show some stitching.  I just need to put the binding on Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Until next time Happy Stitching

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope all your Christmas shopping is now finished, all the presents are wrapped and you are sitting with your feet up relaxing.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year stay safe.

I hope Santa brings you all lots of stitching goodies.

Happy Stitching

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Stitching

I have been busy with some Christmas stitching.

Have a look.

This is my Twas the Night before Christmas designed by Helen Stubbings of Hugs n Kisses.  It was so much fun to make so now up to the quilting which I am going to do myself as it isn't too big for my machine.


Christmas Time for Teddy Bears by Teddlywinks which I purchased last year and had done most of the stitching so now it is a top also ready for quilting.  Now I just have to crawl around the floor to do my quilt sandwiches. 


Okay this one isn't Christmas but it is entirely finished and quilted all by me.  Springtime Butterflies designed by Gail Pan.  I might have to snuggle under it tonight as the weather has turned a bit cooler but not as cold as England with all that snow.  I hope everyone is keeping warm and staying safe.

Until next time happy stitching

P.S.  Have you got your New Years Resolutions ready.  I have the same one every year to complete my UFO's not sure that I am entirely successful.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

O'Christmas Tree

This morning I put up my Christmas Tree and decorated my place.

I really enjoy putting up the Christmas Tree and checking out all my decorations and remembering where the came from or when I made it and thinking oh this is my favourite and then pulling the next one out and thinking no this my favourite.


I decorated my box you can see my new table runner peeking through all the decorations.  I have been making it over the past couple of weeks.

Another Cinderberry Stitches design this one is called Christmas Belles and I have done it in my latest favourite fabric range Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I have more of this fabric so I have another two quilts I am going to use it in.


This is my Christmas Sack waiting for Santa I have been very good.  It is a Hugs n Kisses design which featured in Homespun a few years ago.  It was alot of work but I just love it.

And finally my Christmas Wreath by Janelle Wind which was one of our Christmas in July patterns hanging proudly on my front door.


Well I hope this has got you in the festive mood.  I even played Christmas Carols while decorating one of our papers had a free Michael Buble CD with Christmas songs yesterday so I made sure I got a copy.  He is one of my favourite singers.

Now all I need to do is write my cards and wrap my presents.  Then I can put my feet up and relax with some stitching.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

This is what I have been up to

I have been making some Christmas decorations.  I can only show one as the other is for my swap partner for the Christmas in July swap.

Cute don't you think.  This is a pattern by May Blossom using wool felt which is so lovely to work with even though it is a bit expensive.  It comes in such lovely colours.  Must take a photo of the other one to show you all later.

I got this little kit at one of the shows I went to during the year.  I didn't quite get the zipper right not sure I actually understood what the instructions were telling me but it doesn't look too bad.


It was a Moda Bakehouse kit.

Last but not least introducing Baby Hootie.


I have made it as a gift for a friend but think I will have to make one for me.  This design is called The Hootie Hoo Family by Natalie Ross in Stitches Visit Natalie's blog.

Well that is all for today and am doing some hand quilting.  Can you believe that there are three days until summer and we only reached 15 degrees C today and it has rained all weekend so hence no washing has got done

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Butterfly Bliss

This is what I have been up to.

Springtime Butterflies by Gail Pan Gail's blog and I have used the beautiful Bliss range of fabrics designed by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Camille's blog  (I have just discovered Camille's blog and really like it so I am sharing it with you all.)  Yes another blog to check out in my spare time it is a wonder I get any sewing done.


I have stitched the butterflies using variegated Cosmo thread.  I have needle turned the petals and all the circles so I am getting some practice in.

I spent most of last weekend doing this.


Twenty-four seven and half inch log cabins for my Tail Feathers Block of the month.  I have now started putting the blocks together.  All of the above fabrics are from the stash so it is going to have a scrappy look. 

I also spent some time with my little buddies.

Thomas and Joshua had been to see Santa and they are wearing their reindeer ears.  They are moving up to Katherine in the Northern Territory early next year so I will be visiting them later next year.

Only five weeks to go until Christmas hasn't the year gone fast.  Are you ready?  I have made a pretty good start on my shopping just have a couple of brothers-in-law to buy for but not yet sure what to get.  Any ideas gratefully accepted.

Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hats and Flowers

This week I attended a class where we made a hat.  Not the kind that you wear on your head but a pin cushion.  It is made from wool felt which comes in the most delicious colours.  I have good intentions to make another as it was such fun to make and was done in a three hour class.

It is designed by Simone Gooding of May Blossom.  She makes a lot of felt projects and I have a couple on the go at the moment.  I am also waiting on the aqua felt to arrive.

The other thing I have been working on this week is my Flower Pot People and I have finished block 1 yeah.


Sorry I am having a few problems and can't get the photo to go the correct way.  Computers sometimes have minds of their own.  Anyway this is designed by Natalie Ross In Stitches and I managed to get the same fabrics as Natalie used in hers apart from the white and dark pink for the petals.  The rest of the fabric is from a range called Hunky Dory which I love and will have enough left over for some other projects.

Finally we have a weekend where it is not raining and we now have some sunshine so hopefully I won't have to turn the heater on again for a while.  Fingers crossed.

I spending the rest of my Sunday sewing and stitching so I should have more to show soon.

Happy stitching

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Not much stitching

I haven't had much time over the past week to do much stitching as I have been working late while the other girls at the office have some time off.  I have also decided to have a big clear out which has taken up my time.  I have nearly finished in my sewing room it is amazing what you find.  I have been very strict and kept asking myself  "do I need it will I use it?"  If the answer was no out it went.

Last week my niece Nikita turned 8.  She also got a quillow for her birthday.


The pink floral side.



The green bee side.

Could someone please send some sun my way.  It has been cold and wet here for the last few days.  The start of November and still needing the heater on seems a bit sad.

Happy Stitching.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blocks of the Month

I hadn't had a chance to show the latest instalments for both my blocks of the month.


It is much quicker to stictch when you only use one thread colour.

This is something from Christmas in July that I have made.


Janelle Wind's Christmas Wreath.  It is nice to do Christmas in brights.

Happy stitching

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sublime Season

Just an apology for being absent for so long I had been trying to finish a project to show and then fell ill (much better now except for a horrible cough) so needless to say the project isn't finished but I thought I would give a progress report.

It is another great Cinderberry Stitches design you may have gathered I really love Natalie's designs.  I got this one last Christmas and did all the stitcheries and then left it for a while as it is bordered by lots of pinwheels. 

These are the beautiful stitcheries.  Yes it is a Christmas design using part of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Natalie always uses such beautiful colours and her stitchery designs are just great.


This is my machine hard at work making the pinwheels.  There was a bit of unpicking involved.


The pinwheels nearly all completed yeah!! That was lots of work.

Sublime Season put together minus the outer borders.  Hopefully I will be able to get the borders on to show shortly.

I will be back with my blocks of the months soon.

Happy stitching.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Patchwork Shops

With my week off work I had some time to visit a few patchwork shops.  On Monday I went to A Little Different in Geelong.  This is a great shop with lots of samples to inspire.  On Friday I went to a quilt show at the Hawthorn Town Hall and then to Patchwork House and yesterday I went on a long drive to Catharina's Country Collection and The Patchwork Tea House.  All of these shops are just great and so inspiring.  The Patchwork Tea House also has delicious meals.  I was very good and didn't buy too much.

This is something I did buy.  It is so cute a Teddlywinks design.  I just love teddies.

I have managed to do a little bit of sewing this week but not much as I have been out and about a bit.  I finished this bag this morning.



It is a folding tote designed by Heather Bailey.  Much prettier than the green bags we all have now days. 

Off to do some more sewing.

Until next time happy stitching

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm Back

Sorry been a bit slack on the blog the last couple of weeks.  I have been busy organising a big trip for next year to Canada and the USA sooo exciting as I have been saving for such a long time.

My cousin got married last Sunday it was such a great day.  It was an nontraditional ceremony with lots of laughs.

This is me with the happy couple Alicia and Steve.  It was a bit cold so I had to buy a beautiful new coat lucky it was on sale.  I was also lucky enough to catch the bouquet so now I am going to try to dry the roses.  This is what I made for them as a gift.

It is a Giggle Buttons design and framed beautifully by my brother-in-law's brother-in-law Paul who always does such a great job.

This is me and my Mum.

I have also been doing some stitching.

This is Christmas Block of the Month only two left to go now.

This is something I have had for a while some English paper piecing.  It is a bed runner.  I had been wanting to do hexagons for ages but the idea of doing a quilt seemed too daunting so I came across this pattern in a magazine.  I have used soft colours for this one pretty pinks and greens.

I will be back later in the week as I have the week off work so hopefully I will be able to squeeze in some more stitching and I am also going to visit some patchwork shops.

Have a great week and happy stitching.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bagalicious Club

Yes it is that time again the next installment of the Bagalicious Club.

And wait for it.


Are you impressed?  I picked up the kit from the Post Office on Saturday and had it finished by Sunday.  This design is by Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers and had English Paper Piecing.

I have also finished my version of Flat Nat and my camera bag from Janelle Wind's book Pieces of Me.




Until next time happy stitching.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Birthdays

This week is a busy birthday week in our family.  My twin nephews and my eldest niece Sarsha all celebrated birthdays so we have three birthdays in two days.  Sarsha had a very busy week with her school play Annie she shared the lead role of Annie with her friend.  I went and saw her perform twice.  I am one proud Auntie.  The original movie is one of my all time favourites.  I really enjoy musicals. 

This is what I gave to Thomas and Joshua.

Quillows.  They are off on a caravan trip to Central Australia for six weeks so these will come in very handy. Joshua has the red car quillow and Thomas the robot brown quillow.  I have terrible trouble telling them apart.

I have also be making some button hair clips.  Being modelled by my other three nieces, Mikayla, Nikita and Taneisha.

I used self covered buttons and put the bobby pin through the shank of the button.  I got a fat quarter of fabric with will Babushka dolls which fitted perfectly.  The hair clips would make great little gifts and you can make them in no time at all.

Until next time happy stitching

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sew many projects sew little time

Do you ever feel like you have so many projects to make and not enough time?  Do you sometimes don't know where to begin?  That has been me over the last few days so I have been doing a bit of this and that and feel like nothing is really progressing and then this all arrives in the post to tempt and distract me even further.


My Christmas in July purchases together with Block 4 o f Scandinavian Christmas um still only working on Block 1.  Will get there eventually.

I have finished this.



A Christmas decoration.  I got this at the Craft Show in July.  I have another one to make up.  I loved the wooden buttons so cute.

I have also been doing some crocheting as the weather last week here was cold it has improved in the last couple of days but I think that it is only a tease and it will be back to cold again.



Don't you love the bright colours.  I am hoping Mum will sew them altogether for me once I am done.  I still have a lot to do as it is going to be a big blanket.

Now what will I work on tonight?  My camera bag, Flat Nat or crocheting decisions decisions.

Until next time happy stitching.