Saturday, October 18, 2014

FNSI October....

Thanks again to Wendy for hosting FNSI .... all 49 of us.... good party....

The Friday evening group was meeting again so I went along to that.... a smaller group, some familiar faces and some new ones... it's a lovely time to gently chat and hear about each others lives and what is going on....

... and eat cake.... on pretty plates...with pretty forks...


I was doing some hand sewing on a secret project .....


... this is another side of the mouse pincushion... little hexagons.... 

Christine and I were making them together... sort of... pop over HERE and see hers which she made 2/3rds smaller... it's ultra cute and ultra pretty...

 

My pincushion sides are together now but it needs stuffing to be recognisable.... 

... and my blankie is finished.....


... it's soft, and light, and pretty .....


This is a native tree flowering in my garden at the moment... it is only about 2 metres tall and covered in blossom...


... close up of the bunches of flowers...


Righto, Gotto Go..... the weekend has caught up with me.... and that mouse pincushion needs stuffing...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A new postcard... and sewing progress.....


I recently took part in a postcard swap hosted by Sheila..... and today my card arrived all the way from Lin in France....

This autumn crazy patch has stamped leaves and so beautifully stitched in gold.... its lovely


Lin does amazing art work with her fabric... I love seeing what she is doing and full of admiration with her lovely ideas...  Thank youso much Lin... a lovely addition to my postcards...

The theme was Autumn and I used some autumny coloured batik fabric and added some of my quilting on old doily flowers...


(picture taken from Lin's blog as I forgot to take a picture!!)

I have done the stitchery for the next side of my Mouse Pincushion....


... and actually put in a zip in the Princess's outfit..... (Christine gave me some 'pearls' to go with it - well a princess has to have pearls doesn't she?)



... and placed the label on the Princess's quilt...


Righto, Gotto Go.... I'm almost done with my crochet edging on my blankie...... sudden cool spell so it has been nice to have it over my knee whilst working on it

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rewards....


I seem to be one to justify starting a new project...... I did finish my Christmas quilt so a good reason for something new??????


I have had this pattern of Natalie Birds for some time so out it came..... 


.... as much as I love my home felted wool it is quite thick and I wanted some of the fine wool for this delicate project .... so I splashed out on some very pretty pure wool pieces....


... and one little side is sewn.....


....  also the little teddy by Libby Richardson is stitched and her little flowers and lace added.... I do like the 3D effect she has shown us for the flowers....


... and since grandiegirl is visiting later this year and I will be giving her the quilt I needed a label... this was an extra flower I had mistakenly traced out... so that is sewn on some plain fabric...


Trying to tidy out some of my started projects .... but I am seriously addicted and can't help myself starting something new.....

Righto, Gotto Go.. that pincushion has 4 sides to it.... 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Christmas Quilt

Had a happy time yesterday finishing off detail on my Christmas wallhanging


I've ironed on a toy soldier - to guard the winery 


... stitched on stars to brighten the way for Santa....


...sewn reindeer antlers and glued on the reins....


... liberally applied glitter glue snow....


... added a snowman...


 ... and a penguin....


.... decorated some trees with diamante's ...


.... here is the whole quilt.... the glitter looks smudgy (and it is) but it sparkles happily in the light


These are the blocks close up....









I'm really happy with this quilt... it's a bit shabby... and a bit quirky .... and lots of fun... 

Welcome to the North Pole pattern book is by  Piece O' Cake Designs - Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Charming Stars

These stars are pretty fun to make...

Thanks Terry for hosting this charming star sewalong


...  so now we are 8....


The Pattern for this fun quilt is found HERE on the Moda site..

On the hand stitching front I have done this cute stitchery by Anni Downs... it's for a bookmark.... someone asked me when I was doing it "Why would you want to do so much work for a bookmark?"  "Good question..... because I can!"



Crafters are a bit crazy aren't we?  but it's so much fun

This is from the book Anthea and Jeneta gave me... I love it...

I went to the Brisbane Craft Show yesterday... the best part was travelling with lovely friends and then meeting up with other lovely friends, the next best part was seeing an amazing array of quilts (they were celebrating 30 years so had winning quilts from other years there too .... I was too busy chatting to take pics!!! sorry for that)

Righto, Gotto Go.... today I seem to be very busy and achieving nothing.... 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Summer Mini and FNWF

The latest mini swap I have done has a Summer theme .... and my lovely one arrived from Anorina 


Such a lovely modern and happy mini.... a lot of beautifully done work in it... the little stitched disk has been bound then attached to the beautifull pieced star ... and then quilted too... 


it even matches my lovely roses ...

Anorina is one of our young modern Australian designers and I love her work and thrilled to have a piece of her art in my home.

Included with the mini was some threads and needles... we never have enough of those do we


Thank you so much Anorina, I love my mini and that saying is one we often use in our family when we talk to each other so it is just perfect for me...

On the first Friday of each month Cheryll aka Dory hosts FNWF and I love sewing with other people.... this Friday I did something different and joined a group of ladies at The Quilters Angel for an evening sewing ..... Marion hosts this and we get a lovely glass of wine... or tea ... or water (I'm sure you will have no problem guessing what I had) and a range of eats... we can shop and sew and chat and later comes tea with ...... cake...


chocolate and mint and strawberry all in one... just delicious and on such lovely crockery.... it was very relaxing and fun and a lovely group of stitching women

... I worked on the buttonhole stitch applique for my teddy... I did shop... I needed some brown thread for her eyes....


Widget stayed at home to look after Hubz... they made burgers and read books and were fast asleep by the time I got home.

Great sewing with friends.. both in the flesh and cyberly

Righto, Gotto Go.... 'tis weekend enjoyment time

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