Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scrap Strips....

In my venture to sort and tidy I found a whole bunch of 'scraps' which had been passed on to me .... so I have cut them all into 2 1/2" strips.....  I think this range was around a few years ago... it's very happy colours


I have some plain white I am going to use with it.... some day ....

Meanwhile.......  TA DA.... 

 I present the Mouse Pincushion


The pattern is by Natalie Bird


I love it


Found a perfect button for the top (as I didn't have a little fluffy ball)


Michelle showed us some lovely lace on her blog, and Teresa also did a little while ago....  (I have included links to their relevant posts should you want to have a look at what they showed)

I have a piece of this lace and I wondered how one gets to know how old it is...  I know it was used in the 1950's (on my mums wedding dress) but sadly never found out anything about it prior to that


there is quite a few tear hole (moths or such like have had a feast I think) in it 

Righto, Gotto Go - there still seems to be so much I want to do ....

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Night in the Big City....

A date was planned to meet these lovely ladies on Monday....


Marina was visiting all the way from Melbourne and so I wasn't going to miss a trip to the city..... Hubz kindly arranged business meetings so he would keep out our way!!!

Here are bloggy friends Teresa, Marina and Michelle at a lovely cafe overlooking Brisbane.... I have on good authority we had a 5 hour lunch!  Chatter, chatter, giggle, chatter, laugh out loud, more chatter..... you get the picture I'm sure.... 

On Saturday morning my daughter called and said she has some tickets for a show in Brisbane Sunday night.... so we made a night of it...

I love the mix of the old and new in the city....


Ferry across the river to South Bank...


This musician is not as widely known as some.... he should be though ...


This is the link to the official website HERE 

At 72 he is amazing... lovely show, lovely music, lovely man... he didn't say much but he did say "Men need to stop violence against women"... I think this just depicts his philosophy


Lots of his music on youtube.... 

There is a documentary "Searching for Sugarman" available... interesting watching

Hubz used to listen to him when he was in college in South Africa in the mid 1970's... 

Ferry back to our lodgings for the night...


I took my stitching... but didn't get much done!!


Righto, Gotto Go.....  just gotta catch up on stuff...

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

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