Monday, May 4, 2015

EPP FHFS .....

Translation... an online swap group, Friends Having Fun Swaps hosted by Peg and Shez recently did a swap with the theme of English Paper Piecing....

It's a fun group and everyone makes such different items... and such amazing ones too......

My partner was my friend Michelle and this is what I made her....

This sewing companion is from Anni Downs book "The Simple Life".... I changed her little blocks to hexagons for the base....

I just think that bunny and saying is just perfect and sweet....


... hexagons all the way round the back....


I know Michelle likes French General colours


... inside there is plenty of room for pins and needles....


and extra pockets for those things we need to take with us....


... and they all button up nicely...

I think it is a well thought out pattern ...


I also made a book mark... this is from a different Anni Downs book....


I love gentle fabric in my precious books....


.. of course one has to put little silly things like bunnies and important things like chocs in too!!!


Thanks Peg and Shez for hosting this swap, thanks Michelle for loving what I sent you.....

... meantime I have sewn another of Michelle's alphabet bears....

H is for Hive, and Honey .. and Heart 



Righto, Gotto Go...thinking cap on.. the next swap is a ruler cover but I have a pincushion to make before that.....

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FNWF results....

So Friday was a great day to stay home and sew..... it rained and rained... and rained...

I did some quilting and this is my little warm up piece....  nice soft watery shapes...



In spite of 5" of rain and still coming down I thought I should go out to my Friday night sewing so I could stitch with cyber and in person friends ...

I got a bit bogged getting out the driveway..... so I had to go forwards....


... and back again on the other side!!!!

(I am married to a very kind and tolerant man... but he found it impossible to understand how I managed to mess up BOTH sides of the driveway! ... easy I said... too easy) ...


I'm glad I did continue on my way as there was sweet treats to be had....

Marion made this Banoffie Pie.... just very wickedly delicious....


I started sewing the smaller pieces for my Natalie Bird "In My Garden" quilt which is a Facebook Stitchalong De is hosting... 

... this is the progress I had over the evening, 


I have continued to work on my Alphabet Bears in the evenings and C is for Cupcake... and cherry.... and cute!


Righto, Gotto Go.... need to supervise the fixing of the ditches on the side of the driveway!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friends Having Fun Swap.....

How lovely to have had a visit from Mr Postie yesterday

I am in a lovely online swap group and my partner was Ondrea....

What a lovely table topper I recieved...


I just adore these sweet stitcheries in amidst the hexagons....


... and there was some treats added to the parcel too.... some lovely choccy and a little compact mirror... it's so pretty...


I took this close up picture so you can see just how much work went into this lovely topper.... all hand sewn and the quilting around the edge another lovely touch...

... what a pretty thread used ...


It's so beautifully done and fits my table next to where I sit EVERY night and sew - doesn't it just breathe happy into that space....


Thank you so much Ondrea, welcome to the group and I'm happy to have been your first swappy in FHFS... love my gift...

Thanks Shez and Peg for hosting the swap and getting us girls all organised....

Righto, Gotto Go.... wet and cold and grey (love it like this for a few days) ... I may need to stay indoors and sew....



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Little quilt....

I wanted to do try doing a disappearing 4 patch with some small patches


... it turned into a little quilt


about 6" square and has gone to a friend who is doing up her pink sewing room...


... and I am putting a bit more energy into getting my alphabet bears sewn...

L is for Love, and Lavender


This is the cake I made earlier this month for Hubz to take to work .... 
(I found the picture in my files!)

fun, easy and I believe it tasted good too ... basic chocolate cake inside


Righto, Gotta Go... I am doing a few secret things at the moment .... hmmmmmmmm




Friday, April 24, 2015

April's Stitch-A-Long blocks....

The Stitch-A-Long hosted by Chookyblue and trusty sidekick Susan is doing Anni Downs new quilt pattern "Nature's Journey"

This month there are two little circles
(these blocks are 3 1/2" square)


.. two bees....


....a  dragonfly ....
(6 1/2" blocks)


... two flowers....


... some cherries ....


... and a star ....


I am enjoying playing with these blocks and doing a bit of fussy cutting

using French General 'Lumiere de Noel' fabrics...


Chookyblue is hosting a retreat at the end of this month.... anyone can go at no cost (except for your materials and your wine, and your snacks etc)  .... it's a virtual retreat ... pop along HERE to read more about it...

Also Chookyblue's friend Jewells are looking for some quilts to be donated to people who have been flooded in NSW... read about this HERE...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little Beds.....

I had a special request for beds for dolls and other stuffed toys... for a certain grandiegirls birthday this month....

Happy 4th birthday Maddy.... we love you lots ...


I had some happy scraps from the 'strip' quilt... and they were perfect colours for a princess's stuffies....


... a little bunny slipped in there.....


an assortment of little beds ....


I also put in one of these pretty little zippy bags to hold those special treasures princesses have.....


this is an older pic now but I love it


Haha... even a princess has to be silly sometimes?

Maddy's mum sent me a picture with the little beds in use.... so sweet 


they were all exhausted after a day at the Seaside and picnic lunch

Righto, Gotto Go..... I've got paperwork to sort out today... yeuckkkk. 

I'd rather eat birthday cake.

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