Saturday, November 22, 2014

FNSI results.....

Friday was a sewing day for me.... various bits and bobs got done and I carried on in the evening with it...... I do like those days..... joined in the evening by lots of other friends at FNSI hosted by Wendy... thanks for having us ....

I bought this fabric a few years ago.... I just love it - butterflies and bees and lady bugs.... finally decided to use it.... and some other fat quarters....

some simple quilting


then I finished off the hand stiching for my next section of  "Times Gone By" sampler and joined it to the pieced blocks.....


there is a bonus little birdie pattern with this block..... so now I have a new thing on my list!!! 

... here it is joined it onto the other blocks......


the other strip of letters and numbers will go below the next block.... which I need to prepare...

Later I did some hand stitching of this cute stitchery (Michelle Ridgeway design) ..... 


... and did several small bindings....


... to make up some wine totes for Christmas gifts.....

 

I used THIS lovely tutorial from Kate at Needle and Spatula... easy to follow and fun to do... as you can see by the ones standing up they are a perfect size for a favourite tipple ..

I used the thermal lined wadding so hopefully it will keep cooled wine cool for a little while... I thought my favourite fabric one would be perfect to take on a picnic

Righto, Gotto Go.....  need to get on with some ornament making ....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas is coming.....

I have posted off a couple of secret parcels.......


these are for Chookyblue's SSCS swap and my parcels are off overseas... and another small one is staying local....


I started making my grandchildren their own personal stockings a few years ago .... this one was needed quickly to post off over seas so I based it on a ready printed panel....


.... she is lucky and has two sides to her stocking.... and it's big enough for her to use as a sleeping bag!


the pictures have been diddled up with quilting and buttons, bells and fuzzy noses and fluffy hat wool...

I received these lovely bauble buttons in a parcel a few years ago... absolutely perfect for this project


sparkly, jingly ausi animals....


.... I just had to add this cute little 'hand made' hand charm....



lots of quilting in a glitter thread....  you can't see it in the pictures very much but the stocking sparkles nicely...


.. so much sewing to get done ... I have moved into the dining area to sit under the aircon....

Hubz laughs at my 'princess and the pea' throne.... I need the height when I'm quilting or my shoulders hurt... however this bunch of cushions does squish down a fair bit!!!!!


Very busy trying to get all sorts of secret stitching done.... I am so grateful for these little balls of energy drink.....


Righto, gotta go... back to work 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Needlecase.....

A friend of mine (no blog) has a birthday and I have made her a little needlecase using a Michelle Ridgeway alphabet stitchery....


.. I made it a fairly simple book shape with a pad of lovely wool and a little pocket on the inside... and tied with a ribbon....


My needleturn block is finished.... those little petals were a challenge as they are little...


... so this week I moved onto block two for the wallhanging (Helen Stubbings design) ...


The quote is one with less writing than on the pattern and the little flower was included with the pattern set as a bonus so this block is quite different to the original....


... and these half inch hexagons all got sewn down last night....


I've done a few other things... secret things... so you can't see them... not just yet anyhows....

Righto, Gotto Go...... more secret things to stitch....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Summer storm.... at last ..

A couple more lonely blocks have been made into placemats


... and heaps of scraps have been joined together to make these blocks.... I'm still going.... this is going to be a large scrap quilt....


At last yesterday we saw a real build up of summer storms....


not heaps of rain but enough to lay the dust down and add a bit of water to the tank (20mls) ....

something satisfying by a littering of jacaranda flowers on my 'wannabealawn'


I need a new Christmas stocking for little Astrid... so I will be playing with this today.... 


... so pleased to have found the perfect panel to make up for a quick fix so I can post it to the UK before Christmas ...



Sunday, November 9, 2014

FNWF and other things....

I was pretty exhausted after waiting for little baby to arrive on Friday ..... 

Astrid Sophie is her name.... ( I think she was doing a little smile especially for me!)
... and she and her mum are home now.... all is good...


... we had a lovely sunset whilst we toasted her arrival...


... and in the evening for FNWF (thanks Dory aka Cheryl aka Chez for having us)  I finished off the last stitches on this Michelle Ridgeway alphabet letter for a friend with an upcoming birthday ....


... and sewed a button on this Christmas postcard which is going to Brazil....


The next morning I checked my hoya plant....and its lovely honey drops...


... this plant just fascinates me... and this little spider was enjoying the honey I think....


... and we enjoyed the galah's over for breakfast....


... young widget came to stay... he also enjoyed his breakfast! ....


... today I wanted to change my rotary blade.... (all that trimming of HST's)....


... I had never noticed the warning signs before.... anyone use goggles when they are cutting?????


our hobby seems to be getting more and more dangerous..... 

Righto, Gotto Go.... a bit of danger risk taking to do.... hmmmmm

Friday, November 7, 2014

Very happy .....

Hubz and I met our new granddaughter last evening.... just one hour old.... how sweet she is.... and wide awake for having gone through all that struggling to get out and meet us!


This is Maddy's little sister and they live in the UK and so again I am incredibly grateful for modern technology....

This is the cot quilt I will be sending over for her (label still to be made) 
(I have shown it before... it has been waiting for a special princess to own it!)


I traced designs from the fabric range onto the top of the quilt and hand stitched these....


...and appliqued the words on the bottom... just soft quilting so it is snuggly and soft


.. the backing is some lovely vintage hollyhobby girl sheeting that I found...


Maddy wanted a sister more than anything.... see how utterly delighted she is....


.... another princess.... and I still tear up with joy....

Righto, Gotto Go.....

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