Sunday, August 28, 2016

A gift, a block, a few finishes...... and a new project ....


I find it just lovely when I get a surprise in the mail.....

Dear Anthea sent me this gorgeous zipper purse just because she could... isn't that lovely of her.... It's a goodly size and I think will be perfect for carrying a new project I am doing around.  Thanks so much Anthea - I love it and perfect timing ...


This is the newest Dutch Treat block I have done.... I rather like it.... maybe it's the geometric symetry I like?  (that sounds very arty farty of me!)


I sewed up the lonely blocks I had into mats... they are a bit ugly and the edges wavy... but they are out of the UFO drawer and have a use now.....


... so that's 6 new pot mats for me... and I even threw some old ones out!



Public opinion persuaded me to finish my hexagons to the use they were intended... and I sewed up the edges of these hexagons to make the table topper.....


.. they look pretty good in the centre of the dining table with my bowl of fruit (you can tell I need to do a grocery shop can't you?????)



... and because I have been good and finished all those UFO's I have started a new project.  It's a preprinted panel and uses quite a few stitches I haven't tried before in 4 threads at a time....

This is the project going into my new pineapple zipper purse from Anthea.....



Righto, Gotto Go.....  we have had some lovely rain... and the weeds are feasting so I should really go and show some interest and supervise a bit?????

23 comments:

I am said...

Good morning my lovely friend,gee those dutch treat blocks are amazing ,each one looks so hard,well done my friend and yes your new table topper looks fantastic on your table,lol thats something i need to do too is go grocery shopping,love your new bag and i hope you have a lovely sunday Fiona xx

Elyte said...

A lovely surprise, you just can't have enough zipper purses to store projects and treasures. Love seeing finished projects being used and admired.

Chookyblue...... said...

The table tippet looks heaps bigger then i thought it was once it is on the table......

Anita said...

I love the hexies you've made....they're groovy girl. A beautiful gift from Anthea and
heaps of lovely stitching too. You've been busy. lol

Jane Galley said...

what a lovely surprise! Love the look of your new stitching project

Jennifer said...

A lovely gift......very useful, so of course it needs a new project.......can't put an old UFO in a shiny new bag! Our weeds have developed a mind of their own too, and are well on their way to taking over the universe.

Susan said...

Lovely variety of projects in your post. Like your "real" fruit bowl too :)

Diane Sloan said...

You've been very productive...your new project looks very interesting....love the blue.

Doreen Auger said...

Such surprises are a wonderful "day brightener" for sure!! Your table topper is perfect and a mostly empty bowl is a 'good thing'!!! (unless it's artificial stuff!! LOL!) What a fun stitchery is that last/new one!! Enjoyment on a rainy day="good thing"! Sending hugs on a VERY foggy damp Sunday morning....

sunny said...

You've been busy, and I think you deserve a new project. I received one of Anthea's zip pouches a couple of years ago, and I just love it! Enjoy yours.

Raewyn said...

Lovely pineaple bag from Anthea, and a gorgeous project you have started to go inside it. Your latest Dutch treat block is beautiful. And a lovely finish of the hexagons :-)

Jeanette said...

The topper & pot mats look very lovely. Love your latest Dutch block. Hugs,xx

Sue SA said...

Great job getting some UFO's off your list, you deserve a new project! Hope the weeds marched out of the garden for you with minimal effort!

Melody said...

As always your post is full to the brim with delightful sewing. I particularly love your finish of Michelles table topper...very beautiful

Susan said...

the table topper is "tops" and of course we all need to know what the pre pritned thing is??? well I do anyway...Your Dutch treat is wonderful - I can see you are getting better with every block....and that is not to say that the early ones were awful .....

Lin said...

Very thoughtful of Anthea and perfect timing. I too like the symmetry of your Dutch block - it is a pretty one. The table topper had to be! It looks great. xx

barb's creations said...

Beautiful zipper pouch, isn't it wonderful when yummy things like this arrives in the mail instead of those dratted bills :) Look forward to seeing more sneaky peeks of your new project it sounds very interesting :) Barb.

Karen S said...

Lots of loveliness happening. The little zipper pouch is a gorgeous gift.
Your dutch block is lovely and smart move with the pot mats.
Well done finishing the table topper.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

I love the table topper, it is just gorgeous! Well worth finishing!! xx

marina said...

Very pretty pouch and loving your latest Dutch treat block. These are very clever.
So happy you went with the topper for the hexies they look so lovely.
Interesting new stitcher you project, looking forward to seeing it grow.

Barb said...

Your blog never disappoints with the wonderful inspiration...

Chrissie said...

Lovely little gift great for your new project. Sounds interesting using 4 strands that must give a really nice 3D effect. Love your table topper, it nice when you finish ufo´s and get to use them xcx

Allie-oops Designs said...

Nice bag, love the pineapples!! Oh Fiona that table topper is stunning, well done.

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