Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Starting to hear Sleigh Bells....

I do love my handmade Christmas ornies and gifties

Michelle made both this ornie and the card - look at those tiny stitches in the plum pudding!


What a great idea from Maria sending a book mark.... the corner fits on the pages.... love it

One of the popular fund raisers here is a meat tray at a Pub... we went to a pub for lunch on Sunday and I got the winning ticket.... dinners for a week!  Wonderful. (I felt I deserved it after paying for a new water heating system!!)

We have had the sausages and the chicken so far... both delicious and we will be going to the Paddock for more!


The Echinacea is the central bed in the garden I have been sewing......


My Moxie longarm does not come with bells and whistles.... and the wadding which 'floats was dragging on the ground on bigger quilts.....


So off to my sewing machine I went with some old lace curtains!


... and now the wadding has a hammock to lie in while it is waiting ....


Hubz even found the old kiddie safe cupboard door latches to recycle and use... so I can attach and detach as I need to....




... and here is a year's worth of flower beds .... I did a simple low hedge border 


the patterns for one bed a week were generously provided free by Clare from The Steady Thread (there were 3 other layouts to choose from) and I used variegated thread from Cottage Garden Threads.


.... even put my initials in the bottom border....

I am going to do a thin border of lime green and then add the upholstery weight fabric to make this into a cushion....


Blackwork was the technique I chose to learn this last year and joined in with a few Brisbane friends online  to cheer one another along.... we are also doing the 'sweets' together but taking a short break to cope with the business of December....

Righto, Gotto Go... that quilt that is loaded on the Moxie is waiting for attention - at least the wadding is happy swinging in its hammock!

xxx


18 comments:

Julie said...

Beautiful handmade ornies there Fiona - I love handmade Christmas too! I think your hammock idea is ingenious & perfect to hold the batting. I love your stitchery - could you please tell me the name of the Cottage Garden thread you have used?

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Lots of beautiful things on your post today. Gorgeous gifts from your friends and well done on winning the meat tray at the raffle.
We've been to a couple of ham raffles this past fortnight, but no luck. I'd better just buy a ham and save myself the trouble haha

Karen's Korner said...

Us sewists are very inventive when necessary....there is always a solution and well done on finding it. Your flower beds are just stunning. Nice win with the meat tray.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Love your homemade Christmas goodies, such lovely gifts! What a brilliant idea to make the hammock for the batting... and yay for winning the meat tray!! xx

Jennifer said...

Love your blackwork, Fiona.....well done! Such sweet ornies....good job on your batting hammock, what a clever idea.

Jeanna said...

You received some very nice gifts. A very clever solution to your long-arm issue...recycling at it's best! Congratulations on finishing your stitchery.

Raewyn said...

I love your Blackwork Fiona, Mum used to do a lot - in more traditional colours, so it's been interesting watching yours grow - and well done on keeping up/finishing! Lovely ornament and book corners in the mail - I'm never as organised as the rest of the gals to get things in the post on time! Great idea with Moxie's trailing skirts. Congrats on the meat pack - a yummy win!

Terry said...

That ornie and card are beautiful! :0)

marina said...

lovely stitching by Michelle, I love putting my handmade ornaments on the tree each year and thinking of the friends that made them.
wonderful achievement finishing your coloured black work it looks wonderful.

Janice said...

Your blackwork garden is stunning. Definitely worth signing your version. The Christmas gifts are very cute, and what a great idea for supporting the wedding.

White Rose said...

Hi Fiona I received my beautiful decoration from Michelle today too ,they are gorgeous.
Wow your work is beautiful Fiona,well done my friend xx

Jane said...

That's some achievement Fiona, it's beautiful

Michelle Ridgway said...

Enjoy your ornie and I love Maria's page minder. Congrats on the pub win! You are very clever to come up with your quilt hammock. Your blackwork is a stunner...well done to you xx

Lin said...

Lovely tag and card from Michelle and the bookmarks are such a clever idea. Your meat tray is such a brilliant prize. Great hammock and of course the beautiful blackwork. Lots of lovely things. xx

Susan said...

Love the hammock idea - very clever!

Your flower bed is stunning - the lime green accent is perfect.

Lovely decoration and I love the page minders. I hope to put mine to good use over the break!

kiwikid said...

Lovely Christmas gifts, very clever idea making the hammock! I have really enjoyed the progress of your flower bed, well done on the finish.

Ondrea said...

I have a lovely collection of handmade decos from bloggy friends over the years. I always think of these beautiful gals each time I get them out and put them away again. Yours are so lovely. Your blackwork looks sensational!

simplestitches said...

love your new cushion front..so pretty!
great idea with the wadding on the machine.
that meat tray looks pretty good too! nice win.

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