Tuesday, 18 November 2014

And the Stockings were Hung

The Christmas decorating is continuing. Thought you might like to see some more lovely handmade gifts from friends and swaps -

They look so lovely together and about to go up.
I just had to show you this one as well. I stitched this one 3 or 4 years ago and just love it. This is only half it's size and is one of Viv's Creations lovely patterns. 

Now I'd forgotten (well not really because I'm stitching one) to show you my purchases from our local quilt show a couple of weeks ago. Not only was there lots of gorgeous quilts, but four lovely shops as well, including one with thousands of antique buttons. 

I couldn't resist this lovely bundle of red fabrics or the lovely new wool from The Quilted Crow girls. Would have loved the red wool also but they had sold out. And then because I love xmas I had to have this new Rosalie Quinlan pattern (sorry didn't realise the light had reflected off the photo). It is stitched in various cosmo threads, but I'm stitching mine in DMC equivalent.  Cheryl

Sunday, 9 November 2014

And so It Begins

Well a few weeks ago I received this beautiful wallhanging (among other things) from one of my lovely friends, Michelle in our FHF swap - spotty was the theme -
Isn't it me and isn't it gorgeous?  So of course I had to hang it. So I admired it for a week or so and decided it needed company.
So out came some beautiful pieces I had bought from another gorgeous friend,  Keryn during the year (www.christmascreationsbykeryn.blogspot.com).
And one of her very cute reindeers.
And then of course I had to open a tub or three to fill in the gaps.
Then out came these beautiful handmade wallhangings and gifts from special friends.
My walls will look wonderful

Maybe next I'll start on the Jim Shore or there are more tubs to unpack.  Stay tuned. Cheryl

Monday, 3 November 2014

Our Local Quilt Show

Our local quilt show was held on the weekend. For a small town we have some very talented quilters and I thought you might like to see a few of my favorites -

Isn't this koala quilt amazing?
Pretty poppies

This was a favourite - all different stitched teapots with a beautiful vintage hankie to match each.
And my friend Sandy's beautiful Christmas quilt - a design from Viv's Creations. Pity the beautiful quilting doesn't show up.
I have seen many stack and whack quilts, but never a star one. How effective.
Lots of beautiful applique - the photo does not do it justice.

And there were some quilt shops there, but I was very good. Just a couple of little purchases, but will leave that til next time. Cheryl

Monday, 27 October 2014

Stitching Soiree

I had been counting down the days to last Saturday - a day of CHRISTMAS stitching with Lisa from FignBerry Creations and Katie from Cottage Garden Threads.  So much yummy stitching -
My lovely table of stitching buddies.

Some of the lovely projects we received patterns/kits for.
Loved this cute santa sack and will make it for one of my grandies.
This is what I worked on during the day - stitched in lovely CGT "Mistletoe". Loved the stitched stockings that hang from each end.
This project will be next on my list.  We were very spoilt to receive this CGT to stitch it in - "Harriet" is not available for individual sale, but is only available to buy in a color pack of 6 - such a lovely Christmassy color. Think I will have enough to keep me going for weeks to come. Cheryl

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Santa Sack Swap & 1 Xmas Item a Month

I had a lovely day stitching yesterday with Lisa from FignBerry Creations and Katie from Cottage Garden Threads. And I promise to show you photos of our lovely day, but I was meeting up with Carol there and as she and I were partners in Cheryll's Santa Sack swap we decided to hand deliver our gifts in person rather than post them. Here is the gorgeous bag Carol gave me full of wrapped gifts. How lucky am I. I had admired this gorgeous bag over on Melody's blog and now I have one of my own. 
And this is the bag of goodies I handed over to Carol -
All can be revealed in late November/early December.

Lots of other stitching happening this month, so not a lot of progress on my two projects for 1 Xmas Item a Month. However, I did finish one more block of "Merry Mistletoe" from Michelle of Rag-Tag Stitchin -
Today I spent working on my nieces quilt as her 18th is only three weeks away, and ta da - a top
Ready to be quilted . Will share some photos of my stitching day tomorrow. Cheryl

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Some New Snowies and 1 Xmas Item a Month

A friend and work colleague has just returned from four weeks cruising the Rhine. Sounds hard to take, doesn't it. But she did think of me while away. Check out my new snowmen -
The one on the left is handblown glass - a man on the boat was demonstrating both these very cute snowmen and beautiful glass xmas ornaments, and of course being a major snowman lover she knew which one to choose. The one on the right she bought in (her words) the biggest and most beautiful Christmas Shop she had ever seen while during a tour off the boat in Rothenberg, Germany. Top right is some yummy chocolate and as big a chocoholic as I am I am loathe to open it because of the most beautiful wrapper.
And while on Christmas I havn't shown you my progress on my two projects for 1 Xmas Item a Month - these were September's.
Firstly this very cute Noel block from "Merry Mistletoe" from Michelle at Rag-Tag Stitchin. Think this is no 5 block so will start and add some borders soon.
And the other bigger project I'm working on is "Angels Wishes" from FignBerry Creations.

Apart from secret sewing I have been working on a quilt for my niece"s 18th birthday. Now none of my other nieces or nephews have ever asked me for a quilt so I was a bit excited when this particular niece said that that is what she would like.  So she helped me pick some fabrics/colors.
So I've been cutting lots of colourful strips - way out of my comfort zone here lol.

I've kept it simple - post and rail - as there is photos to be added in the gap, and I didn't want it to detract from the photos. Still a long way to go, but it's coming together slowly.
Now back to secret sewing. Cheryl

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Swap Gift Sewing

I have been doing a bit of secret sewing lately and can now show you what I made.
Firstly, this is what I made for Melody in the spotty swap for the Friends Having Fun Swap - a cute little wallhanging. It reminded me of some of the things that Mel loves, so of course I had to stitch it for her.
And I added lots of spotty yo yo's and vintage buttons to decorate this shopping/craft bag for Mel as well.
And in the My House, My Home swap through Mrs Martins Quilt Shop, the room we were to make something for this time around was the bedroom. Kerrie, my partner, asked for soft blues and creams for her bedroom, so I made this cushion using a Viv's Creations pattern and adapted it to a cushion.
And I also made a little wallhanging to match - a pattern by Marg Low.

Now onto Christmas swap sewing - dare I say it - my favourite. cheryl