Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Stitch in Spring Workshop

We are so lucky here in Victoria to have lots of wonderful tutors and I love attending all their fantastic workshops.  Last weekend was another wonderful one, this time at Port Campbell on the beautiful Great Ocean Road.  It was run by Gum Valley Patchwork and Linda had thought of absolutely everything.

This was the venue - the Surf Lifesaving Club.  Not a bad location.

Very hard to keep your mind on the stitching and not be drawn by this wonderful view.

Our two gorgeous tutors, whom I've stitched with many times before - Leanne from Petals and Patches and Natalie from The Birdhouse.

These lovely goodies from Linda greeted us on our arrival - a gorgeous bag (and she had made one for every one of the 160 guests), some yummy chocolate coated licorice from the local chocolate shop, fabric, pen and small ruler and some binding clips.

Leanne's two lovely projects - a lingerie and shoe bag and jewellery pouch.

And Natalie's were this lovely elephant bag, which was the project I stitched on during the day and a very cute needlecase.

And because the originals are always so much nicer than the pattern cover - all so lovely. Enough to keep me busy for a long time to come. 

I seemed to have taken lots of photos, so will not overload you with any more for this post, but will show you some more next time. Cheryl

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Travel Swap

Well it was time to open our travel swap gifts yesterday as part of the No Fuss Swappers group.  Such fun little swaps they have.  This time we were to send a laundry bag, luggage tag, fat quarter and some sweets.  These are my lovely gifts from Helen -

This is the laundry bag Helen for me - really too lovely to use as a laundry bag, but it will be very handy and a great size. Love the fabric.

How great is the luggage tag. Helen also added a lovely fat quarter in my favourite red and some yummy Peaches and Cream lollies.  Thankyou Helen - it was a wonderful parcel.

My partner to send to was Vickie. Now I'm hoping Vickie has opened her parcel so I don't ruin the surprise.

I made her laundry bag in this lovely red stripey Gail Pan fabric. The fat quarter I thought kept in with the theme.  Thanks girls for another fun swap.

Just wanted to show you my next block in my Autumn wool project I have been working on -

Still stitching the wool tree down, but nearly there.  There nearly wasn't Autumn leaves as a background.  The instructions required it to be stitched on a "Star Single" foundation paper, which I had never heard of, so I winged it and it somehow miraculously worked out.  Next block is apples. Cheryl

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Stitching Progress

During the year I have been working off and on the FignBerry Christmas mystery block of the month "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Block No 6 is completed.  Three to go and the mystery will be solved.

This is the collection so far - lots of stitching in these, but I am enjoying them and trying very hard to keep up.

Work is also progressing on my lovely wool Autumn project and I hope to have some more progress on that to show you next time.

I did finish this little couch caddy from a recent Gail Pan class and made it up with yummy French General fabrics for one of my most gorgeous friends for her birthday.  Think I will have to make one of these for me also.

And I couldn't finish without showing you my beautiful new bear that my lovely friend Maria handmade for me - she's in good company as you can see and I am so in awe of her beautiful work and how she manages to get those tiny little pieces turned inside out. Thankyou so very Maria - I will treasure her.  Cheryl

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Working in Wool

I do love working with wool and wool felt and at the moment there is quite a few free downloads and stitchalongs using wool.  I have started one with an Autumn theme and was keeping up until I went on holidays, but am now several blocks behind. 

Four and Twenty Blackbirds - reminds me of my childhood with that little ditty.  I have finished this block since I tool this photo - the blackbirds now have beaks and legs.
Love the Autumn colors in this one.

This is quite a large block and lots still to be done - flowers, berries, etc.  Will show you more as progress continues, but is one of my favorites.

Still lots to do on this handsome rooster amongst the pumpkins. 

Will show you more as I progress. Cheryl

Sunday, 21 August 2016

A Sewing Day and a Special Friend

I have had the loveliest weekend.  It started with Saturday and a workshop with Libby Richardson and Liz from Teddywinks. Very spoilt as always and the food was amazing -

How pretty did it all look.  We each received a copy of Homespun magazine, a bag full of choccies and of course a bag with our projects and kits.
This was one of our projects and the one I chose to work on. It involved a little bit of painting, so was good to do that while we had Libby there to oversee.
And loved this cute little project bag.
I also made a small start on this project. It reminds me of our sewing days.
Lots and lots of beautiful Christmas quilts on display, but I as a bit partial to this lovely redwork one of Liz's.

And then the rest of the weekend we got to spend with very special friends.  We had been so looking forward to this and had the most wonderful time, as I knew we would.  Always love visiting and checking out their sheep, and this time there was some cute little lambs -

And another very cute addition to the family "Peanut" -

Could have snuck her home with me, but I think they would have missed her.   Loved every minute of my weekend.  Cheryl

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Retail Therapy

Well as if I don't have enough in the cupboard to do I have been doing a little adding to the pile of late -

Went to lovely "Country Hart" at Port Pirie in Sth Australia while over visiting my new granddaughter.  Couldn't resist this cute bag pattern and kit while I was there.

Also added some lovely backgrounds which I'm always on the lookout for.

Then Lisa from FignBerry Creations happened to bring out two new Christmas patterns in time for the Craft and Quilt Show in Melbourne recently.  So HAD to have them.

And then at a Gail Pan class recently decided these could be handy for gifts and swaps.
And lastly I saw these little booklets from Patchwork with Busy Fingers on paper piecing - curved shapes and Christmas (there were others).  As I havn't had a lot of practice with paper piecing, I thought they could be handy little reference books. 
So plenty to keep me busy and out of mischief for weeks. Cheryl

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Lovely Stitching Day

Saturday saw us heading off to Melbourne for a lovely day stitching with Gail Pan and Ramona Hermann.  We always look forward to these days and, of course, they fly by in a flash. 

These were two of my lovely stitching companions.

The two projects from Gail we worked on during the day were the lovely little bird/birdhouse wallhanging on the left and two versions of her couch sewing caddy. I'm doing mine in the mustard and red.

Ramona's projects were a lovely table centre and these handy little bags.  Two sizes but with lots of different labels you could stitch to attach, depending on the purpose you wanted the bag for.

I am progressing on my little birdhouse wallhanging so hope to be able to show you that soon. 

We all wanted this gorgeous bag Karen had made for Gail (using Gail's fabric range).

There was some lovely quilts for show and tell. I loved this one "Little Woolly Baskets".

And this was a block of the month using Gail's fabric. Loved it also.

This was a free pattern from Buttermilk Basin last year.  The same lady had made these  three quilts -
very productive and absolutely gorgeous all of them.

I have been having a bit of a buy up lately both from the workshop on Saturday an while we were away so will leave that for next time. Cheryl