Thursday, 26 February 2015

What I've Been Stitching

Well as per usual I am working on several things at once so sometimes progress seems to be slow.  I am joining in with Chooky's SAL of Anni Down's "Nature's Journey". February's blocks are finished -
I am using greyish backgrounds with a touch of red, green, mustard and brown.

I am also stitching Lisa's (FignBerry) Christmas bom - almost finished block one - just the writing to go -
 
And the CGT Club this year has a vintage sewing theme, so how could I resist that.  I have just started this one so not a lot of progress to show as yet -

And the photo doesn't do it justice - this block is from Melissa Grant of One Day in May and I've decided to stitch it on lovely cream linen.  Four lovely CGTs per block to play with.

Hopefully I get some time on the weekend to do some more on this one. Trying very hard to keep up with them all. Cheryl

Monday, 23 February 2015

Friends

Another lovely day on Saturday spent with friends at Mill Rose in Ballan - always lots of talking, a little stitching and some shopping -
See what I mean about lots of talking lol.
I didn't participate in the swap this time. Not a lot of time to sew with moving house. These were the gorgeous placemats Barb received (made by very talented Kim).
Shez received lots of gorgeous goodies from Lyn.
And of course I had to buy some goodies. I did try to stick to what I needed for current projects I am working on, BUT the gorgeous xmas fabric and xmas wallhanging pattern "Deck the Halls" just begged me to buy them - I know it's only February.

Now my lovely friend Shez picked me up and boy did she have the most wonderful surprise for me. I was a lucky winner on her blog of one of her "random acts of kindness" - so lovely and generous of her.  This was my gorgeous gift -
A wonderful basket full of homemade goodies.
Yummy homemade biscuits.  The banana choc chip ones are looking a bit light on here.  They were delicious.
As well there was lovely jams, pickles, chutney and homegrown beetroot and a lovely bottle of Moscato.  I'll have to be hiding these - they are hubbies favorites.  Shez I loved my most gorgeous yummy gifts - thankyou so much for spoiling me.
Cheryl

Monday, 16 February 2015

Some New Projects

Well I know I have promised that this year will be spent finishing some UFOs, BUT having said that lol I have already started some new projects while doing some work on the UFOs.  I have joined up with Chooky in a SAL -
Anni Down's new BOM "Natures Journey".
Lots of small blocks for the outer border. Have bits and pieces done towards Month 1.  I have chosen reds, mustards, browns and greens.
My other new project is a Christmas BOM from Lisa of FignBerry Creations.  This is stitched in lovely Mistletoe and I have picked a lovely grey/green spot fabric - not that you can tell from this photo. I'll see if I can't get a better photo when more progress is made.

Well back to the UFOs. Cheryl

Thursday, 5 February 2015

I'm Still Here

I know - I have been a bit quiet in the blogging stakes for 2 or 3 weeks, but we have been  moving house, so not much time for blogging, let alone stitching.
Lol this is how things are looking.  So I thought tonight it's time to prioritise, so -

ta da - Priority No 1. All done and dusted. I did briefly, just for a moment, think maybe the kitchen should be No 1, but we have cups and plates. Maybe that can be No 2 tomorrow night.
Before the packing up started I had been stitching these very cute little pillows - a Lynette Anderson design, a gift from my gorgeous friend Karen.  While I was going I stitched two - one for me and one for a gift. 

I have also finished the little paper pieced star flowers from the workshop I did with Lisa and Lou from Max and Louise Pattern Co.  The birds, and lots of leaves, to go.  Cheryl

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Summer School

On Saturday I headed off bright and early to Melbourne to attend Summer School - a day organised by Karen from Mrs Martins Quilt Shop in conjunction with Max and Louise Pattern Company. What a day I had with lots of inspiration and great company -
Two of the beautiful designs we received patterns for on the day. Loved the table runner in the centre.
Some more gorgeous Max and Louise inspiration.
This is the pattern I chose to work on on the day.  It is nowhere up to this stage, but should be able to show you some progress soon. Karen from Mrs Martins had made me up a beautiful kit in reds and mustards.  I did get my little pointed star flowers paper pieced on the day.
 
Lovely Simone and Lorraine were on our table - here they are with Lisa, one of our tutors.
And my gorgeous friend Maria had bought me this delicious homemade everything lunch. Boy was I full, but it was amazing especially the potato pie.
And what a bonus having Barb from Theodora Cleave there with her gorgeous handmade/painted buttons. Of course I had to add her two new snowmen buttons to my collection. 
I "borrowed" these lovely photos from Mel's blog www.thehouseonthesideofthehill.blogspot.com but I did warn her that I might as she took lots more photos than I did and was my lovely sewing companion on the day.  Barb has lots more lovely photos on her blog too www.theodoracleave.blogspot.com.  Cheryl

Monday, 19 January 2015

Special Friends

I am very lucky to have made some very special friends through my love of sewing, blogging and swaps.  That is how I met my friend Karen from Qld - through a swap we did three years ago together, and even though we havn't met we just hit it off like we've always known each other. We are both mad about Christmas (and that can be said of some of my other friends lol), we love working with wool and felt, we love the same colors and designers.  Just about everything. Oh and to make it more scary we were born in the same year and our birthdays are two weeks apart.

So you can imagine my excitement when this parcel arrived about ten days ago from her - a gorgeous xmas parcel that she left til after xmas to post knowing I was busy, busy with work, swap commitments, etc.  Want to see how spoilt I was -

This gorgeous felt swag was the first thing I spotted.
Karen knows I love pincushions and snowmen - how sweet is this little handbag pincushion and I love the snowman hanger as well with his cute little wooden hat.
And there was more - these two gorgeous patterns to stitch. The gorgeous xmas one is in kit form with gorgeous fabric to stitch on and cute buttons, and I love the HugsnKisses one, which has a iron-on transfer, with lovely sayings - "live life", "believe", "keep your promises", "do your best", etc
And if that wasn't enough Karen had sent me this gorgeous advent calendar to sew AND a kit of yummy Nancy Halvorsen fabrics to sew it in. 

They are all still sitting on the couch beside me so I can have a play and drool some more til I can start on them.  Thankyou, thankyou dear friend for spoiling me.  I love my most gorgeous gifts and will treasure them.  And I love that we can be hundreds of miles apart and still have that bond of friendship.

Now off to do some packing. I have a week off as we are moving house (not far), so please don't tell my husband I'm blogging and dreaming of stitching lol and not doing what I'm supposed to be doing, Maybe I'll put the kettle on first. Cheryl

Sunday, 11 January 2015

FNWF

On Friday night I joined in with Cheryll and the others stitching along in -
As I have joined in with Chooky's  Stitchalong of Anni Down's new quilt "Nature's' Journey" I decided to work on Anni's free Christmas stitchery that Chooky suggested we stitch for January until Anni's pattern was available.

I stitched this in CGT "Plum Pudding"
And because I thought it would be a good one for the present box, I've started another using DMC threads.  Cheryl