Monday, 23 November 2015

A Wonderful Weekend

Well I have had the BEST weekend. Very busy, but spent with wonderful friends.  Saturday was spent in Ballarat with Shez and other wonderful friends I've met through blogging and yesterday Keryn, Shez and I headed to Warracknabeal to a fantastic class run by Quilters Harvest.  This is what we got up to at our class -

We were so fortunate to have an International tutor from America to be our tutor - Debbie from Wooden Spool Designs (centre, with Del and Shirley from Quilters Harvest).  We did a class with wonderful Debbie and Gail Pan a couple of weeks ago as well.

I so loved this gorgeous table centre Debbie had designed for us to make. And in beautiful wools she had hand dyed. So lovely to work with.

A close up of that cute basket.
Gail was there - not teaching this time, but she did show us her gorgeous new fabrics and some of the new projects she had made with it.
Debbie had a wonderful display of some of her gorgeous designs. 
I was lucky enough to win the pattern for this GORGEOUS one in the raffle.

I didn't take a lot of photos - too busy stitching and having lots of fun with Keryn, Shez and the others, but I know Shez took lots and she will share over the next few days.


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Retail Therapy

After our  class a couple of weeks ago Shez and I stayed with my gorgeous friend Keryn, who just happened to have a few goodies left over from her stall at Phillip Island. So what's a girl to do, but go shopping. 
So here's what I bought - some yummy xmas fabrics (perfect for applique) and some gorgeous fat quarters.  And you know how I love snowmen, so I couldn't leave the bom there "Chilly Charmers". I will enjoy working on those cute little snowmen.
And the fabrics in this one were just beautiful - can't wait to get started on this one.
And I was lucky to win this gorgeous bundle of wool at our class - so yummy and lovely to work with.  Debbie from Wooden Spool Designs dyes all her own wool and doesn't offer it for sale usually, so it is very special.
Shez and I love it when Keryn asks if we would like to go to the Christmas Shop nearby, and of course the answer is always "yes please".  This gorgeous little fellow - a Jim Shore piece - was my purchase this time. 

And I can't show you much stitching as it is all Christmas gifts and swap sewing that I'm stitching at the moment, but I have started stitching this new design I got on Sunday from Natalie of "The Birdhouse".  No 8 in her series of xmas stitcheries "The Carolers" -

Very cute - I'll show you when I've done a bit more.  Cheryl

Monday, 9 November 2015

What a Wonderful Weekend

Another wonderful weekend has come and gone so quickly.  Saturday morning nice and early we headed to Melbourne, picking up my stitching buddy Shez on the way.  A day of stitching with lovely Gail Pan and Debbie Busby from Wooden Spool Designs was why we were both so excited, not to mention the fact that we were staying with my gorgeous friend Keryn overnight and we would get to catch up with other stitching buddies while we were there.  So here's some of what we got up to -

Gail and Debbie
This was the naughty side of the table. Mel, Keryn and I behaved ourselves impeccably.

Our goodie bag was amazing. These two beautiful wool projects were Debbie's.  I worked on the gorgeous little elf.
And from Gail we received these projects, which had been pre-printed for us - a xmas pincushion and needlecase, and also -
this gorgeous bag pattern, which I also made a start on.
Some more of Debbie's beautiful wool designs.
A new, soon to be released quilt pattern from Gail using her new fabric range.
We had the best day.  And the best weekend.  Thankyou to my gorgeous friends Keryn and Ross for having us stay. We had lots of laughs and were spoilt rotten with Keryn's beautiful cooking and hospitality and a visit to the Christmas shop.  Will show you more soon. Cheryl

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Catching Up

Looking back over the last few blog posts I realised there was a few things I hadn't shown you, so this is a "catchup post".

Our friend Maria had organised a Christmas decoration swap amongst a group of us and we finally got to give and receive our decorations at the FignBerry soiree in the middle of October.  My partner was Maria, and this was what she made for me -
Isn't he gorgeous?  Maria painted and stitched this cute little guy and added some  little bells.  And that was supposed to be it.

But she knows I love teddy bears, and so she also made me this - presented in a beautiful little trinket box.  Now I wish I had put a 20 cent coin beside this because it is certainly  no bigger than that. How she turns those tiny little arms and legs inside out I will never know. But he is just adorable. 

I've "borrowed" these photos from Shez's blog as I'm sure I had taken photos of what I had made for Maria, but apparently not, or at least nowhere to be found. I stitched two decorations from Michelle's (Rag Tag Stitchin')  book of Christmas alphabet - the "M" for Maria of course and I also stitched the bear and just left off the "B" as Maria also loves her bears. I found a little Christmas bear jar and filled it with buttons.  This was a fun swap to do amongst friends.

I had shown you my gorgeous gifts from Keryn in the FHFS swap, but hadn't shown you what I sent to Keryn -

This fun little snowman mat, and

another xmas one as well.  You would be forgiven for thinking the theme was Christmas, but was actually wool or wool felt.  Keryn and I are both Christmas fanatics, along with a couple of others I know, so what else could I do for her.

And I couldn't finish without showing one photo from my daughter's wedding a week or so ago -
These are both my beautiful girls.
And my little man was ring bearer (bride's son)  - not that he was a least bit interested in that job lol.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A Wonderful Day Stitching

Well last Saturday finally came around. Shez and I and my friend Sandy had been counting down the days to the FignBerry Soiree.  This time Lisa had organised Melissa from "One Day in May" to be the guest designer/  Spoilt we were, with six most amazing patterns - all Christmas themed (my favourite) -
On the way we had breakfast with Carol and her lovely family, and it just so happens Carol was my partner in the Friends Having Fun Christmas swap, so I was able to hand deliver her 12 gifts.
This beautiful wallhanging was one of our projects from Lisa.
And the other two projects from Lisa were this cute xmas stocking which I started stitching on the day and the gorgeous felt mat.
And this beautiful dove was a project from Melissa - she suggested either a candle  could go in the centre or a mason jar with candy canes.

This project from Melissa was also adorable.  She uses a lovely technique for double sided flowers and holly leaves which gives a great 3D effect.
My stitching companions - not sure what Shez was making a point about here lol.
And we finally got to meet Dawn, as I follow her blog, so that  was just lovely
Just had to show you Lisa's new quilt "Penguin Parade".  Well it was such an amazing day. Can't wait for the next one. Cheryl

Friday, 9 October 2015

My Gorgeous Parcel

I belong to a lovely swap group "Friends Having Fun" and this time was a wool or wool felt theme.  I had been joking with my gorgeous friend Keryn that it was sad we didn't have each other in this swap this year, knowing that I had her as my partner and never imagining that she would have me,  but low and behold who should my parcel arrive from - yes Keryn. To say I was blown away was an understatement. I have been smiling for days -

How beautiful is he - so much detail in my sitting snowman.  He will have a permanent home in my loungeroom. No just bringing him out at Christmas time.
And he had a gorgeous little mate. I just love him also.
Told you I was spoilt rotten - Keryn also sent me the cutest little hessian bag with some pretty bells and buttons, a beautiful gift tag, some pretty xmas trims and the most gorgeous bundle of wools to play with.
Love working with wool - such yummy colors too. 
And these may or may not have been eaten in very quick succession.

Thankyou gorgeous friend for spoiling me and for my most amazing parcel. Cheryl

Monday, 5 October 2015

Vintage Retreat

Well Shez and I had the most wonderful day on Saturday when we headed off to Warracknabeal for a day of stitching with a vintage theme.  Our tutors for the day was Leonie from The Quilted Crow, Marg Low and Shelley Kelly.  I was very excited about the first two tutors, but knew nothing of Shelley's work but loved all her beautiful projects and quilts also.
Marg and Leonie having  a chat with Del, one of the co-owners of Quilters Harvest.
Love Marg's designs and it was so lovely catching up with her once again.
How spoilt were with - the most amazing projects for the day
You will be extremely impressed when I tell you I prepped and worked on three projects on the day - one from each tutor, including the gorgeous little flower doorstop in beautiful dyed wools from Leonie.
These were the other two wonderful projects I worked on - Marg's gorgeous Christmas stitchery (of course) and this beautiful needleroll from Shelley. 
My stitching budding in crime Shez listening very intently to Leonie's wonderful hints on working with wool.
And I just had to show you Leonie's beautiful basket quilt - all the baskets are in different colored wools on a cotton background. Just stunning.
And just as stunning Marg's gorgeous sampler quilt.

Lots more photos, but I'm sure this will be enough for one post. Cheryl