Monday, 23 March 2015

What I've Been Up To

Now I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, but I have been busy, busy - lots of visitors and family things on, so not a lot of stitching to show you I'm afraid -

But I did make this little sewing set for my lovely friend, Karen's special birthday.  It is a Gail Pan design. I really liked how it turned out, so must make another set for myself. 

Am busy working on a couple of SAL projects at the moment - Anni's "Natures Journey" and "Nine Patches and Snowballs" , so hopefully some progress photos on those in the next couple of days. Cheryl

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A New Pincushion and SAL Progress

My lovely friend Karen from Brisbane, whom I will finally get to meet in April, sent me a lovely surprise parcel in the mail last week - she is very naughty for spoiling me for no reason, but I was thrilled when I opened it.

How gorgeous is my new Easter bunny pincushion - he is the cutest. Karen knows I love pincushions and I think she has contributed four to my lovely collection in the background.

There was more in my gorgeous parcel - her and I share a love of Christmas. In fact our tastes are very similar in lots of things.  Karen also sent me a lovely set of Lynette Anderson stitcheries called "Magical Christmas"   But I will show you them next time as I'm busy tracing them all at the moment.  Thankyou dear friend for my gorgeous surprise parcel - which I just LOVED. you know me too well.

I have also joined in with Terry of Terry's Treasures blog for a SAL "Snowballs and Nine Patches", though I have to admit to lagging a bit behind -

I have been raiding my stash as I decided a scrappy look was what I wanted, so I've been cutting lots of 2-1/2 in strips. This has been the slow part and now that I have lots cut and sewn together, I hope to catch up a bit.
My nine patches are coming together.  Now to get moving on the snowball blocks.

Cheryl

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