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

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A New Book

Now you probably don't know this about me, but I love Christmas. No, I hear you say. So today I just had to purchase this new book that came into the shop -
"Handmade Christmas Cheer" by Pat Wys.  The stockings on the front cover were a drawcard, but there were several other lovely projects.
This was a favourite in beautiful wool felt.
And this lovely stitched table centre
The little hexie wreath quilt is stunning.
And I know Shez loves mug rugs. Thought I could make her one of these lovely ones for xmas lol.
Such a beautiful book - it will get lots of use I'm sure.

And I've done a little more on my Nature's Journey - had hoped to have all the borders finished this month, but made some progress -

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Secret Sewing and Some Finds

Think my camera is playing up -
It's taking funny photos. No not really - only secret sewing being done at the moment, so really can't show you too much.

And some more - think you will guess the theme from this one.

Don't often get time to go to garage sales, but we did today seeing it was such a gorgeous morning to be out -
I had been talking to Michelle about being a bower bird lol.  Just had to bring these goodies home.
And there was more - $20 well spent I thought.  Cheryl

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Enjoying the Sunshine

After a long cold winter down here, it has been the most amazing weekend with temperatures in the mid 20s so what's a person to do - garden, a lovely walk in the Grampians and today GD2 pleaded for a chance to test out her new fishing rod she got for her birthday recently  -

Such a cutie pie - can you see the pink fishing rod. Alas no fish, but she had fun.  And nan got to sit and watch and do some stitching.

I also spent some time on these -
Cutting lots and lots of 2" squares - 200 down, 200 to go.  These are for my Natures Journey border. Cheryl

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Friday Night with Friends

Well it is the first time I have been able to join in FNWF for ages so I was very excited to be stitching away with everyone. 

First off I stitched all my little xmas decorations onto their backgrounds in readiness to put them together. These were from the class we did in August with Lisa from FignBerry Creations.

Then a bit of stitchery was in order -
So all in all quite a productive Friday night.

Now I havn't shown you the centre block for my Natures Journey  stitchalong I am doing with lots of others -
 Very pleased I have managed to keep up (so far). It's a bit hard to see but there are lots of diamonds handstitched on around the outside of the border.  Next part - cutting and sewing together 400 x 2 inch squares.  Need I say more lol.

It has been a busy week or so - two gorgeous friends, two gorgeous daughters and one gorgeous sister all have birthdays.  I ran out of time to make something for dear Shez, but when  I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it for my other lovely friend, Keryn as it reminded me of her gorgeous sheep  -

And finally, a couple of weeks ago I had a lovely win over at Buttermilk Basin. These were the three lovely patterns that arrived -

Very lucky indeed. Hope you all had fun stitching Friday night and a lovely weekend. Cheryl

Monday, 24 August 2015

Not Much to Report

I have been busy stitching, though you wouldn't know it as I don't have a lot to share with you.  Most of it has been secret stitching, but this is what I have to show -
I have finished stitching all my xmas decorations from our FignBerry class a couple of weeks ago.  Now just to put them together.  I did consider making them into a little wallhanging, but have decided I will make them into their intended purpose.  they are a bit cute.

I have  also been appliqueing dozens of little diamonds onto my "Natures Journey" quilt. Half way - will show you when I'm finished. 
Three years this month since I started my blog. Wow time flies. Have a good week. Cheryl

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Christmas in August

I know it sounds like I'm trying to extend Christmas stitching into 12 months of the year (I already do that lol), but Christmas in August stitching was due to a lovely class we had in Stawell on Saturday with Lisa from FignBerry Creations.  Lisa does amazing xmas projects, so when she asked what we would like her to teach I had no hesitation in saying xmas.
Lisa showing us her very cute stitched decorations.

And look who came for a visit - my lovely friend Shez and Annette from Jindi's Cottage.
One of our projects were these lovely decorations "Twinkling Trees" stitched in CGT "Snapdragon".
And the second project was "Blitzens Tree", a needleturn applique wallhanging and was the project I chose to work on during the day. I even got a couple of blocks done.
I have since re-done my star into the dark red stripe that Lisa used.  Just didn't like this one as much as hers.  They are nice and easy to so, and even better the stitchery on this project is pre-printed.  Well must be off - stitching to be done. Cheryl