Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Christmas Catch Up

I so love Christmas - having family visit, putting out my extensive xmas collection, including many special things made for me by friends, making gifts for them in return.  I again participated in Chooky's SSCS and my partner was Clare from New Zealand. I have already shown you the beautiful cross stitched decoration she made for me, but this was the parcel to open Christmas Day -
Clare obviously did some sneaking around and saw that I love snowmen. How gorgeous is this snowman pot holder - way too lovely to use mind, but he looks beautiful hanging on mu oven.  And she read that I would like to have a go and do some English Paper Piecing so very kindly included some papers and template for Lucy Boston, so I look forward to playing with these soon.  Thankyou so much Clare - so lovely to have you as my partner. Such a beautiful sewer she is. 

Now I was VERY spoilt by two or three special friends.  My friend Karen and I "met" doing a xmas swap several years ago now and we immediately hit it off and were like two peas in a pod we had so much in common, so we have continued doing gifts ever since and have since caught up several times even though I'm in Victoria and she's in Queensland. she never ceases to amaze me with such stunning and beautiful gifts and always me to a tee.  Check these out -

Gorgeous knitted plum pudding and stocking for my handmade decorations tree and the most gorgeous soaps you have ever smelt.

Love these two gorgeous hangers - they are quite large and made from beautiful wool felt with the cutest Santa buttons.

Not a great photo, but Karen also made me two beautiful xmas placemats with the cutest snowman fabric.  I didn't have any xmas placemats, so was perfect. Just had to stop hubby from spilling anything on his lol.

And if that wasn't enough Karen sent me the most wonderful selection of patterns and kits in beautiful wool (which we both love working in) - patterns I'd not seen before.How gorgeous is this.


And this beautiful one.


And love these two from 1894 Cottonwood House.


And absolutely loved these gorgeous Lynette Anderson xmas decorations.  I will have fun fussy cutting that beautiful fabric to make them. Oh which one to start first. thankyou my gorgeous friend - blown away with my gorgeous gifts. spoilt beyond belief.

Lots more to show you, but maybe I will leave that for the next post along with some stitching. Cheryl














Thursday, 7 December 2017

SSCS

I have loved participating in Chooky's secret Santa over the past few years, and await with much anticipation the sending of my parcel to its recipient and mine arriving. This  yummy looking parcel arrived in the mail late last week. It was from Clare in New Zealand. We were allowed to open the decoration and the other gift us for Christmas Day.

Clare it is just beautiful and perfect for me with those little woolly mittens.  Your cross stitch is just beautiful and fine.  Thankyou so very much. I just love it.  I don't have your email so I do hope you read this.  I look forward to my other parcel on Christmas Day.

Lots of secret friend stitching been happening at the moment, so not much I can share, but hopefully soon.  Cheryl

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Stitched in Time Class

I know you must think I do nothing but classes - it just so happens there were three I had put my name for close together.  This day was a lovely Gail Pan one - and it was Christmas - so you can't get any better than that.

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Gail and Ramona with two of our projects for the day.

Gail's lovely cushion which is the project I stitched on the day.

Also loved this table centre with the dresdens - something a bit different.

Had to show you this hexie quilt from show and tell.  It belongs to Vicki Reed - she does some amazing quilts and is so quick. Think from memory this took her two months!!


And loved this -  alsoVicki's, but elongated hexies.  My photo does not do it justice.

Gail's circle a day quilt - or one of them. She needleturned one circle to a 5" background every day for a year. This is a blue one, but she has also finished two others using her circles. I've started - 2-1/2 months in and so far havn't missed a day - yet lol.

Another of Gail's scrap quilts.

Such a fun day and I did have a purchase or two. Will take a piccie for next time.  I have been sewing but mostly secret sewing at this time of year.  Cheryl

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Stitch in Spring Part 2

Loved this day at Port Campbell run by Gum Valley Patchwork. Here's the last of the photos I took -

Loved this little quilt of Anni's - bought the pattern.

Such a wonderful tutor.

As was Melissa

And there was shopping


And lots of inspiration. Anni's new xmas projects


And Melissa's gorgeous display

Had been dying to see Anni's lock of the month "Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs" in the flesh. Amazing - beautiful wool on linen.  Cheryl

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Stitch in Spring

I was lucky enough to get a spot at "Stitch in Spring" - a very popular weekend run by Gum Valley Patchwork.  I had stitched many of Anni Downs' (from Hatched and Patched) projects, block of the months and stitchalongs, but had never done a class with Anni, so was particularly keen to do this weekend.  Another favourite was teaching with her - Melissa from One Day in May.
The tables were oh so gorgeous and Linda had made each one of us a zippered pouch - 130 in total.

Melissa's beautiful zippered rabbit pouch was a favourite of our projects - all done by hand.
Her second project was this beautiful book cover with pretty Lilacs.

Anni's gorgeous folder cover - the project I stitched on the day. This was the stitchery/wool version.
And the stitched version on beautiful brown linen.

Anni showing her second project - a gorgeous zippered bag in linen and wools - also completely done by hand. Love those sorts of projects.  She is the sweetest person and very giving of her time and information, as is Melissa.

I had been so looking forward to see Anni's block of the month "Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs" in the flesh - gorgeous linen background and quirky wool blocks.  I am "collecting" this block of the month for "one day" lol.

Have lots of other lovely photos from this day, so might carry them over for another post. Cheryl

Monday, 16 October 2017

August Catchup

My local craft/patchwork shop, where I happen to be employed (I know dream job) had a lovely class in early August with Leanne from Petals and Patches.  So great when they come out into the country as it's usually us travelling to Melbourne.

Have some great photos of our class but for some reason my security provider on my laptop is not letting me download them tonight - think it's time for a new laptop!!!

We had  two lovely projects to work on the day. This one I am well underway with the stitching.
The other was a beautiful appliqued needlecase/sewing folder.

 
August also saw us enjoying a lovely week on the Sunshine Coast. My lovely friend Karen and her husband from Brisbane spent one day with us and took us on a tour around - first stop The Patchwork Angel.  And didn't we have fun.  Wish I'd taken a photo of the ginger scones we had at the Buderim ginger factory - oh they were amazing.

Karen inside the beautiful The Patchwork Angel.

So many lovely things to do on the Sunshine coast apart from relaxing. Australia Zoo was a favourite - so clean and spacious.

 Ha ha - this was the only photo I could get to download




Relaxing at Australia Zoo - ;
loved it here. Just amazing.  Hopefully I can get this sorted and back with more soon. Cheryl

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What I've Been Up To

It is a month or so since I did a blog post. Not sure where the weeks are flying by.  Had a nice week off work and spent it in South Australia with my youngest daughter and her family. Our youngest granddaughter celebrated her 1st birthday.  Wish I could show you the videos. She started walking at 9 months and so very good on her feet.  And obviously watching everything her big 3 year old brother does as while we were there she decided she could scoot along on the scooter like he does. Just amazing how quick they grow.

Have been dabbling in many projects (as always) on the sewing front. 

Another two blocks done in my wool "harvest' block of the month - think that's 7 done now.

Scarecrows and pumpkins were  popular theme in this bom.  Each block was designed by a different designer.

And of course always plenty of stitchery on the go.  This block has been a long time in the stitching though.  I am stitching along (very slowly) with Fiona and Michelle on Anni Down's A Gardener's Journal and have almost finished the main house block.  But I have traced the next two to spur me along.

And a lovely gingie block from Michelle's book  " Holly Jolly Christmas" which I'm also stitching along with a bunch of others.  Michelle's gorgeous book is available via her blog michelleridgwaydesigns1.blogspot.com.au.  This block is one of my favs.

Cheryl