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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

My Latest Class

I'm a bit late posting this. My laptop is playing up big time, so while it's working okay I'll post about my latest class with Lisa from FignBerry and Leanne from Petals and Patches -

Some of our gorgeous projects from Leanne - a beautiful coat hanger and wallet.  As you can probably guess the theme was "Red".


Loved this pouch from Lisa.

This needle roll of Lisa's is what on worked on for the day - loved the cute bunnies.

Loved this one too - that's on my "next" list.

Gorgeous Leanne with Christine and Karen. We had a lovely fun table with lots of talking and  lots of laughing.


Alison and Carol were with us too - though not much sewing happening there lol.

To show you we actually do finish things - Sandy and I with our finished quilt tops from last year's Christmas mystery block of the month from Lisa. 

Loved Carol's cushion - this was actually a wallhanging pattern of Lisa's which Carol had no room for, so turned it into a cushion instead.  How great does it look.
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Karen from Mrs Martins quilt shop always gives us a laugh - we love her.

I took lots of photos this time, but will leave it at that.  Plus I must get to work.  Have a great day Cheryl

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Road Trip and other Bits

Recently a friend and I headed off on a little road trip. A favourite shop - Threadbare at Castlemaine is closing it's doors in May, sadly so a visit was in order especially with 40% off -

Now I tried to be good - I really did, and I even had a list but a couple of extras's may have come home with me.  On the left are some backgrounds which I am always using and looking for. The red may have been a "just cos" purchase" and the browns I needed for a Stitchalong I'm doing of Michelle's lovely Christmas quilt - they will become plum pudding and gingerbread men, etc.  The caramels and black will go in my husband's special "0" birthday quilt, which is past I might add.

Stitching wise I have been doing Lisa from FignBerries Christmas block of the month.  I am a little behind, but am enjoying these cute blocks.


And "C" for candy canes. Currently stitching D and E.

And I've been working on the projects from the Gail Pan/Bonnie Sullivan class I did. This cute sewing bag is ready to put together - think it's the zip that's putting me off lol.

Now I'm also working on another project with Fiona and Michelle - "A Gardener's Journal" from Anni Downs, which I've had for a long time, so with Fiona's encouragement I have dragged it out.  Now for some reason, which escapes me at the moment lol, I decided to work on the big house block first, so progress has been slow.  And I have actually done the verandah posts and the door since this photo was taken. 

And because I can't not have a wool project on the go at the moment I have finished block 3 of "Little Woolly Sampler" from Jenny of  Woollen Willow designs.  Cheryl


Monday, 24 April 2017

Belated Class Post

Now looking through my blog posts of late I realised I had missed doing a post on a wonderful class I did before Easter with Gail Pan and her very special guest Bonnie Sullivan from America.  I was very excited about doing this class, as apart from loving Gail's designs I knew Bonnie did a lot of work with wool, which I also love.

I couldn't resist these new patterns of Gail's to work on during the year.

Some projects from our goodie bag.  Love the sewing bag from Gail which has a clear zippered pocket on the back. The zip will test me out, but I have the stitchery almost done.

She surprised me with her new Christmas book for my birthday - very yummy.

Thes were Bonnie's projects included in our goodie bag.  They are pre-printed on beautiful fabric ready to stitch and sew the wool pieces onto.  The one I am working on at the moment, and which I LOVED, is the sampler on the left.

A couple more of my purchases. How could I leave that snowman there lol.


And some beautiful wools.


And a couple more little projects to keep me busy - couldn't resist these xmas projects of Bonnie's. Was a wonderful day - in fact one of the most memorable I think.

And to finish - some more birthday spoiling I just had to show you.  My husband always says I always two weeks out of my birthday lol -

LOVE IT. Cheryl




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Some Birthday Spoiling

I had a birthday a week or two ago - just an ordinary birthday - but was very spoilt indeed by some very special friends in my life. 

My lovely friend Karen made me this gorgeous wallhanging in lovely wools - just love it and now have it hanging in my loungeroom.  She always knows just the right things that I will love.


And she had also made me this beautiful Easter basket wallhanging - just love it, and included some cute decorative pegs.


And if that wasn't enough she stitched me this amazing friendship heart on beautiful pink linen. I wish you could see the detail - so much beautiful work.


And because she's very naughty, she also sent me this gorgeous wool kit to stitch, as we both enjoy working in wool.

And these gorgeous Lynette Anderson spring ornaments to stitch. I hope to have some progress to show you on both these projects in the not too distant future.  Thankyou my gorgeous friend - your gifts are always amazing and special and I treasure every one.

Another wonderful friend Barb also knows me well I think. How adorable are these two bears. Love it Barb - thankyou so very much. They are just gorgeous.  It too will find a special spot in my home.  Barb and my birthdays are only a day apart so it's always lovely that we get to open a parcel from each other close together.

Another wonderful friend who always thinks of (and spoils) me is Michelle -

Look at that yummy fabric - I have already picked out a project for it. And also the most gorgeous notebook and beautiful lace.  Thankyou gorgeous friend.

Now I was so excited about this gorgeous tin I got from my very special buddy that you can't actually see the gorgeous and yummy French General fabric inside. It is divine and as much as I don't want to destroy this lovely looking bundle it will be put to good use on a special project.  And this is one more very adorable part to this pressie and it doesn't seem to have come out properly on my camera, so will be a photo to drool over next time.

I am very lucky to have you all in my life. Cheryl



















Monday, 27 March 2017

Stitching Day

I was lucky recently to enjoy a lovely day stitching with friends and some very talented tutors - Libby Richardson, Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse and Katie from Cottage Garden Threads.  Now for some reason I didn't take a lot of photos - maybe too much talking going on. Not like me at all, but I can show you some of the gorgeous projects we received on the day -


The top two are Katie's projects - the old fashioned ducks on the wall and a little stitchery that covers a dvd case that then becomes a handy little sewing box.  The bottom two were Libby's projects - a cute little sewing basket and tag and gorgeous teddy cushion.

Natalie's projects were a cute little bunny zippered purse and a pincushion, which was the project I worked on during the day.  They are teeny tiny little suffolk puffs around the edge of the pincushion - about as big as your little fingernail. That will test me out.

This was the lovely pack of Tilda fabrics we were given to complete our projects.

My lovely friend Karen  had a birthday recently - thought you might like to see the little sewing folder I made for her birthday. Cheryl