Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summer Mini

A long overdue post to show you all my beautiful mini I received from Lyn . I have thanked her back when I received it but it is nice to share the lovely mini which she has done so much work on. Thanks, Lyn.
 I thought it went rather nicely with these ornaments that sit near where my mini frame is in the hall.

Work has been busy and I have not had time to do as much of my sewing as I would like. In October I went to a class where made a Pot of Pansy's. The class was taught by Mary Transom , a New Zealand Quilt artist and tutor,and was most enjoyable.
My Pot of Pansy's isn't finished yet but getting there.
I'm hoping to be able to finish before the show and tell we are having on 5th December as a Christmas break up.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A late Post from FNWF's

 I am slow to post what I got up to last Friday night. I have had this on the go for a while and it was time to progress it along a bit further.
So I added the sashing between the already made strips of different fabrics. It proved to need care as the sashing was going onto a bias edge so stretching could be a problem.
 I now have to sew a sashing top and bottom before adding a border of "piano keys" which I have created by cutting the leftover strip sets.
It will then have a border the same as the sashing before binding.  Now that I am back on track I am hoping to get this finished. 
I am trying to get a few things finished as I am signed up for  a challenge found here.
It is a challenge based on this book which arrived in the mail today. 


So many to choose from...
Much fun ahead...


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas in July

How exciting to be able to unwrap my parcel from Jan.

The "wrapping" was this lovely Christmas panel that has me thinking overtime how I will use it. Lots of possibilities that I could do. Thanks Jan.

Firstly I found this Christmas stocking which will be hung with pride at Christmas time. 

Then there was this cute reindeer pouch and the next photo shows the lovely fabric lining the bag.

Tucked inside the pouch were these goodies. A stitchery featuring 2 reindeer with 2 cute little wooden buttons to put on it. Also a wooden Santa Christmas ornament to hang on the tree by an Australian designer. The handmade card has some cheeky cockatoo Christmas fabric stuck on the front of it from the next pressie.

Here is the Cockatoo fabric on this gorgeous cushion cover. It gives a real Australian theme to my Christmas in July. Beautifully hand stitched Christmas tree on the front. I had just the right sized cushion inner that I could pop inside.

Thank you Jan for all my goodies and the time and effort you put into it just for me.


A fun swap thank you Cheryll for organising it for us. My swap partner hasn't received hers yet due to post delays which I am sorry about. Details will follow when she gets it.  I have had fun entering into it and now I have a new blog friend and blog to read in Jan's LITTLE RED HEN.

Thanks everyone.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A few days to go

My parcel arrived a week ago and I now only have a few days to wait.

This morning I opened the postal bag and found this fabric wrapped parcel. Thanks to my swap partner. It seems real now.
I hope mine gets to its destination by Friday. It has been winging it's way for over a week now to my swap partner. I hope she likes what I have made. I will have photos once I know it has got there safely. 
Two days back at work and it already feels like 2 weeks Haha. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone's reveal on the 25th.(3 more sleeps.)


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Progress on Friday Night Sew In

Well I had a good night sewing. DH helped me move the machine table with machine to the room by the fire and I was very comfy. I found some aspects of my project a bit challenging but I am pleased with my finished top to my wall hanging.
I hope everyone else had a good time and made good progress on their chosen projects. I will have to have a sneak peek at the blogs. You can check them out here.

Happy stitching,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Night Sew In

I have signed up for FNSI and you can find it here on this blog; Wendy

I haven't been able to participate for a while but I am getting myself organised. I am having trouble as the pattern I am planning to do is in centimetres and all my rulers etc are in inches. (and I have to add seam allowances all around as I go)  Even though I deal everyday in Metrics I am having a bit of trouble getting my head around how to cut it out. Perhaps a paper pattern?
It is a kit I bought when I came across to Sydney for the Craft Fair in 2013

Hopefully tomorrow you will see that I managed it. Or maybe I will do some other project. Ha Ha

I am looking forward to it and seeing what everyone else gets up to.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Weekend away

On my way to Christchurch for the weekend. It would have been nice to put my feet up and joined Friday night with friends. I usually do some hand stitching in the car but the light hasn't been good enough this afternoon and now it's dark.
This is the mini that I sent to Sharon.

I am working on Christmas in July that I am sending away. The big reveal on 25th July should be fun.

Bye for now,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Embroidery mini quilt

I received this lovely mini quilt in the mail today from Sharon. I love the stitchery that it has on it and the border is butterflies and my one to her had a butterfly border as well. What a lot of work she has done. Thank you, Sharon.

I'm not sure where my photo keeps going. This is the first time posting from my iPad.

Managed to get it on here now but through my laptop at work. I obviously need to play a bit more.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

12" Mini Quilt swap sent

My partner in the 12" Mini quilt swap was Lyn from  Stitches from the Mainland and I know it has arrived safely.
I enjoyed making it for her and included a couple of Easter treats along with the coaster from Cheryll.

I tried it out on my frame and and was pleased with the fit. 

It was nice to arrive home the day I sent it to find my swap from Michell shown in my last post. It is in pride of place in my hallway.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

12" Mini Easter Swap

Happy Easter 
Today I arrived home and received my Easter Mini swap from Michell.  
Thank you Michell, it has brightened my Mini quilt frame up wonderfully for Easter.

Thanks to Cheryll for organising this for us.
It is so long since I have posted on my blog. I have had a wee peep at what others are getting up to from time to time but no posts myself.
I am so inspired by what everyone has been up to.

Aurora Australis 
In February this year I went to the supermarket and met a colleague from work. He told me that that night was going to be a good night for the Southern lights or Aurora Australis. I went home and inspired my husband who is a keen photographer to go in search of this phenomenon. We finally settled on a spot along the coast from where we live. He set up his tripod and put on a timer and this is one of the images he got.
It certainly was a thrill to see. Lots of friends were keen to go out but conditions haven't suited quite so much since.

Hopefully it won't be so long next time.
Bye for now.