Saturday, 30 March 2013

Some Extra Stitching.

Whilst stitching the "Bon Noel" hanging from the book,  Tis the Season by Natalie Bird,  I saw the lovely "Christmas Joy Scrapbook Album" and knew I just had to make it! You know how much I love Christmas .....funny talking about Christmas at Easter!!

Anyway....I have completed the front and back covers. Not too hard although stitching the panel on the front cover was a bit fiddly.

The good thing is I only used fabric from my stash and as I didn't have any check for the main fabric I used what I had and this was a spot. I changed it ever so slightly and used a couple of eyelets to thread the ribbon through for greater stability. Can't wait to make the pages. I have lots of Christmas themed papers to chose from.

I have also completed a couple few tea-towels with hangers. I have to thank Shez at Enjoying Life for giving me this idea. Thanks Shez........I'm hooked. I went to Spotlight the other day and brought an assortment of tea-towels and fat-quarters (I am digging into my stash also)  to make up some more of these for my give-away box.

These two are for a swap I am playing in.....sshh! Can't say who they are for as it's a surprise!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Easter.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Doctor's Orders

Very little going on here! Having had a painful knee for the last 3 weeks I have finally succumbed to the need for hot packs and rest and keeping off my feet. Have an appointment for an MRI on Friday 5th April, and I can't wait to see what is going on in my knee.
The above were doctor's orders but it took a couple of days of getting worse before I took heed! Having spent the weekend, yesterday and today sitting in the lounge with my wheat bag and all of the "Anne of Green Gables"  DVD's has brought about some relief, so much so that I have done a little stitching today.

I didn't get the quilt finished for my grandson number 2, but when I showed him what I had completed so far he loved it and is happy to wait until his Nonna is better. I even have an order for one from grandson number 1 who is nine in October. This should be enough time for recovery, finishing one and starting another!

My daughter in law usually makes a special cake when the kids have a birthday and the request from Aidan this year was for a....................wait for it..............................A Dung Beetle! LOL. I think he is the next David Attenborough as he just loves nature. He did ask me to make him a hyena book mark last year!

I just couldn't resist a photo. He even wanted the balls of dung! and his mother was going to put on some Maltesers  as the dung, but alas, dad ate them all before they got to the cake! I didn't realise Dung Beetles were so tasty! LOL!

I have dug out some UFO's to finish stitching while resting my knee and have finished this one. I had to unpick a couple of completed sections as I hated the colours I had used.

I am making this into a small wall hanging. I have to hunt out some fabric now from the scrap bin. This is a stitchery panel from a Bronwyn Hayes quilt that I completed a few years ago. Can't remember the name of it at the moment! Here it is below! I think I need to take a better piccy of it. You will notice that the peacock is done in blue and red, but for this one I wanted to use up some left-over Cottage Garden threads.

I have also finished some small cards to pop in when I'm doing birthday or fat-quarter swaps. I got the idea from one of the swappers who sent me a lovely little card with my fat-quarters.

They were easy to do and I used left over card stock, a sheet of stickers and a stamp.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

FQ Swap Catch Up for March

Thought I had better do a post regarding the latest fat quarter swap. My partner for the month of March was Jessica (no blog) and the theme was TWO (2), it could be two colours, complementing or contrasting, two colour fabric as in tone on tone, or two colours of solids or even fabric with two's on it. With choice like that it was pretty easy to find something.  

This is was I sent Jessica (I know she likes purple and I decided on two purple fabrics) and below is what she sent me. Thanks Jessica.

There were also a couple of birthday people and this is what I sent to them.

Above was for Helen P and below is what I sent to Vanessa. Sorry about the wrapping as I had it done before remembering to take a photo. As I usually forget  it seems I am getting better at remembering before posting.

I was pretty pleased with myself for getting this job done early as last month I was late posting stuff off. Sometimes those short months catch you napping!

I also finished my pin cushion from Anni Downs book, Some Kind of Wonderful. I love it and have already put it in use next to the sewing machine.

With this one done and dusted I thought it was time to do a little more stitching and I wanted to get ready for the April project for Stitch-A-Long from the book Tis the Season by Natalie Bird. I love stitching in the morning when we are having our coffee before work........light is good, I'm not tired, it stops me going to work too early and I think Mr B enjoys the peace and quiet while reading the paper!! LOL! Otherwise I read over his shoulder and talk incessantly!

It was an easy project to stitch and I have finished all the stitchery's!

I decided to change the middle stitchery from the book and I chose this one as I liked the saying better. Now I will have to dig out some fabric to make up the rest of the wall hanging.

I have also pieced together the top of a quilt for my grandson who's birthday is at the end of this month. Just need to do the quilting and binding. Hope he loves it! I brought it as a kit from a craft show and it was pretty easy to complete using a large center panel. I will show the whole quilt when it's finished. I might try some more tricky (for me anyway) stitching on my Sweet Sixteen!

Now I am off to find something to stitch. I think I have a peacock that is in the UFO box!

Friday, 8 March 2013

Favourite Things Friday

Thanks to Shay from Quilting in My Pyjamas for hosting Favourite Things Friday.  Some of my favourite things are the beautiful stitched sayings. I love them on quilts, on cushions, and on bags. They remind me of all the simple but good things in life.

This is a cushion on the lounge

Everyone knows where this is! True Friend Tote. Lovely saying and one that can give courage to hang in there when it gets tough!

Words on wall hangings

Words on quilts

Middle of Leanne Beasley's Quilt  Down in the Garden. This one took me 12 months to stitch the whole quilt! Notice I love anything to do with the garden! LOL!

I also wanted to show my latest Fat Quarter Swap from  Leonie from Run for the Hills Blog. She sent me a lovely FQ of orange and blue with some hand dyed threads and a cute card. Thanks Leonie and thanks  Cathy for organising this swap.

I have completed my stitching for the pin cushion from Anni Downs book, Some Kind of Wonderful,  and cut the squares ready for sewing the top and bottom. Yes............ I am a faux Stitch-A-Long person. I didn't join up because I thought I wouldn't be able to keep up, but I'm cruisin' so maybe next year I'll join for real!!

And to finish off, today I learned a new word.................  coined in the 1980s, the term biophilia describes the love of life and the living world, and the sense of affinity and elation felt when around nature. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A Great Find!

I mentioned to my husband that I wanted an old gate to use as a photo prop when I take pictures of the things I make.
He is often out and about in the demolition yards and I thought he might find something for me one day.
I gave him a vague idea of what type of gate I was looking for and a couple of days later he told me he had found something.

It was an old gate from a house that was being demolished and when he inquired they told him to take it before the bulldozers came and it was destroyed forever!

Here is that gate. I just love it and it is just what I was looking for. It belongs to another era and is hand made.

Nothing is symmetrical on this gate as it has little differences on both sides.
Mr B is taking it to be sand blasted and then we will do something with it to restore it. I will then need to give it a permanent location somewhere and a post and maybe some flowers around it. I hope it knows it's loved.

Thank you Mr're my can I get him to find next. Do I need any other props? LOL!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

What the cat thinks of that bag!

Can't  help herself........I put the newly completed bag on the spare bed thinking I would put it in the Birthday Love Stash box later!

Here is what I found! LOL !

What is she telling me? She approves or that she thinks it's only fit for her to lie on!! 

I have had such a wonderful weekend. It started with Friday off from work and going shopping with my daughter. Another pair of new shoes. That makes 4 pairs in the last 3 weeks. I can't help myself when there are specials.............and I do like shoes! What!.......are you calling me Imelda??LOL!

Then Friday night with Friends saw me sewing with all my friends and complete my Snow Happens stitchery.

Saturday was spent with the Grandies swimming and having ice-cream and Sunday saw me finish my Snow Happens runner.

Getting the fabric ready......not looking forward to the squares on point........hope they fit!

Hooray..........all finished! The points came out better than I expected and I did all the quilting on my Sweet Sixteen. Need to spend more time on that thing and move off my learner plates. I was a little more adventurous this time and upped the cruising speed to 50% and did some feather type thingies on the border. I can't stipple for the rest of my life now can I? You really should see the flowers in the border squares! Some are perfect and some resemble scribble! LOL! Oh well! I can look back in years to come and shake my head and say "What a novice"!
It was so funny today in 30 degree temperatures with 70% humidity and stitching a SNOWMAN runner. I just had to turn the air-con on to get in the mood!

I hope everyone has had a weekend as lovely as mine. It's off to work tomorrow and see what went down while I was away on Friday...........can't wait (not).

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Saturday Morning after FNWF

Got up early this morning and went down to Farmers Markets at North Shore. Brought some fruit for the grand-kids and us and something naughty for breakfast! Just the thing to have with the first coffee (skinny Cap) of the day and post about last night!
A very nice almond croissant! Don't tell the diet police! LOL!

Last night I finished the "Snow Happens" table runner stitchery. I only had one snowman left to stitch so it wasn't hard to have this done in a reasonable time frame and still go to bed early-ish!

I can't wait to put on the borders.

I used the DMC Pearl Cotton No 8 and although you need only use one thread, I'm not convinced I like it better than the regular DMC thread. I have the Santa table runner to go and might start it soon. That will make two items ready for Christmas!
Of course I had a helper last night.........she mostly got in the way when I wanted scissors or thread, but she wanted to join in so I really couldn't say no!

Last week I completed my Red Home "True Friends" Tote bag by Natalie Bird. I used Chateau Rouge by French General for Moda. I have plenty spare so will do the pin cushion and maybe a small purse to pop in the bag. These will go into my Birthday Love Stash being hosted by Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts. I didn't get much done for February but am going to turn that around for March.


Back, and the lining is the same fabric as the back. It looked complicated to make but the instructions were clear and very easy to follow. I love the two front pockets....very handy for phones or keys.

Thanks everyone for stitching along with me and the cat and Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' for hosting.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Fun Things on Friday

Tonight I'm linking up with a couple of different blogs and playing along.

The first one is  Favourite Things with Shay from Quilting in my Pyjamas and it's about one of my favourite things.

I would have to say being in the garden is a favourite thing of mine. It offers peace and tranquillity when my mind is full of turmoil and calms my soul and offers peace and sometimes a solution I couldn't see before. 

It is just amazing what small things you can see when you look up into the tree canopy. Small and large creatures going about their business with apparently no thoughts of tomorrow!

A place for the grand-kids to play and trees to have adventures in.

Somewhere beautiful to showcase the latest craft project.

And a place to sit and sew and admire nature's colours and provide inspiration for our next project. 

Cyclone Yasi blew this tree down, but there is a new one growing in its place. This one was about 15 years old when it went over! Bloody Yasi!!

Sometimes it is just nice to sit and smell the roses jasmine!

I think everyone needs to spend some time in the garden, either your own or at the local park, you'll come away relaxed and ready for the next battle...great or small.

I am joining Karen from Sew Many Ways with her Find a Friend Friday.

The more friends the better I say go on over and join in too and have some fun and make a new friend or two and see what others are up to.

And finally there is Friday Night with Friends. This will see me finishing my "Snow Happens" table runner stitchery while I sit and watch Better Homes and Gardens with all my friends around the world........just fantastic!  I have coffee but no chocolate biscuits. LOL!  Too hot here and they melt before you get to eat them and get chocolate all over your much stitching is going to get done then?

Thanks Cheryll from Gone Stitchin' for hosting.

See you tomorrow with a report on what I have done tonight.