Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Little Pear.

After starting a new job last week ( being with the previous company for 26 years) and feeling a little frazzled following 4 weeks off between jobs where time and day meant nothing,  I decided to indulge in a little whimsical stitching!
No purpose in life other than to look pretty and give a little pleasure!

So this ...........

..........turned into this......... and.....

.......eventually became this!

There are more sections stitched together to make another couple of pears and if I use this......

.........I will be able to add some apples in the bowl as well.
How good is a fruit bowl that is always fresh!

Evjoy your weekend whatever you choose to do.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wet Driving - Part 2

Travelling the tropical rain forest highway to Yungaburra.

Beautiful gardens abound on the tablelands.

Interesting bird life!  Doesn't he look real?

The view from our patio, and at least it wasn't raining........well, not yet anyway!

A gardeners delight everywhere you look. 

Lots of plants and goodies can be found at the market.

And just to show that is wasn't just having a good time away, I did get the first two blocks of Monica Poole's Happiness Quilt finished before I left. 

Block 1 quilted now.

Block 2 pieced and quilted

Ready for the next issue of Homespun and Block 3.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Wet Driving - Part 1.

We decided to head off to Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands for the last weekend before I go back to work on Monday.


Could not have picked a worst weekend as once past Cardwell we hit torrential rain and did begin to wonder if we would be able to get home due to flooding. It appears that X-Tropical Cyclone Hadi was crossing the Far North Queensland coast and dumping a huge amount of rain. 

The clouds were so low they looked as if they were just skimming the tops of the cane fields. 

Walsh's Pyramid had large waterfalls cascading down it's sides.

Rivers were high enough to make any traveller wary.........but we kept going!

Coming into Cairns the traffic was light but the cloud cover heavy.
Visited friends, brought a few plants for the garden then headed off to Yungaburra on the tablelands.

Come back and visit for more later in the week.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A Wonderful Day

It was another wonderful Monday spent stitching with Michelle and Jenny. It was our first catch-up after Jenny and Wendy's great escapade in Melbourne at Let's Get Stitched! 

There were wonderful patterns from the other 6 designers (of course we knew what Jenny's designs were) and she regaled us with tales of the great time spent meeting people for the first time after years of communication via blog and facebook. I think we missed a super time with lots of lovely people.

And although we spent a lot of the time talking we did get a little stitching done. Too much catching up to do!

Jenny's working on something from the Melbourne retreat.

Michelle is getting some little piggies down on fabric!

I had my stash of fabrics out for a discussion on Monica Poole's Happiness Quilt and continued my cat stitching.

Raspberry Friands and Chicken and Prosciutto salad helped us continue the stitching  talking well into the afternoon. Plenty of tea and coffee helped keep us going as well!

Stitching and friends ...... what a combination. Can't beat it!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Rosedaisy Alphabet Winner.

The winner of the Beautiful Rosedaisy Alphabet by Jenny of Elefantz is.....................


Thanks to everyone who entered. If you are not Bonnie you can purchase this beautiful pattern here and check out the other lovely designs Jenny has on offer.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Happiness Quilt Progress

Woo Hoo! Block one of Monica Poole's Happiness Quilt is done. Well the applique part anyway. I forgot to order the backing and as it is quilt-as-you-go I can't do the quilting on it yet. 

Ready for the machine blanket stitch.

Doesn't take very long with the machine, but I still feel like I'm cheating by not doing it by hand.

All done! The backing should be here next week hopefully! Then I'll be able to finish the blocks off as I go.

*On another note Anthea of Western Australia is trying to organise a blogger meet and greet for any like minded bloggers who may be interested in a get together.

Anthea is planning a very relaxed informal "Meet Up For Western Australian Bloggers" at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair in May, and is working towards building a network/group of lovely sewing, quilting, stitching and creative blogging ladies in WA.
If you are from Western Australia and would like to make contact with Anthea, you can find her here.

And last but no way the least, don't forget Jenny of Elefantz's Beautiful 'Rosedaisy Alphabet' giveaway. If you haven't yet entered the giveaway, just read this blog post and follow the instructions. 

I'm stitching "B" first for my beautiful daughter and friend Barb. I know she will see this but I haven't said what I will be making it into. Keep guessing Barb!

Good luck everyone in the draw.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Rosedaisy Alphabet Giveaway!

Jenny of Elefantz has designed a cute set of 26 Rosedaisy Alphabet stitcheries! Each of the 26 stitcheries will fit inside a 5 inch square, and feature blanket stitch applique plus simple backstitch and running stitch.
You can frame them, feature them on gifts, or even use all of the stitcheries in a quilt!
They are a set of stitcheries you will use again and again.

How to enter:
Leave one comment only on this blog post, telling me which 'Rosedaisy' Alphabet letter you would stitch first and why.
Please leave an email or blog address so you can be contacted if you win - otherwise a new winner will be drawn in your place.

The giveaway is open world-wide!

There are four pdf pattern sets of Jenny's "Rosedaisy Alphabet" to be won - one set each at four different blogs. Visit all four blogs and leave a comment at each to multiply your chances of winning.

For those who absolutely can't wait for the giveaway to be drawn, a full set of the patterns (as a pdf download) can be purchased here in Jenny's shop.

The participating blogs are:

Jenny of Elefantz
Sugarlane Quilts
Seriously Crazy 4 Craft - You are here now of course!
Cotton Compulsions

The four winners will be drawn on Wednesday 17th March - St Patrick's Day.

Good luck to all who enter.