Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Working in Wool

I do love working with wool and wool felt and at the moment there is quite a few free downloads and stitchalongs using wool.  I have started one with an Autumn theme and was keeping up until I went on holidays, but am now several blocks behind. 

Four and Twenty Blackbirds - reminds me of my childhood with that little ditty.  I have finished this block since I tool this photo - the blackbirds now have beaks and legs.
Love the Autumn colors in this one.

This is quite a large block and lots still to be done - flowers, berries, etc.  Will show you more as progress continues, but is one of my favorites.

Still lots to do on this handsome rooster amongst the pumpkins. 

Will show you more as I progress. Cheryl

Sunday, 21 August 2016

A Sewing Day and a Special Friend

I have had the loveliest weekend.  It started with Saturday and a workshop with Libby Richardson and Liz from Teddywinks. Very spoilt as always and the food was amazing -

How pretty did it all look.  We each received a copy of Homespun magazine, a bag full of choccies and of course a bag with our projects and kits.
This was one of our projects and the one I chose to work on. It involved a little bit of painting, so was good to do that while we had Libby there to oversee.
And loved this cute little project bag.
I also made a small start on this project. It reminds me of our sewing days.
Lots and lots of beautiful Christmas quilts on display, but I as a bit partial to this lovely redwork one of Liz's.

And then the rest of the weekend we got to spend with very special friends.  We had been so looking forward to this and had the most wonderful time, as I knew we would.  Always love visiting and checking out their sheep, and this time there was some cute little lambs -

And another very cute addition to the family "Peanut" -

Could have snuck her home with me, but I think they would have missed her.   Loved every minute of my weekend.  Cheryl

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Retail Therapy

Well as if I don't have enough in the cupboard to do I have been doing a little adding to the pile of late -

Went to lovely "Country Hart" at Port Pirie in Sth Australia while over visiting my new granddaughter.  Couldn't resist this cute bag pattern and kit while I was there.

Also added some lovely backgrounds which I'm always on the lookout for.

Then Lisa from FignBerry Creations happened to bring out two new Christmas patterns in time for the Craft and Quilt Show in Melbourne recently.  So HAD to have them.

And then at a Gail Pan class recently decided these could be handy for gifts and swaps.
And lastly I saw these little booklets from Patchwork with Busy Fingers on paper piecing - curved shapes and Christmas (there were others).  As I havn't had a lot of practice with paper piecing, I thought they could be handy little reference books. 
So plenty to keep me busy and out of mischief for weeks. Cheryl

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Lovely Stitching Day

Saturday saw us heading off to Melbourne for a lovely day stitching with Gail Pan and Ramona Hermann.  We always look forward to these days and, of course, they fly by in a flash. 

These were two of my lovely stitching companions.

The two projects from Gail we worked on during the day were the lovely little bird/birdhouse wallhanging on the left and two versions of her couch sewing caddy. I'm doing mine in the mustard and red.

Ramona's projects were a lovely table centre and these handy little bags.  Two sizes but with lots of different labels you could stitch to attach, depending on the purpose you wanted the bag for.

I am progressing on my little birdhouse wallhanging so hope to be able to show you that soon. 

We all wanted this gorgeous bag Karen had made for Gail (using Gail's fabric range).

There was some lovely quilts for show and tell. I loved this one "Little Woolly Baskets".

And this was a block of the month using Gail's fabric. Loved it also.

This was a free pattern from Buttermilk Basin last year.  The same lady had made these  three quilts -
very productive and absolutely gorgeous all of them.

I have been having a bit of a buy up lately both from the workshop on Saturday an while we were away so will leave that for next time. Cheryl

Friday, 29 July 2016

Christmas in July Gifts

Sad to leave one lot of grandies to come home, but excited to find two lovely swap parcels waiting for me when I did get home.

My partner in the No Fuss Swap bloggers "Clayton's Christmas Swap" was Melody.  We were to send four things to our partner -
A decoration, buttons, xmas fat quarter and a small chocolate bar.  How lovely are these goodies.

Had to show you a close up of the beautiful cross stitched decoration although the little sheep are a bit hard to see. It has a cute little pocket on the back to hold a little chocolate surprise.  Thankyou very much Mel - loved my beautiful gifts.

I also joined up with Cheryll's "Christmas in July swap.  My partner was Michell all the way from New Zealand.  Totally spoilt once again -

Look at this beautiful table runner. Didn't actually manage to fit it all in the photo, but so lovely.
Think Michell did her homework - some lovely snowman fabric included.

And loved this gorgeous Christmas bag and Santa decoration which will be perfect on my tree of handmade decorations.
The bag was so cute and full of gorgeous bit and pieces - a lovely pen and keyring from New Zealand, some sewing goodies and lovely "Joy" ribbon, thread, beautiful Fat quarter and the cutest pack of 2-1/2 inch squares.  Think I will use this to put my gingerbread stitcheries together that I showed you recently.  A beautiful parcel Michelle, thankyou and loved all my goodies. Cheryl

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Christmas in July swaps

I joined in two exciting Christmas in July swaps - one through Cheryll and the Stitching Cubbyhole blog and one with the No Fuss Swappers called a "Clayton's Christmas"

Now I'm still away so can't open my parcels til Thursday night, but I can show you what I made and sent to my partners.

De was my partner in the Claytons Christmas swap. 
We had to send a Christmas decoration. I chose to make one of Michelle's lovely designs.  And add a xmas fat quarter.
And of course a choccie and some xmas buttons.  I know De has opened her parcel - so lovely to have her as my partner.

And in Cheryll's Christmas in July swap my partner was Deb from Frog Cottage blog.  We have similar tastes so had no trouble in picking things to make for Deb.  We had a list to choose from.

Loved this Reindeer wool felt mat (a FignBerry design) and will make this one again.
I also made this little candle mat for Deb - sorry the snowman outlines are hard to see.
And lastly a little Santa goodie bag. Of course it had to have some goodies in it - xmas potpourri, xmas quilt labels and some choccies.  Was such a fun swap - always one of my favorites.  Lovely to have Deb as my partner.  Will be back soon with what I received in my swap parcels. Cheryl

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Beautiful New Addition

I just had to show a couple of photos of my beautiful new granddaughter, who was born last Saturday morning.  We are over in South Australia enjoying some Nana and Pop time -

I know I am very biased, but isn't she beautiful.

Am I looking a bit tired lol?

Maybe because I've been lucky enough to have all my grandies together for the last few days.

Have been very spoilt with the South Australian weather - in fact it was 23 degrees and warm enough to go out in the boat.

I do have a soft spot for pelicans - think they thought they could get a free feed here.  Cheryl