I can't believe it is so long since I last posted! I have been busy and have just completed the Santa from the Tilda book, Homemade and Happy. I have been wanting to make him for a while but he was such a lot of work though I do love the result. First there was quite a bit of applique.
Then his coat front, parts of his pants, the sleeves and the hat and beard had to be hand quilted. I think I should have made my quilting bigger as this took ages! I ended up with holes in my fingers (I have never been very good at using a thimble).
And....ta dah....here he is!
I also forgot to show you last month's Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block!
Lastly, I completed another small stitchery for the United Stitches project.
Best get organised as classes start today for fourth term! I might take Santa for show and tell.
It is Floriade time in Canberra now and I have been twice over the last few weeks. The first time there were hardly any tulips but last week, quite a few have come out. We enjoyed seeing them with Alice and her mummy on Tuesday. We even went on the ferris wheel!
Finally a few finishes to share. I sent this quilt off to Robyn recently. It was stitched from about 2008 when I bought it as a block of the month. It was for an eventual grandchild. Little miss Alice will use it when she gets a big bed. It was great fun to make but I didn't get round to adding borders till this year!
I was also pleased to finish my knitted cardigan.
I got a little prepared for Christmas and stitched some more of these lovely felt decorations using patterns by Marg Low. They are such fun to make.
It was inspiring at sewing on Wednesday as Lynne came to class with some wonderful finishes. Here is her gorgeous bag ready to use.
We all especially loved this amazing pin cushion!
Lynne has also made up this beautiful cushion.
On Friday I visited the Embroiderer's guild exhibition. Sadly you are not allowed to take photos and put them on blogs but there were some lovely handmade items there. I have just sneaked in my favourite project which was a kit bought in Paris and beautifully stitched by Lorna Loveland.
This morning Alice, Mummy and I visited the Handmade market in Canberra. There were some beautiful things there.....gorgeous clothing, jewelry and much more. It was all very tempting.
It was so special to catch up with Fiona, Rose and Sue this past weekend for some stitching and of course, too much food! It has been ages since we have been together so it was very special. Thanks to Fiona and Rose for coming to chilly Canberra and thanks to Sue for hosting such a lovely day.
In the evening we headed to a local restaurant for a yummy meal.
Then on Sunday morning we met for breakfast at the Kingston Foreshore and then had a great time at the Bus Depot Markets. There was just a little bit of shopping!
We were all spoilt by Fiona for our birthdays. She has made some gorgeous canvas work projects lately.
I made a little pin cushion for Rose's special birthday using an Anni Downs' pattern.
The big boys had book week last week so it was fun to help with their costumes. Benny wanted to be the Cat in the Hat which was not too difficult as some kind person had a great pattern for the hat on Pinterest. What a wonderful resource it is.....even if it wastes time as you are tempted to look at it frequently. Here is the hat and bow tie.
Sammy wanted to be Superworm which was a little trickier. Amy had great ideas and we were both a bit worried as to how to do it. In the end the stuffed stockings worked a treat! The boys helped to stuff some of them them after preschool one afternoon and then Amy worked out how to join them and make the rest of the costume. Don't they look good!
Even Jackie went as a lion!
There has been knitting going on here but I did do the next part of Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. I am loving this project!
The ladies at class yesterday just loved Jayne's gorgeous little coaster. I was a bit nervous putting the cup of tea onto it! It is such a cute pattern that she found here.
We had last Wednesday afternoon off from class so it was very inspiring to see what some of the ladies have been working on when we met this past week. Lynne has been very busy with her cross stitch and her lovely needleturn using yarn dyed fabrics.
Roni has made this wonderful Santa!
Jayne has been very busy and has created these lovely pin cushions. The blue one even has its' own little bag to keep it safe.
Jayne bought this gorgeous runner as a kit from Anni Downs and has done an amazing job making it up!
Jayne was also using this lovely zippered pouch for her favourite needleturning tools!
Last night, I went to stitching and Heather has created these amazing felt baubles and mat. They are her own design and are just gorgeous.
Meanwhile I have been knitting, finished a crochet scarf and started my Part 8 of Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs.