Monday, September 14, 2020

Great show and tell

 So nice to be able to catch up with stitching friends here in Canberra. I feel for those in Melbourne! I should be in Victoria at a stitching retreat this week!!! Can't believe this year though Australia has done very well. I so feel for the many other countries struggling with this yucky virus. So to some lovely show and tell. Jayne has made this amazing group of gifts for a dear friend to use in her laundry! They are just so lovely.

Roni has made these wonderful cross stitch trees for Christmas. So NEED some of these.
Beth made this great pin cushion from a pattern from Kathy Schmitz.
I have stitched these Love and Hugs for Christmas stitcheries, They are good fun.

I was also inspired to make some of these woven wool felt decorations. Such fun to stitch. They are from a pattern by Kathi Campbell of Heart to Hand.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Here, There and Everywhere quilt is finished

 So exciting to share my latest finish with you. This one has been a labour of love as I have handquilted it. It has taken many hours to get this one quilted. I do love the result and so enjoyed working on it as a BOM originally. It is such a gorgeous pattern by Anni Downs. I have personalised it with extra maps of some of the lovely places we have visited (in the days when travel was possible). My colours are a bit differnt to Anni's original as I used my stash and just bought the woven wool for the applique each month.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Muddling along

 It has been freezing here over the last few days. We are definitely looking forward to Spring now! There was even a bit of snow that I didn't see yesterday. The boys and their dad did see it.

Here is a very strange activity by Jack. He is relaxing with cucumber slices on his eyes. I gather he saw this on a TV show!
I have been busy hand quilting my Here, There and Everywhere quilt finally. Very time consuming but the quilt has been keeping me warm!
I have stitched the last two Love and Hugs for Christmas blocks. Such a generous group of designers to give these patterns away for free.

Last week I received the first part of The Santa, the Tree, the Turkey and me. So exciting and I was very inspired to get stitching!

So special to catch up with stitching friends last week. Roni has wowed us all again with this amazing bunting and some more felt decorations. Seeing what everyone is doing is so inspiring.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Knitting and stitching

On this freezing, rainy day, it is nice to catch up here on the blog. I don't know where the last few weeks went to. Ma came to visit last a few weeks ago and it was lovely to see her. We went out a bit but I didn't take many photos. Here is just one of lunch at the outlets.

 I have been busy knitting over the last few weeks and have done a little stitching. Here is my cardigan blocking and two more of the Love and Hugs stitcheries.

I have also caught up with a few of my stitching friends and it was a delight and an inspiration to see what they have been making. This gorgeous crochet is Adrienne's new scarf project and it is in perle 8 thread. Amazing!
Roni has been busy too. I just love these felt decorations. She also made this wonderful bag and pouch!

Jayne has been made this delightful bag. It is a pattern by Gail Pan.

Beth has just had her wonderful Anni Downs' quilt professionally quilted. It looks amazing!

Friday, July 24, 2020

A stitching catch up

It was a delight to catch up with some of the Wednesday afternoon stitching girls this week. Thank you so much, Beth, for hosting this very special time. There was lots of chat and laughter and some lovely show and tell too. There was also yummy food....delicious cheese and even sticky date pudding brought along by Roni. It was especially nice to see some lovely sewing as it is always so motivating. Beth found this beautifully lined basket at an op shop!
 Beth has also finished these amazing Christmas decorations!!
 Roni had stitched this lovely Kathy Schmitz bauble! She even printed the design onto her fabric.
 I wore my new scarf so that was my show and tell. It is so lovely after blocking.
 Then I just had to start something new. I bought this wool ages ago to make a cardigan and am making one from the top down. It has been a learning curve but seems to be working! It is the My Favourite Cardigan pattern by Georgie Hallam.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The boys turn 8 and some sewing

Our big boys turned 8 recently. Haven't any pictures of their many celebrations and gifts but here they are. So hard to believe that those tiny babies could be such big boys.

 I decided to download the blocks for the Love and Hugs for Christmas stitcheries. Here are two of them. I may not do them all but it is very kind of the designers to share their designs with us.

 I also finished this crochet shawl. It is blocking right now. What a difference blocking makes. It is a lovely design by Annie design crochet called the Little Fictions Shawl.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Lovely catch up

Some of the Wednesday night girls enjoyed a wonderful catch up last Thursday. Thank you to Margaret for hosting such a beautiful morning tea for us. I wish I had taken pictures of the table and the ladies but I did get some wonderful show and tell pictures to share. Barbara is binding her beautiful Story of My day quilt and had completed another quilt as well.

 Barbara also stitched this beautiful label.
 Lynn has been so busy over the months between meetings! We loved all her beautiful finishes.

 Judy has been busy too. We were especially impressed with the black and white quilt she is making. Just such perfect piecing!

 Margaret has finished lots of lovely quilts and runners. Just beautiful!

 Margaret also made us all a great thread catcher with very apt quilty sayings!
 I have finished one project. This Christmas bag by Anni Downs. It was fun to make.