Friday, July 31, 2009

Great patterns on Moda Bakeshop site

I was just checking out a few blogs and found this great one that gives you free patterns. It is a Moda site and they use the Moda squares, jelly rolls etc. I loved the Table topper one as it seems so easy! Might have to use some of my stash of squares.
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I have added a link to this site in my blog list. Couldn't seem to make the image link work.

Celebrations stitching finished

I finished the stitching on Anni Downs' Let's Celebrate mat on Wednesday and spent quite a bit of time, with help from my class girls, to try to choose the fabric to go around it at the shop! Much trickier than I thought it would be. I think I am too fussy when it comes to choosing the matching fabric for my projects! I am hoping to do the machining part today.
Don't forget to comment on Wednesday's post to be in the draw for the lanyard pattern.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pattern Giveaway

Hobbysew has been busy this week getting ready for the Craft Show in Canberra which is next week. I have designed a new pattern for decorated lanyards which has been a little secret till now. I have been wearing my red one every week at work so it wasn't that secretive. Cathy has made up some lovely kits and helped me with the cover. My pictures are even coloured in! She is so clever on the computer. Here is the pattern front.
This is what is in the kit. It is everything you need to make one of the lanyards except for the bias maker. We thought some people might have one already so the shop is offering the bias maker for $11 when you buy the kit. The kit will be $17.95 and it includes all the patterns for four different lanyards.
Here they are. I use one for work with my key on it but they are so useful even for scissors, name tags and cruises (you can put your door key on one)!
Hobbysew have given me a kit to give away on my blog! Write a comment on this blog entry by Tuesday 4 August and you could be the winner of this kit and it will be posted to you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Making Patterns

I spent some time making patterns for the shop yesterday. They are some of the projects we did at last year's Stitching on the Lake day. Here they are.
Here is Santa with his tree and sack.
These are 2 stitchery hearts to hang at Christmas.
This is the little chocolate basket.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Making kits and a table runner

At work last week, in between serving the customers, we were busy making up kits ready to take to the Canberra Craft fair. I've made this lovely bag (and have posted a picture if the embroidery in April) and was making up some kits for it. I ended up using colours that were a bit different to the original.
We also have some lovely samples from Sally Giblin to take to the show. Makes such a difference seeing the sample! This runner looked good on the pattern but it looks fantastic in real life. The shop is preparing kits for this runner as well as quite a few other patterns as well.

Friday, July 24, 2009

More Christmas Stitching by the Wednesday night girls

This is Audrey's Bareroots stocking applique picture. It looks so beautiful.
Carol brought her stitching in her little Christmas bag from the stitching day a few years ago. Doesn't it look great? Hobbysew is stocking my pattern for this now. The fabrics work so well.

These are Audrey's wool decorations from Hatched and Patched. I think I might just have to order this pattern and kit! They look so good and look like fun to stitch.

More Lovely Stitching

Sue brought in her beautiful Bareroots bag to show us. Her stitching is lovely and the colours work really well. It is such a useful bag.
Judy finished all her Bareroots little stockings and they are so cute! I must try and put the ones I have stitched together too. They will be great gifts.

Judy also made this cute little bear. I think she found the pattern on the internet. She's very cuddly as she is made in flannel.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Show and Tell

My classes started again yesterday and the girls had been busy over the break. There are so many lovely things to show you. It will take a few posts.
Maxine finished her Bareroots bag and it looks so lovely. The colours have worked extremely well.
Linda and Anita went out to Gunning for a stitching weekend recently and did the finishing UFOs option and has completed her Seasons top. It is so lovely. Linda has used flannels and it was a class and design by Cathy Stevenson (one of our managers at Hobbysew). Might try and get to Gunning for a day next year.
Here is a closeup! Great colours!
Margot is a star at finishing things. Here is another lovely quilt top she has completed.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bareroots' Stockings

I have managed to do the stitcheries for 4 of the little Christmas stockings by Bareroots. They are so cute and easy to stitch. Here is the tree
and the angel
and the manger
and Santa.
There is a snowman and a reindeer too.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Stitched Stamp

I was playing with this stamp the other day and thought I might try to stitch it. It was a bit fiddly as it isn't very big but I do love a small challenge. I think it turned out quite well. What will I do with it now?
For those of you who are "Stitching on the Lake" girls, the letters/emails will be coming this week.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I am so enjoying stitching this delightful pattern, Let's Celebrate, by Anni Downes of Hatched and Patched. I should be finishing other things and working in the sewing room at the machine but am so enjoying just stitching this!
I am using a few different colours to Anni as I am not partial to the brighter colours.

Just noticed the date and realised that a year ago we were about to board a plane for London and we were heading off for our 2 month holiday! No great adventures like that this year.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Beautiful Embroidered Wool Blanket

Donna brought in her lovely, embroidered, wool blanket to show us on Wednesday. She has done such a wonderful job and she has designed the embroidered pattern herself.
The colours are lovely and she has embellished it with beads as well.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday morning social stitching

Penny has just finished this lovely quilt for her father in law for Christmas. Now, that's being organised. It has turned out so well. She bought the kit from Hobbysew.
Angela has finished this quilt/doona cover for herself using lots of her Japanese scraps. It is very effective and almost too warm, even in chilly Canberra.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Floriade Stitching at Hobbysew

Here are the four projects that we are offering at the Floriade stitching day at Hobbysew in September. I have posted a few of them before. They will be up at the shop soon. This is the little carpet of flowers.
This cushion is pieced and embroidered.
This is the runner with stitchery and patchwork.
And here is the canvas work scissor keeper.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hugo's bag finished and a little Christmas stitchery

Finally stitched this bag together on the weekend and it was a fuss! It does look good but there was lots of machining and stitching of bias and quite a fiddle. It is a pattern by Lynette Anderson and was in a Homespun magazine.
This is a little Bareroots stitchery with applique. It was lots of fun to stitch after you finished cutting all the tiny applique pieces. Very cute result.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rug hooked piece and a tiny carpet of flowers

Here are the last 2 things that I had framed. This is a piece of rug hooking that I bought last year in Canada. It was so nice to get to Canada and find some handmade crafts. The lady who had this stall was the grand daughter of a lady who had been rug hooking all her life and the family were still rug hooking and selling their goods. There were some amazing large pieces but I bought this one to have framed and to remind me of our lovely holiday. Still trying to work out where to hang it. She even gave me the little hook, which is a bent nail in a piece of wood. Must have a go sometime!
This tiny piece is a little miniature carpet I designed for my daughter, Lyndal, and Nick's wedding card. I had one framed for them and hadn't framed my practise one! I am teaching this in the Floriade day later in the term at the shop. It is only 1 1/2" or so square.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Framing continued

Here are a few more of the framed pictures. This was a card I was sent once. I always thought it would look good stitched.
This little sampler is a Lynette Anderson one from one of her books. It has one of her lovely buttons on it. I think I pulled my stitches a little tight as it has wrinked a little. Very rustic!
This cross stitch is such an old one! I stitched it a long time ago and had never framed it. I still think it is a lovely one. It is a Shepherds Bush design. One day I may stitch some of the others in my collection of patterns.