Sunday, May 30, 2010

More stitching day highlights

There was so much to see on Saturday at the stitching days. This first picture is a decorated felt bag which was on Steph's stall. You can buy the felt bag and then you embroider, add some felt flowers and decorate it as you wish.
The Bay ladies had lots of wonderful show and tell. Here is a lovely bright quilt for a special grandchild. I do love the lady beetles.
This is another wonderful blue quilt.
Jenny has painted, embroidered and pieced this lovely quilt.
Here are some closeups of the painted bears.

Here is another of Jenny's quilts. It is so effective.

It is a very rainy and chilly day here today, but just perfect for tidying up my stitching day mess, blogging and now to some stitching with a quilt over my lap to keep me warm. Hope you are finding time to relax and stitch too. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stitching on the Bay

I am safely home after a rainy and dark drive home up the mountain. We had a great day at Stitching on the Bay today and it was so lovely to chat and share with the ladies and to enjoy each other's company. Here are the samples ready for the day.
Stephanie and Cheryl came and brought some lovely patterns, books, kits and notions from "Steph's" in Moruya.
These felted flowers were so lovely and very tempting.
Here is morning tea. Maree and Lynne catered and they did a fabulous job. We were very spoilt! This is morning tea. We just HAD to try everything!

Lunch was frittata and salad. It was delicious. Some of the ladies brought their finished projects from previous stitching days to show everyone. 

Here are the ladies hard at work!
And here is a picture of afternoon tea. I can confirm that it all tasted wonderful. There was some healthy fruit to eat but the sweet things were too tempting. 

Friday, May 28, 2010

More show and tell from Wednesday

There are so many lovely pictures of projects to show you from Wednesday. Here is Lorraine's red "Basket of flowers" bag. I do love those Rural Jardin fabrics.

In the evening, Margaret had made a beautiful bag for a friend and has used her lovely stash of fabrics and one of the Red Brolly stitcheries.
She also added the button we were given at the stitching day in Canberra. What a great use for that lovely timber button from Up in Annies Room.

Barbara has also been busy and has stitched and made this heat pack as a gift. The stitching is so lovely and the fabrics look really good. The pattern is in the "Gardener's Journal" book by Anni Downs.

I'd best stop blogging and get on with packing and organising for Stitching on the Bay this Saturday. I am off down the mountain (carefully as it may rain) this afternoon.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Busy stitching and eating days

We had a wonderful time at Hobbysew yesterday as we had a "Big Morning Tea" to raise funds for cancer research. Everyone brought the yummiest treats and it was a lovely morning tea. I think we raised about $240 which is pretty good for a small group. I must admit it was very difficult to resist trying lots of the goodies! Thank you, Val, for organising the fundraiser.
Some of us did stitch. Paddy has been working really hard on her Mystery BOM that Cathy has designed. The class is on this week and Paddy has joined the class and so is getting all her blocks ready. Don't the owls look so good!

Jan has been busy too and has made another felt bookmark for a gift. Looks very good, Jan.
In the afternoon, it was lovely to see the progress the girls have made on their bags. Jenny has put her pieces together and is embroidering. Her fabrics look so good. 

Lorraine has been very busy too and has completely finished 2 of the bags! Here is the blue one. Her stitching is beautiful and the bag has turned out really well. She has added some different enbroideries and they look great.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lovely photos

My husband has been having a wonderful time playing with his camera and a few (how many does one camera need) new lenses. Here are some of his recent photos. As I write the birds are all grouped on the power lines in the rain!
The autumn colours in Canberra.
And some more birds.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stitching on the Bay

Next week, Fiona and I are having another stitching day in Batemans Bay. We are looking forward to catching up with all the ladies and to having a wonderful day of stitching, chatting and eating too. We are doing the projects we did a few weeks ago at the stitching days in Canberra. Here is the canvas needle roll.
This is a handy stitcher's pocket to hold your special stitching goods.
This is the little felt pouch which would be very handy to hold a small project.
Here is the felt bookmark with the painted button.

The stitched folder cover will be useful and fits an A4 folder.

This is the little notebook cover. 

A finish!

I managed to sew the binding on the "World as it should be" quilt and to put some borders on the label and stitch it on the back of the quilt. It is so lovely to finish a large project like this completely. I am not sure where I am putting it but I do love the quilt. It was so nice to remove it from the "Works in progress" list and to place it in the "Finished" list!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A fabulous birthday quilt

Margaret brought in her wonderful quilt that has just been quilted. It is a very special quilt for her lovely daughter, Danielle, who has just turned 30. What a fabulous quilt. It is very big and Margaret has done such a great job of the piecing especially working with stripy borders. We all loved the fabrics too. Some of them are  Rural Jardin by French General.

It is going to look great on Dani's bed.

Friday, May 21, 2010

A beautiful blanket and lovely stitching

Dona brought in her wonderful blanket/hanging on Wednesday. I shared her delightful sheep earlier on and now the blanket is finished. It is so special. She has even bought a little sheep to match!

Donna has stitched a little hanging to go with it which has the words of a children's book that her girls loved when they were small.
We all loved seeing this very special little birthday basket. Najelle has stitched it beautifully and it is from Anni Downs Celebrations pattern.
She has stitched a few others ready to make as well. This is the purple one. I gather making up the basket is quite time consuming but the result is fantastic.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stitching progress

I managed to prepare and applique block 7 of the Lynette Anderson's Crazy Christmas BOM before last weekend and then had it with me to stitch. Here is the finished block.
I am also working on my stitcheries for next month for the Stitch-a-long. Feels so good to be a little ahead as I now have kits to prepare for our stitching day on the Bay in a little over a week.