Monday, October 25, 2010

A bit if stitching

Just thought I would blog once more before we head off on our adventure tomorrow. I have been rushing about to get some stitching prepared and have some Christmas decorations to applique and stitch, some canvas work (can't wait to make Fiona's little stocking from the stitching day), a few stitcheries and this lovely Noah's Ark cushion by Lynette Anderson. I had to find time last week to applique the ark etc.
I have also stitched block 4 of the My Garden BOM. Haven't had time to do the applique and patchwork.
I also managed to get October's block made for the Gardener's Journal BOM but must admit to doing it weeks ago as I knew I would be busy.
And lastly I fused this little owl gift card for my niece and her fiance. Her invitation had this cute owl on it so I thought it would be fun to use it as a card. He is a bit cute, isn't he?

Busy packing!

I know many think I am very spoilt and that it is unfair, but I am going on another holiday on this ship tomorrow! This is the Sun Princess and hubby and I, his parents and our brother and sister in law are all going to New Zealand tomorrow. I am battling with the packing as the weather is a little unknown as it is likely to be  both cool and warm. Still it is worth packing because I am looking forward to it all very much.
Sun Princess
I am not sure how often I will get to blog while away so just thought I had best catch up all the Show and Tell from last week. Cathy, at Hobbysew, is creating this wonderful mystery quilt. It isn't so mysterious now as they are getting close to finishing but here is one of the "Mystery" ladies' quilt so far.
Naomi shared this beautiful quilt with us on Wednesday too. I love this quilt which is one of Leanne Beasley's lovely BOMs.
Margaret had finished her little felt decoration last week.
A lady came into the shop to choose some fabric for this wonderful quilt. She is doing a class at Addicted to Fabric. The photos don't do it justice.

In the evening, Linda had made this great pirate quilt. The fabric collection is so special and she was able to make a simple and quick quilt focussing on the beautiful fabrics.
Aren't the pictures great?
Linda had also finished 3 gorgeous wraps for gifts! You have been a busy girl, Linda.
I have also been trying to organise some stitching to do on the ship. I am sure there will be lots of time to relax, read and stitch.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stitching day Show and tell

It is always a delight to see what the ladies have finished since the last stitching day. Anne has really been enjoying the embroidery and has designed her own stitchery. Looks great.
She has also stitched my little sampler in a larger size and added some lovely flowers and stitched her tree as well.
Some of the ladies had completed all the projects from the May stitching day. How amazing is that! Haven't they done an amazing job?

I enjoyed seeing this lovely stitched pouch that Maree was using and thought it looked familiar. I have one just the same and made this one years ago as a gift! Must get mine out again and use it more often. It is a lovely pattern by Helen Stubbings of Hugs and Kisses.
It was lovely to see Audrey on Saturday. We've missed you at stitching, Aude. She has stitched this delightful little needlecase which is another lovely pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. We do love her patterns. I think I have this one in the "file" somewhere!

Another lovely stitching day

We had another special day of stitching yesterday. Here are some pictures of the ladies busy stitching. We all enjoyed a day of stitching, eating, friendship and shopping.

Fiona was lucky enough to be able to cuddle our smallest stitcher! He was so good! His mum managed to stitch nearly all day. Oh to have had babies like him! 

Maree managed to fiinish her felt bird and it turned out so well. She used grey felt and her tail feathers curled so well.
Barbara was so pleased to have finished her felt ornament. Note the cupcake hiding behind the ornament. I hope Barb's husband enjoyed it. We certainly enjoyed our cupcakes.
Sue finished her ornament too. Looks great.
Linda finished the redwork angel and it turned out so well. I think she is flying off to another country for a special swap gift.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stitching on the Lake again

How exciting to have another stitching day to look forward to this weekend. Fiona will be heading to Canberra soon to set up for tomorrow. The kits are ready and we are looking forward to catching up with everyone. Here are the projects again.
Shirley had finished her lovely bird and brought it to the shop on Tuesday to show me.
Manila had almost finished the stamped sampler.
Jenny had finished her bird too and changed the tail feathers. They look good and this bird won't have the problem of "drooping tail feathers"!
What a shame Rebecca from Cute as a Button Patchwork was at the stitching day and is coming again this time, because I just HAD to do some shopping. I just love Nancy's Christmas decorations and have even started a couple of these.
I also had to have this wonderful stitched and appliqued hanging as it is so lovely. It has the special buttons on it and the pattern is in the "Tidings" book. Wish I could start it now! There are just a few jobs to do so no time for stitching today.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's Wednesday again!

This last week has flown by with all the normal activities as well as the stitching day and Wednesday has come around again. I am off to stitching and classes again so best share some more of last week's show and tell. Barbara has stitched the little Stamped Sampler (Linda had shared her stamp with us) from the stitching day in variegated red. Doesn't it look great?  It is so easy to work in one colour so that's a thought for those coming on Saturday. The colour is one of the old DMC variegated threads....115, perhaps?
Barbara had also finished her little Christmas cushion from the day at Hobbysew.
Judy brought her stitching is this lovely bag.
Sally is now overseas and was making this great card holder from one of Nancy Halverson's books as a gift. Looks great, Sally. I am sure they will love it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Last Wednesday...

With all the excitement and busyness of the Stitching day on Saturday, I didn't have time to show you some more of the lovely show and tell from last Wednesday at Hobbysew. The classes started again and it is always lovely to see what the ladies have done over the break.
At social stitching in the morning, Paddy shared this delightful candle mat from the Quilt a Gift book. It looks great and it is so lovely done in felt.
Donna has just been to the most fabulous embroidery holiday in the UK. She stayed (and hubby came too...what a wonderful man) in amazing country homes and I gather the food and accommodation was so special. As well, the ladies enjoyed some wonderful classes with very talented embroidery teachers and Donna tried some new techniques. Here is one of the projects. Isn't it amazing? I think this trip might need to be added to my "bucket list".
Paddy made this little candlewicked bag for Donna and it went on the trip with her. Lucky bag! We did this pattern in one of my classes a few years ago.
In the afternoon, Jill shared some of her finishes too. Jill has just been to Africa and had a wonderful time seeing all the animals. Here is her canvas humbug. Great colours, Jill.
Jill also made this little felt Santa with lovely beading.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Stitching on the Lake

We had a lovely day at our first of two "Stitching on the Lake" days yesterday. After a very chilly start with 3 degrees and snow in the morning, the room was full of warmth and friendship. It is always so special to catch up with our lovely stitching friends on these days. Here are some of the samples.
The tables are set.
Here we are ready and waiting for the ladies to arrive.
Cathy and Najelle set up a lovely stall for Hobbysew with lots of goodies to buy.

Rebecca came with her wonderful Nancy Halverson books, kits and fabrics to tempt us all.
Here are some of the ladies busy stitching.
We all had some time shopping too.

And eating, of course!

Looking forward to next Saturday already!