Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday stitching and some progress

Guess who came to Hobbysew on Wednesday morning for a little visit? We minded her for a short time while Mum and Dad went and did a few messages. We were all a little disappointed that Alice didn't wake up for a cuddle!
 In class in the afternoon, it was lovely to see Roni's lovely finishes. She made this lovely purse from a pattern by Lynette Anderson.
 She also finished this little canvas work that I designed for one of our stitching days.

 I've been having some fun stitching and finishing some Christmas projects. In term 3 we usually do Christmas projects so we are doing some of the lovely things we made last year at Stitching on the Lake and also making some of the lovely projects in Stitch it for Christmas, by Lynette Anderson. This is a canvas work designed by Fiona and I just needed to sew it together.
 These lovely stockings are in the book. The one on the right is the correct size and the one on the left is one I made earlier when I had enlarged the pattern incorrectly. It is rather cute!
 These decorations are in the book too and were quick and easy to make.
 I am loving stitching this gorgeous mat with Lynette's beautiful reindeers on it. Quite a bit if stitching still to do but it is good fun. I do love Christmas projects!

Friday, June 20, 2014

In my Garden and some show and tell

It is hard to get back to normal after all the excitement of Alice's arrival. She came home to her house on Tuesday and they came to visit us on the way and I was at work! Here is the little lady in her capsule.
So back to some stitching. I am thrilled to be able to share my In my Garden top. I procrastinated so much about adding the borders and am thrilled that I have finally stitched them on. Ta da! Here it is.

 I have also finished this little Anni Downs' needlecase. These patterns include the  little preprinted pieces of fabric, which is so tempting.

 The class ladies have been busy too, Colleen has made another bag with her gorgeous, leftover, French General fabrics.

 Roni has made her stitching day project into a vase cover. It has turned out well.
 Margot has finished her sewing tools tote as well. Well done, ladies.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Little Alice Heidi has arrived

It is so exciting to share our special news with all of you today. On Thursday, 12th June at 4.39pm, little Alice Heidi was born. She was 3.1kgs and 49cm long and is just so perfect and beautiful. Mummy and Daddy are thrilled to bits as are we, the doting grandparents. What a thrill to have another little person in our family.

 Aunty Amy just loved meeting her new little niece.

 There were very special visitors yesterday when Great Grandma came to visit with Great Aunties Janelle and Deirdre.

Yesterday afternoon we minded the little men so their parents could visit little Alice. They just seemed so grown up and were lots of fun.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lovely Show and Tell

As always, Wednesdays at the shop end up being inspirational as the ladies bring in their works in progress or their finishes. Karen wowed us all this amazing quilt with curves! She has done such a lovely job and the fabrics chosen look amazing. It was professionally quilted but Robyn Cawdron and the quilting is wonderful.
 Even the back looks fabulous.

 In the afternoon, Colleen came to class with her finished bag. She chose to make hers a carry bag rather than a drawstring bag and it has turned out so well, I love the antique lace she has used and the gorgeous French General range worked so well for the piecing.

 Roni has been busy too and had finished her little canvas work roll. It has worked out very well and was being put to good use!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Some progress

I have been working slowly on quite a few projects. There is progress but it seems very slow. Wish I could just concentrate on one thing but I do enjoy doing a variety of different stitching and hand work. There has been a bit of secret stitching going on this month for Stitching in the Hills in August. It is being held on the 1st to 3rd August and is always a wonderful time of stitching and fellowship. There are still some places if you are interested. Email me for the details. Here is just a little glimpse of one of the stitcheries.
We are using a gorgeous range of fabric called Mirabelle and it has been fun working with these lovely fabrics. Other than that I have been working on a few ongoing projects. My scarf is coming along nicely and I am about half way now!
 I finally sewed together the last row of hexies for the Chateau Hexagon quilt.
 After having the centre of the In my Garden BOM done for months, I added the first of three inner borders. I hope to get the second one, which isn't pieced, added today.

 The second jumper for the little men is going well too. Just the dreaded sewing up and the neck to do now.
 This lovely cushion was brought to class on Wednesday night by Barbara. Hasn't it worked out well?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The vignette quilt and some show and tell

Finally....after some slow piecing, the vignette quilt top is finished. It has been three years in the making so it feels very good to get it to this stage.
 I also enjoyed finishing my Natalie Bird pin cushion. It was fun to make. Hobbysew made up the kits and the fabrics they chose went together so well. They have extra kits if you would like to make one.

 Karen came to stitching with her pin cushion all finished too.
 Roni had finished hers as well and added a wooden bead and base to make it stronger. They all look so good.

Last week, Anita had been busy and had made these two lovely baby quilts using some great panels.