Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lovely show and tell

Just a few days till our Stitching on the lake day. I've printed my list today and hope to get the bits and pieces (like irons and light boxes) organised today. Just a little reminder that if you are coming it would be a help if you brought your coffee mug with you. You might even have a lovely Christmas one to bring.
The pictures of our projects are on the previous post.
Last week at class there was so much gorgeous show and tell. It is so motivating to see everyone's lovely work. Roni had finished this lovely punch needle design by Marg Low and has framed it beautifully.
 She has also finished her reindeers. So much stitching!
 Beth had her finished needlecase in use!

 Narelle has finished hers too.

 Beth is now hooked on hexies! She is planning to make the lovely quilt in one of the earlier issues of Vignette.
 In the evening, Barbara has been very busy making some lovely Christmas gifts.

 This hand towel and the teatowel above is decorated with some gorgeous pieces of Anni Down's fabric.
Margaret has been busy too making these great Christmas mats. They look really good.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stitching on the Lake Projects

How exciting to be able to share our projects for Stitching on the Lake which is on next Saturday 29 November. Fiona has shared hers already and I will add them to this post as well. Can't wait to see all the ladies who are coming next week to have a lovely day of stitching and friendship and yummy food too. The kits are made and we are almost ready to go.
Here are the projects. You will just need your threads for this basket liner or mat. if you like to back your work with a fusible interfacing like G700, you will need a 40cm square.
 This little quilt is foundation pieced and is fun to do. It will be handy to have a ruler and biro and also some machine sewing thread and some small scraps of your favourite fabrics.
 This little felt reindeer is all hand stitched and your kit includes all the felt you will need. Later you will need some little twigs for his antlers.
It is always fun to do some cross stitch and little little cushion will look wonderful on your tree.
This lovely stocking will be great fun to make. Don't forget your fusible web and your favourite fabrics.
This little canvas decoration will be another lovely one to add to your collection. The colours used are DMC 221, 3011, 783, 3781 and ecru or a light colour for the background. Don't forget your tapestry needle.
We are so looking forward to seeing all the ladies who are coming next weekend and to enjoying another special day of stitching.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vignette and In my Garden are quilted!!

On Monday I went to pick up my quilts, Vignette and In my Garden, from my very talented quilter, Robyn of Plain and Fancy. I had chosen thread colours but really couldn't imagine how she was going to quilt them so left it up to her! She had done the most amazing job of both of them. I am so thrilled with them as the quilting has added so much to the quilts. You can click on the photos to make them bigger if you want to see the detail.
Here is Vignette.....almost finished other than for the binding.

 And here is In My Garden!

I am amazed at how Robyn can quilt so beautifully and also artistically work out what will work!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A bit of stitching

Lots of kits are being made here so there hasn't been too much stitching time! Stitching on the Lake is on in a little over a week so there is much to prepare. Can't wait to show you the projects next week.
 I have still been stitching a little. This block of Scandinavian Rose was mostly done so managed to finish it off over the weekend at Millrose Cottage.
 This little stitchery is from a needlecase pattern from Anni Downs. I have had the kit for a while and it was fun to stitch.
 I also worked on a label for the Vignette quilt which has just been quilted but Robyn. Her amazing quilting needs a post of its own.
 Last week I put the borders on this lovely stitchery by Leanne Beasley. It just needs a little quilting and some buttons and then binding.

 Finally, I have started to make a few Christmas bits and pieces. I am very late this year!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wednesday show and tell

The Wednesday ladies have been very busy and it is always inspiring to see what they have worked on each week. Jayne finished her needlebook during the week and has added some beautiful extra stitching inside and outside!

 Narelle has been busy at home and has finished this great bunting which is a pattern by Marg Low and this lovely redwork too.

 Sue has been very busy stitching and showed us this lovely necklace that she made at Urban stitching recently. It is a Melly and me pattern.

 She has also made these wonderful bibs from a panel that we have at Hobbysew. How cute will her little grandie look in these!
 Here is Sue with another of her Melly and Me giraffes! They are so special. I think she must have made a dozen of these!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wonderful weekend away

We had a lovely weekend in Victoria and especially enjoyed the lovely Millrose accommodation, the fantastic quilt shop and the cafe that provided our dinner and breakfast. Great food, company and some fabric shopping certainly makes for a very special weekend. On Friday we flew to Melbourne, picked up the car and headed first to Kyneton and then on the Castlemaine and ending in Ballan at our B&B. This is such a lovely area and it would be nice to explore it even more.
 Threadbear Patchwork is a lovely shop with amazing reproduction fabrics and some wonderful quilts on the walls.

This gorgeous tart was enjoyed at afternoon tea!
 This is our home for the weekend. What an amazing place for 10 people to gather to stitch!

 Judy was hand quilting this wonderful, fully hand pieced quilt.

 Here I am with the clever designer, Judy Newman. Judy also designed the Dilly bag I showed recently.
 Just check out 2 of the breakfast options in the Millrose cafe.

 One of the highlights of the time was this great shop just next door to the accommodation. There are so many wonderful fabrics and the most wonderful collection of Liberty fabrics too.

 Judy teaches there often and here she is chatting to some of her "girls".

  Here are some of us enjoying breakfast on Sunday morning.

 Some had to leave a little earlier but here are the ones who were left!