Monday, March 30, 2015

Stitching on the lake

We had a lovely time on Saturday catching up with friends and a few new friends too at Stitching on the Lake. Thanks so much to Lynne and Sammi for spoiling us once again with your delicious food. We were all ready on Saturday morning for a fun day of stitching, chatting and eating. The samples were all ready for the ladies.
 The bags were packed with starter kits and the 6 new patterns.

 Terrie and Najelle came along once again and set up a gorgeous stall with goodies from Hobbysew. It was very tempting!

 The food was delicious. Can't show you all of it as we are enjoying it all again in 2 weeks and the ladies coming that day will need a little surprise. This fig loaf was very yummy.
 There was lovely show and tell but only took a few photos.
 I do love what Roni had done with last year's foundation pieced hanging.

 We even had easter eggs.
Fiona and I are looking forward to doing it all again on 11th April.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Coast weekend and some knitting etc

Last weekend, including Friday and most of Monday, was spent with these lovely ladies at Denhams Beach in Batemans Bay. It was a great weekend of relaxing, good food and lots of laughs. Some people swam (too chilly for me), walked, made jigsaws and all of us chatted!

 I enjoyed a very relaxing weekend making a few hexagons for a second sample for this weekend's stitching day and did a bit of knitting and crochet for a change. I am making a little cardigan for Alice.
 I have also wanted to try to read a crochet graph and have a go at this lovely necklace in a Japanese crochet book I bought from Bebe Bold last year. All the instructions are in Japanese so reading the graph  is the only way to go! It was great fun.

 On out way home we stopped at Bungendore and browsed in the lovely wood gallery and had a delicious afternoon tea.

 Best show these blocks too as March is almost over! This is part 2 of Nature's Journey by Anni Downs and this means I am up to date for this month for our stitch-a-long.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The other three projects at Stitching on the Lake

Here are the other three lovely projects that we are doing at Stitching on the lake on Saturday (and in a few weeks too). Fiona has designed this gorgeous needlecase and pin cushion. Check out her blog for the threads you need if you want to stitch this in similar colours. 

The next project is some hardanger embroidery on lovely green linen. The linen and the threads are included in your kit.
We know many of you love canvas work so here is a lovely glasses case to create. You can of course make this in any combination of colours but the ones Fiona has used are found on her blog. 
See you on Saturday or in a few weeks for our second day.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Stitching on the Lake

Fiona and I are all ready for our first Stitching on the lake day this coming Saturday. We are looking forward to catching up with stitching friends, both old and new, this week. Lynne is catering for us once again so the food is sure to be lovely. Here is a preview of our projects so you can gather your fabrics and threads ready for a great day of stitching.
This appliqued pencil case will be very useful. Enjoy trying your hand at needleturn or applique the pictures with fusible web if you wish. I have made my first sample with some Japanese fabrics I have been collecting but any favourite scraps of fabric will work. I am working on a second one in some Anni Downs' fabric to show you a different take on the same project. I have pieced the back using 3/4" hexagons. Bring along your glue pen and fine thread if you wish to try some English paper piecing. The threads used are DMC 3031, 610, 613, 3011 and 3857.

 For this sample I changed the red to DMC 221 to match the brighter red.

 The bunting will be a fun addition to any child's room. Don't forget to bring some fusible web, like vliesofix, for this project. The DMC threads used are 221, 782, 783, 3011, 580, 3031, 931, 310, 414, 612 and 613 or your own choice to match your chosen fabrics.

 The cushion is a fun way to practise your stitches. The threads used were some perle 8 threads, 503, 3348 and 922 and DMC threads 501, 470, 920 and 725 or your own choice.
Hobbysew will be coming with another lovely stall to tempt you but also with threads, needles, fabrics and lots of other things that may be useful. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Balloons and grandies

The balloon spectacular has been on over the last few weeks and I did get up one morning VERY early to see them. Sadly they weren't at Old Parliament house as there was no wind! Luckily they did eventually fly and we were able to see them from the Arboretum. I took this one and thanks to Bruce for the bottom three photos!

 He did go out another morning and managed to get this lovely shot.
 The little people are growing up so fast. Little Alice is crawling everywhere! Hope you notice her t-shirt as her Mummy appliqued a giraffe onto it.

 We are so enjoying these little fellows. So much chatting and activity when they visit these days!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A little stitching and some sneak peeks

Stitching has been slow here lately as there are kits to make. Our first stitching day is just 2 weeks away so there are many kits to cut and prepare. There are still places at the moment at both days so let me know soon if you still want to come.
 Couldn't resist giving you some sneak peeks of some of the projects!

 My slow stitching is continuing and I managed to complete block 10 of Scandinavian Rose.
 My stitch-a-long blocks are stitched too, Now for the applique.