Thursday, March 31, 2016


We had a lovely Easter weekend and I hope you did too. There was too much chocolate and some great family time. It was a special treat having Ma come to visit.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lovely work

Just wanted to share some lovely work by the Wednesday class ladies. Marlene has been busy and has completed her candlewicking and has made it into a zippered bag. Looks great and so useful.
 She has also been practising her stitches on the wreath from the stitching day. Well done, Marlene.
 Jayne hasn't been enjoying the little appliques on Anderson's Farm but even so, she has done a wonderful job. I love her choice of fabrics especially the sheepy field!
 I have been stitching a bit too. I am trying to keep up with all my ongoing projects (though should attack some UFOs). Here are blocks 10 and 11 of The Splendid Sampler. It has been very interesting trying some new techniques.

Hoping to work on the Homespun BOM today. I am up to the large applique house and April is coming fast!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lovely weekend at the coast

It was so special to have a long weekend down the coast with our Thursday ladies group. We "retreat" to the coast once every year and have such a good time. Friday was still quite warm so some of us, including me, went for a lovely swim. We rent a house just walking distance from Denhams Beach.

 Some of the ladies like to play games and do puzzles. There were many to choose from. We all played a wonderful drawing game called Telestrations which was great fun.

 We also ate very well. There were delicious cakes and slices, chocolate and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners too.

We all look forward to this weekend every year. Some of us enjoyed some stitching as well.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lovely show and tell

Lovely to see what the ladies have been stitching in class this week. Lynne has made 2 great bags using the Anni Downs' book, The Story of my Day and has made hers a little bigger.
 Lynne has used Anni's older range of fabric, Buttontree Lane, and I love how they look in this bag.

 Barbara has been busy too and has made up this little stamped decoration from last year. Looks really lovely.
 She has also made this wonderful cushion for her little great niece. What a lucky little girl.
 I have been steadily stitching away and have completed the second block from Anderson's Farm and have pieced another block from the quilt in The Story of My Day.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Stitching progress

Another week has flown by! There has been some stitching happening over the last few weeks in between stitching days and other commitments. The second block of the Lynette Anderson Button club arrived last week so it was fun to start creating Sydney the Cockerel. I've been calling him Mr Rooster! There were some very small pieces to applique! In hindsight, I think I would have embroidered the feet and beak or fused them on as they were fiddly.
 Just enjoying the embroidery on the heart.
 I have enjoyed continuing to stitch the lovely drawings from The Story of My Day by Anni Downs.

 I now have a few more to piece together.
 It has been interesting trying some different techniques on the Splendid Sampler blocks. I did love the applique on this one.

 Jenny brought in her finished stitchery on Wednesday night. Looks lovely!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Stitching on the Lake March 5th

We had another lovely day of stitching last Saturday. It was a little bit too hot but that didn't stop everyone enjoying some friendship, great food and some stitching. Here we are all ready for another great day.

We didn't end up having our photo taken but here we are at home on the night before, after we had set it all up. 
Hobbysew came once again with a very tempting stall.

 The food was a highlight. Morning tea was cucumber sandwiches and delicious shortbread. Lunch was a yummy spinach filo pie and salad and afternoon tea was a cake called Tres leches. It was so good!!!!!

As you wander around it is lovely to see some beautiful sewing notions. These pin cushions caught my eye. This is gorgeous cross stitch and the other is a liberty crown from Liberty of London!

 Lovely to see the candlewicking done in different colours, The perle 5 variations look particularly special.

 It is always inspiring to see the show and tell. Such clever ladies!

Thanks to Lynne and Sammi for the lovely food and to Hobbysew for bringing part of the shop for us to enjoy. And a special thank you to the ladies who came along to make the two days so special.