Sunday, July 29, 2018

Lovely sewing

Sp special to see what the social and class girls have been achieving recently. Janet is a wonderful sewer and is creating these amazing outfits for her little girls to wear to a Great Gatsby party. The 2 outfits she has completed have a dress and coat and one even has a beautiful little hat!

 Lynda has been so busy making special Christmas goodies for her little granddaughter. What a very lucky little miss.

 Roni has been making beautiful items too. This runner is just beautiful. The colours are lovely and soft so my photos don't do it justice.

 Roni has also made this little pouch. I just love the hexagons all made with Japanese yarn dyed fabrics.
Margaret in the evening class has been using her little scraps to make these great mini quilts.  

 She also made this lovely soft flannel blanket for a new little baby. This is just one of many! Lucky babies and new mums.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Progress and blog books

I finally got around to printing my blog books. So exciting to see the blog in print and such a nice way to store the year's happenings.

 After completing my last cross stitch I was very inspired to start another. I have had this Shepherds Bush pattern in my stash for years and just felt like starting. I even had the linen!

I managed a very tough job last week and finally tacked the Scandinavian Rose quilt ready for hand quilting. It is not an easy job.....especially on the floor.
 Over the weekend I took myself into the sewing room for 10 minutes or so and started to put together this little quilt from Festive Stitches by Marg Low. One row to go.
 Several weeks ago I put together The Simple Life and then added the borders. It will now wait in turn to be hand quilted.

Friday, July 20, 2018


I have been a little slack in posting some recent outings. We have had the big boys over the last few weeks on Tuesday so we ended up going to the National Museum on both days.....their choice.

 There was also a bit of tablet watching!

I also enjoyed a lovely lunch out a few weeks ago with the Thursday study group. We enjoyed lots of delcious food at the Burns club.

Friday, July 13, 2018


The second part of Here There and Everywhere came last week and it was such good fun to make. Can't wait for part 3.
 I also knitted the last few inches of this scarf. It is lovely alpaca wool that I bought last year at the Sydney craft show.
 This cross stitch pattern followed me home from this year's craft show and I just FELT like starting. I am really enjoying it.
Last week and few of the stitching ladies had show and tell. Janet is so amazing at sewing gorgeous retro clothes for her 3 littlies and herself. I don't know how she finds the time but she does an amazing job. 
 Beth has also been busy and has knitted these great socks. The fairaisle pattern is all made by the wool!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A new start.... Here There and Everywhere

I know! I shouldn't be starting new things when there are many to finish was just too tempting. I have started Here There and Everywhere by Anni Downs. I decided to use my stash so am getting it as a BOM with the pattern and the wool pieces each month. It is harder to use your stash, I am finding but am pleased with my choices and think they look ok. Here are the blocks that make up the first part.

 I am especially pleased with my map. Anni tells you how to make one in her instructions and I did have fun adding bits and pieces to the map.

 An this is block 1 done. It is softer than the original but this picture is really light!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sydney Craft and Quilt show

Paddy and I headed to Sydney in June for the craft show at Darling Harbour. We enjoyed an afternoon of shopping, lunch and browsing on Thursday afternoon and then went to the show on Friday. There were some lovely stalls and lots of amazing quilts to see. We especially enjoyed and learnt lots from Kelli from Cutting Cloth. She did demonstrations of raw edge applique and quilting on her stall. Must have a go!!! I bought the gloves she uses and some special fusible web so will definitely try it soon.
It was lovely as always to catch up with Anni and Pete Downs on the Hatched and Patched stall. It is such an inspiring stall! Very special to catch up with Chooky who was working on the stall as well.

 Loved the Bebe bold stall too. So nice to say hi to Jane and Cally.
 There was a special display of the interesting work of Segolaine Schweitzer. It is very naive but very effective.

 There was also a great display of children's clothing through the ages.

 Then there were the quilts! There were so many. Sadly the lighting wasn't really good but I still managed to take some pictures of some of them. Amazing work and all so varied.

 We both loved this beautiful one designed by Yoko Saito. It has been in a Quiltmania magazine.

 This one by Wendy Williams was amazing too.