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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Glenrose Cottage WIP, Natalie Bird Workshop

This is the Charming Stars runner I worked on at Glenrose Cottage. Took ages to finally decide where the blocks should go.  I also quilted my bag for the Natalie Bird workshop, just put the finishing touches to it when I got home (photo in previous post).
The other girls worked on some gorgeous projects but must show you a photo of these two beauties who after a questionable night scrubbed up quite well by the time they headed for home.

Jenny and Helen made these girls with the faces painted by Helen. We all wanted them to come home with us. No such luck though, their Mum ma's wouldn't let them.

The following Sunday, Sunday Stitchers had our workshop with Natalie Bird. The two projects for the day were a Tablet Holder and a Blackbird Purse.

Some of Natalie's work on display.

Lots of lovely projects to buy.
My purchases for the day.

A Christmas pattern, some prairie linen for a bag, stitching linen and some Tilda stripe.


Some of the ladies working hard on their projects. The last photo is of the Sunday Stitchers group with some of our Natalie Bird finishes.
We had the most wonderful day and Natalie is such a lovely person, I really enjoyed talking to her about all sorts of things throughout the day.
Well must go, tomorrow I am going to Lets Get Stitched with designers, Fiona Ransley, Vicki Tucek, Joy Coey and Dawn Hay. This year it's in Brisbane so not far to travel this time. It is from Thursday until Monday. I am looking forward to meeting up with all the people who attended LGS in Melbourne last year.
Will be back to tell you about it after the weekend. Lots planned so it will be fun..........




Monday, March 2, 2015

Retreat at Glenrose Cottage,

I was lucky enough to be invited along to spend a few days sewing with these lovely ladies at Glenrose Cottage in Warwick. Thanks for asking me Tuesday girls, as I had a wonderful time.
This photo taken on th last day. Back row, Jenny, Teresa, Noreen, Middle row, me, Susan, Front row,  Helen, De and Sandi

Sandi, me and Susan at Cannington Patchwork. Our last stop before heading home. 
Thanks Teresa for allowing me to share a few of your photos.

But back to the beginning, we arrived on Monday in time for a quick look at the shop and a morning tea of freshly made scones with jam and cream before we unpacked the car and settled into our cottage which would be home for a few days.




I shared the cottage with De. It had all the comforts of home with quilts draped over boxes and chairs, I definitely slept well although De and I were guilty of talking till 2.30 am one morning and were pretty tired the next day. Thanks De for sharing with me and for the ride to and from.
It was great to have the shop on the grounds and I was a bit naughty with my purchases. This was the view from the cottage to the shop and our workshop area.


Here are my some of my purchases.......



Well I have a few more photos to show but will leave them for the next post.
Be back soon..........



OPAM Finish.......

Finally finished my Natalie Bird bag in time to take it along to her workshop, my group Sunday Stitchers, held a couple of weekends ago.

Have lots to show and tell but am off to my quilting group now, so will be back later to catch up on what I have been up to in the past few weeks and where I am going at the end of this week.
Till then....... Happy Stitching..........

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Initial Heart Swap

My swap partner, Anna B, in the Initial Heart Swap has received my gift and so thought I would do a quick post to show you what I sent, a small wall hanging. Thank you Anna for the gorgeous e-card you sent to let me know it had arrived.


I combined a free stitchery pattern from Michelle Ridgway with the letter A from her sewing Alphabet pattern to make a larger design, found some fabric that had small alphabet letters on it and used that for the border. I am really pleased with the way it turned out.
I completely forgot to take a photo of the wrapped parcel and chocolates before I sent them hence no photo to show.
Thank you Cheryll for another successful swap.
Well must go as Ruby is letting me know she wants her dinner.
Till next time Happy Stitching............  

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FNWF, Initial Heart Swap.

Last night I joined in to sew with lots of other quilters for Cheryll's Friday Night with Friends. A big Thank you to Cheryll for encouraging us again this year.
 I began the night by working on the new SAL 2015 run by Chookyblue and her lovely assistant Susan. I was hoping to get some backgrounds cut out but all I managed,was to sort out the fabrics I would use for Part 1 and make myself some notes so I will have an action plan to follow when I do start tomorrow. I am thinking that I probably will blanket stitch most of the applique so traced the pieces on the back of the sheets so they are reversed and ready to copy them onto viseofix.




I am also still working on Gossip in the Garden, so to actually get some stitching to show, I prepared these hexies for two of the blocks. Think I have to make 75 in all so have about 25 ready, only 50 to go.
I do love those Nancy Halvorsen fabrics. Don't know what I will do when I run out of them.

I also wanted to show the gifts I received from Marilyn for the Valentine's Day Initial Heart Swap also hosted by Cheryll. Thank you Cheryll you are a legend.......
The parcel above contained the lovely gifts below.  


A passport holder, three knitted wash cloths (see my initial knitted into the small yellow one), some chocolates and this little Golden Book which was a great read. I had a good laugh when I read it. Thank you very much Marilyn for the beautiful and thoughtful gifts you have made me. Hope to go for a trip later in the year so will put the passport holder to good use if that happens.
I sent my parcel off on Monday so hope it arrives soon. Can't show a photo as I completely forgot to take one of the wrapped parcel before I posted it.
Well must go, a few more hexies are calling me and hubby wants to use the computer.
Have a great weekend ...............Happy stitching till next time.......






Thursday, February 5, 2015

A late Birthday Gift, SAL 2015, Ruby Update.

I received a surprise a couple of weeks ago with an email from Toni of the Red Boot Quilt Company. I had won the Birthday Club gift for December.
I could choose one pdf pattern and also received a $25.00 voucher to Lynette Anderson's Little Quilt Shop.  Thank you so much Toni.
It was hard to select a pattern but I finally went with this one.

I used the voucher to get this pattern and the cat button to go with it.  I think this button reminded me of my cat called Oscar. What do you think? He won't be getting the cushion when it is made though.
He spends most of his time doing this these days. 

I have finally chosen my fabrics for  Chookyblue's  SAL 2015. They are from my stash although I've had to buy a few more background ones to go with them. The fabrics are French General. I have a Rural Jardin jelly roll and some fat quarters, a jelly roll of Le Bouquet Francais and some yardage and a charm pack of La Belle Fleur and yardage too. Also adding a few blues from my blue stash. Need to get into cutting out Part 1 now as February is going so fast.

I will be back later to post a photo of the lovely gifts I received from Marilyn in the Initial Heart Swap run by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin but now my puppy is letting me know she wants some attention and some food I think.
We took her off to puppy school last Monday night, learnt a few tips and she has not been biting so much but we still have a way to go before she stops I think. She looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth in this photo. Oscar is not very happy his peace and quiet has been ruined so we are trying to keep them apart for the moment.
See you soon.  Hugs.......



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our new Puppy, SAL 2015.

Our household has increased by one with a new puppy arriving on Tuesday night.
Her name is RUBY and she was born 15 th November 2014. She is a German Shepherd Cross.
She is very cute although I am already sporting a few band aids from her sharp teeth. She has been sleeping okay at night but early mornings seem to be the go. Definitely not good as I am not a morning person.



Above are a few photos. The second one, she was helping with the zip ties for the temporary fence near the house.  Not sure Chris appreciated her help though.
The last one is of her sleeping, pity this wasn't happening at 3.00 am this morning. This too will pass.....Hopefully sooner than later........

And now to finish, I have also managed to complete my January Anni Downs stitchery for SAL 2015.

Just need to decide on the fabric I am using (hopefully from my stash) for Natures Journey and I am ready to begin in February for the first set of blocks.
Well must go I hear a bit of yelping going on outside so I had better check on Ruby.
Till next time..... Happy Stitching.......