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Monday, February 8, 2016

FNWF, UFO Finish....

Thank you to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night sewing. I did some hand sewing and managed to complete one of my UFOs from the list I put up on my blog last month.
I can now put a line through No 3 on that list which is my C for Christmas Topper. Lots of lovely hand stitching in this one but so worth it when I look at it finished.. This is a design by Michelle Ridgway.

Well must go as I am heading off to my quilting group today. Will check out what everyone else got up to later today.
Happy Stitching until next time........

Thursday, January 28, 2016

List of UFO's for 2016

This year I have decided to try to work on some of my many UFO's collected over a number of years. Am putting this up on my blog hoping that it will be the incentive I need to get these projects at least closer to completion.
                               

 My List for 2016       

1. Pinwheel Xmas Wreath Wall Hanging

2. Sunshine Frolics Quilt  

3. C is for Christmas Table Topper

4. Friendship Quilt Row Along

5. Mini Spools Quilt

6. I Love Coffee Quilt  - for my son

7. Tree of Life Wall Hanging  - for my niece

8. Modern Mugs Quilt

9. Nature's Journey

10. Gossip in the Garden

11. Chilly Penguins & Deck the Hall Wall Hangings

12. Rose of Provence Quilt

As not much time left in January, I am working on No 3 as it has the least to do to get a finish.

Well must go, lots to do............. Happy Stitching.............

Monday, January 25, 2016

FNSI, The Splendid Sampler, C is for Christmas.....


I am running really late with my post about FNSI hosted by Wendy. Thank you Wendy for hosting & encouraging me and others to get sewing.
I had intended to get into my sewing room early on Friday night but best laid plans were changed when my son asked if his two boys could spend the day with me as he had to work. We had a lovely time, it was very hot so we spent most of the time in the pool. Of course like most kids of today the rest of the afternoon was spent playing games on their computers and asking me what else I had to eat that was yummy. By the time their Dad picked them up, my good intentions were slowly disappearing but I needed to make some decisions on fabric, so out to my room I went.
I have decided to join in 'The Splendid Sampler' hosted by Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson. It is starting on the 14th of February, there will be 100 blocks, 6" finished, 2 blocks per week Sunday  & Thursday and 87 designers sharing a block with those who joined up.
So my first job for the night was to go through my stash and pick the fabrics I was going to use. I may have to buy some background fabric but will wait and see as we progress through a few blocks.

This took me forever to choose but I finally decided to go with a Sweetwater fabric range called Reunion. I have a fat eighth pack, some yardage, a layer cake, jelly roll and a charm pack so think this should be enough. Fingers crossed. I am so happy to be part of this group.

The other thing I worked on was some stitching on this table runner. Got the hand stitching done on some of the hexagons, but need to complete a few more before I can join them together and have a finish. This is a Michelle Ridgway design which I have been working on for a long while.

Well I have a few more things to tell you but I will leave them for another day. Last year had lots of things happening in my life and I lost my way a bit, hoping this year will be much better.
Happy Stitching until next time..... Hugs..........      

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Chooky's SSCS, 10 OPAM finishes for December, Sunday Stitchers...........

I finally got to open my parcel in Chookyblue's SSCS. The wait was definitely worth it as I received these beautiful gifts from Gail in the US.

The square topper is gorgeous and fits a table where the tree that displays my handmade ornaments sits each year.  How good is that.  
Gail also sent a matching mug mat along with a scissor broach, a Missouri pin, some chocolates and sweets.
Thank you so much Gail for this wonderful parcel and for being my Secret Santa for 2015.
I also received an email from Marion in Germany who has opened the parcel I sent to her.
Here is what I made.

I have made a couple of these to give-away but will have to make one for myself  one of these days.

This year has been a busy one for me and I haven't done too much posting. My Sunday Stitchers had our Christmas break-up back in November. As usual we had a Secret Santa and I pulled Teresa's name out of the hat. I was thrilled as I already had a gift I had seen and bought nearly 2 years before hoping I would get Teresa eventually in a swap. I have known Teresa for many years and I know how much she loves all things Paris and vintage so these were my gifts to her.
Inside I added a pocket using two of the dresses on it.


Fell in love with this fabric which has dresses with Paris themes on them. Made a large tote for Teresa to take shopping. Also the previously bought magnets and post-it notes, Paris themed of course.

Our Christmas table which we all added to with a plate of goodies.

My gorgeous table runner made by Allison and a little teddy bear Xmas ornament. It is so pretty, I love it. 

These were some of the extras that everyone gave me. Missing is the beautiful roll made by Sandi which opened out into a place mat with cutlery engraved with our name. I will post a photo next time. 

 I was lucky to also have my birthday in December and I received all these fat quarters of gorgeous materials from the girls. How lucky was I. Blue was my colour for this year.

Well we are having a big storm at the moment so had better close and see if this will post.
I'll record my OPAM finishes. Not had a lot of completed items this year so hope 2016 is a better one for me.
Till next time Happy Stitching...............



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa Sack Swap : My gifts to Wen........ Merry Christmas.......

These are the gifts I sent to Wen for Cheryll's Santa Sack Swap.
Wen decided she would like a tote so I made one for her to use all year round.


A felt pouch & sweets 
A snowman ornament. Have made lots of these as I love stitching them. 



A scrap bin, matching pin cushion and scissors.


An initial sewing mat/ mug rug.

A wall hanging made with my favourite Nancy Halvorsen fabrics.
Wen tells me she had help from her daughters in opening them. So glad you liked them Wen.
Thanks to Cheryll for another wonderful Christmas Swap.

Well must go and spend some time with my hubby.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Friday Night Sew In

For FNSI I didn't end up getting much done except for finally putting together the block below. One of my quilting friends who goes to the Tamborine Quilting Retreat I attend, is having a big '0' birthday and has asked me to make a block to go in a special birthday quilt she is making.
Sue provided three fabrics and I could add up to three more but I decided to just add one. The design of the block could be anything as long as the cream fabric was the background and the block ten and a half inches in size. I chose a block called The Greek Cross Quilt Block.

The fabric I added was the dark blue.  Happy with how it turned out and it is exactly the right size.
Thanks WENDY for hosting our final FNSI for 2015.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the girls who have participated in our Friday night gatherings over the year.

Look forward to catching up with you again in 2016.

Hugs and Happy Stitching till then............






Santa Sack Swap 2015 .....

This year for Cheryll's SANTA SACK SWAP I was paired with Wen. We have got to know each other over the few months and even with a house move Wen has managed to make me some very beautiful gifts. Thank you for each and every one Wen, I love them all.
My parcels unwrapped.

Folder with notebook, pen, needles & threads kit, zip purse with initial & tissue pouch, 6 crochet coasters and some Lavender bath seeds & cooling and relaxing gel patches.

My Christmas stocking, a beautiful apron and hanging bird ornament.
THANK YOU to Cheryll for again running this fantastic swap and another very big THANK YOU to my wonderful swap partner Wen. Opening these gifts certainly made my day.

Now I'm off to check out the linky to see what others have made and received.
Hugs till next time...........