Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feb finish for 13 UFO's in 2013

Here is my finish for February. My Twister Table Runner (Project No 4) made from the charm pack , It's a Hoot, and using the twister template.
Due to loss of power for a few days last month I didn't get my January  No 5 project completed until early February so here is my late January finish which I have already shown before.
A Backpack for Erica.
Have sent the photos to Aunt Mardi from 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks who is running 13 UFO's in 2013. Glad I have caught up ready for a new project for March when the number is drawn tomorrow.
Till next time..........   Hugs...........

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Giveaway Winner.

Well as promised, this morning I put all 30 names in a bowl and my grandson picked out a name for me.


Please send me your address Elyte and I will pop these in the post for you.

I would like to thank everyone for entering my giveaway and for all the lovely comments you made. I'm so pleased I began writing my blog as it has taken me on a wonderful journey and in that process I have met all of you, my blogging friends.  I look forward to my next 200 posts.

Happy Stitching till next time.  Hugs........      

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Another Brisbane Blog Meet

Today I had the most enjoyable time meeting up with some other Brisbane bloggers at Cafe on the Park at Shorncliffe.  Twelve of us were able to attend and catch up on what we have been doing and sewing since we last met.  Thank you to Maree for arranging another fun get together.
Photo 1- Maree, Marilyn, Cheryl and Helen, Photo 2- Lynda ,Susan, De, Maree.  Photos 3 /4  Lunch - Open Grill Sandwich and  Passionfruit Tart (well worth breaking my diet for)

Our Red Home Bags- they belong to Teresa, Marilyn, Susan and me. 

A collage of our show and tell
Photo 1      Pin Cushion Turtles by Teresa, Marilyn and Susan.
Photo 2     Susan and Maria with their portraits.  We all want one now.
Photo 3     Marilyn's Quilt using Bliss by Bonnie and Camille.
Photo 4     Helen's It's an Earl Grey Moment Quilt.
Photo 5     De's Pinwheel Quilt.
Photo 6     My backpack.
Photo 7     Sandi and her gorgeous dolly.
Photo 8     Sandi's Lynette Andersen Quilt.
Photo 9     Maree brought along some Cottage Garden threads for Teresa.
Well that is all for me tonight.  Will be drawing my give-away on Wednesday morning so go to that post and add your comment to be in the draw if you haven't already.            Hugs.........

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1 Xmas Item a Month, Red Home Bag

I now have the hanger for my Gail Pan wall hanging so here is my finished Xmas item for February.  Posting the finish a little earlier than the 25th deadline.  Think I might put this one in my gift box.
I am on a roll here at the moment so here is my Red Home Tote which I think I need to change to my Green Home Tote. Fabrics are from a Moda range called Gatherings.  So pleased with how it looks. This is definitely going to be for me.

A house is made of wood and stone but only love can make a home. I used variegated green for the stitchery.

Inside pocket, top stitched the same as the outside pockets.  Hopefully I will be able to find my phone in this one.
My Sal 2013  project for February is finished.

Don't forget everyone, if you have not left a comment on my previous post, do so by next Wednesday when I will draw a winner for my give-away. Check out the previous post.

Well must go........  Happy Stitching until next time..........


Monday, February 18, 2013

200 Post Giveaway

I 've just realized that I have written over 200 hundred blog posts so have decided to have a little give-away. Thank you to everyone who has been commenting on my blog and become a follower, I appreciate each and every comment and try to reply to them all, although sometimes, time gets away from me. Below is what I have decided to give.
A journal cover made with Hometown fabric and label both by Sweetwater, a mini charm of Spring Fever, DMC thread, a decorative zip and a bird charm 

You could use these to make a cute bag  for your sewing bits and pieces.  Will look forward to seeing  what is made with them.
If you would like to receive the above parcel from me please leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw the winner next Wednesday the 27th of February.  Good Luck everyone.

Hugs Noela.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I'm working on....

This week I have been working on my Red Home Tote Bag.  Have a bit more to do on the stitchery but today I managed to decide on what fabrics to use from  an old Brannock and Patek range from my stash  called Gatherings.  I have quite a few different fabrics from this range so needed to pick which ones I would use where.
The maroon floral will be used on the back, the green floral for the top and lining, the beige on the bottom and handles, the beige, green and red spot for the pockets either side of the stitchery.  The stitchery is in a variegated green so these should go well I think. They are cut out now so decision final.

I have also been working on my One Xmas Item a Month.  Have finished this so here is a sneak peek as I need to buy a hanger to display it and then post about it on the 25th. Stitchery design by Gail Pan.

Am happy with my progress this month although still have quite a bit to finish by the 28th (Don't like these short months).
Also have joined Let's Celebrate Swap run by Karen at Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop. I am looking forward to getting to know my swap partner as we share some gifts though out the year.
Well, off to make dinner now.  Till next time......   Happy Stitching............

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Late January Finish.

I have at last finished my January UFO for 13 UFO's in 2013.  Last week we had a few days without power and I just ran out of time. Have been working on it today and am pleased to say it is done. I bought this pattern / kit, minus the doilies, many years ago to make for my grand-daughter who is now 19.  Not sure she is still into pink and pretty as she was then.  
So here is Erica's Backpack...........

The photos don't due it justice.  It is very pretty and feminine looking.  I am so happy to have one less UFO on my list.
I will definitely not leave my February UFO to the last minute and have taken NO 4 out of my UFO box. It is my twister table runner. Needs a border, then layering, quilting, binding and of course a label.
Well its really late and my grandson is here by 5.30 am in the morning so must get some sleep.                  Till next time........

Monday, February 4, 2013

Initial Heart Swap.

Simone has received my gift in the Initial Heart Swap hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin and has posted about it so I am able to show you a photo of  what I made.

It reads :  Sprinkle love on your heart       and watch it bloom.    Sorry the photo is a little blurry.
I made a wall hanging using a Jenny of Elefantz design that I happened to find in one of my Handmade magazines.  The original design had a floral heart in the middle so I left that out and put the initial S (for Simone of course) in the middle.  I am so glad that Simone loved it.
In my rush to get this in the post, I forgot to take a photo of the chocolates and the fabric and thread I included in the parcel but you can check that out over at Simone's here.
Always makes me happy to see a parcel arrive safe and sound. Another happy end to a swap.  Thank you Cheryll, our swap mama, I have so enjoyed this.   Till next time........... Hugs...... Noela

Saturday, February 2, 2013

FNWF, Initial Heart Swap

Last night I joined in some sewing with by blog mates for Friday Night with Friends.  I only joined at the last minute as I have been trying to catch up on some blog hopping and noticed it was on.  January sure went quickly so I guess we can't expect this year to go any slower than 2012 did.
I managed to work on a couple of things last night. I have been trying to catch up on the 4 days without my machine and am behind with my first finish for 13 UFO's in 2013 over at Maria's. Below are photos of my backpack.
Back Straps attached.

Handle in place.

Did some stitchery to the centre of the flowers to hold the doilies down. 

Stitching the pockets on. 
Whilst sewing the pockets on, my cat Oscar and a neighbours cat decided to have a big fight right outside my sewing room door.  It was pouring with rain as we were in the middle of a storm so as Oscar was pretty wet, I decided to stop for the night and take him inside to dry him off.  By the time I got  him dry, I wasn't tired so did a little stitching on this for my February SAL 2013 project.  Have changed the stitchery wording and used the house and tree stitchery which is from another book by Natalie Bird.  Have made this bag before for my Secret Santa Christmas Swap so as I am making this one for me decided to use different wording.  Am using a variegated green thread.  Sorry the picture is not the best.
So in all I was happy with what I got done.  A big THANK YOU to Cheryll for running FNWF again this month and also for the Initial Heart Swap.
Yesterday, I received my heart from De.

A beautiful hexi heart made with the smallest of stitches, a felt tag with my initial and some lovely caramel filled chocolates in a pretty box.  Thank you so much De, I love my little heart.
Till next time...............     Happy Stitching....................     Hugs.

Friday, February 1, 2013

QLD Floods, Initial Heart Swap, OPAM

The last week has not been very kind to many people in Queensland and northern NSW. My heart goes out especially to the people of Bundaberg who not only had flooding but tornadoes as well. Where I live in Logan, we ended up having widespread flooding which we haven't had for many years. Our main road, the Mt Lindsay Highway, was cut as well as many smaller roads in my area so we were unable to get out for a few days.  We also lost power during the high winds and due to the amount of people in the same boat (over 250,000 lost power), didn't get it back for almost 4 days.  It really makes you appreciate the things you have, when you suddenly don't have them. We live in a semi rural area so depend on tanks for our water and electricity to pump the water into the house, luckily, we were able to borrow my son's generator which allowed us to get some water from the tank and keep essentials like the fridge and freezer on, so only lost a few food items that had melted. In the scheme of things though, the bit of inconvenience we experienced pales into comparison to what so many others have and are still going through. The rain has now stopped and the flood waters are going down but what has been left in it's wake, will take many months if not years to recover from. Below are a couple of photos from my local area
This is the main highway into Jimboomba.  Have seen it over this road a number of times but not quite as wide or high.

This is the park down the end of our street.  Play equipment can't be seen.  Water up to the top of the gas b-b-q. Water across the road.  I have lived here for 20 years and have never seen this much water here.  

On a lighter note, my cat Oscar spent most of the day doing what he does best.
I was able to do a little sewing yesterday and managed to finish my Initial Heart Swap gift.  I popped this in the post today so it should be landing in .....?...... letter box next week.

Also I have put the OPAM logo on my side bar as I have joined up again for another year. Thanks Kris and Peg for running this in 2013.  I know it takes a lot of your time at the end of the month, so really appreciate the encouragement you give us to get those UFO's finished. I have finished 3 items for January.

I also joined the 6 month Button Club over at Theodora Cleave.  I was absolutely amazed at what  arrived in the first parcel.  Below is what I received.

All the buttons,  screen printed fabric with a number of designs and a button booklet.  I think Barb is going to run another one starting in April.  If you are interested, go and check out the blog.  Just click on Theadora Cleave above.
Well, I am going to close now. Because of my lack of sewing machine and computer access this week, I have lots to catch up on including seeing what you all have been up to, so will be back when I have more to show and tell.  Until then stay safe......  Hugs...