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...........

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SSCS 2015,

This week I received my parcel from Gail in the USA. I've opened my ornament  and here it is a lovely hexagon wreath. Thank you so much Gail it is beautiful and will look lovely on my tree. Gail also sent a booklet about the city that she lives in. We have been to the USA several times but never to Missouri. It was very interesting reading so thanks for including it in the parcel.

I also sent off my parcel and just checked to see if it had arrived and it has so thanks to Australia Post for prompt delivery. Here are the wrapped parcels that I sent to Marion in Germany.

Marion has opened her ornament so here is a photo of what I made.
I incorporated a Theodora Cleeve Santa button with some embroidery.
Well that is all for me tonight. Be back soon.
Till then....... Happy Stitching..........