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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

Something to remember ...

"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

Canvas Biscornu

Canvas Biscornu

Embroidered Garland

Embroidered Garland

Recently finished ....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blackwork

Here is a little blackwork box lid which I have made - and I thought sitting it in a bowl of fresh red delicious apples would look nice and bright! This is a simple little blackwork design and I am also stitching another in a variegated thread to make into a small hanging! Simple yet fun stitching!
Fiona x
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Monday, March 30, 2009

A Visitor in my Backyard

When I arrived home yesterday afternoon I had about 6 kangaroos in my backyard! This one let me get really close and then stood up very straight so I could take a photo!
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Darling Harbour by Night

We stayed in Darling Harbour on the water and walked to the Entertainment Centre for the conference! This was the old "North Steyne" Manly ferry which used to run to Manly but is now a restaurant!
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We Can be the Change

As we were presented with our ball of wool and knitting needles, there was great excitement on the stage with the huge ball of wool and huge knitting needles and then down from the ceiling came this sign - a "woolly" cross with a "woolly" heart letting us all know we can be the change in this world! Just fabulous!
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Colour Conference

Just back from the Colour Conference in Sydney and had a fantastic time with about 10,000 women! It was great and a highlight was our special gift of a ball of wool and knitting needles so that we could all knit something for someone in need - great idea and right up my alley!! If you look closely on the stage you will see a huge ball of wool and huge knitting needles! Great fun!
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another Weaver - Smaller Loom

Not sure if I showed you this already - but we stopped at a tea house in Nepal for lunch one day and in between serving us, this lady sat down and managed to fit in a few rows of weaving as she waited for lunch to be cooked! Talk about multi-tasking!!
I'm off to the Colour Conference in Sydney for a couple of days now and looking forward to getting together with about 8,000 other Christian women at this fantastic conference organised by the Hillsong church in Sydney. Women come from all over the world for this conference so it is a great time of fellowship and meeting up with people from all different walks of life!
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Weaving in Nepal

Came across some photos last night of our trip to Nepal last year - here is a lady weaving in the middle of the street in a large town - she had her loom set up and was making colourful rugs and shawls - a hit with the trekkers walking through!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Stage is Set!

Sylvia and I enjoy our Stitching Days with many and varied ladies - we have another coming up soon in Canberra! I will post some photos from the last couple of days we have shared with kindred spirits! This is from last year in Canberra - beautiful bags full of goodies to stitch!
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Jars of Shells

You may have guessed from my blogging diary that I am a beach person and my family just adore living near the sea on the coast. At every chance we opt for a walk along the sand or around the headlands or swimming or surfing whenever we can! Here is a lovely collection of shells from our beach which sits in the bathroom. Each of our children have a jar of shells from our beach at their houses - it reminds them of home!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beautiful Hydrangeas

Maybe the inspiration for Elaine's lovely embroidery came from these beautifully coloured hydrangeas which were in a vase at the church when we were stitching last week!
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Elaine's Trinket Box

Another of my talented Needlework ladies is Elaine and she has made this beautiful little trinket box - covered with lovely fabric and embroidered and coloured in the flowers on top. The lucky recipient will be very pleased with her gift!
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Julie's Quilt

Here is the most delightful little floor quilt for a new baby which has been made by Julie. It was a panel of printed fabric which Julie purchased and she then added the striking outer borders to it. She is now quilting around each of the little animals and nearly ready to bind in time for a special new baby! Simply the cutest thing!
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Frances & Her Dolls

Frances is one of my Needlework ladies who until 3 years ago couldn't stitch - or at least that's what she told me when she arrived at Needlework! And just look at all these lovely dolls she has made recently! She is well and truly hooked! They are gorgeous Frances!
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bondi Icebergs

Back at Bondi after walking to Bronte and back - this looked very inviting - the pool at Bondi Icebergs. Such a beautiful contrast with the aqua blue pool water, people swimming laps and the ocean behind. And as all good holidays have to end, we came back down the coast and had a lovely lunch at Wollongong on the water with our eldest son Sam and Nadia and then headed home! Now to do some stitching ........... Fiona x
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Bondi Beach

On Saturday morning we walked the coastal track from Bondi Beach to Tamarama and Bronte and some lovely German tourists took a photo of us on the walk with Bondi Beach as our background! A perfect Sydney day!
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Sydney Harbour

We have been away in Sydney for a couple of days celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary. On Friday while David was at a conference, I caught the ferry to Manly to have lunch with our daughter Ashleigh and my sister Wendy. Wendy was my bridesmaid when we were married on 20 March 1980. As we used to live in Manly when we were first married, it was a nostalgic trip across beautiful Sydney harbour. Had a beautiful lunch on the water at Manly and then back to the city for an exceptionally delicious seafood meal with David to celebrate!
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hilary's Quilt

Hi,
Here is another beautiful hexagon quilt which Hilary has completed recently. Not bound yet but beautifully quilted by Jenny! Here are Hilary, Jennifer and Kay showing the beautiful colours of Hilary's quilt. Great to use up all those scraps!
Fiona x
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dianne's Quilt

Hi,
And here is Jennifer this morning with the almost completed hexagon quilt which Di started all that time ago! Wonderful friendships and everlasting treasures can be made through stitching and I'm sure Di is smiling down on you Jennifer for completing the task at hand! Congratulations - a wonderful project in memory of a special lady!
Fiona x
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Jennifer Working on Dianne's Quilt

Hi,
A while back, one of our very precious Needlework ladies passed away and left us all with a legacy - her sewing stash! Jennifer, who nursed Dianne through her illness, took up the challenge with relish to complete a hexagon quilt which Di had started a long time ago. The quilt is nearly complete - here is Jennifer working on it!
Fiona x
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Brazillian Embroidery

Hi,
I have had fun making this little Brazillian embroidery scissor keeper or key tassel. I loved the colours in this DMC variegated thread (4030) and managed to find some little beads the same colour in my stash to put between the fob and the tassel. My needlework ladies will have fun with this one!
Fiona x
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Monday, March 16, 2009

The reverse side!

Hi,
And a rear view just so we have covered every angle for you!
Fiona x
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Another Bag from the Bag Lady!!

Hi,
This is how my hexagon bag looks for those of you who are waiting for the picture! My needlework ladies started the stitching last week and this week they will be assembling their bag, adding some handles and buttons and they will have another useful bag to add to their collection! For those knitters, it is the perfect size for knitting needles and balls of wool, but would be useful for anything really!
Fiona x
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Join them together!

Hi,
Join them together into this shape!
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What will these become??

Hi,
Playing around with my hexagon cutters and I made these hexagons. Some are embroidered and some are just patterned fabric!
Fiona x
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Setting out the Raffle Quilt

Hi,
Almost all the blocks have been completed and this week we lay out the embroidered squares onto the lovely green and cream background fabric - just to get an idea. And then on Wednesday morning, we started stitching them together. I have today purchased some mottled green fabric to border the quilt in and will get on to that next week! The wonderful thing is that we have had such a great response with these squares that we have enough to make two quilts! Well done to the Needlework ladies!
I am off to Canberra tomorrow for the wedding of Sylvia's daughter who I have known since the day she was born (24 years ago) so that is very exciting! Looking forward to that!
Fiona x
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