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!!
It has been such a beautiful day here and we have been cleaning out the garage, doing washing and generally tidying up around the place. I took my camera out earlier to capture some of the colours in my garden and here they are!
Helen from Hugs N Kisses is having a fabulous Christmas giveaway of the most beautiful Christmas Quilt. Isn't is gorgeous? It is a seven part block of the month and has all been stitched in the one shade. It is very very tempting to order this - but maybe I might be a winner!
Carmelle from our Needlework Group showed me this beautiful scarf she knitted this past week, complete with knitted flowers! It was stunning in a lovely winter white colour. She also had a lovely Patons book too with lots of lovely knitted bits and pieces! There just aren't enough hours in the day!
And finally we have completed one of our charity raffle quilts today. All the binding is on following the quilting by Jenny. It looks fabulous and even though this picture does not do it justice, we have some very talented stitchers in our group who have done a beautiful job on this quilt.
How beautiful is this little embroidered bag which Helen - a stitching friend - bought back for me from Vietnam! I love it when friends travel and find such gorgeous hand stitched gifts. It really is beautifully worked - thanks Helen!
I also came across AK Traditions - a company from Melbourne - who had the most divine knitted doll patterns. I am not usually a knitted doll person but these were gorgeous and all so very different. Just had to have this book also called "Huggable Friends" - can I find the time to knit something in between everything else??
Some of the pages from "Material Obsession Two" - another must have at the Craft Fair. Just loved the colour and quilts and I was obviously having an "I love bright coloured quilts day" when I was there because I bought one quilt kit and ordered another block of the month - all brights and looking forward to getting in to those also!
Amongst a few other things, I bought some fabulous wool felt in beautiful colours for some little projects I have in mind.... and some gorgeous Prismacolour pencils for colouring in my embroideries! I can hardly wait to use these!
This is sunset as we flew into Sydney on our way home from Vanuatu recently. I took this out the plane window and it turned out really well! Such a shame holidays have to end and you have to come back to a cold and bleak winter!
Shirley is here holding up her fabulous quilt which is a great panel designed for women recovering or suffering from breast cancer. If you look closely, you will see some are wearing caps or have no hair - all pink and just a fabulous design! Shirley has made this for a very special friend!
Here is Shirley showing her beautiful stitched friendship quilt which is made up of lots of hand stitched designs made by all her friends! She and a friend pieced it together and now she has a very special quilt which is all about friendship .... and that's what it's all about really isn't it?
At the Craft Show I bought a beautiful kit to make a simple quilt from Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook. I just fell in love with the bright colours! It is pretty simple (or at least looks simple) to make and there are three charm packs filled with beautiful fabrics included! Will eventually show you the finished quilt!!
This is a bit random, but as I was driving to work yesterday morning through heavy rain, there was this beautiful rainbow which stopped right in the middle of the road in front of me so I took a photo through the windscreen! Not very clear but you get the general idea!
While I was in the Church taking photos I thought I would share this lovely banner which was made recently by Lyn - a very clever patchworker at our Church. It is a gorgeous colour washed banner depicting the area in which we live, complete with pelicans (we have lots), the beautiful river and the Tollgate Islands out to sea. It really is lovely and the photo doesn't really do this piece justice!
I have been having a bit of blog trouble which I only discovered today! I had a lovely weekend at the Craft Fair in Sydney and came home to blog about some fantastic things I saw but there was some sort of glitch! Anyway ... here is a lovely photo of our church with the sun shining through the stained glass windows! I took it last Wednesday when we were doing embroidery in the hall and it looked so lovely! I hope you like it too!
Helen has been so very productive and finished off these two beautiful little boxes - I thought I would share with you! One blackwork box lid worked in purple and the little English cottage. Very cute and where would we all be without our glasses??
And here is the sewing tidy hanging over one of my lounges - about to slip some sewing bits and pieces into it. The colours haven't come out so well in this photo but the fabrics are a Moda range (forgotten the name) and are rich greens and reds.
I have finished sewing together this Sewing Tidy for your armchair - simply hang over the armchair and slip your sewing things into the large pockets. A really useful item and I have adapted this pattern from a Lyn Briggs pattern from Moore Patchwork & Quilting.
Here is a blackwork pin keeper which I finished off a while ago. I love the variegated thread and the colours which came through in this little project. I just hung it out in a protea bush in our garden in the sun to photograph and was happy with the detail in this picture! It is sooooo nice to see the sun today!
Here is my completed Floss Tag Holder which I have now posted off overseas to a special stitching friend! Had a bit of fun with the eyelets but it all worked out well in the end! I have added a little dove of peace on the bottom!