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Love my family and my faith .. love being "Biccy" to our grandchildren, love being creative ... embroidery, needlework, patchwork, quilting .....love the beach and sand between my toes ... love to read ... love where we live on the South Coast of New South Wales .... love exploring the great outdoors .... travel and tropical islands ..... recently retired and looking forward to finishing all my UFO's .......

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tea Towels, Bookmarks & Creativity

This is a tea towel I have completed using one of the Nancy Halvorsen tea towels and some favourite fabrics! I like tea towels with something on them so this basket of pears is the end result!
A useful bookmark - it looks like I am going through a "red" phase at the moment! This is a sneak peek at a Sylvia design for a "special day" which I will fill you in on later!
Shirley bought this lovely wallhanging to Needlework this morning - it is very striking even though she says it will be the one and only she makes!
And this is just gorgeous - Lynne has nearly completed this "Sue Spargo" bag which we both bought the pattern for quite a while ago and, needless to say, Lynne is more advanced than me with it! I just love the colours and fabrics!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ruler Bag

Here is my Ruler Bag which is really one of my most useful needlework articles. It is really great to store my rulers in and a great design by Lisa which she shared with our Needlework Group many years ago!
It has enough pockets for your patchwork rulers to be kept and is made from quilted calico to give it a bit of padding.
And here are close-ups of the designs on the pockets!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wednesday's Luncheon

After Needlework on Wednesday, a few of the ladies attended a special luncheon to raise funds for ovarian cancer. I was lucky enough to be invited and we all enjoyed a lovely lunch together. I was at a table with some of the Batemans Bay Patchwork ladies and here is the lovely quilt which they donated for the raffle! Beautiful colours and the teal coloured balloons are the teal colour for ovarian cancer.

And here is Carmelle, Jill and Jennifer enjoying lunch!

And Lyn, Jenny and Yvonne - all with a little bit of "teal" on - note the very feathery "teal " hat on the lady behind! There were some amazing headpieces at the lunch!

And on Wednesday morning, one lovely lady, Norma, has made the ladies at her table each a lovely beaded scissor keep - here is Elaine's attached to her beautiful stork scissors.

My Day Book Journal

My day book journal for this week ....

Outside my window .... the rain is pouring down which is a good good thing!

I am thinking ... it is so nice to be out of the car after an 8 hour drive up the north coast to a wedding this weekend!

I am thankful for.... the fact that the sun shone on the wedding on the beach at Forster and that it did not rain (for the bride's sake!)

I am wearing ... my bath robe - I have just enjoyed a long bubble bath!

I am loving .... the prospect of an early Sunday night in bed after a very long drive!

I am stitching ... a little canvas work project - you can get lots of stitching done on those expressways!

I am hoping ... to get the canvas work put together tonight before I sleep!

I am drooling over .... the lovely colours of threads I am working with on the canvas project!

I am seriously tempted by .... the whole range of DMC colours - love them all!

I am hearing ... the rain now bucketing down on my roof - it's glorious!

I am reading .... "Over my Shoulder" by Naomi Reed - exploring the impact of personality on cross cultural mission work

On my mind .... is the busy week ahead!

From my picture journal .... a peaceful river scene from my stay at my parents on the way up the north coast to the wedding. I had forgotten how beautiful and peaceful their home is!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sewing Bag & Inspiration!

Here is a sewing bag which I made a while ago for keeping my fibrefill in - it is big and roomy and I told some of the Needlework ladies I would post some close up photos of the bag for them to use. So here they are! This is a version of Sylvia's bag which she had made in beautiful blues. It also is a great idea for using up some of those old doilies and laces!

This is another view of the same bag - lots of different fabrics and stitched panels!

This is the top of Steph's sample of the Indygo Junction pincushion pattern which I wrote about the other day. I loved the pattern and when Steph came to visit our Needlework group this week, I couldn't resist some orange (yes orange) ric rac braid and bright colours to make a pincushion for myself!

And here is a beautiful version of the "Chelsea Bloom" quilt which Frances has made for a special little girl! She will just love this beautiful aqua blue version of the quilt. This is special to me because my Chelsea (now 19) made this quilt at school in Year 10 for a textile project! Hers was all very bright colours and she still has it on the end of her bed (even now she has left home for uni in Sydney!)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pincushions and Rainbow Lorikeets

I am always on the lookout for something new and fun for our raffle prizes and I came across this lovely Indygo Junction pincushion pattern today at my local patchwork shop "Steph's". Some gorgeous fat quarters of fabric will complete this lovely prize! (And I had to get a pattern for me too - just because!)

I have this gorgeous selection of Nancy Halvorsen fabrics just waiting for me to make them into something special. I keep getting them out and looking at them for inspiration!

And I was being watched while I was in the garden on Saturday afternoon by this beautifully coloured rainbow lorikeet! You can understand why they are called "rainbow"!