Thursday, July 28, 2011

Table Runner and Christmas Bags

Following our recent Stitching on the Bay day, Tricia has finished off her table runner - doesn't it look great?  Both ends are embroidered beautifully and her choice of colours for the patchwork is lovely!

This could be made as long or as short as you wish!  Great project and a great finish Tricia!

Next week we will be making these two cute little Christmas Gift Bags!   The idea is to give a gift with a very cute wrapping - and here is the idea!   

These two samples have been worked on sandcastle fabric - the top one has an embroidered angel and the bottom one has an applique Christmas tree!   Can't believe we are thinking about Christmas already!!   But it will be here before you know it!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Works in Progress and Floral Abundance!

I have been trying to finish off some of my projects which are "just for me"!!    Have managed a bit of stitching on my Vignette quilt!!   Not as much as I would like to have finished - but working through it anyway!  It is just lovely to pick up and stitch a little bit every day!

I'm loving the colours I'm stitching in and of course the Nancy Halvorsen fabrics which border the design!    Wishing I had more time to stitch!

I'm drawing some inspiration from some of the flowers in my garden at the moment!   These orchids have absolutely no love and attention all year and suddenly spring forth with these beautiful flowers!  Amazing!

And the colours in this orchid are just divine!

Finished off a couple more of my Tis the Season blocks - ready for borders!

The vibrant colours in these bottle brush are so lovely - now the rain has gone and the sun is trying to come out!

The grevillea are flourishing!

And the proteas are waterlogged but surviving nevertheless!    It was nice to get out and about yesterday after the rain - a 6 hour training walk was just what was needed - up and down mountains!   And off we go again today to the same thing!   Not much stitching - but maybe an hour or two tonight as I rest my weary legs on the lounge!!  Have a great Sunday!


A Giveaway at Gabi's

Gabi is having a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her blogoversary!   A $100 gift voucher to spend at Anita's online store!   Go over to her site and enter if you wish!   What a lovely prize!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ashleigh's Quilt

Our beautiful elder daughter Ashleigh turned 25 recently and I gave her the top of a quilt for one of her gifts and then had to take it back home to have it quilted!    This is Ash and her gorgeous partner Tim who has now been a part of our family for over 10 years!    Happy belated birthday to our gorgeous girl!

I made this quilt "Bali Dreaming" out of lots of different batik Balinese fabrics which are some of Ash's favourites!  She loved the colours and the quilt!    This was made in a class I did with Debbie who also quilted the quilt for me.    I thought she could use it as a lounge quilt and wrap herself in it and dream about the many trips to Bali she has enjoyed!   She is a bit like me - in fact I think we bred "summer" children in our house - no one likes winter - we all love the summer weather!!

A bit of a close up of some of the fabrics and squares!   I just have to sew the binding on which I stitched together last night and it will be finished when I make the label - hopefully in time to give to her this weekend!   Only 2 weeks late!   Not to worry!  Been a little bit hectic with Stitching on the Bay, work, class samples, family, etc. etc.   Can't think of any other excuses at the moment!! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Candlewicked Bags

These two candlewicked bags are our project for this week at Needlework!   It is always fun to explore this age old form of needlework!  Such great results can be obtained from one simple colour!

This first one is stitched on calico and is really lovely with the lace around the top to finish it off!

And this one is stitched on a printed patchwork fabric which gives a nice result!   Thanks to Sylvia for sharing her design with me!

Monday, July 18, 2011

More Stitching on the Bay

Sharing some more Stitching on the Bay photos with you ..... we had a lovely day and there were some beautiful projects which ladies had finished off from previous stitching day!   Maria had made this beautiful canvas work Christmas stocking from our last Stitching Day before Christmas last year!  Beautiful choice of colours!

Jan had completed her Santa star decoration!

Dzintra had completed her folder cover from a previous stitching day!

We were very fortunate to have some lovely things to purchase from the "My Patch" shop at Milton!  This is the new Cinderberry's book "Cotton Floss" with a couple of the projects made up!

Another of Val's lovely samples on display!

Lovely bag - lovely fabric!

This gorgeous little princess bag is another of Val's lovely samples!

Very bright and colourful owl cross stitcheries with bright surroundings!

Maria had made this lovely felt case from a pattern purchased at "Stephs Patchwork" at Moruya!

And seeing this little pattern stitched on white felt made me want to come home and finish off my green version!

Another of Maria's gorgeous felt creations!   I think this was done in a class with Theodora Cleave!

And did I mention the food ????   This was dessert after lunch!

And afternoon tea!

And more afternoon tea!!    Thanks so much to the wonderful caterers and to all the ladies who made it such a special day! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stitching on the Bay

We had a great day at "Stitching on the Bay" yesterday!   We stitched, we laughed and we ate very very well!   Thanks Maree and Lynne for the beautiful food!    After setting up the hall on Friday, we enjoyed lunch by the waterfront in Batemans Bay - a perfect venue - me, Karen, Maree (caterer) and Sylvia! 

I enjoyed welcoming Jenny and Maria back this time - they were overseas last year when we held this event - it was great to see them again!

Beautiful flowers on the lunch table!

Ros busy tracing her project!

Sisters Jan and Helen studying their notes!

The painting table was busy as the ladies painted their wooden buttons and colour washed their fabric for embroidery!

Sisters Dale and Tracy caught up with Sylvia for a chat!

Margaret quietly stitching!

Karen and Renate ironing little shapes onto their felt needlecases!

Shirley and Lyn enjoying their stitching time together!

Sue and Tricia took some time out from their hectic stitching schedule to pose for the camera!

We really did enjoy a fabulous day - I took lots of photos so will share some more with you tomorrow!
We had a huge 6 hour training walk today for a big trek we have coming up, so I'm off for an early night now!   I hope you enjoyed your weekend - whatever you did!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stitching on the Bay Projects

Next Saturday 16th July we have a fantastic Stitching on the Bay day planned for all the ladies who are coming!   I promised some photos of the projects .... if you think you have seen them before - you have - they are the same projects we did for Stitching on the Lake in Canberra last month!   For the ladies who are coming .... don't forget the change of venue for this time only to the new Salvation Army Garden Hall!!   So ... to start off ... here is a canvas work pincushion for all the canvas work enthusiasts!

A bit of creative embroidery on a sewing bag!

Painted and embroidered biscornu!

A cute little felt scissor fob!

A felt needlecase to match the scissor fob!

A handpainted button on an applique background - for a cushion or to be framed!

Embroidery and patchwork on a table runner using your favourite fabrics!

A close up of the embroidery on the table runner!

Val from "My Patch" at Milton will bring some of her beautiful wares from her new shop!

If you are passing through Milton on the south coast of New South Wales, you really must stop in for a visit - Val's shop is bright and colourful - very cheery!

Lots of lovely things on display!

Lovely samples made up  too!

And just a glimpse inside the door - makes you feel like you have visited doesn't it?