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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, November 30, 2011

Look What I Won Today!!!!

How very exciting (and somewhat embarrassed) to share that I won our Needlework Raffle Quilt today at our Christmas Luncheon!    We had a gorgeous lunch at the "Grapevine Cafe" and I asked Deb, the lovely waitress, to pick out the winner out of thousands of tickets!   And guess whose name was on it ????   MINE!!!!   Yay!!!   Having bought lots of tickets in our quilt raffles  for about 10 years, it was such a lovely surprise!  I know I am the envy of all the ladies .... but I really believe this was our most beautiful quilt yet!  And thanks to Jenny of Elefantz for letting us use her designs for this raffle quilt!   Jenny on the left and me on the right holding up the beautiful Shabby Roses Quilt at the nursery today!

I was also very spoilt with some beautiful flowers and a gift voucher from my ladies!  Thankyou all so much!

Here is Jenny, Shirley, me and Mary Rose on our way out through the beautiful nursery gardens at "Bushy's Bloomin Things" (the home of the "Grapevine Cafe")

And all the ladies enjoying a beautiful meal at the "Grapevine Cafe"!   Will post some more photos tomorrow, but I just had to share my beautiful quilt with you all!

What a week!!

What a busy week we have had!  Trying to get lots of Christmas stitching finished so I can't show some things - because they are surprises!!     Here are some beautiful little birds made by Jenny!

Some of the many beanies that have been made by my Needlework ladies for our Australian soldiers!

A busy week .... a sad funeral followed by a beautiful wedding - congratulations to Lalaine and Sam!

A welcome to baby Indiana - so terribly cute - and I got to have a cuddle with her between the wedding and the reception!

Good friends Maree and Dave - parents of beautiful Indiana!

Off to Sydney for a quick one day trip for a family reunion - my Aunty (in pink) with her new husband Roger, and my parents!

My sister Wendy on the right, my cousin Margot and I having a celebratory glass of champagne!

And then the Christmas parties started ..... beautiful gift .... thankyou ladies .... I'm blessed to stitch with you and call you my friends!

Tuesday night Needlework ladies celebrating our Christmas dinner last night - some of the ladies have beanies on which they have knitted for our soldiers!   Back row left to right - Diana, Robyn, Beth, Asta, Renate, Lynn, Cheryl, Dale, Carol and Helen.  Front row left to right - Fiona, Helen, Wendy, Chris, Leslie, Shirley, Lynne !!

Maree has taken my place on the bottom left of this photo - thanks Maree for taking the photo above (and have a happy birthday this Friday!!!)  Thanks ladies for a great year at Needlework!  I look forward to getting together again in 2012!  And to those who weren't able to join us last night - Merry Christmas - your homework is in the mail!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Secret Santa Gifts Sent Away!!!!

Yesterday was a big day at the post office!!!  I posted off a few things - among them were these gifts winging their way around the other side of the world as part of the Secret Santa Christmas Swap organised by Chookyblue!!   I can't show you what I have made because it's a secret until after Christmas!!   I hope they make it safely to a far distant land!!     How is your Christmas stitching going???

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"My Favourite Things" Quilt

I love it when you get organised to start a new project!!   I have joined with the "Stitch A Long" group again to work on Anni Downs beautiful "My Favourite Things" quilt from her new book "Some Kind of Wonderful"!  I love everything in the book and want to do it all !!   So ...... I had a big empty box .......... and a couple of spare hours this evening .......

And I filled it with my fabrics and threads and this most beautiful book!!

And tonight (while I waited for David to arrive home from Sydney) I decided to prepare the first few blocks!   Love the patty cakes block!   And then I just had to start stitching!!

And the cup of tea block!

Singing in the rain !!

And old blue jeans - some of my favourite things too!!    I am working my quilt with applique and blanket stitch (just because I love to blanket stitch) so I have reversed some of the blocks and put the writing on the other side of the block .... so it will be a little different from the original ..... mmmmmm ......... what a lovely evening .......after a busy day at work ......... preparing and stitching with a cup of peppermint tea!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Needlework Ladies and Beanies for Soldiers

Great to be back at Needlework this week - with lots of finishes to show from some of the ladies!   "Christmas is just around the corner"  says Shirley F !!!    Here is one gorgeous Santa who stands about 2 feet high!!

And here is Shirley F showing the three Santas she has made!  Very productive and just gorgeous!!  (And Shirley is just saying a quick hello to her beautiful daughters who read my blog!!)  Hi girls!!

Julie has finished off her candlewicked cushion which just looks fabulous!

And here are two versions of the embroidered pencil case we did a few weeks back - Olga and Julie have finished theirs off!

Still in the Christmas spirit - Audrey has finished this lovely plaited wreath to hang on her door!  How very festive!!

And this festive season we are remembering our Australian soldiers who are posted overseas and with someone in my family heading off shortly, all my ladies are madly knitting beanies to keep the whole battalion warm as they head into the very much cooler weather!   Thankyou ladies - I am deeply touched by your generosity of spirit and your willingness to support and care for our men and women!  They will love this huge box of beanies when it arrives overseas!   If anyone else wants to knit a beanie or two for our soldiers, please email me for the pattern and details. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Tis the Season" Quilt

Well finally the internet is back on and I can share my "Tis the Season" quilt with you!   I put this together on Friday and now it will be heading off to be quilted this week!  So nice to have it finished finally!!

I had to be creative with piecing the border fabric as I only had just enough to go around the quilt!  I have stitched this with the "Stitch A Long" group and am anxious to get started on "My Favourite Things" quilt by Anni Downs with the same "Stitch A Long" group!  

And as it is nearing Christmas, I hope you all "gather Christmas joy in your heart"!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tis the Season Stitch A Long

I have spent this afternoon putting my blocks together for Tis the Season !  Unfortunately my camera has decided to have a flat battery and is currently charging so I will have to show photos later!  Here is the work in progress!

I'm glad I took some photos as I went along!

I have enjoyed doing the stitchery with the variegated red DMC thread!

This was the view from our hotel room in Sydney - straight up the harbour towards the Sydney Heads - spectacular!

And if I pressed my face to the window and looked around to the left I could catch a glimpse of the Opera House!

So while I'm showing the sights of Sydney - the Japanese meal I had with the children the other night was to die for!

All beautifully presented and absolutely delicious!

Remembrance Day 2011

Today is Remembrance Day - the day that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918 and the day we remember our fallen soldiers - the Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day - take time today to remember!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sydney Harbour today!!

I have been lucky to accompany my husband on a business trip to Sydney for a conference for a couple of days, and we are staying at a beautiful hotel by the harbour!   And I have to say ..... even though I used to get the ferry into this city to work each day when we lived in Sydney ...... this is still the most beautiful harbour!!!  After amazing storms in Sydney yesterday afternoon, this was the day we woke up to .......  on my morning walk around the foreshore and botanical gardens ...... the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Looking back from the Opera House to Circular Quay where all the ferries come and go!

View from the botanical gardens back towards the Opera House with a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge in the background!

In the botanical gardens looking up to the city buildings!

And the Manly ferry which we used to catch leaves Circular Quay!   A beautiful sunny day in a glorious city!    I do have some stitching with me ..... I wonder if I will get any done today!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Shabby Roses" Raffle Quilt

Each Christmas I give our Needlework ladies some "homework" to complete over the holidays when we are not meeting!  Last Christmas I gave them some designs from the "Shabby Roses" quilt designed by Jennifer Reynolds of Elefantz (with her permission of course) and the result is a beautiful quilt to raffle for local charities.

This quilt was put together by Jenny, one of our members, who used the same design as she had with her redwork one (a few posts ago) - it looks great Jenny - thankyou!

A few close up photos of the individual embroideries - beautiful flowers!


Smile and dream!!   Just gorgeous ladies - beautifully stitched - let's hope we make lots for local charities!  And thankyou to Jenny of Elefantz for allowing us to use her design!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Needlework ladies

As I always say .... I am fortunate to stitch each week with lots of clever ladies ..... here are some of this weeks finishes!    Diana has made this wonderfully bright and colourful crochet rug - aren't the colours spectacular?

And Chris has been very productive and bought to show us the three "Pink Girls Night In" projects for the past three years!  Well done Chris!

And Shirley H has also finished off her "pink" pincushion and another canvas work pincushion which we made at a stitching day a while ago!  

And even though you can't see the embroidery too well (my camera ... sorry!) this quilt which Shirley F has just finished looks gorgeous!

Shirley has made 30 stitcheries all in pale blue and put them together in a quilt surrounded by a gorgeous print similar to a Liberty of London print!   It looks so beautiful!

Getting better with the close up photos!!   A little more detail here, and you can also see the lovely quilting by Debbie!     Well done Shirley!