Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Stitchers July

A great sewing day today with the Sunday Stitchers group and a chance to "Show & Tell" Block 8 of Bluebird Lane.


I am not sure if I was crooked or the camera.  
We only have 2 blocks to go.  Then to decide how to finish it off - the star border or something else??

I may not have posted too many pictures of this before so next month I might take them all and pin them up - at the venue we have a great "design wall"  - its actually just a wall with a carpet like covering - and with pins makes a fantastic display area.
(And the red goes well with my blocks!!!)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FNSI - July

A slightly delayed FNSI - but I'm happy to sew any Friday night and if I have cyber company then its even better.

Preparation - not always a lot of fun - but it has to be done - I have a retreat coming up (27 sleeps...who's counting??) and I plan to finish off 3 quilt tops.  I am making "wedding" quilts for each of my DD1's bridesmaids. One was married before her wedding and the other 4 since. I have already made one for DD1(blues & purples) and one for her Maid of Honour (teals), so now I am doing yellow, pink and red.

I have almost all the blocks for the inside stitched and am now working on the 4 corner blocks for each quilt.

So, I traced onto fabric and traced onto Vliesofix and ironed.



Before retreat I need to cut the stitcheries into 4.5" squares.  I've already cut the strips for around each block and I have the border fabrics packed ready to go...Sounding super organised...will it all pan out??

Thanks Wendy for hosting us again...pop over here for the linky to have a look at what others did.

This time next month I will be on retreat - cyber and physical friends to sew with.  Yippee!!! And hopefully I will 3 flimsies to show before I leave.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy Winner - Happy Mail x 2

I was the lucky winner in FNSI in April and the lucky winner in FNWF in June.
My April prize was a little delayed (life is like that sometimes) but it's here now so I thought I'd show them both together.



I really enjoy these nights so generously organised by Wendy & Cheryll.  It's an added incentive to keep on sewing knowing there are many cyber friends keeping you company.

There will be a FNSI this Friday - the link is not up yet but if you keep an eye on here - there will be one this week.
(You never know - you might win a prize too.)



Saturday, July 2, 2016

FNWF July

Friday night saw me finishing off my plate bag.

At Sunday Stitchers we all take food for lunch - meats and salad bits, so we need to take a plate and cutlery.
Last Christmas Sandi gave us each a cutlery holder and placemat.... and I made a simple bag (using a tea towel for easy laundering) as a present for Inca on her Birthday.  The idea took off and a lot of the SS girls made one when on retreat this week, so I thought I better get my act into gear and make one for me.


I also did some stitching on this lot...

These blocks to be made into a quilt for one of my daughter's bridesmaids.  There were 4 bridesmaids in all...all are married now and I have already gifted this quilt to my daughter and chief bridesmaid, so I am now making 3 more . . . mmm...I know what you are thinking.
(By the way, if anyone has any of this fabric in this colour that is spare...I would love to hear from you...in case I run out...It's a Harvest Home fabric.)
Thanks again to Cheryll for hosting and coordinating all of us happy sewers.
You can go here to check out the links.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stitchers Garden

Back in 2011 I took a series of classes at my LQS - to make Stitchers Garden - the series of classes is designed to make use of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine and to teach various applique methods.  I had been wanting to do this class for a while - and when it was offered in black & balis - I signed up.

I had a wonderful time playing with threads and fabrics - and purchasing more balis.  I learnt Bobbin work, did some cording, used ric rac.  As is often the case I have changed the original design...I finished the blocks off quite a while ago and even finished the top ...finally it is quilted and bound.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kitchen Kaper Swap

The lovely "Tuesday Girls" organised another swap...we needed to include:

1.  One Tea towel - either bought or handmade..
2.  One Cookie Cutter
3.  One Spatula
4.  A Recipe Card.. (Add your favourite recipe to the card)..
5.  An Individually wrapped cookie..

I sent this to O'Faigh


and I received this lovely collection of goodies - from Jan (Little Red Hen) - those cookies were hand made and were very yummy - lucky they made the photo at all!!!
and the cookie cutter says "Eat Me"   ...how cute.


 (oops - its upside down - sorry...)

Another fun swap.
Looking forward to the next one...a Claytons Christmas swap.






Sunday, June 19, 2016

FNSI - June

Time for another cyber sewing party !!  Thanks Wendy for continuing to host us.

My FNSI turned into WSI (Weekend Sew In) - my husband is in Melbourne for the weekend so I invited BF over to have a mini retreat.  So a lot of Friday night was organising rather than sewing but I was there with you all in spirit.


Had a full on Sewing day on Saturday and more today (Sunday) and have done a lot of cutting and deciding on fabrics - not a lot that is worth showing but I have done some more on my Pretty Little Sydney cross stitch.