Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Stitching Soiree

Off to Melbourne last Saturday for another adventure. This time the Stitching Soiree with Lisa from FignBerry Creations and Melissa from One Day in May.  Two in a week I can hear you say.  Yes I know, but they were both fantastic.  And this one was Christmas themed which we all know is my favourite stitching subject.

LOVED all the projects - here's the girls showing Lisa's cute felt decorations.

t\This is one of Lisa's called "Christmas" for which we received the pre-printed and threads for and is the one I worked on for the day.

Loved these also - the other two projects from Lisa. The "Bauble Table Centre" I think will be the next one I tackle.  Bought the kit as I love the fabrics and colourway.

But this could be the next project lol - Melissa's "Sweet Treats" bowl was gorgeous and I'm sorry about the blurry photo.  My camera was playing up as several of the photos with the girls and friends have not worked.

And "Sandy's Swinging Elves" was the second of Melissa's patterns and could be used as decorations or joined together via a button on the back and used as one long hanger.  Very cute and named after my friend Sandy.

And lastly this lovely table runner which I did get to trace on the day so ready for stitching when time permits.

Lovely friends stitching, or is that chatting.

and lovely Karen who actually achieved quite a lot.

And I was very good - I only bought a couple of small kits to go with our projects and the pattern for this lovely new quilt of Lisa's "Christmas Carols" -

Hopefully some sewing progress on lots of bits and pieces next time. Cheryl

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Part 2 of a Wonderful Day

Just a couple more piccies from my wonderful stitching day last Saturday with Lisa from FignBerry Creations, Melissa from One Day in May and Leanne from Petals and Patches.  Was truly one of the best days, so just had to share a little more.

Lots of beautiful inspiration. Leanne's "Teacups and Butterflies".
Loved Lisa's beautiful Christmas quilts, and oh so very tempted to tackle this one.

Melissa's gorgeous projects.

More of Lisa's beautiful Christmas projects.

I was lucky enough to win the last of the lucky draws for the day.  I was very excited - not one but five of Leanne's gorgeous Christmas patterns. Woo hoo.

Well I will keep it short and sweet.  I am finding that there are less and less people commenting on my blog and was wondering if others are finding the same. I guess everyone is so busy and an hour or two blogging is becoming a bit of a luxury.  Stitching progress next time I promise. Cheryl

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Wonderful Day

I had the BEST day yesterday - a wonderful workshop at Quilters Harvest in Warracknabeal with wonderful tutors, great company and some gorgeous projects I will enjoy stitching.

Melissa from One Day in May, Leanne from Petals and Patches and Lisa from FignBerry - all favorites of mine.

Our projects for the day were amazing - Melissa's table runner on the left and the most gorgeous needlecase and sewing roll and Lisa's lovely sewing room wallhanging on the right.

Leanne's projects included the most beautiful three dimensional butterfly which she showed us how to put together. It has a magnet on the bottom so will stick to a jar with a metal lid - perfect for pins or buttons.  Her other projects included this beautiful mug bag with stitchery around the outside.  It came with a little stitched bag to hold a couple of teabags and matching coaster.

This was also Leanne's project - a very cute wallhanging for the laundry

Lisa's projects included this most gorgeous sewing pocket and matching pincushion, which was the project I mainly stitched on the day.

This wallhanging was also Lisa's - loved the cute little stitched rabbits in this one.

Very spoilt indeed with our beautiful projects. Lots more photos, but that is probably enough for one sitting, so will show you some more next post. Cheryl

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Workshop Stitching

I have been diligently stitching away on some of our projects from "Stitch in Spring" at Port Campbell recently.  Must say I am enjoying all the projects.  And as I have three more lovely workshops in the next couple of months (whoo hoo) I need to have my head down stitching.  My progress so far -

Finished my stitchery for Natalie's "Ellie Tote". Love this project and there are still a few elements to complete before putting it together - needleturn and some hexies.

I have started stitching one of Leanne's projects also -

Her shoe bag, and there is a lingerie bag to match.  The colour pencil technique was fun and quick to do.

I did do just a little retail therapy while I was there.  I have many of Leanne's and Natalie's pattern, so just picked up some lovely hand dyed wool for my Autumn wool project -

And maybe a couple of little pieces of fabric.   Cheryl

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Stitch in Spring Workshop

We are so lucky here in Victoria to have lots of wonderful tutors and I love attending all their fantastic workshops.  Last weekend was another wonderful one, this time at Port Campbell on the beautiful Great Ocean Road.  It was run by Gum Valley Patchwork and Linda had thought of absolutely everything.

This was the venue - the Surf Lifesaving Club.  Not a bad location.

Very hard to keep your mind on the stitching and not be drawn by this wonderful view.

Our two gorgeous tutors, whom I've stitched with many times before - Leanne from Petals and Patches and Natalie from The Birdhouse.

These lovely goodies from Linda greeted us on our arrival - a gorgeous bag (and she had made one for every one of the 160 guests), some yummy chocolate coated licorice from the local chocolate shop, fabric, pen and small ruler and some binding clips.

Leanne's two lovely projects - a lingerie and shoe bag and jewellery pouch.

And Natalie's were this lovely elephant bag, which was the project I stitched on during the day and a very cute needlecase.

And because the originals are always so much nicer than the pattern cover - all so lovely. Enough to keep me busy for a long time to come. 

I seemed to have taken lots of photos, so will not overload you with any more for this post, but will show you some more next time. Cheryl

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Travel Swap

Well it was time to open our travel swap gifts yesterday as part of the No Fuss Swappers group.  Such fun little swaps they have.  This time we were to send a laundry bag, luggage tag, fat quarter and some sweets.  These are my lovely gifts from Helen -

This is the laundry bag Helen for me - really too lovely to use as a laundry bag, but it will be very handy and a great size. Love the fabric.

How great is the luggage tag. Helen also added a lovely fat quarter in my favourite red and some yummy Peaches and Cream lollies.  Thankyou Helen - it was a wonderful parcel.

My partner to send to was Vickie. Now I'm hoping Vickie has opened her parcel so I don't ruin the surprise.

I made her laundry bag in this lovely red stripey Gail Pan fabric. The fat quarter I thought kept in with the theme.  Thanks girls for another fun swap.

Just wanted to show you my next block in my Autumn wool project I have been working on -

Still stitching the wool tree down, but nearly there.  There nearly wasn't Autumn leaves as a background.  The instructions required it to be stitched on a "Star Single" foundation paper, which I had never heard of, so I winged it and it somehow miraculously worked out.  Next block is apples. Cheryl

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Stitching Progress

During the year I have been working off and on the FignBerry Christmas mystery block of the month "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Block No 6 is completed.  Three to go and the mystery will be solved.

This is the collection so far - lots of stitching in these, but I am enjoying them and trying very hard to keep up.

Work is also progressing on my lovely wool Autumn project and I hope to have some more progress on that to show you next time.

I did finish this little couch caddy from a recent Gail Pan class and made it up with yummy French General fabrics for one of my most gorgeous friends for her birthday.  Think I will have to make one of these for me also.

And I couldn't finish without showing you my beautiful new bear that my lovely friend Maria handmade for me - she's in good company as you can see and I am so in awe of her beautiful work and how she manages to get those tiny little pieces turned inside out. Thankyou so very Maria - I will treasure her.  Cheryl