Wednesday, 7 December 2016


A very exciting parcel was waiting for me on my doorstep yesterday all the way from New Zealand. How exciting!!!  It was my parcel from my partner in Chooky's Secret Santa swap - no name to give me a hint, so I will have to wait til Christmas Day.  However we were allowed to open the decoration, which I did post haste -

How beautiful is she - just love her.

She's hanging already on my stand that houses my village so I can see her from all angles.  Thankyou so much to my secret partner - what a beautiful sewer you are. She is just gorgeous and perfect for me. Love it. Cheryl

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Catch Up

Well lots of secret sewing happening so no sewing to show for this post.  But I did have a wonderful day off last week and hopped on the train to Melbourne for the day.  What fun we had -

First stop - Myer window.  Just gorgeous. A lovely story about  xmas eve at Luna Park.

Lots of detail and reminded me of my childhood.  It was gorgeous, but I did miss the fact that there was not a Christmas thing in sight.
Lots of shopping followed including a visit to the gorgeous l'ucellos.  I was pretty good lol - a lovely piece of French General fabric and some vintage buttons.  Not so good in the chocolate shops lol. to my defence I will save them for Christmas.
And to finish our day - high tea at the Langham. Divine.  This was just the sweets.  The best part of course.  But the sandwiches, plain and date scones that preceded were delicious as well.  Cheryl

Monday, 14 November 2016

My Saturday

Off to Melbourne last Saturday for another lovely workshop "Stitched in Time" with Gail Pan and Ramona Hermann. And it was Christmas, so you all know it's my favourite stitching. 

These were our gorgeous projects - Santa sack and xmas sign from Ramona (at the back) and an assortment of xmas bags and little hangers from Gail - loved them all.

Here's Gail showing Carol's gorgeous jester bags (Ramona's pattern).  I am lucky Carol made me a lovely one of these in cute snowman fabric last year. 

Barb and Shez hard at work.

Had a lovely little raffle win - a very cute tin and little bird to hang on my xmas tree.

And a purchase or two. Couldn't resist a new release xmas pattern from Gail  (complete with fabric to make it) and some fat quarters of her new fabric.

Loved Gail's gorgeous redwork quilt.

More of Carol's lovely show and tell.  This was one of Gail's lovely patterns also - a Christmas quilt and I should have taken more notice of the name of it.

Well not many photos this time.  Maybe too much talking lol.  Certainly not a lot of stitching was done. Cheryl

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

My Week

Well another week has flown by. In fact it could be two since I posted.  I blame it on this time of year lol. 

Stitching wise I have been making some little critters.  We received this lovely pattern from Leanne of Petals and Patches at the class in Warracknabeal I attended  -

"Mrs Flutterby's Pincushion" is actually a pincushion  atop a screw top jar, but I thought it would make lovely Christmas decorations (you know me - one track mind).

A bit addictive. I could stop at one.
I took them into work to see how they would look on the tree.  Think they will do just nicely.  Can see more of these happening.
We had a lovely weekend with my gorgeous friend Michelle and her hubby who were down from Queensland. 
We went to visit some locals among other things.  Had the best time but it went all too quickly.

She spoilt me with this gorgeous gift.  Some yummy fabric (Christmas of course), the cutest snowman ribbon in a lovely tin.

I can see a new collection happening - cute little tins.    Cheryl

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Well at this time of year there is always lots of secret stitching happening, but I do have some progress to show on a couple of things I have been stitching away at -

Block 7 of FignBerry's block of the month "The Night Before Christmas" is done.

Block 8 is well underway, with the final block 9 due any day, so I'm keen to get this one finished.

And this is the latest block I've been working on for the Autumn Harvest project in lovely wools. A few berries to add (they are tiny - I keep losing them) and this block is done. 

And just one sneak peak of some secret xmas sewing.  Hope you are all getting some sewing time also. Cheryl

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