Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

December has passed very quickly this year.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. Mine was lovely, but the time went so quickly and I didn't even take any photos! Heaps of fabric came into the shop during the last two weeks and when Flirt arrived I just had to make this journal cover/sewing pocket for Leanne.

A huge Thank You to Leanne for all the work she has done for me this year.  For working whilst I had a holiday and all the quiltinq that she has done and even making great samples like the Fernhill quilt below.

Many Thanks to Kim as well, we miss you heaps!

A few people may remember that I started a BOM by Lisa Cantelay from Fig and Berry Creations last year. After making the centre block (below) work stalled but I am pleased to say that now I have made great progress and I have finished five blocks with work on the remaining four well underway.
These stitcheries were finished this weekend (sorry they are sideways) and the BOM should be ready to start in February.

We have been having great fun with our new mini charms. These 2 1/2"quares can be used in a variety of ways. The Marmalade range has been very popular, we have a cushion sample in store and I have been trying to see how many projects I can make from one pack. Below are three items made from one pack, with the fourth (a bag ) still to be finished. Watch out for more examples. Many of the designers have made free projects from them and they have bneen featured on their blogs

At this time of the year I seem to make grand plans to start and finish off many projects.  One I pulled out today may well get finished in the new year. Breast of Friends has been packed away in a big yellow box for quite some time!  I didn't like the original setting and had plans for another design. This hasn't happened and now I think a simplified design is on the cards. The stitcheries took quite a while to work and I think it would be a pity for them to stay in the box any longer. Keep watching for more progress.
Also starting in the New Year is Libby Richardson's new BOM "A little bit Country"

Have a Happy and Enjoyable New Year.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Doiley's and hexagons

I had a lovely morning at the Evandale Market yesterday. And as the doiley queen I couldn't resist a few more! I spotted a couple of jug covers and had to have them too. I think Marina has started something. I received my first one from her and then one from Mum, so with these two I now have a collection! These two do need a bit of TLC, but I can fix that. I think I am going to make a pin cushion from the little cup.

Another finished quilt, a Christmas wallhanging featuring lovely postcards. And I have been enjoying making some hexagons using Helen's Hexies. I  have now definitely stepped out of my traditional mode. They are so easy this way.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Birthdays and Roses

 This week has been a big one for me. It was my birthday and I seem to have been celebrating it all week.
Last weekend we spent in Melbourne at Quilt Market, so that was just one big party and spend up.
We finished all our classes this week so that meant more parties. Above was my present from Leanne, photgraphed amongst my roses.How lucky am I? And she knows me so well!

This was a present for Judy - one of my students. She does wonderful work and is a loverly lady so it was a little daunting to make something for her.  I also made one for another lovely lady - Cheryl, so I seem to have started something, not sure where it will end. It's a small sewing pocket and because I liked it so much, I made kits for the girls to make up in class. We all got better at it as the week went on.  Many variations were made and I will try and post pictures soon. 
Below is another photo of my roses, they seem to be blooming well at the moment.
I have noticed that blogger will allow me to post from my iphone, so that is going to be my next challenge.
Hopefully it will be easier and quicker and I will be able to put up lots of photos that I take with my phone.

Thank you to all the people that made this year special for me.