Sunday, 23 August 2015


Are you shocked? 2 posts in 3 days!  I have been doing lots of catch up stitching. Now that I have more thread I have completed 2 more blocks from Val's BOM. ( see side bar).

I was so pleased to finish these that I thought I would start another Christmas Project. I love this Cottage Garden thread called "Mistletoe".
While at one of my quilting groups I visited my favourite patchwork shop just a few doors down and bought some more yummy 1800s repro fabrics to add to my collection. They are all washed, dried and ironed ready to put in the drawer. No, wait. I need another drawer!
There were so many new ones  on their shelves as I haven't been there for a few months. I was rather restrained on this visit, don't know why, regretting that now. Hmmm, may need to get there again soon.
It was a beautiful sunny day here today but I haven't managed to get out in the garden as I am on a roll with my stitching. Thanks for stopping by.
Angel Blessings.

Thursday, 20 August 2015


 The last FHFS project was due in July and despite being overseas for the entire month of June I still managed to complete mine in time. Whew! I don't think I showed you the ruler cover I made for .Keryn.  The stitchery design is Leanne Beasley's but I changed the wording to suit. I also adapted the actual cover by lengthening it so it would hold a 12" ruler. A touch of lace and a button made it complete. The words say "Measure twice cut once".

 The last couple of weeks I have been working on a secret project for...........not telling hehehe.

I hope "not telling" likes them.
I have been trying to crochet a ripple blanket but for some unknown reason I just can't get it right on the ends. I always end up with one stitch less than I started with grrrr. I have pulled it out at least 4 times and now it has been shoved in the "too hard" box. Not happy! Meanwhile, I think I shall endeavour to get up to date with Val's stitchery BOMs which have been put aside since I ran out of thread. I now have the thread so all is well with my little sewing world again.
Angel Blessings..

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Woohoo! I vowed that I would complete a project if I started a new one and I have succeeded. I showed you the new Christmas themed felt project I had started and now it is finished. I think I may have overdone the snow a bit though. More like a blizzard than a gentle snow fall that was on the pattern lol.

Yipee! Another little Civil War quilt that I hand pieced and hand quilted
is also finished. I have even drawn up , stitched and sewn on the label. (but haven't done the hanging sleeve yet shhhh!).

A little bit of secret sewing is now underway.
I am off to find another unfinished project to do. Wish me luck.
Angel Blessings.

Thursday, 6 August 2015


It is the last month of winter here in Australia and people have been complaining how cold it has been. They do say that we have had the coldest winter in Victoria for quite a few years but I certainly remember colder winters during my childhood.  I think we have got used to central heating everywhere we go and in our homes so when we step outside it hits us like a big ice block! I must admit that I do rather like being at home with the heating on , watching a DVD or Netflix while stitching .  My plan this winter was to catch up with all my projects, complete as many unpieced projects as possible and to keep up with the BOMs I am doing this year. I have been able to keep up to date with Jenny's lovely BOMs as they are really small and easy to complete in an hour or 2. Here are blocks 6, 7 and 8. ( Her BOM is on my sidebar).

 Our next FHFS, ( Friend Having Fun Swap), project is due in October and we are to make something with wool or felt.  I haven't had much experience stitching with wool or felt so I thought I would have a play and make something for myself before creating something for the swap. So, I bought a cute Christmas kit with Fig'n'Berry's new Christmas book from Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop. I have had a lot of fun making this, although I have found that my fusible webbing doesn't work very well on the felt. A dab or 2 of glue baste did the trick and a couple of pins.  I can't wait to finish it now.
I was so excited when Michelle announced that her first book had been published.  I didn't waste much time ordering it from her and I just love all her beautiful Christmas designs and patterns inside this lovely book. Pop over to Michelle's blog to see all her beautiful stitching and the range of patterns she sells.
I have been very slack not loading any of my overseas photos yet but I can show you some of the thimbles I collected. These 4 are all from Carcassonne in France. Carcassone is a medieval city which is actually a fortress  inside a fortress! I wish I could show you but you will just have to be content with thimbles for now hehehe. 
And these 3. You can tell which one is from Disneyland and the gold one is from the Paris Opera House which is an awesome place to visit. I nearly got done by a gypsy there while taking photos. Ofcourse, I had to buy the book Phantom Of The Opera from the actual Opera House it was set in. The first thimble is from the Catacombs which lay beneath the city of Paris holding the remains of 6 million Parisians. It is over 100 steps down to this subterranean labyrinth of bones and skulls. A rather sombre place to visit .  
I must thank all my bloggy friends, yes you, for coming to my aid regarding the Cottage Garden Threads I had run out of. The problem is solved and I shall be able to complete those projects soon.
Off to do some stitching now. How about you? 
Angel Blessings.