Friday, 21 April 2017

BACK TO LUCY, SWEET STITCHING AND A GIFT



 Oh my! My big 0 birthday seems to still be going. Today I received a beautiful thoughtful gift from my buddy Shez. Anyone would think she knows my favourite colour!  Shez has made me the most beautiful wool felt needle keeper and has enclosed a lovely purple Threadworx floss that I am eager to use along with the sweetest card. THANKYOU  so much Shez.  


 
 
A close up of the needle keeper.
 
 
 
 
I decided I had best get back to my Lucy Boston EPP and made another filler block yesterday. Only 2 more of these to do and then I can start piecing it together.
 
 
 
 
I have almost finished the 2nd " Welcome" stitchery to make into a table runner. I would have finished the stitchery by now except I ran out of 2 threads .  These are from Jenny's free BOM. I love Jenny's designs and she is always so generous with freebies as well as having a lovely stitching club that features a set of designs each month to purchase. 
 
 
 
Sorry, haven't ironed them!
 
Thank you for visiting me again. It is always lovely to see you.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

Friday, 14 April 2017

A UFO COMPLETED


Yey! I have finally finished the table mat I was working on for myself. I am so glad I completed all the stitcheries after finding some already done in my UFO drawer.


 
 
Earlier this year I made a framed stitchery as a birthday gift for Barb. I couldn't show it to you as it was a surprise and I don't think I included it in my OPAM so I shall add it to this month's.
 
 
 
 
It is Good Friday and I have put a few little Easter things out on display. I tend to buy a little something each year. This year I bought the cutest little bunny in a cup and saucer and a bunny snow globe ( or egg!).
 
 
 
 
 
 
May you all have a lovely Easter. If you are travelling anywhere please take care and stay safe.
 
Angel Blessings. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

STITCHING PROGRESS AND GIFTS



 On my mission to complete some UFOs I have come up against a couple of obstacles. With all my fabric stash why oh why can I not find a suitable choice for sashings? I either have the wrong shade of a colour or not enough in the colour I like. After much auditioning and musing with a stitching friend I have decided I need to go fabric shopping. Oh dear! How sad! LOL Looks like that particular UFO is temporarily on hold.  However, I did find a suitable fabric to back and bind my hexie table mat I am making from the Rosalie Q BOM stitcheries.


 
 
I have traced and selected threads  (as well as fabric that I did have in my stash...enough of it too!) to stitch this beautiful free design from Jenny. I am stitching the design twice to put at each end of a table runner. I am also planning thread and fabric colours to stitch Jenny's March stitchery club collection of designs which are beautiful. I shall probably have a pic of that soon. 
 
 
 
 
Last weekend was my big 0 birthday and I received a beautiful gift from dear Barb . The most gorgeous little stitchery and yummy choccie were wrapped in a lovely Leannette Anderson fabric. Thankyou so much Barb. I love my pressies.
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of the framed stitchery I made for Barb's birthday. Hopefully Barb will send me a copy if I am really nice to her. 
 
Thanks again for stopping by.
 
Angel Blessings

 
 



Saturday, 1 April 2017

STITCHING BUT NO OPAM


Oh dear! Although I have been stitching I haven't managed to complete any projects in March. I have nearly finished this little mini . Last year I was stitching the beautiful calendar designs from Jenny's stitchery club and I have made each one into individual minis.  I just need to put the binding and sleeve on this one.





                            I did complete the 5th hexie stitchery I am going to use in a tablemat.  


 
 
The final one is in my hoop.
 
 
 
 
I have been adding borders to my hexies.
 
 
 
 
Stitching is slow these days because I have been preoccupied with this little munchkin. ( He is nearly 6 weeks old now. This was taken at 4 weeks.)
 
 
 
 
 Thanks for visiting my blog.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

CAN'T RESIST A NEW PROJECT



                                                My little ray of sunshine to start this post.


 
 
Hehehe! Now I can get on with it.
 
There are so many unfinished projects waiting in line for me to complete this year. I have been doing fairly well considering I have had other things to focus on recently. A few years ago I bought 2 Rosalie Quinlan BOM blocks in kit form at a craft fair. I recently finished one and now I am delighted to say I have finished the 2nd one. I just need to work out how I am going to piece them together. I am thinking about using the leftover scraps of the fabrics to put between the 2 blocks so I can make a table runner.
 
 
 
 
I am missing doing some EPP and can't focus on doing any fussy cutting at the moment to
  make my filler blocks for the Lucy Boston quilt I have been piecing. ( Once I have completed all the fillers I can piece the whole quilt together).  So, I pulled out my little travel project I have been doing over a few years now. It consists of blue and white rosettes using 1/2" hexies and I have been making very slow progress as it was only done when travelling and for some reason I never got much done each time. Well, I made 4 last night and have started another one today. The ones pictured above are those previously made .  See, not many!
 
 
 
 
As most of you know I am a fan of 1800s repro fabrics, especially those of the Civil War era. Jo Morton makes beautiful 1800s style quilts and has her own fabric line. When I saw that she has just started a Block Of The Week I couldn't resist. What's a girl to do? I have no idea how long I shall stick to it as the Splendid Sampler blocks got too difficult and frequent for me to keep up with. So, fingers crossed, I shall keep up with this one. The good thing is that I have quite a supply of 1800s repro fabrics in my stash so I don't need to buy fabrics especially for the project. Yey! I just chose these fabrics for the first block.
 
 
 
 
I always hand piece all my little Civil War quilts but these blocks are going to be done on the sewing machine. Wish me luck! If you are interested in this BOW I have the link at the top of my right side bar.
 
Now I am off to cut some sashings for my Cup Cake project.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

HAPPILY STITCHING



Yes, I have been stitching but first I have to show you the latest pic of my grandson.  He was 2 weeks old yesterday and Grandpa hadn't seen him since he was 1 day old. So, we arranged a visit today and took a pic.


 
 
Now, back to stitching LOL.
 
I have managed to stay up to date with Jenny's free BOMs for 2017. The link is on my right side bar if you are interested in it.
 
Block 1
 
 
 
 
Block 2
 
 
 
 
Jenny has a lovely monthly stitching club and I am looking forward to March's release on 17th. 
As well as keeping up with the BOM I am gradually finishing some UFOs . I have heaps!!
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

OPAM ALREADY?


I nearly forgot that February is a short month and my mind has been elsewhere lately. No surprise there!  Only 2 finishes this month and I just scraped them in LOL.

                                                              A cushion for myself.


 
 
And the crib quilt for my adorable grandson, Corben.
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.
 

Monday, 27 February 2017

JUST IN TIME


Since last  year I have been working on a crib quilt for my new grandson. It was a lot of hand appliqueing and it was certainly made with heaps of love because my fingers suffered quite a bit during the process. I finished it within a couple of weeks of Corben's due date and took it to my quilter who returned it to me a couple of weeks ago just before the birth.  I frantically stitched the binding onto it and then tried to design a label for the quilt. Well, as you know, Corben was born on 21st  Feb and I have been rather busy since then. So, on Friday night I started drawing up the wording to trace onto fabric and stitched it on Saturday night. Whew! They came home on Saturday and I was able to give it to them yesterday. The quilting has owls in it if you look closely.


 
 
 
The label.
 
 
 
Life has been very busy in a good way this past week and I am exhausted LOL. It is such a wonderful experience as all you blogger grand mothers well know.
 
Angel Blessings 
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I'M A GRANDMA!!!!!!





I would like to introduce you to my new grandson ,CORBEN, who was born yesterday around 5 pm.  These pics were taken this morning.


 
 
 
Thankyou all for your lovely emails and comments over the past few months regarding my pending grandmotherhood. ( Is that a word?).
 
Angel Blessings. We are truly blessed with this little fella.
 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

NEW AND OLD ,(UFO), PROJECTS



I have been quite up and down with my sewing mojo lately. Some days passed without threading a single needle and others saw me happily stitching to my heart's content. Meanwhile my youngest daughter flew over to NZ to attend  a wonderful week long workshop by Jordu Schell who is a world reknown designer for creatures, character design, props and special effects in the film and TV world. He is known for his creations in Avatar, Men In Black, Edward Scissorhands and many many more movies.  This is the pic she sent to me of her creation. ( I have no idea why the computer insists on showing it sideways).  She flew back home this morning so at least she will be in the country when her new nephew arrives in a few days.


 
 
So, what have I been up to? Well I really wanted to stitch something a bit different. I searched the internet for inspiration and found a lovely gothic drawing with an owl, skull and roses. I stitched the roses in a gorgeous Cottage Garden thread and now the black and purple stitching looks rather flat. I think I shall add more texture to the skull and owl by shadowing the backstitch with another row of backstitch in a dark but slightly lighter thread than the colours used. Hmmmmm, still thinking about that.
 
 
 
 
Yey! I finally finished another cushion. This one is for me as the stitchery pattern was a gift from Barb a couple of years ago which I had completed but put in the UFO drawer. I don't think I measured properly as the cushion cover is a bit loose. 
 
 
 
 
I finished a stitchery (Jenny's design) and have put the borders on. I still need to sew a button on and finish it off,  (when I work out what to make it into ). It is a gift for someone.
 
 
 
 
I also put the borders on this little mini ready to quilt which is also a design of Jenny's.
 
 
 
 
I am enjoying needle turning the Rosie Quinlan BOM block I started. I had to add a strip to the bottom as there wasn't enough fabric for the background Grrrrrr. This really is "Patch" work. It is quite noticeable as the pattern is crossways rather than vertical so it doesn't meet up properly. I am not fussed because it is for me. I would be really stressing out if I was making it as a gift.
 
 
 
 
The cockatoos have now stripped our trees bare of fruit. At least we did get a few peaches which we enjoyed stewed. I was quite proud of this fella because he actually ate the entire peach rather than just taking a bite and dropping it to the ground like the others did.
 
 
 
 
 
 BABY IS DUE IN 3 DAYS!!!!
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

UFOs


This year I am once again attempting to finish projects stashed away in my UFO drawer. The first thing I came across was the Cupcake BOM I started a couple of years ago. Each block depicts a special day of the year and this one is Fathers' Day. I must confess that I have changed all the blocks using the original designs for ideas.  The BOM was designed by a stitching friend for one of our quilt groups and she has no problem with individual creativity. I tried to think what to put on this block to remind me of dad, thus the cap and the bee.  ( He always wears a cap and he is a hobby apiarist). I think it needs a few more things on it. Do you think it is a bit bare?


 
 
The 2nd project I found was a block from one of Rosalie Quinlan's BOMs that I had bought in kit form. I completed the other one ( only have 2)  quite a while ago and have no idea why I put this one aside. This is the centre part of the block that I have needle turned. Unfortunately, I need to improvise with the foundation fabric before I can needle turn the other parts as there wasn't enough fabric included and it is 1/2" too small!!!! So, I am cutting a strip and sewing it along the side hoping it won't be too noticeable. Fingers crossed! Shall show you when I have finished it.
 
 
 
 
It has been too hot to sew the last 2 days. No air con means sweaty hands and glasses sliding off my nose all the time. So, yesterday I decided to put all my DMC threads into new containers and re sort them. I also wound a few onto plastic bobbins replacing the old cardboard ones which wear over time. Alas, not enough plastic ones for all the threads but that can be a another day's fun.
 
My old plastic boxes were damaged after over 40 years of use and I had more threads to be wound onto bobbins. A mess!!
 
 
 
 
This time I sorted them by colour, then number rather than simply by number. I figure that most patterns have the colour listed beside the number anyway and I often choose my own colours. How do you store your threads? These containers are slightly larger than my old ones . Even better!
 
 
 
 
Thankyou for stopping by.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

2017 OPAM



 
 

                     It is time to sign up for "One Project A Month" with Peg. I found OPAM to be quite inspiring last year , motivating me to finish projects. So, if you would like to join in the fun pop on over to Peg's blog and sign up. I completed 2 things in January, both cushions for my new soon to be born grandchild.
 
 
 
 
 
Now onto February.
 
Angel Blessings.