Sunday, 26 October 2014


I have been trying to complete all the unfinished projects I have stashed away in a drawer. I am getting there slowly but every time I tidy up my sewing room I find more. My room is a bit like the Magic Pudding!  Today I finished 2 Gail Pan pincushions for my collection.

During the week I sewed borders onto 2 wall hangings and hand quilted them . This is the Christmas one from Fig 'n' Berry Creations. It still needs binding on it but I  AM getting there! I omitted adding a stitchery inner border that was on the pattern.

The other one is a Gail Pan design but the pic is blurry so I shall show it to you fully completed next time.  I do, however, have a pic of another Gail Pan Christmas stitchery that is going into THAT drawer.
I have knitted 3 face washers for the Womens Refuge at Christmas and have heaps more to knit. I need to buy soaps and talc to wrap them up with.
Last week I bought some more 1800s repro fabrics and already have a project in mind. It is not another little Civil War quilt this time.
Ofcourse, there is lots of secret sewing going on for Christmas pressies too.
Thanks for visiting my part of the world again. 
Angel Blessings.

Thursday, 9 October 2014


The last 12 " Mini Swap was due the end of September and I posted mine off to Shez by Express Post as I was a couple of days late and she was flying  to Thailand. Whew! Thankfully it arrived on time. I was eagerly awaiting a mini for myself and was sooooooo thrilled to receive this gorgeous mini from Lyn earlier this week. Unfortunately, Lyn does not have a blog so we can't see all her work but I am sure it is all as lovely as this mini. Lyn does not know me, yet the mini is so apt as my dear dad is a bee keeper.

                                               And, yes, my cat just had to be in the pic!

On Tuesday I did a workshop with one of my patchwork groups making a Christmas wallhanging. You would not believe how much bias tape this project used or how long I stood ironing it all on but it was well worth the time and energy. I still need to stitch the bias down and then finish the quilt properly.  I may just bag it and quilt it rather than put binding on.

Today I was determined to complete 2 of my stitcheries. Another Rosie Q block of Simple Blessings.
And another Gail Pan hexie pincushion design.
 I am hoping to get the above RQ stitchery needle turned into a block like the previous one and the pincushion completed by next week. I think I put another pincushion stitchery on here last time and that one needs to be completed too. "Slowly slowly" is my motto. Just trying not to go so slow that I end up going backwards!
So, next time I WILL have some completed projects to show you.
Angel Blessings.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


WE were lucky enough to enjoy a couple of typical Spring days with the sun shining, birds twittering, bees  buzzing and no one burning off!  I had heaps of fabrics to trace and cut but didn't fancy being couped up inside so I took my crafty bits outside on my back verandah.

The other good thing about cutting fabric outside is that I don't need to clean the floor. I just swept these bits away.

Alas, the sun has vanished and we have had 2 days and nights of heavy rain, so I have been busy finishing these stitcheries. It is a Fig 'n Berry pattern  called "Christmas Wishes" that I bought on the mystery bus trip.  The fabrics for the sashings and borders have been washed and are hanging on the clothes horse. I am itching to finish this project soon.
As you know I am in Cheryll's 12 " Mini swap and the final one for the year was due to be posted yesterday!  Life got in the way so I am a wee bit late but shall be posting it off to the recipient tomorrow. The theme is "Summer" and I couldn't find a suitable design that I liked so I decided to draw one up myself.  I hope it is okay. Fingers crossed that ........will like it.
I was doing the happy dance when a little parcel arrived for me last week. It was from my stepson, the intrepid traveller abroad . He knows I collect thimbles and has contributed a few to my collection .  Now I have more.
They are from Carcassonne, Equisheim, Strasbourg, and Alsace. Wooohoooo!!! 
I hope you are enjoying some nice weather at the moment. I know it is getting cooler for some of my bloggy friends overseas and I am thinking of you all.
Angel Blessings.