Saturday, 31 December 2016


  OPAM already!  Thankfully, I have completed a few projects this month seeing as Christmas was involved. I started making my December mini way back in November but didn't finish it until it was too late to display being Christmas. 
I made 4 plastic bag dispensers with 3 matching tea towels. ( One was for me).
I made 2 little Christmas decos. Unfortunately, I didn't take pics of them . I made a little round red and white one for Barb and a half eaten ginger bread man for Shez. Shez has kindly allowed me to pinch her pic from her blog but it hasn't worked. 
So, in total......10 items!!!! Yey me!!!!
May the New Year ahead be filled with an abundance of peace, love, joy , laughter and good health for all my bloggy friends.
Angel Blessings.


Thursday, 22 December 2016


Well well well. Who would a thunk it! Here I was having a sewing break that I didn't want due to naughty FMS and now I have turned that right around. Late yesterday afternoon I decided to make  some plastic bag dispensers that hang from the pantry door. It all started when I thought I would make one for my youngest daughter who has recently moved into an apartment . Now, I remember buying some chook fabric a few years ago to make one of these for myself. Did it happen? NO! So I rummaged through my stash and found it. Yey! Hmm, my eldest daughter would like that too.  Maybe mum would like one as well. Found bee fabric in my stash Wooohoo!  ( Dad is a hobby bee keeper).

                       Result.....4 plastic bag dispensers, One for me, DD1, DD2, and mum. The skull and cross bones one is for DD1 in case you are wondering. Sooo her!

Then a light bulb moment happened. I remembered having some plain tea towels tucked away amongst my stash.  Afternoon sewing turned into evening sewing. Voila! Matching tea towels.
I am doing the happy dance again now that I have had some stitchin' time.  
Angel Blessings.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016


I have mentioned before how Barb and I exchange gifts for Christmas and birthdays each year. This has been happening for around 12 years now since I first "met" her on a craft forum. Ofcourse, we have managed to catch up with each other in person a few times over the years and I wish we could live closer to each other. Well, today I was fortunate to be home when a parcel from Barb was delivered. I opened the post bag and saw that I was instructed to open the card which then said I could open one of the gifts straight away and I could also open the other one today or at Christmas. ( I usually wait until Christmas Eve to open Barb's gift.) What was in the smaller gift?

                                               2 beautifully crocheted baubles in my colours.

I thought about saving the larger gift but then promptly decided to open it right then and there.
OMG!!!!! I think I was standing with my mouth wide open when I opened it. Glad I was home alone LOL
It is the most beautifully crocheted blanket with an owl right in the centre!!! These pics do not do it justice as I only had 2 chairs to drape it over . I couldn't hold it up and take the pic at the same time .

                                                               A close up of the owl.

It is draped over the back of my armchair with the owl cushion my daughter and partner gave me for my birthday this year.  Hopefully, they will have a "hoot of a time" together". 
I know it sounds a cliché, but words can not express how I feel about this amazing beautiful and thoughtful gift from a very special friend. THANKYOU SO MUCH DEAR BARB!!!
Angel Blessings.

Sunday, 11 December 2016


Whew! I am so tired and it isn't even Christmas yet. I am quite disappointed with myself this year as I have not managed to make some little gifts to give to people . With little time left to post things I think I shall be frantically shopping and trying to do some stitching. On a brighter note, hubby and I took the ferry from Sorrento to attend Sue ( KiwiKid) and her hubby's 60th birthday celebration. The day was a bit cool and cloudy when we headed over but the afternoon was beautiful. I caught up with Tracey as well!

Remember the secret hexie project? I can now reveal that it was for Sue. It is a little table mat and I included a scented soy candle to go with it.
The bay was quite calm on the way home, unlike the rocky trip over.  It is a pity we couldn't stay longer but the last ferry was at 6pm so we needed to leave at 5pm.

I have had a few fatigue days the past couple of weeks so I stocked up on some DVDs.
Ofcourse, one can not watch the new Ab Fab movie without a glass of champers. Pity I couldn't find a glass big enough for my strawberry!
Alas, I have no stitching to show this time as I haven't done any. My fibromyalgia has been acting up and I am lucky to get 4 hours sleep each night, usually only when I have taken pain killers. Oh, how I yearn for summer weather!!
Thank you for stopping by.
Angel Blessings.

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Silly me! Here's me thinking November has 31 days. Oh dear. It hit me around 2-00am this morning when the radio announcer mentioned that it was the first day of summer. Oops!  I was going to put the binding on my December mini today, but , alas, too late! Ah well, at least it will be listed in the December finishes. So, what did I complete?   The Christmas critters hexie table mat I have made for a friend in the U.K.....

The crocheted baby blankie I have made for my first grandchild due in February.( It is sooooo big! I think I am a loose crocheter.)
The secret sewing project that I still can't show you.
I also finished a book this month. Which is a fantastic true story.
So, 3 projects and one book. Not bad for me.
Thanks for stopping by.
Angel Hugs

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


My contribution to Anthea's  EPP Tuesdays is a bit of a secret. Previously I showed you a couple of blocks from "The New Hexagon" book . Since then I have remade one of the blocks with different colours as I felt it looked a bit pale and I have also nearly completed the project but cannot show you much of it as it is a shhhhhhh project. So here is what I can show you.

A while back I started stitching Michelle's  new Christmas pattern which I am making into a small table mat . It is nearly finished now, just 4 more to sew onto the middle block. 
After a little break from hand applique to give my fingers a chance to heal, I have now nearly finished stitching the squirrel on the cot quilt and just have the bird and part of an owl's face to complete. Then I just need to add the borders and I will feel that it is nearly finished. Hopefully, it will be ready in time for my grandchild's birth in February.
Thankyou for visiting me.
Angel Blessings.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


I have a couple of things to show you this time. My final Lucy Boston "Patchwork of the Crosses" block.
These Lucy blocks have challenged me with a lot of fussy cutting but I have now become a little addicted despite endless frustration. I am making a small project as a gift for someone using some hexies from " The New Hexagon" by Katja Marek. As you can see, this one is fussy cut and I love how it looks.
The second block isn't very impressive. No fussy cutting but I liked the purple fabric.
So, that's my contribution to Anthea's link up this week. Pop on over to Anthea's to see what she and others have been doing.
Angel Blessings.


Thursday, 3 November 2016


 I have only just ironed the last Lucy Boston "Patchwork of the Crosses" block and now I am planning the fussy cut filler blocks so I can start piecing the quilt together. Unfortunately the fussy cutting in this block isn't 100% accurate but I will never finish the quilt if I start reverse sewing the blocks that aren't entirely precise. So, here it is. Dahdah!!!


Here are the Aussie Christmas critters ,( as I call them), ready to make into a table mat when I find suitable fabric. This pattern is for Christmas decos from Michelle, but I decided to make them into something else. They are so cute. They are quick to sew , so pop on over to Michelle's blog if you wish to make some in time for Christmas.

Now I can get back to the crib quilt appliqueing and finish crocheting the baby blanket.
Angel Blessings.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


                  I only have one completed project this month. I suppose it is better than none.

So many projects on the go but a while before they will appear under the banner of O.P.A.M 
Angel Blessings.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


 I have been waiting for my last Lucy Boston block to arrive so I can start putting the quilt together. It arrived today so I am looking forward to some challenging fussy cutting with this one. I also ordered a "Petite Pack" of Houghton Hall fabrics. Take a peek over at "Shiralee Stitches" if you would like to see more Lucy Boston blocks or packs of fabrics.

The crib quilt is coming along nicely with the last pieces ironed on ready to hand applique but I am giving my hands and fingers a rest from appliqueing  as I was in a bit of pain. So, stitching Michelle's "L'il Aussie Christmas Decos " has been a refreshing and relaxing stitching experience .
I have finished another book. Yey!
I hope you are enjoying a lovely Spring day.
Angel Blessings.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Yey! I have finished my first Christmas project. I haven't completed ones that are half done but I shall be getting back to them soon. This year I have been determined to finish everything I start, thus older projects awaiting completion. So, here is my Christmas table mat made from my stash except for the backing and binding.

I have made great progress with the crib quilt.  There are a few more leaves, some acorns and a couple more critters to go on it yet.
I have had to take a break from this hand appliqueing for a couple of days. My forefinger on my right hand is rather arthritic and I have callouses on both forefingers and my right thumb!  I just happened to be in my fav quilt shop yesterday and found these (apparently popular) applique needles which are specially polished and plated to make piercing the fabric a lot smoother and therefore easier.I shall let you know how I go with them. My much used needle threader broke so I also bought a new one from the same shop.
Thanks for visiting me again.
Angel Blessings.