Monday, 27 April 2015

AQC

We had a spur of the moment decision to go to AQC, just for the day.  We arrived in Melbourne at 9.30am and got home just after 10pm!  A whirlwind trip.  Roseanne and myself had a great time, I had never been to AQC, and Roseanne had never been to Melb!!
 
The quilts were AMAZING!  I especially liked this one, called 'Elenor Jean' enough to purchase the book, signed by Linda White herself! And, it was best in Australia.  Made from 1/4" hexies.

 
You cant see that this one had been jewelled:
 


 
The one below was made entirely from scraps, some 1/2" pieces!  WOW!!
 
 
I really loved this giant Swoon!
 
 
We decided to do some Make & Take Workshops.  I was keen to try Helen Stubbings hexie method with the iron on applique, so started this cute as a button purse.  These hexies are 1/4" and I made one flower in the class - I could have done more, but got chatting!  I look forward to finishing this at some stage....
 
 
Here is Helen and Myself at the class:
 
 
Another class we chose to do was this cute necklace.  These were quick and easy.  Though I had trouble turning it in the right way, even the teacher had trouble fixing it for me LOL. Give me a skewer or chopstick I can handle that!
 
It was also lovely to catch up with Gail Pan.  I adore her patterns, and while I was there, I picked up some newbies.
 
 
We left as the door closed and tried many times to take a 'selfie'. This is as good as it gets.  We sure got some giggles.
 
 
Beautiful water feature at Carlton Gardens
 
 
We hope to come back next year.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

A am still here.....

No 'Blogger of the Year' for me!  I have been sewing heaps, every spare minute I am doing something, and had been loading my pics into the Blogger App as a draft, ready for when I get time to actually type something out.  I have 7 drafts as we speak! So, I AM going to blog every day this week!!  Promise!

My posts this week will not necessarily be in order, as to when they were created.  But I am going to blog them anyway.

Recently I got some DMC Woolly in stock at the shop.  This yarn is a 5ply and there are SO many gorgeous colours.  I have about 7 or so shades, and decided to make a crochet Cowl as a sample.  And, talk about popular!  I wasn't quite sure how it would go, being 5ply, and everyone wants the pattern for the cowl! 

 
My lovely SIL Roseanne comes to sew on a Friday, well, some Friday's LOL!  I wanted to make one of these Tooly Tool Holder for a while and after chatting to her about it, she told me she had the pattern too.  So that was one of our projects.  I made mine in the lovely Tilda fabrics.
 
 
Here is mine opened up.  Roseanne actually made a stuffed pincushion which attaches on with velcro to the front of the felt.  I am thinking of doing that too - that way, it will hold upright ok when full of my crafty stuff!  You can see her version here.
 
 
They were pretty easy to make too.
 
See you tomorrow.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tilda swapping

Only 2 posts for March.  I did say I will try and be a better blogger didn't I?!  Time just seems to be flying at the moment, and it only seemed like Christmas was only a few weeks ago! 

Our online group had our first swap opening for the year last night, with the theme being Tilda, either Tilda fabrics or pattern..... I was a very, VERY lucky girl!  Teresa made for me (I stole her pics too - she did a better job than I would!!), and she made me this GORGEOUS arm chair caddy! 

 
It even has a little needle-case.  I didn't notice it at first!
 
 
And, being Easter time, she made me one of these super cute bunny bags, with Ferrero's inside (I haven't touched them yet either! Go me!) YUMMO! 
 
 
See, lucky me! Thanks so much Teresa, I love them all! 
 
I made for the lovely De, and I decided to make a project from Gail Pan's book 'Patchwork Loves Embroidery'. 
 
 
Its a stitching folder.
 
 
Was a great swap all round.....

Monday, 16 March 2015

Swapping

I have been hanging out on Instagram a lot lately.  And it seems, a lot of bloggers are too!  I have noticed there seems to be less action on blogs, and I think that may be the reason. You can check me out HERE.

Recently I participated in a IG Aussie bag swap.  The theme was either a Noodlehead bag, or Sew Sweetness bag.  My partner was Michelle and her colours were pink and blue with her favourite designers being Lori Holt and Bonnie and Camille.  I ended up making the 241 Tote.  A lovely roomy bag by Noodlehead!

 
I also put in one of Noodlehead's Lil Cute Pouch.
 
 
And a Noodlehead Snappy Manicure Wallet.
 
 
Here is the wallet, opened up,
 
 
This is the bag I received from Sue.  She proclaimed it was her first bag! OMG!!
To say I was happy was an understatement!
 
 
She also made me a Noodlehead Open Wide Zipper Pouch.
 
 
Was a fantastic swap all round!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gail Pan creations

Hi there!  What a SLACK blogger I am! I had all intentions of stopping by here more often, but I haven't!  Naughty!  I have been stitching away most nights doing one thing or another, and I have managed quite a few finishes. 

This first project here is a lovely little sewing folder, from the book Patchworks Loves Embroidery.  This book is just beautiful.  You know how you purchase a book, and there is a couple of thing you want to make? Well, I LOVE everything in this book!  I am getting better at my needle-turn of circles.... Only a couple of wobbles!

 
Here is the inside:
 
 
Here is a close up of the stitchery.  Actually don't look too close!!
Fabrics I have used for this is Threads of Time. 
 
 
I've also managed to make these super cute pin-cushions also from the book. I couldn't decide on which one to make, so I made all 3!!
 
 
I will be back sooner rather than later to show you another finish!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Jan finishes

January has whizzed passed in a blink of an eye!  I only realised yesterday I haven't shared my latest couple of finishes.
 
Another Mani Wallet, this time in black and white Paris fabrics made for my SIL who has a bag to match (which I made her last year).

 
And, I managed to score one of these HUGE wire baskets from Moda.  I have been wanting one for SO long, and it came late last year!  A few weeks ago, I managed to make a lining for it, and I had some stock in it to display. 
Made from a really old Moda range which I think was called Butterfly Garden - or something like that.  I had it aside for a project to make for a gift, and decided to make it into this instead.
 
 
It is sure receiving some lovely comments!
 
Tallying up my OPAM Challenge last year, I did a whopping 135 finished.  Talk about gob smacked!!  Wonder how many I will do this year?!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie friends!  We have had quite a relaxing day, we went out for lunch, and have come home and cooked up one batch of Tomato Relish, Tomato Sauce, 5 Min Chocolate Slice with another Relish cooking away.  Love our garden fresh tomatoes! 

On the sewing front, I have not been idle that's for sure. Little sewing machine time, mainly hand work.  I did however finish the Morningsong Handbag from The Birdhouse in French General on Friday.  I really love how it has turned out too!  I have had all the bits sewn for a few weeks, and spent last week doing the needle-turn.