Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SSCS - Received

This is a quick post to let my Secret Santa know that I have received my parcel.
This is for Chooky's SSCS 2014 and we are to make an ornie for the tree and send a larger gift that cannot be opened until Christmas Day.

Here is my parcel from my Secret Santa.

She also included some extra little ornies aswell, one created in the traditional technique used in Sweden and Norway, a little gingerbread man and a very cute felt cupcake.  They are all now placed on my tree with the larger gift sitting under the tree waiting patiently for Christmas Day to arrive.

I have sent to my partner Lyn and she has already received, so I can show you the ornie I made.  The other parcel will have to wait until after Christmas when Lyn has opened it.

I blanket stitched on the dove and added a little red heart button as a feature.

I have also posted off my Santa Sack Swap parcels to my partner Kaye and she has received them now.  I included a mix of handmade and bought items for in her stocking, so I hope she enjoys everything.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Monday, December 8, 2014

Private Exchange

My dear friend Angela and I have completed our private exchange this year.  This time we chose to stitch each other a freebie design and leave it unfinished, so then when we receive the surprise we can finish it however we would like.  I thought that would be rather exciting.
I have received my parcel from Angela and here is what she stitched for me.

I love this design.  Now my mind is boggling thinking of how I am going to finish it.
Angela also stitched for me a gorgeous ornie for my tree and included some wonderful extras to.

My parcel to Angela is still winging its way over, but should hopefully arrive soon and then I can share that with you all.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thank You

to all my dear friends and followers that sent me such lovely emails and comments after the loss of my boy "Jed".  Your words brought a smile, and at times a tear to my face, but to know that so many of you cared was just soothing and helped so much.
He returned home yesterday in the vessel that we chose from the Pet Cremation centre. It's nice knowing that he is home with us again.

Due to those recent events I have been remiss in posting photos of the recent Halloween/Fall exchange that I completed.  Here is the parcel and stitched item that I sent to my partner Colleen (no blog).

I stitched two small squares of a Prairie Schooler design and made a hanging plaque for her to display.

I received a Fall parcel from Lisa K (no blog).  Thank you Lisa for such a lovely assortment of Fall goodies, I received not just one stitched item but two, a hanging pillow and a cute little mini pinkeep that Lisa put a magnet on the back of.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Been A Sad Week!

On Tuesday I had to say goodbye to my dearest friend and best buddy "Jed".  15 years he was a special part of our lives, we bought him home as a 9 week old puppy.  He was 5 years old when I came home from hospital with my newborn son and they both grew up together.  
We were all with him together as a family as we said goodbye, as heartbreaking as it was we know he went peacefully.  I have lost my dear friend, a Staffie that we were so proud to call our own, a loving companion, a beautiful soul, my "Boof".

Our Best Buddy
1999 - 2014

God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around him and whispered, come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched him slowly fade away,
Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, playful paws were put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM #1

I decided to bite the bullet and join in on Jacquelynne Steves, Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM's.  I really need to learn more quilting and patchwork techniques and this tutorial for the BOM's encourages you to try it out as the blocks are not too hard!  Oh dear, I hope not anyway.
This is my first attempt at flying geese blocks and a snowball block.  I was able to use the wonderful square templates my hubby bought for me last Christmas to cut out all the squares needed, and the instructions are soo clear and easy that I found I didn't want to put it down once I got started.  You can choose to applique (hand or machine) or embroider your centre motif.  I have decided to go with applique and I am doing it by hand, as I rather enjoy blanket stitching.

So without further ado, here is my first ever BOM.

If you would like to discover this free BOM tutorial for yourself, please click on the button in my sidebar and it will take you to Jacquelynne's website.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blanket of Love #2

My latest finish is a small quilt for the Blankets of Love group run by Cheryll.

I had this cross stitch piece that had been stitched for me as part of a robin.  My dearest friend Angela stitched one of the teddies for me.  I found some fabric that matched in with the hand dyed aida that the teddies were stitched on and the more I looked at it, the more I felt that it would be perfect as a mini quilt.  The colours of the wings just pop right off the fabric and really stand out.  I kept the quilting minimal by adding a triangular frame around the aida to make it stand out, and used a striped fabric for the binding.

I am donating this finish to Blankets of Love on behalf of my dear friend Angela as well as she did contribute to this piece.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Reindeer

Here's a little Christmas ornament that I finished the other day.  
He was a little kit that I had got from Ebay a little while ago.  The backing fabric for the applique and the back piece of fabric are a lovely soft flannel and the reindeer body is felt.  I blanket stitched him in place and then went around the outside panel with some red french knots and green lazy daisy stitches to fill in.
I am really pleased with how he turned out.  He will now go into my Christmas gift giving box.

I am linking up with Anthea for CTTY.

Until next time happy stitching/quilting