Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Stocking Is Finished

Hello dear friends
I am here to show you my finished stocking.  Yes I actually managed to get it to work and finish up looking like a stocking too!! hehe

It didn't come with instructions so I really had to think through the assembling process.  I wanted it to be lined aswell so I made it extra hard on myself.  I also used some padding on the front panel to give it some body.  Now looking back that is the only thing I would change, I would now put padding on both panels because it gives substance to the top rim and helps the rim to stand up nicely instead of bowing slightly.  Live and learn as they say, I know for next time!
I also added a lace trim to the top and a ribbon for hanging, so without further ado here it is:

I'm close to finishing my Sorpresa 3 SAL, hopefully a happy dance next post.
I have also joined in this year with Chooky's Secret Santa Christmas Swap, its my first one and i'm really looking forward to it.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

On My Cutting Table

Here's a little project I thought I would try.
I had a panel with this little teddy stocking design.  I haven't made a stocking before so I thought I would just go for it.  The panel comes with two stocking designs so if I make any boo boo's on the first, I have another one just in case. hehe

I have recently finished a small cross stitch for an exchange piece, so I can't show this until my partner receives.  I have also been stitching on my Sorpresa 3 SAL and am now up to the final part. I'm excited as I really cant wait to see the end of this one as I have been stitching away at it for over a year now.  One final large pine tree to complete and the word "Winter" and it will be over.

It's Father's Day here in Australia tomorrow so we are all prepared with gifts wrapped for my hubby and my Dad.  We usually spend the evening with my Dad and have dinner at his house and I am picking up my Grandad on the way so he can join us aswell.  My Grandad turns the big 90 this year, he is going really well with only a few small issues with his heart, he has had some stents put in, but other than that he is going strong.  

I lost my other Grandad at 78, he was also very fit for his age, but due to complications with a surgery he had and diabetes, he wasn't strong enough to pull out of it and I lost him back in 2005.  He was a beautiful man who I miss dearly.  I consider him to be my soul mate, he was meant to be my Grandad and I am the only person lucky enough to have been able to call him Grandad as I was his only Grandchild.  I truly loved him with all my heart and I know he loved me the same.  My Mum always said that he was a changed man once I came along and he doted on me right from the beginning, we had a very special connection.  Love you and miss you Grandad.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Belated Gift & Some RAK's

Hi dear friends,
I just received a lovely parcel from my dear friend Angela.  It was a combination parcel of a belated birthday gift and some lovely RAK's.

Angela had taken up knitting recently, when she lost her stitching mojo.  She knitted me two lovely dishcloths as my birthday gift.

I also received these lovely completed cross stitch.  Angela asked me if I would like them to be able to finish into something and I leapt at the chance.  The Lizzie Kate Snow Belles still has to be completed, but I have the charts and I will finish it as my own little WIP soon.
I'm not sure yet what I will be finishing them into, but I'm excited to start thinking about how I can incorporate them into my new found love of patchwork and quilting.  Maybe some wallhangings, pillow finishes or table runners.  How exciting!!!

Thank you Angela, they will be treasured.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On The Move

The Travelling Treasures will now be off to:


Thank you for those who signed up, please follow them to Illene's place and pop your name down there when they are next ready to travel.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Roll Up, Roll Up

For the Travelling Treasures.

Open to all Australian and New Zealand bloggers, you must have an active blog to participate.

If you would like to be the next recipient of the Travelling Treasures then please leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winning name on 15 August.

Here is a recap of what was on offer when I received the Travelling Treasures.

Now here is what I chose to take from the treasures.

And here is what I am putting into the treasures.

I have included a felt pincushion kit, fabric, ribbon trim, charms and a large piece of sand coloured aida.
I hope you will join in on the fun.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, August 1, 2014

Arrival of the Travelling Treasures

I was the lucky person drawn for the Travelling Treasures this month.
Travelling Treasures originated here at Deb's blog.  It basically travels around Australia/New Zealand to quilters and stitchers and they get to choose what they would like from the parcel.  They then place new items into the parcel (the same amount as taken out) and then it gets sent off to somebody new.

Here is what arrived in the Travelling Treasures to me.

I will be sending it on its way to a new destination within the next couple of weeks.  Come visit me again soon as I will be putting up a post for you to sign up if you would like to be the next recipient.
I will also show what I have taken from the treasures and what I have added.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas In July - Gifts I Sent

I was lucky to receive Anthea as the person I had to send to for the Christmas In July exchange.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous, as I had just met Anthea at the Perth Quilt Fair and we got along so well, I knew we were set to be long term blogging buddies and get-together friends, so I wanted to make sure that everything I made for her was special and I was 100% pleased with.

There were a few trial items that didn't make the cut.  I either didn't like fabric combinations or it just looked too simple.
I was extremely happy with the final three items though and here they are in the order they were made.

First I wanted to make Anthea something that predominantly showcased a cross stitch pattern, as Anthea had just started back into cross stitching herself.

Secondly I made an appliqued gift tag and blanket stitched around the outside in a lovely hand dyed thread called "Joy Noel".

My final piece was a fabric storage bag.  I thought Anthea could use this for anything from holding the buns on the Christmas table during dinner, to holding baubles or decorative pieces.  It would be pretty multi functional.

She personally called to thank me and I have to say that I am so pleased they have a new home with such a lovely, appreciative dear friend.  Hugs to you dear Anthea, I hope you are feeling better.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting