Friday, April 18, 2014

Softie Fish

I have just spent the morning and a little after lunch putting together this little softie fish to include in my Cousin's baby basket.
I found a tutorial here.
I did not use a button for the eye as it would have been a safety risk for a baby, so I found a piece of soft, velvet like fabric for some texture and used that instead.  (photo taken of fish sitting on an orange dishcloth so he would stand out on a bright surface).

I think I will buy some other bits and pieces to fill the rest of the basket up.  I sure enjoyed making these two items though, I am definately stepping out of my normal comfort zone and trying all these new sewing things.  I can spend hours looking through tutorials and seeing if they seem easy enough for me to try.  Such a rewarding experience to see these items come together.

Hope all my dear friends and followers enjoy the lovely Easter break  Stay safe and enjoy the time with your loved ones.  Happy Easter.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's So Lady Like!

Just a quick post to show you a little exchange piece I recently finished.
This one was for an exchange with a theme of "Lady Like", anything that was girly, feminine and pretty was the order of the day.  When I saw this cross stitch design as a freebie online I knew that it fitted the theme perfectly.

I chose to make a mini wall hanging finish for my partner.
Here is a picture of all the extras I sent along aswell.  

I included some vintage lace trim, a notepad with the Eiffel Tower on the front, a nail file, scented drawer rolls, some hand dyed thread and a little shampoo and soap set.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fabric Storage Basket

Here's a sweet little gift I have made up for my Cousin's new baby using the fabric I bought not so long ago.  It was originally going to be used for a quilt, but I'm a little worried about making a cot sized quilt without a proper walking foot for my sewing machine, so I came up with some other ideas instead.
I used an online tutorial and I pretty much had it stitched up in a couple of hours.  I'm also planning on making a softie toy for a baby to go inside and then fill it with nappies, wipes and other baby things as my gift for the newborn. (the teddy is just a photo prop, he belongs to my son, and this is a gift that was given to him when he was born as a special keepsake from his Dad).

On the stitching front I unfortunately have no news, I have seriously lost all interest in stitching at the moment, I don't seem to have the mojo to pick up a piece and start working on it.  I did manage to do a border for my "A" block of the CHS Alphablocks but that was as far as it got.
I have noticed a few stitcher's that are in the same predicament, even one who has decided to sell her whole cross stitch collection as she just cant get back into the groove.  
Quilting is a very addictive craft but also an expensive one and until I build up my fabric collection I wont be producing pieces every week.  I don't think I would ever give up on cross stitch as there are still many lovely designs I would love to stitch and finish, but sometimes I just think one needs a break and time spent enjoying something new.  I do have an exchange piece that I will be able to show shortly though, it was cross stitched and then made into a quilted wallhanging, so I managed to get both crafts into that piece.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Applique Banner

My first time trying out some applique.

I used some little Christmas bauble designs and appliqued them by hand onto some lace coasters. At first I wasn't really sure how to finish them off.  I didn't want to use them as coasters, so instead I came up with the idea of a banner to display at Christmas.  I joined them with some red ribbon, added a piece of ricrac as a hanger at the top and a jingle bell down the bottom.  A couple of red beads added to each coaster piece for a bit more colour.  Quite a fun little project.

If there are any Western Australian quilters or stitch fanatics out there reading my blog that may be interested in some get together's with other quilting/stitching buddies from around WA, then please head on over to Anthea's blog and put your name down.  This is a way for us West Aussies, who happen to live in the most isolated City in the world, to join each other on little adventure days to Quilt/Craft shows, retreats or just for a coffee every now and then so we can chat about our favourite pastime and go shopping for more stash.  Sounds like soo much fun and I'm soo excited that Anthea has come up with the idea.  So please go and visit.

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Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Little Something...

I put together with some scrap squares and some checkered fabric in lilac and blue for the border.  I created this little quilt as I really wanted to make one for Blankets of Love.  I tried to make it as neutral colour wise as possible and because I am still learning I wanted it to be simple but sweet.
I am yet to contact Cheryll to see if she will accept it for her Blankets of Love collection as I know she is off on a retreat this weekend.  I'm hoping it fits the bill and she will be happy to take it.  I know that they need different sizes for the blankets and this one comes in at around 19 inches.

I hope you all like it.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SAL Part 6 Finished!

If you are a regular reader of my blog you would be aware that I am participating in my first SAL.  It is the SAL Sorpresa 3 by Sara Guermani and I just completed part 6.  Part 11 has been released this month so I am behind, but I am taking it at a leisurely pace.



It's a great design, I really love it.
I have also checked out Sara's previous SAL's and they were Autumn and Summer which are also lovely, but Winter has always been my favourite season, so I'm soo glad that I found this one.

In my previous posts I was telling you about a parcel I was waiting on from Canada.  Well the good news is that it finally arrived yesterday, posted November 30, arrived February 15.  I'm happy to report that it all arrived in one piece.  Here is what Melissa F sent me for the "Christmas Joy" exchange.

I shall look forward to using all those goodies for this coming Christmas.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Initial Heart Swap

I participated in the Initial Heart Swap this year, run by Swap Mama Cheryll.
I was to send to Pam and I also received from Pam.
Here is what I sent to Pam.  

This was my first ever heart finish and also the first thing I made up on my new sewing machine this year.  I found a pattern for a heart shaped oven mitt and followed the instructions but instead of using batting and making it flat, I filled it and made it into a stuffed pillow instead.  I cross stitched the "P" on some white linen and used some fabric roses as embellishments.
I also sent along a box of fruit shaped jellies, some hand dyed thread and a roll of ribbon.

Here is what I received from Pam.

A gorgeous Michelle Ridgeway stitchery design made into a mini wallhanging.  As you can see from the photo, I found a hanger for it straight away and its already displayed on the wall.  Pam also included a large bag of jelly jube lollies which are my favourites.

Thank you Pam for a great exchange, I really enjoyed it, and thanks to Cheryll for organising.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting