Sunday, May 24, 2015

Craft & Quilt Fair 2015

It was that time of the year again, and I made my way into Perth for the annual Craft & Quilt Fair.  Met up with the lovely blogging girls again and this time got to meet some new ladies to.  It's always so lovely to catch up, as it's my only chance to talk stitching and sewing with some like minded friends.  They are always great fun.

The Fair seemed a little smaller this year, not as many rows of booths as before.  Most disappointing of all was the one cross stitch booth, and the majority of merchandise on offer were old designs and kits. No wonder us cross stitchers resort to online shopping for supplies, they just don't have the wonderful supplies and designers here like over in the US.  
Some great fabric stalls, trims and embellishment stalls and tools and gadgets though!
Here's a photo of the goodies I bought.

A set of strip piecing rulers, hexagon tablemat kit, Rosalie Quinlan bunny kit, trims, unpicker tool, snowflake charms, a cross stitch kit with hanger, Winter themed cross stitch book and a cute elephant themed bunny rug kit complete with gorgeous minky fabric.

I have some more photos on my phone which I have to work out how to download, they are of some of the lovely quilts on display at the Fair.  My blogging friend Julia had a quilt in the show and she won Second Place in the "Professional Traditional" section with a gorgeous Dresden, she was also recognised with a "Retaining The Tradition" award.  Congratulations Julia, it was just stunning to see it in person.

I forgot to show you all a completed photo of my Prairie House stitchery.  I decided to do it all in red.

Until next time, happy stitching/sewing

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Next Little Project

I'm slowly getting myself back into the swing of things and coaxing that mojo back from its extended leave. hehe
Thought I would try my hand at this little project.  A cute little stocking banner.  I cut out the stocking shapes from the muslin and wadding today.

I also have been going through my stash working out what I want to make for the Christmas In July swap this year.  It's getting those creative juices flowing again.

Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Finish

I know, it's been a long time coming, but I finally do have a finish to show.
This was the lovely stitching that my dear friend Angela sent me in our exchange.  We had to stitch each other a design and then send it over and we then had to finish it off ourselves.  So here is what I made my sweet rabbit design into.

I was lucky to have this great matching brown/blue fabric in my stash, and my vision all along was a long pillow, I just had to go through my stash and find the right embellishments to make it all come together.  The sweet lace trim and flower button were just right.

I have finished the Prairie house stitchery piece as well and just have to decide on a finish for that now.

Now the weather is cooling down here i'm really hoping my mojo comes back and I can start on my cross stitching again.  I have also decided that I find the applique craft more fun than doing patchwork/quilting designs.  I just don't enjoy all the cutting process parts of doing patchwork, that's what puts me off and makes me stop and hold off on projects.  I finished the Sew Sweet Simplicity number 1 block but could not motivate myself to get stuck into the second one, it's because of the cutting out of all the block elements, and stitching them all together making sure everything lines up, it's just not for me.  But when it comes to doing an applique design I seem to love that process, cutting out the shapes and then blanket stitching them to the background piece, it definately seems to hold my attention more.  So I think applique and cross stitch is what I will try focusing on for now.  My first Sew Sweet Simplicity block I am going to finish into a small wall hanging eventually as I don't want it going to waste.

Until next time, happy stitching/applique my friends

Friday, April 3, 2015

Stitchery Update

I thought I would show the progress on my Prairie House stitchery.  As you can see I am nearly done, with the final part of the border all that's left, oh and one door knob I forgot.
I wanted to ask your opinions on something before it is completely finished.  In the sample photo this piece has been completed all in red.  I was thinking about being a little different and making the stars stand out in a gold coloured thread.  

What do you think, keep the whole piece in red, or do the stars in gold?

The month's are speeding by and I was looking at the calendar the other day and realised that I am only 2 months away from my big 40th birthday this year.  Argghhh, it seems to have come along so quickly, i'm sure I only turned 30 not long ago, mmmmm!!!
Before you all ask, I am not having a huge party or anything along those lines.  I'm a quiet person and don't really like parties and celebrations.  I will probably have dinner with immediate family, but i'm not one to make a big fuss.

Well I don't know about you all, but I will be spending this weekend trying to stay away from the chocolate that will take over my fridge this Easter.  My son will no doubt have a few to bring home from his Grandparents, plus the ones that we have for him, and then I received a box of Favourites from the boss yesterday.  Oh dear, I don't like my chances!
Hope you all have a lovely Easter break, and take care especially on the roads.  Drive safe!!

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Winner, Winner!!

I was one of the lucky winners over at Kerrie's blog on her Grow Your Blog giveaway.
Here is the lovely surprise I received in the mail this week from her.

She made me a lovely journal/diary cover and sent along a scrumptious smelling cake of soap aswell.  My stitching room smells divine at the moment.  Thanks Kerrie.

Sorry I don't have anything else to share with you at the moment.  Still waiting on my mojo to return, but I have been slowly working away on the stitchery piece in my previous post.  I will show some progress next post.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I'm Trying...

my hand at a little stitchery.  I purchased this design by "Buzzy Bee Buttons" which contains a pre printed stitchery and instructions to make this prairie house pillow.

And here is my progress picture so far.  Just getting the hang of keeping those stitches the same size and making sure to go back into the same hole that the previous stitch made, but all in all i'm enjoying it.  Quite different from cross stitch!

I also recently purchased these two books from Anthea in her stash sale.  Some Hatched and Patched ornies that I would like to do for Christmas (well some of them anyway), and a gorgeous Christmas craft book by Natalie Ross.  There are some lovely Christmas projects in this one.  Thanks Anthea, i'm sure going to have fun with these.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Initial Heart Swap - Sent

Here is a full photo of the exchange piece I made for my partner Tracy in the Initial Heart Swap.

I also sent her some Raspberry flavoured sweets and some threads in pink shades.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.