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

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas In July Is Here!!!!

YAY Opening Day.
My Christmas Elf this year is Sue and take a look at the lovely creations she made for me.

Aren't they fantastic.
Here is a close up of the lovely table runner and Angel mini quilt.

Thank you Sue for the lovely treasures you included and for my 3 delightful items.  They will all make a wonderful addition to my Christmas decorating.

The lady I sent to might not be able to open her gifts right away due to an unfortunate visit to the hospital, so i will wait to hear that she has and then I will upload pictures here of what I made for her.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How Exciting!!!!

My Christmas In July parcel has arrived.  

Can't wait till July 25th to see what goodies lie beneath the wrapping.

Thank you to my Secret Elf, they have arrived safely!!

Let the countdown begin ..........

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beautiful Fabric

Thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes and comments on my previous post.  

I received this beautiful piece of fabric in an exchange last year.  I keep getting it out and admiring it and then putting it away because I'm not sure what I would like to do with it.  I think it's to lovely to cut into for use in my cross stitch finishes, so having now got back into the patchwork/quilting side of things it really shouts at me to want to make it into something.  Seeing as I am only a beginner and I don't want to ruin it, does anyone have any suggestions for me on what I can do with it.  Maybe there are some easy simple pattern suggestions you might have that will enhance it and make the best use of it.  Or do I simply add borders in a nice plain matching fabric.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated as I really don't want this beauty to go to waste.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Birthday & SAL Progress

Hi dear friends and followers, it was my birthday yesterday and thank you to all that sent me birthday wishes via the RAK blog and email.
The bonus of my birthday being yesterday was that it was a long weekend here in Perth and so I got to stay home with my wonderful family.
Today I had a lovely surprise parcel waiting for me from my dear friend June.  Look at the sweet gifts she sent me.  

The aroma from the fragrance envelope is wafting through my room as I write this post and its delightful.

I have also been stitching away on my Sorpresa 3 SAL and now have completed Part 10.

In more stitching/quilty news, I have also completed my first piece for the Christmas In July swap and very pleased with how it turned out.  I will show sneaky peeks soon.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Craft & Quilt Fair Goodies

I had such a fabulous time on Saturday at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair.  I got to meet some wonderful Perth bloggers who I had been in contact with and following for a while, they all made me feel so welcome into their group.
We all started out with coffee and a chat to catch up and then headed into the Fair.

Here's a photo of the goodies I bought on the day.

A bunch of fat quarters. (Some tone on tone so I can use these for stitcheries).
The cardboard spools also hold fat quarters of fabric. (gotta love the hexie print).
A lovely Christmas stitchery (excited to start this one when some of my other commitments are completed).
A small quilted bag kit.
A pigma pen for when I start on some other stitcheries.

I only had limited funds to spend, but now I know what you can buy at this wonderful Fair, next year I will have saved up alot more and will really spoil myself.
Great fun was had by all with great purchases snapped up by all the ladies.
I would like to thank Anthea, Julia, Maria, Sandra, Tracee and Tracy for making me feel so welcome and I really look forward to future get togethers with you all.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Parts 8 & 9

Another progress shot of my SAL Sorpresa 3 with parts 8 and 9 now completed.

I am so excited to be attending the Perth Craft & Quilt Show this Saturday and I'm so looking forward to meeting some new blogging buddies.  We are meeting for a coffee at the beginning of the day and then will make our way around the stalls and displays.  Hopefully I wont forget to take my camera.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting