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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Words & Sayings

I recently organised a Words/Sayings exchange over at SCE and here is what I sent and received.

I sent my parcel to Lisa K.  I chose a Lizzie Kate chart called "Plant Love" and made a pinkeep for Lisa.  I was also pleased when I found a great tea towel with a lovely inspirational saying.

Here is my lovely exchange parcel from Kay.  She stitched LHN's "To thine own self be true" and made a hanging pillow for me.  Look at the fabulous cushion cover she also included.  I found a small cushion insert at home (its a little small but for now it works till I buy bigger) and I have it sat on my spare lounge.  Everything is lovely and thank you to Kay for making and sending me such lovely items.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Happy Dance

My SAL Sorpresa 3 is finally complete.  I put the final stitches in and I have to say that I am soo happy to have it finished.  I'm surprised nobody heard me singing and carrying on as I took it out of the q-snaps and got it ready for the photo.  This is the largest cross stitch that I have stitched so far.

Started - June 2013
Completed - September 2014

I'm going to have a break from the larger WIP's for now and concentrate on getting some smalls stitched.
I have a private exchange with my dear friend Angela, a Halloween exchange with my SCE group (this one is nearly stitched up), and then I have lots to think about for Christmas.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

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