Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday's Sewing Christmas

Our Tuesday Christmas lunch was a fun day with the sewing girls of our group. We each brought some food and we had a lovely lunch at Dawn's place. Judy even had us sewing a little Christmas project..... not quite finished...I'll show it to you when we finish them off.



These little goodies came from a few of the girls on the day....there also was a scratchy ticket.... I didn't win anything..lol

Inside the cup is a packet of chocolate pudding mix to make using the cup and microwave. I eat the pudding from the cup.

My Kris Kringle was Joy and she spoilt me something special.





I adore cushions and check out these 2 lovely little cushions.




I saw them in a mag one month and thought how cute..... and now I have 2 for myself.




Joy said I had commented on this wall hanger one Tuesday. It's hanging in the lounge room.

Thanks so much Joy for spoiling me and being such a lovely sewing sister.



Now that we each know who our KK was on the day........ can't keep things a secret can we??? LOL.

I thought I would show you what I made Joy for her Christmas present.



She loves the cushion. So do I for that matter. Going to make one in green for myself. Also a cat one for Brenda.... simple as to make too.

Still more goodies to come in the next post.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Christmas Time.

How was your Christmas ??? Mine was relaxing as other people cooked and I visited 2 different family's places for the meals. Both Pat & I came home last night, well fed and very spoilt.

Over the next couple of days I am going to show you some of the most beautiful gifts I was given from my sewing sisters. I think they all deserve their own posts.

Love all you girls heaps.

For the past 25 days I have been enjoying my first Christmas Advent swap over on the sewing forum.

I was very spoilt by my swap partner "Geniene". So spoilt I want to share some of my advent gifts with you today.







Some of the beautiful gifts I was sent. Some Geniene made and the work is stunning. Two more books to help me learn to embroider flowers. Some gifts I got to eat.....lol.





The bag on the right I was just so excited to receive as I have always wanted one of these. But I have never sewn a zip yet. Inside I found 2 lovely purple skeins of embroidery cotton. So now on Tuesdays, when I go to my sewing group, I am not using a sandwich bag.

The bag on the left is what I opened on Christmas Day. Isn't it beautiful? Look at the stitchery Geniene sewed on both bags.

Thanks so much Geniene for being my Advent swap partner for this year. You did so spoil me.




I wanted to show you the Christmas present I made for Geniene. I also made other gifts as well and added sewing items through out the advent swap.

Well Christmas is all over for another 12 months. Hoping to get back into a routine, as I haven't been sewing much of late.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Winner Is

Sorry about being late with the draw of my birthday giver away. Between a 2 day trip to a funeral up north in that heat we had. Plus an all day shopping trip with my sister Deb.....time go away from me.


Lets draw the lucky winner.

First off....thanks to everyone who entered..... made my sewing birthday even more special.




All names were written on paper and folded and placed in Pat's hat.




Held high, Pat then pulled out the winning name.

Drum roll......bbbbrrrrbbbbr



Congratulations to Diana for winning my first birthday give away.

Can you please send me your postal address and I'll pop it in the mail this Tuesday.

Thanks again everyone.


Your only limited by your imagination.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Sewing Birthday To Me :)

As hinted back a few days ago, I am now about to announce a surprise for not me but my readers.

Its my sewing birthday today........... yay!!!!!!

I am 1 year old today as on the 9th of December 2008 I bought my very first sewing machine and sent my family into a spin. My loving hubby into shock as he thinks I'll never complete another jumper for him ever again....lol

In the last 12 months I have not only found a passion I didn't know I had, but also learnt you can teach a young dog new tricks.....

Twelve months later I belong to the most fantastic sewing group and I love you girls so much.

I have joined a great forum who have supported me and watched me grow as I learn new tricks. They are kind in their advice when I post photos of where I go wrong. Love you gals too.

Thank you also to you, my readers. For your comments and support over the last 12 months.

So now the speech is finished lets unwrap a present.

Naaa...... lets sing a song first....you ready???

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday dear Lucky....

Happy birthday to me.


Okay what is in the give away........

Behind door 1 is


Ricrac and ribbon. A wonderful embellishment for those little or big projects.


Door 2




Buttons and a lacy butterfly. You are very honoured to get 1 of those butterflies as it took me 11 months to find them.


Door # 3



Woolen yarn..... maybe for a doll you have made.


Door number 4




Fat 1/4s and note 1 of them is green. I love green material. Love animal material and farmyard and flowers and oh heck the whole darn quilting shops material.


Need something to store the goodies in as they are mailed to you????? Course you do.





I made you a little bag to keep them all tidy until they get to your place. Then you can use it to store what ever you want in it.

Mine sits by me when I am sewing in the lounge room in the evening or on my sewing room when working in there. My sister Deb made me a beautiful green one for my birthday back earlier this year.

Like my present I don't get to keep???

If you would like to win it, its so easy.

Post a comment for an entry, on this post only.

Post my give away with a link to it, on your blog and let me know, so I can check......thats entry #2.

If you become a follower that would be real cool....... and for that another entry.

So all up you can enter 3 times.

I'm going to pull out a winning name on the 17th of this month.

So all the best and remember....

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Friday, December 4, 2009

Oops......

Oh I was being so clever and posted earlier today a hint of what I am making for the 9th of Dec. Well who won't be doing that again in the future.

I buggered up the last part of it and its only fit for my house. So I did what all good sewing people do. I made a new one and its a better one. Much nicer to look at and not messy. I'll show you the 1st one on the 9th along with the good one.




Here's what the new colours are and guess what!!!!!

I waited until I had finished it, before I posted it here. Now that is worth learning........lol

No posting hints and teasers unless it finished. No sir..........

Your only limited by your imagination.


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A Little Hint


Here is a little hint for you. Something to wet the taste buds for Wednesday 9th of this month. Its a big day that day.

More to come.

Your only limited by your imagination.



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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dream Tote Bag

I haven't posted here much of late, due to the Christmas rush in my sewing room.

I finished off the presents I wanted to make for the Craft Forum Christmas Advent swap. Can't show those goodies here, as I know "G" is often visiting here. We get to open a little pressie each day. That is going to be such a cool lead up to Christmas Day. First time I have ever done anything like this.

I made a birthday present for the forum birthday 2010 swap. If I make a present and send it to the lady organizing this swap, when its my birthday, she'll send me something from one of the ladies who also added to the birthday swap. Can't show you that either, as it will spoil someone's birthday surprise.

Also made a Kris Kringle present for our Tuesday sewing group. Can't show you that one either, as that one is a secret.

Almost seems pointless me posting today doesn't it????? Well maybe not.

It's 12 months next month since I started sewing. One of the many projects I have looked at, has so caught my eye early this year. Just had to start looking and saving up fabric to make it.

My dream bag. There is just something that caught my eye and I keep a pic of it on my cork board.

Lets take a look at it.






This fabric is for the centre floral applique piece.




These fabrics are for the edge side blocks.

Once these 2 parts are completed I'll then look for more material to add the next part of the pattern. The colours I have chosen will be easy to match up with.

Now the dream bag itself.



Wow!! Is all I can think of when I look at this tote bag. I can't pin point why it draws me to it, just does.

Now that I have about finished all the time limited swaps I can not only start to work on this bag, but also a surprise for my readers. There was a hint somewhere in today's post.

Also next month I should be able to start the second block in the "Breast of Friends". Deb has been so busy on the sheep station and making her Christmas gifts too. With the 2 of us only making this beautiful quilt, we can easily turn 1 month block into a 2 month if need be.

Your only limited by your imagination.



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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More Hexi Swaps.

I have some more of those monthly hexies I am swapping over on the craft forum.

October Hexi Swap



The one I made for Tina, she has a Christmas theme going with her hexi swap.




The one I was sent from Tina.


November Hexi Swap



This rose hexi is for Linda. I used 1 DMC thread to embroider it.



From Linda, a chook to add to my collection of animal hexis.

This swap is very quick each month and ever so addictive. I am so enjoying the whole swap and ideas are flowing so easily.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Needle Book Swap

Over on the craft forum there was a needle book swap. This was a down the line swap. Now its finished I can show you what I made and sent, plus what was made and sent to me.




Front of Jeanette's needle book. I used a strand from a cream and burgundy DMC thread for embroidering Jeanette's Name.




Inside the needle book there is 4 pockets for storing items.


From Helen I was sent all of the following goodies, as Helen included some RAK.




Love my chooks and look at my pin cushion and needle book, plus a tea bag holder. But that isn't all of the goodies.

Check out the fabric........




Pussy cats....... so Fab and cool looking.



Couple of chooks with some more fabric, love my green fabrics.




Plus these beautiful floral fabrics. Plus there was a sheet of freezer paper.

Thank you so much Helen I feel very spoilt and thanks for being my down the line swap for the needle book swap.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lounge Covers Finished.



I know there is a proper name for these items, but I can't remember what it is. But what ever they are called................. finally finished.

Taken a long time to make as I had a lot to learn as I went along. Last night and for a while today I finished them off by stippling the boarders.



Talk about spoilt cats you say??? No fear, talk about a smart mum, if you ask me. The cat quilt on the seat is removed and the person sitting has less fur on their clothes. The quilt on the head rest is for when the cats lay there and if (so far nothing has happened) there is the odd fur ball. Easier to wash the quilts than the material on the lounge chairs.

Very proud of the whole project as I picked out 4 of the 6 inch blocks I found on this site. I measured up the size I wanted the end of the quilt to be and went from there. No eyelash stitching on the back with my stippling.

Can't ask for any better in my books.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Finished Block



Block one of the "Breast of Friends" is finished. Took a heap of photos and thought ...hang on....birds don't have their eyes. Oops!!

So as soon as I have posted this, I'll give the birds an eye each.

I am so proud of my effort and so glad I restarted with the light weight interfacing on the back. It was such a joy to look at and pickup, compared to the first one, with the whisper weft.

Not that one is to be wasted, it was suggested at our sewing group....turn it into a cushion. So that is what I'll do with it.

I'll now wait till Deb has finished her block and then we'll start the second one. So until then I'll work on other projects that are hanging around my sewing room.

Your only limited by your imagination.


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

All Shopped Out

I am going to try and contain myself as I tell you all about my day at the Craft & Quilting expo. Its the first time for me. Not going to tell you about eating my homemade jam on my homemade bread I had for lunch, or the water I carried. More $$$ for fabric.

No I am going to tell you about the goodies I came home with.

I'll begin at the start, just before 10 am.


While waiting in line, there was a warm up dance thingy. I was picked as a dancer from the line up. You'll be happy to know I can now dance like John Travolta to the song "Grease Lightening".




I scored 4 charm squares, 1 fat 1/4, glue pen with glitter in it and 3 tapestry skeins.




Also I scored this cushion pattern as well. Not bad for a few minutes work. How exciting to have a bag of goodies for nothing, before I even go through the doors.

The main item I was after were lace butterflies.



Look how well I scored. The big butterfly on the left, was bought and given to me by my niece Josephine. I am stoked with the find as I haven't been able to see them in my travels around Adelaide.




Josephine also bought me these 3 fat 1/8 of animal prints for my quilt I would like to make one day. I so love big cats....... bigger the better.

Now for the rest of what I spent my hard earned savings on after months of saving. I am over whelmed with what I came away with.




This was a fat 1/4 pack that I fell in love with. Just love those cups & sauces. A table runner or a small table cloth??????


I found a stall that was selling fat 1/4 for $3.30 each and I took full advantage of them.




These 3 will be used as backings on the "Breast of Friends" blocks.




The green one Debbie bought for my quilt, so there is something of her in my quilt.




Couple more fat 1/4s for the "Breast of Friends" quilt, once again Deb bought the green one for me. I bought Deb two pink toned fat 1/4s for her "Breast of Friends" quilt.



Had to have a bag pattern too. I loved this one on display and as I'm a green freak, I picked this pack.

I also picked up some Clover embroidery needles after having a chat about the needle sizing and what one I should be using. Deb & I went halves in a roll of "Clear Grip"for the back of our rulers.

Drooled over the quilts on display......patiently waited while Josephine looked at all the beads. My eye sight couldn't cope with some of those beads....stunning work though. Just stunning. Such tiny holes to tread wire and threads through.

So there you have it..... my trip to the Expo. I'm tired and happy, just how it should be.

Your only limited by your imagination.



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