Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stitching progress

It has been very hot here lately and it is a bit draining. Luckily we have cooling so some stitching has still been done over these lovely quiet weeks. My most pressing finish was this lovely Tilda bag that Fiona designed for our retreat last year. We are making these projects in class at Hobbysew in a few weeks so I wanted it ready.

 I am a little behind in the Splendid Sampler but with only 10 blocks to go, I do need to keep going. I have enjoyed the process and have learnt lots but will be a little pleased when it is over so I can concentrate on my many other projects.
 I also worked on the last two hand stitched blocks of Foxley village. I do need to applique another fox but mostly it is machining to be done to get the quilt together.

 My other almost finished quilt is Anderson's Farm. These are two of the 4 corner blocks.
 It was lovely to go to stitching on Wednesday and catch up with the ladies. Donna has been making this amazing woollen blanket. She is so clever!





Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ma came to visit

We have had a lovely few days with (Old) Ma coming to visit. So nice for her to catch up with us and with the great grandchildren. We didn't get too many pictures of Ma with the children as they are hard to catch! We had a nice time here and at Amy's and at Lyndal's too.










 Love these ones of Alice crocheting like Mummy!



Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year

I have just enjoyed reading some of the New Year blog posts. Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for visiting my blog. I so enjoy your comments and that you visit regularly. I write this blog for myself as it is such a special way to remember some of the highlights and even the ordinary things of daily life. Thanks for coming to share it with me. I also enjoy reading yours too.
We have had a very good 2016. We have been very lucky to have good health and to be able to enjoy our family, holidays and our many interests, especially stitching and patchwork for me. I don't make resolutions but I am hoping to work on some UFOs this year and finish off some of my many ongoing projects, in between playing with the grandchildren and going on holidays.
This week has been lovely to slowly catch up on a bit of stitching and tidying. But first, let me share some lovely handmade gifts that I received. Fiona sent me this gorgeous pouch in my favourite French general fabrics.
 Paddy made me this gorgeous little canvas work decoration!
 My daughter, Lyndal, is a fabulous crocheter and she created these decorations (note the hexi in the middle of the green one) and this lovely necklace! So spoilt!
 I did make one gift this year. I made this little rabbit for Jack.
 I have always wanted to have a go at a hexi necklace to finally made one for myself for Christmas.
 This week I have been working on these lovely stitcheries for the bag that Fiona created for our retreat in October. We are doing these projects in class at Hobbysew in February so I thought I have better get the sample made! I do love these Tilda colours and fabrics! I am busy making it up!






Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas

We had a lovely Christmas at home with just our family this year. It was still busy but fun with all the little people. Benny, Sammy and Alice especially loved all the gifts! We all ate too much and there were too many presents but it was a fun time. Here are a few photos of it all. On Christmas eve we had dinner together and some of us went for a swim.











We then gathered for a cold lunch on Christmas day. It was nice to get a few family shots this time. The gifts were very well received! This was the tree with our presents under it. Imagine what it looked like when the rest were added! No wonder the littlies were excited.

















Lyndal took these lovely photos of us with all the grandies. Lovely to have one with them and us in it!