Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Wednesday update

I had a lovely day on Wednesday catching up with the social and class stitching ladies and catching up with Fiona later in the day.  In the morning, Janet was working on this exquisite christening gown for her baby, who was due in a few weeks.
Little Audrey had different ideas and arrived on Friday! Her proud daddy sent on some photos so for those of the Wednesday ladies who read this blog, here she is. Congratulations and well done, Janet...and daddy too. 
We did do some stitching too. Chris had this beautiful pin cushion she bought at a stall. It looks so lovely and we all appreciated the beautiful hardanger.

 In the afternoon, Karen had finished her apron using the jug of flowers applique.
 She has also finished her Town Hall. Wish mine was done too!
 Don't her pots of roses look great?
Fiona came with me to the night class but I forgot to take any photos. We all enjoyed having her there. It was lovely to catch up with her and was also a good chance for us to get some organisation done for the first stitching day on 17 March. There are still a few places if there is anyone still wanting to come.
Only 2 sleeps to go till I head off on holidays. Must get packing and get all those stitching bits and pieces organised.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stitch-a-long and Vignette progress

So good to be able to show you February's blocks for the SKOW Stitch-a-long. Here is the icecream
 ...the hot chocolate...
 and one of my favourite books.
 I have also made the bottom border.
 I have also been plodding along with blocks 8 and 12 of my Vignette quilt. I have finished a few more flowers since this photos was taken.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Getting ready...

Spent some time on the weekend getting ready for our holiday. Only 8 sleeps to go before we head off on this ship!!! Can't wait. I just had to get some stitching ready as there are some sea days and not much to do other than chat, read, eat and sew. We are heading off with Ma and Pa and Jeni and Paul on another adventure together.
Our Ships - ms Volendam

Here we are when we cruised to New Zealand in 2009. So looking forward to some great times and so pleased that Pa is able to cruise again.
Here are some of the projects I have prepared to work on. I have had this gorgeous pattern for a Sewing folder by Anni Downs for a while and have been wanting to make it. I needle turned the applique pieces ready to work on the stitching.
These little bits were a little tricky but will look so good with the stitching.
 I also traced some cross stitch stars for one of the borders of Scandinavian Christmas.
 I also prepared the colours for a couple of Anni's little stitchery kits.
 Oh dear, that might not be enough. Can't head off without enough stitching!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Summer stitching

It has been another busy week of stitching! Best not complain as I have had some lovely days though could do with a bit of time at home to work on my many projects. Mustn't waste today...blogging isn't wasting time  though. On Monday I taught my second Summer stitching day at Hobbysew. Seven lovely ladies spent the day stitching and chatting and eating yummy morning and afternoon tea. Here are some photos of them busy at work.

For those still planning to book into Stitching on the Lake, the April 14 date is now full. There are still places on the 17 March. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I had a very productive weekend as we had a quiet one without the excitement of weddings! It is nice to get a little done on some of my many ongoing projects. I finally put together block 7 of In my Garden. The pieces had been appliqued for quite a while and were waiting to be sewn together.

 I had also finished the long stitched piece that goes on the other side of my Vignette quilt and was able to put part of the side together.
 Now the stitching on the piecing needs to be done before I can start the centre parts of the quilt.
 I also enjoyed appliquing the next three blocks for Some Kind of Wonderful. They were fun to stitch.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Classes and kits

Where has the week gone? I can't believe it is Friday again. We had a busy day on Wednesday at the shop with social stitching and then classes. So nice to see what the ladies have been working on. Bronwyn and Lynn have finished their bookmarks.
 Bronwyn has also finished her little needlecase from last year's stitching day and her scissor keeper is almost finished.
 Lynn was using this beautifully embroidered needlecase.
 What have I been doing? I have been busy over the last few weeks making samples and writing notes for the stitching days coming up in March and April. Yesterday I cut out lots of parlan, interfacing and fabric to start making the kits.
 I know...they aren't on for a while but I am heading off in a few weeks on holidays and just want to be organised.  Here are some of the photos and bags ready for packing.
 My stitching has slowed right down but I have been doing a little handquilting on Christmas Fun.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Avril and Tim"s wedding

We have had a busy but lovely weekend with Sunday being the wedding of our youngest niece, Avril, to her special young man, Tim. This is where we were in Wollongong! It was a gorgeous day for a beach wedding. Unbelievable after a week of rain almost everywhere! 

 Here is the groom with his best men waiting for the bride to arrive.
 Ma and Deirdre, the mother of the bride, watching for Avril.
 Ma and pa ready for the ceremony. That umbrella was a great idea as it was very hot.
 Here comes Avril with her proud Dad.

 Couldn't resist loading this post with pictures as hubby took some lovely ones.

 This one was posted on facebook today and is beautiful.

 Here is our family after the ceremony. We were a little glad to be in the shade.
 I stitched a card for the happy couple. I used Lynette Anderson's wedding picture from Your home or mine and added the beach.
 Saturday night was special too as we inducted our new minister in church. This very special band were the Pastoral "Seekers" and performed a version of "A World of our own" in a fun service to welcome Chris and his family.

Friday, February 3, 2012

More of Wednesday

Karen popped in quickly on Wednesday to show her lovely Teahouse block from My Town. The quilt is finished now in the Homespun magazine but we are still working on it! Looks great, Karen.
 Liz has been busy too. She came to the Summer stitching day a few weeks ago and has almost finished the canvas work. Doesn't it look beautiful.
 In the evening, Sue was very excited to show us her finished Little Village Hanging. Sue has done such a good job.

 Sally has been busy too and has finished this delightful quilt for one of her grandchildren. The little dogs and cats are so cute. She used charm squares to make the centre of the quilt.