Monday, August 26, 2013

Fantastic Show and Tell

Last week the ladies came to the shop with the most amazing number of "finished" projects to Show and Tell. In the afternoon, the week before,  Lynne had completed this lovely hanging. You can change the sayings when you wish with the spare ones in the little matching bag.
At Wednesday social stitching, Janet had made this delightful dress for little Audrey.
 Sue has just finished her seventh gorgeous "Shepherd's Bush" stocking for her latest little granddaughter.
 In the evening, the show and tell continued. It was lovely to see Barbara back in chilly Canberra after her lovely time away in the warmth with this fabulous quilt for her grandson. Lucky boy!
 Linda has finished her bag from the retreat for a gift for a dear friend.
 Margot has done a lovely job on the needlecase too.
 Audrey though stole the show with lots of lovely finishes. She hasn't been able to come to class for a while but has been very busy stitching. Here are 2 of the delightful robots from Anni Downs'Boys book.
 These beautiful purses have turned out so well. They are Anni's patterns as well. I do think there may be a kit for one in my stash!

 Audrey had also finished this gorgeous pin cushion in the lovely woven wool felt.
 Lastly, she has completed this beautiful needlecase. Wow! Well done, Audrey.
 Sally had this beautiful library bag ready for her little granddaughter. It is just lovely and a nice use for the Snug as a Bug stitchery from Urban stitches.

So motivated to get stitching after seeing all those wonderful finishes!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Little boys

I thought it must be time to show some more recent pictures of the little men. They have been on the move for a while now and Sammy is trying to take some steps as well. 

 Mum blew bubbles for them while we were there and it was a delight to see them trying to catch them.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Canberra Quilt Show

I took a few photos of some of the quilts at the Canberra Quilters Exhibition last weekend. This one was amazing as nearly all these blocks have been hand pieced.

 Here I am with my Some Kind of Wonderful quilt.
 This one by Jenny Bowker won Best of Show and several other prizes. It was just amazing.
 This quilt was Linda's from class and it was made with very quirky fabrics. It was all about families and how they are all different and special in their own ways.

 I loved the colours in this more traditional quilt.
 This was a delightful modern quilt by Michelle Law.

 Here are a few other favourites. It was hard to choose my favourites as there were so many amazing quilts.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Two finished and some progress

Hooray! Finally a finish! I have been working slowly on Scandinavian Christmas since last year and only just finished the binding and the label a few weeks ago when it came back from Robyn Cawdron, my special quilter. I am very pleased with it!
 Here is the label.
 This sewing pocket was started in March at Urban Stitches in Sydney, has been hand stitched for a while and took only a short time to sew together! I wish I didn't procrastinate with the machining.
 Even more exciting is that I finally put together the last piece of stitching for the Vignette quilt by Leanne Beasley. I have left this quilt 3/4 done and haven't had time or the inclination to continue till now. There is still plenty of patchwork that needs doing but at least I am back working on the quilt.

 I have been enjoying a little crocheting too. I bought this variegated Noro wool in Melbourne and am making a scarf....again!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shopping, patterns, stitching and a little show and tell

After 2 very busy weekends with Melbourne and then our retreat, I realised that I hadn't shown my shopping or the kits and patterns we were given at Friends in Stitches. On the Friday we went to the craft show and these the patterns that I bought.
 I also "gave in" and signed up for this wonderful BOM by Yoko Saito. I had gone away planning NOT to get any BOMs as there are too many things unfinished here but this is beautiful and I couldn't resist.
 The fabrics are all gorgeous Japanese ones.
 Marg Low's stall was beautiful and her new Christmas book is lovely.
 These are the patterns we received in our goodie bag at the Friends in Stitches day.
 Finally, I have a little stitching to show! Here is block 2 of the Chateau Hexagon Button club.
 On Wednesday, it was lovely to see Karen's wonderful quilt she has been working on for her granddaughter. It is looking fabulous!

 Lynne had also finished off a delightful cushion from a pattern by Viv's Creations.
Off to the Canberra Craft and Quilt show again today. I went yesterday to do my duty (white glove duty) in the quilt show and did wander around the stalls a little, but will have a closer look today.