Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter Quaker

It's been so long since I had anything to post about that I've all but forgotten I even have a blog! It's not that I haven't been busy - I have, but most of what I've been working on is top secret. Hopefully I'll have pictures to share in a few weeks.
Meanwhile one small thing that can be shown is the Winter design in a set of four seasonal quakers by Homespun Elegance. I love this series and want to stitch the other three in the set. This one (my favourite) is done on 32ct Lambswool linen using Carries threads.
Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Pretty Little Trio

This year I've been trying to increase my repetoire of finishing techniques and one of the things I most wanted to try making was a bourse. I made this one from the Heartstrings leaflet by the Cat's Whiskers.
The matching pinkeep and biscornu were stitched using the centre section of the design that you can see when the bourse is open

Can you see the four little Mill Hill glass treasure hearts in the centre of each of the ribbon garlands? You can click on the picture for a close up if you like. The outer fabric is silk Duponi and the inside is stitched on the recommended 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen using DMC threads.

Something else I wanted to share this time is my prize from Christine's recent blog giveaway. Christine made these sweet little spools using instructions she had found in a magazine. The idea is very simple - just a couple of buttons and a drinking straw to make the spool and then you can wrap them with some pretty floss or ribbon adding whatever decoration you like to the top.
I can see that Christine made mine to order once she knew who had won the drawing as one has a little mermaid charm, one a seahorse and the other a shell.

One of the spools is wound with a skein of Dinky Dyes silk and the other two have ribbon. They were a bit difficult to photograph but I hope you get the idea.
I was also lucky enough to receive the most gorgeous fat quarter of quilting fabric with a shell design all tied up in a bow made of pearls. Thank you Christine!
If you go to Christine's blog you'll see lots of othe ideas for these spools. I even see a Halloweeen one :)

Finally, I know Halloween is behind us now and, to be honest, Halloween just doesn't happen for me. When I lived in UK it was something of a non event and it is even less so here in Spain. I don't decorate for Halloween and we don't get any trick or treaters where we live.
However, I did make one small Halloween item for online stitching friend Barbara. Her birthday is October 31st so naturally she is a big fan of Halloween.
I made her this drawstring bag using a Lizzie Kate chart. It has little moving eyes and a silver spider charm. It was a lot of fun to make.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and for your lovley comments. I'm a bit behind with my blog reading as have had a few deadlines to meet. Hopefully I'll be visiting you soon :)


Saturday, October 18, 2008

A finished gift

One of the quilting blogs I enjoy very much is Auntie's Quaint Quilts. Christine does the most beautiful stitcheries and quilting projects which I find very inspiring

A while ago Christine sent me one of the Australian Country Threads magazines and some fabric. I wanted to make her something to show my appreciation but what? I eventually decided to make something she might not make for herself so here's what I made for her
I took an older design by The Drawn Thread and turned it into a pincushion.
I stitched the smaller design twice. Once for a fob and again for a needlecase.

I lined the needlecase with silk dupion in a colour to match the dusty pink fabric used on the front of the needlebook the back of the pincushion.
This is the inside of the needlecase and the back of the pincushion and fob.

Along with the set of needlework smalls I sent a litte Gutermann tin filled with sewing threads. I don't have a picture of that but if you go to Christine's blog you will see the tin along with the cutest picture ever of her cat Oliver admiring his reflection in the lid of the tin :)

The only other thing I have to show is some finished knitting. On one of my blog surfing expeditions I saw that Staci had finished a pair of socks. This reminded me that I had some knitting that had been hanging around for more than a year. I was inspired to get out the knitting and finish the socks. Thanks Staci :)

You should be able to click any of the pictures to enlarge if you wish.
As always thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from each and every one of you.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bag mania

Can you stand to look at yet another bag? I must admit that bag making has become a bit of an obsession with me. I just love making them!
This bag is called the Bow Tucks Tote and is from a pattern by Penny Sturges who is the designer behind the company Quilts Illustrated
I just noticed she has a new blog too so I plan on keeping an eye on that as her bags are so easy to make.
This is the front of the bag (picture is clickable for a better view)

I used Moda Madeira fabric from Blackbird Designs. It's an older fabric line and the schoolgirl sampler print is not easy to find but I managed to get an end of bolt piece together with one FQ which was just enough.
The bag still needed a button or toggle fastening when the picture was taken.
Here's a view of the back of the bag

and here's a view of the side

and because I have nothing else to show today here are another two views of the bag front.

I have some finished cross stitch to share but can't show it until it has flown all the way to Tasmania.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comments you leave. I've had a couple of deadlines to meet so am behind on blog reading but hope to catch up with everyone soon. I'm sure there are lots of lovely Autumn projects out there that I just can't wait to see!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

So pretty!

I'm a bit of a bag lady these days so when Linda announced her bag and bucket swap how could I resist?
In my last post I showed the bag I made for my partner but I had no idea who was sending to me until a box arrived from Mar in the USA.
Prior to the swap we were asked to state our preferences. I think I said nothing too bright or gaudy and that I liked soft, romantic colours. Well, Mar certainly took that on board because how gorgeous is this bag she made for me?

The bag is made from such pretty fabrics - all soft greens, peach, lemon, pinks and blues with a broderie anglais trim and beautiful stitchery on the front and back pockets.

This side has my initial embroidered on the pocket!

here's a close up of the stitchery isn't it lovely?

and here's a view of the side of the bag with the drawstring ties

Along with the bag came other goodies - three FQ's of Moda fabric from the Sanctuary line, the sweetest little needle book, Piecemaker needles and tissues that are way too pretty to use.

This was a wonderful swap experience. Thanks to Linda for making it all possible and to Mar for making it such a pleasure.

Monday, September 15, 2008

More on exchanges

I have pictures of a few exchanges to share this time.
I recently joined the SBEBB and was tempted by quite a few of the exchanges that were on offer.
I finally settled on the Shepherds Bush exchange because they have long been one of my top five most favourite cross stitch designers.
Here's a pinkeep I made for my partner Carolyn using the September design from SB a Year in Stitches series of charts.

The colours didn't show up very well in the first picture so here's another attempt. As always the pictures are clickable for a better view.

and here's one of the back of the pinkeep

I forgot to take a picture of the other things I included in the package but you can see them on Carolyn's blog here I think Carolyn's pictures are better than mine anyway!

I had no idea who was sending to me in this exchange until a package arrived from Carol
To say I was thrilled would be an understatement as Carol is someone whose beautiful stitching I've often admired.
Here's a picture of the gorgeous pinkeep she stitched for me

The pinkeep is beautifully stitched and finished and the backing fabric has tiny bees which is just perfect for the design.
Other goodies Carol sent are a chart by Blackbird Designs (another of my favourite designers) WDW Mermaid thread, a cut of the fabric that was used to back the pinkeep, needles, some pretty ribbons and a sweet Mary Engelbreit card.
What a happy exchange. Thank you so much Carol.

Next is a picture of the bag I made recently for my partner in Linda's bag and bucket swap. Once again I forgot to take pictures of what I sent along with the bag
but you can see more pictures on Jenny's blog


On the new stash front I've been lucky enough to find an empty Moda Madeira tin which I've wanted for ages.

I absolutely love the sewing accessories Jane Timmers of Fancy Work has designed for this tin which you can see here. To date I believe it's only available as a class piece which is out of the question for me but hopefully it will be available as a chart to purchase one of these days.

Finally a view of the beach taken this afternoon. It's still very hot here but the new school term has started and a lot of the Summer visitors have left.

Thanks so much for visiting me today :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

It's been a while..........

I can hardly believe how long it's been since my last post! My family came from UK for the whole of August and the summer has seemed to fly past.
I didn't expect to get anything done at all while they were here but I found I did have a little time in the evenings to pick up my cross stitch and I have actually managed to get two older projects finished.
The first one, Winter Winds by the Prairie Schooler, was started last year

and the other, Beneath the Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs, was finished earlier today! It is stitched on 30 ct R & R Sea Fog linen using a mix of hand dyed threads by the Gentle Arts and Crescent Colours.

This piece will be framed but have a look here to see the wonderful table centre Heidi made from one of her Prairie Schooler stitched pieces. It's the blog entry from August 28th. I'd just love to do something similar with mine.
On to other things here's another dilly bag that I made from the same pattern I used once before only this time I did a Bronwyn Hayes stitchery design instead of using applique. I love this style of bag and have plans for a few more yet. One of the pictures shows the back of the bag and I couldn't decide which picture to use of the two that show the front so you get to see both.

I have another finished bag using the same fabrics but will save that to show next time.

In my last post I showed a scissor keeper and pincushion I had made for an exchange.
Here's the lovely scissor keeper and pincushion I received from Val in exchange.
Val used machine embroidery to embellish the scissor keeper and inside is a small pair of very sharp scissors that are just perfect for cutting out my applique pieces.
The scissors have a little key charm hanging from them and the pincushion has a stickpin again with a charm hanging from it. I just love this little set! What a fun exchange.

I don't know how many times I've entered blog giveaways with only one previous success but August 17th seems to have been my lucky day as I was notified of not one but two blog wins that day.
The first was from Judy in her drawing for a gorgeous fabric postcard. Have a look at this isn't it beautiful?
I love the 3 D effect of the fields

Judy also included some DMC threads, Thank you so much Judy those are always very welcome here and I will always treasure the lovely postcard.

My next win was on Marit's blog
where I was the lucky winner of her napkin box and two matching pot holders.
Marit is in Norway and does such lovely work. I feel very lucky to have something made by her. Thank you Marit :)

Finally I just can't resist showing a picture of my first ever Moda layer cake. Oooh how gorgeous is this? It's the Peace on Earth line and so lovely. I doubt I can ever bring myself to untie the ribbon but I love looking at it!
The great thing is I got this layer cake absolutely free for subscribing to the British quilting magazine Popular Patchwork. My friend Christine tells me this layer cake is $45 Canadian dollars. How could I resist such a bargain?

This has been another long post so if you're wtill with me thanks as always for visiting and for the lovely comments you leave. I hope you enjoy the picture show. They should all be clickable for a better view.

Until next time!

Friday, August 1, 2008

More Show and Tell

I have another mixed bag of things to share this time starting with cross stitch.
This is The Goode Huswife 1831 pincushion finished as a pinkeep
(Don't forget that all of the pictures are clickable for a better view.)

Here's the back of the pinkeep. I used some Moda Blackbird Designs fabric that Angela gave me which I think is a good match. Thanks Angela!

Next up is a drawstring bag and pincushion that I made for Hazel's birthday. As Hazel had been to Holland earlier this year I went with a Dutch theme for her.

I did stitchery on the front of the bag. The little pincushion is not stitched but was made using pre-printed fabric. I thought it turned out cute.

Still with the drawstring bags here's another one I did using my favourite pattern by Gail Pan

A few weeks ago I received my pincushion swap package from Tammy my partner in Linda's pincushion exchange. Tammy sent me not one, but two lovely pincushions along with a selection of DMC threads and some fabric. The bolster shape pincushion has three different dresses done in applique and the oversized square pincushion is a beach scene complete with a cute button in the shape of flipflops.
One of the fabrics Tammy used is an Amy Butler print and I just happen to have a small piece of it in my stash. I have plans to make myself a matching needlecase - when I can find the time!

I have a beautiful new mermaid in my collection! This one came from Sheila who lives about an hour away from me. She came over for the day and we had a lovely time talking all things to do with needle and thread.
Sheila goes to a stained glass class and she made this mermaid using a technique called fused glass. Do you see her mirror and comb? I don't think she can have been using them much judging by her wild hairdo LOL.
I placed the mermaid plaque over a piece of my Laurel Burch Ocean Song fabric and now she looks as though she's enjoying a frolic in the ocean.
Thanks so much for this lovely addition to my mermaid collection Sheila!

I have a bit of a fascination with pretty tins and boxes. Here's a picture of my latest aquisition. I think it will be perfect for storing my ever growing collection of buttons.

Finally a few beach pics for those of you that tell me you enjoy them.
As always, thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments. It wouldn't be half as much fun without you!

Blog Awards - thank you!

Just a quick post to thank Judy for the Brillante Weblog Premio 2008 Award

and Andrea, Dovil and Yuko for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

When I first started blogging I wondered if anyone would bother to view my posts so I am feeling very honoured.
Looking at the number of blogs in my sidebar I realize that I have way more than just a few favourites! It would be difficult for me to select just a few to pass the awards onto not to mention that so many of you have already received them.
Therefore I'd like to award all the bloggers out there who takes the time to share their work for the enjoyment of us all.