Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Final Round Up

Hi everyone,
It's been a while but that is because I haven't had anything to post about.
I've been occupied with the usual last minute Christmas stitching/sewing frenzy but now I'm happy to say I'm done!
So lots of pictures to share starting with a few Christmas ornaments.

I stitched this one for my ten year old grand daughter Amy

It's the Merry Skater by Little House Needleworks
I also stitched the companion piece from the 2010 JCS Christmas ornament issue for my little grandson Robbie who also started skating almost as soon as he could walk.
I changed the wording to make it the same as the girl skater.

and I wanted to personalize the ornaments so I took a design from the Prairie Schooler Christmas Alphabet leaflet to stitch the ice skates on the back.

This next ornament is Winter Woolens by Stacy Nash Primitives.

I just love this design but then I seem to love anything with reindeer on it.
I sewed some East of India ribbon on the back as I like the way it goes so well with the design.

Still with the reindeer this one is Elizabeth Hammond's Xmas Sampler pillow by Pineberry Lane

and I backed it with the same fabric as the Winter Woolens ornament.

Now on to the sewing/stitchery finishes
This drawstring bag is from Australian designer Leanne Beasley's pattern Precious Things.

I adapted the pattern to make a needle case and pincushion

inside view of needle case

Another drawstring bag and accessories. This stitchery design is by Australian designer Judith Tetley from a pattern called Ivy and the Rose.

Fabrics are Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda.

Finally a few bits and pieces that I made for our quilt group fundraiser last month
the first is from a free pattern found here

This is from Australian designer Gail Pan Threads and Things pattern

and this is just a tiny tote gift bag made from Thimbeleberries fabrics.

That's it for this time so all that remains is to wish everyone that visits my blog a very happy festive season. I look forward to catching up on my blog reading in the new year.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just before I go........

Hi everyone,
I'm off to UK on 13th for a couple of weeks so thought I'd do a quick post before I go. I don't have too much to show this time but first up is my finished Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Blossom Needlecase.

I stitched this as a SAL with friends Angela, Sheila and Roberta as I find a SAL is always good motivation for me to get things done
Sheila and I got together for the finishing - the first time either of us had attempted a hard backed needlebook.

I continued the border pattern on the back and stitched another bird in the middle for added interest

and here's how it looks inside

On to the sewing and here's a bag I made using a Blush charm pack by Basic Grey for Moda.

I did one of the Polka Dot Girls stitchery designs by Australian designer Bronwyn Hayes to make a cute front pocket

and because I can never resist making things that have matching items I sewed this cute kitty needle keeper and four patch pincushion

I'm not really a cat person but the face on this kitty just makes me smile as does the person I made it for :)

Undo the straps of the dress and inside you find the red wool felt heart

A few posts back I showed a picture of a primitive doll that my friend Pat had made for me. I decided to have a go at making one of these dolls and here she is

The pattern for both the doll and the kitty needle keeper are from a book called Needleworks by Kindred Spirits.

Finally a view of one of the many beautiful gardens at the Alhambra Palace Granada.

As ever a big thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I haven't been able to blog surf much in recent weeks due to an old and decrepit computer and also having visitors but I hope to catch up with all of you soon.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

A productive month

Hi everyone,
I can't believe we are already halfway through September!
It's been a productive month for me so far but as I'm going to start trying to post more frequently I'll save some of what I've been making to show next time.
The first thing I have to share today is a bag I've made for my ten year old grand daughter.
She's been ice skating since she was five years old and I thought this bag would be great for all her hair ornaments, make up and all the other essentials that are needed to look a star on ice.

The fabric I used for this bag is Grandmother's Flower Garden by Rosalie Quinlan

I love the little house print but the back of the bag is just as pretty

The bag has a concealed zip and plenty of room inside.

I'm not sure if the pattern is still available but it was a SAL on this French blog

I recently took part in a private exchange with Lynn whose lovely stitching and finishing I have admired for some time.

Lynn made me a very special needle case in the most gorgeous fabrics and she also stitched this pretty little pillow to match

the stitched pillow is backed with the same fabric used on the needlebook

The inside of the needlebook is delightful having some very special rose head pins, buttons and matching heart shaped thread ring all hand made by Lynn.
Thank you so much Lynn. I enjoyed our exchange and love what you made for me!
By the way, you should be able to click on any of the pictures to view things in more detail if you wish.

Lynn had admired a drawstring bag I had made a while ago so I made it again for her

and I also made a sewing pocket with matching pincushion and fob

Now on to the cross stitch. Friend Sheila and I have been getting together on a regular basis to get some cross stitch projects finished into finished items.
This needle case by the French designer Au Fil des Reves is one thing we did on one of our finishing fests.

Here's the back

and a view of the inside

We've finished another needle book since then but I'll save the pictures for next time.

I took part in Niky's contest to stitch one of her designs that she offered free to anyone taking part

My number wasn't drawn for a prize but everyone was a winner as Niky sent anyone that took part another of her designs at the end of the contest.

Here's another little pillow that I stitched from a free chart on a French blog

Finally some knitting. This is a small lace shawl that I started earlier this year and then forgot about. The pattern is Ishbel by Ysolda Teague which can be purchased as a download through Ravelry. The yarn is Zephyr wool/silk laceweight.

It's not very big at all so more of a scarf that will be very welcome in the cold winter months. The way time is flying past that won't be so long in coming!
Thanks for visiting my blog today. I enjoy your comments and try to answer your questions if I can but am only able to do that if you are not set to noreply.
I'm off tomorrow on a mini break to Granada and the Alhambra Palace. I'm very excited!


Friday, August 13, 2010

A Mixed Bag

Hi everyone,
I know it's been too long since my last post and my excuse this time is that it's been way too hot.
Today it is cloudy and overcast with a bit of a breeze - a welcome break from the punishing heat of the last few weeks.
I seem to have a lot of finishes to share with you but it's something of a mixed bag.
I think the pictures should be clickable for a close up view if you want to see something in more detail.

First up are a couple of Tilda projects.......... I enjoyed making this rabbit very much

Then there is this cat that looks as though it has an extreme case of measles!

Can you imagine how silly I felt furtively taking these stuffed toys out of my bag to take pictures while there were people around! What I have to do in the name of blogging!

Still with the sewing projects I finally got around to making the bag that came as a kit with the Kath Cidston book Sew. Friend Sheila came for the day and we both enjoyed making our bags.
The bag in the book wasn't lined but I can't stand floppy bags so we lined the bags and they are nice and sturdy.

Now for the cross stitch finishes. There are quite a few but I haven't stitched them all since my last post. Some of them have been hanging around a long time just waiting for me to be in the mood to do the finishing on them.
This is Blackbird Designs Bird in Hand stitched on 40c linen by Sassy's Fabrics in Tan Marble using the recommended Weeks Dye Works thread.

On the back I stitched a few random motifs and added some buttons

There can't be many fans of Blackbird Designs that haven't stitched the free design on the Blackbird Designs One Stitch at a Time blog. I finally got around to stitching mine which is stitched on 36ct evenweave with one strand GAST.

Still in the mood for Eiffel Tower designs I stitched this tiny design and finished it as a pillow with some pretty toile fabric that friend Angela sent me one time.
The design is free on a French blog but I can't remember where. Perhaps if someone knows they can add the link to their comment.

I love this fabric!

This is Strawberry Needle Roll by The Sweetheart Tree. I enjoyed stitching this as a SAL with Sandra who doesn't have a blog but has a Picasa album full of gorgeous things. If you don't already know her work then you need to go check it out.

Here's a pinkeep I made using LHN Berries design

I'm sure this backing fabric came from Angela also. It's a perfect match.Thanks Angela :)

Now I want to introduce Dinah

can you believe that I found her dumped beside the trash bins at the side of the road? I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the rather tatty carrying case and found this little beauty inside. I knew she wouldn't be in working order and sure enough she wasn't but she went in for a service and came back purring like a kitten.
She is such a great little workhorse who will happily sew over denim and the thick bag handles that would have my modern machine throw a temper tantrum and go on strike.
I've since purchased a walking foot and a few other attachments for Dinah and I also stitched her something to show my appreciation for all that she does for me :)

This is another freebie design on this French blog

I took part of the design and stitched it again on the back adding a hanger and a few buttons

and I have to say Dinah loves her new accessory very much!

and is happy to model both front and back views for you

Well, I think that's it for this time but before I go a question...........
I usually post about once a month just showing everything I'd done between one post and another.
This usually leads to a longish post so I've been wondering should I just do a quick post as and when I finish something. I'd be interested to know what you think.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and for your lovely comments. I try to answer any questions I get in the comments but it's only possible if you are not set to noreply.
Have a great day!