Can it really be June already? I was beginning to think there wouldn't be a June post but I made it with a few days to spare.
Well, as usual there are a lot of pictures to share with you. Starting with something I made for a friend who came to stay a few weeks ago.
This is Poppy's Sewing Set by one of my favourite Australian designers Gail Pan
You may remember I've made this set before which you can see in this blog post
I used different fabrics this time. The raspberry pink fabric is Moda Aviary and I forget what the other one is.
Some hand quilting with DMC perle cotton on the sides
here's a close up of the pincushion and fob. I really love the shape of this pincushion and it's so easy to do
Next up is another Charm Party Tote which I've now made so many times I can make one without even looking at the instruction sheet!
Fabrics used here are Neptune by Tula Pink for Moda.
a view of the back
I made a matching zippered cosmetic purse using this pattern
which is very detailed for anyone suffering from zipperphobia!
I bet you thought I'd never get to the cross stitch well, here it is even though it IS hidden in another bag :)
I stitched this LHN design a couple of years ago and never quite knew what I was going to do with it. It is somewhere on the early pages of my blog but here it is again finished into a roomy tote bag.
Fabrics are Buggy Barn. I just love those pink and chocolate colours which I thought perfect for this design.
I ordered some bling to hang of this bag but don't have it yet so will maybe show that next time.
This next bag is something I threw together for my quilt group fundraiser which is to be held later this year.
These are not really my colours but I was using what I had in my stash.
The pattern is a tutorial on a French blog which you can find here
Now to show you a beautiful surprise gift which I received from Valie who knows I love all things French.
I couldn't wait to get into the prettily wrapped package
and I was just thrilled to see what was inside
How adorable is this small canvas bag which Valie told me was for the beach.
The beach? Perish the thought! I just couldn't bear the idea of all that sand in my lovely bag with its French flag ribbon handles. I think this bag is unique and I will be displaying it somewhere where I can look at and admire it every day.
I've taken the picture from Valie's blog where you can see many more of her lovely creations.
I must have been very, very good because that same week I received another lovely surprise this time from Roberta who sent some gorgeous fabric and the Snazzy Bag pattern by Lila Tuella as well as a book on bag making and a cute pair of scissors.
Thank you so much Roberta for such a wonderful surprise.
A couple of small cross stitch finishes now.
First is Shepherds Bush Antique Heart needle roll which I started years and years ago and never finished. I really enjoyed making it once I got down to it so am already working on another needle roll that I hope to show next time.
This little pinkeep is made from a Carol Tinson design. Carol is a UK designer whose company is called Heirloom Embroideries
This is something else I had started years and years ago and never finished.
Finally some crochet. My daughter is due to have her third child this very day BUT so far he shows no sign of wanting to put in an appearance.
I'm not the best at crochet but I wanted to make a little blanket for him so here it is.
The Pattern is Wee Irish Chain from a Leisure Arts book of baby afghans.
and now just for fun..............
Friend Sheila comes over maybe once a month or so and we stitch, sew and eat scones or cake made by me.
Friend Angela in UK always wishes she could be with us.
Last time Sheila came we had coffee and walnut cake which is Angela's all time favourite so Angela, these pictures are for you :)
Hmmm, looking at the picture of that cake has made me hungry!
Well that's all from me for now. I hope everyone who is in a part of the world where it is summer is enjoying the sunshine and longer days.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.