Sunday, February 27, 2011

February has been a good month!

Hi everyone,
I've been very lucky this month because I've received two lovely gifts in addition to winning a pattern on a designer blog.
I've managed to stay on top of my one Christmas ornament a month challenge, made a couple of bags and finished a cross stitch piece as well.
So, on with the pictures!
One of the gifts I received was a wonderful surprise package from Valie in France.

A few months ago I had admired her purchases from Rouge petit coeur so
I was thrilled to receive this elegant pinkeep with a little ceramic bird mounted on cream linen on the front

and backed with a very pretty fabric on the reverse

Valie has made other pinkeeps in this style so if you'd like to see more of her lovely work please visit her blog.

My other gift also came from France. Francoise (no blog) sent me the tiniest little pillow which is stitched over one, edged with beads and backed with palest blue silk fabric.
Francoise also sent two Sajou thread winders depicting the Eiffel Tower which you can see in the photo. That should give you an idea of how tiny this pillow is!
You should be able to click on any of the pictures for a better view if you like.

The win I mentioned earlier was the latest little quilt pattern from Gail Pan
Gail is one of my favourite Australian designers so I'm really looking forward to making this up. I love the name she chose for the quilt. Simple Times sounds so nostalgic.

Now on to the things I've been making........
The first is my ornament for this shared blog where we are challenged to make one Christmas ornament a month.
The design I chose for this month is a free design on Tanya's blog called Christmas Eve Flight.
I stitched this over one on 28ct linen and I love how it turned out

I also stitched another of Tanya's designs as a Wednesday night SAL with Angela, Barb and a few others. This is the At Home with Jane Austen Sampler.
I really enjoyed stitching this and want to do a few other of the designs in this series.

What would a blog post from me be without a bag or two? I needed a quick gift so I made another Charm Party Tote. This is a pattern I've made several times before and can almost do it without even looking at the pattern. The fabrics are Plume by Tula Pink for Moda. They are bright! You may need sunglasses :)

Finally a little bag from a pattern by Australian designer Lynette Anderson

This was such a fun stitchery to do although there are a LOT of laisy daisy stitches and French Knots dotted all over the back not to mention some very tiny stitching on the circular design

and because I always love making things with sewing accessories I made a needlecase

using a pattern I have used a few times before from the book by Kathleen Tracey
Remembering Adelia

It's made with reproduction fabrics in the book but the pattern lends itself equally well to more modern fabrics. The fabrics used in this needlecase are all Lynette's designs

and because the fabric with the same design as the back of the sewing bag was just screaming out for one of those round pincushions I couldn't resist seeing how it might look.
I really like how it looks finished off with one of Lynette's wooden buttons in the centre

Well, that's it for this time. As always a big thank you for your visits and for your encouraging comments. I love to hear from you.



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Brigitte said...

The same moment I was opening my google reader I saw your post and my curiosity was awake immediately. And oh, you made so many wonderful new things. Yes, I can recognize the bag that you have created several times, and each time the fabrics you use give it a different look. Meanwhile I discovered the pattern and had it sent, now it's just on to sewing my first bag
I also love the second bag you show, wow, what a job you were doing using all the embroidery. Looks gorgeous. And so do all the accessories you added.

jane said...

Lovely work as always Margaret and your stitched gifts are very pretty too. I particularly like your Sampler Girl SAL finish and ornament.

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous work as usual. Love your bags and stitching. JA is a beautiful finish. I have stitched this and just had it framed.

Julianne said...


I'm absolutely in love with the bag and sewing accessories that you made. Your work is so lovely! The fabrics are so nice. Do you know if they are still available?

Sheila said...

Oooooooooooooooh swoon swoon. You know I love everything, especially the LA Sewing Bag and the accessories. And fab photos too :)

Margaret said...

What beautiful work as usual! I especially love that bag and accessories you made from Lynette Anderson. Beautiful and what a lot of work! Nice pressies too!

KC'sCourt! said...

I do love that bag, it is gorgeous
Julie xxx

Anonymous said...

I lurve that LA sewing bag, Margaret!
Always nice to see your work,, as well as your gifts!!
Caz x

Daffycat said...

You've received lovely gifts! Your stitching and sewing are wonderful. The round pinpillow is so darling and the wooden button is the perfect accent!


Hello Margaret.
It was great to see a posting by you again.
WOW. what a lovely gift you received from the Lady in France. Love the thread keepers Eiffel Towers. I have never seen anything like these. Truly lovely. And the Pinkeeper was also very exqusite too. Lucky you. VBG

Of course your tote bag you made from Lynette Anderson pattern is so very pretty. You do lovely stitching as always. I like everything you made to match it too.

Hugs Judy

angelasweby said...

Wow Margaret,
Everything is stunning - no surprise there then :>)
What a pretty and creative little pinkeep you received from Valie and well done on completing your second ornament for the SAL.

The JA piece is beautiful. It definitely needs the companion pieces. It's always lovely seeing a charm tote on your blog. Each one has a real personality of it's own but it's definitely your mega amazing LA bag that is shouting out...look at me, look at me, this time...haha!! What an incredible amount of work and some of it so tiny. The fabrics are yummy and the stitching is so neat, it's worthy of a Victorian governess :>) Such a pleasing shape and size too.
Thanks for a very enjoyable post :>) Angela xx

Mary said...

So great to read your latest post. A very elegant pinkeep and the tiny gift was so sweet.Your ornament was a cute one and I loved Jane. Then those amazing bags. I love your colours and the LA set was terrific - loved that material. So much work in them.
I really should try my hand at making a bag - even half a bag would do, as I have had a stitched piece in my cupboard for years now. Hmmmm no, that's not going to happen any time soon.

Julia said...

you've been very busy again Margaret - I particulary like the Jane Austen sampler and the Lynette Anderson bag - really lovely!

Julia x

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

All of your gifties are just wonderful! Your stitching and ornament finishing are just terrific!

But.... I just LOVe your stitching bag - so cute and with all the matching accessories, too! Awesome job!

Lynn B said...

Wow Margaret, your creations are always wonderful, I particularly like the Lynette bag.

Lynn B

Anonymous said...

Hi Margaret what a lovely post i so enjoyed reading it and seeing your lovely gifts and also seeing all your lovely sewing i know why so long between posts you have been very busy,well done and i enjoyed my visit.
cheers shez

Ellen said...

Gorgeous embroidery! Always admire the bags and accessories that you made. I especially love that pincushion with the wooden button.

Enjoy your lovely gifts!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Beautiful projects! I especially love the sewing bag. Beautiful work

Sandra said...

I just love the Lynette Anderson bag you have made and all the accessories with the matching fabric, what a great idea. Must try one of those pumpkin type pincushions one of these days. Hope you are well Margaret, will write soon.

Michelle said...

Oh Margaret - how wonderful your work looks. You always inspire me with your lovely pieces.
Wonderful exchanges you received also. E-mail me if you wish I have a couple of the Jane Austen charts in the series for sale if you wanted them xx

kim said...

Love the fabric line you've used for the pincushion and other makes, beautiful stitching.
florrie x

Theresa said...

What a bounty of beautiful creations you've made again Margaret. Love the Lynette sewing bag - her lazy daisies and French knots always seem endless but are so worth the effort aren't they? Plenty of those in My Garden, lol!

Katherine said...

OMG I LOVE that pincushion!!!

John'aLee said...

Oh how fun for you to be a winner!
Your projects are amazing. You sure have been busy! So productive...I'm impressed.
That sewing bag is especially cute!

Sally said...

Oh Margaret what lovely goodies as usual. Your bags and the roll are beautiful and I love your ornament. Your JA piece is coming along beautifully. I have stitched this and loved it.

Beautiful gifts you received.

Carolien said...

Hello Margaret,

What an awesome finishes, lovely! And enjoy your gifts!!!
Bye, Carolien

Dorothy said...

Margaret, beautiful finishes, as always, but I especially love the Jane Austen Sampler.

Barb said...

One word ,just one word ,no have no words just WOW!!

lOVE it all , the pincushion and accessories for your bag are stunning. EVERYTHING so neat and perfectly done -you will have to change your name to Mary everything perfect in everyway !!
Well done on "At Home"
See you tomorrow.

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness, but I am speechless, looking at all of your beautiful creations! I especially love the darling little pinkeep with the cute little ceramic bird. Your sewing bag is an absolute work of art too! I think my favorite piece is the Jane Austen piece...just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your sewing accessories are always beautiful ! My own pincushion is proudly displayed (and the pouch has turned into a silk scarf bag - I delight in it every day !)

Jeanne said...

Beautiful finishes and great gifts! Love those French threadwinders. Charm Party Tote is one of my all-time favorite bags to make and it always comes out cute no matter what fabrics you use. Thanks for sharing!

Lynette Anderson said...

Wow, you are such a busy lady and your work is just gorgeous, so neat. I absolutely love what you have made using my fabric line 'stitches'. I think I need to go and make one of those round pincushions, the fabric works so well for that style.
Thank you for sharing your work with everyone, very inspiring. I had better get back to my studio...

Carolyn said...

WOW, you have been busy, busy! I love your ornaments and your Jane Austen stitching. Love, love them! Your charm party bag is so pretty. I have that pattern and just love making it. Your colors are really springy! I'm in awe of your beautiful embroidery on Lynette's pattern. I just love her patterns, along with Leanne Beasley, and other Aussie designers. They really have some pretty patterns. Thank you for inspiring me to GET BUSY!!

Leeanne said...

Wow, beautiful work, I found you from Lynette's blog.
And Lynette say HI!!

Siobhán said...

You always do the most amazing things, Margaret! February was a very creative month for you--and we get to reap the benefits by drooling over all the pics. Lovely! Gorgeous gift from Francoise, too!

Roseanne said...

I especially love that pincushion with the wooden button. I also like they other thing you made to.

Teri said...

February really has been a good month for you! The gifts are lovely and so beautifully finished. Your work, as always is lovely. The Lynette Anderson bag is especially adorable!

Gladys Creativa said...

Hello there...

Thanks alot for sttoping by in my blog...
Your works are amazing and the gifts very specials.
I'm glad to share sal with you ;)

Have a good week...

Karoline said...

They're are all lovely as always, congratulations

Roberta said...

Hey Margaret, finally getting in some blog reading and catching up. Love the Stitching bag and accessories. The pin keep is so cute what a great idea.

You get so much done and your work is always beautiful. You have such an eye for color and fabrics.

kim said...

Margaret, thank you for your kind words of encouragement on my last post.
florrie x

Sonda said...

Everything is so lovely!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Margaret,

So sorry for not leaving a comment before, I have looked at your blog several times lately and have just realised I had not left a comment.
Well everything is beautiful and the sewing bag is a dream, I love doing stitchery and once my JG book is finished I shall do some more. The bag is really eye catching and wonderful, but then everything you do is nice and finished to perfection.
Hope the sun is shining for you like it is in the UK.
Thank you for sharing.
Love and Hugs, Hazel C (UK)

Apples and Pears said...

Hi Margaret! Thanks for visiting me and leaving a lovely comment. The edging I used is a very simple picot edging. I'm sure you can find a tutorial if you google that. You have a lovely blog here xx

gillyflower said...

Thankyou for visiting my blog and leaving some lovely comments!
You have been extremely busy the last month by the looks of it!
Love the patchwork bags, they are so cheery and pretty!

Valé La Souris said...

j'ai aussi ces jolis tissus....mais ne l'ai pas encore utilisé!j'aime beaucoup ce que tu en as fait...vraiment très joli!Belle journée