Monday, June 22, 2009

Umbrella Girls Pillow

This stitched piece started out life as a robin and it travelled around to 5 women to stitch on, Gretel, Margaret, Viginia, Gloria and Beryl. It was returned to me months ago and I have been contemplating how to finish it off. Well my trusty sewing machine was begging to be used over the weekend and with some lovely orange fabric in my stash that matched very well with the peach coloured aida it was stitched on, it started to come to life. I didnt however have any lace to run down the joining seams on the front, so instead I found some fabric flowers and placed some orange and clear beads in the middle. I was super pleased with the end result and have it sitting on my stitching chair. It is the first long pillow I have actually finished.

Over the weekend I also finished up my HOE Summer House exchange piece and started stitching the next animal on my PS WIP (as per my previous post). A rather productive weekend, I must say!!
Until next time, happy stitching.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Current WIPS

I thought I would update you all on my current WIPS. As you know I have been working on Hunt Sampler and this week I managed to fill in another motif and some letters down the side. (sorry the pics are not great as I had to scan them both, as my camera was being borrowed!!)
Another project I am going to be working on is Prairie Schooler's "In The Woods". This started out as a robin, however the final round was cancelled and it has now returned home to me. I am now going to work the rest of the designs myself. There are another 3 birds to do down the bottom and then I will have it framed. I love this piece as the colours come together really well with the little hint of red in each animals block to make it pop.

I started piecing some quilt blocks last night, this will be a slow process as I'm not really a quilter and this is just a little project I will do inbetween other commitments. My sewing machine chucked a little wobbly the other day and didn't want to feed fabric, so a friend sorted that out for me and we are back on track now.

Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, June 11, 2009

MAW Flatfold

My wish on the Make A Wish board was for a flatfold of an LHN design. Laurie granted my wish and sent me this lovely flatfold with the "Pine Tree Hill" design. This wintery design is perfect as we are now in Winter here in Aus and today it is pouring down.
I just love it Laurie, it is soo beautifully finished with the trims.

I came across some old pieced quilt squares last night. Many years ago I dabbled in quilting, my husbands grandmother was a quilter and spent time teaching me the basics, however I had to do everything by hand as I didn't own a sewing machine. I made 3 pillows and a table runner. When she passed away my enthusiasm for it dwindled and I stopped making things. What I found were squares that I had pieced together for a scrap style quilt and I actually have enough to make a cot quilt or lap quilt. So I might just start putting them all together and dabbling again. Gosh, where am I going to fit it in with all my other stuff I dont know, but I always give myself ample time to have exchanges finished and I have never sent out late, so I know I can manage my projects well. If it does come into fruition I will post my progress pics. I know many of my readers are both cross stitchers and quilters too, so I might just join the fold.

Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, June 8, 2009

PS Exchange Round 2

I received word that Jo Anne (no blog) has received my PS piece for Round 2. I chose a pattern called "Amish Life", it was actually one of the first PS charts I ever bought. It turned out to be a perfect choice for Jo Anne as she lives close to Amish settlements and visits often and she is also involved in quilting. I chose a pinkeep finish, adding some light blue to the top ribbon to break up the browns in the design.

I had a productive weekend by finishing my HOE Xmas In July piece early, just have to find some xmas things to go with it, which I'm thinking is probably going to be difficult, as I haven't seen anything in the shops. Oh dear!
Next I think I will work on my Hunt Sampler as my next exchange deadline is not until Jul 30.

Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Birthday Gifts

Well I couldnt wait to get into my parcel from Hazel this morning, and what a wonderful parcel it is. A lovely stitched pinkeep from the book "Thank you Sarah Tobias" by BB Designs stitched on 40ct linen and she used Threadworx thread, also some of the most delicious chocolate I have ever had, hot chocolate sachets, pins, Dragon Floss made in Wales, UK and Hazel also made some thead holders using the backing fabric from the pinkeep, but my favourite part has to be the two charts she sent from my wishlist, The Gathering Place - Rabbit Run and The Sampler Girl - Rain in the Country. How lucky am I? Thank you Hazel for such a lovely start to my birthday, I love everything very much.
Next up was my parcel from Angela, and this was a surprise, because Angela made me one of her wonderful box finishes. Prairie Schooler "Friends" chart stitched on 28ct white evenweave using DMC floss. It is lined in a lovely green fabric with cording around the edges and Angela also included some fabric swatches for me as extras. I adore it and shall really cherish it.

I feel super special, having such wonderful stitching friends in my life.

On other stitchy news, I started on my HOE Xmas in July exchange piece, I am going with a Val's Stuff design this time.
Until next time, happy stitching everyone