Thursday, August 21, 2014

Inchy Hexie Flower Swap

I am a member of the Inchy Hexie Flower Swap and today I was delighted to receive three beautiful flowers from Gayle.  I love them all.  My granny's garden swap quilt is going to feature red and pink flowers sewn at random as they are received.  It is looking pretty good so far.
Gayle included the most gorgeous hexie card too.  Big big thanks to lovely Gayle.
Pete the Bear has stolen my heart.
And we are all really lucky because Abby shares his pattern HERE on her wonderful blog, While She Naps.  Many many thanks to Abby.
I'm looking forward to watching Outlander this evening.  Hope your evening is fun too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There is always an upside

I've not been well over the last couple of days, which has meant I have been stuck at home, but there is always an upside as its given me time to work on the gorgeous stitchery Rosie gave us last Thursday in the Stitching with Rosie class at Gail B's.  I am hoping to finish it this evening, just a few more stems to stitch.

This gorgeous stitchery design, which you can find by following this LINK
is part of the Ruby Market Tote very kindly shared on Clover and Violet.

Clover and Violet is a brilliant blog where Jennie and Clara share so much with us.  Huge thanks to both ladies.
Hope you are having a wonderful day

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Playing with the Buttons

I had lots of fun at Saturday's Theodora Cleave workshop so I thought I would share a bit of what I made.
Gift tags


These will have some little stitched words added then be backed with some of Fiona's beautiful felted wool and become little minis.
And a painted frame.  And a sweet little painted peg.
And a painted gift box.
I also purchased a little book of the most divine little stitcheries.

We also spray stencilled, but I somehow managed to lose this piece of fabric.  It is probably blowing around the streets of Ringwood East somewhere. 
Todays's link is to a simple mesh bag shared on The Inspired Wren.  Great for when you are packing for a trip.  Just follow this LINK.  Huge thanks to Ren for all she shares with us.
Hope you are fitting some stitching into your day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Theodora Cleave

Here are some more of the samples Barb shared with us at the Theodora Cleave workshop.

So much to inspire us all.  I love Barb's style.
Nat from Sew Outnumbered shared this fabulous project and tutorial at Deanna's great blog, Cool McCool.  You can find it by following this LINK.  Huge thanks to all involved.
Hope you have had a fun day

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A wonderful end to the week

After my fun time Stitching with Rosie on Thursday at Gail B's, little Henry came over to stay.  He is such a funny little thing, he loves to sit up in our bed with the iPad playing his kiddy car games.
I asked him where he was going to sleep and he said, "Here in your spot", so I replied, "Where am I going to sleep?"  "Down the bottom with the dogs", he said happily.  
Luckily I did get to sleep up the top but there was John, Henry and me and then the four little dogs down the bottom.  Bit of a squeeze! but lovely.  It made me think that this is how people slept together with their dogs for thousands of years and it felt just right.
Friday I took Henry home at lunchtime then had heaps of fun at my Friday afternoon stitching group at Sewn and Quilted.  I started a new Rosalie Quinlan stitchery for my Best of Friends hexagon quilt.  As you can see I didn't stitch much but I did have a lovely time, chatting and laughing with the others.
Saturday I was up and off to the most wonderful day of painting and stamping with Barb of Theodora Cleave.  The day was organised by fabulous Karen of Mrs Martins Quilt Shop and held in Ringwood East.  Not far from home but I still managed to get lost.  
I was so inspired by gorgeous Barb.  She is such a brilliant teacher with so much knowledge to share and she makes you feel so empowered you feel you can do anything - even paint!  There were lots of my lovely blogging friends in attendance and I met a lot of wonderful new people too.  Here are Lisa of Max and Louise Pattern Co, Karen and Leanne of Petals and Patches.  Such talented table companions. But everyone was wonderful and this added to the joy of the day.
Barb brought along so much to inspire us.  I'll share some of her samples today and some tomorrow. Later in the week I'll show you what I made.

Apparently Barb doesn't teach much these days, as she is so busy making her exquisite buttons, but if ever you do get the chance to attend one of her workshops, please do.  I had the BEST time and I'm sure you would too.

Here's a pretty cute baby quilt tutorial.
I just can't resist bunting.  Pop over HERE  at A Pretty Cool Life for the tutorial.  Enormous thanks to Cheryl for so generously sharing it with us.
Hope you are having a lovely relaxing Sunday

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