Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Zipper Pouch

This zipper pouch will be added to my gift box this month. 

It was created with a crazy quilt block I made in 2013 and finally finished off. It features a cross-stitched house that was part of the "Cozy Winter Twilight" pattern in the Stoney Creek Country Living Collection booklet and some of my 1st attempts at tutorials in Diana Lampe's book Embroidery for all Seasons.

I am afraid I only added 1 seam to the stocking I am working on for my son this month. I hope to finish the embellishments in August.

Thank you so much for providing the Workshop for us, Narelle. The motivation it provides - especially with Christmas sneaking up so quickly - is appreciated.

-Renee 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

For JuLy

A small little table runner is my addition to the gift box this month.
Thanks Narelle for hosting us each month...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Just made it.....

in time. I managed to get to the machine today to finish this wall hanging.
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Crazy Quilt Stocking


This month I made progress on a crazy quilt stocking for my eldest son.

The first addition was "Magical Ride" from the Stoney Creek Collection: Cool Friends Book 211. I stitched the mirror image of the chart so it would better fit a patch on the stocking. I used waste canvas to keep the stitches even. It was my first time using Kreinik Blending Filament. To be honest, it seemed a bit like embroidering with Christmas tree tinsel. I love pizazz it added. It was also my first time using a Turkey Stitch to make the fringes at the end of the scarf.

This is the pieced stocking prior to embellishment.

In my last update, I thought my Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM would be a Christmas gift project. However, I learned that the BOM goes through next February. That means it will be a birthday gift instead, so the updates will not be shared here in the workshop.

There are only 6 months until Christmas, so I need to get busy. (So many plans, so little time...) -Renee


Sunday, 25 June 2017

New Project

Nothing like the feeling of a new project ... do I have lots of "started projects"?  YES 😆   I always have something I feel like working on ... or that's my excuse.

This one is 'A Holly Cottage Christmas' by Michelle Ridgway and is for a Stitch-a-long group. Lots of inspiration to keep at it! and I can share each month in our workshop 😊  So far I've been doing lots of prep and need to quickly finish the applique/stitching for the first block.


Friday, 16 June 2017

In JuNe

This months item is another little gift bag. This time the embroidery is "Candles" which I coloured in, but the bag pattern is the same.
I have now added it to the gift box so I am in good shape for Xmas.
Thanks Narelle for the encouragement to make a gift / item each month.
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Xmas Decoration

I have finished my xmas decoration its a lovely pattern by Lisa Cantlay of Fig'n'berry designs calledHolly Berry Decorations.
Thankyou Narelle for hosting 1 xmas item a month

cheers Shez xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

May from Me.....

I have dug out a couple of things from the UFO cupboard this month....

These little pouches are going to be perfect for some little treats.... Anni Downs design and her fabric at the back....  I think I'd like to do some more of these....

 

This is a Michelle Ridgeway stitchery design that I have had for some time.... I still have a bit of my favourite trees fabric so I used that for the borders....


... and I am continuing with my banner stitcheries.....



So that's my Christmas sewing this month.... looking forward to seeing yours!!

Hugz from Fiona....



Busy Month

I made myself sit at the machine & finish the all the Christmas decorations i had stacked on my cutting table.

First was 3 little banners


Next a tablerunner
 wallhanging
another hanging
another runner
then 2 more hangings


Lastly a heart & matching reindeer.


Happy Stitching,



Monday, 15 May 2017

For The Table

I finished a table mat this month.
Simple... but sweet...
Thanks Narelle for the encouragement each month...
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Just one block....

this month I didn't actually manage a whole item for Christmas... but I did get this block done towards my banner....


Must have a dig around and search for some ornies to make up....

Monday, 24 April 2017

April Quicky

Another quick project and 8 little tissue packet covers to add to gifts at Christmas.


Without our little workshop, it would be all too easy to not bother ... thank you fellow elves for your company and encouragement to add to our gift boxes each month.

Every gift or decoration, big or small, is handmade from the heart.



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

SanTa MiNi

It feels so gOOd to cross a project off the "to do" list doesn't it?
I made a 12inch MiNi for DD#2 this month.
Thanks Narelle for the motivation each month...
If you would like details about this pattern... just visit my blog here.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Another Long Term Project



My husband keeps telling me he needs a new quilt. The last one I made for him is threadbare and well loved. So, when I discovered the Sun, Sand and Sea Block of the Month at Sew Incredibly Crazy, I decided to join the fun and make the quilt as a Christmas gift. (Hopefully in 2017, not 2018. We'll see.) Our family is full of Oregon State University fans, so the orange and black theme seemed fitting.

This is block 2. I still need to fill in the license plate, but have not decided what I want it to say. Until then, this block is done.

In April, I aim to spend at least 10 minutes a day on my Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt. It may be the only way I motivate myself to finish quilting it with snowflakes. I hope to have progress to show on it next month, as well as blocks 1 & 3 from the Sun, Sand and Sea Block of the Month.

Wishing you all a productive month in April.
Renee

Monday, 27 March 2017

Nice and Quick

Gotta love a quick project when the end of the month is around the corner. Another placemat/coaster set for the gift box ... I'm working on a set for all the girls in my family 😃


It's never too late to get a head start so pop into the workshop anytime and share with your fellow elves what Christmas goodies you've been working on.

March Christmas Item...

This month I finished off this wallhanging.  I have had the stitchery done and then found the perfect fabric for a border

( I went back to the shop but it had sold out - note to self - buy lots when you love it!!!)



I have also started a little banner of stitcheries..... these are two blocks towards it....


I've made this before and loved it - this time it will be for a gift


So there we go..... March is almost over - going so quick so it's great to get some Christmassy things done.  Thanks Narelle....

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Twinkling Tree Ornament


For this month i managed to get 1 xmas decoration finished its a Fig'n'berry design called Twinkling Tree Ornaments .
cheers shez xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Gift Bag

This month I made another one except with Bells.
I very much appreciate your group Narelle... as it makes me complete at least one gift a month.
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Friday, 17 March 2017

A Stitchers Keeper

This month I made a  Christmas themed Stitchers Keeper as part of a Kris Kringle at a recent get together in Adelaide, Australia







Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Winter/Christmas Crazy Quilt Progress

This month, I spent a couple of evenings quilting my Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt with embroidered snowflakes. 

I did not get as far as I hoped, but I did have fun working with some of the lovely snowflake patterns my friend at Magpie's Mumblings shared here, here and here.

There is still a fair amount of beading to add to the snowflakes that have been embroidered.

This is the first time I have really worked on this project since sharing it last March. I hope to make more progress (and maybe finish it?) this March. 

I love this project. The ladies that were in the round robin with me are so talented. And, I think the snowflakes make the border more fun. I am just so S-L-O-W stitching them. 


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Just made it this month.....


Thanks Narelle for the motivation to get moving with my Christmas items....

I have a few Christmas UFO's so I'm starting off finishing them...

I quilted this runner with straight lines and matched the binding with the border....  There is a bit of wiggly quilting in the stitched area...


I love this cheerful runner..... I did the stitchery a few years ago....


.. perfect for on the table at Christmas time.....



Righto, Gotto Go... I've already chosen next months project - another UFO!!!


 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Quick Whip-up

I've  been busy getting the applique finished on grandson's quilt so these were a quick whip-up this afternoon.


The instructions have been saved on my tablet just waiting for me to have a try. I thought a set of matching placemat and coaster would make nice small gifts.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your workshop makes 🎄

Friday, 24 February 2017

For February

My item this month is anther gift bag.
It is now waiting in the "gift box" until December.
Thanks Narelle... for the encouragement each month.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Deck the Halls


I am a bit early this month ,but i have finished a Natalie Bird design called Deck the Halls,thankyou Narelle for hosting.
cheers Shez xx