Friday 28 February 2014

Just in time ...

I buy new tea towels for Christmas every year, so I thought that I would make my own to use in December. The bird appliqué is a bit wonky but with enough pudding, brandy sauce and additional brandy, it will straighten up very quickly.

Might go back to the drawing board …
( The bird pattern was found on the "All People Quilt" web site)

Elyte - Teafabricandotherthings

Thursday 27 February 2014

Instead of...

Am I the last one to post? Sorry, but the Scandinavian X-mas block didn't turn out to be what I meant it to be. So yesterday I stitched this little item instead. It is a Christmas freebee from The Primitive Hare.

I didn't like the result of the x stitches, although they are probably meant to be so, because it's a stitchery. So I bought new linen, but I have to make a drawing, because I had to make more xxx than the pattern has. So I must have time to do that.

Happy X-mas stitching for March everybody!


Candy Cane Elf

 Just got my candy cane elf finished it is a PDF pattern by Paloma Rocha and here is a link they have the most beautiful patterns,i need to cut out some more of these,here is a link to their esty shop.
cheers shez xx

A Good Start...

Wow, there are so many great items being posted here by everyone... what a great source of inspiration! I spent an evening last week stitching the first of the stitcheries for my 'Tis The Season'; I can tell I am really going to enjoy stitching these as the year progresses...
 Happy Christmas Stitching!

My February item

This little wall hanging is my contribute this month. I have had the pattern since 2009! Finally I have made it.

a finish for February

I can't beleive I passed the date to post this as I had it finished a while back , oh well better late than never I guess . I had received a newsletter from the Bunny Hill blog and this pattern was a freebie and I just had to start right away , it was just too cute to wait .
My Believe pillow has now been packed away until next Christmas , it was such fun to make , I used wool for the snowman applique just for the fun of it . I will have to say I had a difficult time making those letters wonky , I wanted to straigten them out but that is how the pattern was designed :-)
 Happy Stitching ,

Wednesday 26 February 2014

February 1 Xmas item

I didn't manage to make anything for Christmas this month (struggling +++) but I did do some more work on my Anni Downs "A Christmas Story" blocks. I'm finding the needle turn applique quite a challenge but I refuse to give up on it!


February Items

So glad I chose to 'keep it simple sweetie' ........ just until I have my other WIP's done and dusted!  I am however, so looking forward to the more involved stitcheries I will add to my collection of Christmas Trees!

Here is Christmas Tree 2 finished ...

Christmas Tree 3 is just a simple little tree, but look carefully and you will spot two little birds and two reindeer!

And this is Christmas Tree 4 in progess ... loving the white stitching on dark blue Aida. Not much more to do, and then on to Tree 5!

Till 25th March
Keep the spirit of Christmas alive and happy stitching
Pat xx

My February 1 Xmas Item

Here is my Christmas finish for February. Last year my friend Michelle Ridgway asked me to stitch along with her on a new project she was working on.  Several people stitched along and the tops have all turned out differently as we used our own colour scheme to complete it. I chose a Cottage Garden Thread called Mistletoe to stitch mine and added some Nancy Halvorsen fabrics to finish it off.
A Holly Jolly Gathering is the name of the pattern. I have made it into a wall quilt by adding a hanging sleeve. Till next month. Happy Xmas Stitching............. Noela.  

a day late but i'm here. :)

I didn't get to my item until yesterday but it's made & i'm happy. A bit fiddly but i love it.
I'm going to try & make more of the shapes soon & make Xmas trees with them. Or maybe just leave the shape on it's own to hang. & i have block 2 of A Merry Christmas Garden done.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Babushka stocking

I found at an opshop a patchwork panel with six of these Xmas stockings ready to be cut out and made up.  I didn't really want to make them all into stockings, so I've got other plans for three of them.  But I didn't have time for that bigger project, so I just made up one stocking for my February project.  It is lined with plain white cotton fabric.  Some time before Christmas I would like to embellish this a bit, with sequins, buttons, ric rac, or whatever will work best.

Michell's February 1 Xmas Item A Month

This month I have made a Xmas tag designed by Marg Low called "Deer Tree". This was a very quick to stitch up and was completed over two nights. I stitched up the Christmas Tree pattern this time.

pin parking...........................

I can now show this pincushion I made for a friend for christmas, but we have only this month exchanged presents. At one of my visits to my friend Julie, (who by the way has a delightful little shop that never disappoints!) I saw a pincushion similar to this, made by one of her friends. Made from one wooden coffee mug stand, one round cake tin, felted wool & embellishments. I had much fun painting, sanding & creating!

To see something else made from wool felt, please visit my blog, you will also see that rabbit's prefer Chocolate!!

Another great month, time to see what everyone else has revealed.

Happy creating!

One little ornie.....

Just one teensy weensy little ornie for my 1 Christmas Item this month.  But I will be doing more of these - it was very quick to make.

I got the idea after seeing this on Pinterest..


This time I made am embroidery witch I framed in a little hoop.

February Fun Begins

As the 25th rolls around I'm already thinking where did the time go? I don't have a finished project to share this month but I have been working away on my long term project.  I'm attempting needle turn applique after several years since my first attempt when I decided I didn't like it and preferred blanket stitch.

This time I am armed with new and improved knowledge and wash away freezer paper. I'm happy to slowly stitch away at this one and change my mind on needle turn ... fingers crossed.

Looking forward to seeing how busy everyone has been in the workshop this month.

Happy Christmas Sewing

February Project

I just finished my Christmas project for February, a tiny quilt with a cross stitch kitty in the middle. The whole thing is 7" square and will be used as decoration in my house this Christmas.

Monday 24 February 2014

February Block

Wow that month went quick. I am using 1 Xmas Item A Month to complete a larger project "Down Reindeer Lane" a beautiful project by Michelle Ridgway from RagTag Stitchin'.  I completed block 3 for this month -

Looks like he's had a hard night doesn't he? Thankyou Narelle for encouraging us to stitch toward xmas each month. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing. Cheryl

Sunday 23 February 2014

Three more blocks

3 jolly reigndeer ,there are 9 altogether.

There are 16 blocks on this quilt and lots of other things,so I will have to make more than one a month.
Laura x

Saturday 15 February 2014

This is such fun!

Soo late, I know ... I have just found out how to put my post up!  Just couldn't figure it out, bit of a technophobe that's me!

So this is my proposed project for the year.  I have decided to go back to a long lost love, cross stitch.  And now that I have one item done, and my second item in progress, I am loving it again.  I am making twelve little Xmas trees, all different and unconventional, and eventually will work them into a festive wall hanging, just in time for my most favourite time of the year ...... unpacking all my Christmas decorations and seeing the magical transformation throughout the house!

Here is Christmas Tree One while in progress:

 And Christmas Tree Two in progress

A big thank you to Narelle for hosting, and for setting up the blog so that we can post our beautiful work!

Till 25 Feb, happy stitching,
Pat xx

Friday 7 February 2014

Just a Couple of Things

HOW fantastic was January?  Thank you all so much for embracing the new blog and sharing so many great projects already tucked away safely to help create a less stressed Christmas time.

MISSING:  I am definitely not a computer whiz so if I have mucked up anyone's invites to the blog, please accept my apology and don't be afraid to let me know if your invite has gone missing. Also if you can't see your link on the right side bar let me know and I'll get it sorted....I would hate to miss anyone.

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CTTY:  If the item you make is a gift for someone at Christmas you might also like to join one of our fellow elves, Anthea for Christmas Through The Year.  Pop over here for more information.

Enjoy some Christmas Sewing in February

Wednesday 5 February 2014

I'm VerY EarLy

I know for February's item... but as I finished this item, I thought I would post about it now instead of waiting until the 25th.
I made Natalie Lymer's pattern called "Puddings".
Thanks Santa Narelle...

Monday 3 February 2014

I've been super busy!!

The lily seed is buried in
the darkest, thickest mud,
grows through that pain and hardship and becomes the most beautiful shining flower,
tall, wise and strong from the experience.

Hello to you all...finally! I’ve been having a few problems with blogger but have now worked it out!!
Ha Ha! I knew I’d give the last week of my holidays a good thrashing in the sewing shed!! Very pleased to say that my many projects I had on the go were successfully completed.  It was pretty hard to get myself going for my first day back at work but, as usual, once I got there and saw that group of rat bags, I loved it. Everyone was full of cheek, fun and stories. I did miss a couple of people that have moved on to other schools though.
Grab yourself a cup of tea and cruise around with me as I show you what I have been up to.......
A few new pieces to sell at the tourist centre. A chook appliquéd pot mat....

Birds in a nest stitchery,  that is also a carry pouch......

Rather cute!! Fun to make.
I was working on an Australian bushranger banner and have completed that but the photo turned out all blurred so I can’t show you the whole banner right now, but I can show you parts of it.....
The sheep in the paddock.....

The rolling hills.....

Ned Kelly’s homestead.....
Also for the library, I made a Fish banner that is about 90 cm x 60 cm approximately.

All scraps of fish fabric that had no other use and could not possibly be thrown out!! Lol.
My new project that I have started on. You will have to wait for this before I tell you what it is.

Wonder what this will be?
I’ve been waiting for this bush to flower and I got a pleasant surprise this week. Finally, a flower, so delicate . I can’t tell you what the bush is but I’ve waited a long time for the flower. Lol.

The first time flowering!!
Can’t wait to see all the kids at school on Monday,. For Western Australia it will be the first week back at school. It’s always exciting to see the little pre primary kids...they’re so small!!! Something else that always amazes me is to see how much the kids have shot up over the school holidays.
Thanks for dropping by and hope you all have an amazing week. May it be a week of much happiness and much stitching. Stay happy.

Cheers,  Anita.

Saturday 1 February 2014

Small, but done

They are small, but done none the less.  Into the Christmas stash.  I know the blog will say February 1, but here in the U.S. it's still January 31 :)