Wednesday 27 December 2017

December by Michell

These were made both November and December but could not show them as secret swap gifts.

A Hexagon Table Mat

a Christmas Table Runner

and a Christmas Ornie

Crazy Quilted Christmas Stocking

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Earlier this year, I shared progress on this crazy quilted stocking for my son. I finished it at 9:03 p.m. on December 23rd - just in time for Santa to fill it on his visit Christmas Eve.

Way back in August of 2015, I shared the completed stitching on the Freebie Santa and the Mouse Ornament (retired) from Heaven and Earth Designs. I love the artwork by Scott Gustafson. 
This December, I finally had it framed.

Narelle, thank you for the workshop! 
I have loved seeing all of the creations shared by the other elves.
A list of projects is in the works for each month in 2018.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

1 more finish

These stitcheries has been done for several years but i'd forgotten all about them. I was looking through a crate for something & discovered them tucked away. Today i turned them into a runner.

Happy Stitching

Saturday 16 December 2017

Final One

I needed a few last minute stocking fillers... so I made these.
They are called an Ouch Pouch and are filled with the necessities... bandaids, hand sanitizer, safety pin, chap stick...etc...
Thanks Narelle for all the encouragement throughout the entire year. For without this "club" I wouldn't get as much sewn.
I hope we will be doing it again in 2018...
Until then... Merry Christmas & a safe New Year.
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At last some finishes 😊😊

I've been terribly slack this year with finishes let alone anything for Christmas. This week i finished quite a few off. 😊.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday 3 December 2017

December Bells Are Ringing

Christmas Wishes to everyelf from this very tardy chief elf. Big thank you to those who have continued to post and visit our little workshop ... what can I say but something had to take a backseat and sadly it has been my crafting. I did manage to complete my November block for A Holly Cottage Christmas.

If you managed 1 item a month (or more), or just 1 this year then you made a head start for a less stressed Christmas. Now take the time to enjoy wrapping your gifts or displaying your beautiful decorations.

As its only early in December, there's still time to whip up something special. Joy @ Days Filled With Joy is sharing her "12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts".  Pop over and check out the tutorials for some quick and cute ideas. Thanks Joy

Please continue to share any makes for December and may your Christmas be filled with love and peace xx

Wednesday 8 November 2017

In November

I wanted to keep the momentum up so even though I am early in the month I managed to finish off another gift.
Its a matching set of a TriAngular & a flat pouch.
Into the box they go... yippee...
Thanks again Narelle....
Next month I will see you for the last time in 2017 ...

Tuesday 24 October 2017

For OctoBer

I managed to complete a project I've had on hand for years...
A pair of "boys" pillowcases...
Thanks Narelle... my gift box has another gift in it...
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Sunday 22 October 2017

October By Michell

Not much happening this year though I had plans on doing so much.  I blame the thesis that even though submitted in May, here in October only just getting it printed.

But anyway I have finished this lovely wall hanging this month

And back in July I completed this small stitchery as part of a swap

and also some Christmas coasters

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sneaking In For September

No excuse, I've just been MIA but a quick project yesterday afternoon and feel like I could just be getting back on track with this little drawstring gift bag.

Thank you to the lovely elves who have been sewing away in our workshop. Keep up the merriment ... we're almost there and Santa is checking his list.

Monday 25 September 2017

It's September

And my item this month is another little gift bag...
Thanks Narelle... you always keep me motivated by belonging to this monthly group...
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Friday 1 September 2017

Snowman Zipper Pouch

This month, I made another zipper pouch using the YouTube tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This is the front side.

And this is the back.

I just love this snowman print. I wish I could remember the name of the fabric. It sparkles with glitter.

It's hard to believe Christmas is a little less than 4 months away. 

Wishing you all very productive workshop time in September.

Friday 25 August 2017

My AugusT

This month 'SnoWie' came to play with me....
Actually he is now a cushion & he's all ready for Christmas.
Thanks Narelle... xox
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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.


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
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....