My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Some more Christmas...

This year I took part in just one bloggy Christmas swap - I love Chooky Blue's swap where we have no idea who is sending to us, and we send to someone totally different....
We're allowed to open the small parcel, a tree decoration, now. Here is the gorgeous little hanging sent to me.... don't you just love it?? I do ...thank you, mystery giver :-)
There's another interesting feeling pressie tucked away in a safe place - I'm sure I can I think I can wait till the big day to open it...!
Also made in felt is the one I sent to Sue....she's figured out that it's from me so I can share about it. The hanging rod is made up of cinnamon sticks... I'm so pleased the rod arrived intact as I had to hot glue 2 together to make it long enough!
This pattern is from an old Australian Homespun magazine
#38 Vol 7/6. The designer is Marg Low
Now Sue is pretty lucky as I got my swap details muddled and sent her 5 gifts not the 2 we were supposed to!!! Silly of me to do things from memory and not read the paperwork properly. Never mind, I had fun putting it all together!!
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I've had some more happy mail recently with a parcel arriving from SewCalGal... I took part in The Year of Red and White challenges she ran.... SewCalGal arranged sponsors for the challenges and did a big drawing recently.... and I was the lucky recipient of some Aurifil thread and this gorgeous Martingale book - thank you to the sponsors and of course a special thankyou to SewCalGal for the year of challenges and also everything else she does to enhance the quilting world. I'll be looking to see if she comes up with anything special next year...
Lovely prizes, thank you Aurifil and Martingale :-)
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Also finished and off in the post is this hanging. You may remember that Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts had a little stitchalong recently. As I progressed through the blocks I realised it would be perfect for a special friend so I was doubly motivated to finish it....
It did take me a while to put together as I went through two other border fabrics before I was finally happy with it... yes, they got to the sewn on stage too!!!
Haven't done feathers for a while, seemed like a good excuse to play!
One of the dangers of an open toed foot!!
Wendy's blocks are available through her Craftsy store here.
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And one last little cutie; I sewed up this Libby Richardson design as a shop sample recently....such a sweetie; I can also imagine him on an actual stocking...but not this year...!!
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It seems that Blogger has been playing up again... apologies if anyone has been annoyed with word/number verification on my blog recently...a friend let me know it was on but I checked all the settings and all seemed correct... thanks to Terry's post this morning which led me to Kathy's post *here*. Hopefully I have fixed the problem...please let me know if I still have it on!
Have a lovely day everyone, thank you for sparing a moment to read along... it is a busy time of the year, isn't it?
Hope a bit of creativity sneaks into your day,

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Christmassy day

Believe it or not there's been a hint of Christmas around here lately. This morning I gathered up this bag and a quiche and I was off out the door to a Christmas get together some friends and I have every year.
Ho ho ho here I am ready to go...
A friend has a beach house out at the coast so we always look forward to the day. The weather was a bit overcast but it didn't dampen our spirits.
Someone usually organises a fun easy craft activity. This year we poked 1" squares
of fabric into polystrene shapes. Then sprayed them with glitter glue. Cute.
And always a delicious lunch out on the verandah; everyone brings a plate pot luck style.
After some stitching time it was pressie time. This year's theme was Handmade OR Homegrown.
I got a bit of both...and look at the great use of selvedges on my hand towel!
Decorated hand towels are the flavour of the month around here
as that is what I made too! Plus a spice trivet.
 I was given a spicey scented trivet a number of years ago and thought it would be something a little different to do for today. I found a tutorial *here* at Wendy's Sugarlane Quilts blog. I did double the amount of spices and still wondered if it was smelley enough. Wendy used rice to fill her one; I think mine was filled with wheat, a friend said she has one with buckwheat and I also wondered if crushed walnut shell might be good too? If you want a gift you can whip up pretty easily this is a good one to do. (Wendy's tutorial is for a single piece of fabric as the front, I made a Log Cabin using my feature fabric.)

A lovely day all round, I'm grateful to have friends I can spend the day with like this :-) And looking forward to next year's one already!!

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well? I've about come to the end of my Christmas crafting - I haven't done nearly as much this Christmas as I have a few other things to start focussing on - like our daughter's wedding next month :-) I've told myself I'm not to start any little gifts that will "only take a short time to make"! It will seem odd to not be sewing right up to the last minute but I hope I can keep this promise!
Happy Christmas month everyone and thank you for visiting,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November's FNSI

After a bit of yummy nourishment I settled down for a nice Friday evening sewing along with friends... thank you to Wendy for hosting us for our monthly Friday Night Sew In :-)
Healthy snacking...well the oranges and strawberries were anyway!
I decided to have a change from my usual evening stitching and finish a 'quilt'.
You may recognise the above wee block from a few posts ago, when I challenged myself to sew SMALL. It has hung below my thimbles since then, glaring at me, and daring me to bind it and turn it into a finished item.
So... some batting....
I used an iron-on pellon so the safety pin was an overkill but I couldn't resist putting it in - one has to do things properly afterall!
..binding sewn on - by hand.
I cut it at 1 1/4" and didn't fold it before sewing it on.
(You do know all these handy hints are for when you all make one, don't you?)
At this stage I was seriously doubting my ability to turn that into anything decent!!
Tada! One finished 'quilt'.
Actually, what would you call it? A wall hanging?
One finished 'item' sounds a bit odd.
Maybe Mad Woman's Whimsy is a good name?
Finished size 1 3/8" and although it looks a little wonky, it's actually reasonably square!!
Back in its rightful place. Something to smile at when I'm at my desk :-)
There was a bit of stitching time left in the evening so I carried on with another of my alphabet letters from the Country At Heart booklet.
Love this guy!!!
So you can see I enjoyed my evening :-) To see what every one else was working on, visit Wendy's blog *here* ... there's been plenty of productivity going on.

In my last post I shared a few snippets of some secret sewing...I'm happy to say that some of them are in the post, winging their way to their new home, as part of Chooky's Secret Christmas Swap...great to get that done, all very exciting!!!!!
Wonder where these are off to...??? 
And here it is, the end of the weekend for us here in New Zealand. Today has been spectacularly warm so I'm off outside to water the garden.
Thank you for visiting, and happy creating,