Friday, 25 July 2014

Christmas in July!

well the day arrived and boy who could wait....
my parcels didn't travel too far as they came from Eltham from Anne. Not sure if ann has a blog or not as she didn't mention on the card.
Big thanks to Ann for such beautiful gifts made with such perfect stitches and put together so neatly. Love the fabrics too.
Now for the pictures you say?

 The little cross stitch ornament is amazing such little stitches and all so perfect.
Thankyou so much Ann I love them all and the little extras will come in very handy.
Thanks also to Cheryll for organising the swap, you are amazing! x
 Just need to wait and see if my partner likes my goodies.

Some progress on the Christmas lunch....I think this little echidna is full to the brim with ants he couldn't fit another one in, that's why they are making a quick get away.
 Mrs Kangaroo has been finished too..
She is stuck cooking the bbq, now that doesn't happen in my place. BBQ is secret men's business and I promote that notion at every opportunity. With four males in the house I should be right for life!
I don't think I fancy witchety grub, gum leaf and gumnut skewers though?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Marina

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

thankyou mr postman...

well there have been comings and goings...

these went in the mail......... along with a couple of surprise packages....
 these arrived
So looking forward to the 25th when all will be revealed! Thanks to mr postal tracker I know my parcel has been delivered too.

Well I must admit that after finishing my swan lake I did feel that the above quote did sum it all up a little bit lol
so I have started a few new things and am waiting to start a few more to fill that empty void in my life......
......this got started....
Aussie Christmas lunch by Smee Designs.
I bought the pattern late last year and had the intention of finishing it for Christmas but it didn't even make it to the starting line.
This year will be it's year.
Love the cocky and roo singing along
 You didn't know that Kangaroos could play the piano did you?
Nearly finished the roo cooking the bbq. I just love the sense of humour that Natisha of Smee designs adds to her designs they make me happy.
Another week is flying by, is it just me or has someone sped up the calendar?
Hope you are all having a great week
cheers
marina


Sunday, 13 July 2014

the last hurrah...

The holidays have once again come to an end.  I think my mojo went away for a break too, but luckily it came back for the home stretch. It must have hitched a ride with Rosalie and Liz when they came for a sewing day on Friday. We had a very productive day and I felt a bit of a spark happening.
I was adamant that the weekend would involve some decent time dedicated to the sewing machine so I could get the blocks up to date for the Lisa Bonegan sew along.
And..... ta da!
thought this would be a good sew along to join in with and then those half square triangles appeared.
(my triangles seem to be following a slightly different arrangement to the pattern for both the centre blocks but I didn't realise till they were all stitched and there was no way I was un picking them all. )
 This is an alternative centre block that Lisa has designed for those that don't want to do the wool applique.
The coloured triangles were positioned towards the centre on this one.
That centre star was very tricky. Don't quite get the 'scant 1/4" seam' allowance thing and I think this is where I may have mucked up a little. It all came together in the end well enough though.

 I have put a ruler in this pic so you can see how small those pieces are. I must be going loopy attempting piecing this small?  Now to wait for the next instalment..
 these cross stitch designs are great fun and quick and easy. some little pin cushions made for the gift box.
Three of these got made for gifting too. This one was my prototype that I showed the city girls last week to get their stamp of approval. Just need to do the hand stitching around the edges and they will be done too.
Boy I wish I had had some of this enthusiasm for the whole two weeks and not just the final burst.
Them's the breaks....
Hope you have all had a productive weekend too...
I'm off to look at the huge moon we apparently have due to the moon orbiting so close to the earth.
Fascinating
cheers
marina

ps. links for the cross stitch designs used for the pin cushions are
thankyou to these generous designers for their free charts for these lovely patterns.

rabbit with scissors: http://patrickswoods.com/blog/itemlist/tag/Rabbit
bunny: http://thelittlestitcher.blogspot.it/2014/04/spring-rabbit-free.html



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

binding done and some other bits...

This week i was very enthused about getting the binding done on my swan lake. I bought some red bias binding months ago on a visit to L'uccello and thought I had bought enough but.....Sunday night I ended up here.....missed by that much......
I wasn't looking forward to a trip into town but was desperate to get the binding done so I gave L'uccello a ring and they had the extra binding in the mail last night and it arrived today. How's that for service?
Binding is now complete. I have started sewing yo yo's too and one side is nearly complete.

 Friday night I managed to get this top all pieced together. I have decided to not put the top and bottom stitched border on. I prefer it a little bit plainer. I might try to get some big ric rac to run around the border.

 Here is a pic of my clamshells. I haven't added a row for awhile. I think I need to decide what to make with it first?

 This is a little new project that I couldn't resist....
it is a free project from Lisa Bonegan of Primitive Gatherings. I made a good start on the appliqueing at quilt group on Saturday and finished it off yesterday. . The sweet background fabric made it's way home with me from the Essendon Quilters Show on Friday, along with a few purple fabrics from Threadbear.
Now I just have to share a few photos of Miss Maisie 'cat scanning' the new Swan Lake quilt on the bed.

do you think she approves?
Hope you have a great week!

Marina

Sunday, 29 June 2014

got my breath back

I am still over the moon with my quilt but as I have some other things that need doing the yo yo baskets and binding are waiting patiently.
It has been a busy few days...
Last Friday I went to meet up with Elyte and Susan (thimblestitch) at Tranquility for some retail therapy and lunch together as Susan was visiting Melbourne for a few days.
We had such a lovely afternoon and of course, it passed too quickly.
Susan and Elyte had arranged a mini swap and I could have quite happily kidnapped both of them! (the quilts not Susan and Elyte)
Susan also made me a gorgeous little pincushion to add to my collection. We share a love of hexagons.
A super mini hexie flower and blue and cream fabrics-Perfect! All the little cross stitches around the top and bottom are a beautiful touch too. I love it.

 Yesterday I managed a trip to GJ's for their sale and found these lovely linens and fabrics.
They are all going to be used together with my vintage hexies. I also bumped into a few familiar faces....the other members of the city girls.


Just wanted to share these new treasures...
Nearly 30 years ago we went to Tasmania for our honeymoon and hub just had to buy some raw Huon Pine from a Saw mill we visited. One day..... he would turn them into something.
Well that one day has arrived, thanks to a friend who has wood turning equipment. So together they made a pepper mill and a beautiful wooden bowl.
The wooden bowl shows the beautiful silky sheen of the pine. These are going to be heirlooms in my eyes.
Who knows how old the wood was before we bought it, so amazing.


Still loving looking at my Swan Lake quilt.... thankyou for all the lovely comments and for all your support along the way. There were times when I didn't know if I would get there but the encouragement and shared enthusiasm helped a lot so thanks to all of you. x
There has been a request from one friend that they be considered for a bequest of the quilt should anything happen to me. It has been noted. What are friends for.
cheers for now
Marina




Saturday, 28 June 2014

breathtaking moment

Please indulge me 

“For some moments in life, there are no words.”






just the binding and the little dollies' baskets to stitch on.

Pattern Swan Lake by Patchwork on Stoneleigh
Fabric-French General, Petite Ecole plus some extras from other ranges
Quilting by Leanne Kaufmann



I'll be back soon to share some more snippets of loveliness.
Happiness level has reached 100%


Marina

Sunday, 22 June 2014

when in doubt...

....start something new that you want to make..
Now there is some quilting that desperately wants my attention but I have managed to ignore it as the urge to start something new overcame all other voices in my head..
I haven't been ignoring all the other projects as I did manage to finish the last two small blocks of Live laugh love which means I can start on the big centre block. I have decided not to add the two stitched/applique borders and will finish it off with just the main stitchery blocks.
Just had to lay it out to see how it would look all together. It's good to see where you are heading.

 then I felt I should reward myself with the something new.
that lovely Charm pack that was sent to me by Susan has been sparingly cut into a little pile of  clamshells.
Now some intelligent person thought it would be good to start off on a small scale and buy 1 1/2" clamshell papers. Little fiddly but I am getting the gist of them.
Here they are laid out so I could get an idea of arranging the colours. They are so pretty.
Late last night I managed to sew one row but today that will be reverse sewn as I didn't make the row wide enough. I quite like making these the only thing is the glueing part but  by the tenth one I wasn't doing too badly with them. I watched a Sue Daly video on You Tube to see how it is done.

Will share a pic once it is resewn.
Sun is shining and it would be so wonderful to sit in the sun streaming through the window and sew but there are chores to be done first (maybe).
Have a great day
Marina

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

lots to share...

On Sunday I spent a wonderful day with some city and country friends at the Sunbury quilt show. It was a really lovely show and there were some amazing quilts.
A day out with these girls is like a tonic, it picks you up just like a big hug and there were quite a few of those meted out during the day lol
I didn't take a camera but thankfully some star photographer/bloggers did.
I am borrowing this pic from Sue's blog  she has taken some gorgeous pics of the day and also of most of the quilts.
When the waitress said 'now for a silly photo' because we are all such good girls, who were we to not comply!
from left to right-Sue, Tracee, me, Jo, Tania, Robyn, Elyte, Marg and Annie
Thanks girls for a fantastic day out!!

What's a quilt show without some purchases...I thought I should have a little spend especially in case I didn't win a raffle. (very prophetic too as I didn't win a scrap).
I bought some gorgeous vintage fabric hexies. Have had my eye on these for awhile was just waiting to encounter this stall somewhere along the way.
 I couldn't wait to get them all basted and ready. I even fished out some 'vintage' fabrics of my own to add to the pile. The idea on how to use these is still swirling around my head. thinking, thinking, thinking......I do have something in mind just to get it from brain to fingers.
A tower of hexies...

 Three more live laugh love blocks have been completed, they were just waiting for their berries.

The postie has been very good to me lately as yesterday a gorgeous parcel arrived from Fiona . If I hadn't been so excited to open it I might have taken a pic of how pretty the wrapping was.
When I opened the parcel it revealed this loveliness....
I have wanted to make one of these bags from the first time I saw the pattern but it got added to the pile of to do's. Now I don't have to make one at all.
Love, love, love this Fiona-thankyou.
Fiona has some pics on her blog too, taken in the sunshine, makes it look even more gorgeous!



Before you are overwhelmed by all the visual... I have one more pic to share.
A little while ago Susan from Thimblestitch blogged about pincushions and had a giveaway for a gorgeous hexie pincushion. Commenters mentioned how many pincushions they have. I thought it was time to take an updated pic of my pincushions as there have been a few additions.
I do love them all but the ones that get used are the Scruffy haired pincushion on the far right and my little one with all the pins at the front. Poor things they do all the work while the others just get to look pretty.
A lot of them were gifts from wonderful bloggy friends which makes them even more special.
Received a picture from Leanne who is quilting my Swan Lake. I was so excited, she has made a start and it is amazing. I can't wait!!!
Hope everyone has a great week

marina

Friday, 13 June 2014

postal goodies and a little more christmas...

a few weeks ago I received a gorgeous parcel of goodies in the mail all the way from the Netherlands.
Lovely Els sent me a box which contained these lovelies..
 
the most adorable cross stitching..
The only crafting has been the progress on my swap goodies..
I managed to think of something for the third item. A holly decorated little cushion.. The stitchery design was a freebie, the link for which was put on Cheryll's christmas in July blog. It's such a pretty pattern.
 I thought some gold metallic thread would spruce the lettering a little bit. Not the easiest thread to work with though and so hard to get even.
the candle mat/ topper is all in one piece, basted ready for quilting.

I am waiting for some things in the mail that will allow me to start a new project which will involve trying something new. This gorgeous charm pack has been waiting for the right project, it was sent to me by the lovely Susan from Thimblestitch.

but you will just have to wait and see how it eventuates.....
Hope you all have a great weekend..
I am looking forward to a meeting with friends on Sunday
Happy stitching!
Marina

Friday, 6 June 2014

wintery weather....

looks like the shorter days and cooler weather has settled in, throw in some rain and it is well and truly winter.
Crafting has been pretty slow here and my main focus has been on my Christmas in july Swap goodies.
Thinking, thinking, some cutting and putting together has produced the start of two of the gifts.
I have cut into my stash of my 3 sisters collection to make this...
this will be a little table topper/come candle mat. Just a bit more stitching to go...
....a Christmas tree, I just love making these. I need to find a little jewel to put on top of the tree then it's done.
 Still toying with what the third item will be but I have  narrowed it down to two options. I could just make them both and stash the spare one? good idea..
Our pear tree has been enjoying dropping it's leaves...and I have been picking them up lol
I took this photo a few weeks ago, it has since dropped all of it's leaves adding to the wintry feel of the garden.

the plum tree dropped it's leaves too and revealed that we had some tennants during the warmer months...
The birds are finally getting smarter and making their nest in a more practical and safer place.

Long weekend here to commemorate the queen's birthday holiday on Monday.
Always happy to welcome a long weekend
Hope you get time to have some crafting time this weekend too

Marina