Look what I found in my mailbox yesterday ... my very own piece of White Christmas!
The lovely Shiree of kiwifruit-shiree made this adorable little quilt for the Four Seasons Holiday Swap and sent it on it's way to my house. I'd asked for some snow at Christmas ... isn't it just perfect. Hanging proudly on my lounge wall, I can't help but smile everytime a walk past.
How cute is that tree? And can you see the garland along the eves? * Thankyou to Shiree for making my festive season 'snowy' and for the cute tree ornaments already hanging on my tree. * Thankyou to Margaret for yet another fantastic swap. I'm excited to now own a quilt for each of the four seasons and hope to hang them all together. * Wishing you both a loving, festive season.
Some lovely friends have commented on Teddy in my header ...
so here he is in all his finery.
"Teddy in a Tangle" is a Liz Stanway design and my choice for my Four Seasons Holiday Swap which has safely arrived at Andrea's home in Germany. He was so much fun to make, especially the baubles. His fur will keep him warm through a white Christmas ... it was getting a little hot for him here is Aus.
Firstly I had to rest yesterday to get over my wonderful weekend. * Our patchwork group had a little weekend retreat with some neighbouring girls, with the intention of learning to strip and curve. Here is my first set of strata with the second in progress. My pillow came in handy as an extra table.
Some of us also managed to throw in a little dyeing on the Saturday. There is my 24 colour wheel on the left. Yesterday I rinsed and washed and today is ironing day.
Day one I managed to dye and get all my strips stitched together ... day two I carefully began sewing some curves.
Seven blocks in all ... I have to admit I was beginning to slacken off by the afternoon.
9 more blocks and I shall have my very own strips and curves quilt top.
Thankyou Ruth and girls for a lovely weekend of sewing and chatting. Hope to see how you are all coming along at next patchwork day.
That is ... 10 months of my Calendar Quilt completed which leaves November and December to go. All fabrics are compliments of a lovely friend who had a spring clean of her fabric bits and pieces, thanks Ruth.
Seems like ages since I've been here ... what a week! Deadlines ... Mail ... Bugs
Bugs, seems once you get sick this year, it keeps returning for another bout. Everyone I talk to has been experiencing the same thing. You get sick, you just get over it and then either the same one or another bug grabs hold. DH has been fighting something for a couple of weeks and now my throat infection from a few weeks back is returning. Grrrrrrrr!
But enough of that, you don't need to share my bugs. I am going to share with you the high points of my week. A little while back, Fiona of Mothers' Cupboard had a sale and I found myself placing an order quick smart for ...
Fiona was also holding a giveaway and never did I imagine that I could be so lucky ... YIPEE!
Then this week when I was starting to feel yuk, this little pink parcel cheered me up toot sweet!
Thankyou so much Fiona for the chance to win this delicious jelly roll ... perfect colours for me ... and a charm pack to top it all off. More dreaming now of how to put them to good use.
Fiona is also one of the lovely Gum Tree Designers. If you haven't checked them out yet then you don't know what your missing. More goodness tomorrow with their next free Christmas design.
Deadlines ... yes. As usual finished this one Tuesday night to be delivered Wednesday morning for entering in the textile section of our local Art Exhibition. It's Deborah Baines' "Floral Fancy" found in 'Creating Country Threads'.
Couldn't help myself, I was enjoying this pattern so much. I also added some beads to the centres of three flowers and little yo-yo centres to three. I even did some hand quilting around each appliqued flower.
While not a winner on Friday night, it's a winner for me. Congratulations to the clever ladies who won placings with their entries and to the other ladies who entered.
Now it's on with the next deadline ... paperwork today and to finish off my Holiday Quilt Swap and Christmas Ornaments.
Is anyone else daunted by how quickly the end of the year is coming?
Ummmm ... where did the last two weeks go? Anyone who finds them, please send them back to me!
Sewing deadlines .. more and more paperwork .. dust .. smoke .. dry weather. These are the things keeping me busy at the moment and it looks like October will be gone before I know it. I've been grabbing snippets of time here and there to see what everyone else is up to.
This photo was taken by me before 6am the other morning when were expecting the second lot of dust to roll in. There has been a third time since.
There is a shining light at the end of October. I'm off for a weekend quilting and dying retreat ... hopefully I can get my fabrics etc ready in time.
I have also managed to post off two PIF gifts and my Stitchers' Angel parcel. My current deadline is for this Wednesday so hopefully I can share that next weekend.
Can you imagine making 1000 posts? Julia has done just that! This Wednesday the 7th also marks the 4th year of blogging for Julia.
To celebrate she's having a giveaway and invites us to join the fun. So please visit Julia and be part of the celebrations. She has some lovely Christmas goodies ... and while there check out her recent finish "Inspired by Jane".
Don't forget ... tomorrow ~ Monday 5th ~ is the day the Gum Tree Designers share the first of nine free Christmas designs. If you click on their logo on my sidebar, you will be wisked away to the tree tops.
They may not be big projects but they are finished projects.
This little pin cushion didn't take long at all ... made from 5" squares.
I made an ebay purchase of these red/white squares and thought I could make a machine cover to go with my red machine mat. A simple, quick method but I'm very happy with it. The cover has ties either end to keep it in place.
After seeing the wonderful matching set of machine accessoriesover here, I then decided on the pincushion and yet to come will be a little scraps basket. You really must take a look at this lovely blue set.
Back in July I started this pin cushion for Mrs Martin's Cyber Stitching Day. Now that I've signed up for another day in November, I told myself that I must finish this project first. It's a very clever pin cushion on top and a needle folder on the other side. I already have some needles in residence.
Slowly but surely I am still working on Esther's Red Delicious BOM. Here is my block 3 ... I will keep working on this in between all the other projects.
Hopefully another finish for today, my third Stitchers Angel gift, but that one will stay a secret until they all go to their new home in ....?
Have you noticed a new link on my side bar? I'm taking part in Finn's New Years Eve Challange again this year. I aim to complete one large UFO by then and any more will be bonuses.
Watching the news Wendesday morning was almost like watching a sci-fi movie ... all that red dust. We didn't have the eerie red but the dust made it here too ... (about half way up the Queensland coast).
We were driving home from town and could see it approaching. Just got home in time to grab some clothes off the line and shut all the doors and windows ... but it still got in.
This is the view across to the cattle yards from our verandah ... same time yesterday and today.
Here is the view to the South ... yesterday and again today around the same time.
These two little gifts were made last week. One for a lovely friend and the other may be for my Stitchers Angel. Depends what else I make as the projects are all so sweet. (I have combined a 2008 pattern from Lynette Anderson with the current one from Helen Stubbings).
Another sewing mat. This one now belongs to Julia who was the lucky winner of my 2 year anniversary back in July. I also popped a couple gifties in the pockets.
Are you making a sewing mat for Jenny's September challenge? I'm a month behind as I hope to get a sewing machine cover finished by the end of the month.
Don't forget to click on the link and visit Among The Gum Trees if you haven't done so already. There's a real buzz in the tree tops.
Here it is! Yes, another sewing mat, when I like something I usually roll with it.
As I mentioned, this one is also mine and is now happily sitting under my trusty old Janome ready for some action. The red heart sticker top left of the machine has been there for several years so the red mat feels right at home.
I don't think I've ever worked with red before but the reds just jumped out at me. * My next project will also be in reds. Our local art group hold an annual art exhibition and have included a textile section which requires 1/8th of the quilt to use blood red. Sorry, no reveal until after October. * I really must make some progress on our log cabin quilt this weekend and that won't happen if I stay here ... so bye for now.