Sunday, 6 August 2017

Two nights

Hello my friends,
Two nights stitching on 
`Random Thoughts`
as being unwell I`ve only stated again.
I have bronchitis.


Finished the butterfly and bee`s with white work.
Only little button to attach in centre.


The letter `L` complete.
Row of white work  for next Friday.


Stitching Circle with The Silver Needle.
`Threads That Bind`
sewing pocket.


The back has this lovely cotton reel in centre.


I lined mine with this lovely pink and red fabric.
Then using cotton reel part of pattern and using
WDW brick which I used in design instead of 
Ruby Slippers. 


Progressing on `Summer School ` part 1.
Well must get on to other projects that I need to have done.
I am still working on what I have decided for my draw so have 
not forgotten.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Using Christmas Thread

Hello my friends.
I have been unwell with flu the few weeks.
No stitching at all till late yesterday:(
I decided after seeing Fiona`s stocking block
to use a Christmas thread for wording.
One of my sister`s gave me 
Cottage Garden Thread: Mistletoe
as part of my gift last Christmas.
I thought it suited July block,
so I am using it in this quilt.
I will re stitch block one`s words to match. 


I am pleased with this block.
The stand and topping have gold thread,which makes it sparkle.
I used DMC 3052 for tie and back stitching of holly.
The blanket stitch on holly is DMC 936.
The pudding DMC 3047.
Heart DMC 816.
Berry DMC 221.
I have cut out applique pieces for next block.
I only need to work out what size my background piece is to be.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.  

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Stitching

Hello my friends.
I was to show stitching on 
Random Thought`s 
yesterday but have been unwell.
I noticed that I have reached 100 followers.
Time for me to have a draw for something I have made.
I will see how time goes and maybe bless three of them. :)


In this section my initials are to be placed.
I have yet to decide how to place them.
I  graph and then stitch at a later date.
The corners are Woven Leaf Stitch.
I started on the top right hand corner
following chart. Turned my work for the 
corners to place needle in the place.
A cute ladybird.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer School House

Hello my friends.
Summer School House slowly growing.
I have been stitching gaps across the row eg:
3 stitches then 3 up on next row till end 
then full in on return. 
Gives a lovely look to the house.
If 3 doesen`t work either 4 or 2 stitches depending where they are.
Quite pleased with effect.
Also makes stitching interesting to do. :)


I will say I have been side tracked by adding extra to 
a gift for a friend :)
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Random Thoughts

Hello my friends.
Friday night stitching,
`Random Thoughts`
The Drawn Thread design.
More stitching for our SAL with 
Elizabeth from Paisley`s Post.


I have worked on three area`s last night.
There`s a key charm to fit in between the letter `F`
and bunny. I will add that later.


Worked on tree with modified van dyke stitch.
Queen stitched area.


Double four sided stitch.
Jessica stitch over 8.
Put away now till next week.
Happy Stitching,
Clare. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Summer School :Lesson one

Hello my friends. 
Yesterday`s post brought my 
`Summer School`
(we are in our Winter :) )
lesson #1
design of Brenda Gervais.


The pattern,threads, fabric,needle minder and finishing ric rac.


Threads ready to start on 28ct mushroom.


Little helper while stitching one over one.
Lamp needed for this one.
My shelf is getting cluttered again!
Time to tidy up I think, :)


I started at the bottom right with the two threads over three linen
for the grass. This gave me a line to work  from.
Looks like since Friday it has been stitching. :)
Over the weekend I stitched a little more on BBD design. 


I have a little reverse stitching on the side to do,
will sort this soon. 
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Friday Night Stitching

Hello my friends.
Last night I worked on
`Random Thoughts`.


Now all my alphabet are connecting.
A & B one over one stitching areas complete
as well.
I`m sure that I`m using called for fabric but
 the crane bird doesn`t show up that well.
Could be the lighting for photo.
I have put this away till Friday.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Addition to our family

Hello my friends.
Yesterday our youngest daughter brought home 
our new addition to the family.
Tillie is still taking this on board!!


She`s usually laid back like this. :)


Still taking in the new member.


His name is:
Peanuts.


Elizabeth from Paisley`s Post and I  have decided to do this
Drawn Thread pattern `Random Thought`s` as a SAL 
together.  Once I found mine. :)
Hope I won`t be too far behind.
Elizabeth has started her`s as well.


This is how much I had already stitched.
I think I will stitch this as my Friday night stitching till 
we go away and return to it once home again.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Joined a SAL.

Hello my friends.
I have joined SAL for 
`A Holly Cottage Christmas`
by Michelle Ridgway.
on Chookyblues SAL blog 
hosted by Raewyn and Fiona.
The first block is 
`Christmas Stocking`.


Play time, a great advert for Tupperware toys.
Tomorrow Ezekiel is 10 months old. :)


I have been getting this years 
Loose Feathers Series.
I have started #1 but was so tempted to start # 3
when I saw this lovely cat.
I have a few ideas to use the cat in something else. :)


More progress later.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Last block

Hello my friends.
We have been busy looking after our youngest grandson.
He is now 9 months old.
When we took him home the other day I picked up 
the last block of my $25 quilt.


I also paid for finishing layout.
Next week when we take him home,
 I will go to sort my choice of fabric`s from the
fabric put aside for quilt.


Progress on `Lady`s Sampler`.
Well must get on as we have Ezekiel again this weekend
and I am sorting through my kitted up projects. :)
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Missed a day

Hello my friends,
I did sew yesterday but no time to post for day two of 
Chookyblues birthday weekend. :)
Saturday night before midnight I stared 
`Lady Sampler`.
That was after our evening out.
Plus I stocked the fire up,nice and cosy.


The Volunteer `s Fire Brigade 2017 Honours.
They were a few year`s behind so hubby received
Three silver bars to attach to his medal,
plus a framed certificate for Level 2 
Urban fire and recuse operations. 


Today this is my progress on 
`Lady`s Sampler`.
I am using suggested threads and linen 40 count.


Part of Saturday and most of Sunday during the day
I cut out and put together 
 2016  $25 quilt borders one and two. 
The third and last border I am working out joining the pattern.
Once that`s done I will attach ready for quilting. :)


Once wash is out as today is a lovely sunny winters day.
There was a frost this morning.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Joining in with Birthday fun

Hello my friends.
This weekend I am joining in with Chookyblues 
5 years Birthday Celebration`s .
A weekend of stitching time. :)


No champagne for me as will be using my cutter .
That`s alright as I usually only drink juice or fizzy. :)
I made a zipper bag with
 Thread Gathering stitching project .
A useful finish,this has been sitting awhile to be completed.
Out of the UFO pile. :)
Wonder what I will store in this one. 


Well back to more stitching,cutting or sewing
 and another post tomorrow.
We have a Fire Brigade 2017 Honour`s Celebration 
evening tonight so will sew till need to get ready for that. :)
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Monday, 29 May 2017

My Stitching and

Hello my friends.
Nearing the end of the month so I will show a few more projects
I have been working on. 
I started my circle of friends 
`Threads that Bind`
a The Drawn Thread design.
I could not help myself starting this one. :)
I did make a mistake with Ruby Slipper thread.
This meant I didn`t have enough so while looking for another of the same
I saw WDW Brick.
I am using that in this section and will go back 
and use in the other space`s as well.


I also enjoy stitching BBD design patterns 
hence started this lovely design,
It`s Spring Fever .


I like kitting up my projects but found if put aside for any reason I
sometimes miss placed the threads 
and when found wondered what design they where meant for .
So now I`ve started putting them on rings with
these labels.


 I am also stitching a few fobs and things for friends
 so once they have received their gifts I will show those too.
In a few months time we are going on an overseas trip
 to see my Pen Pal of 50 years who lives in USA .
So when I saw this daylight lamp I had to get one.
Very compact.


It takes batteries and extends up


A safety cap over the magnifier .


Plus it`s so light. :)
Well must sign off .
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Country Blues Progress

Hello my friends.
At last the Country Blues put together .
We have a busy weekend but hope to sort fabric 
for backing this quilt early next week.


Looking forward to quilting this lovely blue quilt.
A quick post today.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

For me

Hello my friends.
Barbara of 
http://tostitchornottostitch.blogspot.co.
 had a give away of this pattern and I won, :)
Essamplaire Petite
Collection 1.
By Brenda Gervais.


I have ordered the called for threads and will look at 
my linen stash for kitting up. 
My thoughts are to stitch the lady first.

  
Last block of Country Blues.
I have sewn the centre pieces of this mystery but 
waiting on a little more fabric to finish border blocks.


Once this has been done I will show layout.
May even have this one quilted.
This coming weekend we have Ezekiel coming to stay.
On the 28th he will be 9 months old.
He loves to roll.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.  

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Knitting and stitching

Hello my friends.
Some of my finished knitting.
These Sox I sent to one of my sisters for her birthday.
These are the first pair I`ve finished.
NAKO wool a blend of Mohair,wool and acrylic.
The others are still work in progress.
Hope to have those finished soon. :)


I also sent this scissor fob.
Threads: DMC Perle 12  # 3042
CGT 915 Wisteria.
White 32 count.


A close up of front with pearl.


The front and back before making up.


The pink one I kept, the other two became gifts.
The deign is `Josephine`s Fob` by Barberry Row.
I was part of a class with Sherelyn of Heirloom`s.


Family is away this weekend so have time for me.
Some more sewing and stitching today.
Plus have been rearranging in the bedrooms.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

ANZAC

Hello my friends.
Today 25th April we remember the fallen soldiers.


There was rain this morning for the Dawn Service.
A poppy to remember the fields the soldiers died in.
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This afternoon I cut out and sewed my block 8 
of  $25 quilt.


Omnigrid marking ruler. love this little tool.
The packet has three of these in different sizes.


My pencil lines to stitch on to make my half square triangles.


My finished block.
Put away in a block roll ready for next month.


Two HST  with pattern matching till seam sewn.
The pieces of fabric given with the block my cutting gave me this :)
Well more stitching soon.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.