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.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Busy Month

Hello my friends.
Since my last post things have been busy round here.
I have been knitting in the evenings and secret stitching 
to show soon.


Tillie in the old fish tank. Fish are long gone :)
Silly pussy cat.


My Easter door stop in the laundry. 
I think she`s cute. Paid $3 for her :)


The two older grandchildren helping their Gampop
to build a new shed this last week,the first week of the school holidays.


The youngest in the highchair his daddy used all those years ago.


I got this lovely design but miss judged starting point,
so now need to start again as could`nt fit his head in. Grr.
Used all the kit thread too at least it was DMC so
can come from stash secound time round.
Well must sign off but have some stitching nearly ready to
show. That will be next time. 
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Gifts

Hello my friends,
last month I had my 60th birthday.
With lunch with a Katrina,Kath and  eldest 
daughter Celeste.
Then dinner out with hubby,Celeste and my Mum.
A lovely day out.


We forgot to take the camera that night!
Our son gave me a voucher for Spotlight.
Not used yet !


Youngest daughter gave me this cute cat tea towel.
Too nice to dry dishes with. 
Have some thoughts for this.


Celeste gave me this pad plus  a framed 
`My Mother` saying.
Forgot to take photo. 


Katrina gave me this piece of fabric with LHN pattern 
`Summer Splendor`
I have the brought the threads only the linen to cut
ready to stitch.
She was still knitting my sox`s so came later .
Tomorrow  I learn how to do the heel on mine.:)


Kath made this lovely zipper bag and 
also gave me Stoney Creek patterns.
I have this kitted ready to go as well.


Hubby gave me this ornament to add to my collection.
`Generations` 
by Willow Tree.


My sister who lives down south gave me these 
French General fabrics .
I  have a pattern for a sewing kit to use them.
There was also the Antique thread and ribbon cards. 


My Pen Pal of 50 years sent me 
Lori Holts Scrappy Project Planner .
Hubby and I are going for a visit later in the year .
Looking forward to catching up in person. :)
I have also stitched the next 
Country Blues Block.
Gave my cat some whiskers.


Well time to finish this lovely chat so,
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cosy Toes

Hello my friends.
Today is our son`s birthday.
36 years ago he came early.
The years have flown. He`s has his own son now.
This weekend we are having 6 month Ezekiel to stay.
My friend Katrina made me these for part of my
birthday gift.


My cosy toes. 


A wrapper round  this knitted pair.


Opal Viridian Schafpale `Claire`
is the wool Katrina knitted from Germany.


Katrina is teaching me to knit a pair.
Nako mohair blend.
I have finished band and on to leg part.
I think I`ll need her help with the heel. :)
I still have the rest of my birthday gifts from last month
to show.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A little progress.

Hello my friends.
I left my stitching chair to do few other things.
Tillie is sleeping on my foot stool.
I am pleased I took photos before.
Stitching for Friday last night on 
`Joy to the World`
one of my Christmas gifts.
Nearly complete!


This lovely lady was a gift from one of my sisters for 
last years birthday .
My sister sent left over fabric from her skirt.
So a project bag has been made.


The front with checker board like Sherri McConnell`s
shown on Kimberly Jolly`s  Fat 1/4 Shop blog. 


For the flower but adding extra on stem area I used 
Lori`s flower pattern out of my copy of her book.


As Sherri says I quilted cross hatching
on the back fabric using tape to quilt the lines.
I used cotton batting for the inner and will use this again. 


February`s`The Little Stitcher` SAL for Step 2 is 
this cute train.


A close up of the train.
Next part in March. :)


This is looking down our drive.
This branch has been hanging over,
but Hubby thought it would be ok till peaches 
where ready.


Today with the rain we have had this tree has dropped  the branch lower.
Hubby had to thin out more fruit off before the branch broke.


Well rain seems quite steady now.
We have been quite dry and only been allowed to use hand held hoses,
which is on even days for us for our house number.
So pleased that I have a break from that chore.
 More stitching time.
Tillie has gone outside so can work on stitching again. :)
Happy Stitching,
Clare.