Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Projects

 Its always good to get to the end of the week and know you can have some much needed sewing time, I have been doing just that,  This is the beginning of a new design featuring fig tree's new range Chestnut Street, its so beautiful, Usually when I get new fabric it sits there for ages and I just admire it while I think of ways to use it but as soon as this arrived I knew what I wanted to make.
 I can't share too much as its for a magazine publication early next year. Of course I  had to add some pretty stitcheries as I do love  my garden and I love to sit of an evening and have some hand work I can work on.

 I have a rather medium sized tub full of all my fig tree fabrics, thats where all my scraps come from to make my pumpkin runner from my last post, while I was digging in the looking for  just the right fabric I found this sweet butter yellow print that was too nice to cut up so I made a little fabric basket, its sitting on  my  desk ready to fill with fabrics or other goodies.
During the week I started making this cute pear quilt, its a fig tree design and while I was playing in that tub of fig tree fabrics I decided this pattern was a good way to use up some of my favourite prints, next up is the leaves and stalks, I hope to share more of this with you next week,


I'm hosting a sewing day with my friends today so I really should turn off the computer and get ready, they will be here soon.

Thankyou for stopping by.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Spring Pumpkins

 Spring is definately here, we have had some beautiful warmer days and my garden has loved it. I am getting my vegie garden beds ready for planting. First on the agenda is pumpkins, real ones and patchwork ones. I have been making lots of pumpkin blocks, this pattern is from Lori Holt. Its such a sweet blocks and its a great way to use up your scraps. I loved this pumpkin so much I decided to make a small mini quilt. The black border really frames it,
 Then I decided to make 2 more pumpkins and make a table runner. I added little stars into these pumpkins. Isn't it just the cutest.
 I have been doing some small cross stitch projects and I used this one to make a pin cushion. Its not finished yet as I ordered some crushed walnut shells to add when I stuff it. I read that walnut shells help fill the pin cushion and give it some shape and weight. Hope it works.
 Today I have sewn lots of tiny squares and made the middle of my runner. Its not finished yet but I love it so far.  The colours are beautiful and most of them are from my fig tree box.

 My garden is full of blooms and looking beautiful, its so lovely to see a burst of colour after such a long drab winter.




Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Birthday week.

 I have had a fabulous week, On Thursday the 1st of September was it not only the first day of Spring but it was my Birthday. The day was glorious, my morning was filled with phone calls and texts from family and friends then the evening was spent with a family meal and an evening with friends . It couldn't have been more perfect.
 My friend Cathy made me this beautiful USA cross stitch pillow, the photos don't really do it justice, its just gorgeous.
 My other sweet friend Lynette who lives in Idaho sent me these beautiful Fig tree goodies, oh my friend sure know my taste in fabrics. I love the little mat and basket.

 And the little spool pin cushion is just darling, Thankyou Lynette, you sure did spoil me.
 My on line stitching group made me this beautiful see through pouch in the most pretty fabrics, I can't wait to fill it with some sewing projects. Thankyou Lynda xxx

I also received this lovely book so I can't wait to look through that and get some inspiration.

This weekend I have lots of sewing planned, I can't wait to get stuck in.

Enjoy your weekend to and I hope you find some sewing time. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blooming Beautiful

 Not long now and Spring will be here, I am so looking foreward to some warmer days and Sunshine. My kitchen is looking brighter already with these beautiful daffodils picked fresh this morning. They are such a cheerful flower.

 I have a few more bulbs in my garden that are blooming, these grape Hyacinth are so sweet and their big sisters at the back there in a pot. The fragrance is  lovely,  Its such a fun time of year seeing all the new growth on winter plants that have been dormant for what seems like forever. Finally bringing some colour in my garden
 I had a bit of fun this morning and took my newly finished log cabin quilt to the park for a little photo shoot. It was too wet to be on the grass so I found some nice dry rocks near the creek and this was the perfect place to lay my quilt and take some photos.

I actually still need to sew the binding on this quilt but I love it so much I couldn't  wait to get some photos.

Today I am finishing off another quilt, I'm on a roll here people.

Have a great day and thankyou  for stopping by.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

All for me

 I have some amazing friends let me tell you. My friend Cathy went on a trip to USA and attended a quilting retreat, as I couldn't go my American friends made me some gifts for Cathy to bring home and give  to me. Vanessa made me this gorgeous shoulder bag from my favourite fig tree fabric. I LOVE it.
 Cynthia made me this awesome little pouch, it will be perfect to carry in my hand bag.
 Plus all these little goodies.

 Cathy made me this beautiful bee block and got all the ladies from retreat to sign it for me. I'm going to make a mini quilt and hang it in my sewing room. I thought it was such a lovely idea.

 What do you think of this block, isn't it great. I tested this pattern for my friend Janice, it was so much fun to put together. Good job Janice, your instructions were perfect.
I have't done much sewing this week, instead I have been doing cross stitch. Its good to have a change. I made a little halloween project, now I just need to make it into a mini pillow. 
I also found some free cross stitch pear patterns in Pinterest, I sewed them up today and just need to stuff the other one. I thought they turned out pretty, cute. 

The weekend is nearly over for another week, they always go so fast. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week. xx

Monday, August 1, 2016

Finishing...

 I do love a weekend when we don't have anything on, I can do what I want whenever I want. Of course I'm referring to my sewing. I love waking up on Saturday knowing I've got all day to play in my sewing room.
 I love making  little displays in my room, here is one of them. I found a sweet wire basket at the shops but it was a bit small for quilts so I put my table runners in it. I like the look of rolled up quilts.
 On Saturday I made a little fabric basket to have out on display. This is Little Ruby fabric by Bonnie & Camille, I have collected all their fabric ranges since Bliss.  I folded up my layer cake squares and stired them int he basket. Isn't it pretty!!
 In the evenings I like to have some hand sewing to work on, the last 2 weeks I have been stitching this Gail pan design,  Its ready to be quilted now,  This pattern is going to test my hand quilting skills. I'm not keen on hand quilting but I'll give it a go.

 You may remember last week I shared this quilt and said I was making it for our son Jacob, Well I'm still making Jacobs quilt but this one isn't his. its MINE. A very special friend is sending me some USA patriotic fabric to use for the remaining flags in Jacobs quilt so while I'm waiting for that to arrive I decided to make another quilt  for me using all my Bonnie & Camille fabrics, I have 15 different navy fabrics and 15 different reds, I love it. The blocks are so quick to make. I did all the cutting out and then each day sewed a few blocks before I went to work.
I can go to work today satisfied I got lots of sewing done over the weekend  and even a few things finished.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, Thankyou for stopping by. xx

Sunday, July 24, 2016

To do list....

 I never seem to run out of things I want to sew, my "To Do" list is always growing, Are you the same?
 See this lovely piece of fabric, well I had no intention of doing anything with it right away but I was looking in my cupboard and there is  was staring back at me. way too cute to cut up so I decided to make a little mat to sit on my desk in my room. Its so very sweet and as I'm only the only female in my house it was just something pretty I made just for me.We all deserve to have pretty things in our sewing rooms don't you agree.
 If you go on Instagram I am sure you have seen many photos of this American flag quilt, well this went right to the top of my To Do list and I have made 12 blocks so far, just  three more to go. I am loving it, This quilt will be for our son Jacob, who is saving up to be a Summer Camp leader in the US in 2018.
Once I finished my log cabin quilt, I decided to get this top together, I had all the blocks made so it was just a matter of taking some time to work on getting it finished. Now to make a scrappy border. Then that will be another quilt ticked off my list.

Its such a good feeling to get your projects finished.

Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you find some sewing time.

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