Sunday, August 23, 2015

A little win and some felty fun...

Last week I was lucky enough to win a prize (thanks to Jan who tagged me as her co-winner) from Lisa at a Spoonful of Sugar in a give away on IG .....and I was thrilled with the parcel when it arrived.....cute wrapping in an old paper pattern.....

Liberty loveliness...lace, tape, scissors and thread/ribbon "bobbins"... All very useful goodies...thanks Lisa, very generous!

.....and the felty fun? A weekend with Wendy Williams at Hetties Patch....very inspirational and Wendy is a talented designer and excellent teacher....Kathy Doughty was teaching in the other classroom at Hetties and by all accounts everyone in that class also had a great time...

Kathy dropped in after her class last night as we were wrapping up....

Helen took a break from working in the shop to join us for the weekend and was happy to show off one of Wendy's quilts....

I spent a while deciding what to make....and practiced some stitching on a few samples.....


Checked out Wendy's fabulous work.....

Changed my mind (several times) about what I was going to make and decided on the sewing case cover (which may turn out like Wendy's in time)....

So far so good........
So a little homework to do......'til next time.....Lorraine

 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A swap........ and an epic fail!

Last Friday was the opening day for an on line swap - the brief was to make a project for your swap partner using Cottage Garden threads...

I was lucky to have Lynda as my swap partner and she stitched this cute gift...Love it...

I stitched for Sarah in Tasmania and sent off a Gail Pan designed wall quilt.....Bless my Garden from the Patchwork Loves Embroidery book....

It was fun to stitch and I can see at least one more of these in my future...

All in all a pretty successful swap....and the epic fail? Hmmmmm you may well ask!

I have recently finished a couple of tops for babies of friends....nothing wrong with the tops, they went together beautifully.....so last weekend I got one of them ready for quilting...and this weekend was all about quilting that sucker.....and after some procrastination...which saw me doing some food shopping and then cooking up some meals for the week ahead I finally made it into the sewing room - I cleared everything off the table around the machine (finding a "home" on the floor for it all whilst making a note to myself that I really needed to have a big tidy up in this room.....and off I went....powering along.....just straight line stuff - nothing fancy....and about half way through I thought I would take a break and check out my amazing work.....Pfffft....on turning the quilt over it was obvious that this was indeed an epic fail...the backing was puckered ....badly!! Not something that was going to be fixable, so I took a break (there may have been a few swear words uttered as I left the room) and decided the whole thing was going in the bin....but since I quite liked the top l I decided (after a break) I would unpick the quilting and send it to a professional (should have done that in the first place I think!) so at 3am I unpicked the final stitch and went to bed!! (I was determined to finish it last night as I had plans for today!)

The plan for today was to have that tidy up in the sewing room....it was fun re-discovering long lost projects and planning to actually do some sewing one day! Perhaps next weekend.....maybe....all in all a very satisfying day albeit without a stitch being sewn!

There was even a bit of sunshine around today and the trees in my front yard are starting to give a hint that Spring is just around the corner....

'Til next time.........Lorraine

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 7, 2015

It was Pan-demonium!

What fun we had last weekend when Gail Pan arrived in town for a stitching day.....we transformed part of a town hall to host the stitchers who would be arriving bright and early on Saturday...

As we were setting up on Friday and I was in the kitchen of the hall filling the urn and rummaging in cupboards for cups and saucers etc I wondered just how many functions this beautiful old building had "hosted"....huge old kettles that had been filled and refilled to make countless cuppas....so much history! ...and we were about to add another bit of history of our own.....

A very wet and cold Saturday morning was soon brightened up as the girls arrived for the day.....the first cuppas were made and there was a definite buzz as everyone settled in.....And this....

Became this.....

....and here is Gail introducing herself and the projects for the day....With Her Maj watching on!

There was shopping to be done.....

 

Samples to admire and inspire.....

And of course food, glorious food.....

And even some stitching.......

A bit of planning....

and some show and tell....

 


And even a little finish.......

And the fun didn't stop there......we caught up with Nay and Anne for breakfast on Sunday before Gail headed home....

A great time.....lets do it all again another day!

'Til next time...............Lorraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Still catching up!

Gosh! I have no idea where the time goes! It just...well...goes!

A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend in Adelaide at Hetties Patch with Jen Kingwell.

Always nice to combine catching up with friends, some I haven't seen in quite a while and hanging out in a beautiful quilt shop full of tempting goodies with the opportunity to have a couple of days with Jen.

This was my "work" station ('cos it's hard to call it work really.....) with wonderful inspiration on the wall next to me.......


Marc was down from the Riverland and hard at work (there's that word again!).....She had Steam Punk to keep her inspired! (Not that we really needed any extra inspiration....)

And here is Jen sharing some of her quite considerable talent during the class.....

...and more of her fabulous work....

We were working on the Spring Fever quilt pattern from Jen's book, Qult Lovely

(the quilt on the right in the pic below...)

....a fun quilt with lots of great colour.....

Some progress....but not a lot......its way too much fun just hanging out with everyone and I will never be an over achiever in class!

But I did stop being a social butterfly long enough to stitch this ......

A little more progress since ...loving the hand piecing and fun with colour and with another couple of projects finished (including some secret stitching for a swap) I may find some time to play with butterflies and baskets of flowers .....

This weekend was spent with a dear friend who came to visit and to share her talent with a happy bunch of stitchers a little closer to home.....more on that next time.....

I will leave you with a pic of the sky as it was the other night as I left work....Life is good!