Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Tote & Gloat

Hello my friends.
A couple of weekends ago my eldest daughter
and I joined in with a bus load of ladies to go to 
Palmerston North for 
Tote & Gloat.
To see quilts,shopping at stalls, hear and meet the quest speaker
Lynette Anderson.
Part of this was to make a block unfinished 12 1/2.
Theme `Transport`.
 As Lynette Anderson was the quest speaker mine was
from her book
`It`s Quilting Cats & Dogs`.
`Photo Album`block.


A close up of dog and cat.


Also the bird in it`s cage on top of car.


This my daughters block.
A Bee Tree design.


She buttonholed the shapes on by hand.


And the embroidery was hand stitched too.



I didn`t get photos of the other blocks. 
All up for this there where 38 blocks.
Our bus left at 4pm so wasn`t there at the finish.
A bit sad about that. 
There where over 500 tickets sold to attend.
A few of the quilts on display.


I did get to meet with Lynette Anderson but forgot 
to get a photo. I was pleased to give here a block roll.


A little more on sampler,watching post for rods to come.


A little start on this one.
I used a wet tea bag to sponge colour to match design.
Using called for threads.


These where delivered to me yesterday.
From a sister-in-law in regards to Mum`s passing.
It has been three months.
Well best get on.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

I have been stitching

Hello my friends.
It has been awhile but
I have been stitching. Some has been gifts.
This one is the `Circle of Friends` kit.


I stitched it for my friend Katrina but has become a belated birthday gift,
which she received from me yesterday. 


I also put in this lovely pattern of Lynette Anderson`s
for Katrina to make.
`Mushroom Corner` 
A trifold mini organiser pattern. 


This is the back of the thread board.
I used felt and wool stuffing so her needles can be 
place here while using with a project.
The rings are to hold floss.


My start as I have joined in with a SAL to do 
`Sarah Braizear 1829` sampler.
I am working on Lambswool 35 count linen,
with DMC threads.
A helpful book mark to help with each page.


A little more progress.
As the fabric is 36 " piece. Design area 27.06 " x 26.78" so quite large.
 I have ordered E-Z stitch rods
Waiting for them to come.:)
I do not want to damage my satin stitch.
These next three blocks are for 
`Whimsical Woodland` mystery quilt by
The Country Yard.


I stitched whipped chain for umbrella handles,
Satin stitch,french and colonial knots plus back stitch.


Threads are Cottage Garden `Golden Gully` 
and Aurifil Thread -colour 2230 - Ne 12


Some more to show but will make that another post.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Driving.

Hello my friends.
I was with out a car for awhile but now have this.


My new little red car.


These finger-less gloves (soon will be cool enough to wear)
a CCN pattern`Some Bunny Loves You`
which I hope to stitch over Easter and 
`Bridget`s Bagettes`
are birthday gift`s from my friend Katrina.


This project bag and  pattern 
`Honey Hive` by Kathy Schmitz
gift`s from my friend Kath.
I have started kitting this up and will soon be ready to start.
Well going out soon in my nifty little car to get groceries.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Another Project Bag

Hello my friends.
A few years ago Katrina of 
http://kiwistitching.blogspot.co.nz
and I had a SAL of this lovely 
design from Little House Needleworks.
`My Needle`s Work`.
I finished the stitching,then was going to make 
`A Stand Alone`
to frame it but this did`nt happen!
So pleased with the Project bag.
I used 513 Shadow Play by Maywood Studio
 in a rose blend for the lining.
Wonder what LHN project to put in this. 


I placed a peek a boo frame round the stitched piece
to bring out some of the colour in the flowers.
Here`s a close up of her.


Yesterday hubby and our eldest daughter went up to
Pukeora Estate for a quilt show and sales tables of different 
quilt shops. 
Hubby had the camera so not many photo`s of the lovely quilts 
on display for viewers choice.


I`m sorry no photo`s of labels of who made or the pattern 
where taken.
I usually do so. 
The applique was amazing.


Loved the colours in this `Wedding Ring ` quilt.


This was the nativity story written in some squares like a story.


Tillie was watching me use my computer so hubby 
took this. I`ve only just got up!!
Well time to get on with some more stitching.
Happy Stitching,
Clare. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Friday Stitching

Hello my friends,
Part of yesterday and last night 
 I stitched a little more progress on 
`Random Thought`s`.
I do have to re stitch the letter `P`
as it`s too far over.
I will try to sort that this week.


Love the squirrel. There`s an acorn charm to attach later.
We loved seeing them while in USA on holiday last year.
I am sorting our my Christmas SAL to try and catch 
up. Made good progress today on that.
Need to see if have some more suitable background
for a few of the blocks.
Hope later next week to progress on that.
My project bags are being used and I`m looking
at my fabric`s for more pieces to make up.
I am finding they come together quite quickly now.
Another secret project has slowed as thread 
is missing,I`m wondering where I put that!!
Hubby went out today to help cutting wood 
for a church program.
Lot`s of stitching time for me but now must
clear off the dining table ready for tea.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Project Bags

Hello my friends.
Well today`s been a productive day 
with my sewing machine.
I completed a project bag with some of my birthday 
fabric`s.


The lining is the little cat head`s show in last post.
This cat charm has been waiting for quite some time 
to be used.


The other project bag has been made to hold 
`Farmhouse Christmas`.


Heavy rain today,Hubby took me down in my car for hair appointment but was 
able to walk home between shower`s.  Heavy again.
Two days ago we had  hail that bounced on the deck and lawn.
The fruit on the tree`s seem alright only one apple showing signs.
Yesterday made plum sauce.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Stitching again

Hello my friends,
A new Mystery with `The Country Yard`.
`Whimsical Woodland`
`Bear` month 1.
Completed.


A tape measure came in with this kit of  fabric and threads.
My birthday last month my hubby gave me
Willow Tree Angel
`Wisdom`
for my collection. 


One of our daughters gave me these for gifts.
Some lovely things and of course fabric.


The cat fabric is in process of being made into 
a project bag.


These two pieces are for my 
`Farmhouse Christmas` stitching,
as a project bag.
I am looking for some trim to complete this.


Well best get on as finding I am on slow motion,
so things take longer to do.
Happy Stitching.
Clare.