30 November, 2011

2011 Christmas Quilt Show!

I thought I'd join in with the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show that Darlene of SewCalGal is hosting. A quilt show where you can sit in the comfort of your own home, have a cuppa and browse at the Christmas quilts! How good is that! This is my quilt I wanted to share with everyone.
I made this stained glass Nativity quilt back in 1996. In fact, I made about ten of them in all different colours for presents! I just loved the simplicity of the pattern. Very basic shapes but you know exactly what it is.

There is also a Viewer's Choice Award. On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, you go here to vote for your favourite quilt. You just have to leave a comment with the number/name of your favourite quilt. You could even win a prize just for voting!

You don't have to vote for mine, but I would love it  if you did! 

Thanks to Darlene for hosting this quilt show. If you go here, you can follow the links to see all the quilts in the show!

26 November, 2011

We Have A Winner!

The winner of my very first giveaway is Cheryll of Gone Stitchin'. Congratulations Cheryll!
Eighteen lovely bloggers left comments on my giveaway post (Marilyn left two comments so that's why it says 19 comments). I only counted Marilyn once to make it fair for everyone. I asked Nelson to pick a number between 1 and 18. He chose number 11 and that was Cheryll. 
I've sent you an email Cheryll.

It's a very wet day here in Melbourne. 
What could be better than doing some stitching!

23 November, 2011

My Santa Sack is Overflowing!

The final parcel from Maria for the Santa Sack Swap has arrived. The sack is so full it's actually overflowing! Maria was so thoughtful that she has also sent something along for Noel and the Boys. I'm looking forward to Christmas morning to see what's inside!
I received these lovely buttons and thread from Kim of L'uccello in a recent giveaway. My small collection of vintage sewing things is slowly growing! Thank you Kim.
These are the fabrics I received from the Fabric Traders last week. I've got a couple of ideas what I'll do with them. Thank you Jody and Simone.

Don't forget my giveaway here. The giveaway is open to everyone. You've only got a couple of days left. I'll draw a winner on Friday night.

19 November, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

I signed up for Heidi's Friday Night Sew-In yesterday and this is what I worked on. To see what others worked on, go here.
I finished up the eight hangers I had been working on.
 Then I worked on some more stitching on my Rosalie Quinlan 
"Road to a Friends House" stitchery.
Don't you just love this thread! It is "Pansy" by Cottage Gardens Threads.

Remember that huge egg from yesterday's post. Well, it turned out to be a double yolker and Mitchell was the lucky recipient!

Don't forget my giveaway here. The giveaway is open to everyone.

18 November, 2011

Bits of This & That and a Blogaversary Giveaway!

Last Saturday night Austin had his 13th birthday party with his friends. There were about 20 of them and they were all well behaved (just what I like). Here they all are waiting for the fire to die down ready to start toasting marshmallows. The only hiccup was that one of the boys went through the mat of the trampoline! He wasn't hurt thank goodness. I'll have to see if we can have it patched or whether we need to buy a new one. We've had the trampoline about 4 years and the boys are on it nearly everyday so it's had a lot of wear and tear.
Mitchell made a gingerbread house at school and he brought it home this week. I think he's done a wonderful job for his first attempt. Of course none of the extra lollies I sent him to school with came home! Not that I really expected them to.
A couple of books arrived in the mail last week. The first book was from Christine of Once Upon A Quilt that I won in her recent giveaway. It is called Where Love Resides and is inspired by the film How To Make An American Quilt. Thank you Christine.
The second on is the latest Jennifer Chiaverini book, The Wedding Quilt. It's the next Elm Creek Quilts novel. I love these books and have the whole collection. I've started re-reading them and it's amazing how much I had forgotten. I'm enjoying them as much the second time as the first. Of course, I stopped reading the one I was reading to start The Wedding Quilt!
I got some new chickens last month so we are finally getting our nice home grown eggs again. One of the chickens lays eggs with very soft shells. Sometimes they're so soft they break in the nesting box. Last week she laid this giant egg. It weighed 98 grams! They usually average around 60 grams. That's a 60 gram egg next to it.

Still nothing to show you on the sewing front. All my secret sewing for the Santa Sack Swap is finished and Maria has received all her gifts. You'll just have to wait until Christmas to see what I've been making.I've signed up for tonight's Friday Night Sew In so hopefully I'll have something
to show you tomorrow.
Finally, I realised that it was two years ago on Wednesday that I wrote my first post! Boy, how the time has flown! So I've decided to hold my very first giveaway. I'm giving away three fat quarters of Robyn Pandolph's Hanna Bella Range. I'll also throw in a little surprise as well! Just leave a comment. You don't have to become a follower but you are more than welcome to! I'll draw the winner next Friday night. Good luck!

10 November, 2011

Free Fabric!

Do you want some free fabric? If you head over to Fabric Traders you'll see they are giving away grab bags of fabric. How good is that! All you have to do is visit here and then do a post about your favourite fabric from their store. Go here for more information.
This is what I chose as my favourite. It's A Honey Child Yellow by Jennifer Paganelli.They are not my normal colours but I just love this fabric!

So head over to Fabric Traders and check them out.

07 November, 2011

A Catch-Up!

 I'm partnering Maria in the 2011 Santa Sack Swap and my sack is certainly filling up.
 Last weekend was the Whittlesea Agricultural Show and 
I had some success.
 I got a Highly Commended for my Taste of Christmas hanging.
 I also got a second for Austin's Starry Sensation quilt.
 I couldn't decide which Butterfly Garden cushion to enter into the show so I entered both. They both received Commended certificates.
I joined Melody at the Teddy Bear's Picnic last month and she sent me this lovely little parcel. The cutest teddy scissor fob (made by Melody) and some yummy ladybird chocolates. Have a look at the cute card she made out of yo yo's. Thank you Melody. Melody holds a Teddy Bear's Picnic on the second Thursday of each month. Why don't you come along too!
On the sewing front, I've finished the last of my Santa Sack gifts but of course, I can't show you any of that! I've been stitching my Tis The Season and another stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan. But I can show you what I worked on yesterday. Eight more hangers, some for me because I don't have any myself (I keep giving them away)!