30 April, 2014

FHFS Dresden Swap and April OPAM!

We have just had our first swap in our Friends Having Fun Swaps. I was partnered up with Michelle of Rag-Tag Stitchin' and decided to make her a table topper. I know Michelle likes red so that is the colourway I chose.
I've never made a Dresden plate before and it was so much easier than I thought. I really enjoyed making it and will definitely be making more at some point.
 I decided to stitch another Dresden 
in the centre of the plate.
Of course, I also sent along some other goodies. Some red DMC thread as I know Michelle uses a lot of that. A block of Lindt chocolate. I though Michelle could eat one block a day for 18 days. Or 2 blocks over 9 days. Maybe 3 blocks over 6 days or even 18 blocks in one go! 
Of course, I know she didn't do the last one! LOL!
Michelle also loves birds and I found 
this gorgeous little ceramic hanger.

I hope you enjoy using your table topper Michelle. 
I really enjoyed making it for you.
 Thank you to Shez and Peg for organising this fun swap.

This gives me a grand total of one, yes one, 
project for the month of April!

April Finishes
Linking up with Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew.

27 April, 2014

Tumbling Along!

 Remember this I showed you a couple of posts ago? I still felt it looked a little girly (even though Chez told me she didn't feel it was). I just wasn't happy with it. 
So I went and got some green to add to it.
 Anzac Day I sewed all the tumblers together 
and I am much happier with it now. 
I bet after all this, the baby will turn out to be a girl!
Here's a close-up of some of the fabrics. Sorry about the photos. There wasn't much light inside at the time. I'm going to piece the left overs into squares for the backing. 
It can then be a reversible quilt and I get to 
use up the rest of the fabric!

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. 
We'll be heading off to the footy soon!

23 April, 2014

Quilty Stitches Progress!

I thought I would give you an update on my Quilty Stitches Sampler A Long with Corey (Little Miss Shabby). 
Block 7 is the Lone Star of Paradise.
The seven blocks so far. I am just loving getting 
back into some cross-stitch.

21 April, 2014

I've been playing . . . . .

 . . . . with my Go Cutter. 
Over 160 tumblers cut out in no time!
All laid out ready to start sewing.

I am using the extra 17 fat quarters of 1930's I had
to buy back in 2010 to get the needed red fabric 
to finish my Double Wedding Ring quilt. 
You can read about them here, here and here.

20 April, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter.
Love from
Christine, Noel, Mitchell, Austin and Nelson.

19 April, 2014

Final Camping Post and FNSI

 Our final afternoon was spent relaxing.
Can you guess what I'm doing?
 Yes, you're right. Stitching!
I managed to get a bit of stitching done for the week.
 I stitched Block 6 of my Quilty Stitches Sampler A Long.
Finished stitching my snowman.
 Started on a new secret project.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we got up to
on our holiday. 
You didn't get too bored, I hope!

 I joined Wendy and the girls for Friday Night Sew-In. As it was a holiday, I got an early start on my sewing.
Block 10 is put together which is good as
Block 11 is on it's way!

Then I almost finished Block 7 of my Quilty Stitches Sampler A Long with Corey while watching  the movie, Chocolat. I'm sure if there had been football on the tv,
I would have got it finished! LOL!

18 April, 2014

More Khancoban

As the NSW school holidays didn't start until this week, the caravan park was very quiet. As you can see, there is just our camper. There was another camp on the other side so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
It rained most of Thursday so a quiet day was had inside. The boys stayed up in the cabin with our friends and I sat in our quiet camper and stitched!
 The obligatory selfie by Austin.
Molly did one too!
Didn't know she was so clever, did you!
Friday turned out a lovely day. We went to what is known as "The Boat Ramp" for a BBQ lunch.
 It was just so beautiful here.

More swimming.
Molly had a great time running around here.
Mitchell, Austin, Dale and Nelson.

Then it was back to the caravan park for a final few hours of relaxation before heading to the pub for a delicious dinner.

17 April, 2014

Pioneer Women's Hut (Part 2)

There were many household items to see. 
 Don't you just love covered jugs!
I just love these tea towels.They were made by a Marie Grove. She started a Glory Box when she was about 
ten years old. She kept the tea towels in that box 
and they were never used.

The stitching on these was so neat.
 For the laundry.
How cute are those pegs!
 Needle cases.
 Lots of embroidery.
 Doily holders.
 Sewing notions.
This spinning wheel was used during World War I to spin wool for making socks and scarves for soldiers.
A needle case.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing just some of the many items at the Pioneer Women's Hut. If you ever get the chance, 
it is well worth the visit.