31 December, 2018

Final OPAM for 2018

My last four projects for 2018. 
 Scissor keep for sewing set.
Santa sacks for Steph, Autumn and Madelyn.
Thank you to Peg and Kris for another year of keeping us inspired. 

25 December, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.
Lots of love,
Christine, Noel, Mitchell, Austin and Nelson
Molly and Rex too

23 December, 2018

Last FNSI For 2018!

 Can you believe it's nearly the end of 2018 with Christmas only two days away?
My Christmas stitchery is slowly coming along. This will be my new Christmas decoration for 2019 as I definitely won't get it finished before Tuesday!
Thank you to Wendy to being such a wonderful hostess throughout the year. It is always lovely to stitch along with friends. You can see what the others got up to here.

22 December, 2018

Santa Sacks!

You may remember that last Christmas I made eight Santa Sacks for the
great nieces and nephew's and one for Austin's girlfriend, Paris.
 I've now made three more this year.
 One for Mitchell's girlfriend, Steph.
 Autumn is our new great niece born three weeks ago.
 One for Madelyn, my flowergirl's baby.
I just love this Aussie birds fabric and had to make two of the same.

09 December, 2018

Nelson, FNWF, A Christmas Party And Baking!

 Friday saw Nelson get his manual license. He was one very excited boy! 
Now we have to do the "Five Car Shuffle" each day, making sure that 
the first person out in the morning is at the back. Until now we had one car in the garage and three across the front. Having that fifth car makes it trickier.
 I started my FNWF while I was sitting at VicRoads while 
Nelson had a driving lesson prior to his test.
 I stitched on the labels on three new Santa Sacks.
 I also make a scissor fob.
My sewing set is now complete. 
Just need to buy a little pair of scissors and it's already to be 
wrapped up to give as a Christmas present.
 Today (Sunday) Nelson and I took Molly and Rex to Dog Obedience Club for the Christmas Party. There were lots of games and ribbons. Molly won a ribbon for the dog who could bark on command. She did it at the side but as soon as I went into the centre, she wouldn't! As soon as we left the centre, she barked again. 
She must have had stage fright! Rex won "Most Active Dog"!
They both got a Christmas bag filled with rope toys and doggie treats. 
Plus some lollies for their humans.
 Saturday I started the Christmas baking.
 Three loaves of almond bread.
 Today I did the second baking.
 All ready to pack up for gifts!
Thanks to Chez for hosting us on Friday night.

30 November, 2018

Lavender Sachets and OPAM

 Finally took a photo of the finished lavender sachets. 
Twenty sachets tied up in bundles of four 
ready to be given as little Christmas gifts.
Plus my mini pop-up thread bin.

Twenty one little finishes this month. 
Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.

25 November, 2018

Friday Night Sew-In

This is the second FNSI for November. Somehow I missed the first one!
I got an early start on Thursday when I filled some lavender 
sachets with my homegrown and dried lavender.
Friday night I started stitching the sachets closed.
 I continued on Saturday at a stitching day with a group I'm in - 
the Chit Chat Crafters. I made this! Can you guess what it is?
 It's a mini pop-up thread bin.
It's to go with the sewing set I'm making. 
Just one more thing to be made and the set will be complete.
Thanks to Wendy at Sugarlane Designs for hosting us. 
You can see what other got up to here.

11 November, 2018

In Remembrance 

04 November, 2018

FNWF and A First Prize!

Friday night Noel and I went down to my Mum and Dad's to have fish and chips for tea. The shop near them has the best fish and chips. We've been going there for nearly 40 years and it's still the same man running it with his family!
My plan was to work on my Christmas stitchery while there but I 
left my glasses at home! Hence, no stitching was done!
So I joined the ladies in the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday and stitched 
along with them while binge watching Alias Grace on Netflix. 
This project is slowly coming along.
 Thanks to Chez at Gone Stitchin' for being such a lovely hostess.
 Today, Noel, Nelson and I went to the Whittlesea Agricultural Show. I had entered my Double Wedding ring quilt and got such a surprise to see I had won first prize. Over all the years I have entered quilts, this is the first time I have ever got a first. I've had many 2nd and 3rd prizes. So, needless to say, I was very excited!

01 November, 2018

October OPAM And A Catch Up!

 Two finishes for October.
Baby Madelyn's quilt.
 Sewing bag.
 Thanks to Peg and Kris for keeping us inspired.
 We had a couple of birthdays in October.
Nelson turned 18 on the 22nd.
 My baby is so grown up now.
Bought himself a new car and now just waiting to get his license.
 Two days later, Austin celebrated his 20th birthday.
October also saw the North of the Yarra Quilters exhibition.
I entered my Double Wedding Ring quilt.
A new generation has started quilting in our family. 
This is Harmony, my 7 year old great niece. 
With the help of Grandma, 
Harmony made her first quilt.
As convenor of the quilt show, it was lovely that I was able
to present Harmony with her certificate and prize.
Harmony has been invited to exhibit 
her quilt at next year's Showcase!
I had a win on The Red Boot Quilt Company's facebook page. 
Thank you Toni for my lovely prize.
To finish up, here is a photo of our favourite young people!
Mitchell and Steph, Nelson, Paris and Austin.