Monday, December 30, 2013

Getting to know "me"

 I have had a very exciting December, My profile was published in the latest edition of Patchwork and stitching Vol 14 no 12 along with my newest design. I was thrilled to be asked  to do this and I was very nervous writing about myself but the article came out so good. The photos are fantastic and I love seeing my quilts and projects in print.

 Some of the projects you see on the pages will be published in future issues of the magazine. I hope you like them.

 These stitcheries are my newest designs and I am so pleased with how they turned out, the pattern is in the magazine . I loved making these. I used wooden buttons  as part of the design and  they really make the scene come alive.

Look out for my pin cushions design in a future issue, I think they are so sweet and would make a wonderful gift for a quilter or make them for yourself.

I am spending most of the christmas holidays working on my newest design, it involves lots of hexagons. I can't wait to show you more.

I hope you all had a joyous christmas, ours was lovely, my inlaws came over from Victoria and stayed for 2 weeks. We all had a great time with them.

I have so many beautiful christmas gifts to show you so I shall be back in a few days .

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Flowers and Christmas

 My summer flowers are looking so pretty in my garden, this glady is just the perfect colour.

 This white lillium  is nice but the bright orange one is my favourite,  Now all we need is a few more hot days  to get my seeds growing, its back to wearing jumpers today. Crazy weather for sure in Tasmania.

 Each day for 5 days we have been opening gifts , these are 3 of them, look at my gorgeous new Reindeer bag, I can't wait to use it for all my sewing goodies.
This Nativity ornament is very sweet,

We have my inlaws staying with us for christmas, we are having so much fun with them.

I don't think I will back on my blog before Christmas so I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thankyou for visiting my blog all year long. it makes my day reading your comments. I have big plans for some new designs next year  and you may even see them  in a few different magazines . Its all very exciting.

Stay safe and enjoy your family at this fun time of year.

Best wishes

Leanne xx

Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa sack swap

 I have received some beautiful gifts from my santa sack partner Cheryl, look at this cute stocking. It was full of wonderful gifts that I couldn't wait to open.
 Opening day was yesterday and I was thrilled with my gifts, a beautiful Journal cover, a charm pack of favourite fabrics and a cute pattern with thread and thread holder. All so lovely.
 Some yummy choccies in the cutest basket,
And as my main gift a lovely table topper with pretty stitcheries. Thankyou to Cheryl for sending me such lovely gifts and thankyou  to the other Cheryll for organising such a wonderful swap. I want to join again next year.

How are you all going with your christmas shopping? Are you brave enough to face the busy shops, we have just the food to buy now.

Have a great day and happy shopping.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dad's quilt.

 Dad's quilt is all finished and its now in the hands of Australia Post, they better look after this very special package. Dad will be 70 on Saturday and I can't wait for him to open his gift from me. Unfortunately dad lives in Queensland and we are in Tasmania  so I couldn't give it to him myself but thats OK.
 I loved making every block in this quilt, choosing fabrics and working out which photo should go where. Its certainly been made with lots of love. I'm happy to say dad is very proud of my quilting and all that I achieve with my designing and being published so I know he will treasure this quilt.
The fabric with the cars is the backing, I'm sure dad had one just like it back in his younger days.

I'm almost ready for christmas. Are you? My inlaws arrive on Wednesday to spend 2 weeks with us so that will be wonderful,  we all get on so well and they are such easy guests.

I hope you have a wonderful week and you beat the christmas rush.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My Friday night sewing.

 I got quite alot of sewing done last night on my dad's photo quilt, I'm making this for his 70th birthday which is later in the month.
 Its coming together so well, Here is my grand parents, photo taken over 40 years ago, sadly they are no longer with us.
 The man on the right of this photo is my dad, with him is his best mate. They went to school together so have been friends for 60 odd years, unfortunately his friend died not that long ago.
 Here is mum and dad, I decided to include the label into the quilt.
All blocks done, now I  just need to finish sewing them together and put on a border.

What do you think? I'm sure dad will love it.

Ok I'm going to see what all my other Friday night sewing buddies got up to.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday night with friends.

Its Friday already and after a busy week I'm ready to sew along with everyone tonight. I plan on working on dad's photo quilt and hopefully a few hexagons for a christmas cushion.
See you all soon.

Pop over to Cheryll's blog to join in.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas decorating and a bit of sewing .

 Yesterday we set up our christmas tree and all the trimmings. It was so much fun talking about the ornaments and remembering funny things. Now the boys are teenagers they aren't really interested in helping set up the tree but our youngest son spent 2 hours with me, we had a great time decorating and chatting about christmas's past.

 Of course I have all my christmas quilty things around the house. I try and make something new each year.
 My favourite quilt designed by Kate Spain is hanging in the hallway. I love this quilt, its so bright and cheery.
 Of course we have all the decorations the boys made when they were little, Nicky made this in prep which was 7 years ago. These are the most precious ornaments we have.
 A week ago it was my friend Stephanys birthday. I made her these tags and filled them with lavender.
And a little bag for her sewing goodies.

I have one christmas gift left to make then I'm done.

Have a wonderful week.

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