Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas gifts

 Good Morning everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, we sure did. It was  a quiet day but very nice.
 I received some beautiful gifts from my lovely friends and i was so happy with all the gifts I made this year as well, Above is part of my friend Cathy's gifts, she loves Lori Holt so I made her a pouch with pieced blocks in the back and front out of Lori Book, It was a really fun project.
 I also made Cathy this very sweet cross stitch stocking ornament,
 Sewing bags were popular this year, I received this lovely caddy sewing bag for my part of my online stitching group gifts, Its a great size and will be used all the time to hold my supplies, Thankyou Kerry.
 I made this sweet basket for my dear friend Christine in the UK.
 My mother in law sent this cute singer music box.  Its so cute.
 These were my gifts from Cathy, Love  the stitchery in the frame.
 Christine sent me these beautiful goodies, I love this mini quilt, its so pretty and in my favourite fabrics,
An awesome pattern that I can't wait to make, some buttons and bliss fabric. Love everything . Thankyou my friend. xx

I have 2 more weeks of holidays to enjoy, we aren't going away so I'll be spending my time pottering around at home, catching up on some jobs and of course sewing.

Have a great day.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Shopping & Sewing

 I was up at the crack of dawn this morning, it has been really hot here in Tassie the last few days and I couldn't sleep, laying in bed I thought if i get up now I could do some sewing. Then I thought ... if I get up now I could head to Kmart which is open 24 hours a day and do the rest of my Christmas shopping, so thats what I did. I wasn't the only one there either, While I was shopping I found a few things that I just loved so of course I bought those to, You   know that feeling when you get home and think oh I wish I had bought that, well thats how I felt when I saw these pretties but I bought them straight away. I do love a good cup of tea and this little box was so cute, with tea bags and jams inside. What got me was the bird tea infuser.
 I also found this really cute mason jar that doubles as measuring cups. I love these. Now I'm thinking I should have bought two.

 I have been slowly working on these Nested Churn dash blocks, now all my Christmas sewing is done I can work on something for me. I have a couple of weeks holidays over Christmas so I plan to sew more of these. They finish at 24 inches so quite big. I'm thinking I'll make 9 and then decide if I should keep going.
 They are so much fun to make. I am using all my Kansas troubles fabrics. This quilt will be perfect for winter. I love the warm colours of these fabrucs.

I tried my  latest quilt  finish on my bed and I think it will look  really nice in my bedroom, now I am motivated to get the binding on. Another job for my holidays.

So are you all ready for Christmas. We just about are.

Enjoy your day and thankyou for stopping by.

Monday, December 14, 2015

A New Week

 Here we are another week closer to Christmas? Are you almost organised. I'm happy to say that I am. Just a few gifts to post tomorrow and I'm done.
 I wanted to share a few of my christmas treasures with you all. I'm sure we all have our favourite ornaments and decorations we like to bring out each year. These are some of mine.

 My dear friend Jo made me this ornament, it has traveled a very long way to get here.
 These are some gifts I received in the Instagram Aussie Christmas swap, So pretty. Thankyou to my partner.
 Yesterday I spent a couple of hours making these fabric bon bons for my co workers, I have filled them up with treats. I love using up fabrics from my stash.

 Saturday I collected my quilt from Sarah, oh the quilting is amazing. I love the feel and the look of the whole design. This quilt is for my bed so I had better forget the fact that I don't really like binding and get a move on with it.

Only 7 work days left for me and I'm on Christmas holidays. I can't wait. I have so much sewing planned.

Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by. xx

Sunday, December 6, 2015

New designs and a cover page

 Yesterday I had a bit of a crafty day, doing little projects I have wanted to do for ages but never took the time to do, Here is one of them, I repainted my cross stitch frame and I love how it came out. Looking back at it I was wondering why on earth I chose to paint it gold all those years ago. Its funny how our tastes change as we get older.
 So now its a pretty aqua, I sanded it back gently to give it a bit of worn look. Now I have a question for you, the painted finish  is very dull and I would like it to have a gentle shine so what can I use to make this happen, do I need to seal it?  I think it would a whole nicer if it had a professional finish. Any help would be great.

 In more exciting news from the Land of Lizzie the Quilter, My latest design has landed on the cover of the latest issue of Homespun Magazine. My Magazine arrived on Friday and boy was I excited when I opened it and saw my design staring right at me.
 My project is a pouch and actually the magazine have photographed the back of the design  but is fine but i think the front is much prettier.

 Tiny little dresden blocks in my favourite fig tree fabrics. I loved making this project.

Beautiful photography as always.

Thankyou Homespun magazine you have made me so very happy and thankyou to all of you for reading my blog every week and giving me such encouraging comments.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas gifts & sewing

 Christmas sewing is in full swing in my sewing room, Each weekend for a few weeks now I have been working on some very special gifts. Some are with Australia post already, winging their way to the other side of the world.  During the week I received a beautiful Christmas gift from my dear friend Alison, we joined a christmas swap on Instagram and Alison made  for me.  I received the most beautiful mini Christmas quilt, In my very favourite fig tree fabrics, Its so pretty and perfect for me.

 Alison also sent me the cutest tea cup. I love it.  Thankyou Alison I love all my gifts.

 I have been working on some  gifts for some dear friends, but I can only show a little peek. I love this pink snowman fabric.

 I have made some nice Liberty lavender bags, these are fun and so quick to. Great for using up scraps.
I'm sure you are busy working on your Christmas sewing to, have a great day and thankyou for stopping by my little blog.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Home made for Christmas

 Good Morning,I have joined up with the lovely Jenny of Elefantz to celebrate homemade gifts. I for one love to make Home made gifts for my family and friends. I love to see their faces when they open up my gift and they realize the thought and effort I have gone to  just for them.
 Its always a bit tricky as to what to make but once I get an idea I'm right to go. I always think about the colours I'm going to use and the purpose of the gift.
 I like to make useful gifts so I have made some very easy zipper pouches, these take less than a couple of hours to make.
 I had some christmas scraps so I whipped up this sweet pouch. Perfect for the holiday season.
 I made these 2 pouches from just 2 fat quarters, one for the outside and one for the lining. If you cut carefully you can easily get a big pouch and a smaller one  to go with it.
 I found these beautiful designs on pinterest. If you are ever stuck for an idea on what sort of gifts you would like to make, pop on over ans take a look, there is so much to see and get your inspired.

 I love these ear phones holder, so cute don't you think. The tutorial for making these can be found here.
I love these ipad covers to.

 Makes me want to start sewing right now.

I hope I have helped you come up with a few ideas for your gift list.

Happy sewing.

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