Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Monday, 7 April 2014

Friday Night With Friends...

Friday night, I was so tired relaxed that I could have fallen asleep on the sofa... but there was Milo to drink & quilt labels to stitch on, so no slacking off for me!
Thank you so much once again to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night With Friends... I do so look forward to it each month...

A little stitching fuel helped me to get over my lull...
...& stitch the labels onto their quilts.
One for the Disappearing Nine Patch I made late last year...
And the other, for my more recently finished Postage Stamp Quilt...
I finally got around to doing a bit of a 'photo shoot' with the PS quilt, so I thought I would share some of my favourite pics...
This hand (& its mate!) made this quilt... I still can't believe little old me did such a thing!
~*♥ Have a wonderful week & I hope you get to do something you love♥*~

Friday, 4 April 2014

Easter Mini Quilt Gifts & Goodies...

There is still not much sewing happening here, but I can at least share with you the lovelies of the Easter Mini Quilt Swap...
I have really come to love these little treasures, & this swap has had me make for a new-to-me blogging acquaintance, & receive from a longer-time blogging buddy.

I was chuffed when I saw I was to make a mini quilt for Cathy, who blogs at Cathy's Sewing Room... her sewing skills are amazing, & I always love to see her latest blocks... very clever girl she is...
'Hoppy Easter' from The Birdhouse has been in my pattern box for a while now, so I took my opportunity to make it for Cathy... isn't that bunny so cute?!
I also added in some little extras... a couple of candles... sadly the choccy's got travel-sick & did not arrive in good shape... (that will teach me for sending choccy in March!)
I loved sewing & stitching for you Cathy, glad you like it!

My postie is a quirky Irish guy, who says I am either doing a lot of online shopping or selling drugs, because I seem to be receiving little packages on a regular basis... my latest parcel was neither...Instead it was Easter goodies from my gorgeous blogging buddy Fiona (Bubz Rugz)...
 Fiona has wonderful quilting skills, & I am so blessed to own a little of it now...
The M&Ms are hidden away from the hungry teens of the house!
Thank you so much Fiona for sending me a parcel of Easter goodness, I love it all!



Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' is the co-ordinator of the Mini Quilt Swaps, & if you are interested to find out more, you can go here.
To Cathy & Fiona... Thank you again for being part of my Easter x
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I just realised that I have one last birthday parcel to share... my fq's from my blogging buddy Wendy at Sugarlane Designs... Wendy went to Melbourne just before my birthday & when she was there, she picked up these very yummy pieces & extras for me... I had been spying on the green one, so Wendy must have read my mind... Just perfect Wendy, thank you x
(sorry to be blogging it so late, Wendy)
Now my birthday fq's are a very pretty pile of purple & green joy, just sitting happily on the shelf in my Sewing Space... but they won't be there for long!

Looking forward to FNWF tonight... got quilt labels to stitch on...
xo

Friday, 28 March 2014

CTTY Winner, & Very Little Stitching Going On...

Wow, I was really blown away with the number of links for Christmas Through The Year for March!
Well done everyone & thanks so much for joining me...The little prize for March CTTY goes to 
~*~CHRISTINE~*~
Well Done Christine (McDonald's Patch) & as I have your mailing address already, I'll be popping a little something in the mail for you this week!
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With the work days I have had lately, & all the usual demands, I've not done much stitching... BUT I have finished stitching all the binding for my Postage Stamp Quilt! Yay me!
And it looks fabulous, even if I say that myself...
I want to make a label for it, but I am not sure what sort of information I am supposed to put on a quilt label, so if anyone has any advice or tips for me, I'd really appreciate that.

When mrHS had his oral surgery a few weeks ago, I took some stitching with me for the day... great for when there is lots of sitting around to be done. She is the second stitchery for my Tis The Season quilt; TTS is my long-term project for participating in the '1 Xmas Item A Month' blog.
Isn't she cute?! I might even start on the next stitchery some time this weekend...

Oh, I have been forgetting that I also made two Easter mini quilts... one of them was sent away today to my secret partner for the Mini Quilt swap... the other is staying with me because it's a cute design I've wanted to make for ages! I'll be able to share pics when I know that my parcel has reached its new home.
Oh I am glad I remembered about making them, or else it would be very little to share indeed!

♥Thanks for popping by & I hope you have a lovely weekend♥

Friday, 21 March 2014

March FNSI... In A Bind...

Wendy is doing such a great job of having us all over to her cyber-home at Sugarlane Designs each month for Friday Night Sew In... Thanks so much Wendy xo
You can go here to see the list of other participants & what they worked on for their evening... or day... or both!

My Friday started off beautifully... with a kangaroo from the nearby golf course stopping in for some brekky... that was lovely because we had not had one in our gardens almost all summer...
 
After dinner, I got myself into a bind... of the best kind... I finally started work on stitching into place the binding of my Postage Stamp Quilt... I surprised myself with how much I got done in those few hours.
There are a few more evenings of this ahead of me... fold, stitch... fold stitch... but the finish line is getting closer!

x♥x Thanks for dropping in to my blog, & I hope you have a wonderful weekend x♥x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

March Link-Up for 'Christmas Through The Year'

Welcome to Christmas Through The Year for March... yes I said March!
My Christmas gift item this month is a sweet little purse that I am stashing away for my darling little niece, & when December comes I will be adding some girly extras I know she will love...
I am usually quite good with zips, but this one was determined to disobey me... however, I got the better of it in the end! This little purse measures at just 4 x 5 inches, & is lined with the same pink as the contrast strip on the front...
Did you make a Christmas gift this month? Want to share it with us?
All you need to do is share your item on your own blog, then link that post directly to the linky tool here... Easy!
As usual, there is a little prize for one lucky person who links up.


Saturday, 15 March 2014

A "Cake & Candles" Winner...

WOW!

Thank you everyone who entered my "Cake & Candles Giveaway" for 2014... & I did so love reading the stories that some of you shared! 

 As you can see, MrRNG has come up with a number...
Comment #19 is SUSAN! Well done Susan & I hope you enjoy your little package. Please just send me your mailing address when you are back from your second honeymoon.
Susan's blog is ThimbleStitch... & I can tell you, she does the most perfect needleturn stitching humanly possible...


Methinks that next year I might need to have two prizes for my C&C giveaway... yes?!... being that so many people entered. Thank you again everyone, it's been fun!

All this Birthday-ing has interrupted my sewing & stitching, so I am looking forward to fitting some of both at the end of my work days in the coming week...
Hopefully I will have finished my Christmas Through The Year item for this month too... the linky will be up on Thurs 20th...

Here endeth the Birthday proceedings for another year!!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Birthday Goodies To Share...

What a really wonderful few days I have had... thank you to all my wonderful Blogging friends who have sent me good wishes, I really appreciate it... & selfishly, I will say that as my Birthday is the one day in a year I call my own, I will take all the fuss & extra love that comes my way!



I am part of the Fat Quarter Birthday Club, & I have to say I have been so touched with the beautiful fabrics & extra gifts I have received from the ladies...

Each of us has been assigned one other lady to send a Special Gift to, & I am so blown away with my Special Gift made by Illene (RetDairyQueen)...








A beautiful sewing box, satin-lined & felt-covered... don't you love the sentiment... yes indeed I would "Love To Sew All Day"!! 









Illene has also made a perfectly folded octagonal box filled with choccy's, & a very pretty beaded & stitched Angel, who I have named 'Illene' (of course!)
Along with the breast cancer pen, notebook & sweet-smelling heart, Illene has totally blown me away with such a magnificent parcel of goodies... Thanks Illene - I love it all!!






















The girls of the FQ Club have sent me a delicious selection of fq's, in greens & purples... aren't they gorgeous?! Girls, you have spoiled me, THANKS AGAIN xx 














The FQ girls also sent me a very pretty array of extra goodies...




















 I have made some lovely friends in Blogland... & it was extra special to receive gifts from two very amazing ladies...


Katherine at Rose Cottage was one of my first swap partners & we have continued our friendship since then... aren't these just too pretty for words?? I feel a Gail Pan project would be good for these...





Clearly Tracee (Quilt Kitty Loves Life) knows two of my loves... & she's combined them to make one love-love-love table runner...

Thank you Katherine & Tracee... for your gifts & more importantly for your friendship xx






As you know, last year Sunny (Quilting Dreams) & I figured out that we are birthday 'twins' so we did a swap...
Sunny has sent me a sewing machine cover in fabrics I adore, the cutest little pin cushion to sit right at the front of MissPfaff, & some other goodies too...
Here's what I sent to Sunny...
How could I not have had a wonderful Birthday with all this spoiling going on??!
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The nursing duties are done with for now... both patients are 'discharged'... which is good timing because I have the next two weeks booked solid with work days... 
We have been getting some stunning weather this week, & even had about 5½ drops of wet stuff yesterday... My beautiful city had not had a single drop for 96 days, our longest on record.

It's hard not to be aware of the goings on in a Queensland court today... what an unthinkable horror was visited upon an innocent boy & his family... the work of the various Police forces is truly amazing... all just makes me want to hold my own children just that little bit closer...

There is still time to get your name in for my Cake & Candles Giveaway... 
I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow (Sat Aus time)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Another Birthday Girl...

... is my blogging buddy Sunny in the USofA...
why not pop over to her blog
& wish her Happy Birthday, too!
 
While you are there, make sure you have a good look around... Sunny is very clever with her sewing & stitching... and also shares some wonderful nature pics... do go visit her blog!

It was last year that we figured out we share a birthdate, so this year to celebrate, we have done a 'Same Dates Swap'... my parcel has arrived to Sunny, & I'm sure hers will be delivered to me very soon.

Happy Birthday to my Blogging Buddy SUNNY xo

"Cake & Candles" Giveaway

I don't like to make too much fuss of my own Birthday, but last year I had such fun doing a Giveaway, I decided to make it an annual thing... kinda like a Birthday...
 
So, welcome to my second annual "Cake & Candles" Giveaway...
The booty this year is one of the fab crochet-print bags I made recently (did anyone pick up my hint in the earlier post?)... a compact tape measure for your handbag (I wouldn't be without mine!) plus a skein of the very pretty variegated thread I cross-stitched with recently & some co-ordinating ones.
 
Here's a Birthday funny for you... in my family there are a few Birthdays in September & October... so one year when we were all together (which was rare) my Mum made one of her legendary super-big cakes & proceeded to adorn it with candles to exactly match the combined ages of the Birthday people...
ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX!
When the time was right, Mum & Dad set to, & started lighting as many candles as they could, only to have the whole darn cake erupt into what my MIL proclaimed to be a 'conflagration'...
The flames were at least a foot high & the molten candle wax rapidly entombed the cake, rendering it completely inedible!
Barely a birthday goes by in our family since then, without reference to that poor cake!!

To enter, just leave a Comment on this post...
And just for fun, tell me about a Birthday plan that hasn't gone quite right.
(If you don't have a disaster story, you can still enter)
I will announce a winner here on Saturday, & yes it's open internationally!

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