Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Stitching

Today's stitching was a nice surprise. We are up to the wreath and holly leaves part of our Christmas wreaths. At first it looked like it wasn't going to be an easy job to sew the actual wreath but after seeing how lovely Norreen's turned out, I was willing to give it another go. 
So glad I did as I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Sandi's husband made us all metal "halos" for the base of the wreaths and they are so much better than the cardboard alternative. 
I think we've worked out it's going to take about 17 hours just to make the holly leaves now! 
They are going to look so good when they're finished and on the wreath.
Norreen had "show and tell" for us with her gorgeous Bronwyn Hayes quilt. I love it! 
I received a bounty of happy mail today. It was like Christmas .... Gail Pan's new Christmas book....a new bunny pattern and kit from Hatched and Patched ( just love Anni's quirky bunnies!) ....and my Tilda swap present has arrived and waiting patiently for me to open this Friday. Cannot wait to see what Sue has made me!!!!! 
And ..... This gorgeous silver quilters necklace from Lynette Anderson. It has a thimble, lucky four leaf clover charms, as well as bling pieces and pearls. I love it!!! 
Then an enjoyable night home for a change. I've finished another row on my Trip Around the World quilt and watched a fabulous movie "Pride" with Jack and Tori. If you get the chance, this is a wonderful true story and definitely worth watching. 
And there goes another month! And what a fabulous month March has been. A birthday that managed to last the whole month, back to back retreats in Brisbane and Nundle, Easter crafting, wonderful catch ups with family and friends and lots of sewing! Can't beat that! 
Have a great week
Teresa xx

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Girls Day in the Country

I have finally made it to my first ever GDITC in Nundle this year. And what a fantastic 4 days it has been. I loved every second from start to finish and I am missing all the girls, all the fun and all the laughs already!!!
Nundle was such a surprise. A very small country town but full of history and wonderful things to see and do. We made the most of every day and yet we still haven't seen it all.
The best part of the trip was meeting up with friends - some I haven't seen since last year or longer, some I saw last week in Brisbane and some I have never met before.
The friendships are definitely the best part.
Our workshop, organised by Kerry from the Cottage on the Hill, was so much fun.
The hall was set up beautifully with our goody bags waiting for us.
Our designer was the lovely Lynette Anderson and the project was a gorgeous table topper of triangle hexies and cute bunny stitcheries.
I have so many photos and precious memories from a wonderful time spent with likeminded bloggers and friends. It was a fantastic time away with you girls. Thank goodness I finally got the Nundle experience and I cannot wait to do it all again!!!! 
Teresa xx

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Road Trip!

We (De, Marilyn and I) set off on the 8 hour road trip to Nundle today. We are meeting up with lots of other bloggers for a workshop with Lynette Anderson. Can't wait for the workshop and to meet up with so many wonderful friends. 
First things first, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast in Warwick, meeting up with Cheryl, Lynda and Susan. 
The drive to Nundle is just lovely as you pass through so many gorgeous country towns with beautiful old houses, churches and buildings. This beauty is Stannum House in Tenterfield. It's for sale too if you have a spare $2 million!!! 
Our accommodation ( Mount Misery Gold Mine) is just full of history. Built in the 1870's it has a museum and goldmine downstairs and was the undertakers at one stage as well. 
Can't wait to check out the goldmine tomorrow! 
Had a lovely dinner at the Nundle Pub which was built in 1860 and has lots of photos of it and its occupants over the years. We will be checking out the rest of the town in the morning. Can't wait. 
Teresa xx

Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Get Stitched 2015

I have been so busy over the last few months and my blog has suffered for it. Hopefully when things settle down I will get back to blogging more frequently. 
Quickly though, I just want to share a few photos from our fabulous annual get together with the awesome girls from Let's Get Stitched. 
This year was in Brisbane and it was a crazy, fun, fabulous four days. I absolutely love these events and catching up with everyone is the best.
Joy, Fee, Dawn and Vicki are the force behind these events and what they do for us to ensure a memorable experience is nothing short of incredible. 
I have so many photos to share and I will get around to posting them eventually. 
One of the highlights, for me this year, was being asked to be one of the secret designers. Being "secret" was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.
I still can't believe none of the Tuesday girls, Helen, Sandi and Norreen and my best buddy, Narelle, had no clue!!!!
This is my project. I've called it the "All in One Place Sewing Binder". It is a binder cover, but inside there are lots of pockets for threads, scissors, pens, sewing notions and a needle case. With your patterns and paperwork in the plastic inserts you can take this binder anywhere and have everything at your fingertips. I've used lots of vintage laces, buttons, ribbons and trims to embellish the front and inside pockets. It was a lot of fun to make. 
I will share more photos as soon as I get another chance. 
Have a great day
Teresa xx

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good Morning!

Just love my new bunny mug! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Natalie Bird Workshop

Today our Sunday Stitchers group got together for a much anticipated visit from Natalie Bird. 
It was a fabulous day. Don't you just love Natalie's quilt behind her? 
We had a choice of 2 gorgeous patterns and this is the one I chose to work on.
However I loved the second pattern very much and got that one too! (As you do!). 
Along with a few gorgeous pieces of fabric. The cute little stitchery was another gift from Natalie. 
Our day would not have been anywhere near as wonderful as it was without the tireless effort of our "fearless leader" Maree. She looks after us so well.
Maree cooked up a storm with cakes, muffins, (the best ever) chocolate brownies, cookies and cup cakes. She made our goody bags, name badges, organised the whole day, and raffles and prizes ... The list goes on.... Thank you so much Maree! 
We got to stitch all day, eat delicious  food, chat with each other and Natalie and have the best day.
Poor Natalie, she had to endure quite a few photographs!!!
A few of us had "Natalie" show and tells, mostly bags and pin cushions and a quilt.
 My progress at the end of the day. 
And what a fabulous day it was!!!! 
Teresa xx  

Warwick Part 3

Wednesday .... We decided to try another cafe/gift store in town. We visited  Warwick Gardens Galore and we were all impressed with the meals we chose. The food was incredible and we will definitely be adding this place to our "must visit" list when we come here again. 
My lunch was so good I thought I'd better try the dessert as well. 
It seems the gift shop was pretty good too! Noela, De, Jenny and Sandi looking very happy with their purchases. 
Norreen spoilt us all with a gift from the shop. This lovely wind chime was for me.
Back to the workroom and more sewing. I made this Retro Rose Bag which I actually bought as a kit the last time I was in Warwick. It has a large ric rac bow on the front and a gorgeous red spot interior. 
I just fell in love with the fabric. 
I also found a lovely spot to photograph my Tilda hexie quilt. 
Sandi finished her two zippered bags. 
Jenny and Helen finished their dolls. 
They are adorable! 
And have the sweetest faces. 
I just love them. 
I've finished another "Postcards" block. 
Susan's progress with her Quilty Christmas quilt. 
De has put all her "T's" together and her quilt is gorgeous (and huge!!) 
We polished off dinner (more leftovers!) and some french wine before hitting the sewing machines again. 
De is working on her Quilt Diva (love this!) 
And I've finished a Christmas UFO I've had for ages. The stitchery is now a red chenille cushion.
On our last morning we had our usual group photo at Glenrose. I've had so much fun with these girls over the last few days. It's been wonderful!!! 
Susan was my lovely cabin buddy and that worked very well. We both like to stay up late and sew and no extreme early mornings for us. I loved your company Susan!!! 
We couldn't leave without one more trip into town and Bryson's. 
And another quilt shop. Sandi was getting comfortable checking out their fabrics. 
 Could we possibly be buying just one more thing??? 
 Thank you girls for making this another wonderful retreat. I've loved every minute (yeah even the fat quarter fiasco!!!)
I don't know what I'd do without your company, the laughs, the friendships and the sheer exhaustion!!!! Miss you already!!
Until the next one.....
Teresa ️xxx