Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mini Quilt Swap

 One of the swaps I joined late last year was the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap. #makeaquiltmakeafriend 
 I received my little quilt (and lots of goodies) yesterday from Tarra, all the way from Canada. 
I just love what Tarra has made for me. The colours and fabrics and quilting is perfect. 
I was totally spoilt! 
Gorgeous fabrics, in my favourite colours and fabric ranges, great little sticky notes,  sweet cherry lip balm, a gorgeous tin "T" which is already hanging up on the wall and some yummy coffee, crispy chocolate. Perfect! Everything has been chosen so carefully and so perfectly me!!!! I just love my parcel of goodies. 
The quilt is the perfect size for my little fold out table. I'm wrapped! 
Just had to show you the sticky notes ... "While you were down the rabbit hole...." How cute! 
Thank you so much Tarra for your generous and lovely swap parcel. 
As soon as I'm sure my partner has received her quilt, I will show you what I made in this swap. This has been a lot of fun.  
Teresa xx 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christmas Wreath (part 2)

Well last week's stitching with the Tuesday girls didn't deter us from continuing with our Christmas wreath this week. The next decoration was this little snowman. 
He has cute little pink cheeks and an embroidered face (albeit a wonky one!) 
He was at this stage when we called it a day at Sandi's ..... So after a bit of "homework" .....
He's done! 
Next week is a little present. Surely it will be easier than the santa and snowman decorations! 
Teresa xx 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stitchers

It was lovely to meet up with this wonderful group of ladies today. First catch up for 2015. 
How healthy was our food table this time? Very impressive (and delicious). 
Lots of sewing today as I have a few projects on the go. 
Stitching Jenny's BOM (with a bit of an energy boost!). 
And working on my stitchery from Cathy that I received for Christmas. 
Making a start on my Trip Around the World. This is our challenge project for this year. All sewn by hand and using 2 inch squares. 
Show and tell .....Cheryl and her lovely baby quilt. Love this, especially the pieced border. 
Maureen and Inca with their gorgeous bags. 
Linda showing her (finally) finished bag (one of Joy's patterns). Linda was also our early birthday girl today as next month we are doing a workshop and decided to give her her fat quarters a month early. 
Busy, busy .....
We were also very lucky to have a visit from Tatyana and cute little Dasha. 
So wonderful to be back together today...... And we had lots of organising to do for this year! So far we have 3 workshops planned (our Natalie Bird one is next get together in February), retreats to Warwick and Nundle to be planned as well as the start of this year's quilting project (hand sewn Trip Around the World). 
It's going to be a great year. 
Teresa xx
Finished my first little block! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New.....

Today my daily photo challenge (which I've  been doing for 3 years now!) was.... New. 
Perfect as I found this great new pattern on Facebook and we are going to have a new baby in our family - the first great grandchild on my husbands side. 
It's a super little pattern for a baby's rattle. Nice bright colours, a couple of bells inside to make some noise and ribbons to chew on! It's also the perfect size for little hands. 
And as usual .....I couldn't stop at one!!! Aren't they cute? 
If you'd like to make one as well... you will find the super tutorial HERE. Just a note though.... I have omitted sewing buttons on as suggested in the tutorial, just in case!
Have a great day!
Teresa xx

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A start.....

Stitching with the Tuesday girls today and we made a start on our wreaths. We hope to encourage each other to make this wreath before next Christmas - that means each week working on all the beaded and embroidered decorations as well as all the holly leaves and the wreath itself. Who's idea was this???? (Helen!!!) 
After much discussion about the instructions and the pattern we did make a start and I can now see that this is no simple, quick to make project. Lunch was a much better option. 
Well we laughed most of the time and we were totally confused the rest of the time but I can happily say that we did persevere. In fact by the end of the day we were quite pleased with ourselves and the first decoration has been conquered. 
We may even enjoy this....
Next week is a snowman.....
Hope you've had a great day too!
Teresa xx

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday with the Girls

So lovely to be back stitching with the girls today. First time since Christmas and I've missed them!
A little bit of stitching was done on this cute kit (so much fun working with wool). 
And I finished the binding on my table runner. First finish for 2015! Love these little cups (they're from Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun) and I love this fabric range (Bliss by Moda). 
It's so fresh and pretty. 
We are all working on this Christmas wreath project for next Christmas so today was the day we started organising ourselves to get this completed. Maybe a decoration or two each month will see it finished in time. You can't tell by the photo but there is a LOT of work in this with embroidery and beading on each piece. There was also lots of talk about our upcoming retreat (can't wait!) and lots of laughing as usual. 
So nice to be back to our usual Tuesday fun. 
Teresa xx

Friday, December 12, 2014

Celebrating Helen's Birthday (again!!)

Yesterday we went to the wonderful cafe - Whisky Business - and had the most amazing high tea to really celebrate Helen's birthday. 
This is such a lovely little place with a great atmosphere and the most amazing high tea, menu and macarons!!!
Just love this photo of the four of us, taken by our waitress. Don't we look like well behaved ladies??? 
The food here is just amazing. And certainly lots of it!!! 
And just when you think you can't eat another bite ... They bring out ice cream and salted caramel and panna cotta and rhubarb. Talk about a sugar hit!!!
The lovely birthday girl. So glad we got to celebrate with you twice this week!!! Does this mean we all get two days of birthday celebrations next year???? Not sure if I could handle that ha ha!!!!
Have a great day! 
Teresa xx