Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gossip in the Garden and Other Progress

This months Gossip blocks (the dresdens) are finished and this is a photo of the "Gossip" girls at last Sundays get together.
As you can see, lots of varying finishes ha ha. We've given ourselves 2 months this time to get the next blocks done and hopefully give the girls time to catch up. There is a lot of work in each of the blocks that's for sure! 
I've been working on the next months blocks and I have finished this one (and the weeds grew wildly in the old tea pot) 
And this small appliqué block. 
I have also finished the stitching on Jodie (of Ric raC's) "Work in Progress" bag. Now to put it together. I've heard the handle is a bit fiddly so I hope there won't be too much swearing when I come to that part. 
I've received this months "Like a Jigsaw" pack from Sue Daley and once again, I love it all. The fabrics are just gorgeous. This months templates are 1" hexies and 3" triangles. 
Another parcel of happy mail I've received are these gorgeous fabrics from the "Nevermore" range. This is the range I made my bag from on retreat earlier this month. I love it! Now, what to make with it? Hmmmm? 
Hope you are having a lovely week! 
Teresa xx

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Warwick Part 3 (last one I promise!)

Last post about our retreat to Warwick... I promise!
Maree gave us all a wonderful Christmas in July dinner while we were there. She is so good to us... and with all the trimmings as well (oh! those spuds!!)  Linda brought along our dessert of sticky date pudding and caramel sauce... she is fast becoming famous for this (well her hubby is!) as it so delicious! 
Sandi, Helen and I had a little Christmas gift for everyone and didn't Sandi dress them up nice for us?
Inside was a little kit with wool felt and thread to make a Christmas decoration.
This is mine which I finished after the retreat. 
I also finished this stitchery while at Glenrose. It is for a bag by Natalie Bird which a few of us are making. 
I have my fabrics all picked out for it....thanks to a few purchases at the shop...
In the colours I love... black, white and red.
I also finished off this months blocks for Gossip in the Garden. I am loving the dresdens... even if they took forever to make!
We tried to get a group photo of all of us and the sun wasn't being too kind...
I like this photo much better....What a great group of ladies.
Sandi, me and Helen
My cabin buddies left on the Thursday for home, but I was having way too much fun and decided to stay one more day with the rest of the girls. So it was "goodbye:" to Helen and Sandi and off to make a quick check of our cabin (and my bed) as I was so sure they would do "something:" to the room now that I had it to myself. I was so sure they would short-sheet my bed.... 
When I pulled back the covers this is what I found.... Well Sandi did promise me I wouldn't be alone... and I thought she was trying to scare me! Never, ever a dull moment with these girls.
 
Just a few photos of our beautiful surroundings at Glenrose....
 
Then a wonderful trip home with the lovely De and Marilyn... with one more stop at Brysons before we head off...Can't help ourselves.
De, Alison and Marilyn
Thank you girls for another amazing, wonderful retreat. I loved every moment, every conversation, every laugh and every stitch with you all. This has been so much fun. 
Teresa xx

Warwick Retreat Part 2

 Firstly, I have to warn you.....You may want to get yourself a cuppa.... there's a lot of photos in this post!
Second day of our retreat found us at Brysons! Our favourite shop in town for browsing, shopping, coffee and caking and lots of oohing and ahhing!!! Such a gorgeous shop full of beautiful things.
Warwick is such a lovely place to visit and we did a bit of the tourist thing as well as shopping.
As you can see it was a gorgeous day.
I bought some gorgeous French General fabrics and these wonderful Christmas fabrics from a great Quilting shop, Canning Town, in Warwick as well. Then it was back to Glenrose and some serious stitching, creating and sewing. The girls were very industrious.... 
Here's some of what we achieved over the week.....
Helen and her jelly roll quilt.
 
Cheryl and her absolutely gorgeous mini quilt...
 
Maree's stunning Auntie Green's Garden...
 
These gorgeous blocks were made by Marilyn....
A lot of work in Lynda's Social Tote.
I think Maree was very happy to get this bag finished!
De and her fresh and bright quilt for her daughter...
Alison and her sweet table cloth...
Sandi and her Sew Together Bag... she wasn't the only one to make one of these....
Weren't we a productive bunch?
 I finished this great little quilters compendium which was our project from Let's Get Stitched in Melbourne by Marilyn. I love it!!!
 
Inside there are pockets for cards, notes, receipts and a pen, a see through pocket for fabric pieces and a notebook. This is going to be sooooo handy!
We had a little visitor.... isn't he cute?
 
These are our lovely gifts from Glenrose Cottage... moscato, nibblies and gorgeous fabric for each of us. We certainly are spoilt here.
Sorry about the long post... and all the photos ... but this is definitely a time and place I want to remember forever. I have a few more photos of our Christmas in July dinner and another finish to go....
Hope you're having a lovely week.
Teresa xx

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Warwick Retreat Part 1!

It is that time of the year again when I am lucky enough to go on retreat with a wonderful bunch of ladies to Glenrose Cottage in Warwick. The boot of Helen's car is well and truly packed and Sandi tried very hard to pack the kitten as well....as if Helen wouldn't notice!!!! We had to leave her behind....
We are always greeted at Glenrose with a wonderful morning tea of fresh scones and a cuppa.
Maree (our wonderful, tireless leader and organiser) did everything to take a photo of us all sitting around the table eating our morning tea...
I just love this photo and the effort involved in fitting us all in that photo!!!
Home sweet home for the next four days... and my cabin buddies, Helen and Sandi start moving in!
As always the cabins are beautifully welcoming. This is my bed with it's sweet little teddy. 
As soon as we set up in the work room we were all given a gorgeous bag of goodies from Maree. Full of chocolates, a sewing challenge, a gorgeous Theordora Cleave stitching book and a wonderful, personalised wine glass charm...
Which was well and truly used and loved!
The sewing challenge was a great little thread catcher and this is mine. Love the colours and fabrics Maree chose for me.
How good do all our little catchers look? Great start to the retreat!
 
Helen got straight into her jelly roll Christmas quilt. 
Monday was also the lovely Cheryl's birthday.  SHE spoiled US!!! We had a lovely afternoon tea ......
And then she made us the most dellicious dinner in the evening!!!
The birthday girl, in her tiara, with her birthday cake. 
We had a fabulous night with a game of pass the parcel (organised by De) with gifts all the way and then to top it off... Helen had party bags for all of us. It's been a very long time since I've played games like this and gone home with party bags and it was so much fun. 
It really was a fabulous first night and a great way to start off the week. 
I had my first finish for the retreat. It's called the Nevermore Bag (because of the fabric) and it's huge! It first caught my eye because of the fabric and it was lovely to put together and a great pattern. My mum loved it and it will be on it's way to her next week. I think I will make the bag again, though, as it was fun to make and is a great size. 
A very productive, enjoyable first day!
Teresa xx