Monday, September 15, 2014

Stitchers Dream Day Out

I had a lovely day out yesterday with a whole bunch of like minded ladies and great friends. We spent the day in Toowoomba at the Stitchers Dream Day Out. It was fabulous! Our room and pretty tables and goodie bags .... how good does it look

 Our guest designers for the day were Libby Richardson and Debbie McGee and I have made quite a few of their projects over the years, so I was really looking forward to this!
 Our goodie bags were full of 5 lovely projects and patterns, fabrics and other sewing gifts.
Our projects for the day.... Debbie's stitchery pillow (it has a flap that opens up and holds your needles and scissors) and a butterfly needlecase, also the  Sweet Memories Board... Libby's journal cover and fabric painted and appliqued teddy cushion.The fabrics are gorgeous.
Libby teaching us how to paint our teddy bear onto fabric... I loved this! Hmmm... I can see Noela, and Lynda and Marilyn too!!!
My progress so far.... One painted teddy, ready to cut out and applique...
And my teddy stitchery for the journal cover in gorgeous Cottage Garden thread "lavender:"
Lunch was a very healthy affair with chicken and salad wraps and fruit platters. It was great catching up with everyone!
Of course there were many, many gorgeous things to entice us to buy. I came home with a gorgeous bundle of Tilda fabrics and a beautiful glass trinket bowl.The sweet little Tilda peg is from Sandi as a lovely reminder of the wonderful day we all had together.
And I can never seem to resist anything with a bird on it these days!... I love this twine holder and birdy jar.
Well I had the best day.... because I had my lovely friends around me and we really enjoyed ourselves... And we weren't kicked out for laughing too much either!!! It was great to catch up with Fiona (Bubz Rugz) too who I haven't seen for ages.
Thank you girls for a wonderful day!
Oh didn't really think I went all day eating just healthy stuff did you????
We had a lovely little stop at the Chocolate Shop at Highfields before going home, and I had this delicious coconut rough cheese cake. Perfect end to a perfect day!
Have a great week!
Teresa xx

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Holiday Stitching

I have a week off work and I am making the most of my time! I have a list of things to do like you wouldn't believe!!!Unfortunately though, Ive found new things to add to that list and it seems to be growing, instead of shrinking!!!
I have started Wendy's Christmas stitch along... "Lets Start Christmas SAL" (you can see all about it HERE)
I've finished the first block and it was so much fun... Can't wait for the next one!
I have also finished Natalie Birds :"Sunshiny Day Bag". I love this pattern! Love the stitchery! Very happy with the way it turned out. I have changed the position of the handles as it wasn't sitting quite right so far apart. This also made them a bit longer and easier to put over my shoulder.
I also added a pocket inside and a key ring holder. I'm thrilled to bits with the fabrics as I love wearing black, white and red. This is going to go with so many things!
This is the back. I bought the fabrics when I was on my last retreat at Warwick and actually completed the stitchery on retreat as well. It's a great feeling putting it all together and having a finish.
My "Gossip in the Garden" quilt is coming along nicely. This months blocks include two blocks of hexies. I've finished them and just have to cut them to shape now (I don't really want to cut into them!!!)
And two little applique blocks....
As you may know, my eldest son went to New Zealand last January for a 4 week holiday. He fell in love with the place and has been holidaying and working there ever since. (Sad mum here!!!) Anyway.... He's going to get a visit next week and get a little dose of home to cure his home sickness!
My youngest is going over to stay with him for a week and spend some time with him. I would give anything to see these two at the airport when he gets off the plane!!! So jealous and wish I could be going over there too for that week.... but so happy and thrilled for the pair of them.
We had a bit of stress up until yesterday as Jack's passport hadn't arrived and we only had one (yes one!!!) day left before he goes! Nothing like leaving everything to the last minute!!! So pleased to see him pick his passport up!
Okay.... that's it for me at the moment...
I have some serious crossing off of my "To Do" list....
And some time with my boy before he leaves...
Have a great day!
Teresa xx

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Bit of Sewing...

I couldn't wait to make something with the great sewing themed fabric I bought yesterday. So after work last night (I know I'm crazy! It was after midnight!!!) I made this.....
I made a quilt-as-you go pencil case and little scrap basket. 
Fits lots of bits and pieces in it (zips don't scare me anymore!) 
I just love this fabric! 
I still have plenty left to make a plastic zippy project holder at some stage! 
I've also finished Jodie of Ric RaC's cute little "T is for Turtle". 
I made my little turtle in a pink felt so she's very girly! 
This is her little shell before it was sewn on. All the little "blobs" on the back of the shell are padded. 
Have a great day!
Teresa xx

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I just need some thread....

I missed my Tuesday with the stitching girls this week, so when Helen said she was doing a quick trip to the Quilters Store for some thread, I thought this was a great idea. I need some thread too!!! 
Well Sandi came as well and our quick day out turned into a pretty full day and I had so much fun!
We met the lovely Megan at the Quilters Store, who knew all of us from our blogs (and who made us feel very special!). 
This is such a great store and we got everything we needed (plus a bit more!) 
I've made a cushion with this beautiful fabric and I couldn't resist getting some more. 
After this we were all starving and we decided to try out a new restaurant near where we live. 
We were pretty impressed with the $10 lunches available and carried on a bit with photographing our food (not like us at all!). 
My two crazy friends!!! Sandi and Helen!!!  They made the day so much fun. Nothing like a good belly laugh, and there were plenty of those!!!
Sandi and I rewarded ourselves with dessert, but we couldn't talk Helen into it. This is what she missed .... white chocolate fudge brownie, with salted caramel sauce and macadamias. Delicious!!! 
We then dropped into another fabric shop before home, where another Tuesday girl, Tess, was working. And we created chaos there too!!! These gorgeous fabrics came home with me. But the best part was catching up with Tess. 
What a great day! I'm so full from lunch that I need a nap now! Thanks guys for a really fun, spontaneous day!!!! 
Oh! I did get my thread, by the way!!!
Hope you're having a lovely day too! 
Teresa xx

Saturday, August 9, 2014

More Gossip....

It's about time I blogged about My progress with Anni Downes quilt "Gossip in the Garden". 
This months challenge was two appliquéd blocks (one tiny one!) and 15 periwinkle stars. The stars were a bit of a challenge for me. 
Each 4 inch block contains 12 pieces, so my first job was to cut out the 180 pieces needed for the blocks. 
These are my first 5 stars and I have to admit, they were fiddly! 
All 15 blocks complete! 
The larger appliquéd block. 
And the smaller one. 
Putting it together. 11 of the stars go around the very first block we made. The other 4 are for another section. 
This block will be used later....
And one of the Dresden blocks from last months challenge can be put together with these others. It's all coming together!!!! 
I have also finished my "Work in Progress" bag by Jodie from Ric Rac. I love it! Great size and stands up on its own. Only trouble is - all my Works in Progress won't fit in it!!!! 
A bit more progress on my Scandinavian Rose too! 
Hope you're having a great weekend! 
Teresa x

That Time of the Year Again.....

....When I get to feel like a great big kid....
....Remembering all the wonderful memories of growing up and going off to the Ekka every year.
Besides all the usual Ekka fun, there were a few "new" things this year. There were old pianos everywhere, all colourfully painted and with "Play me" emblazoned on them. It was a fantastic idea with so many kids and adults playing them all over the Ekka grounds. 
Jack and I having a bit of fun with some chalk paintings! 
We always enjoy the food! 
Especially the strawberry ice creams. They are THE BEST!!! 
The quilts are always a treat. 
I just had to stick Jack in this photo so you get an idea of the size of it. It was made entirely using the tiniest little hexies! 
Just love the colour, excitement and fun of the Ekka! 
And the night entertainment and fireworks were amazing. They seem to get better every year.
We almost didn't go this year, but I'm so glad we changed our minds and made the effort. It definitely was worth it. 
Teresa xx