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I started stitching a few years ago thanks to a very dear friend. She has encouraged and taught me so much. I am the Mum of three great kids who I love dearly. I love to stitch in my spare time and even though I am a newbie I enjoy it very much.

Monday, 21 March 2016

GDITC - Presents, swap gifts and a lucky door prize

 
GDITC started off with our beautiful bright pink bags. We received our mug from Kerry and of course our cute project requirements from Anni Downs.
 
 
 
Friday night saw our "Anni" themed swap. (thanks for the photo Chooky). Such a varied range of swap gifts made by some very thoughtful and talented ladies. I received the wonderful shoe bag below. Thank you, Thank you
 
 
Then on Saturday at our other swap I received this very cute wine bottle bag. Thank you so much
 
 
Still being very spoiled....I was given this beautiful hand crafted sewing kit from my special roomie. Thank you, Thank you
 
 
On Saturday I was also lucky enough to win one of the lucky door prizes. A jar of gorgeous buttons.
 
 
I came home from this lovely weekend feeling very spoilt and having enjoyed catching up with people I haven't seen in a few years. It is such a shame it takes another whole year to come around to the next one.
 
Have a great week
Sam
 
 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

GDITC 2016



What a great day at GDITC 2016 in Nundle today. Our wonderful tutor Anni Downs has designed a beautiful collection of projects. I didn't achieve much in the stitching department today but have caught up with special friends and had a great day. Sadly off home again in the morning 







Friday, 18 March 2016

Road trip to GDITC


Beautiful scenery on the road to trip to Nundle for GDITC 2016. Looks like the much needed rain is on its way. 
Nothing like an inspirational weekend away to get back to blogging. Fingers crossed anyway. 
Sam

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter

I hope everyone is enjoying a happy and safe Easter with family and friends. We have had the most glorious weather on the North Coast. Not a great picture but might give you some idea of the clear blue skies and warm weather we never usually have over Easter.
 

I was lucky enough to have my eldest home from University for two weeks. So during the week I made him a shaggy with the lovely flannelette I bought from Kerry whilst in Nundle. It came together really quickly and I am sure will keep him warm when he gets back to Armidale.
 
 


 
I spent all of Friday cleaning up and sorting out my sewing projects. I live in a granny flat at my parents place so space is at a premium.
 
 
Now at least I have box per project and can see where things are. But I did find rather large number of UFO's. I seem to have a very bad habit of completing the stitchery and then leaving the assembly until, later (later never seems to come) So while chatting to my very dear friend Ann from Lavender Blue she suggested I try and finish one of these projects. Inspiration she called it, just pick a small one she said......... So over the last three days it has become a "challenge" to finish one project a day. I would never have thought it possible but I did it!!!!!! Yay three projects out of the UFO box already

 

 

 
This is a Christmas table topper that I started at a retreat in Nowra in 2011. Its a bit wonky bit at least it is finished now.

 
Then a very cute Christmas bag from Hatched and Patched and to continue the Christmas theme these cute little Christmas pockets. Also from H&P.
 



 
So that rounds out a very productive Easter and now time for munching on some chocolate. We had a surprise visitor come to deliver our eggs this year. He is very hard to see sitting on top of the wheelie bin in amongst the ferns but it was a little wallaby who was very lost in suburbia but soon hopped over the fence and off up the street

 
Enjoy the rest of your Easter break
 
Happy stitching
xox
 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Finally....finished

 
So after a few hiccups and requesting suggestions for "fixes" I have finally got the project from GDITC in Nundle finished. Yay !!!!!
 

So here it is all finished.
 
I really love Lynette's fabrics and would really like to start her Love Letters quilt but a few "to do" projects are ahead of that one. Okay if I am honest more than a few unfinished projects.

 
I did manage to get my first Hexie Club project together today too. It is an unusual shape, with  really wide base which I think will be useful. The tiny hexagons were great to throw in my bag for something small to do at hockey and netball training.
 
 
 
So we had great wins at hockey (1-0 & 13-1) and netball (26-3), two sewing finishes for me and lucky enough to have my eldest home from Uni. One would think that should be enough good for one week.
Maybe I should've bought a lottery ticket because I also had three raffle wins. Wow talk about a change of luck. A grocery gift voucher, a butchery voucher and the one to get excited about................a night in a beautiful B & B. I am really looking forward to using this prize. Soon hopefully. Wonder if I could just have a night alone stitching .......
 
 
 
 

 
Have a great week
 
 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Thankyou

 
 
Thankyou to all those who commented and made suggestions on how to fix my big whoops moment of cutting the hexie panel wrong.
 
 
Here is what I decided to do. I unpicked one row and added it to the top of the bag panel. Hopefully all will look okay when the bag goes together.
 

 
Thanks
Have a great week
 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Oops

 
So here is what silly me has done
 
 
and this what I should've done
 
 
 
So I have had a big oops moment, I seem to have had a few lately so it must be time to slow down and concentrate a bit more.

I finished the hexies and all looked good. Next instruction - trim to size..... Easy yep..... should've been.

Stupidly I trimmed both sides instead of just one. Derrrrr me. So now I have no hexagon edge to applique onto the bag because I chopped the edges off.

So I am hoping to fix it and have thought of a couple of different cover-ups.

1. Stitch a strip of the lining fabric over the top of the blue and the hexies

2. Unpick one row of hexies and make to bag slightly smaller

3. Unpick one row and add a strip of lining fabric to top to make bag same size.

4. Or I guess the other one is to get some more fabric and make a new row of hexagons

So has anyone out there in blog land got any suggestions or a better idea.

Many Thanks