Thursday, October 16, 2014

A little finish and some cuddles

Only just getting back into the swing of sewing after my fabulous holiday and I have completed this little foxy quilt for a friend at work who is about to have her first baby in a few weeks time.  Rachael was a bit of a challenge as we do not know if its a little boy or girl, and she only likes neutrals and muted tones - nothing too busy.

I am so pleased that I found these lovely fabrics, and backed the quilt in super soft minky in a lovely shade of latte.


My other little adventure these past few weeks has seen me playing with scraps and I came up with a cute little tote bag.  I sent a pic to Homespun magazine and they said "yes please" so I cant share a pic, you will have to wait to see it in print.  Now to get down to some pattern writing, lucky I made notes as I stitched it.

I have made a promise to myself to work only on UFO's for the rest of the year so you should see some finishes coming through in the next couple of months.  The only exception being that my daughter has asked me to make some cushions for grand daughter Willows nursery, how can any Nana say no to that!

Here is the latest pic of my darling daughter Sheree cuddling Willow, so cute and snugly.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Europe 2014

I am writing this post from somewhere way up in the sky two hours or so out of Dubai on our way home from a months holiday In Europe.

My DH and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and this holiday was in aid of that milestone.
We flew into Venice where we enjoyed three days before a Mediterranean cruise.

Our ship was the celebrity equinox and it certainly exceeded our expectations, 5 star luxury all the way.
First port of call was the medieval walled city if Dubrovnik where we walked the city walls and enjoyed a lunch in one if the street cafés.


Next stop was the Greek Island of Mykonos, we both agreed that we would like to revisit this island and spend more time exploring.


After Mykonos we sailed for one day and then arrived at the exotic port of Istanbul. As we sailed into harbour I could hear the calling to prayer. We visited the blue mosque, Aya Sofia and cistern. As well as the Grand bazaar, spice market and Taxim square. Our ship was docked here for two days.


After leaving Istanbul we enjoyed two days at sea before arriving at Salerno, gateway to the beautiful Italian riviera and Amalfi coastline. Here we took a tour to the Isle if Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii.



Next stop was Rome, first we visited the Vatican and imagine our surprise when we got to see the Pope ride very close to us in his pope mobile.

After touring the city highlights we enjoyed an underground tour of the Colosseum.


After Rome we visited the beautiful city of Florence, and if course the famous statue of David and the beautiful white marble Duomo cathedral.


Next it was in to ritzy St Tropez in the French Riviera.


Our final port of call was Barcelona where we stayed for two days to see the city sights.


After visiting Barcelona we caught a fast train to Paris where wen ended our journey with five days exploring this wonderful city. I enjoyed among other things a glass of champagne at the top of he Eiffel Tower, a visit tithe moulin rouge, a tour of the Louvre and a day in Versailles






And so ends my European adventure, I hope you have enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I did.

Monday, September 1, 2014

An exciting month

August was an exciting month. My daughter had her first baby, a little girl that they have named Willlow and I had the privelidge of being present at her birth. I can't believe that tomorrow she is two weeks old, it's been a whirlwind.

Her is my gorgeous daughter just one week before Willow arrived.

Here she is with her daddy, only a few minutes old

One day old

And last Saturday

The other big excitement for me this month is that I can finally reveal my darling daschunds quilt that is featuring in this months homespun magazine

 

It's always such a thrill to see your own creation spring to life on the pages of a magazine.

It has not been a big month of finishes, only this sewing case for August.

And this little knitted jacket for Willow for September.

I do not expect to have any more finishes for this month as ( insert happy dance here) I am off to Europe on 4th September for the rest of the month. We fly into Venice and then have a 2 week Mediterranean cruise, followed by a week in Paris. So until then, big love to all xx

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another finish

Gee, I have just realised that I have not blogged in almost a month, where has the time gone. As most of you life is busy these days with lots of Grandies to entertain, a demanding job and planning an overseas holiday.

I have still been able to spend some time sewing, and have finished this cute little baby quilt for a friend that is due in November.


I loved making this, it's such a quick and easy pattern, and the coloured bits are no more than 2.5 inches wide so a great way to use up left over jelly roll strips. I certainly would like to make a few more of these.

This version however was made up predominantly with left over squares from a scrumptious layer cake ( Bonnie and Camille), all it 3 of the foxes any how.

I have also completed the Rosalie Quinlan stitchery panel from LGS and have a project earmarked for this panel.

My row along flimsy is complete, so I need to think about quilting this one. It's so far my all time favourite quilt to make. Here is is without borders, I have the border on but no pics taken.

I also have a little finish, another custom order cot quilt, this is an order for an old work mate, who asked me to make it as a gift for another old workmate who is having a little boy. Her nursery is grey yellow and white but we decided to put in a pop of blue.

Well that wraps up July, see you next time, quilted hugs, Sue x

 

Another finish (almost)

Gee, I have just realised that I have not blogged in almost a month, where has the time gone. As most of you life is busy these days with lots of Grandies to entertain, a demanding job and planning an overseas holiday.

I have still been able to spend some time sewing, and have almost finished this cute little baby quilt for a friend that is due in November, all I need to do is stitch the binding down.

I loved making this, it's such a quick and easy pattern, and the coloured bits are no more than 2.5 inches wide so a great way to use up left over jelly roll strips. I certainly would like to make a few more of these.

This version however was made up predominantly with left over squares from a scrumptious layer cake ( Bonnie and Camille), all it 3 of the foxes any how.

I have also completed the Rosalie Quinlan stitchery panel from LGS and have a project earmarked for this panel.

My row along flimsy is complete, so I need to think about quilting this one. It's so far my all time favourite quilt to make. Here is is without borders, I have the border on but no pics taken.

I also have a little finish, another custom order cot quilt, this is an order for an old work mate, who asked me to make it as a gift for another old workmate who is having a little boy. Her nursery is grey yellow and white but we decided to put in a pop of blue.

Well that wraps up July, see you next time, quilted hugs, Sue x

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Catching up

Public holidays are a great time to catch up on almost anything.

First we were surprised this morning by a phone call from my son, he had just dropped his wife at work and was dropping in with the Grandies, Ziva and Leo, lovely. They joined us for a cooked breakfast and then we took the dogs for a walk on the beach, I never took my phone or camera so no photos.

I also managed to finish this quilt last night, just in time for my daughter Sheree's baby shower next Sunday. Here is a pic of me testing the size in a cot - perfect.

It is backed in snugly fleece.

So simple, and so sweet. It's hard to see but the panels have an array if zoo animals, other than the centre spotty chevron, Sheree wanted this one as her nursery will have a hint of mint green.

I am so far behind with all of my sewing projects, so this afternoon, after pruning the rose bushes ( because some one once told me that's to be done on the queens birthday weekend), I spent the rest of today in the sewing room.

I am three months behind on my medallion civil war BOM, and I am pleased that I got two months worth done, these two nine inch blocks.

And a mitred corner border for the large centre panel, the 9 inch blocks will be on point around this centre square. I had to be careful to keep the directional print the same way, there was one seam of reverse sewing.

I am pretty pleased with my mitred corners.

I also got my June block swap block completed.

Well that's me up to date, I still have two other BOM's that are behind but I think I made a good dent in this today.

Now I am going to settle in to some hand stitching for the evening, I have designed my first ever stitchery and am working in that. Here is a sneaky peek.

Have a lovely week, whatever you are doing.