Friday, October 30, 2009

Swap Reveal

I can finally reveal one of my swaps... my partner in the Stitchers Angel swap was Jantine and she lives all the way over in the Netherlands.. She has received her 2nd parcel and I was finally able to reveal that I was her partner.
This swap was organised by Helen Stubbings and had a rose theme. I made Jantine a needle case, embroidered bag, pin cushion, journal cover, and a sewing pouch.

There were a few other little things thrown in too. I think the biggest hit (at least with her children!!) was the kangaroo!!

This swap was a lot of fun, with lots of free patterns as well. Thanks Helen for organising this swap, and thank you also to Jantine, my partner. Thanks for all your lovely comments, and I am so glad you liked what I sent you. Have a look at her blog, there are some beautiful photos there of the snow. Makes me jealous as it is really muggy here today with the chance of a storm..
Thanks for stopping by and I will post a photo soon of my new snowman I have been working on... who is in bad need of some snow... hmmm maybe I should send him over to the Netherlands!!
Teresa xx

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inspiration is Everywhere!!

Hi everyone, I thought I would post today about the wonderful inspiration I get from blogland....
On Monday morning (early - before I took my son to school) I was checking my emails and what people had got up to on the weekend and I came across Peg's wonderful date and walnut slice.I realised I had all the ingredients, except for the walnuts, so I got some from the shop on the way home from school. Great recipe Peg!! They were a hit!! With 2 teenage sons and a hard working husband... they were soon being demolished. I took the last of them to quilting today and shared them with Tereasa and Helen. Compliments all round!!
Also on Monday (after finding Pegs recipe) I found Vicki's free Christmas Pattern. She is one of the Among the Gum Trees designers and she had a wonderful pattern for a Christmas door stop. Amazing - I have 2 indoor cats and need to keep some doors of the house open all the time - therefore a door stop is just what I needed. So out came the sewing machine. I decided the pattern on the side of the doorstop would make a terrific Christmas decoration... so this is what I ended up with....
One wool felt Christmas decoration - love the little stitchery on it Vikki!!
And one indispensable doorstop!!
I love blogland... there are so many talented, giving people out there and you inspire me all the time. Monday looked like being any normal day, but ended up being a thoroughly fun and productive start to the week.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all get some inspiration too.

Teresa xx

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Pin Cushion & Emilys Challenge

Have a look at my new pin cushion!!! I really love him, but there's one draw back... I don't want to stick any pins into him!!!! This bunny is a Warren Kimble design (he's an American Folk Artist) and made in wool.
He was lots of fun to make and went together really well.

I have also caught up with Emily's mini art journal challenge for this year. I did this challenge with Emily in 2007 and enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again this year. This weeks challenge is "What's your favourite holiday?" It has to be Christmas!! Which is just around the corner.. I know... I know... nobody wants to think about it just yet...
Hope everyone has a great day... Thanks for stopping by
Teresa xx

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dear Jane and Christmas Swaps

I have finished some more Dear Jane blocks and I am finding that making them is very addictive. I wish I had more time to spend on them. I'm finding that some blocks are much easier using the paper piecing mehod. Some blocks have applique on them and some hand stitching. The more blocks I make the more I am in awe of the quilt maker, Jane, who put this quilt together, by herself, in 1863!! The blocks are very intricate and only 4 1'2 inches square!!

All my Christmas swaps are now finished, wrapped and in their parcels waiting to be sent off to my swap partners. This has been a lot of fun, and I really hope my partners like what I've made them... (and I can't wait to receive my parcels either!!)

Thanks for stopping by! I am off to do some blurking (blog lurking) and check out what everyone's been up to.
Teresa xx

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Can't help myself...More bags....

What is it about bags?? I just can't stop making them... The one above is from a Moda Honeybun. So quick and easy to make and I love these fabrics. I was using a plastic zip bag for my embroidery threads for my latest project - now I have a pretty and practical bag to store them in.
I also made three (yes I am absolutely mad!!!) sewing pouches from a Fairies in my Garden pattern - two are for Christmas presents, but I am finding it hard deciding which one to keep. Inside there are 2 needle pockets, thread holders, scissor holder and more pockets.

Then on Sunday while the boys were glued to the TV watching the race at Bathurst, I decided to make Vicki's bag from the latest Down Under Quilts magazine.

I loved the bag Vicki made in pink fabrics, but I am still going through my blue and chocolate brown phase, so this is the result. It's a nice roomy bag and I thoroughly enjoyed making it.. Very clever pattern Vicki!! I know it's hard to believe, but I really do use ALL the bags I make...
Our friends from Launceston, Tas, are up for a week, so we are going down to the Gold Coast tonight to catch up with them, and go out for dinner. There is a storm brewing, so I hope it keeps away and we don't have to drive in it.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you are all catching up on your projects and having fun doing what you love..
Teresa xx

Friday, October 9, 2009

Girls Day Out

Hi everyone, I've been busy catching up on my Girls Day Out Quilt, and I'm loving it..
There is so much embroidery on the blocks, but they are gorgeous and I'm loving the colours and the fabrics.
Old Time Delights lolly shop with the jars of lollies ...

and the gorgeous cup cake buttons.

The Cafe block is one of my favourites - I love the wisteria.

More gorgeous buttons on this block too.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend - I am hoping to get some more sewing done while Bathurst is on... (The guys will all be hopefully glued to the TV and not need me for anything, just maybe a few meals...)
Thanks for visiting,
Teresa xx

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dear Jane and a Visitor

I have completed another couple of blocks for my Dear Jane quilt... but as you can see I have cheated a little and done some easy ones... Now to finish some more time-consuming blocks!!
Whilst visiting a friend of mine and her new baby the other day, we had another visitor drop in. This gorgeous possum decided the pastries we were eating looked too good to resist and she very tamely came down to get some.
How cute is she...
I was going to show you some gorgeous Christmas decorations I made yesterday, even had a photo ready to share... and then I decided to go into Robyn and Clares Christmas Ornie Swap... and now I can't show you what I've made... Sorry - the hardest part is going to be deciding which ornament to part with...sigh... might have to make another one!!!
Hope you all have a great weekend,
Teresa xx