here are the snapshots of what I got up to this month. I have been busy doing many projects. Among them was my Aussie Hero quilts, a Postcard swap, Christmas in July and a Dishcloth swap. This was a first. What a great way to try different things...
So I am linking up with
OPAM with Peg & Kris
BINDING BLITZ with Julie... My total was 1060"... What a lot of stitching
How nice it to come home and there is a parcel at your door.
I was so excited to open this parcel....
I took part in a dish cloth swap over at.....http://creativechaosnz.blogspot.com.au
Organised by Kimberly
My partner doesn't have a blog but I am sure she is watching mine now.
I have received this beautiful gift from Glenda in New Zealand.
I wish I could meet all these partners I have been swapping with. It is so much fun....
Here is my parcel....
A lovely cotton tea towel to match my kitchen, hand knitted dishcloth, note books for my shopping list, a savoury dip, herbal teas and some beautiful chocolate. Looking forward to that....
There was also these great kitchen pegs to use on open packets. My husband has already used them on his potato chips
I'm sorry I didn't enclose any of your likes... Plain teas or savoury things. I was at a blank and couldn't find the one thing I wanted so I filled it up with what I could make. I hope you are happy Glenda....
Some knitted dishcloths in your favourite colour, along with a casserole carrier, a double ended oven mitt, 2 pot holders, a serviette holder, a great kangaroo ice cube/chocolate maker and a cool spatula. CUPCAKES ARE A GIRLFRIENDS BEST FRIEND
.....and on the reverse side are measurement conversions.
I know you don't bake a lot but I thought this was cute. Sorry about no treats....
I had fun working on these gifts. Last month I showed a sneak peak of my progress.
It went from this
To this... H is for HELPER
I found this pattern in HANDMADE Vol.24. no 11.. called.. ELF WISH LIST
And then this
To this......... Then I added...... T is for TREE. On a cushion.
And for no.. 3 gift. It was ...... S is for SNOWMAN. It's a candle holder. Well it started as a wine glass. Turn it upside down, paint it up and put a candle on it. Hope it gets to you Cheryl in one piece..
As well as these extra goodies. A knitted Dishcloth and a box of chockies to have with a cuppa..
I enjoyed my trip in to town on Friday with a friend from Kilmore Quilters and NOTY group. I picked Kris up on the way and we had a great full day. We managed to get in early and was asked to leave at the end of the day... A very full day...
I did buy but haven't taken a photo. I bought some ribbon, a Xmas stitchery pattern from Fig n Berry, some metal rings for some purses, 2 balls of cotton yarn for some more dishcloths, rotary blades, appliqué needles, sashiko needles and a pattern and templates for a hand pieced quilt for my travels. I will prepare some pieces and put in Basil Bus for when we decide to go away for a few day. A very good day.
I then returned on Sunday for the day to sit on the Kilmore Quilters table and promote our group. We had a great display of our Honour quilts but I didn't take photos of them all.
I sat and chatted with Liz for the day. Thanks to Andrea and Nancy for giving us a lunch break. Thanks to Wendy for organising our group to have the great honour of displaying our quilts....
Here are some photos of the quilts I liked, me doing some stitching and of course me with my quilt.
I am sorry that they are blurry. They were taken on my not so good phone. But better than nothing... Our Honour quilts
And the winner is Wendy & Jenny
Love the design and quilting
All the quilting is amazing
Love the scraps in this
All those diamonds...
This was sweet
Different ideas I liked
This was made in 1840...
And what I was working on .
I can link this up with Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy.
Well I have a few posts to catch up on. I might do a few and schedule them to cover me for the week so I have to catch up on and rest up.....
Yesterday, Thursday I had my usual accountants appointment nearly 2 hours away.
Yes, I know it's a bit of a drive but very worth it.. So over to Pakenham I go. Appointment over and I have organised to catch up with the lovely Keryn from http://christmascreationsbykeryn.blogspot.com.au.
It was so funny when I called her to find out where she was. Here is the sign, town centre. Yep, you are going the right way, continue over the train line, through the roundabout, I'm at the next roundabout. Lights flash, I jump in the car. Turn right & right again. Here is my car. Follow me.
In the car I jump with Keryn following I take her to a tradies cafe. A bit quieter than the Main Street but nice food. Did we have a chat and a laugh. It was a great time. Then Keryn gave me this lovely gift just because... Her excuse was CHRISTMAS IN JULY.... How sweet and THANKYOU SO MUCH.
Look at these lovelies.
Her beautiful little reindeer decoration that Keryn makes and sells in her shop and a lovely pin cushion. The wooden stand was made by a friend... How sweet are you Keryn, THANKYOU.....
This is supposed to be an Americana quilt but for me being an Aussie I thought I would change it a little. I am changing the size to suit our Aussie Hero quilts. I think I might donate it. The size finishes at 42" x 72". It's to fit their bunks while on deployment..
Row 1 has 5 great looking stars. I did each one a different background..
Boy did these stars take some time to make but I think they have turned out pretty good..
Row 2...... I found some Aussie flag fabric, cut it up and made it fit
If you link up and make a block this month you will get next months pattern free.
Deanna has designed 2 great quilts.
Americana and Spring Row Quilts..... http://dodmystery.blogspot.com.au
This is how I spent my FRIDAY NIGHT SEW IN. FNSI.
I am taking part in a row by row Spring Quilt SAL with Deanna.
Have a look here at the blocks being made. If you sign up, make a block you will get next months for free... http://dodmystery.blogspot.com.au
I have stitched house number 2 & 3.. They are not really spring but it just might be the Chang I make for this project...
I still have to blanket stitch the windows and the roof. My window fabrics has a pin tuck in it so there is no need for me to stitch on them
House no 3...
It looks pretty dull at the moment but I think I will have to add some embellishing of flowers in the window boxes, a door knob and maybe some lace work on the roof line...
Boy there was a lot of little pieces in this one but very easy to put together. Just lay them all out and it will be ok...
These are my 2 blocks that I have made and hope to complete the row by the end of the month...
I took part in a savings challenge with Val.. Unfortunately I didn't manage to save much over the past year... I had a grand total of $29.85 in coins and $30 in notes. That's pretty sad. I actually forgot about it.
I think this time I will have to put my money box in view and not hidden.
It is so nice to have a few days at home. Some time in my work room and then time inside for quiet work. I am involved in a few swaps so these gifts are ongoing. I need to be making something all the time. I leave the knitting, bindings and stitcheries for at night while I am watching TV and machine work for the day time out in my workroom.
I just love these Xmas stitcher you decorations.... Variety is good...
I was given some green cotton so I have been busy knitting up more dishcloths and trying new patterns. I am happy with how they have turned out.
Mmmmm working with green scraps. I can't show what they are for another month. I do love sewing up my crumbs though. Greens are so pretty...
And don't forget to sign up and join in on FNSI with WENDY this Friday night
I loved adding the beads. Now, when I look at the photo, I see that the whale looks like it is floating in mid air. I thought that all the blue was to be the sea but it doesn't really look like that at all.
I am still very happy with my work. I hope that Eglea is too.
Well aren't we the lucky ones.
Kilmore Quilters have been accepted as the Profile group of 2015 at the Victorian Quilters show at Jeffs Shed. We will be exhibiting 16 of our HONOUR QUILTS.
Just as a reminder this is mine that will be there on show.
I will be there on the Sunday, all day, helping out. If you are there come and say hi...