Thursday 30 October 2008

Quilt Shop Delights

Just for a change from Truly Scrumptious, here are some photos I took of the shop area at The Quilted Crow's Christmas Gathering in September.

If you're anything like me, you like to see lots of samples when you visit a quilt shop. The Quilted Crow is very inspirational in this respect.

I love the way they use old furniture, suitcases and bric-a-brac to display their wares.

These quilts hanging on the wall made a fabulous backdrop to the shop area.

Some Natalie Bird patterns and comptatible fabrics.

Hope you enjoyed these piccies. It is a holiday on Monday in Northern Tasmania. As I don't work tomorrow, that makes four days off. Hoping to do some serious stitching.
It's also nearly time for the Christmas decorating to start! I like to start in early November ... it's always exciting unpacking each box ... takes me about two weeks ... usually do a mini spring clean at the same time.

Saturday 25 October 2008

More Truly Scrumptious

Tempting as it is, I am trying hard not to start any new projects at the moment, so the only thing I can show is another Truly Scrumptious block. This is the fourth of nine ... number 5 is nearly done - maybe a photo tomorrow.

Still working on PIF and SSCS gifts ... would love to show you, but that would spoil the surprise for the recipients.

That's all for today.

Friday 17 October 2008

Some Very Nice Mail

Yippee! My internet connection is working again. I've been offline since last Friday ... all very annoying ... but it's fixed now.

I was fortunate to win a giveway on Joy's blog. The prize was this lovely bag pattern. Thanks Joy.

Some other very exciting mail recently arrived from Spain. A while again, I helped Margaret from A Sampler of Stitches get a copy of one of our great Australian craft magazines. She very kindly said she would make me something in return so I was very intrigued and excited when these little packages appeared in my mailbox.

I have admired Margaret's lovely cross-stitching ever since I discovered blogland last year. Just look at the beautiful needlework set she has made me.

Oliver is impressed too.

Here are some close-ups of Margarets exquisite work. I love the colours she used.

I have always been in awe of the beautiful way Margaret finishes her cross-stitch pieces. The cord and edging on this piece are very good examples.

As if this wasn't enough, I also received this lovely Gutermann tin filled with very handy threads. Thanks Margaret ... you were very generous.

I like this picture of Oliver ... actually didn't spot his reflection until after I'd taken the picture. Rather cute!

Tuesday 7 October 2008

A Scrumptious Update

Just a couple of things to share tonight. I've finished stitching my third Truly Scrumptious block.

These are so much fun to stitch ... a good project to work on when 'watching' TV.

Don't you love those knobbly knees!

And here is a sneaky peak of another project I've been working on lately. You will have to wait a bit longer to see what it is.

Finally pop over to my sister Kathy's blog and have a look at her shabby loo makeover. I think you will be impressed.

Saturday 4 October 2008

Happy Birthday Mum

I finally finished the Crossroads tablerunner, made from Hemming House fabrics, for Mum's birthday ... it was a week late but she didn't mind. She has put in an order for another one!

Quite pleased with my machine quilting ... even though it's still all straight lines. I'd love to be able to do swirls and stippling but I'm always scared of ruining the project.

I love Heather Mulder Peterson's patterns and was pleased to discover recently that she has a blog called Trends and Traditions. Definitely worth a visit ... lots of beautiful quilts and fabrics to see and her quilting studio is amazing.