Finally got my act together to do FNSI. Takeaway for tea, hubby away, boys occupied.
Two of Gail Pan's little Christmas Delights jumped the queue. My son just asked me what they are used for............hmmmmm..........they're just really cute little Christmas things. He seemed satisfied with that answer.
Feeling very pleased with myself that SSCS is finished AND wrapped.
I did some quilting on In Full Bloom. Not really enjoying it as it's mostly quilting in the ditch, which isn't fun by hand.
TTS is pinned and ready to quilt. And even more exciting........I can see that my sewing table is actually wood, not just mountains of fabric and stuff.
So it was a very productive night. Have a great weekend.
Please don't shake your head at me for going to the Home Patch again. I really needed cheering up today so I thought a spot of Christmas shopping was in order. The fabric I bought is very different to what you usually see on my blog, but it was so much fun choosing them. They are all destined to be zippered bags or journal covers for Christmas gifts. Well that's the plan anyway.......it may end up being for next Christmas.
These fabrics are quite out of my comfort zone, so Michelle very kindly shared her opinions about my choices.........and some were put back on the shelf.
They look even fresher and brighter in real life. So beautiful fabric, a deep breath of H&P inspiration, and some retail therapy has worked wonders for me today.
These are the other five projects we got at the retreat. The Christmas tree table runner is quite cute, I might make just the centre.
I was quite restrained with my shopping. Some plain fabric for stitcheries and the other two are for a bag lining......I couldn't decide so got both. The Christmas Delights will make some sweet little gifts. Crushed walnut shells, magnetic fasteners......unfortunately no extra hours in the day for sale. That's my little birdy from the table decoration.
We were all packed and ready to sew at 9am today. We mostly kept working on our project from yesterday. I thought I would have finished my needle case today, but not quite, just a few more stitches to go. I'll keep you in suspense and show you when I'm finished.
These are the girls from my table...........me, Lou, Sandra, Bernie and Marg.........Ann and Sam are camera shy. We had so much fun....... I think that really is the point of going on retreat. We all stayed together as well, so the laughs continued well into both nights.
Carol Roberts designed my needle case project, and here she is with me reluctantly, but kindly agreeing to a photo with a fan.
A little bit of fabric shopping was done, but you will have to wait for that too.
Snow yesterday, sun and blue skies today. Withy the extreme weather out of the way we could head off to Day 1 of the retreat. We were welcomed with goody bags and tables decorated with gorgeous little birds.
Gail, Lisa and Carol had so many beautiful projects and patterns on display.........it was hard to know where to look, what to buy, and which project to start with.
Of course I was attracted by the 1/2" hexies. So I'm starting with Carols' needle case.
We are having a great time, the designers are so incredibly friendly and helpful. More pics later.
Like everyone else, I am busy sewing, but not on anything that I can show.
I love patterns that are so much fun to make that I want to make multiples. This little covered notebook by Anni Downs is one such project. Out of the gift box and off to a friend.
I gave in to temptation last night and bought the downloadable pattern for Brigitte Giblins hexie bag. Now there's a dangerous development - if Hatched & Patched starts that I am in deep trouble. But I am NOT starting the bag until my SSCS is done........
On a very exciting note, there is only one week to go until I'm off to the Stitching Post Retreat at Katoomba with Ann-Marie and Sam.
Enjoying the warm Spring weather and the last of school holidays today. Hope you have a great weekend.
I had about 3" of binding left to sew down when I got home from work today. And now I'm finished - yay!
Based on the design Chelsea Charm, my quilt used one Rouennieres jelly roll, and two charm packs. I really enjoyed the doing the hand appliquéd petals. The blocks were machine pieced, and then hand quilted. I love the red backing.
Best get back to some secret sewing tonight........... or maybe prepare In Full Bloom for quilting.