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Three Trees.

Posted on February 14, 2017 | 9 Comments

Another bundle of tiny cushions has been completed and this time they come in threes.

The design itself, from Marg Low, has three trees. And then I made three cushions and played with each of the designs.

The first one was done with hand embroidery.

The second was with fabric stitched on by machine.

And the third was pencil colouring and machine stitching.

No particular favourites for me. I like each one.

I sent two large quilts out to get LAQ today. And  I stitched on some binding to a smaller quilt as well. I plan to stitch the binding down for that one later in the week. Of late, my projects are either large or small – nothing in between.

Let’s see what the rest of the week brings.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

 

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Too Early For Easter?

Posted on January 31, 2017 | 16 Comments

It is probably not too early to be planning for Easter, although, like many, I am always surprised at seeing hot cross buns in the supermarkets the day after Christmas.

I have finished a little Easter mini from Anni Downs. The stitching was done last year but I had not added the borders and done the quilting. At least I am now ready for this Easter.

Now I will jump to another season. I also had a Christmas stitchery that had been finished a while back and is now a mini cushion. I think it is from Teddlywinks.

I am finding that making little cushions is a good way to display these smaller stitcheries, especially when display space is limited. They can go just about anywhere.

It is the last day of January and lots of families have children heading back to start the first day of a new school year. Good luck to all of them and special thought for all their teachers.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Animals Everywhere.

Posted on January 24, 2017 | 8 Comments

I am still not sure about what is working with my blog and what is not, but here I go regardless.

Today’s theme appears to be animals – purely by accident.

First up, Michelle’s lovely patterns have been turned into a cushion. It was going to be a banner but I liked this better.

I am currently working on others from the pattern.

Moving on to another animal grouping.

This is a design from Natalie at The Birdhouse.

I had finished the stitchery a while ago but hadn’t stitched it into a wall hanging.

It needed a small flange to frame the stitchery and then some quilting was added.

Now it is ready for next Christmas.

And to finish off the animal theme for today, here are the blocks I have been busy making.

So far 80 in all. I will play with the layout a little more then add all the sashing.

The block is a free design from Elizabeth Hartman.

The tennis watching has been interesting with so many top seeds being knocked out. Glad it is not me out there playing in the heat.

I do enjoy the air conditioner at home. Have a good week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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A Pretty Bouquet.

Posted on January 17, 2017 | 11 Comments

In a post before Christmas I had finished an embroidery piece. It had been in the works for over 6 months.

I was able to pick it up from the framer’s this morning and am very happy with the result.

A close up.

The second photo is a good indication of the colours. Such a lovely design.

Now the tricky part – where to hang this one?

Another hot one today, but it is Summer. Lots to do inside and plenty of tennis, cycling and cricket to watch in the background.

Is January flying by or is it just me?

Cheers, Karen

 

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Keeping On Finishing.

Posted on January 10, 2017 | 12 Comments

Having the time to quilt some flimsies is a wonderful thing. I have completed another quilt that has been waiting patiently for a few months.

It is a very simple design but it works so well with these lovely fabrics. I added a background fabric that is cream on white design.

Quilting stayed simple – meandering on the inside and straight lines on the borders.

It seems to work okay.

I had a lovely fabric for the backing that matched the colours perfectly and is a bit of fun, too.

Very cute birds.

I am keeping things quiet around here and am already quilting the next UFO.

I hope your week has started well.

Cheers, Karen.

 

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Starting A Happy New Year.

Posted on January 2, 2017 | 8 Comments

Happy New Year. It is always good to start with a holiday!

The Christmas/New Year break has been relatively quiet so I have been able to get back into some sewing. As is often the case, I had some Christmas UFOs to complete. So I got down to quilting and binding.

A finish!! I cut up the panel, added borders and included a background. The photo is a little dull as the quilt is under cover. After our crazy hot Christmas weather we are having a coolish day with drizzle.  The heat will be back in 2 days time.

The billowy white shape behind the quilt is the apricot tree covered in netting. We have picked a handful already and decided we needed to net the tree before the birds discovered the fruit was ripe. I am planning some jam making and bottling by the end of the week.

The tall plant in the pot is a sunflower and has just opened.

Back to the quilt.

Straight lines in the borders and meandering in the background.

I outline quilted shapes in each panel then added more meandering.

 

 

 

I had a suitable green with a Christmas feel to use for the backing.

And of course I like to see the shadows created by the quilting when it is on the bed.

One UFO down – more to go. I have the next quilt sandwiched and ready to go.

I hope your year has started well and that 2017 is a happy and healthy one.

Cheers, Karen.

PS. Here’s another sunflower – looks like a mini – growing in our hot house.

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Small Finishes.

Posted on December 20, 2016 | 8 Comments

In the middle of all that is busy at Christmas, I have been able to achieve a couple of small finishes.

This is another of Marg Low’s lovely felt ornaments.

I always want to make several of each of these. Maybe if all is quiet after Christmas.

I have finished stitching some of Michelle Ridgway’s gorgeous Christmas animals. (Rag Tag Stitchin’.)

I will be turning this trio into a small banner.

I think the majority of my cards have been received. This was the way they looked this year.

This week will involve Christmas cooking, wrapping the final gifts and spending time with family and friends.

And the weather is warming up. Looks like we have a beach day predicted for the 25th. Sounds like a perfect Aussie Christmas Day.

Cheers, Karen

 

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Busy Chrissy The 2nd.

Posted on December 16, 2016 | 4 Comments

Apologies to those who have received this post already. I am re-posting it to see if I can sort out some glitches from Tuesday.

Cheers, Karen.

I always find there is one week in the lead up to Christmas that is busier than all the others. Lots of deadlines to meet and functions to attend. This is the crazy week for me. Three Christmas parties down and three more to go this week. All the cards and parcels that need to be mailed have been sent. Decorations are up and nearly all presents are wrapped and under the tree. Next week I get to slow down and relax.

I made these books as gifts for one of the groups I am with. Lovely hand made paper inside.

They can be used as Christmas memory books to keep cards, photos, lists, menus – anything at all.

I made a small cushion as a little gift, too. This one uses a Lynette Anderson pattern variation.

This last one is not Christmas. I knitted this gorgeous little dress for our grand daughter. It looks lovely on her.

I love the detail in the hem.

Time to get back to work. I hope everyone is enjoying their version of the Christmas crazies. Good luck getting ready for Santa Day.

Cheers, Karen




Busy Chrissy.

Posted on December 13, 2016 | 3 Comments

I always find there is one week in the lead up to Christmas that is busier than all the others. Lots of deadlines to meet and functions to attend. This is the crazy week for me. Three Christmas parties down and three more to go this week. All the cards and parcels that need to be mailed have been sent. Decorations are up and nearly all presents are wrapped and under the tree. Next week I get to slow down and relax.

I made these books as gifts for one of the groups I am with. Lovely hand made paper inside.

They can be used as Christmas memory books to keep cards, photos, lists, menus – anything at all.

I made a small cushion as a little gift, too. This one uses a Lynette Anderson pattern variation.

This last one is not Christmas. I knitted this gorgeous little dress for our grand daughter. It looks lovely on her.

I love the detail in the hem.

Time to get back to work. I hope everyone is enjoying their version of the Christmas crazies. Good luck getting ready for Santa Day.

Cheers, Karen

 

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Spring Flowers.

Posted on November 22, 2016 | 11 Comments

The flowers I have referred to are not the real kind. They are embroidered.

This is the embroidery I have been working on for ages. It is finally completed.

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I wanted a photo before it is framed. It is quite tricky once there is glass in between.

All the flowers are embroidered using one strand of thread, hence the reason for the time it has taken.

I plan to work on a few simple stitcheries for a while now, just for a break.

I also managed to complete the last of this collection of Christmas decorations – the green trees ( and a stray thrown in).

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Our strawberries are still growing madly and I have made three batches of jam in a week. I may as well make the most of it as they will soon slow down.

Thankfully we are still getting rain to keep the garden well watered.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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