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Woolly Zip Bag.

Posted on April 3, 2018 | 13 Comments

Yay! A woolly finish!.

I have completed the wool embroidery, stitched it all up and made a thread carry bag.

Each side is different.

I have used a Kaffe Fassett  stripe for the binding and handles.

A small piece of braid covers the join between front and back.

When it is open there are four separate zipper sections to keep embroidery threads. I don’t have a lot of Sue Spargo threads so it will take a while to fill it.

I used another KF print in the lining.

This is a Wendy Williams design. I have combined two of her patterns to make this bag. (Woolly Zip It Bag.)

The embroidery has been a delight to do with the threads and wool.


Now I need to choose my next wool project – or finish a UFO!

Cheers, Karen


Easter Ears.

Posted on March 30, 2018 | 14 Comments

Easter has arrived bringing with it a long weekend and delightful Autumn weather.

I have made only one little addition to my Easter items for decorating – a crochet rabbit..

He can catch up with a few of his chocolate friends in the next few days.

I am hoping to have at least a couple of these days at home catching up on stitching.

I hope everyone has a delightful Easter.

Cheers, Karen


Clear View.

Posted on March 20, 2018 | 12 Comments

Still not a lot happening here in the way of finishes. This little clear view pouch is the only offering. It was part of a kit from a stitching day with Gail Pan last  year. It did have an embroidery to go on the fabric side, but I am keeping that for another purpose.

I am collecting a lot of small pieces from both wool and felt projects and want several of these pouches to use for storage. So, more to come.

Another project that is very time consuming is the McKenna Ryan quilt I am working on. I have found it is one I have to do mostly at home because it requires a lot of concentration. This is just one of three birds for the block I am currently working on.

It is ready to transfer to the fabric and for stitching to begin.

There is a real feel of Autumn in the air here. Still hot days, but definite cooler nights. I like it that way.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen



Snow Hearts For March.

Posted on March 12, 2018 | 16 Comments

So far, so good. I have been able to complete my Snow hearts for the March deadline.

And again I have made two in different ways.

The first one is all felt.

And of course the second one is felt on a fabric background.

Together with Shez and Joan we are meeting our monthly challenge to make these Bunny Hill snow hearts. To have a look at how each person is making them, visit Shez at I Am and Joan at Moosestash Quilting.

We have a holiday long weekend here and to make it even better there has been a lovely cool change come through. It is perfect weather for the Moomba Parade in Melbourne today.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen


Working With Wool.

Posted on March 6, 2018 | 16 Comments

Working with wool fabrics appears to becoming popular. I have had the opportunity to be able to work on a project combining ideas from both Sue Spargo and Wendy Williams. The pattern is from Wendy and many of the stitching ideas are from Sue.

The colours are more vibrant than the photo shows, but you get the idea.

All the pieces are wool as well as the background.

Again the colours are not accurate e.g. the background is blue.

The elephants still need eyes and there have to be tassels on the blankets. The pieces are about 12 by 20 inches.

The next step is to turn them into a bag with zipper sections to hold threads.

In a totally different direction, this is a book I made with some friends this afternoon. I was able to finish stitching it together and put the cover on.

It is roughly A5 size.

Not a lot else to report. Plenty happening but no finishes.

Cheers, Karen



Snowies In A Basket.

Posted on February 20, 2018 | 22 Comments

The felt theme has continued with a little finish – a small penny rug.

Such an easy one to make. As always I have added to the original design with some buttons and a bit more embroidery. Can’t help myself.

Now it is time to get back to some quilting.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen


Snow Hearts For February.

Posted on February 12, 2018 | 17 Comments

So far, so good. I am keeping up with the self imposed monthly requirement for Snow Hearts from Bunny Hill Designs.

Here is the installment for February.



February Snow Hearts

I am stitching along with Shez, and Joan is planning to join us as well as Jeanette. It is always interesting to see how each person chooses to make the snow hearts as each one is so different.  Love seeing the variation.

As for last time, I have made two hearts.

This is the felt heart.

And of course this is felt on fabric.

These are delightful designs and I am pleased I kept them from when they were first published. Even more pleased to now be making them. And delighted to have more people joining in.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen


A February Quilt Finish.

Posted on February 6, 2018 | 19 Comments

Finally a quilt finish. It has taken me until February but it is done. Good to be getting back to finishing quilts.

It is a very simple design made up of half square triangles.

The same colours are paired up to make a rectangular block. They can be put together to make any sized quilt. I think it would be lovely in a baby quilt. I followed a tutorial from MSQC.

The backing is a sweet bird design from Amy Bradley.

Here’s a closer look.

And then I found a stripe to use for the binding that had many of the colours found in the blocks.

I started off with straight line quilting to focus on the diamond shapes.

And then I added bubble quilting in every second horizontal row. Next, I bubble quilted all of the borders as well.

There are a couple more quilts sandwiched and waiting for quilting so it is good to have started up again.

And this one was an easy way to get motivated.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Snow Hearts.

Posted on January 29, 2018 | 15 Comments

A year or two back, Bunny Hill Designs had free patterns for some heart decorations. I was not able to make them at the time but after a chat with Shez we decided to stitch along together and make one each month as per the original follow along. Thanks Shez, for keeping me on track.

I ended up making two of them for January as I couldn’t make up my mind as to which way to go.

I made the first one totally in felt and added a snowflake.

I also wanted to make one on a fabric background  with felt applique.

These are so easy to make. Shez has taken another approach to making hers as well. It looks gorgeous. Go for a visit.

We are hoping to keep each other on track each month so we will have a lovely collection at the end of the year. Maybe others will be inspired to stitch along, too.

It has been very hot here and we all feel like we are melting. There is a cool change coming through this afternoon and it will be very welcome.

Regardless of the heat, these sunflowers in the garden always make me smile.

Cheers, Karen


Pin Cushion Play.

Posted on January 23, 2018 | 12 Comments

Over the last two weeks I have been able to attend a class with Nicole at Sewing Connection to work on Sue Spargo style embroidery and wool work.

It has been wonderful to learn about a variety of techniques when working with wool and finding out about the various threads to use for this embroidery.

We started with something small – a pin cushion.

Mine was a pomegranate design. Lots of lovely stitches I was familiar with and a few new ones to learn to do. Perfect.

I have been enjoying stitching while the tennis is on. Looks like they are in for a hot one for the finals of the Australian Open as our temps are predicted to be 39c plus for the last three days.

I will be staying inside for those days.

Cheers, Karen



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