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Snow Hearts For June.

Posted on June 11, 2018 | 13 Comments

We have now reached the halfway mark in making our Snow Hearts from Bunny Hill Designs.

These are the hearts I am making monthly along with Joan, Shez and Jeanette. Have a look at their wonderful creations, too.

The collection is definitely growing. Here are my two for June.

A felt heart.


And a fabric heart with felt applique.


A lovely pair.


As a collection, they are looking good.


All the felt hearts so far.

The fabric hearts.

The whole lot!

To re-phrase a quote – I think I am going to need a bigger tree!

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Knitting For Winter.

Posted on June 5, 2018 | 12 Comments

Perfect Winter weather for knitting!

I do enjoy making smaller knitted items as they come together so quickly.

This is made with a yarn from New Zealand (Crucci) – 8 ply and pure wool. It is so soft and is machine washable.

The pink and cream works well together.

I am making steady progress on the McKenna Ryan quilt blocks. The birds are nearly finished – beaks, eyes and claws to be done still.

It is hard to distinguish the two separate birds on the left just yet, but it will make more sense when the smaller features are added.

I think I am past the halfway mark with these blocks, now.

Okay, this is a short and sweet post today.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen



Stitching Progress.

Posted on May 29, 2018 | 16 Comments

I am making a lot of stitching progress on a variety of projects this week.

The next wool project I have taken on is another Wendy Williams design called Flocks By Night.

I have started on the centre panel and am using wool. I will make the surrounding stars later.

I have attached all the trees and houses. Now I have the big task of attaching all the circles to each tree. After that I can start decorating.

I am learning to be patient with this one.

I have completed two embroideries designed by Michelle Ridgway – Rag Tag Stitchin’.

My plan is to turn these into little cushions.

Both have been stitched in a Perle thread from Cottage Garden Threads.

These snowies are so cute!

After all the work on the recently framed embroideries I have returned to a long forgotten project and have completed another block.

I think I have about 7 of these completed now. This is from a booklet called All Creatures Great and Small. It is by Natalie Bird from Birdhouse Designs.

That’s it for the stitching report.

I gather some people are having problems with comments, replies and emails and also have concerns re the new EU regulations regarding privacy. Well, this will be my test to see how WordPress have handled it. Good luck everyone.

Cheers, Karen










Woolling Away

Posted on May 22, 2018 | 14 Comments

Not sure if woolling is even a word. Regardless, that is what I have been doing. Lots of wool work.

I have finished my next Wendy Williams project. This is the little zipper pouch that hasĀ  been covered on both sides.

The second side has a pocket that has been covered.

This is a design from Wendy’s book, Wild Blooms and Colourful Creatures.

Great to have it finished and now I need to decide what will be stored inside.

Okay, have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




May Hearts And Framed Works.

Posted on May 14, 2018 | 11 Comments

We are already up to the time that our May hearts due. These are turning into a delightful collection and are a pleasure to make.

All felt for this heart.

Felt on fabric for this one.

These are the patterns for Snow Hearts from Bunny Hill Designs and several of us are making these together.

Visit Joan and Shez and Jeanette to see their gorgeous work. They are all so different every time. I am thoroughly enjoying working with such fun ladies.

In my last post I showed the embroidery I had completed. I can’t believe how quickly my framer works. I was able to pick up my work on Saturday. I am delighted with the finish.

And this is the second one that I had finished last year.

Both are Trish Burr designs and were found in Inspirations magazine.

Now the really hard part – finding a place to hang them!

I do hope all the mums had a great day yesterday.

And I hope everyone enjoys the week ahead.

Cheers, Karen




Planning For Christmas.

Posted on May 8, 2018 | 18 Comments

I take a long time to get some embroideries completed. Especially when they are put aside when other projects take priority. So on that basis I am always pleased when I can achieve a finish.

This is a Trish Burr design and was in Inspirations magazine, Issue 92.

It is mostly stitched with DMC threads, one strand, and is barely 6 inches across.

I have taken this embroidery and the robin I stitched last year to be framed. I am looking forward to seeing the result. Both will be great additions to Christmas decorating for December. I also think I will take on a few easy projects before tackling another of these.

Now heading in a different direction, I managed to finish a cardigan for our 3yo granddaughter for her birthday. The picture was taken before the buttons were on. They ended up being flowers.

And I know I will get asked about the piece it is resting on. It is a crochet blanket and I am following the pattern called The Spicier Life. I am about three quarters through it. That may also take a little while to finish. I am not very fast with crochet either.

Okay, that’s it for today. Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen



Hello May.

Posted on May 1, 2018 | 15 Comments

May is the middle of Autumn for us but today is still a short sleeves day. No complaints from me!

I may as well start the month with a finished quilt. These have been few and far between but hopefully I am back on track with these.

This is a basic pinwheel quilt made using a jelly roll.

So it ended up at 64 X 64 inches.

I decided it was time to learn how to do swirls with my quilting.

That was an interesting exercise.

I knew they were hard from previous experience and this time round was no different.

I may have to develop my own variation for this one as it is going to take a while to master a true swirl.

I am not complaining, just observing.

The backing was pieced with several greens.

And the binding was a green batik.

And while all this was on the go I made 4 bags to hold bike helmets. They are lined with a very tough upholstery fabric to prevent the helmets getting scratched or dented when in the back of the car.

We have had a run of birthdays in the last few weeks – all grandies. A couple more oldies to go and then a short reprieve. Always good fun.

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen



April Snow Hearts.

Posted on April 9, 2018 | 16 Comments

April in the northern hemisphere is said to bring April showers. I would love to have some April showers here, too. It is still very dry and the garden would love a drop of rain.

Together with Joan, Shez and Jeanette, I have completed the snow hearts for April from the pattern by Bunny Hill Designs.

Doing this together as a group is really helping to keep me on track. Please visit their sites too to see how differently each one is made.

This is the all felt heart.


And this is the fabric heart with felt applique.

It looks like a lovely week here with plenty of sunshine.

I hope your week is shaping up well, too.

Cheers, Karen


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 FassettĀ  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


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