Friday, September 28, 2012

Ya get days like that ……

It started off really well, I’d finished my table topper and was pinning it ready for quilting – right on schedule. But you know what they say about the best laid plans etc. …

Disappointed smile



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First September Finish!!

I’ve been waiting for days to post this but our internets have been down, finally it’s back so I can show you!!
I only started this gawjus table topper last month, and I’m more than chuffed to say IT’S FINISHED!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!! Open-mouthed smile
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Each of the little squares is 1” x 1” finished … the whole topper is just 33 1/2” x 33 1/2”!! I really enjoyed quilting this one too, I used a stencil for the pretty flowery bits…September 2012 046
I love how they look on the snowball blocks….September 2012 044
The rest is free-motion quilting …September 2012 042
I even love the backing!!!September 2012 045
***sigh*** … very happy with my first September finish Smile. Thanks Kim Diehl for a really gawjus pattern ;o).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Some stitching show and tell

Well I did say I’d be back to show you what I’ve been making … I thought I’d be here sooner than this though lol.
Firstly is my second Christmas tree skirt in much more modern and brighter colours … this is made with my new pattern “Dressed Up For Christmas” – and being quilt-as-you-go it’s reversible too!!!September 2012 002
I made this one while on retreat in Gympie – oh we had such a wonderful time and I got SO much stitching done Winking smile.
We had some fun tutorials there, these cute little kimono tape measure holders (great for gifties!!!)2012-08-19 001 022 And this fabulous little thread catcher basket.August 2012 016I was also working on this while I was there – my CEO is kindly keeping guard for me while I take the piccy he he. It’s a beautiful design by Kim Diehl called “Short and Sweet” from her book “Simple Charm”. I love it!!September 2012 037 I even had a go at some needleturn applique’ – it’s not perfect, but I’m still really pleased with the results Smile.September 2012 040 And lastly I’ve made a little pressie for a dear friend’s little boy Archie – pirates are a favourite of his at the moment.August 2012 013 August 2012 015
Well I’m off to quilt my “Short and Sweet” but before I go, here’s another bit of Maxie-love - just cos I can he he.September 2012 006
***** sigh******  I’m loving being a Grammy Red heart!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Best show and tell ever!!!!!

Here he is!!! My very first Grandchild has arrived safely and we couldn’t be happier. Here he is with his very proud Daddy, my son Ross.Maxie James 001

Maxie James Dolan, cutest little boy ever, was born on 22nd August 2012, 8lb 2oz looking just like his Daddy - although now, a few days later I can see a lot of his Mummy in that little face too Winking smile.

So cute!! As you can see, Aunty Jess is totally in love Red heart

Aren’t we all!!!!

Believe it or not I have actually managed to get some stitching done lately too … I’ll show you next time Winking smile.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A couple of things to ‘show and tell’

Some finishes … Firstly the quilt I’ve made for my very first Grandchild (due any day now, how exciting!!!).
This is the front – I thought I had a better pic of the applique’ but I can’t find it!! If you click on the pic you’ll probably be able to see it better … DSC00087and here’s the back – it’s ‘quilt as you go’ so the back is pretty too Smile.DSC00088
I also made a Christmas project for the weekend retreat I taught at in Bundaberg last month, 5 pretty stitched snowflakes on a Christmas Tree Skirt …
and it’s another ‘quilt as you go’… July 2012 007So it’s reversible too!!! July 2012 008I’m making another one in a completely different colourway now – how cute are these fabrics!!?!July 2012 010
This will be just one of the MANY projects I’ll be taking along on the retreat I’m going on next week. Reckon I’ll have plenty to choose from Winking smile.
Hope you’re having a fabulous week ……….

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Well this made my day!!!

Not so long ago a lovely bunch of ladies went on a retreat near Rockhampton organised by Danielle and JoAnne from Sew This & That, and the project they all chose to make – much to my delight – was my Doctor Bag!!
Look at all of these FABULOUS Doctor Bags!!!!Doctor bags RockyDon’t they look simply wonderful sitting there together Smile. Thanks Danielle for the pic … you made my day.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A very special guest.

I taught a class of really lovely ladies at Sew This & That at Morayfield last Friday. The star of the day was certainly beautiful Odelle, a trainee guide dog. She was perfectly behaved, in fact we hardly knew she was there.
Thanks to Susan for bringing her along to share the day with us :o).
Take care,
Joy ;o)

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christmas in July

Here's what I've been working on, just sneaky peeks for now.
You'll have to come to Bundaberg to be first to see it in it's entirety. There are some pretty stitcheries to do in this one :o).

Friday, July 6, 2012

Catching up

Oh my goodness, it’s been AGES since I did a post!!!
I just looked and my last one I’m off to Sydney …. where I must say we all had a blast. This is us at dinner, great food, great company :o).
It was fabulous to meet up with people who’ve been living in my ‘puter for so long lol. Thanks Maree for being a super roomie :o)!!!
Well I’ll show you what I’ve been up to for the past 3 weeks!! These are pics of a really fun blog meet-up with Wendy, Teresa and Marilyn!!!
Honestly, my jaw was aching from laughing so much with these gawjus ladies – so glad we finally got to meet you Wendy :o).
So what have I been making?? Not long ago I had a pile of unfinished projects, now, they’re done :o).  I’m thinking of giving this to my Mum for her Birthday in a couple of weeks, but I’m not sure yet.
It’s a great sized bag and easy to make, but if I was making it again I think I’d do it with firmer batting. The pattern – one my friend found in Homespun, (sorry, I can’t remember the designer) used quilted calico and it’s just a little bit floppy for me – but apart from that I love it :o).
Here’s yet another Doctor Bag and a cute ‘Colour n Carry’ I made for my hairdresser’s little grandson – he loves Diddy Kong :o)!June 2012 031June 2012 032 

I’ve also finished a gawjus quilt for my very first grand-baby, but I can’t show any pics as I haven’t given the quilt to my DS and DILy yet and I’d like them to see it first. But I must say, I’m very pleased with it :o).
So here’s what I’m working on now …. DSC00070lots of lovely Christmassy goodness. It’s for a project I’m doing for this …DSC00071  with Nikki Tervo and Libby Richardson. If you’re able to get to Bundaberg for this fabulous weekend and you’d like more info please give Quilters Shack a call on the number in the pic. I’m so excited, I’m sure it will be a super-fun weekend :D.
Well I’d better get back to work – yes, I call it that but it’s hardly ‘work’ he he he.