Friday, 7 August 2015

A little sewing done.....

Very shamefully, I have to admit that I still have not having caught up with my Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  However, I do have a plan.... the week after next, I have a week home alone, so I am planning to make it a 'sewing retreat week' and catch up with all my outstanding projects!! 



As we have now moved into August, the latest 'Snow Happy Heart' pattern from Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs has been released.  I have downloaded my copy of the pattern which depicts a snowman on his summer holiday at the beach!!  If I don't get it done before, that will be on my list to finish up during my 'sewing retreat week' as well as the Farm House Vintage blocks!



I haven't been completely idle this week sewing-wise.  I have managed to finish the last task on my Kathy Shaw ICQC 107 Class Garden Trellis block, which was to add some long stemmed roses.  



They were fun to stitch and I really like how the finished block looks.  I now move onto the other background block with the fence and tree for the next tasks in the class.



I also managed to finish the first part of the next task in my Kathy Shaw ICQC 103 Class which was to design and stitch an embroidered monogram.



I decided to embroider two monograms as I am going to make them into a gift for someone later in the year.  I have shown you the monograms here but, I won't share the finished project for the moment.  I'll show you that later on after the gift has been received.



Talking of 'secret' projects, I did also finish up what I was making to send in my birthday swap with Leanne of Lizzie the Quilter and they are now on their way to Leanne in Tasmania!  I will show you them later too.

In other news.....

Poppy is doing very well and is starting to use her leg quite well.  She is having physiotherapy sessions to help her.  They include daily exercises that we have to do at home!!



The contractor has been to make safe my garden wall and clear up the rubble until it can be repaired properly.  Hopefully that won't be too long!!


From Janne (Norway)

Finally, I received another beautiful birthday swap block to add to the others I have received. It is another lovely block and I am looking forward to being able to piece this rather special 'Around the World' quilt top together.

Have a lovely weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Your trellis embroidery is lovely. Seeing your monograms took me back. Ten years ago my daughter asked me to monogram ten hankies to be given to close family members and her bridesmaid before her wedding. I could have used some creative inspiration but they turned out fine. I love the variety of needlework you do.

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    1. Thank you Jill! I had a lot of fun with the monograms... they are going to be part of a wedding gift too! :) x

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  2. I can't seem to stay caught up on my FGV blocks! But I'm determined to finish them. ;) I love the roses on your trellis. It looks like a garden I want! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your next block with the tree. Beautiful monograms! Is that the "card trick" block that you received? Glad Poppy is doing better and that your brick wall got a temporary fix. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I'm horribly behind with my blocks but I also want to finish them, so I'll make an effort to catch up when I have the house to myself. It is a card trick block.... I am really looking forward to making the quilt ! Looking forward to the next tasks from my ICQC Classes! :) x

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  3. Your roses look lovely and finish the block beautifully. I love the peaceful blues in your birthday swap block. Glad to see the garden is getting back to normal. X

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    1. Thank you Ali! I was pleased with the finished block! :) x

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  4. Your monograms and blocks are all lovely. I enjoy watching your progress on your blocks. A sewing retreat week sounds like heaven!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! It isn't a real retreat... just me with the house to myself but, I am hoping to get plenty of sewing done! :) x

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  5. Oh i love the Snowmen! Good thing you always remind me download it.

    Greetings Marion

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    1. Hello Marion! I love them too... I have such fun with the blocks! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  6. I simply can't imagine what bliss it would be to have a week to stitch. I count myself blessed if I even manage an entire day. Today was supposed to have been mine to stitch, but our friends wanted to meet for breakfast so needless to say my plans went out the window.

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    1. Hello Mary Anne.... well I am hoping that I will at least get a couple of days... plans are sure to change! :) x

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  7. It looks like you will have lots of fun things to work on during your personal sew in! The monograms are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I think so! Lots to do! Hope my plans work out! :) x

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  8. Hello! Firstly, it's good to hear that Poppy is on the road to recovery. Secondly, you look to have been very busy again. Make sure the sewing retreat involves lots of treats and relaxation.

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    1. Thank you Emmajane! That sounds like a good idea to me! :) x

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  9. I especially like the little tree and fence and the letters. I hope you manage to get a week off, - I never seem to manage, something always crops up!
    I am pleased to hear Poppy is making good progress, and that your wall is being sorted out, hope it all calms down soon! xx

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    1. Thank you Janet! I am hoping I can at least get a couple of free days... as you say, something always seems to crop up! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! :) x

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  10. Hello Christine, oooooh I can't wait to see what you have made me. Your ribbon embroidery looks amazing on your blocks, you are clever.

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    1. Hello Leanne! I hope you like everything I have sent... it is on it's way! I have really been enjoying the SRE! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! :) x

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  11. A sewing retreat week at home sounds lovely! The long stemmed roses look so pretty. So glad Poppy is feeling better and getting the use of her leg.

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    1. Thank you! It will be fun to have the house to myself and really get all my projects caught up at last! I am pleased to see Poppy making progress... it has been a long recovery time for her and isn't finished yet! :) x

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  12. I think we should all have a sewing retreat once in a while just to catch up. There are so many wonderful ideas out there, its hard to get them all done. Just love your work with Kathy, its just stunning. If you hear of any other birthday swaps, can you let me know, I would be very interested. xxx

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    1. I think so too Dawn! I hope to get all caught up with my projects.... then I can start some new ones!! :) x

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  13. I have been behind in reading blogs and am trying to catch up. WOW. Having a car drive through your garden wall had to be more excitement than anyone could care for. I am glad repairs are being made. I do hope the driver was okay. And, I am thrilled to hear Poppy is doing well! As always, your stitching is gorgeous! I love seeing your progress in Kathy's classes. :)

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    1. Hi Renee! It did come as a bit of a shock. Luckily no-one was hurt although the lady driving was very shaken up!

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