christmas is coming and so is the end of 2014 and so we think of events for the new year 2015, keep these dates free if you are able to visit, so as you're filling in your diaries mark down friday, march 27th and saturday, march 28th, 2015
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it is so nice to have little bits of christmas around the house, here are some of my corners
two lots of christmas sticks, this one in my kitchen/livingroom with the cookie jars !
i also love advent calendars, these are previous years which i still bring out, quite a little village developing, this years is the bakery, lots of little visions of people having 'nice cups of tea' ! quite appropiate for my house !
not a pear tree, but the fruits dropping off it look like pears to me !
christmas gift making for a kris kingle ... the front
and the back, featuring a 'margagon' ! you will see plenty of these shapes used in different ways at the exhibition in march 2015 !
i put out the mince pies and out came the hungry reindeer made by one of my sewing friends this year, here's another view in front of this years advent
and a new pear for my stick tree from my pear friend and these also under the cloche at the moment
someone is getting some lovely embroidered pillowcases for christmas
there were also some other lovely finishes at out last tuesday class for the year
jan's lovely birds, must be love birds i think !
and her appliqued and embroidered panel, centre for a table cloth we are thinking !
things are getting busy out there, i guess christmas time makes everything have a limit of time to it ! everything must happen before christmas !
slow down a bit i think and just enjoy the simple things, i do and i am, well let's face it, i can't rush round any more, so maybe i'm noticing the rush that is on just that bit more !
i have hung my christmas tags on the beautiful winter magnolia branches that soften a corner of my living room. the young flower buds have stayed put on the branches and are like small velvety spots of interest, love them !
meanwhile, before the christmas decorations went up i have been sewing these blocks and really enjoying the play with fabric
and they will all become part of this when all put together
all my sewing friends have been busy
our teacher and inspirer 'mrs sew & so', gail has been doing some more of her poppies on a quilt
jan has been doing some lovely work in very soft silken colours
her daughter has said she would love the throw when it is finished, so jan is very happy about that.........
marion is working on some birds, we all had a lovely day sewing at kyneton on show day, the town was very busy, we checked out the shops, bought our lunch and settled in for the day
thanks noelle and john for having us again this year ! noelle was playing with some redwork panels and patchwork borders
john was out in the garden preparing the veggie beds. the garden is only just 2 years old and the growth is just amazing, more photos to come
beverley is using her delightful little bag for her sewing and it is just beautiful ! the linen used here started life out as a teatowel, but is now in a much happier place embroidered with the miniature version of the 'mrs sew & so" poppies !
red and white spots and stripes featured here with the mugs and tin, always a great fresh combination
the scarecrow had frightened the gardener to have a good rest on the back deck ! the gardener was also a very patient man with the household of stitchers for the day !
two new cushions done by jan again, they are lovely and looked well on the white couches !
i also loved noelle's whimisical pea cushion !
and up the garden path at the side of the house the roses were abundant, everything was just smiling on this lovely day
and i loved the mint and daisies coming up through the back steps !
popping in a pineapple on a medallion quilt i'm doing !
love my paper pears on the shelf !
love cards, and i think i bought this one in hobart last year....... it's got everything ! a crown wearing goose. a pear, a pineapple and sharyn, a lady bird !!!
and earlier this year we lost a very dear friend, to celebrate what would have been her birthday, i invited her god mother and very close friend to visit. we had only met briefly at her funeral .......... she was very interested in synchronicity ......... we were most surprised when her god mother and another friend arrived both wearing the same pretty shirts, first time they had met each other !!! i would like to think that this is a sign that our much loved friend is in a happy place somewhere and sending the colourful waves to two of her friends that miss her so much !
and been loving the sweet peas that a stitching and crafting friend has been bringing me, just enjoy them so much on the windowsill !
and so that rudolph with his nose so bright knows that this house is reindeer friendly, i have one of his mates on the windowsill now for christmas
i'll be back in the next few days with some more wonderful work the sewing girls have been doing, it's now into the next day for me, after midnight and i better go to bed !
this dove was having a lovely bath in the garden the other morning, a reminder to put some water out for the birds during what may be a long hot summer !
the beauty from nature and the wonderful display of flowers that springtime provides
the bunch of roses from my local fruit shop that i have on my windowsill displayed in little old fruit juice bottles give me such delight, i love them !
my friend and now (personal knitter) came to visit for dinner recently and wore one of her latest and wonderfully created jacket
its michelle from the quilted tortoise, she also sews, but the knitting has taken over recently ! there are things she wants to knit, but knows she won't wear, so that's where i come in, lucky me ! and she's using some of the many balls of wool i've purchased over the years !
beth from our saturday embroidery class with 'mrs sew & so' has nearly completed this mix of applique and embroidery
back to the beautiful flowers' these arrived for me from tom, a huge arrangement of lovely spring flowers
after the tulips died i separated them all and the roses were just spectacular, 20 beautiful yellow roses and also these orchids
then last weekend the house was full of MSG inspiration with Marg Sampson George paying another visit for a workshop and here are some of the images of the work being done
all different versions of 'going green gradually'
with light behind it barb's looks like a stained glass window
and this subtle little version of 'bombay blooms'
but then a softer look, beautiful roses again
trish has done lots of work on her sheet version, love the colours
and tanja has a large space to fill
little by little they all get done ! just think of all the little stitches being made all along the east coast of australia influenced by MSG !!!!!
i started making some new pieced blocks to add to one of my msg projects as the next border
and back to some embroidery, jan's lovely cushion finished ! jan hasn't seen it yet, so you are very lucky, i love it ! done in class with 'mrs sew & so' !!
i tried to finish this post so it would appear on the first of the month, but i notice the clock has ticked over past midnight again, so it's off to bed for me now, enjoy !
the excitement of starting a new project is rewarded when it is finally finished. my friend Denise started this in the very first Marg Sampson George workshop i organised just over two years ago and now it is all finished and quilted. lots of firsts for Denise in all this work and she is very happy with the results, well done !
when friends gather to sew there are always lots of pretty visions and this little basket of threads fits that description so well
more visions from some MSG quilt stitching, this one is Trish's
and the saying goes 'life is just a bowl of cherries'
some ever so sweet lily of the valley thanks to Sherene !
i spent the weekend away with some friends sewing, enjoying the company and being spoilt, it's a nice change ! we went to Ballan and stayed at Millhouse, can thoroughly reccomend it ! the above quilt is one that Sandra Boyle has just completed called Summer Garden, she teaches at Amitie Textiles in Gardenvale if you are living in Melbourne. Sandra's quilts are always so pretty, this one is all liberty fabrics except for the blue background, we all just loved this
here is a closer look, just beautiful Sandra !
and another top that Sandra is working on is this combination of ocean waves block she is calling Bloomsbury, we loved this too !
and then there is this version of a log cabin, so scrappy, so lovely
this one hasn't been given an official name yet, but will be ! and the one below is called Celia's Quilt and Sandra is quilting this hexagon beautty with dmc perle 12. it is just so soft and gentle in every way
if you love these and would love to work with Sandra in a class and you live in Melbourne, Australia, then get in touch with Amitie and book in for a class !
we were all laughing about being a little bit in love with mauve lately ( have we reached the age, you know what they say about purple ) and it seemed appropiate that this lovely vase of lilac was on the sideboard
from my corner of the table it looked very pretty with all the bits and pieces of each others bags and tins etc and of course the cups of tea, must have been early in the day, as later the cups were replaced by tall elegant glasses !
at one of the local thrift shops these characters were purchased for a fan of alice in wonderland, they will go to Sydney to live
i took a large bag of all sorts of things to play with, but finished up just sticking to and finishing this quilt top except for the filling in edge pieces which i have since decided upon and cut out ready to stitch in ! its just a real mix of some mostly old florals and chintzes that i have had, it was a real change from what i have been doing and i enjoyed working with it
home i came to the first bloom on my new 'fairy magnolia', so delicate and pretty !
i was going to put an editors note on my last post, then thought i may as well write another
thanks to those of you who have left comments on the last post, just want to say i appreciate your thoughts, but there are lots of us live with arthritis and all its various forms and i was not wishing to sound as though i was saying poor me ! i'm ok and i try not to make this blog about me or my personal feelings, maybe one day i will just do a post just about me, now that would be boring ! if someone had all the answers as to why you are better sometimes, as opposed to others that would be magic ! the inflammatory side of my arthritis is often worse when it is humid, so im not blaming the winter or the cold
i'm ok !
chose tulips on friday for the windowsill display and these were interesting as most of them had several flower buds coming from the one stem, interesting !
then coming out this morning and putting the blind up, i was greeted with this hello !
lovely sunshine too and then some washing on the line and pretty pansies
just hanging about here today, lots to do in a creative way, lots to do in other ways too of course, what about you ?
this is a bug from a creative space ! mrs sew and so's barn !
delicious pears are in season, love to eat them and love them as a decoration and in this picture, loved the shadows on the wall
the last weekend in july was time for another marg sampson george workshop and so the house was full of eager participants, as well as good friends, with marg and jean staying from interstate and bronwyn visiting also, happy times were had
a tin full of bits prepared 'take an element' is the theme and marg explained her approach to buying and sorting and storing fabric, all very interesting
'margagons' and 'pentamargs' are just two of marg's 'elements' here in this tin
this is another collection of my bits, getting them ready to applique to my background
and my 'cross lizzies' another element that marg can use, she has my permission, her inspiration was also mine !
i called this post 'home happenings' and this was just another seasonal delight, lovely homegrown citrus added colour and stored here in this large glass vase, looked decorative also
and an early sign of spring, these rununculus on the window sill, love them !
and bronwyn bought me these, their name escapes me at the moment, but aren't the colours amazing !
and by now you know my love of pears and the pear shape, these beauties made from old print by a young man in queensland, just love them and their addition to my home
there were some gorgeous choices of fabrics and combinations being made and getting approval by marg
new beginnings for many attending the weekend workshop
above is a new 'pentamarg' being prepared
some whirligig blades have been cut, and below some have been stitched up
and just when you think you have finished, that's what simone thought, marg finds a spot to fill, why have a space ?
and so a couple of 'pentamargs' fill the space
and lavina too is almost finished, the addition of some 'cross lizzies' and some dots and a heart here and there and this will be ready for quilting. the first question often asked, which i find curious, is 'how long did it take you' ? lavina started two years ago, this is all hand stitched and pieced and i might say alot of other projects have been started and finished also by her in this same period of time.
there are more photos to show, i think you need a break and so do i, but i will be back in a few days. thanks denice for your email re my lack of posts as often as i used to do, and sorry that you have not been able to make a comment, i can't explain why that should be, but i do really appreciate yours and others feedback. when i sit and write these musings i don't think about all the far reaching places and homes that these posts go to. thanks to you all that read and enjoy !
i'm not usually someone who does 'blocks of the month' or 'swaps' or 'challengers' etc. but was invited by brigitte giblin via facebook to take part in her 'trip around the world challenge' #bgtawc and so i have, think i showed my start in the last post !
this cushion spends it's life in my bedroom and it's handled every day, when my cousin sharon stitched it back in 2004 little did we know then, how prophetic the words would be. sharon lost her life in 2008, so with kind fond love i do remember her !
my sister in law died recently, she lived a troubled life and caused lots of sadness, as a result along the way, however rest in peace ellie, hope you find that perfect place
my friends called 'jenny' have been doing some lovely work recently, this 'g' by one of them is a cushion for her daughter
another jenny has finished quilting and binding this very attractive snowball quilt using the 'kumo' template set, and so because of a finish, she has started a 'trip around the world' and her husband, terry, is helping to choose the fabrics
well done terry i think !
these visions are part of a new fun quilt that trish harper has recently finished
a dog on the road playing with his ball
this dogs riding in the back of the ute !
and these are in pursuit of the disappearing cat ! trish has always put a dog somewhere in many of her quilts, she had to say goodbye to her own much loved little 'billy' just not so long ago
this will become a pattern once we find a new computer pattern maker
further progress, be it slow, on my #bgtawc
i welcomed this little rabbit family, made by the famous 'auntie barbie', to my house, they are so beautifully made by this octogenarian, such beautiful work !
lovely pears, beautiful winter time fruit, so enjoyable !
marion brought this lovely posy of native flowers, nature is amazing
gayle sent me some fabrics and this gorgeous card all the way from the USA
and my fabric fairy in the #bgtawc sent me this piece of fabric to be included in 'the trip' at some later date when more is revealed by brigitte
it was very well chosen and will work in perfectly, thanks elaine from the UK !
i have been like many others at this time of the year, watching wimbledon and all the tennis, that means late nights here in australia and then it is followed by the tour de france, so one week down, two more to go ! one needs to keep doing something to stay awake ! i have been stitching 'margagons' in readiness for another workshop weekend, here at home, in two weeks, with marg sampson george
and i have added the next four borders to my quilt, the inspiration of of msg
all ready now for the next stage, the final border
and another marion, who stitches with trish harper has recently completed this version of trish's floral wreath
it's bold, and bright, and beautiful and stitched using perle 8 thread and it's going to be in the centre of a large quilt, lovely marion
this new pattern, along with others will be coming soon, in the meantime have you seen all the other patterns by trish harper available for sale from my side bar or etsy shop ! good time to be stitching, go and take a look !
i hadn't really fininshed showing some of the lovely things of inspiration from my trip to sydney in march !
there is so much beautiful colour in our lives, how lucky are we, i will make a few comments along the way
these pictures are from quilts made by various people who are inspired by margaret sampson george, the use of colour and pattern is fun
love the little soldiers
love the cherry
this is full of so many little gems
look at these bags from our sewing sisters in africa ( i think ) and the beautiful colours in that shirt
these are some of the bags we had all made and swapped, lucky dip style
isn't it amazing all the wonderful choices in fabrics that we have and the colours
a little sampler at jean's, one of many and a little secret is that she always uses dmc stranded col 309
when the sun shines in and you have sunflowers in the vase its double the delight
a lovely little surprise in the mail last week, a love of pears and this fabric sums it up really along with a template to make life simple, love a template and that small piece of fabric says so much ! thanks susan !
i was invited to join in brigitte giblin's trip around the world challenge on facebook, it's not too late to join in, and so i did, i have completed up to row nine as per instructions, it's a bit of fun !
and this bird joined me here at broderie during the week all the way from cape cod in the usa, thanks jenny
and to finish off in a colourful way, i could not help but photo this humble savoy cabbage because of its beauty and oh that colour !
hope you enjoyed picking out your favourite bits of fabric ! i know i have repeated some of the photos of the bags, but its just a chance to have another look !
there was some response from the editor of 'homespun' magazine and the parties are talking, thanks to all those who made contact with me here, through facebook and instagram
always remember to slow down in life;
live, breathe and learn;
take a look around you
whenever you have time
and never forget
everything and every person
that has a place within
twelve things to remember
the value of time
the success of perserverance
the pleasure of working
the dignity of simplicity
the worth of character
the power of kindness
the influence of example
the obligation of duty
the wisdom of economy
the virtue of patience
the joy of originality
the beauty of cheeriness
from the country woman in n.s.w. australia
henry van dyke
use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be a very silent place
if no birds sang except the best.
we can do no great things,
only small things with great love.