Tuesday, August 07, 2012

More Blocks for the CCJP Blog

My February Block - RED

Well I have finally completed five blocks for my wall hanging "Jewel Box". These blocks are a part of my contribution to the CCJP Blog 2012... I am enjoying the small blocks very much, I have always wanted to do some 'Tone-On-Tone' crazy, and I saw this as my perfect chance...
This my Red Block

                                                   Close up of my Shell Stitch...

Here are my 'Pine Cones'...

Some SRE roses to fill a patch...

My sunburst tribal face...

This little treasure was given to me on an "Inchie" some years ago, it was such a perfect shade to match my block I had to use it...


My March Block - Blue

Here is my Blue Block - I had so much fun embellishing this one. I love blue...

Close up of my hand dyed motif and beading

This the top part of the block, again my pine-cones have been added. These are my common theme in all blocks...

Now here's a close up of my majestic dragonfly,it was so much fun, bringing him to life.


My April Block - Green 

This my green block, I found this one very hard to bring together. Just using green threads didn't work, so added some shades of tan, yellow...

This is another Paisley, but the first one on these blocks...

Here's a close up of my 'Pine Cones' and my Shell stitch. Oh and another Spider-web. The small flowers on the right are Mokuba Rosettes, made from picot ribbon.


My May Block - Yellow - 'Imagine'

My yellow block is a little bit brighter that this photo shows, it will be another addition to my "Jewel Box" wall hanging...

My "Pine Cones" in the middle and various stitches - and my 'Imagine' embellishment...

Close up of my SRE roses...


I'm now working on my June block - Pink... I'm also working on an Round Robin I have joined with the SSC Yahoo Group. I also have another 2 blocks to do for the "Christmas Cracker" Swap.
So stay tuned for more of my work in the next few months...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Projects for 2012

  One of my resolution for 2012 was to write more on my Blog, as it is I'm sure for most of you. Now it is the end of January already, and I have only just started.
My DH, Ray and I are determined to make 2012 a much better year for us, then the past 18 months. I have started stitching again, and have already finished one 6"x 6" block for the
CQJP 2012 Block challenge
 I'm actually doing 2 in 1 challenge, as on another group I'm in there is a challenge for "A Block a Month" with a different colour and theme. So I'm incorporating both into my blocks. I'm also doing them as a "Tone-On-Tone" theme.
 Other projects I've nominated myself for are a "Christmas Cracker Swap" and to make or finish a quilt for my sister for her 60th birthday. Thank goodness her birthday isn't until November. Now with January gone that only leaves me with 10 months to complete it... In between, in my spare time, I'll try to finish off a few UFOs as well.
 Here's my first block - January Silver/Dreams...

                       My naked block, mixture of lovely Silver Fabrics.

                     My finished block, had to add 'some' colour.

                        Details of the bottom right corner 'My Dream Garden'


My organza ribbon flowers, I may add more here

Details of my Pine Cone embroidery.

                                     Close detail of my Brazilian Pine Cones.
                                                   The right hand side of the block...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Mum's 90th Birthday

 My special present for my Special Mum on her 90th Birthday...

  My Mum turned 90 years of age in April this year... We had a very special day with her, to share our love, for a Special lady. I haven't done much stitching since Ray's car accident last September, but I did manage to get a small lap quilt made for my Mum. I worked on the stitchery blocks while bed-side sitting when Ray was in hospital and the numerous hours sitting in waiting rooms at Doctors, X-ray and Physio. I did get it finished and presented it to my Mum on her birthday, she was really happy with it.
I'd like to share some of the photos of the stitchery blocks and a full picture of the quilt it's self... Enjoy!!!

First Stitchery Block
Center Birdhouse Block

My Garden Shed before it went into the Quilt.
My third block - Top right

The Garden Gate
Dragonfly at the Garden Gate

My Garden table block

Twin Robins
Collections of pot-plants and flowers

My hand stitched label.
Mum &  her Two sisters!!!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My Special Birthday

 Last Saturday I had, what everyone tells me, a very Special Birthday… I turned 60 years of age. I had a wonderful day with family and friends about. My stepdaughter, daughter-in-law and son all helped to make it special by preparing a lovely BBQ lunch and then in the evening we had a really lovely dinner, with lots of wine and sweets.

The poem that follows here was written by a very dear person, whom I have grown to love very much since her and hubby Jim, arrived to be our next door neighbors, some seven and a half years ago…

Our Faye turns 60!!! 2nd October 2010

One day we said - let’s move to the coast
So Valla was chosen to make the most
Of aging bones and slower speed
With green rolling hills and lots of trees

Now we never have had a neighbor live close
And found we were stuck with some, 20 meters at most
They jumped over the fence and made themselves known
Faye and Ray were their names, and upon us would grow

From beers in the garden and wine on the deck
No matter what time of day, oh, what the heck
No standing on ceremony, no special fancy airs
Just friendship shared and mates who care

Faye is a special one, no one could doubt
Her commitment to family and friends stand out
But where she shines like a light so bright
Is her talent with sewing and craft all alike

Faye’s patchwork and quilts are a sight to behold
Her needlework stories on postcards are told
All around the world those pieces would drift
What a special treat to receive her unique gift

Creative people like Faye I ‘m in awe
When those skills were given I was behind the door
She has tried to teach me and patience she’s shown
But mostly over the head this has flown

Boring women have immaculate homes
Is a saying I love to repeat
Faye is not boring that’s for sure
Sewing much more fun than a house that’s neat

I will never forget our girls’ week away
Faye, Betty, Maureen and I,
Four friends on the run in the Port Douglas sun
Cocktails for breakfast to try

Now Sis, you are special to both Jim and I
And the road ahead will sometimes be high
Just remember if you need a feed or a cry
We‘ll be here to catch you without asking why

On that note we will raise our glass
To a lovely lady, just full of class
I’ll have a wine, Jim a beer
And we’ll thank God he brought us here

Happy 60th birthday, dear friend.

Thank you Jan for this wonderful piece of poetry that describes me to a tee…


Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Fourth Block for the SSC RR

This block belongs to Maureen T. I love the colour tones in this one, and I'm very pleased with the finished
block. I have used a few ideas from the Carole Samples Book "A Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches" 

Close-up of some of the seam detail, on the right....


I hope Maureen likes what I have done for her...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Third Block for the SSC's Group Round Robin

Here is my third block for this round robin. This block belongs to Anne W. and was a lovely block to work on. With white on white, it's so easy to choose colours to use, as any colour will work. I chose the block with the silk print because I wanted to try embellishing around the print. I hope Anne likes what I have done... 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another Celtic Block

This is my contribuation to Wendy's Celtic Block.

Wendy asked us to keep the knotwork to a minimum, therefore I have stitched this cute swirley tree. I only wish I could have found some information on what it is a symbol of. I'll name it, my "Tree of Friendship" as I feel that is approprate for these Round Robins.

These two motifs are on the Block as well. I couldn't help doing a little bit of knotwork. I hope Wendy will like what I have done...