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Friday Night Sew-In

The Missus and I both joined in the Sew-In last night.  We both  worked on a block for A Gardener’s Journal.  I’m making the quilt and she has picked out a few designs she would like to stitch.  I stitched most of the blue on the dress last night.

She has asked me to make this one into a needlecase for her when it is done.  The Missus stitched all of this last night.  It is the second stitchery she has worked on.  She has had a few goes at cross stitch, but found that she prefers this kind of stitching.  She has a stitchery stashed away in the “evacuation bag”.  I think may have a convert!

All the bricks for The Missus’ lap quilt are cut out.  I counted 38 different patterns and 148 dark bricks.  I miscounted the light ones, so need to recount.

This is one side of a tea cozy I finished this morning.  It was made from a couple of orphan blocks and some bamboo batting.   The black adds oomph, as they were a bit wishy washy before.   

I brewed a cup of tea tonight and used the cozy.  It works really well.  The tea even seemed to taste nicer! lol

I cross stitched Four Fat Friends last year simply because it was so cute.  It was sometime later that I decided to make it into a needlecase.


Festive Ornament SAL

I thought it would be fun to have a Christmas ornament SAL next year.….and even more fun to have other stitchers joining in. Which led to FOSAL being created.

Remember when we were kids how much fun lucky dips were? FOSAL is a bit like that!

How it works:


Pick out twelve patterns for Christmas ornaments that you would like to stitch during the year.  (Any kind of stitchy goodness, not just cross stitch.)

Kit each one up separately. (Snap lock bags are an easy way of doing this.)

Place them together in a box/bag for safe keeping.

On the 1st of each month close your eyes, put your hand in your box/bag and pull out one kit. That is the one you are working on for the month.


Pick a new project every month.

During the week beginning 1st January, please post a list and a related picture of your choices.

During the weeks listed below, post each month’s finished ornament for all to admire.

Start date: 1st January, 2010.

Blogger allows 100 members. If there are vacancies, people may join during the year.

Please post a picture of your finished Festive Ornament during the week beginning on the following dates:

January – week beginning Sunday 24th January 2010.

February – week beginning Sunday 21st February 2010.

March – week beginning Sunday 28th March 2010.

April – week beginning Sunday 25th April 2010.

May – week beginning Sunday 30th May 2010.

June – week beginning Sunday 27th June 2010.

July – week beginning Sunday 25th July 2010.

August – week beginning Sunday 29th August 2010.

September – week beginning Sunday 26th September 2010.

October – week beginning Sunday 24th October 2010.

November – week beginning Sunday 28th November 2010.

December – week beginning Sunday 26th December 2010.

If you would like to join in, grab the piccie at the top of the post and add it to your sidebar, then let me know either here or over at so I can add you.

Squeezed A Few More In

I’ve managed to squeeze a few more finishes in.  I don’t think I will be finishing any more this year, as I have run out of wadding and also pillows for stuffing.  Ned Kelly Kitty was stuffed with soft beads used in bear making!

Ned Kelly Kitty is for The Missus.  She asked if I could put our names on the front rather than her initials. 

 This is a teatowel bag requested by The Missus to keep her Ipod bits and pieces in.  The cross stitched cup cake in the middle looks larger in rl. 

This piccie has decided NOT to play nicely.  It is fuzzy when turned sideways.  It is the emboidered  blocks from Gail Pan’s Christmas BOM finished as a wall hanging…..minus one block.  I’m convinced the block “Merry” was possessed.  If a block was going to be misplaced, it was this one….more than once.  It trimmed up wonky – 2 inches on one side and 1/2 inch on the other and crooked….I’m sure it was shifting under the ruler!  I do like the way it looks, though.  It fits perfectly on a long narrow wall next to the bookcase in the lounge.  I can see it from here, now….the right way up!  This was the first BOM I’ve taken part in and I had fun.

I’m starting this one sometime in the next few days using Japanese fabrics.

If I have added everything together correctly, that makes a grand total of 57 finishes this year.  I may be able to squeeze one more in, but that will be it!  I didn’t set out this year to finish so many projects…..until I got close to last year’s total and I had one of those “I wonder if    (I could beat last year’s total by one)” thoughts….I had a ball doing it.

A lot of what I make is on a whim.  I like making lists AFTER the fact, not before.  This means no concrete “to do” lists for next year.  I’ve been cross stitching for 25+ years, so I can’t see that stopping anytime soon!  I can see myself playing with my sewing machine more next year….foundation piecing and applique quilts….plus a bag or three!  On the knitting front…There is a good possibility I will have a go at knitting socks.  My feet are freezing in the winter during playground duty….so a pair of warm handmade socks will go down well!  I may teach myself to crochet next year.  I’m left handed, but plan on teaching myself how to crochet right handed….same way as I taught myself how to knit.  I’ll be doing a bit of scrapbooking and cardmaking, too.

This will probably be my 2nd last post for the year……one more with something which may be of interest to the cross stitchers (not any more FO’s! lol).  The only hint I give is that FOSAL may become part of your vocabulary next year.   

I’ve had a ball in Blogland this year and look forward to more of the same next year.  I wish you and your families all the best for the festive season and the New Year.

State Of Excitement

When I picked up the mail today I got a stitchy surprise. Colours Down Under – my favourite Aussie online cross stitch shop is opening a store in Perth TOMORROW!!! I got so excited I dropped the mail. lol It won’t be long before I visit with explicit instructions from The Missus. I have such an awful sense of direction that I get lost coming out of shops in the Hay Street Mall in the city………and I‘ve been visiting there for 30 years!!! 
The ornament at the top of the piccie is the one I mentioned in my last entry. It is Sweet Baby by Shepherd’s Bush Printworks. I might even make myself one sometime I like it so much.

The scissor keeps on the bottom left and right of the piccie are made using fabric printed on the computer. It is such a simple…and cheap…technique I’m writing an easy peasy tutorial. Stay tuned!

One can never have too many pincushions! I printed the piccie for this one (between the scissor keeps) using the same technique as the scissor keeps. The Missus is about to start her second stitchery tonight, so it is time she had some accessories. The scissor keep on the left and the pincushion are for her.

This is Dovecote. My first finished block in Anni Downs “A Gardener’s Journal. One down, twenty seven to go. The hard part is choosing which one to do next.

I’m off to have a go at the tutorial for quilt as you go placemats which Vickie gave the link for.  tytyty Vickie! 

Mince pies were made with beef and spices in Victorian times.

This is the first quilt I ever started…..and it became my first UFO…..which lasted 8 years!  It gets about a four on the OOGLIE! scale, but I love it in a weird kind of way.  The applique I did in blanket stitch by hand and mum pieced the top….I had planned to piece it by hand, but when mum offered to piece it on her sewing machine I thought it would be nice for us to have a collaborative quilt.  It is also special because I can see how much my taste has changed and how much I have learned over the years….including how to use a sewing machine!

Today I was wondering if I should have been let loose unsupervised…..It was the second time I had been out in nine weeks that wasn’t appointment related….and the first time on my own…..First I broke the “pull” part of the zipper on my favourite shoulder bag.  Secondly I lost my sunnies.  Thirdly….a car ran into the back of mine when I was stationary!  This was all in less than two hours!  Fortunately, all turned out well.  The Missus is going to make a beady pull thngy for my bag…..I am picking my sunnies up from the coffee shop where I left them tomorrow…..the car only tapped mine on the tow bar, so no damage!  So it all worked out ok.

The shopping part of the trip went fine…..I found a Chrissie pressie for The Missus and as you can see from the above piccie I partook in S.E.X.  The red fossil fern is for the background of a (sort of) surprise  steampunk themed wall hanging I’m making for The Missus.  

The pink fq will make the backing and binding on a cross stitch Christmas ornament for mum and dad which I will be making SOON, as they are coming over next Monday and I’d like to give it to them then.     

Laurel Burch’s cat fabric is going in a cat themed quilt.  Finding that was a bonus….it is like hen’s teeth in Perth.  The shop I found it in is moving and I reckon it came from the vault!

I love those packs…..$20 for 10 fq’s is great value.   They come in handy for all kinds of projects.  It caught my eye in the LQS, as it made me think of Halloween.  I’ll use some of it to make up the Halloween cross stitch I made recently into ornaments. 

This is the first pieced quilt I made.  I decided to bring it out, as it hasn’t seen the light of day for a while.  The most spoilt cat in the known universe Lestat’s “This is comfortable, but I don’t know if I should be here, so I will act like I should be” look made me smile.


This is Dovecoate – the first block I’m stitching of Anni Downs “The Gardener’s Journal”.  There are 28 stitched blocks ranging from 2×2 inches to 8×9 inches….So plenty of variety!  Over the years I’ve admired quilts with stitcheries at craft fairs and said I was “gunna make one……one day”.  Well, one day has come.  I’ll be using some of the fq’s I bought today when I’m piecing it.   

Just out of curiosity I counted how many stitches were in the bird sitting on the perch…70!  A quiltful will be a whole lot of stitchy fun.



I started My Needle’s Work last weekend. I’m stitching it on a piece of off white 20 count pearl linen from my stash. The needle just glides through it. I’m using two threads, which makes it stand out from the fabric. The edges are well taped up, as it frays a lot. It is the first time I’ve used Cresent Colours and I love the shades….and the names…..Wild Berries, Almost Auburn, Hickory Stitcks, Weeping Willow, Sunkissed, Khaki Mocha, Secondhand Rose.
Cross stitch is sometimes like alchemy…Before I added the red to the rooster it didn’t really look like anything….just a brown blob….Then the comb and wattle were stitched and it suddenly looked like a rooster….magic!


“Such is life”…..were the last words supposed to be uttered by our most famous bush ranger Ned Kelly. You can find a photo of his head gear and other interesting links here….and a link to one of Sidney Nolan’s paintings of Ned here. Ned Kelly Kitty will make much more sense after having a squiz at the links. I haven’t gone completely mad by stitching grey rectangles for cat heads! The pic is the back of Ned Kelly Kitty.


The Missus and I had a Stitch and Bitch on Friday night. She is really flying along with her stitching. She has even picked out a few more to do, after she has finished this one.


When The Missus came home the other night she gave me this lovely bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates….a wonderful surprise. They’re in a vase on the wash basin in the ensuite bathroom, as Lestat has had a really bad habit of deheading flowers since he was a kitten. (I used to feel like Morticia Adams) He was living up to his name, I think!


I spent a chunk of yesterday drawing up stitcheries from Anni Downs of Hatched And Patched – A Gardener’s Journal. When I have (eventually) stitched them all, I plan on making the quilt from the book.