Thursday, July 30, 2009

Curved Flying Geese Workshop

I attended a "Curved Flying Geese" workshop last Sunday. Our instructor was Jan Rowe. She is such a nice lady and very good at teaching. I chose to draft and construct a circle in which all the geese were the same size. I figured it would be most straightforward as a first project. Little did I think about the options of using it! I could applique it to whole cloth (all those bulky seams!); set in circles x2 (little inner and larger outer); reverse applique or finish it as a cicular mini quilt and bind both inner and outer circles. They all present a new challenge for me! Still, I love these fabrics on white and will keep you posted on how I finish it off...

This is foundation pieced on non-woven not-fusible lightweight interfacing.
I hope to finish the last few triangles soon... This definitely won't be another UFO! I had a lot of fun in this class and will use the techniques learned in future projects.

What have you learned this week?

Hugs - Shari

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Many of you know I work as a medical receptionist in a busy family practice. I have a good rapport with the patients and I recently received this beautiful handmade card from a lovely lady. I was not my usual cheery self one day and she thought I needed cheering up. It's little gestures like these that make up for all the rude patients that cross my path (but they are sick and not at their best so of course some will be cranky).

I've always been a little in awe of people who can make these cards. The detail is amazing and the fiddly work is far beyond me... This one is just so fresh and I have to tell you it still cheers me up!

This is a handmade card made by my youngest daughter many years ago now... I just love it... The sun is a pipecleaner, the pink cloud is fake fur and I especially love the row of fairy stones for the water. The flock of butterflies is a special texta (not sure what they are called in the US).
This is the inside...
My card making skills leave a lot to be desired. I found these in a box recently when I was looking for a card to make a little box. This was a tri-fold card with a cut-out. I used vleisofix to adhere fabric to the card and then glued a gold metal star on. The words were from a sticker pack. The inside is blank.

This one is plain card folded in half. I put vleisofix on the back of a piece of fabric then cut around the shape and then ironed it to the card. It's been in the box for years and it hasn't lifted from the card. I really must use these up... they were made years ago when doing craft stuff with the girls... sadly they are not interested in any craft at the moment...

Cheers - Shari

Monday, July 27, 2009

Christmas in July Swap Received

I received my lovely Christmas in July parcel today from Sarah at Anyone Can Quilt. I am just so happy with these lovely items. They were beautifully wrapped in these gorgeous red ribbons that shimmered in the light...
Just look at this gorgeous stocking beautifully pieced and quilted. I expect my family to put lovely things in it at Christmas time!!! And I may just be a little bit inspired to make them a little stocking of their own... if they're good...
Look at these delicious strawberries dangling off the ends of the bow. You can also see the wonderful detailing with the ric rac. Just so yummy...
This lovely old-fashioned gift tag and charming tree ornament/pincushion. I think I'll use it as a pincushion until the tree goes up and then I'll put it on the tree. It has more of that lovely red ric rac.
This large stoneware mug filled with these olde-worlde Christmas fabrics that are already dancing in my head with possibilities... it's hard to see but the mug has some wonderful detailing...
And an apron! This is a descreet Christmas combo so I can use it year round without too much teasing! Not that I would let that stop me...
And this apron is self adjusting!! It has one long strap that threads through these side pockets so even someone with my short waist can wear it! Too clever!

Thank you so much lovely Sarah for these beautiful gifts!!

And a big thank you to Stephanie and Linda for organising such a great swap!!

I hope everyone had a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone received!

Big hugs - Shari

Christmas in July Swap Sent

I sent my Christmas in July parcel to Sheri in Idaho.
I made a large scrappy table runner out of gold and white...

And a scrappy bag...
Sheri is thrilled with her gifts and has done a lovely post on them. Pop over for a visit.

May Christmas be in your hearts all year!

Hugs - Shari

Wonderland Garden

First there was this...

Then there was this...

Beautifully pieced blocks by Jacquie...

Wonderfully embroidered flowers by Jacquie's mum...

Wonderful quilting by Jackie...

And I'm the very lucky winner of this Wonderland Garden! Thank you ladies for a beautiful quilt! It is surely a new family treasure...

Hugs - Shari

Friday, July 24, 2009

Charmed Gift Bag Giveaway

Kim at Bitty Bits & Pieces is having a giveaway in honour of her lovely giftbag being a featured project on Moda Bake Shop. Pop over and visit and get your own entry in. This is such an interesting bag!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mugz on Monday

Look at this happy mug. I found it this week, so lonely, in the op shop which is right next door to where my daughter works. She's not so lonely now that she has lots of new friends. It cost me all of 80 cents. How could a girl pass up such a bargain??

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sew Fun Quilts Giveaway

Sew Fun Quilts is having a giveaway and also trying to reach 100 followers. She has a lot of 'cat' themed prizes. Go and visit!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What's in the Box?

I had to go in to this box today to retrieve some
Velcro for my niece-in-law.
It is a miscellaneous haberdashery box.

Sunshine today!

Friday, July 10, 2009

What's in the Tin?

I love tins and boxes and little bags and all that sort of thing. So over time we will have a look at all the containers and their treasures. I needed something out of this one today so will start here.

Without flash (above) and with flash (below).

Ric Rac and Christmas buttons.

How do you store your bobbins?

Look at this great idea for storing bobbins: Here. It is a Japanese site but the pictures are self-explanatory. This is just so timely because I've been pondering this and my solutions have been more complex - what a great way to use a paperclip! I'll let you know how I go...

Green Fairy Quilts is having a Giveaway

Judi at Green Fairy Quilts is celebrating her 99th post with a giveaway. This quilt is not one of the prizes. She is selling this quilt via silent auction and the money raised is going to her charity work in Romania. Pop over to Green Fairy Quilts for more information and to see how you can help - and of course to enter her giveaway.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


On smaller projects I baste with straight pins instead of safety pins...
PS: Rain today.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Weather Forecast

The sun shone for a little while today. Rain tomorrow.
PS: The quilt is in the mail!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sewing is Happening

Sewing is happening... who's that watching?This is Ekaterina. She came all the way from Emily at Ravenhill.

Kat - these are all the girls. They're lovely and you will really like them.

Girls, say hello to Kat!

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