Thursday, 22 September 2011

StitchMap - another finish

Over the last couple of months I have been mentoring two lovely ladies Leanne (an fellow Aussie) and Iris (a remarkable English women), complete their BCQC2 class. BCQC meaning Basic Crazy Quilting Class (no2), and as I had not done the course before I had to do it along side them.  StitchMap is wonderful group offering these FREE classes through their Yahoo Forum site. Here are my completed items, due to copyright, I can't show you anymore except close ups, so if you want to know more about doing this class yourself, click on the link and go to their forum page, and join.

Here is another view of the pin cushion.  If you like my beetle you can go to and sign on to do a course with me to make these wonderful little works of Art.  I'm extremely happy with how he turned out, the pincushion is my favorite piece.

Here is the thread roll opened up on the patchwork side, for copyright reasons I can't show you the inside.

And the needlecase, again can't show you the inside do you Copyright.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Basically Beaded DYOB - my work on Susan's blocks


Well I have been busy stitching, and so I have finished another Basically Beaded block.  Susan's blocks were an array of stunning colours like Carol's, so choosing again was hard, but I finally decided on the blues.
Here are all her naked blocks, the green one had already been stitched, so that left the two purples, a red, yellow and the blue one.

Here is my work on her blue block.
Followed by close ups of the main elements, first the button trail.

Next was a requested beetle, he turned out wonderfully, very happy with him.

 He has a variegated body, with detached buttonhole stitched wings, with added beads and sequins.

I hope Susan likes my block, I won't be sending it on until after the weekend as I want to show it off to a class I have on the weekend in Airlie Beach.


Embroiderers Guild UK Baggie swap update

Hi All,
Again I participated in this activity this year, but as yet I haven't gotten around to making my project.  Above is what goodies I sent to Jane back in May, and today in the mail came the most wonderful postcard that Jane has made from some of those goodies. As you can see she is a very talented lady and her work is exquisite, so can't wait to see what else she has made, will post as soon as I know.

I am so proud that this lovely postcard is mine to keep...... Arlene

Monday, 19 September 2011

New Zealand

Michael and I recently went to New Zealand to watch the Wallabies play against Italy and Ireland.  We won against Italy but lost against Ireland. 

Even the skiing was not the best for Michael, you can only just make Michael out in this photo.

We had a good break anyway.


Traditional Floral Round Robin

While we were in New Zealand recently I took some of my crazy patchwork round robin stitching with me.  Here is my work on Paula's block, which will be winging it's way home in the next day or so.
This first photo is of the block before my work.
 As you can see there was not a lot of space left for me to work on....
Now the next photo is the block after my work...... I added the fan in the top right and the floral lace and floral seam bottom right.
 Close up of the fan; I hand dyed it and added the sequins, beads and ribbon Fargo roses.
 This next photo is close up of the lace motif, with Cretan seam with small straight stitch flowers and ribbon roses.  The lace motif i also hand dyed and added pearl coloured beads.