It was a spur of the moment decision, a road trip to Cohuna to visit Barb and see for myself the Christmas displays at Factory and Field. Barb's been tempting me with descriptions and pictures. With only one free weekend until Christmas, it had to be the weekend just gone.
I was not disappointed; it was worth the four hour drive from Albury to Cohuna. Plus it was lovely to catch up with Barb in person, a rare opportunity due to the distance separating us.
My first look at the Christmas shop, all I could think was WOW!
It was hard to know where to look first.
We went back for a second look on Saturday. This was after we had fun playing with the trees I bought and Barb's basket and buttons.
Once we'd finished shopping it was off to the Waffle shop for Gluten free waffles and coffee.
Our last and final stop was The Elm Tree Nusery. We needed to walk off the waffles! Gorgeous nursery, I'll post pictures next time.
The Christmas Stitching Day was an opportunity to revisit my Christmas samples. Often favourites are set aside to make way for new ones; there is only so much space in the suitcase and limited wall space to display them at shows. The table mat, Celebrating Christmas falls into this category. It is a lovely project to make; a little stitching and some needle-turn appliqué. I've only ever made this one, but I remember Heidi telling me she'd made four she loved sewing it so much!
I've been asked in the past if I had a kit and the answer was always no. I will only substitute fabrics if they'll look as good as the sample, but now I do.
The Finishing club is over for another year. It really has been fun seeing which projects the girls brought to class. Having unfinished projects was not a prerequisite, starting a new project was encouraged too, especially if it involved learning something new.
I managed to convince a number of the girls to give zips a go. The top two bags are the Quick Zipper Bag from the Little Birdie pattern and the bottom one is a variation of the Quick Zipper Purse from the Postcard - Bunny pattern. Belinda altered the size to showcase the beautiful botanical print.
There was a general consensus a second year of finishing would not go amiss as there are still a number of Marg Low unfinished projects in baskets, boxes and cupboards. Some only need a button, others are yet to be started while a number fall in between.
No surprises then to learn, Finishing School is on again next year.
I've been in my happy creative place these past few weeks working on my Postcard quilt.
It's easy to recognize the Bunny, Birdie, Blooms and Hexagon quilt postcards. The appliquéd heart, birdie stitchery and folded flowers are from Go Crazy. I've used three more of the postcard quilts omitting the final borders as fillers, fussy cut a couple of my favourite fabrics and introduced new stitchery and felt appliqué blocks.
It's red & white, it's scrappy, I've stitched, appliquéd and embellished with wool and cotton threads, I've made hexagons, fussy cut and incorporated trims,
When I first started designing fifteen years ago I must have had more time. I loved nothing more than remaking a sample using different fabrics or making small changes to the design just to see how it looked.
Making the second Sew Bliss sample has taken a few weeks. Started last month for the retreat I've been adding a stitch or two here and there, finishing a step now and then. I'm always pleasantly surprised when those tiny steps add up to a finished project.
The stitched sides were replaced with a floral print showing it looks just as lovely with less work!
This week I've been doing a bit of everything and it feels like it's all been fun. I've tackled a couple of jobs in the garden, sewn a bunting for my pop-up shop this Saturday, spent a morning with the ladies from Table Top CWA and found my mojo for the red & white postcard quilt I started last year.
It was started with loads of enthusiasm and in next to no time the bunny, birdie and quilts were made and then nothing. The next step was proving to be elusive until today, when I thought, ' just make the blooms block'. It still needs to be glued down and stitched but it's a start.
The bunting was a joy to make. Simple sewing, favourite fabrics, what more can I say.
One of my favourite views of the garden. The wombat was a gift from my daughters many years ago; he moves around but likes this spot.
Thank you to Lisa of Fig 'n' Berry Creations, for asking me to be part of the fabulous retreat at Foothills Convention Centre a little over a week ago. I'm sorry but you'll just have to take my word for it as I failed to take any pictures! The lousy weather, hail, rain and bitter cold could not dampen the enthusiasm of the girls taking part. What took me by surprise was how quickly the girls made a start on the projects in the goodies bag. I was expecting a leisurely start Saturday morning but NO, needles and thread were out Friday night; no-one wanted to waste a single minute.
The project I designed for the weekend is Sew Bliss.
Entirely hand sewn it stands 3 inches high.
The pattern is $16 and the kit (excluding threads) is $27.
Postage and handling extra.
Thank you to all the girls attending for such an enjoyable weekend.