I have been stalking my next Kim Diehl book online and decided I would go for her new book, Simple Christmas Tidings. But wanted to support my local quilt shop...so I asked Quilters Harvest to put a copy aside for me. No point in getting this book FOR Christmas, I need it now, to make stuff!
It is full of good projects, but I cannot get distracted yet, I have to finish some of the things I started with Quilters Harvest Spring Sewing day!A day out with Lisa, meeting up with friends (new and old) at Quilters Harvest in Warracknabeal, is just what I needed! The spring sewing day started out with a small gift, a lovely coffee mug, which I used all day!
There was the usual goodie bag full of new patterns, all very stitchery focused. I started off with this pattern, by Melissa Grant of One Day in May. Can you see the tiny orange flower....it is double sided fused - totally raw edge, only held down by a few embroidery stitches in the center.
I did not think to take a hoop, but it didnt matter. Melissa showed us how to make the tiny blue dots, and the orange flowers. This is the embroidery for the needle book in the pattern. I really need a stitchery roll, which is also in the pattern, but going to try and finish the needle book first!
This project (sorry no photo of finished item) is by Lisa Cantlay of Fig n Berry Creations and is going to be pin cushion and sewing pouch. There was lots of satin stitch in this project so I had a lesson on that from the tutor. I have never mastered satin stitch, so was thrilled to finally get my skill set up to speed there. And she showed me out to do colonial knots - I could never follow the diagrams in books, and stuck to french knots. But I am true convert to the colonial knot now!
And then there was some shopping, one of Melissa Grants patterns, and two by Petals and Patches designer Leanne Knell that spoke to me! Especially Tilly the turtle!
And the final bit of shopping was the linen here, which I need for my stash, no immediate use, just had used up what I had brought a few months ago.
Last but not least, my first gift for the day was this cute little needle book, all in repro fabrics from Mandy. Very cute and very appropriate for the day! I tucked all my threads in it carefully before we left, so I can continue my stitching....I did manage to finish some of last years projects, so my aim is to get these two done...probably over summer when its too hot to quilt.
Happy quilting Sue.