Friday, 13 February 2015

Recent Achievements

Ok, so here I was thinking I was blogging weekly and see it was two weeks since my last post!  I do have some achievements to share though, so I was not idle.  My gorgeous friend Wendy Watkins (aka Honeypot Quilting) has beautifully quilted the Autumn Reflections quilt I pieced together at the Kyneton Retreat and it is looking ultra fabulous with its binding finished.  This is a great quilt for busy people with all the pre-cutting taken care of.

I have also finished another Cottage Garden Thread Club stitchery.  The gold/brown Ixia thread around the bauble glows like silk or metallic thread, so clever for a cotton stranded thread.  11 down, 1 to go.

Well I did weaken and start a knitting project, but it is with the Irish Aran wool I picked up in Killarney on our recent holiday.  That will be a long term project though, afterall it is stinking hot at the moment, don't think Peter will be looking for a new jumper just yet. 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Kyneton Retreat

Just had a lovely weekend at a quilting retreat in Kyneton.  Lots of stitching was achieved, with a good dose of eating and talking of course.  Here is a photo of a completed class sample called Autumn reflections that was a very quick & easy project using a jelly roll (bali pop) and a charm pack of matching fabric.  I've also made up a couple of blocks in the disappearing hourglass pattern, which looks super cute in a little boys robot fabric.  I also put the finishing touches on my Paradise in Bloom which is now hanging up in the shop waiting for patterns to arrive.  I enjoyed the applique, mixing both hand needleturn and machine blanket stitch with lovely effect, so a very productive week or so.  Thought I was very good and battled my will and did not buy anymore wool and did not start a new knitting project, even though it was touch and go as to whether my self control was going to hold up.  Luckily for me, the shop was not open on Sunday!!