Monday, December 31, 2012

A New Project for a New Year Mulberry Hill

A Happy Safe and Prosperous New Year to all my bloggy friends, and thank you to all who are following my blog. Enjoy all your lovely projects and have fun with them.
I spent the last couple of weeks catching up with old friends and family, it was so nice to relax and enjoy the company of good friends and great memories.
But it was also great to have the house back to myself and pick up my project box and sort out fabrics for a new project to begin the new year with. In my last post I mentioned going to Craftpaks Patchwork Shop in Heathmont and buying  some lovely gifts for myself well I also bought Lisa's Mulberry Hill pattern. I just love it and couldn't resist.

                  Happy sewing.........
            


Monday, December 24, 2012

Last minute Christmas shopping

Hi and welcome to Radka in UK lovely to have you joins us.
I don't have any sewing to show but thought you might like to see my little spending spree.
I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping and couldn't resist going into Craftpaks Patchwork Shop in Heathmont when I spotted these gorgeous little wall decorations so I decided to buy myself a Christmas present and walked out with three of them.
Happy sewing.....

Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Scandinavian Rose Quilt

Scandinavian Rose Quilt
I have managed to complete one block of my Scandinavian Rose Quilt and sew a few rows for the borders. I am very pleased with the colours I decided to use and look forward to completing more blocks.



Block 3

I started on block 1, and think it is starting to take shape nicely.  I am very eager to keep going but will have to put it down to go and do my Christmas shopping. I swapped with my daughter in law so I am having Christmas lunch at our house this year. There will only be nine of us as two of my granddaughters can't be with us this year. It's an exciting time of the year and I am looking forward to having the family around the table.
                                         Merry Christmas and A Safe and Happy New Year


Block 1 & 3
                                              Happy stitching............

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Heartfelt Sympathy

My deepest sympathies to all the parents, grandparents,brothers, sisters,relatives and friends of all affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Poached Pears in Red Wine.

My version of Poached Pears in Red Wine.This makes a lovely desert or when the pears are cold you could slice them and add to a salad.

3 cups red wine
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 drop peppermint
1 slice orange rind
1 Cinnamon stick
1/2 cup Asst berries from freezer (3 berry mix)
Put all ingredients in pot stir over low heat till sugar is dissolved then
Peel pears and place in pot
Simmer for about 35 mins.
Place pears and liquid in a large bowl and in refrigerator to cool. Then,
Remove pears from liquid and enjoy.
I store the liquid in refrigerator and use it to pour over custard,fruit,pancakes etc.

Happy Stitching..........




Almond Bread
I also made some almond bread, it makes a great gift at Christmas, served with coffee for those unexpected visitors or just a treat for yourself.





                                    





                                                        Merry Christmas
                                                               and A safe and Happy New Year..



































Saturday, December 8, 2012

More Christmas Buttons and Ornaments

It's been a very busy week and I managed to achieve a few more of my goals. I made these lovely white felt ornaments, I found the patterns at
http://www.domestifluff.com/2010/12/felt-holiday-ornaments-free-ornament-templates/
Felt Holiday Ornaments + Free Ornament Templates

Also I made a few more birds for my tree but this time I made them using white felt and added wings.

Two more heart shapes with Theodora Cleave buttons.

Another ribbon Xmas tree this time I cut ribbon pieces about 3 to 4 inches in length folded in half and pinned on a Styrofoam cone.

Also I thought you might like to see my Bon Bons that I made previously, I usually fill them with individual trinkets,joke and hats that I make but this year I bought a  packet and used them in my fabric Bon Bons. They look great on the table or as you see them in a bowl as an added decoration.

Last but not least a beautiful bird which was given to me as a little gift from a very clever friend.
Happy sewing............

Felt Xmas Ornaments


My Xmas Bon Bons






A Lovely Gift I received


Another Ribbon Xmas Tree


More Birds


 Theodora Cleave buttons.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cottage Garden Quilt Finished

I managed to finish quilting my Cottage Garden Quilt today. I also stitched the buttons in place and was very pleased with the result. I asked my husband to help me hang it in place as I couldn't wait to see it on the wall. I wasn't disappointed I love it....Thank you Lynette Anderson for a lovely pattern.
                                    Happy stitching.........


Monday, December 3, 2012

Cherry Chocolate Quilt.


We had our Christmas Meeting Saturday with lots of food and yummy deserts. Everyone brought a plate along and I am always amazed at how we seem to always have the right amount of dishes for lunch as well as sweets, not once has there been a shortage of one or the other. We all had so much fun sharing jokes, ideas for new projects and recipes. Unfortunately I forgot my camera so no photos.
Karin from Mrs Martin and Lisa from fig 'n' berry creations set up a stall with lovely products to tempt us. Lisa had all her quilts and patterns on display and Karen had lots of fabrics etc. to inspire us. I bought one of Lisa's patterns that I fell in love with; I will take a photo of it when I am ready to start on it.
Lisa had also finished quilting my Night Before Christmas quilt which she brought along to give me, as usual she had done a magnificent job of quilting it, but that story will have to wait till I put the binding on and take some photos of it.

The other big surprise for me was Gayle had also finished my Cherry Chocolate quilt and had it with her to give to me. It looked gorgeous I couldn't wait to put the binding on. It was what she called her practise quilt as she had only just started on her machine.The long arm machine quilting was spectacular. I put the binding on this morning but still need to hand stitch it in the back, but I was so excited I have taken photos of it and lots photos of the quilting.


Happy quilting..........















  



Cherry Chocolate


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mini Merry Xmas Stockings

Here I am again with another Christmas project. I finished the last of my mini merry stockings, the pattern is by The Bird House Patchwork Designs. I loved making these little stockings they are so quick to stitch and very easy to put together.They measure approx. 4 x 4 inches you could fill them with lollies or candy canes. If you like these you could try some of their free designs at

http://www.thebirdhouse.com.au/Freebies/freebies.htm

                                                                          Happy Stitching...........