Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
We have the usual offer of patterns from both of us along with the fifth block in the Pretty Posies BOM.
Cath's pattern showcase are a mixture of bags and teddies so have a look......
Retro Kitchen ....I used fabric from the Kaaffe Fasset range but any choice would suit. Epattern $7 Hard Copy $10.00 plus postage Elegance.......Almost has a Christmas feel with the poinsettias but, once again, suits any fabric choice. Instructions for the felt flower are included. Epattern $7 Hard Copy $10.00 plus postage Angels on High is the special for this post....easy little angels to make , join together with buttons and have a very special Christmas swag. Epattern only $5.00 Now for the Pretty Posies BOM number 5 block...
E pattern $7
Cherry Fudge...quick and easy and works in any fabric choice..just match the trim and buckle to suit!
Hard Copy $10.00 plus postage
Retro Kitchen ....I used fabric from the Kaaffe Fasset range but any choice would suit.
Hard Copy $10.00 plus postage
Elegance.......Almost has a Christmas feel with the poinsettias but, once again, suits any fabric choice. Instructions for the felt flower are included.
Hard Copy $10.00 plus postage
Angels on High is the special for this post....easy little angels to make , join together with buttons and have a very special Christmas swag.
Epattern only $5.00
Now for the Pretty Posies BOM number 5 block...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
"Here we have the third block in the Teddy Swag. Please e mail if you would like the stitchery pattern and the instructions......."
Apologies to you all again! Happy Stitching,
Monday, October 17, 2011
Those of you who know Bronwyn's work will be interested in a little more insight into her life. She's been very kind and given us a lovely Christmas stitchery as well!!! Here is Bronwyn's story.
Cath is showcasing her graphics this post.
These printables will be e mailed to you. They will be clean... which means my company name will not be across the picture. I have drawn and designed these printables and they are $3 each. Just remember to say which one you would like when buying... 1 2 or 3....... Or buy all three for $7.........
Now for Cath's face painting tutorial......
Christmas Tree Hangers......Cute little stitcheries stitched and coloured here and there with watercolour pencils. Add some tiny rusty bells or "grungy" buttons and you have a great collections of tree ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree.
Ooops! Thanks to my darling daughter who has no real interest in stitching, BUT, faithfully reads our blog every time. She noticed I hadn't attached the stitchery design for you so THANKYOU sweetheart! I hope no one missed out on it! Ü
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
On to good things Ü. We have the third block in the Pretty Posies BOM for you as well as a lovely little stitchery from Cath. Our usual showcase of patterns as well. Cath also apologises for not giving the painting instructions for her cute faces this post but will have it ready for the next one.
Cath is feeling very much "under the weather" this week with a bad dose of the flu and as we're both very busy ladies we have made the decision to post once a month (around the 15th of each month) rather than each fortnight. We're disappointed to have to do this but it's the only way we can do everything that we have to. We're sure you all will understand.
This post our Guest Crafter is ME! Ü Felt a little strange asking myself the questions LOL but here we go.
I live in a small village called Forest Hill which is just off the Warrego Highway between Brisbane and Toowoomba, in the wonderful state of Queensland. Mum taught me to embroider when I was about 8 and to crochet when I was around 13. They were what I did for many years. I took a patchwork/quilting course in 1983. That was when “the rot” set-in! This became my passion and still is although I have stretched out into other areas as well. The designing started around about 1992 when I was teaching regularly and felt it wasn’t right to teach other people’s designs/patterns etc. It was in 1998 when I released my first pattern and in 1999 had my first project published in Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
What do I create?... Anything that needs a needle and thread. Lots of projects utilising appliqué and embroidery mostly but some piecing as well. That’s what I mainly do for the magazines but I also adore crazy patch, creative embroidery and handmade artist books when time allows me. If you would like to see what else I do, go visit http://jansdesigns-jan.blogspot.com/
A tip I might like to share? … I’m probably preaching to the converted BUT, always try to, at least, stitch on something for 20 minutes (or more) each day. It will amaze you how much you get done if you do! Also, because I’m a hand stitching girl, if you are ever hand stitching with a sewing thread ALWAYS thread the needle and then cut. A shortish length is necessary to stop knots and twisting.
My favourite recipe? I'm not a great cook and probably have way too many favourite recipes but I thought I would with you my favourite flower? I tend to change from Pansies to Wisteria depending on which one I see first! LOL We visited my husband's aunt last weekend and she's a great gardener as well as being a florist. Her wisteria vine was out in flower and I just had to take a photograph.
Because we have lived in government or rental homes all of our married life and because of Ross's job (lots of transfers!) we've been able to plant one so I'm desperately waiting for him to retire (well not TOO soon! lol) so we can plant one.
Your favourite pastime other than crafting? Music and reading would have to be my answer. I also love going to the theatre whenever I can and whilst I love flowers etc I'm not a gardener but certainly appreciate everything Ross does in the garden. Thank goodness he has a green thumb!
What do you see yourself doing in ten years time? … Hopefully exactly what I’m doing now but I’ll be 71 so maybe I might have slowed down a bit! Ü
Who is your favourite designer? Has to be Australian Bronwyn Hayes – just love what Bronwyn does and have a large collection of her patterns to stitch when I retire! LOL She is very creative and also very sharing. American, I love what Sue Spargo designs - her marrying of fabric, felted wool and embroidery embellishing is just stunning.
Pretty Posies BOM
Email Jan for the pattern and instructions Ü
Here is Cath's free stitchery...two cute little raggedy angels.
Annie and Kitty
Little Raggedie & Mini Quilt
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Our Guest Crafter for this post is Nicki Tervo from Brisbane. Many of you will have seen Nicki's ceramic buttons at lots of quilt and craft shows. You can take a peek at her great range on
1. web: www.handcraftedbuttons.com.au
2. blog: www.nikkitervodesigns.blogspot.com
3. facebook: Nikki Tervo
Nikki also has a range of patterns under the Brandy Gully umbrella. When asked how she got started Nikki replied; "A potter by trade, I then had an industrial accident so took up making buttons to trade for fabric as I had just taken up quilting as a hobby. My Gran lent me some money so I could buy a kiln and it all went from there. That was 16 years ago…… (suddenly I feel old)" Don't we all Nikki!
'"Ceramic buttons are what I am best known for but I love designing small easy projects that can be finished easily by any level of crafter. The patterns have buttons on most of them but not all of them. They are a real cross section of patterns as I love to make different things myself" was Nikki's reply when we asked her what she created.
Nikki's tip to share with us? "Never unpick your work as that is like unpicking your history. No matter how bad you think it is or how much some one else’s is better, right now this is the best you can be and you will get to see yourself improve and have the proof to show others just starting out. Always share your knowledge freely and happily." Wise words!!
Nikki's favourite recipe is a yummy one! Coconut Ice. Makes 12 large bars. Into a saucepan put 6 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of milk. Bring it to the boil while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Boil for 5 minutes on low. Add 2 ¼ cups of coconut, and boil for one minute more. Take off the heat and beat with an electric beater until very thick and creamy and ‘wave type ridges’ form in the mix. Using a shallow 1” deep by 12” long and 6” wide tray, wet the inside of the tray with some water and then pour out the excess water but don’t dry the tray. Pour half the mix (and it will till be hot as you have to have tray ready and work fast) into the tray and smooth across the bottom of the tray. Then using a pink food colouring, colour the rest of the mix in the saucepan with your wooden spoon until all one even satisfactory colour (too much colouring makes it look odd, you need it to be a lovely pink not a bright hot pink) Spread this mix over the top of the white mix in the tray and smooth out. Then use a wet knife while the mix is still warm and cut the mix through. Cut it into whatever sizes you choose, Keep wetting the knife as you go. Once all the cuts are in, then put in fridge until set and cold. Flip out of tin and the knife cuts should allow you to break it into the pieces with ease. This is a great lollie for school fetes etc. (For those of you who live outside Australia a "lollie" is a sweet or confectionary Ü)
When not crafting Nikki loves to spend time in the rainforest, gardening, spending time with husband and family and definitely drinking cups of tea and eating sticky buns with friends!
We asked Nikki what she thinks she will be doing in 10 years time: "Not sure at this stage. Still sewing and as clay makes my soul sing, no doubt I will still be making buttons. The kids will be at the age of having kids, so that brings in a whole lot of new adventures. John wants to tour around Australia in a campervan so he is madly trying to design a sewing room that will ‘work’ so that I will travel with him. LOL"
Our final question to Nikki was does she have a favourite designer: "Don’t really have one. I love to make lots of things and lots of quilts. I love making dolls, but they usually do my head in. LOL I love making useful things and I love making really complicated quilts as well as really easy ones. So I guess I love every ones things but don’t ever stick to one set designer." Thanks to Nikki for being our guest designer this post.
It's time for Cath's Teddy BOM this post and we're sure you will enjoy stitching him!
Cath's patterns for showcase are listed below.
This Raggedy is fun to make. She is free standing and has bare feet. Also included in the pattern is her swim ring and her pull along duck. This doll can be made by a novice doll maker. A real cutie.
Lady Bug Annie.
Try the usual: Right click; save to your hard drive and then print! If that doesn't work, email me. Ü If you have ever seen Cath's cute, cute, CUTE faces on her Raggedies you will love her free tutorial this posting. Here 'tis!
e pattern only...... $5
Teddie BOM #2
Also e mail me for the instructions to stitch this Teddy. Please take note I will be away from Friday9th until Sunday the 18th.
e pattern $5
My free stitcherie for this post is two for the price of one! Ü
If you have ever seen Cath's cute, cute, CUTE faces on her Raggedies you will love her free tutorial this posting. Here 'tis!
Our lucky follower to comment for last post is Deb from Maine! Email me Deb and I'll organise your prize! Ü
We hope you have enjoyed your "read" and always let us know if there's anything special you would like us to write about. One of our followers has asked for some info on what can be done with the wonderful embellishing machines available now. I'm working on a tutorial for that so keep your "eye" out for it!
Until next time......Happy Stitching,