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Monday, February 28, 2011

all sorts of goodies!

I still have the dreaded bug that caught up with me a few days ago but I am fighting it off, unfortunately with sleeps during my sewing time!!!!   At least I feel like I am winning.  Consequently not much sewing has been done here, at least not as much as I would like but I have managed to get a couple of things done.  Firstly on Friday night I sewed this cute little bag for my girlfriend Tarja's birthday.  It wasn't actually the gift but the wrapping!  I love the fabric on the outside but I can't tell you what the range is called.  I can tell you that I chose it because Tarja loves the fabric that I used as the lining.  She was spotted walking around the store hugging a bolt of it!

This pin cushion which I made her earlier shows a better picture of the lining.  I didn't use it on the outside as I thought the green might show thru! 
 You can see a bit of the lining here and also most of the goodies - a movie voucher that three of us contributed to, a mini stack of post its (Tarja is the post it queen!!!) and a potholder -the long sort that has a pocket for your hand at each end.  I forgot to take a photo of that as I made it a while ago especially for Tarja and put it away!  I then filled the whole bag with loose foil wrapped chocolates.
 The four of us - my special friends called the SISTERHOOD - then went out to a Thai Restaurant for dinner (Tarja's favourite!!) and then onto Max Brenner's Chocolate Shop next door (my favourite) for desert - oh it was good!!!!!

The postman made me almost as happy as my wicked chocolate desert today.  First the parcel courier brought me a parcel containing a couple of irresistible pieces - California Dreaming which I already had a fat quarter of but which I decided I needed more of - probably enough for the border and maybe some of a pieced backing for a pinking and orange and white quilt I am going to make for myself sometime this year!!  The way-too-cute birds are Leanika by Dana for Free Spirit called Lovebirds!  And I just LOVE it!  Both came from Quilt Fabric Delight in South Australia. 
 Next the postman left me a lovely treat in my letterbox.  Thru my blog I have met some lovely ladies and one of them, Sandi asked me for copies of my Hoot and Popsicle patterns.  I suggested that we do a swap.  I would send her my two patterns and she could send me some fabric, something little and I suggested she wait till she received the patterns and make sure she was happy with them but today in the mail I received the following-
Aren't I lucky!  Thanks so much Sandi!  I hope you are happy with your patterns.

I have also spent a bit of time working on my red scraps for the rainbow scrap challenge - my last project for the month is a small table runner made from spare squares and other bits.  I am making it a two for one again - well why not.  I figured as it will be in the the same room as the last one I might as be able to turn them both over at Christmas time to enjoy!  No photos yet though.  I spent time quilting it last night, only to discover today that the pattern I had put in the middle, a diamond pattern, was off centre!  Hmmmpphfff!  Not happy Jan!  Oh well, I unpicked today and will quilt it again, though probably not the same way!  As soon as I have it bound I will post it!

That's it for me tonight.....I plan to settle down and watch "This is Your Life" with Debora Lee Furness, (a.k.a Mrs Hugh Jackman - lucky girl!!!!) and then do some more sewing!
Till next time...happy Stitching!


  1. What an awesome post filled with wonderful eye candy....

  2. So glad you are feeling better. You get more done feeling sick than I do feeling ok!
    What a lucky gal Tarja is, in more ways than one.


  3. Glad you are feeling better, great post, lots of information. Your friend will be delighted with her gift.

  4. The bag is a delightful gift sure to be appreciated. And your mail is wonderful. Love that fabric.

  5. I really love your new beautiful fabric - just wonderful. You get so much done and done so well...I am always impressed!

  6. Lucky girl I just love your fabrics and what a cute bag. I am so glad you are feeling better. You have been a busy gal.

  7. I love the fabric of the pincushion... actually I really like all the goodies..

  8. Just wanted to say "welcome" and thank you for following my blog. Love the bag and the pincushion....the bird fabric is adorable!


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