Welcome to Shiralee Stitches. I live on a cattle farm in Australia with my family.
I am passionate about all things fabric so much so I started my own online and mobile store. Link is on the sidebar to my store. I teach patchwork classes and take my shop to quilting and patchwork groups and also attend various craft markets.
I love English Paper Piecing, applique, machine quilting, working with woven wools. I have started making my own designs which I love.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

I'm still here!!!....and I have some sewing to show you.....

It has been too long since I was here last sending you sewing updates from my farm....I was struck down with yet another virussy thing....bring on summer is all I can say.........

I have been busy working on several projects......and ......wait for it......
I have a FINISH !!!!!.......Yes it's true, and here's the piccie proof...........

........My Tis The Season Christmas quilt by Natalie Bird is ready for the silly season ..........I have made this quilt along with many other ladies in a stitch-a-long organised by my good friend, Chookyblue.

......I hand quilted in perle thread around the darker borders, and I'm thrilled with the effect.......




....but wait there's more........My stack of paper pieced circles of thimbles is growing, and I've appliqued a few to the background fabric. I am loving the relaxing nature of this hand sewing......





Oh, and recently I had an amazing weekend in Nundle at a retreat with the lovely Kerry at Cottage on the Hill........It was a blast, loads of laughs etc, but we were also very productive....
I chose a more complex quilt top (typical me!!!!), and so I brought mine home for homework. Well this week I got it out and had fun on the machine piecing some more rows.

It is coming along nicely, but rather slow going for a "perfect points" lady such as I am!!!! There are lots of star points to get right, and I might add that a little of the reverse sewing has occurred in a few spots to make sure I can live with it!!!!.......But you must agree, Kerry's design is lovely and hers was the fabric choice too....I saw it, loved it and that became my weekend project......
This quilt will be gifted to my Mum, lucky she doesn't blog, so I can keep it a surprise.....she loves repro fabrics, and these colours are 'just her'.

Lots on my plate at present......I am going for an accreditation at work, and the process is doing my head in....also making preparations  for overseas family visiting shortly..........but amongst it all I find my sewing is a must to keep me grounded, and I always make time to fit it in....it provides a balance and  makes the rest cruise better....

I hope you are busy at your craft........

9 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow....Sandy...look at all your show and tell....I love it all...

Cubby House Crafts said...

All very beautiful too! Love your Tis the Season and your hand quilting is perfect! I must get busy on mine...I am starting to hear the whip cracking in the distant now! lol!
Lisa

Maree: said...

Hope you are feeling better now...love all your show & tell & Congrats on your TTS finish..
Good Luck with the Accreditation.
cheers

shez said...

lovely post Sandy,get better soon

Chookyblue...... said...

oh your done with Tis the Season........looks wonderful.........thanks for being part of the SAL.........
the paper piecing is going well too..........

Kaye R said...

Love the hand quilting on your Tis the Season, looks fantastic. I have my next paper piece lined up but must get hexagon quilt done first.......

Too many eggs said...

The hand quilting, looks amazing
i love the thimble rings, they look fantastic.....
and your quilt too
looks like we both had a big show and tell this week....

Bird on the Border said...

It's lovely. The way time is flying it will be the season shortly and you have to put it into use. What a nice surprise for your mum

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Glad you're feeling better and haven't you been busy... Love your TTS quilt and all your other sewing too :)