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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Some Stitching

As promised some stitching to post about. I had big plans to catch up on my quilting and a little stitch a long while I was away. I made real progress on my quilting....got to the final border and eek! forgot my ratty old clip on frame I use to quilt all my borders...so it had to wait until I got home. But I am making progress...
I decided on a meandering stitch as the border print is very busy and any quilting would not show up terribly well. I made it around the first corner last evening. I cannot wait to see this one finished because the fabrics are such favourites and I have really enjoyed it...and... it was begun on one of our camping trips. I have also begun to quilt my Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt...no piccie yet. Boy looking back at my first attempt at EPP all those years ago has been quite scary. Getting up close and personal as I quilted with my very less than accomplished stitching (I had no clue what I WAS DOING and not lots of tutorials as there are now) was a tad confronting...however it is a good lesson in how we learn and progress on our creative journey.
I also made some headway in stitching my little letters from my Country at Heart Alphabet. Hopefully it will end up in a nice quilt for the Grandies to read under when they come to Nana's.
Please excuse the poor pressing skills of the maker as I wanted to get them up to show you.
1st batch...
 2nd batch...
When I see them all laid out together it makes me feel as I am getting somewhere...
I really like these two letters and I think they would look lovely on kitchen towels...trimmed and pressed of course!
It was also the perfect place with just the river and the birds for company to really indulge in some art. I will show you them in the next couple of posts but I wanted to include this one which my lovely friend Raewyn
from Love To Stitch so very kindly supplied the reference photo for...from when she visited Australia earlier this year. I just loved it and was itching to draw it... especially to practice my Grevilliea drawing skills as well.
Thank you Raewyn and your lovely son Anthony for it.
Birdie close up.
I do have a little freebie that I drew for you too but I have to trace it from my notebook first so stay tuned for that. I thoroughly enjoyed just being able to indulge in and  work on whatever took my fancy, or not with no pressure to finish anything.
I am off to pop the kettle on now but I thought I would leave you with a photo (not a very good one but) of the full moon we had whilst away. I wish you could have seen it just above the cloud and spilling beautiful moonlight down onto the water below. It was stunning ..anyway hopefully it will give you some idea.
Namaste and Blessings
Michelle xxx

24 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to seeing your hand quilting project when finished. Your Country alphabet sure is growing, a quilt for the grandkids is a great idea. More lovely art work, you are very talented indeed.

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  2. The meandering hand quilt is looking good.
    Love those Alphabet blocks and your drawing is gorgeous. I love Gravillas. Have many on our block.

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  3. hi Michelle your work is always so beautiful,well done and your drawings are always amazing,hope you have a lovely sunday my friend xx

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  4. Your country alphabet letters are just beautiful Michelle, look forward to seeing them in a quilt for the grandies. Your artwork too is amazing.

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  5. Love the bird on the grevillea, is it a friar bird? It's really interesting to look back on our stitching journey and see how far we have come.

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  6. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful break. I always find your posts so calmly inspiring!

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  7. The quilting is coming along beautifully Michelle... re your flower garden quilt, I've never thought of you as being a beginner with anything, but you are human so I guess even you had to start somewhere!...

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  8. Wow, the moon over the water looks fantastic Michelle - well captured! I love your alphabet blocks, so cute, and very You... and your bird and grevillea is beautiful. Your art is amazing, truly :) xxx

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  9. Your quilting is beautiful and I really love those stitcheries. Ooo, another freebie! I eagerly await that rubbing my hands together.

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  10. Love your gorgeous quilting Michelle - such a pretty project. and your country alphabet is looking great. you achieved so much while you were away. We did miss you but. Your beautiful drawing is just AMAZING - I love that it is so lifelike

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  11. Your stitching is always beautiful. Your drawing is just stunning so real..you sure are super talented.

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  12. Lovely post Michelle, your time away was very productive, so good for the soul to have time like that. xx

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  13. Wow what a lot of stitching and I love love love your bird portrait.

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  14. Beautiful quilting & stitching. Love your drawing. Hugs,xx

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  15. Your art work is gorgeous Michelle, it is a talent I wish I had! I can't wait to see the hand quilting finished! It is something I have always kept my distance from! The grand kids quilt is going to be fabulous!!

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  16. lovely to see your pics.. your alphabet is looking lovely and so is the quilting.... so you are like me and leave things behind! love your drawing too.... so clever
    Hugz

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  17. We are definitely spoilt in the tutorial department now what with blogs, Pinterest and uTube.....just a wealth of knowledge and talent out there....just like you! That bird is stunning! I have promised myself for a long time to treat myself to one of your alphabets (I think Bugz Fiona is using one?) and I will soon..promise!

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  18. What gorgeous work as usual , Michelle. Your drawings are stunning. I love watching the full moon rise over the water too--- I try and catch it when I can-- lucky enough to be able to walk down to the esplanade and sit and watch it rise.

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  19. Dear Michelle,
    lovely makings, the handquilting looks so good, what a pretty quilt and so do the stitcheries.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  20. Always enjoy seeing what you are working on and look forward to your next post!

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  21. Your quilt is coming along beautifully, Your alphabet is so cute. I love seeing your beautiful work.
    Hugs
    donna

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  22. Your alphabet is looking marvelous! A stunning job on you birdie :)

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  23. It looks like you were very productive with your stitching when you were away. Great sewing and drawing progress!

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  24. The alphabet blocks are so lovely Michelle

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