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Friday, January 14, 2011

Sunshine & Sunflowers


Recently I have been working on a "Block of the Month" called Sunshine & Sunflowers. Late in 2008 Ian was sent across to the other side of Australia and had to do a weeks work in Townsville Queensland. He enjoyed his work there of course he was put up in a lovely hotel right beside the water with three course meals each night and fully cooked breakfast each day. I sent him of to Tinker's Cart to purchase a book for me. The one I wanted wasn't available but he chose this one for me. I even went out and purchased the material not long after he got home. I have peeked into the bag of goodies every now and again. I was even tempted several times to use the material in other projects. Well I have decided to bite the bullet and start it.

I added some ric-rac to some of the blocks. The pattern called to do stem stitch but I decided to use up some of the ric-rac I have in my collection. This is some that I bought from Good Sammy's a few years back. It is the old fashioned type made from cotton. It came up lovely after giving it a pressing. There is something quite special about the older style of haberdashery.

This is the book I am using it is by Suzanne McNeill.

I am up to putting on the borders. I don't know if I will do as the pattern says. It depends on the amount of material I have in my stash.

I have also been catching up with the Block of the Month from Dawn Heese. I love this project because I am raiding my stash and using it up. Plus I am doing it with "Button hole" stitch which I just love.

I have been busy ordering books through the local library. Thanks to Nat for recommending some of these. There is certainly lots of inspiration here. I have a confession to make though, I have been wondering where my Tupperware containers have disappeared to over the years. I found out the other day. I was tidying up and re-arranging my sewing room. They were in there full of "projects on the go'. I found I had started a project from the Blue and White cross stitch book and hopefully that will be a project I will finish not just leave there to be done sometime soon!!!

Love and prayers go to people across Australia involved in the recent bush fires who lost there homes in Lake Clifton south of Perth and to everyone who have had to endure horrendous times with the floods in Queensland. Thoughts especially to those who lost loved ones.  Lets hope the recovery process is taking shape and your futures will be bright. I was amazed at how well processes were put in place to help people.
I know there are lots of appeals going on. I think the main thing people need is money. Please make sure you make a donation either directly to the flood appeal or to one of the service organisations like Red Cross etc.

Happy days
Bev C


BubzRugz said...

Sunflowers are such happy flowers .... thanks for the support to Queenslanders.... we are thinking of the fire affected families too....

Maria said...

You are working on some beautiful projects Bev.
I really enjoyed your post.

Margaret said...

Interesting shapes on the blocks, I am into shapes, like them, so interesting. Glad you found the tupperware thief.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Lovely colours in your 'Sunshine & Sunflowers' block Bev.
Have a great weekend!


Hello Bev. I also love the Sunflower and your quilt is looking very pretty. I love stitching on quilts too. Hugs Judy

Cheryll said...

You are certainly making headway on a few projects. Keep up the good work!

Nat Palaskas said...

Sunshine & Sunflowers project have to be for you. It's going to gorgeous quilt. You go yourself some great books there Bev. I decided that I will buy India Flint's book. I seem to need it all the time these days.


Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello Bev,

Wow, what a great sunflower block. Your other blocks are amazing. What great detail in your work. Have fun reading your new finds. The books look interesting and it seems there are new one all the time. Looking at your photo there, it looks like a nice sunny day there. We are having some nice sunny weather here too. It was warm enough for me to do some gardening. : ) I'm not a cold weather person.

My heart goes out to the people of Australia. It seems they had it bad last year too.
Have a wonderful day and had fun this weekend.

Michelle said...

The quilt is going to look great, looking forward to seeing it finished! Pleased you've found your Tupperware, I found some wonderful containers yesterday for storing projects, must go back and get a couple o pay day!

Terriaw said...

Naturally, it's a sunflower book for you! And your first project is a sunflower project - I love it! I've always wanted to do a block of the month project, but never seem to make time to squeeze it in. Love your progress so far!

Anonymous said...

Hello Bev, enjoyed catching up with your post...Sunshine and Flowers is coming along well....Hugs Lyn

Anonymous said...

Such a happy sunflower Bev - the projects you are working on are great and so cheerful. I always think of you now when I see sunflowers :0)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Looking good Bev!!! I will have to check out Tinker's Cart!!! Hope you are okay over there with all this devastation going on...Thinking of you...Stay Safe, Dzintra♥x

Simone de Klerk said...

You certainly have been busy! Love the quilt you are working on. Very you!