Sunday, August 20, 2017

Le Mesh Quilt

At our Guild's previous General Meeting held in May, quilting teacher Mari Strydom demo the Le Mesh weaving technique and every member received a packet of satin ribbon, pins and a threading needle to inspire us to try this technique.  It was also set as a challenge for the next meeting held yesterday.

About a month ago I decided to participate in this challenge and started weaving the first block for which instructions were included.

As I had already decided to make a small wall hanging with 3 different 6" blocks, I surfed the Internet and found instructions for the 3d tumbling block as well.  This block did not go so smoothly as I just could not get my head around where to weave the 3d color through.  After my husband suggested I draw the block, I finally realized what I had been doing wrong the whole time and was finally successful on attempt number 4!

A little more surfing produce this log cabin look alike block.

And this is how the completed quilt looks with buttons in red, white and blue added. 

The quilt was selected as the winner for the challenge.  The prize included fabric, a pincushion, chocolate and instruction booklet by Mari to weave additional blocks.

The chocolate did not make the photo however....

Thursday, August 17, 2017


I embroidered presents last week.  First up is a set of towels for a colleague of mine's mother in law who was so kind as to lend her walking frame for my husband after he broke his hip.

I then did a set of kitchen towels with these designs from Loralie designs

and a washcloth.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017


The past two months our quilting group, the Rotary Cutters, attended a handbag course at our local Bernina Dealer.   One of our members, Marietjie, was so kind as to arrange it for our group after hours as we are all working ladies.

We picked our fabric at the shop and Susan of Bernina  did all the cutting.  I had no idea which colors to use but quickly fell in love with this black, green and purple selection.

On the inside is various pockets as shown below.

We are all totally in love with our bags and very proud.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Another UFO finished

I embroidered this cute little handbag some time ago and finally finished it in time to send with the boys picture books to my daughter, Megan.

I used black satin fabric with metallic silver embroidery.

This is a design from A Stitch and a half and you can find the design here.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Baby Books 2

The other two books I embroidered from Ellen Maurer Stroh was Baby's Toys and Baby's Zoo Book.

The patterns are offered for free, so even if you don't have an embroidery machine you can download the charts for free and embroider by hand.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Baby Books

Ever since I downloaded these beautiful Baby Books of Ellen Maurer-Stroh, I wanted to embroider them - I just had to wait for the grandchildren to arrive! 

December 2016 with Aiden already turning 3 and Nathan nearly 1, I finally started embroidering them and it took about 3 months to complete with about 20 thread changes each.

I tried to have them laminated, but they were too thick.  I then just covered them with Decifix, added an eyelet in the corner and assemble with a ribbon.

I made up a packet, added their Dad's birthday present and then had it shipped over to the UK by boat as airmail suddenly went up by 33% putting it way over my budget!

The Baby Animal book contains these 12 animals: