Sunday, 1 June 2014

Where have I been and what have I been up to?????

Today is officially the first day of winter here in the southern hemisphere…….not so wintery here in the tropical north of Australia though, we’ve had temps still in the high 20’s and early 30’s up till last week, but it is the official passing of my birthday, which is on the last day of autumn……..yesterday.  And wasn’t I blessed??
Here are some of the gorgeous gifts I received from the girls in my Birthday Club Swap group
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some gorgeous fabrics, gifts of chocolates, patterns, coffee and plenty of other goodies, including this gorgeous fest from my birthday swap partner, Melody…..
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I certainly do feel like I’ve been showered with blessings this weekend.  Thank you,  just doesn’t do it justice! I AM blessed!
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I know I’ve been missing the past couple of weeks….but deadlines have been hitting me headlong and believe me, even the housework’s been suffering!!!!   But I can show you what’s been keeping my head low  (probably should only show you sneakies, but I’m soooo happy with this one) ….
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It’s my newest design which I’m calling “I’ll Be Gnome For Christmas”  hee hee……I’m soooo pleased with it, and  it’s going to be released in a little while in an upcoming Australian Patchwork & Stitching magazine….and after I’ve written the pattern (which I AM doing today! (touch of procrastination happening...)) I’ll add it to my Craftsy shop for overseas purchasers and those who just can’t wait!   (If you zoom in on the photo, you’ll see my little mushroom Christmas trees... sooo cute! (but I’m a touch biased on this one! Hope you like it too.
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So “Gnome” can go into my OPAM list of finishes for May….along with this one I finished last month but wasn’t added to the count…..another finish for an upcoming  Patchwork & Stitching edition…..
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This design was heavily influence by my father-in-law’s recent stay in hospital and was made whilst I sat by his bedside.  The stitchery on the front of butterflies and flowers and some lovely dots, hexies and chevrons…….all feelgood things for me… reminds me to continue to always Love the Life we’ve been gifted.  I’ll add it to the Craftsy shop for you too…
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I’ve also been stitching some hexi flowers for a hexi swap……here are the ones I’ve made so far…..
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I have a resurgent love for hexies…..how about you??? 
Have you signed up for Chookyblue’s  2nd Birthday Party celebrations???

I have, and I must admit, I’ve been celebrating along with her…really truly!!!!!!!   I even popped the cork on the Riccadonna Ruby last night and got a bit of secret sewing in!!!!  (after my own birthday celebrations!!!)  Not as much as I’d hoped, but I did, I promise……look………….
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Why don’t you pop on over and see what everyone got up to over the weekend.
And before I head back to my pattern-writing *eeergh* ……have you signed up for QuiltJane’s Nested Churn Dash QuiltALong???





I know it starts today but I really need to get this pattern done…..I’ll start mine tomorrow??  hee hee……Check it out and then you’ll be able to prompt me along!!!!
Okley Dokely….I MUST go.  There’s a brief catch up…..thank you so much for your concerns, but all is good in Sugarlane World…..my head was just buried under a pile of catchups, I promise.  
Sugary hugs :o) xox
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19 comments:

Marilyn said...

A pile of catchups and some gorgeous goodies I think. Love your "gnome" quilt and those mushroom trees are very cute. Clever you. Hope the pattern writing went well - or is going well if still underway.

shez said...

such a cute quilt Wendy and happy birthday to you and love all your gifts especially the set from Mel,enjoy your evening my friend.xx

Diane-crewe said...

very best wishes for your birthday ... and yes .. you DID do well x loving the gnomes xx

Cheryll said...

Great gifts sent by wonderful birthday club ladies. Happy birthday once again...

Kim said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. Love your gnome quilt it is so cute will have to keep my eye out for the magazine. Good luck with your pattern writing.

Ondrea said...

Oh my! Your gnome quilt is gorgeous! Love it. Love the bag too. So many lovely goodies for your birthday. Hope your birthday keeps on keeping on. Hehehe.

Susan said...

Cute quilt - great bag - well done - it was a fun party wasn't it??

Tammy said...

What a lovely post to read this morning. SO many beautiful projects you have been up to. And Happy Birthday to you as well although it is belated. Love all your wonderful goodies you received.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

sometimes the housework just has to suffer doesn't it - you sure got a lot of goodies for your birthday - hope you had a great day.

Anthea said...

Love those Gnomes, Wendy! I'm sure the design will be well-received, well done!
I hope you had a fab birthday and wow you will love all your fq's... xx

Joy McD said...

Happy Birthday Wendy!! It's great that you have been working on patterns! Your gnome quilt is so cute! Writing the pattern is the hardest, isn't it? Let us know when it comes out in the magazine and I'll head to the shops to buy it!! xxx

Christine M said...

Happy birthday Wendy. I love your Gnome quilt.

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday and two amazing designs... I love the christmas quilt and the bag and I'm sure they will be very popular....
Hugz

Edi said...

So much going on on "the Lane". Glad all is well. Happy Birthday (again) you definitely deserve to be spoiled. Can't wait for the new patterns to hit Craftsy. I'm there :)And since it's Monday there, I should be able to start my churn dash.
Talk to you soon, sweet lady. Love and hugs.

Farm Quilter said...

Happy belated Birthday! You certainly have a great deal going on - you have certainly been busy creating some beauties!!!

ukcitycrafter said...

Happy Birthday, it sounds as if you had a very special day.
Love your Christmas quilt, so bright and cheerful and it has a great name too!

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Lin said...

Happy borthday Wendy! What a lovely collection of gifts, lucky lady to have such friends. Love your bag design. Have a good week. xx

desertskyquilts said...

Wow, what a great catch-up post! Those were the two questions I'd been wondering about you. =) Love the name for your terrific Christmas quilt! That is too cute. Happy birthday, a day late. You did get some wonderful things. Thanks for the links.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow.....lots of yummy well deserved spoiling Wendy...wow your new projects...very impressive finishes....xx