Tuesday 26 February 2013

WOW what a weekend that was

I don't know about you but there are times when my to do list is longer than I can manage.
I was a pretty diligent girl this past weekend with my sewing,
I sewed in front of the television, beside the pool and in the car and these are some of the bits and pieces I managed to get done.

This is a sweet Advent Calendar by Judy Golder and you move the little Santa along as you count down the days.....

This is the start of one of Gail Pan's patterns of a needlecase that we have in store.
Another pattern by Gail coming along, I only have one more little stitchery to go on this one.
and this is what we have for dessert on Saturday night, the pastry on these puffs up and they we put big dollops of ice-cream on the top and it just melted away into the middle with the cinnamon apple.....YUMMO!
Well, I hope to have lots more to show you come the end of this week.....
Mrs C xxx

Friday 22 February 2013

A cup of tea, a Monte Carlo and a chat with a dear friend named Gail......

I dont know about you but some days I feel it was just what the Dr ordered.
This morning upon arriving at work I was greeted by a parcel of patterns sent by my friend Gail.
I love getting new patterns in the store.
Gail's new release 'Among the Holly' tablerunner is amongst our new patterns, only released this week.

And there are a special little gift placed in the parcel just for me....I LOVE GETTING PRESENTS..

I cant wait to make a start on some of these with some new fabric due in this week... :)

Gail has released 5 MORE PLACES, in her workshop with us on the 6th July 2013.
It's $100 for the workshop.
10am - 5pm.
(includes, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, 2 workshops, 2 kits and fun and games and lots of laughter).
Be quick as these 5 places will not last.
Mrs C xxxxx


Wednesday 20 February 2013

Sit and Sew Wednesday

Today was our Sit and Sew Wednesday here in the shop.
We have had this panel for a little while now so I thought I would play with it.
I came up with this wall hanging.....
I also made this little tote bag....pretty sweet.

AND there is another stitchery....ALL OUT OF THE ONE PANEL :)
That has got to be value for money......
Mrs C xx

Tuesday 19 February 2013

1600 Quilt Class

On March 16th from 2pm - 5pm we will be having a 1600 quilt afternoon in our store.
Cost will be $50.00 (includes Jelly Roll and afternoon tea)
if you already have a Jelly Roll that you wish to use, then afternoon tea will only be $15.00
I thought I best make our shop sample, and here are some pics.
In the store this morning arrived some lovely Jelly Rolls from Basic Grey and French General.
I decided to make the shop sample our of the Basic Grey one, this range is titled Aspen Frost.
The first step in making the quilt is to join all of the strips.....so here we go....

and we just keep going and going and going .......

Then its a matter of joining the strips to the strips.....and again it just keeps going and going.....

After an hour or so you have this.....a gorgeous quilt top.  Now its just a matter of getting it quilted and bound....
All in a mornings work :)
Mrs C xx

Tuesday 12 February 2013

another day another quilt

Well it's another start to another week here at The Christmas Beetle and today was a great day with many friends calling into the shop to see our new abode.  We swapped stories about Christmas, children and cooking.....I LOVE THESE DAYS!
I also got to finish off the middle of our new quilt using Anni Down's Christmas Time Range.
Not quite sure about the border yet, but I will be done by the end of this week.  Maybe some yoyo's or prarie points or some stitchery.....
OK so now that my mind is going a million miles an hour someone HAND ME MY COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE :)
Love and blessings to all,
Mrs C xx

Saturday 9 February 2013

Tillie's Lane

We are starting to take names of people interested in doing this Block of the Month by Anni Downs.
We will be commencing this BOM in June 2013.
I am in the process of sourcing the IDEAL fabric for it, Anni and I had a great discussion about this late last year.
I hope she likes what I come up with, OH THE PRESSURE :)
Enjoy your day, and remember

The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary. ~Mary Kurtz
love Mrs C xx

Thursday 7 February 2013

Bits and Bobs

Somethings are just too yummy NOT to have them.
I think these Tilda ribbons are some of those things.
How gorgous would they look on a sewing bag, like the pattern we have in store by Leesa Chandler?
just given as a little gift on one of the FANTASTIC swaps that are always going on and about linking us quilting, patchwork lovelies all together.
 I am not sure what I will be doing with these yet but I do know of a lovely lady that is having a birthday soon, so maybe just maybe a card may be included in her little gift box.......

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Time is flying

Somethings just pass you by so quickly, like January for instance.
We are now all set up, well there is still a lot to do, in our new store.
Would you believe it but the gorgeous easter decorations from Katherine's Collection arrived and we are putting them out this week.
We have already SOLD OUT of the crackle eggs, which is amazing as they were only put on the shelves this morning.
These sweet little birds and birdhouses are just what I want in my house......maybe :)
But look at these gorgeous rabbits

He reminds me of Sir Robert Helpman.....
We also have a couple, not many, of these apron patterns left, they are made from Charm Packs.
Here you can see Katie (my cousin) and I modelling these gorgeous aprons....they bring some life to the kitchen.
Well until next time, may all your days be merry and bright,
Mrs C xx