Friday, February 5, 2016

At Last!

It's cool enough to enjoy my coffee.
Oh and the  Tim Tams aren't quite so melty! Soooo nice!
I  have  been busy popping patterns in envelopes for the postman today.
All set to go....after my coffee I am planning on cutting and basting more pieces for
the next Blessings block.
Happy birthday and lots of love to  the dearest lady I know, my best friend Ann.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Steamy.....

Well that was enjoyable....39 degrees C. and 96% humidity yesterday! Erk! Thank goodness we were at the Sanctuary yesterday for art....
and we had beautiful air con...nobody wanted to get up and leave!
My secret art project is nearing it's end....and I am quite pleased with it. A piccie later when it's completely finished.
Stitching!
I have been trying to be organised and work on Blessings in the evenings and Hexie UFO when I  get other spare time. I now have 1 whole row finished for Blessings...
I am loving them....so lovely to stitch! On to No. 4 now.
Pondering and planning is still happening with Hexie. I have a rough drawing now and some little applique pieces cut out ready to go. I did iron those pieces truly I did!
I am still getting lots of inquiries about Calendar Bears...so yes I have made a pattern.
The full pattern is now available from me. The cost is $17.00 AUD + postage if you are overseas. Paypal is preferred. You can email me at michelleridgway53@hotmail.com to order. Thanks so much for taking my little bears to your hearts x
While it is a fair bit cooler here this morning it is still quite steamy. I have some "domestic goddess" chores to see too and I am also doing a little designing.
After sharing special gatherings with friends over a pretty teacup last year it got me thinking.....that's a hint folks *wink*
It will be along the same lines as my Alphabets. Just pretty drawings for you to stitch in whatever manner you choose.  So watch this space lovely people.
Whatever you do today find a little joy in it.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sew...this and that!

At the moment I have several "needles" in the fire so to speak. I have been planning and working on my hexie ufo. I decided to add a little cohesion to the quilt by making some smaller hexies...
I am going to stitch them between the larger ones on the quilt.
The applique border is still forming in my mind but having little hexies in some of the applique fabrics will hopefully help bring it together.
I decided the little stitchery detail on the big hexies should appear on the border so I added it to the heart...
I am not sure whether more hexies will go on the borders as well or just straight applique??? Decisions! Decisions!
Now as if I didn't have enough to think about, I had seen in blogland all manner of blocks for this challenge. I loved the idea of a different colourway every month.
Lovely Dasha from Patching Pixies who embraces the challenge gave me lots of info and encouragement and so I  decided that I  would embrace this challenge in my own way....I did not want to piece anything or make loads of blocks but wanted a little hand work project that I  could do each month in the monthly colour.....using only my stash.
Ta Da! January which is blue with a hint of purple...
Each month I am going to stitch a little EPP Dresden Plate block! Thank you so much Dasha for your inspiration. To see what it is all about you can visit Angela at
http://superscrappy.blogspot.com.au Hopefully I will end up with a pretty rainbow of Dresdens!
Lastly I have continued to  work on Blessings....some more leaves!
Nearly there and then on to the little circles.
I have had a lovely morning spent with some beautiful women who constantly support and inspire me.....you know who you are xxx
Also this little dilly bag was recieved with delight by its new owner.

I  hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Special Evening

Last evening I joined my friends to wish our dear friend Sue a very happy "Special" birthday. Sue has been a friend for many, many years. Sue also in the winter months sails (yes in a beautiful boat) the seven seas...so it was very easy for us to get up to mischief whilst she was away and make her a quilt.
Sue was delighted and to say she was surprised is an understatement.....a truly beautiful moment! WARNING! Extremely photo heavy!
The parcel unwrapping...
The big reveal.
and...
Group shot with the birthday girl....thanks Paul!
Our Sue is a lady of quiet elegance and beautiful taste and so we went for simple and understated. A beautiful Moda jelly roll was out starting point...thank you Theresa. Such delicious fabrics in a simple Rail Fence pattern.
Of course before Sue got back we took a sneaky shot when we finished it...Diane and Robyn P. (invisible or so she thinks) modelling Sue's quilt.
I stitched a little quilt label and I had to note her lovely sailing ship.
Happy Birthday lovely lady and many blessings for the future xxx
Now as if that wasn't enough excitement it was also lovely Monica's birthday. Diane made a delicious pumpkin cheesecake to celebrate...I know vegetables and cake! Has to be good for you...there are no photos as it disappeared down lots of little rabbit holes very quickly. Happy Birthday Monica xx
Monica bought some show and tell as she, like the rest of us has been ufoing....I just love this project folder from Faeries in My Garden...
Close up of Monica's gorgeous embroidery.
Look at inside...
Beautiful!
Thanks for letting me share Monica.....it is truly gorgeous!
Needless to say it was a wonderful evening of joy, laughter and friendship and we did stitch! I think I just managed to crawl into my bed before the stroke of midnight...what good fun.
I think some quiet stitching may be the order of the day here today.
I shall leave you with a little scribble I wrote in my journal.
"A true friend is with you in sunshine and shadow. Both circumstances have the power to uplift us and hold us in a warm embrace.Nothing delights more than seeing Welcome in a friends eyes." - Michelle Ridgway.
Have a beautiful day folks.

Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stitching Day!

I am off down to the beautiful bay today because it is our first stitching day for 2016.
I am so looking forward to catching up.....and because I am extremely fortunate I get to do it all again this evening with some other lovely friends. I cannot promise a lot of stitching will happen....but I can't wait.
In a previous post I mentioned that I was keen to learn the art of water droplets....my model was a beautiful rose out at my friend Cathie's property. I nearly didn't bother getting out my camera because we had just had a very heavy shower of rain....very glad I did now!
"Raindrops on Roses"
I loved this piece from beginning to end....I really did get lost in these beautiful petals. I also have to say that I am quite chuffed with my raindrops!
Have a lovely day,  stitching and chatting await.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Australia Day

I hope you enjoy your Australia Day celebrations.
I am off to my art class at Berrinba Sanctuary.
Couldn't be any more Aussie as some of my favourite furry Aussies live there. ..
Mr. R. is on call but has sport lined up  to watch this morning  while I am away...
Very Australian! I feel sure he would be disappointed if I decided to stay home lol! So I better do the right thing and go....such a hardship!
I hope you take some time to reflect today on how blessed we are to live in this sometimes harsh but astonishingly beautiful country.
Be kind to each other people.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx

Monday, January 25, 2016

Yum or Erk?

My hexie UFO has had me thinking hard. Stash diving over the weekend revealed an exciting find....
Several small pieces of some of the fabrics I used in the big hexies...yay! So I  have decided a combination of applique and small  3/4 inch hexie flowers using these fabrics would be perfect for the tan border....and may add a little continuity to the quilt.
 The first border however needed sorting before I moved on....I was DETERMINED to find something amongst my stash! I  finally decided on this blue/small brown print.
As I said in my heading....this may end up looking YUM or ERK!
I am reserving judgment until the applique and little hexie border are done. The final red border has this blue in it so I am hoping it will  gel rather than jar. Besides I banned the quilting and stitching police from my door long ago so anything is possible if I like it.
It wil be interesting to find out.
Lastly, thank you so much for taking my Tiny Teacup Teddies to your heart...it feels so lovely when you have enjoyed a creation so much and others love it too xx
Ok! Almost time to don the walkers and venture to my favourite place.....
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Namaste and Blesssings Michelle xxx