Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Quick Whip-up

I've  been busy getting the applique finished on grandson's quilt so these were a quick whip-up this afternoon.

The instructions have been saved on my tablet just waiting for me to have a try. I thought a set of matching placemat and coaster would make nice small gifts.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your workshop makes 🎄

Friday, 24 February 2017

For February

My item this month is anther gift bag.
It is now waiting in the "gift box" until December.
Thanks Narelle... for the encouragement each month.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Deck the Halls

I am a bit early this month ,but i have finished a Natalie Bird design called Deck the Halls,thankyou Narelle for hosting.
cheers Shez xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

A bit late for the party.....

Hello, hello..... I'm late, I'm late but I hope I can go back in time and pretend it's January.  These are Christmas finishes I did in January....

Firstly I have this long table runner... It's designed by Libby Richardson and I love the cheeky reindeer on it.....

... the other things I did was turn these little 4" blocks into ornaments... they will be useful for sending out at the end of the year....

Take care everyone, Happy Sewing.... Narelle has said I have a few days till the next item is expected!
Righto, Gotto Go... better go and search what to make next!

Hugz from Fiona

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January item

I found a little piece of the red fabric in my stash and thought it was perfect for a stocking. Now it's going to be the first item in my Christmas Box for 2017.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

A Mug Rug, Zipper Pouch, and Fabric Postcard

This month, I finished off a UFO (unfinished object) that has been waiting to be bound into a mug rug since July of 2015.

I hand embroidered the message, "Merry Christmas", the snowflakes, the pole for the sign and around the applique.

This Merry Christmas Red Metallic fabric seemed perfect for the back.

I also realized I forgot to share this fabric postcard (made with Susan Winget's Peeking Snowmen fabric) in December.

And, I forgot I did have a finish to share last November... I had been waiting for this little zipper pouch to reach a blogging friend before sharing.

This is one side...

And this is the other.

Narelle, thank you for all of the motivation with the workshop! It was just the motivation I needed to finish another UFO. :) 

Oh, on a complete side note, I learned that Living My Dream was a trademarked name, so I changed my blog name to Hand Stitched Treasure. The url is the same.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

A Flying Start

Welcome 2017 and a big welcome back to our workshop for another year of creativity, friendship and a head start on gifting and decorating for Christmas 2017.

Already January has been a busy month ... we welcomed a new grandson to our family ... first child for our daughter and hubby ... meet Parker.

My sewing priority has been working on a quilt for him ... seen here on my blog ... and of course back to work but once routine is established (is that at all possible?) there will be Christmas sewing and knitting and crochet. Always need more dishcloths, washcloths etc.

Same rules for the workshop in 2017:

#  Make an item to decorate or be gifted  OR  make progress on a long term Christmas project

#  Post with a pic (unless it's a secret) on our blog each month from the 25th

#  Don't stress if you miss a month ... I'm sure that will happen to me too

#  If using labels at the bottom of your post, please use the month/year provided and your name or blog name

#  As you make a post each month, I will be adding a letter to your link on the right sidebar as an added insentive to keep in touch

Happy Christmas Crafting

Saturday, 7 January 2017

New Year

I am haPPy to be back posting in this "club" again.
2016 was a year of distractions to say the least.
Anyways here is my January effort at putting away gifts for Xmas.
Thanks Narelle... xox

A Finish

Thankyou Narelle for encouraging our finishes.
I managed to finish a Lynette Anderson Xmas decoration.

I also managed to finish a Michelle Ridgway stitchery.

cheers Shez xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Some Xmas Swap Gifts

So the year is over and swap are too for another year.  Here are a couple of items I made for the Xmas swaps 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Last Minute Finishes & Secret Gifts

One of my favorite finishes this year was this wall quilt I made for our niece. She has a beach themed bedroom and appreciates hand embroidery. 

I pieced these blocks in 2015 for a crazy quilting round robin. Beginning in the upper-left corner, the blocks were embellished by: Kathy S., Sandra T., Renee Y., Barbara Nicki Lee S., Mary B., and Sandy B. (If interested, you may see more photos on my blog here.)

On Friday night, I created these two zipper pouches and put gift certificates inside them (one for a PaintNite event and one for a movie theater.) Both recipients seemed pleased with their gifts. 

I also mailed out this little tissue-pack cover made with upcycled denim. The snowman pictured below was embroidered on the back.
Narelle, thank you so much for opening the workshop for us all this year. Without the extra motivation, I would not have had as many handmade gifts to give away.  Thank you!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Secrets Shared

Merry Christmas dear Elves, you have all deserved a nice rest after creating all the wonderful handmade gifts and decorations through the year. Just a short rest though if you wish to make a new head start beginning January 2017.

For now if you have photos of projects that were "secret" at the time of making, you might like to post a picture to share with your fellow Elves.

Quilts for the children

Rather belatedly Here is a photo of the six lap quilts I made for the grandchildren this Christmas (and a couple of rabbits).  there are more photos over on my blog with a little about each child and their likes.



Thursday, 15 December 2016


Hello everybody,

I had a rough year and between health problems and an extremely hot Summer, not much Christmas crafting happened. I did make one Christmas gift, a shawl for a friend.

I hope next year will be better and I hope you will let me play in the workshop again, even if I only made 3 Christmas items this year.

Merry Christmas everyone!