Monday, April 28, 2014

I am in awe of my bloggy friends

As we often say, blogging friends are THE BEST. I am still amazed at how wonderful it is to meet up in person, and share a friendship like we have known each other for years.

It is thanks to my wonderful bloggy friends that I have sold so many of my patterns since I released them in early March.   And it is fantastic to see how they have interpreted and personalised their projects.  I have their permission to share the following photos.

Shez has made 2 of the Priceless Sewing Cases. The first one  is made to the pattern.

 For her second one, she made some changes, and has put the seams on the outside and finished them with a binding.  It gives the case a  different look.

When I was designing the pattern I was trying to decide which way to make it, and decided to go with hiding the seams on the inside of the case, and stitched them to make a smooth interior and a nicely "rounded" look to the exterior.  With the way Shez has made her second one, the interior still has a smooth look, and the outside looks great as well.  Love the addition of the personal tag on it too.

Shez has more photos on her blog post today, (here) so why not go visit and see what  fantastic work she does.

Miche'le embellished the front of her sewing case with a beautiful doiley, and has embroidered one of her favourite verses to complete it.  It looks beautiful.

She also made up the shopping compendium to match. She used a feature fabric in place of the embroidery that is on the pattern.

I cant direct you to Miche'les blog as she has had a real problem with a hacker, and can now not get into her blog to do a post.  Some people need to get a life dont they, and need to leave us alone, they have nothing to gain from causing problems on our stitchy blogs.  But she has a Facebook page for her business, By Hoki Quilts, Hokitika, and you can check out some of her gorgeous work and about her shop there.  I wont put up a link in case it gets hacked too.

I love the fabrics that Larissa used for her Shopping Compendium.  Larissa was the first to show a photo of one of my projects, so she was my very first pattern tester - and did a good job in pointing out a couple of places needing corrections.  (thank goodness she did, it is so easy to miss the little mistakes).  Larissa does the most beautiful embroidery.

I love to see the different interpretations, fabrics, embroideries and alterations that are made.  I hope that if you make up any projects using my patterns that I see the results.

You can check out the patterns here on my blog under the Mardi Kaye Designs tab.  To order or make any inquiries, please email me.

Friday, April 25, 2014

We will remember them


So proud of our big son.  

My Dad was so proud of him for the way he embraces life in the Services.  I always miss my Dad so much on Anzac Day as I have so many memories of him taking part in the marches and services.  It is the day I miss him most. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trying something new

At our handwork group which is run at our lovely store, Sew This and That, we have been working on some (very beginner) brazillian embroidery.  We made our piece into an evening purse.   I still need to buy the chain handle for mine.

While working on it I wasnt so sure I would like the finished result, but once the purse was stitched up it looked much better.
We "learnt" from a book, and worked it out as we went, so I am not sure it would be approved of by a more experienced brazillian embroiderer, but we all are happy with the result.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all my family and friends.

I am waiting for family to arrive, and then it will be lots of fun with 4 of our Grandies.  Lots of cuddles,  laughter, eating, playing, chocolates.

I was pleased with my progress from FNSI.  I finished the embroidery for the Preston Bag, which was Dawn's project at our Lets Get Stitched weekend in Melbourne.  I have also cut out all the pieces, and it is now ready to be stitched - maybe tomorrow.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday is FNSI

Public holidays get a bit tricky..... I forget what day it is.  But it is Friday, and time for
There is still time to rush over here to Wendy at Sugarlane Designs and sign up.  With the promise of a special Easter prize who would want to miss out?

I must go get myself organised with some hand work to do.  Catch you back here later when we can get together to stitch.  Dont forget the chocolates and other yummies !!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FNWF on Friday and Saturday day times....

I wonder - does that count?

My Friday night with Friends ended up being my Friday with Friends.
A group of us met up at Sew This and That, our LQS, for the annual sewing for breast cancer day.  We again made bags and little cushions for use after surgery.
Although there were not so many of us sewing this year, we still managed to produce this bundle of finished sets, and there are a few more that we are completing at home.

After being there for 7 hours with only short breaks, I was a bit "sewed out", so couldnt manage to do more sewing on Friday night.

However, on Saturday morning, which would have been Friday night somewhere in the world, I finished off my project from this month's sewing club at Sew This and That.

This month we made a bobbin box wrap.  It is designed to fit two of the rectangular bobbin boxes in.  I have only 1 bobbin box, but  had a plastic case of similar size, that will hold pens, unpicker and other similar tools.  This is another project using the  clear vinyl - I think we keep that industry in business, as so many of our projects seem to use it.  


All of the amazing sewing club projects we make are available for anyone to purchase by going to the Online Shop of  Sew This and That

Why not go here to see what other stitchy friends did on their Friday night.  Thank you Cheryll for again hosting us for our Friday night.