Monday, February 8, 2016

Want to come for a Wander?

I had a lovely walk this afternoon with my Mister. We have been exploring a few other trails in the park where we walk....some are quite steep...great while you are walking down them...
but you have to walk back up them. Lots of puffing and panting take place! Still we manage most days. It's nearly 4kms and definitely not a flat wander...not bad for a couple of old fogies, I think anyway.
It gets steeper!!! We had the cutest little wallaby perched on a rocky ledge watching us struggle up the path.
We were quite high and could see over to the distant mountains..
Even though things are a bit dry I love the ferny gullies and rocks.
We found an old tree that was probably a forest apartment block...
as there were several hollows and one had a very nice leafy nest...
I hope you enjoyed your little wander with me and weren't toooo bored.
A little bit of stitching has been happening. I needed a little break from Blessings so I got to work on the applique on the border of Hexie UFO.
It is coming along nicely. I seem to be doing a lot of needle turn of late. Love it!
Today is a special day. Our eldest Grandson is celebrating his 8th birthday. He is growing up so fast.
he celebrated with a Lego party on Saturday and today with cupcakes for his classmates.
Happy Birthday Lachie....love and kisses xxx
Some of  my very favourite people were born in February!
Have a lovely week folks.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FNWF and Catchups

Friday night was time once again for
Even though Cheryll was not at home she left the key under the mat and we helped ourselves to a fun night of stitching....virtually that is.
My efforts were another ring completed for the next block on Blessings....bit boring for you folks but quite enjoyable for me. Thank you CHERYLL for having us at your place again.
I also finished my February little Dresden block for
If you click HERE you can visit to see what everyone is working on this month.
This months colour was brown with pink as a highlight if you wished.

I am really enjoying these little blocks so far.
What a treat I had yesterday. My blogging friend Raewyn from Stitching Farmgirl in New Zealand made a flying visit to cuddle her gorgeous twin Granddaughters this weekend and we got to catchup for a cuppa. Lovely FIONA from Bubzrugz joined us too.

Raewyn has been stitching my Calendar Bears and bought her quilt to show me...
It is so beautifully stitched and Raewyn's quilting is so pretty and delicate. It was such a treat to see and I love that my little bears are loved across the ditch too in NZ.
We are all still wondering where the afternoon went as it just flew by in a flash....laughter and chat may be a clue. Lol!
Such delightful ladies. I so enjoyed spending time with them. It is still such a wonder to me the beautiful friends I have made through blogging.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend too.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

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