Friday, 23 January 2015

A new Needle Keep made during FNSI

Last night was the first Friday sewing night for FNSI for 2015. I joined many other blogging friends to a relaxing night of sewing.
I have a large hexagon needle keep-- it is looking a little old and I have many needles in it all the time. I decided that I needed a small, new needle keep and it will just hold the needles I need for the project I am working on at the time.


So last night I started on this project, and completed it today.
Appliqued and embroidered hexagon
With the border and some bushes added

With a Sheep button?

Or a birdhouse button?

Or a bird sitting on the fence?
Or why not a kangaroo-- after all we are in the country.
I am happy with the finished product and I chose the sheep yet again. I must say the sheep is still my favourite button.
Thank you Wendy, for hosting another FNSI.
Have an enjoyable weekend.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The winner and Tonight is FNSI

The winner for the set of buttons for the triptych is Christine M. Could you please email me, Christine, and give me your snail mail address so I can post them to you. The pattern is in the January Homespun magazine.

Tonight is FNSI. The first for 2015. I am looking forward to "sitting and sewing" with my friends.  Thank you Wendy for hosting it again this year. Hop along to  to sign up-- there is still time.

See you there.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Instagram and a chance to win a set of buttons

Technology is progressing faster than I can cope with. I hear everyone talking about Instagram. I had to investigate it. With a lot of help from Margaret ( and I mean A LOT of help--I am now on Instagram too. So you can follow me on @yvonnewdesigns.

I have been painting buttons to go with the Room with a View tyriptych that is in the January Homespun magazine.If  anyone would like a chance to win a set of these buttons, please leave me a comment, and your name will be in the draw for them.
These buttons are available through my Etsy shop ( click on the Etsy shop in the side bar) and also from Marilyn's shop-- The Patchwork Teahouse at Warburton in Victoria.

Room with a View triptych -- January Homespun magazine
Buttons include Settler's cottage, birdhouse, blackbird, and 2 x sheep
The other thing I have been painting are these cute little elephants. These are a new design and I have just painted a few to see what they look like painted.

Elephant brooches
Elephant buttons
A brooch and a button
Take care,

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday night with Friends (FnwF)

This was our first Friday night sewing with friends for 2015. I had bought a bundle of felted wool from Sandy of Shiralee Stitches ( and have been wanting to try it out and this is what I came up with. It will be a 6"block.

Little felt house

With a faithful dog out the front
or maybe a cat
or a cat with a bird in the tree
I will spend my weekend browsing the net to see what the other members of the FnwFs have made. The list is at
I enjoyed the sewing night and look forward to the next one. Thank you , Cheryll, for hosting it again this year.
Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Room with a View

I was very excited today when the postman delivered my copy of the January Australian Homespun magazine. This was featured in it and I could not wait to see it in print.

Room with a view Triptych as featured in Australian Homespun magazine
I came up with this design after a holiday in the Fleurieu Peninsular in South Australia a couple of years ago.
Tomorrow night is the first of the FnwF hosted by Cheryll. ( Do visit her blog and sign up for the first sewing night for 2015.


Saturday, 20 December 2014

FNSI and Pineapple tarts

Friday night saw me sitting at home sewing with my blogging friends on FnsI.

FnsI, hosted by Wendy
I had made this quilt over the whole year and I had received it back from the quilters about 3 weeks ago. It needed the binding sewn on. On Thursday, I machined the binding onto the quilt. On Friday night, I sat and hand sewed the binding. I was determined to get as much done as possible, but only managed 1/3 of the binding. However, I have since finished the binding and this is what it looks like on the bed in the spare room all ready for the guests just after Christmas.
Hexagon medley in Blues
I realise now that you cannot even see the binding in the photo-- believe me, it is there and my sore fingers testify to hand  sewing the whole thing.
I lived in Malaysia as a child, and loved the cakes and biscuits made there for the various feasts and festivals celebrated there. One of my favourites is the pineapple tart-- it has a pastry similar to short bread for the base and a pineapple jam topping. We adopted this as part of our Christmas tradition.
For years, my sister would come over and the 2 of us would cut the pineapples, grate them, squeeze the juice out and then turn the pulp into jam-- very time consuming and a sticky process. Then the following  weekend, we would all get together and make the tarts-- my children loved the get together when they were young and they were given different jobs to do-- and always managed to get some dough to play with. 6 years ago, my mum died and we made it just once after that. We thought that we would attempt it again this year. We had a lot more helpers this year--with extra ones including my husband, brother, 2 nieces, 1 niece's husband and the usual crew of my sister, daughter and myself. We also had this little chap watching-(ie when he was awake)- he is all of 7 weeks old.
My 7 week old grand nephew
I forgot to take photos of the jam making, (fingers would have been too sticky anyway), but here are photos of the tarts.

Tray waiting to go into the oven
Some of the cooked ones cooling on the wire racks
Close up of a pineapple tart
We made a total of 315 tarts, and we used 11 pineapples for the jam. At the end, we divided them all up and each family went home happily with their stash of the tarts.
We had so much fun together,we came to the conclusion that the tradition must go on and we will make it happen again next year.
I would like to thank everyone who visits the blog, and an extra special Thank You for the ones who take the time to leave a comment.  I would also like to wish all my blogging friends and visitors and their families a Very Happy and Blessed Christmas, and a Peaceful 2015.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Friday night with Friends

Thank you, Cheryll, for hosting another FnwF.

I did some sewing, but not as much as I thought I would get done. I had made 2 of these to go on the bedside tables to match the quilt that I have been making for the spare room---( we finally have a spare room). All I managed on Friday night was to hand sew the binding on this one. I still have the binding on the second one to sew down.
Bedside table topper
Bedside table
We are going away for 3 nights to Jervis Bay. I will take the second one along and some unfinished cross stitch to do whilst away.
Looking forward to doing more sewing on Friday nights in 2015.