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.