Sunday, September 19, 2010

Immersed in Stitches…

What a gorgeous day of friends, food and frivolity we all had at the “Immerse yourself in Stitching” day. It was lovely to finally have all the sewing sisters together at this special day.Here are a few photos of some special people who we shared the day with.


The wonderful designers had put so much effort in before the day even began that it was amazing to see the room all set up with our treasure bags waiting. See here for a visual. Here are the gorgeous woman responsible (pictured with Janelle)

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Janelle was lucky enough to receive the following goodies during the day:

She also treated herself to one of Melly’s beautiful bag samples, which Kylie will be studying as she purchased the “Toffee Apple” pattern and plans to make her own version.

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Tonight has been spent finishing off a modified version of the Amy Butler ‘Diaper Bag’ (NO, we are not pregnant!) from her Little Stitches book – & drum roll please… here they are


IMG_0368 Katherine’s Bag made out of ‘Recess’ fabric bought on our trip to Warburton (see last post). This  may well be the first time she has purchased and sewn the fabric within a week!

Guess which fabric Janelle chose to make hers out of?



Such Fun :)


Off to do some more hand stitching on our Immerse projects (more about them later) whilst we have a hot chocolate, watch a DVD and eat Connoisseur ice cream.

Off to Miss Marples tomorrow for a girls day out – including little girls :) we’ll miss you Rachel!

Happy Stitching


 Krafty KJ & Janellybelly

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Then there were 3…

Designers going to be at the Immerse Stitching day/weekend, and 3 Sewing Sisters attending – YAY! Janelle arrived safely and soundly on Wednesday, and was greeted with great Joy by 3 out of 4 of my children. The afternoon was spent giving and receiving lots of hugs and kisses, chatting and catching up on news, receiving of gifts from the West and planning out 6 days worth of fun. It didn’t take long for the sewing machines to come out – me on my Bernina and Janelle on the good old Janome – it’s a good thing we had 2 machines to use! We decided to make a modified version of the Pleated Beauty Bag by Amy Karol. My fabric of choice for this project was ‘Eva’ by Basic Grey (for Moda), and Janelle made my sisters Christmas present out of a printed linen blend that I bought at an Amitie sale possibly 2 years ago (or maybe she wouldn’t like it after all :P ).




Today the SS’s were reunited and spent the day hugging, laughing, fabric shopping, driving, eating, more fabric shopping etc… doing what we do best! We visited Catharina's Country Collection and purchased some lovely autumn fabrics (that were on SALE), and Janelle managed to find some more Babushka fabric that she didn’t already have in her vast collection. The larger printed fabric may just turn into an extra piece of hand luggage for the trip back. The next stop was to The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton. We had a delicious 2 course lunch and did a bit more shopping – I got some more ‘Recess’ and ‘Farmers Market’ fabrics that were on sale.







This photo may be removed for psychological reasons… Thanks to the volunteer photographer!!!



Until next time,



Krafty KJ, Smiley Kylie and Janellybelly

Friday, September 10, 2010

5 more sleeps…

Till I fly to Melbourne to spend some quality time with my precious sewing sisters Katherine & Kylie, and 8 more sleeps till Immerse Stitching Retreat with Rosalie Quinlan, Leanne Beasley and Melanie Hurlston :) Can you tell I am a wee bit excited? I have been sewing up a storm to help fund the trip, and loving it.

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Girls PVC Bags that match Gooseberry Patch Kidz Clothing

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Denim Reversible Shoulder Bags

My Bags will be at the Mundaring Rotary Markets this Sunday 12th September from 9am-3pm, Nichol Street, Mundaring. My friend Leanne has an indoor stall in the small hall, so if you feel like going for a Sunday Drive that includes some bag shopping, head off to Mundaring. I will pop the unsold bags in the Shop when I come home from Melbourne.

I had Morning tea with my friend Vikki for her birthday (Happy Birthday for the 14th), we went to Wooly Latte’s, Paper Fusion, and our last visit to Hot Possum! The shop in Wembley is closing on the 25th September and they are having a SALE, it’s definitely worth a visit. The online shop will continue and they will still be at the craft shows – Phew.

With Love