Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Pleasure of Giving

Those of you who follow my blog will remember about the post I made here in December about being in the November Issue of the Australian Homespun Magazine.

It was Christine's Sugar & Spice bag that I tested, you can see it at the top of my blog header. Christine very kindly posted a copy of the magazine to me and I kept my fingers crossed it would arrive. I have very little faith in the postal service and three weeks later it did and on Christmas Day.

As a way of saying thank you I wanted to make something for Christine and once again test the postal service. LOLLL

I made a Dresden Plate table topper and two matching mug rugs.

It's always difficult to make something for someone else especially when you've never met them so I decided to make them in my favorite colours.

I was surprised at how fiddly these little Dresden's are. It took longer to make these than the larger one.

I have to say that of all the Dresden's I've ever made this is my favourite one.

I normally do the echo stitching in the same colour as the fabric but this time decided to use a slightly darker thread.

I came across a tutorial here for making these tags so I made one in the fabric used for the Dresden Plate topper.

I love this floral fabric because it had a hint of glitter in it which you can't see very well in the photo.

I couldn't post about this until today when Christine emailed me to let me know she had received it. She said she loved it and thought it was too nice to use LOLLLLL

As for me I'm really pleased she received it, A BIG THANK YOU TO THE POSTAL SERVICE.
It's always nice to receive gifts but it doesn't compare to the joy of giving.

Speaking of gifts Christine is doing a giveaway of her newest bag pattern and a hardware kit. All you have to do is choose a name for the bag and leave a comment for Christine on the relevant post here. Hurry over because the competition finishes on the 22nd January. Sorry I posted late about it but Bloglovin is giving me some grief on occasion and I don't see my posts until it's too late.

~ Maria ~


  1. Sweet gift Maria! I love Dresden's and love how you quilted them. Christine is a lucky girl! :)

  2. That's a beautiful set - love florals :) I can see the glitter in the tag just fine, too!

  3. GEORGEOUS! Maria, they are wonderful, also the lovely Tag :O)
    Happy sewing day to you!

  4. I am INDEED a very lucky girl! THANK YOU AGAIN Maria from the very bottom of my heart!....I shall be treasuring this gift forever more! Hmmmmmm....my brain is already ticking over, trying to think what I am going to post to YOU next! (Nothing I have sewn though! LOLLLLL) .....What FUN! :)

  5. Maria I am glad Christine not only received the beautiful Dresdens from you but that she loves them too. You are right it's so gratifying to give handmade gifts because those are made with love from the heart. The fabrics you chose are pretty and I can see that hint of glitter.

  6. Beautiful work. It's so beautiful to see the real friendships that can happen over the internet. And to think you are so far away!! You and Christine are very special ladies. Enjoy the warm feeling in your heart!!

  7. Absolutely beautiful, you are a very talented lady! This is such a precious gift and I know that Christine will treasure this for many, many years x

  8. I have just seen your beautiful set over on Christine's blog. It really is gorgeous, Maria!!! And I love that little tag, too.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad that Christine loves it. You do beautiful work.

    1. Thanks Mary. I'm glad she likes it too. It's always hard trying to guess what someone else would like.

  10. What a beautiful gift! This dresden plate table topper and the mug rugs are just beautiful! I also like the colors you've chosen to make them. The tag you did to complete the set is perfect, it is the detail that gives originality. Maria..... your creations are amazing! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Marisa :)

  11. I really like your dresden topper and mug rugs. The colors really make it for me.
    Thanks for sharing

  12. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above


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