Rosebud Treasure Box

It's time to reveal the project I will be teaching at the Creative Craft Retreat. If you live in South East Queensland, you might be interested in this wonderful weekend away - nothing to do all weekend but craft!  It will be held at Lake Perseverance from 2nd-4th November and you can find all the information you need here.

My workshop for the weekend will be the Rosebud Treasure Box:

I had so much enjoyment putting this design together.  It embodies so many things that I like - applique, Suffolk Puffs, embroidery, lace, beads and pretty rosebuds.

As you know, I love to make pretty and practical projects.  This box is a six inch cube with a lid so is really quite roomy and ever so useful for storing treasures.

I hope I'll get to meet some of you there and I'd love to have you in my class!

Do you remember how fond I was of my "Thoughts in Thread" dove? I loved it so much that I had to use it in another project and so the Pure Peace quilt was born:

Four lovely doves in the centre:

The design is in the latest Australian Country Craft and Decorating, Vol 23 No 8:

I've had a funny week!  It was one of those weeks when my stitching didn't come together as planned.  I've been working on a table runner and have done more reverse sewing on it than I like to remember.  I am happy with the basic design, but the embellishments have just not been right, so I've been making and adding things, getting almost finished, then off they all come again! Then I drew up a really lovely little stitchery with applique, then I realised that the fabrics I had used were too similar to another design which has been commissioned for publication.  I tried some other fabrics and got under way with the embroidery, but it's not the effect I was hoping to obtain! I haven't had one of those weeks for a year or two and I'm hoping I don't have another one soon!

However, in the middle of my unproductive week, I had a fabulous idea!  There's going to be lots of exciting things happening on my blog in November and December, so stay tuned!

Happy stitching!


  1. Love the treasure box - I have a "thing" for houses/buildings. Darn about your week - hopefully the next one is much better. Eagerly waiting fro Nov/Dec reveal.

  2. Val, there is just no end to your talent. I'm loving this little treasure box. Wish I lived in SE Queensland, because I'd be there if I did!!~karen

  3. Love the treasure box! You make such pretty things!

  4. Your Treasure Box is lovely Val.I'm looking forward to your exciting happening.

  5. You are so talented and everything you make is so pretty.

  6. Such a pretty treasure box, Val! Oh I hate weeks like that, lol, I hope things smooth out for you soon!

  7. Forgot to say how much I LOVE your doves!!!

  8. More beautiful things you have created. I ,too, love those doves and that quilt is just perfect to showcase them.


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