Just letting you know that I am using a new blog address.. it would be great if you could follow me here now and not my old blog address.. thank you and sorry for any inconveniences..
Here is my new address -
Merry Christmas Girls, I hope everyone has had a fabulous Christmas whether it be surrounded by family or sitting on a beach eating prawns alone... I have had such a busy few weeks that I am hoping to catch up on my blogging this afternoon..time will tell if I can get it all done. I was wondering how everyone went with their swaps..
Susan sent (handed) me a pretty wrapped parcel when we saw each other last, to put under my tree for Christmas day.
I Love my tea-towel Susan made - it's a very clever way to use up pieces ribbon and lace, I will have
to remember this technique in the future..
I also found inside - yummy Cadbury chocolate, a packet of Christmas stocking buttons, a gorgeous piece of lace and a pretty mug rug... I love the lot (hubby also particularly loves the chocolate and has already made plans on me sharing with him - so he thanks you too).. Thank you Susan for being my No Fuss Buddy - I love all of them..
I made for Erica and seeing as she doesn't have a blog - I thought I would post what I sent to her..
A piece of Red lace, a santa cookie, three Christmas buttons sewn on a card, a white/Christmassy tea-towel and a needle book with one of the stitcheries on the front.. I put all these in a small sack (I didn't make the sack - it was one I had prepared earlier - much earlier..lol)...
Well that will do me for this post - I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and thanks girls for participating in my little swap.. It was lovely being part of a swap, I have enjoyed our Christmas one..
I am posting on behalf of Maria as she is have some technical issues at the moment...
Maria's gift has arrived from Illene and she is looking forward to being able to open it on Christmas day. Thank you Illene.. xx
My parcel has arrived from Anthea...ooooh the temptation!!!
I'm lucky enough to be able to hand deliver mine - so it will get "posted/delivered" on 17th December. Thanks Sandi for adding in a bit of fun! Merry Christmas to everyone - hopefully your Christmas is sorted...mine isn't!!!
Just doing a little check in here - making sure no one has had any problems contacting their partners etc. I'm in fine form with my parcel and it is ready to be posted so keep an eye out for it Erica. I have plans to go to the post office today but seeing as it's a Tuesday and our regular stitching day, if I run out of time then it will definitely be at the post office tomorrow morning...
I am looking forward to see what everyone has created for their partners.. remember to resist temptation and don't open until the 25th. Oh and drop me a line, letting me know when you have either sent or received and I will mark it on the sidebar..
I have not been commenting a lot on everyone's posts but have been stalking them constantly and I am impressed with all the progress everyone has been making with their blocks.. pat on the back to everyone oh and gold stars too.. Looking great girls..
Well that's all for me..
Merry Christmas Girls.
Here are my four blocks. I am so rusty with blogging it has taken me ages to work out how to load the photos again. Looks like I need to jot down some notes so I don't forget for the next post.
Below are the first four rows which I have joined together as it makes it easier to select the threads I use for the next blocks. This quilt is all from my stash, fabrics used are April Cornell's Poetry Collection and 3 Sisters Faded Memories which I have had in my cupboard for a number of years so good to finally find a project to use them in. Threads from my Cottage Garden collection for the border and DMC threads for the stitchery.
Everyone's blocks look great, so happy I am sewing along with you all. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.
Ho Ho Ho, Santa has done the draw for our Christmas Swap...
As previously stated, it will be a down the line swap, with the first person making for the second and the second making for the third etc...
Contact your partner as soon as you can for their address and make sure you get your gifts in the mail in time for "opening day" - December 25th..
So here we go...
Ho ho ho.....
Just a reminder girls about the Christmas Swap - there are two days left before the cut off date, so if you are interested in a little swap then read the previous post about it and add your name to the comments on that post.
I thought it might be nice to run a little swap for Christmas and this should also run with the present stitch-a-long theme of Ruth's Quilt.
Now seeing as some of us are having internet issues still (one of the reasons we stopped running our swaps), I thought we would make this swap open to non bloggers as well, but you do have to have been part of any of our swap or Ruth’s stitch-a-long previously.
This is not a compulsory swap - only join in if you have the time to participate and are interested in having a little fun..
The Rules - 1. Add your name to this post if you wish to join in by the 19th November.
I will post your partners on the 20th.
2. It will be a down the line swap - number 1 makes for 2, 2 makes for 3 etc.
3. Opening day will be Christmas day so posting should be done well and truly
by this day - please allow for our slow postal service and Christmas rush.. we would
hate for anyone to be disappointed.
4. When you send and receive just drop me a line and I will mark you off on the
side of the blog...
5. Contact your swap buddies personally via email to exchange postal addresses.
The Requirements - 5 items needed for this swap..
1. Make something with a Ruth's quilt tag. Choose a tag - any tag or design your own tag and
make something with it - a pin cushion, a needle book, a Christmas ornie, a bookmark - don't
let my examples uninspire you - you might have your own ideas on how you could
incorporate one of the tags. Don't go over board - keep it simple and small...
2. 1 x Christmas tea-towel
3. 1 x Piece of lace - 50cm
4. 1 x Christmas button
5. 1 x Small Christmas themed treat..
Individually wrap your gifts and put them in a small box, gift bag etc to be opened on Christmas day.
Remember - we do "No Fuss" swaps so don't get too stressed - it's meant to be a bit of fun.
If you have any questions then drop me a line and I will do the best to answer you asap - and don't leave it too long to contact me if you can not get hold of your swap partner for their address..
I have a few more partly done....that will satisfy the November target - but I have a "bit" of Secret Christmas Sewing and some secret Christmas craft that has to be done...so these might be taking a back seat for a few weeks.
I have been trying to play catch-up and have my Sept and October blocks done by now but unfortunately I only have three completed with the next three traced and partly stitched.
I'm using Cottage Garden threads for the outside border and DMC threads to add different colours to the main stitching. Trying to match the fabrics I am using in the quilt as I go.
Am pleased with how they are turning out so far.
I didn't have the book but i was interested in the stitchalong & have been watching as photo's were put up & everyone's version lovely & so different. I was on a destash site on Facebook & lo & behold up popped the book at a good price. I did think on it a little while & decided that yes i would grab the book. :) Here's where i'm at.
Sorry they are a bit hard to see. I'm using a pink/green Cottage Garden thread.
I took an EPP break & got a bit carried away with stitching last week.
I am very new to stitch-a-longs but would have to say I am thoroughly enjoying stitching with you all. One less project that gets put in my 'one day' pile.
Thankyou so much to Susan for all your help getting me started with both the stitching and the posting.
Thanks also to Helen for getting us all together, wonderful idea and love that it is no fuss!
I finished another 3 blocks on the weekend and have to say I am much happier with them. I don't do many projects with embroideries in them and it has taken a few attempts to get back in the rhythm.
We have been away the last 2 weekends and I find these little stitcheries ideal to take with me. I have sewed in a showground, by a lagoon, by the ocean and even on a couple of ferries. A good little project to pick up and fill in time.
This is one of the fabrics I have chosen for some of my blocks. I have a selection of pinks, greens and a bit of blue to mix in with it. The quilt will end up going to my lovely mother-in-law and she will love these colours. I made her a lap quilt many, many years ago and she has used it so much the front started to fall apart. Time for a new one!
Like a few other ladies, my favourite block so far is the rose one.
I look forward to seeing everyone else's progress.
So lovely to see all the stitcheries coming along, everyone is doing such beautiful work!
This is where I'm currently at:
Sorry the pic is not so good... just couldn't get a clear one for some reason.
All the stitcheries are now traced & have their stabiliser on the back... & they sit in my kit-bag for this project... along with scissors, needles, thread, hoop, thread-catcher... so easy to just pick up & take it with me each Friday to patchwork group!
I have gone back to the beginning of this stitch-a-long and can only find a handful of photos that I have posted about. So I thought I had better do a catch up.... I think I may have added them on Instagram only so far. I have completed 13 blocks - These blocks are so quick and easy to do, that my stash is building faster than I thought.
Not the greatest photos but they will do..
The rose block is my favourite block.
That's all for me as this is the first time posting from my phone and i can't say I'm a fan.. lol
Catchya all later...
I thought I had said hello but scrolling back through the blog silly me didn't get to it. So here I am in sunny (too warm already) Queensland, enjoying another new project 😊 Yes I have several on the go at once so my short attention span can jump ffom one to the next. I love stitch-a-longs for their friendship, company and it helps to keep me on track although sometimes ... like now ... I have to play catchup.
September is in progress
and I have my fabrics picked out. A few years back I decided to gather black and white fat quarters and liked the idea of pairing it with black stitching.
The hardest part was finding them. Looking forward to watching everyones progress. Thank you 😊