Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

It's time for my monthly report of Gifted Gorgeousness (GG), organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. For full details of how GG works, read this.

First up is the baby quilt that I have been working on. I've almost finished the hand quilting which is a simple cross hatch. For some reason the final section seems to be taking forever. I really have to concentrate on it this week as I want to post it on Saturday. Yes, it means that I won't be doing the housework as thoroughly as I should but it's only temporary.
Simon's baby quilt
Fabric: Llama 801, Atacama 801 and Inca 801 by Indigo Fabrics
supplemented with navy and white fabrics

I have finished stitching Just Nan's Snowflowers. The colours are so delicate I find it hard to take a photograph that does this piece justice. I've ordered a frame online and as soon as I get that it will be laced up and inserted. I haven't enjoyed stitching this as much as I thought I would, as I found it difficult to get the #8 perle cross stitches to lie as well as I would like. On the plus side, the recipient will receive it in plenty of time for her birthday.
Snowflowers - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart Exotic Orchid Belfast linen
Threads and embellishments: Recommended DMC threads 
and Just Nan embellishment pack

So what will be next? I have some Easter stitching which I am completing for an exchange and I will be starting another baby quilt. The baby is due this week, so once I know whether it is a boy or a girl, I will be able to make my fabric decision.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

The 1920's Farmer's Wife Quilt, Block 2 - Autumn Tints

I think my block is looking 'busy' and now it's finished I'm not so sure I like it. I'm leaving it as it is for the time being and I'll take a decision on whether to change it when I have completed more blocks.

1920's Farmer's Wife Quilt - Block 2 Autumn Tints

Monday, 18 February 2019

Needlecraft Haven Valentine Exchange and February's Gifted Gorgeousness

Our friendship themed Valentine exchange at Needlecraft Haven (organised by Clare of Aimtu's Stitching ties in with this month's Gifted Gorgeousness (details can be found here). Our exchange had to include a friendship/heart themed card , a skein of thread to match your stitching and a sweet treat.

I received this lovely heart brooch card, chocolate and threads from Clare.

For my partner, Gill (no blog) I stitched 'Be True' from Little House Needleworks and included a skein of DMC 746 and a bar of Poulain milk chocolate. Gill kindly let me use her photograph as I forgot to take one before posting.
Be True - Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart Belfast linen Natural
Threads: Suggested DMC conversion

I'm working on two other gifts at the moment. The first is a baby quilt and this is my progress so far. I hope to start quilting by the end of the week.
Simon's baby quilt
Fabric: Llama 801, Atacama 801 and Inca 801 by Indigo Fabrics
supplemented with navy and white fabrics

The second gift is Snowflowers by Just Nan. This will be a 50th birthday present. It's almost 50% stitched and then I will add the beads. This needs to be completed by April.
Snowflowers - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart Exotic Or hid Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended DMC threads
So it's not hard to guess what I will be working on over the next month.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Day.
Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has organised a Blog hop for the day. Those taking part have received a secret stitched and crafted piece with a love or friendship theme to share on their blog.
Here is the stitched piece I received. It is really sweet and I love it. I hope whoever stitched this comments soon so that I can find out who you are.

The list of who is taking part in this blog hop can be found here. Please visit the participating blogs to see more love or friendship themed loveliness.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The 1920's Farmer's Wife Quilt, Block 1 - Attic Windows

I've finally started this sampler quilt that I have admired for so long. Seeing Fabadashery's regular posts of her blocks has inspired me. So here is Block 1 - Attic Windows. I am using Andover Fabric's Blue Sky collection which was created by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

1920's Farmer's Wife Quilt - Block1 Attic Windows

Sunday, 27 January 2019

January Smalls SAL

Previously hosted by Heather of Stitching Lotus, the Smalls SAL is now hosted by Mary's Thread. All the information on how to join in can be found here.

I didn't have much stitching time in January so I've only one small finish to share with you. If you've read my previous post you will have seen it already. It is Noah's Welcome Mat, a free design from Plum Street Samplers. I will probably stitch another one before the year is over as I have a friend who would also like to have this design as an ornament.
Noah's Welcome Mat - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: Zweigart 32ct Belfast Natural line
Threads: Recommended DMC thread

Gifted Gorgeousness - January 2019

The first month of the New Year is almost over. As I've been away, I've just got back in time to write about my Gifted Gorgeousness this month. Jo of Serendipitous Stitching continues to host this monthly blog post. It's always good to see what stitching relating gifts we've made and received each month. If you wish to take part, this post gives all the relevant information and you can find out who has taken part this month, here.
First up is a belated Christmas present from Deb (no blog). This Christmas wreath only arrived a week ago. At least I have it in good time for next year.
Wreath ornament from Deb
Given my sister's love of animals, I had to stitch this Plum Street Samplers freebie for her. I was so pleased with the backing fabric that I decided to share a photo of it as well.
 Noah's Welcome Mat - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: Zweigart 32ct Belfast Natural linen
Threads: Recommended DMC threads 

Finally, Clare (Aimetu's Stitching) has been as generous as ever and sent me these three DMC threads with my birthday card. I thought the thread colours looked good beside the floral arrangement that my sister sent me.
Birthday card and DMC threads from Clare
Until next month's Gifted Gorgeousness, enjoy your crafting.