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Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Q and A.

Just checked out Terri's blog and she directed me to Andi's blog quiz. I've decided to particiapte in her questionaire, although I must say I am never bored! Thanks Andie, if you would like to participate you can find it here.


1. What are you stitching at the moment?

A Shepherd's Bush, Christmas stocking..or two.

2. How many finishes have you had this year?

Small? About 12.

Medium? Still working on the two above.

Large? None spring to mind.

Extra Large? Well past half way on my hexagon, king size, quilt.

Does that Count? :):)

Do you plan to have any completed between now and the end of the year.?

I hope to have the stockings done and the quilt top completed.

4. If you could buy 1 thing for yourself what would it be? (Doesn't have to be stitching) More time.

5. What is the best thing you have ever stitched?

So many spring to mind, they include quilts, cross stitch, embroidery and someone else's wedding gown.

6. Do you like making lists? When needed.

7. Do you stitch in rotation (how does it work?) or OAAT?
Usually one cross stitch at a time and other things, as they take my fancy.

8. What is the next thing you plan to stitch?

Starting LK Boo Club SAL on December 1st.

9. What is your fave ONS?

None in particular, just whoever has the what I want, yesterday & ebay. I tend to use those who send it out quickly.

10. Do you have a stitching chair?

Yes a couple. I tend to sit watching our view, in our sitting room, or in our family room where the light is great.

11. Do your children/pets get into your stitching things?


12. Do you participate in any stitching forums? On occasions. I try to leave a comment on the blogs I stop to view. I enjoying seeing and reading about other's accomplishments & hope to encourage them, as I would hate for there to be none to read.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fabric Aquisitions.

When we went home for a visit, three weeks ago, I stopped by one of my favourite patchwork stores. Although I felt like a small child in a lollie shop, with a tad of restraint, I only purchased three fabrics & another special thimble to add to my collection. The fabrics are totally different to what is available here, so one does have a multitude from which to chose, from both sources. I purchased these with a specific plan in mind however, the colours are so delightfully vibrant, I might have to consider using them in another way.

The week before last, our local Guild had a sales table evening. I was able to purchase a small packet of pretty beads, along with two fat quarters. No specific use at the moment, apart from adding this plain colour palette to my stash. Earlier in the year I was in need of this particular shade and I had nothing suitable.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Planning a Start.

I've joined a couple of SAL's with fellow stitchers from Home and O/S, and I've been gathering my fabric, threads, ordered a chart and beads.

The first one is for "Boo Club" a Lizzie Kate design, a fun stitch for Halloween. My LNS had the fabric stipulated, although I have ordered a second piece of fabric and have yet to make a definite choice, when I see both pieces 'in the flesh' so to speak. I purchased the threads

not in my stash, as I already had the charts and buttons for this one, from early last year, and the first fabric is now gridded, ready for the start date, the 1st of December.

The second SAL is for "The Twelve Days of Christmas" from Jim Shore.

I 've purchased, wound & labelled the required threads and, ordered the fabric. The beads are also ordered and winging their way down here. The start date for this, is January 1st, 2011, so all should be ready to roll, for that date..

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patchwork Fabric Shopping

Today, a friend & I, travelled to an area 50 minutes from the city to fondle and buy patchwork fabric. My friend is relatively new to patchwork so was keen to learn where the patchwork stores in the area are located. We had a lovely time fondling many of the wonderful fabrics, checking patterns, buttons, beads and ribbon. We visited three stores, one was only opened from Thursday to Sunday, so naturally, that will require further investigation.

I found another store selling Cherry Ripes so, replenished my stock and introduced my friend to this particular favourite Australian Treat.
We had a delicious lunch before moving on to another store for similar perusal. We stopped for a very welcome afternoon tea , before we headed back. It was lovely to drive home along the harbour edge in the sunlight, as an afternoon departure of an Inter Islander ferry, headed towards the channel and heads.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Ornament Exchange.

My Christmas Ornament Exchange gift arrived a couple of weeks ago, mine, to my exchange partner, has not arrived as yet. This exchange, for Christmas ornaments, has been something
I 've been priviledged to be part of and enjoy immensly, for several years. Thank you Julie, I love my sweet Angel ornament.

Below is the ornament I stitched for Julie. I mounted it in this ornament bauble, made of pine, I found in a local store. My gift parcel included
a cross stitched, stocking brooch pin, a Santa pen, with an Australian treat, a Cherry Ripe.