Monday, 5 May 2014

A swap and a win!

Well, I have a few lovely things to share with you!

Back in February I spied a most beautiful wool sheep that Julia (Bilberry Grove blog) had made for Wendy (The Quiet Room blog)and after a few emails we negotiated a fun little swap:) I received a delightful package back at Easter but between events here, I am just getting around to sharing (I have been enjoying their beauty though!)

Wrapped beautifully in prim paper, it was like Christmas, unwrapping all the little packages and was I delighted or what!

Such attention to detail and such beautiful stitching Julia does!
Just look at the little neck label

....and the wired key on the rusty heart.
On the other side is a big red button (I forgot to get a pic)

Julia also popped in some other lovely goodies- this candle smells divine (oatmeal cookies!)

a lovely wool applique book and chocolates (my weakness) are getting to know me so well Julia:)

Once again, thank you so much Julia, it was such a fun swap and I am so enjoying my treasures, you are a very talented stitcher.

I also had the great pleasure of winning a giveaway from the very talented Kaaren (The Painted Quilt)

I have been a faithful follower of Kaarens for sometime now and she is very generous with her artistic talent with free patterns and goodie giveaways.

I don't generally enter giveaways because I live across the pond but this one I couldn't resist, both because of its content-Aurifil threads and Floral Gatherings charm pack, (both of which we have such difficulty getting here)and because Kaaren so generously opened it up for all, to include international!

You can imagine my delight when I got word I had won!
Thank you sooo much Kaaren and for the extra goodies included, you are so thoughtful and believe me, they are much appreciated!

Thanks again,for visiting, I am still plodding on with bits and pieces of hand sewing.

It is a cool Bank Holiday Monday here, so the fire is lit, ready for me to stitch at when I get the laundry finished:)
Stitching hugs!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Flimsy collecting!

It sure has been a while......but I am still loving stitching, have no fear! It is just time to post seems to be the issue!

'Son' asked me recently had I quit blogging and when I assured him that I hoped not, he decided my blog needed a 'fresher' look. From what I can gather, the background seems to view ok on computer but not ipad?

Anyways, I have deducted I am a collector of 'flimsies'! When I get one finished, I can't wait to move on to start someting else and they never seem to get quilted. Does anyone else have that issue?

I think it is because everything gets handquilted and that is a slow daunting process.
Here are the latest flimsies,
Having seen 'Winter Solstice' on Karens (Log Cabin Quilter)blog and loved how she made it up, so this is my version, with wool applique

Next up, is Buttermilk Basin, 'Sheep in the Willow'. This was on the go for sometime but I loved how 'Quilt Hollow' put hers together and my desire to get it finished was ignited once again!

Last up are the house blocks put together

Plenty of handquilting me thinks?
Thanks again for sharing with me despite my randomness:)