At last – pictures again!

I've been without a card reader for a little while and goodness me it has been a heck of a nuisance! I've scanned a few things but not everything will fit onto the scanner! Today I loaded the children into the car and we  set off on a mission to buy a new card reader and new swimming togs for Matthew  - we were successful on both counts and now I can show you pictures and Matthew can once again go swimming in a 'decent' fashion!

I accumulated quite a few things to photograph over the last little while – we'll go with cross stitch first – I've been happily stitching away on LHN The Library which I started a long time ago and abandoned. I'm enjoying stitching on it now – here's the progress so far…

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Another project that I gave new life to last week is Blackbird Designs Snow Garden – again, I started this ages ago and struggled to stitch it under electric light as many of the threads are similar in colour. This is how far along I am…

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It's difficult to see the stitching on this – I have only a tiny bit of border left to stitch now.

I replenished my cross stitch stash on a Saturday morning super spend with Carole the other week – we've got quite a few stitch a longs planned now. We have both kitted up for CCN April Showers, LHN Coffee Menu and LHN Sunflower House. I also kitted up for CCN Bee Joyful – alas, Carole is not a fan of the little creatures so I'll be stitching that one solo! We have plans for another super shop in the future once there are some stitches done, I think the new CCN Sunflower chart is in both of our futures!

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Carole also directed me to some very pretty threads called Six Strand Sweets which are currently on sale at Sew and Sew and I had a small indulge and in fact I am already stitching away with one of them. They are lovely to stitch with, nice and smooth.

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Recently, Jenny of Elefantz has begun publishing a monthly magazine. I, of course, signed up to receive it as I've enjoyed Jenny's lovely designs for some time. I was just putting together my fabrics for the new BOM that is in the magazine when along came one of Jenny's email newsletters. In the newsletter was a pattern for a sunflower wallhanging. It was a 'stop everything and make this' moment. Why? Well, I have a bit of a thing for all things sunflower (see above cross stitch chart) and on top of that there are little bumble bees (love those) and then – the sunflower is a Dresden plate! Now, several moons ago I purchased a fat eighth bundle of Charlevoix by Minick and Simpson with the intention of making Dresden plates with it. Clearly that hasn't yet happened or there would have been some pictures of them on the blog :blush: I decided that I could pinch a little bit of Charlevoix for this wallhanging and here is the progress so far…

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It's not the best photo in the world I'm afraid, I had to stand on a chair to get all of the sunflower in the picture and there may have been some wobbling going on! If you squint a bit you might be able to see the bumble bees (stitched in Dreamy Caramel Cream Six Strand Sweet thread) It's an overdyed so there is a lovely subtle variation along the length of the thread and although it calls itself Cream it is in fact a delicate lemon that's just perfect for this project. There is a verse at the top to stitch yet and I'm quite tempted to put another bumble bee on there somewhere πŸ™‚

I think I mentioned that I had signed up for the Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM and I made the first block last month. Due to the problem with the card reader I wasn't able to show a picture but here it is now…

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I had been debating on whether or not to purchase the finishing kit and when I saw it on Christine's blog I was sold on the idea (plus I was fretting that in 12 months time there wouldn't be a jot of Strawberry Fields fabric left on the planet!).

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This month's block arrived this morning too – I'm having a sewing day on Sunday while everybody else kayaks so I'm looking forward to working on these. While I was ordering the finishing kit I also indulged in a kit for a quilt that I had seen in McCall's Quilting – bit naughty really but I cannot resist baskets and the fabric is beautiful!

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Phew – thank you if you read to the end of that rather long posting. Hopefully the pretty eye candy made it worth the while πŸ™‚ I knew I would forget some photos – my Vignette progress and also astonishing progress on Catherine's giant pinwheel quilt (another long abandoned project) which has now made it to quilt top status although I'm stuck as to how to quilt it now – they can wait for another post πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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4 Responses to At last – pictures again!

  1. Carole says:

    Ooh, lots of lovely photos.
    The Library is coming on a treat. I do like that one. I’ve got it kitted up but it’ll have to wait a while now we have so many stitch-a-longs planned.
    The Snow Garden one looks pretty but I see what you mean about the colours. I wouldn’t like to work on that for too long at a time.
    Love the colours you picked in the Sweets, and congrats on using one already. The sunflower is very nice, despite having ‘creatures’ in it LOL

  2. Margaret says:

    You have lots of lovely new stash there.
    I’ve been eyeing up the new LHN Summer Splendor.
    Your sunflower applique is very pretty. There’s a free sunflower applique on Helen’s blog here http://bustleandsew.blogspot.com/
    Margaret

  3. Kristen says:

    Lovely photos and I love your new stash! I think you and I have a lot in common…and I am a new follower! πŸ™‚

  4. Pip says:

    I like your sunflower applique, it took me a while to realise that when I saw some fabric I liked to buy it then as some of the popular ranges sell so quickly and are only available for a limited time.

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