Friday, July 31, 2009

Sharing Finishes

A minute finish to share, it measures only about 1 1/2 inches. This design is by Donna of By The Bay Needleart. I stitched this Bay View Estate on 28ct Blueish Grey Monaco using DMC threads. Yes, I stitched over one again. It is tiny and delicate.

Remember the 36 patchwork squares in my last post? I assembled and machine quilted them and here is the finished bag. I changed the leather handles for fabric ones, they are softer. I am currently taking patchwork lessons at the Community Club. Hope to show my projects in my next post.

Finally, a picture to show what I received from Karen in the HoE Christmas in July Exchange. Karen stitched for me a design by Bent Creek, A Merry Little Christmas. I love this ornament. Karen also sent some goodies, love them. Thank you, Karen for a lovely exchange.

Currently stitching for exchange, so no picture yet. Progress on big wips is still slow, many distractions along the way.

We are celebrating our 44th National Day on the 9th of August. Happy Birthday, Singapore!

Take care and happy stitching till the next update.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Win, Exchange and Catching Up

I won a Giveaway from Beth's blog in May and my prize had arrived! This sampler is designed by Beth Twist of Heartstring Primitives. Thank you, Beth, for the chart. I will enjoy stitching Constance Sullivan.

Recently, I join the second round of swap hosted by Nina. Heard from Nina that my partner, Melinda, had received the SWAP II gifts. The parcel took only five days to arrive in Hungary. The theme for this exchange is Autumn. I stitched Spot of Autumn by The Drawn Thread on 28ct Cashel linen with DMC & Anchor threads. I also stitched a scissors fob using one of the motifs from the chart. Here is a picture of the gifts. Please visit Melinda's blog for more pictures. I am glad that Melinda likes what I had stitched for her.

I am catching up with the progress of my wips. Finished April and May blocks of LK Flip-it Blocks and started on June. I hope to finish June and July blocks by the end of month.

Here is another update of the Table Topper. I enjoy stitching this design, very colorful. I wanted to start a new project but I promised myself that I will finish this Topper first. I have kitted "On The Moors" by The Sampler Girl, all ready to go.

I have done some sewing and here is what I am making, another bag.

I had sew 36 of these squares. Next step is to assemble them and finish them into the bag. The quilting will be done by machine. I would like to hand quilt but it is going to take too much time. I bought this kit from a local quilt shop. The owner is aTaiwanese and she sews beautiful bags and quilts. She carries lots of Japanese fabrics.

Thank you for visiting my blogs and your lovely comments.
Take care and happy stitching till the next update.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Updates of Table Topper, Sals........

I have been working on the Table Topper, here is a picture of the progress so far. Sorry for the poor picture, it was dark and raining when I snapped this wip. I switched to Anchor varigated thread for the light green color because the DMC's shade was just not right.

Progress on the large wips is slow. I promised myself to work on them more this summer vacation but got distracted along the way by so many other things. My current interest in patchwork is taking away the time for cross stitching. I had only added two and a half motifs to my BP sampler, very slow progress indeed. No work is done on the Christmas Quaker for quite a while, hope to pick it up soon. Currently working on the LK Flip-it Blocks, the April's block. I am way behind my goals, have to catch up with May, June and July blocks. Hopefully, I will have progress pictures to show in my next posting.

Remember the "Red Needles" in my last post, I had finished it into a sewing book, with pockets for threads, scissors and needles.

Lynn, my partner, had received the Christmas Ornament in the HoE Christmas in July Exchange. This is what I stitched for her - "Winter", a design by The Prairie Schooler. This design was featured in JCS Ornament 2006 Issue.

I just download the July Issue of The Gift of Stitching. Fell in love with the cover page, On the Moors with Emily Bronte Pillow by The Sampler Girl. Another new start? I am very tempted to start immediately but maybe after I finish the Table Topper.

Until the next update, Happy July 4th to all my American friends!

Take care,