Bet you think I'm going to show you a picture of a Scottish Bluebell.... well I'm not!
I'm going to point you in the direction of a lovely blog I found today that just happens to be called
Little Bluebell If you're a fabric addict like me there's lots of eye candy there.
Not only that Little Bluebell is generously giving away an awesome bunch of fat quarters...... 21 no less!!
Here's a pic to make you drool.....
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Posted by Josie at 22:51
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
I was beginning to think I'd never see the day I'd be able to show you this.....
My Vignette in Stitches.. Block 1... Version 3 is finally out of the hoop. At last I can move on...... to blocks 2 & 3.
Speaking of the next two blocks......
Click on the photo and you can see that all of the tracing is done and I'm ready for the next marathon stitch in .... a whole yard of it! I'm really looking forward to it. After all... nothing can go wrong with this one... right?
I'm planning a real 'stitch fest' on Friday. The Royal Wedding is the perfect excuse to spend the day in front of the TV stitching flowers and butterflies. Looks like it's shaping up to be a dawn till dusk affair so I should get lots done.... fingers crossed.
A few hexies have been turned into flowers too......
Here's a photo of Licky Lou.... Space Cadet!
She had a steroid shot a couple of weeks ago for her pollen allergies and has been spaced out ever since. I certainly won't be taking her for any more of those jags. Poor little thing.... she's really off the planet. Can't tell up from down and just sits staring into space. Come to think of it.... we've got a lot in common Licky and me
Till next time.....
Posted by Josie at 17:22
Sunday, 24 April 2011
What a big surprise to find I've been 'bestowed' with an award.....
Not an Easter Bunny but an Easter Hare. He/she wasn't about to frolic in the grass for the camera. I waited till my foot fell asleep then gave up.
Don't forget my new Award protocol...... if you'd like to join in and spread the fun just let me know.
Till next time....
Posted by Josie at 12:02
Friday, 22 April 2011
You know the button I mean.... the PayPal one that says 'pay now'!
First press bought me a new bag pattern...
A bit more browsing... a third press..... and I had this lovely pillow pattern.
Belted Galloway Cattle..... Belties to the local's here. Spotted them on my way to the shops for essential supplies.... like cold remedy... tissues... sore nose cream!
The Beltie photo's are for Chookyblue so all I can say is.....
Posted by Josie at 15:51
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Fraser the Postman brought yesterday!
The 2 Moda Scrap Bags I ordered from Hulu arrived and they couldn't have been better if I'd picked them out myself. The first one......
but I'm having second thoughts as I've already collected enough Martinique for this one. It's Bunny Hill Designs Tiny Town BOM. Is there any end to what I have hidden away here!
Besides it's such a good scrap bag it deserves to be a project all on it's own. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.... oh heck.... I haven't made one yet!
The second bag.......
is Moda Bliss. Some of the strips are quite thin but as I've already earmarked this for more flowers for the Vignette Quilt it's no problem. I can feel another bout of hexie cutting coming on.
Before I go I want to show you what Heaven on a plate looks like.....
it may look like good old baked beans on toast to you but it's Heaven on Earth to me. I've had the most stinking cold known to man for the last 5 days. I've not been eating.... till lunchtime today when I created this delicacy. I finally got to actually taste food! Oh Joy!! I'm not quite sure that I'll enjoy the after effects of so many beans but what the heck..... they were good!
I'll leave you with another hungry girl....
Posted by Josie at 16:26
Saturday, 16 April 2011
stitching fun.... the best sort!
Don't know what it is about Friday Night Sew in that makes it special.... but it is. It feels different than a regular night stitching. There is a sort of stitchy vibe in the air. Makes a gal want to sit cross legged on the floor chanting a mantra while communing with the needlewomen of the world.
I didn't try that one. Presuming I could actually get my legs to cross untangling them again may have required medical assistance!
So... I settled for a fabric strewn table....
preparing some hexies for sewing....
then stitching the evening away from the comfort of my recliner watching back to back episodes of ER.
This is the result.....
If you are not already stitching flowers for the Vignette Hexie Quilt..... why not? They are so addictive. I didn't want to go to bed last night I was enjoying making them so much.
So far I'm only using fabrics from stash. That's my game plan for the whole project. Hummm.... that might change when the Moda Scrap Bags I ordered get here!
Thought you might like to see one of our regular visitors who popped by to admire the flowers.....
Honestly... he's so handsome I just can't understand why he doesn't have a girlfriend this spring! He looked so lonesome when he left.....
Never mind. All his pals will be back soon. When maternity/paternity leave is up. I feed all the birds in the garden that includes Lonesome here and a dozen of his wild Pheasant friends plus the new brood they'll bring by.
Till next time....
Posted by Josie at 15:27
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
How quickly that came around again. I'm getting older faster than I thought!!
It's this Friday the 15th so there is still time for you to join in if you feel the urge. How hard can it be to have the urge to cozy up and stitch for a whole night. Just click on the button on the sidebar here and add your name to the list.
I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do on Friday. I like deciding in advance coz I have days to look forward to it. Savour it!
Maybe I'll play with these....
Reckon I'm keen to try more Paper Piecing.
Maybe more stitching......
I'm really spoilt for choice. That's the problem. Give me too many options and I spend more time deciding than sewing!
OK... I'm off now to stitch on my Vignette Block 1. I'm determined to finish this one.... today if I don't get sidetracked!
Till next time.....
Posted by Josie at 11:52
Monday, 11 April 2011
I did it!!
I finally finished piecing my Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt. I know I've said it before but I love this quilt with a passion. It's just so..... happy!!
Alright I know it's only a quilt top not a finished quilt..... but I couldn't resist hanging it on the line to photograph.
I really.... really love this bag too. I still haven't found just the 'right' button for the fastening yet but I'm prepared to wait. Mac thinks it looks like a really expensive designer bag. Wow!! It must be good for him to comment at all. Actually he's smitten with the picnic quilt too. Something strange is going on here!
I can't resist showing you more pics....
Do you think she looks a bit miffed that I'm not getting her best angle? Who can resist little lambs eh!
Posted by Josie at 18:51
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
my teeth fell out!!
OK... it wasn't really teeth that fell out it was a dental bridge. But lets not kid around here... real or manufactured.... missing three front teeth is not a good look for anyone. Thankfully all is well tonight. The bridge has been cemented back where it belongs. Sadly it appears I no longer have the potential for a career in Pantomime but that's all to the good I think!
I've been stitching every opportunity I got but unfortunately that didn't amount to much this week. I have been working on Vignette.... Block One...Version 3
Actually when I think of it I've probably stitched three blocks worth of assorted flowers and butterflies so far. If only I wasn't so anal I could have had this block done ages ago.
I did get caught up in all the excitement over these this week too.....
Mad Mac made me a perspex template so I can fussy cut with ease. Decided I love hand sewing these and more to the point I decided I was good at it. Well you know what they say about Pride......
it comes before you make a total bog up!! That'll teach me.
I have to confess to having spent too much time this week reading stitchy blogs when I could have been stitching myself. I really had a whale of a time though. I've added more lovely inspirational links to my blog list too so it was all worth it.
Chris spent the day here yesterday. Of course she couldn't stop laughing at my 'toothless' state. I might have knocked a few of hers out if she hadn't given me this........
that about sums us up!
She worked like a woman posessed piecing and fusing daisies on her Picnic Quilt.....
Did I mention she's making it with 2 Moda Beach House Charm Packs. It's looking really lovely. Wish my photo's were better.
Actually I'm thinking about maybe getting a new camera. One that will Zoom more than the one I have. One that won't cost me an arm and a leg. One that will take good photo's without me being involved in any way would be a help too.
Before you all get to thinking I've come into money..... I got my Tesco (supermarket) bonus points today. I've saved over £100 in vouchers and now is the time for their Easter Double The Value Deal. I reckon £200+ will go a long way towards a new camera. I might even get one for FREE!! How much can a good camera cost? Don't tell me..... I might faint!!
I leave you with Bagpuss........
Till next time......
Posted by Josie at 20:15