Monday, October 29, 2012

Row Number Two

So its taken me longer to download these photos than stitch the blocks! sort of.  My internet/computer connection is playing up and I never know if it will take 10 minutes or 10 years to log on. Anyway, progressing slowly but steadily on my blocks

in order that I may complete row two of my Some kind of wonderful quilt.

Its been wonderful watching the progress of every one's work, especially those who have finished quilts. They all look amazing.

I'll keep plugging on.......

Happy Stitching, Susie

These rows are really hard to photograph.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lucky Me

Yesterday I went to my mail box and jammed into it was a parcel containing all these goodies. I was so fortunate to win Laura's 100th blog post giveaway. I truly couldn't believe my luck! I really enjoy reading her blog. She has some wonderful projects on the go. The funny thing is one of her daughter's has moved her from the UK and lives about 30minutes drive from me - small world.

Look how many parcels there are - and all wrapped up in my favourite colour!

With the help of my eldest daughter, we unwrapped the following:

I'm not sure where to start describing how much I love absolutely everything I received, nor how useful and beautiful it all is but I'll start here:

sorry about the photo clarity, I had one child screaming on the trampoline and the other trying to get and crying at the same time, so in my haste, I took these photos with my phone instead of the camera, they haven't turned out very well.

Check out this fabulous book..... I can't wait to start on daughter and I kept trying to pick out our favourites but loved all of them, so no favourite.....hehe.

How much do you want to get started on these.....

Look at the cute!

So many ideas!

Now, for the extremely practical items. I have always wanted to try a self erasing pen, just never got around to it, but here is one! Laura obviously knows somehow I do alot of unpicking of stitches too. And how about those scissors, I am forever losing my one and only pair of stitching scissors but now I can keep one in my sewing box and one with the project I am working on.

THE cutest velvet ric rac and snowflake ribbons - ideas, ideas. 

what a divine heart - my younger daughter asked to use it for her teddy pillow

And wow! Kate's Spain's "joy"'s beautiful. The only Christmas quilt I have ever made (finished) is with another of her fabric lines.

Something I don't have anything of is buttons! I just adore these.

I did take a photo of the buttons out of the bags but for some reason it would only download them upside down!!

Laura told me in her note that she makes this jewellery. Isn't it adorable? The beads used are Red Jasper and Howlite.

And FELT!! Yes, I've always wanted some of this but wasn't sure where to buy it from. It came with a Penny Rug pattern too!! Gorgeous colours!

A close up of some of the gorgeous buttons...

So today I still gaze at my goodies, not yet used any of them as I am just admiring my luck.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Row One done!

I set myself a goal last week to complete the first row of my SKoW quilt. Despite my entire family including mother, father and brother whom we had spent the first part of the week with coming down with gastro - I finished it! (not sure how I was the only one to escape it......lucky me).

 I was quite hesitant to start this daisy block as I was a little concerned about the curves on the leaves but it was fine.

More curves in the ice cream........

So here is my first row.....gee, they really are hard to photograph aren't they?

And I was able to get this far along in the second row today!

I am really enjoying viewing all the finalised quilts. Such a wonderful journey for all involved.

Happy Stitching, 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Curtains made by me

A couple of weeks ago I was in Spotlight and I saw this lined fabric and thought it might be nice for curtains for my son's room. A week or so later I was in there again and saw it was 30% off - so I bought it.

And then I made my first set of curtains. There were many imperfections but all in all I think they turned out OK.

Excuse the iphone photos - just quick and easy

As you can see we already have shutters but they are not good for the light when you have a child that rises as soon as the birds start chattering or if we are lucky, at first light instead of when the birds start in the dark!

He has the smallest bedroom and I wanted something to take him through till when he is older. We already had the rod there from some pre-made curtains my daughter had (previous occupant of that room) so I was fortunate I could use that.

Hope he likes them!