Monday, 22 February 2010

Sweet Dreams & TUSAL

No posts from me during the last week as it was half term & we had visitors. It means that my stitching room was converted to "the guest room" for a while & since this is where my PC is as well I was unable to have much access.

I decided to stitch on Sweet Dreams for the full week as it's quite small & meant I could easily stitch on it downstairs without the need for my frame. I've made excellent progress, really pleased. I only have the bottom couple of stars & the birth details to put on. I've been so tempted to just continue on it until it's finished, especially as I haven't had a finish in a while, but I think it's important to rotate the projects to keep the enthusiasm alive. I'll be really looking forward to stitching on it again as I know it'll be almost finished.

Here's my latest TUSAL picture (I know... late again!). Not all that different from the last one but you will see all of the blues & yellows on top from the Sweet Dreams that I've just been doing.

Back at Quilt class this evening so hopefully will have a new panel to share with you soon. Not sure what I'm going to stitch on this week in the way of cross stitch, most likely to be me HAED Dragon Riders but I'll have to wait & see.

If you fancy a chance at a giveaway then pop over to Sarah's blog Craftymoo, she's having a giveaway to celebrate her blogoversary. Congrats to Sarah.

Happy stitching :-)

Monday, 15 February 2010

Quilt Catch Up

Another two parts of my Sampler Quilt are now finished. Both are versions of Layering & Slashing. The first is three layers with sections cut back to reveal the lower layers.
The second is a Chenille style of Layering & Slashing. An extra layer of fabric has been put into this one to make the chenille extra soft & fluffy feeling. One of my stitching lines went slightly wonky on this one & I was going to unpick it to have another go but have instead decided to leave it. This is my first quilt so maybe it'll be nice to one day look back at the imperfections.
This week I'm already making great progress on Roberts Sweet Dreams sampler. Bless him, he is feeling much better & is back to a lovely 12 hour night time sleep :-) Hopefully the coughs & colds will be over soon & Spring will finally be with us!

My Race For Life sponsorship is going well & I'm hoping to get some serious training in... just as soon as it stops snowing. Of course it does mean that I'm going to have to stitch the wonderful Lizzie*Kate design Peace, Love & A Cure... what luck... I just happen to have all the threads I need :-)

Happy Stitching everyone, Sweet Dreams update soon.

Friday, 12 February 2010

That Friday Feeling

It's been a busy week. Both babies have had a cold but little Robert in particular has had the most awful cough & sore throat so night time waking is once again upon us. Bit of a shock to the system when you've been used to them sleeping a good 12 hours for such a long time!

I did manage to get some stitching done. I've completed the next part of my Christmas Design SAL for Yoyo's group.

I've also got 2 updates on my quilt to share but they'll have to wait until over the weekend some time. One of them is complete but the other one I'm not quite happy with so I'm going to frog a portion of the stitching & change it slightly.

I discovered today on Facebook a Cross Stitch SAL group & this weekend is their monthly SAL. From Friday to Monday you all stitch together & post pictures of your start & finish of the weekend. I shall give that a go using the Sweet Dreams star that's my 2010 Challenge piece. I hope to carry on that for the whole week as it's half term here so the twins aren't at nursery & we also have visitors midweek so my stitching room will temporarily become The Guest Room :-(

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Anyone for a jog???

A quick update this Sunday evening & not a stitching one either.

I've signed up to the Race For Life this year. I'll be running (maybe even jogging... maybe even walking!) 5k on 23rd May in Southend-on-sea to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Everyone knows a friend or family member who has battled Cancer, some sucessfully & others not quite so fortunate. My family has a mixture of both, some survivors & one in particular on the verge of loosing her battle any day now. My Race For Life will be for her, my Aunty.

Wish me luck :-)

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Quilt Update

Ok here we are. The first picture is of Heart Blocks that were completed last week. They are four patchwork hearts which have then been appliqued onto the green. I believe they'll be positioned in the quilt in twos.

The next part is Quick Crazy Blocks. I really like this & I'm not sure the colour translates that well on screen but I threw a dark purple into the mix of colours & it has little gold stars on it. It looks fabulous, I really love it.

On the stitching front I am totally engrossed in my Christmas Design SAL. It's the first week of the month & that means a group of us all stitching our christmas designs together. I love it, I really do. I can't wait to see what I manage to get stitched this week but at the same time I don't want the week to end so I can just carry on :-)

Happy stitching :-)