Monday, 27 January 2014

Please Enter my Friendship Giveaway!

 It's GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!  To thank you for your friendship through this blog, I would dearly love you to enter my giveaway for this tuck pillow.

 It is hand stitched by me and is by Not Forgotten Farm, perfect for Feb 14 with hearts on too!

The rules are very straight forward.

You need to leave me a comment on this post only saying you'd like to be entered.
You need to be a follower of this blog.
I will draw the winner's name on Monday the 3rd February. Please make sure to check back and make sure I have some way of contacting you!

Blog friendship are very special so I want you to know that I appreciate you taking the time to visit!

Best wishes to one and all!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Made on Monday

 Here's a quick and easy make in preparation for Valentine's Day.  I found this heart for a few pence in a bargain store  but thought it needed something extra to give it a little more presence - something easy but eye catching. 

First I got some rusty wire with hearts on and twisted it around the white heart.

Next I made a felt heart to hang in the middle and for a Valentine's special, attached a key to the heart!
 And there you have it!

Hope you enjoy your visit and be sure to stop by soon as I'm preparing a little Valentine Giveaway!

Speaking of giveaways please be sure to enter my good friend Felicia's giveaway.
Her blog is Raggedy Creations and just click HERE to go see her beautiful gift!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Cross Stitch Valentine's Sign

 Hi folks! Hope you are all keeping warm and well this winter time.  So far we've escaped the worst of the storms and haven't had any snow -  just a couple of  heavy frosts. The roadsI travel up and down on the school run are usually treated but black ice caused me to slither a bit yesterday morning. Scary to say the least, but I'm thankful I managed to stay calm and steer out of it and away from oncoming traffic.

I thought I'd take a break from piecing quilt blocks and get back to my true love and do some cross stitch as I've seen lots of Valentine's decor about blogland.  I stitched this free design by Puntini-Puntini Designs and then made it into a sign.

To make it fit better on the board I had painted I cut out some old sheet music  and stained it all.
Just something quick and easy!
Now that I've started on  Valentines, I have a couple more projects lined up! Not forgetting the quilt blocks! Seems I am going to be busy!!
Have a safe week!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Quilting Be's

Happy Saturday! Just wanted to share a wee piece of stitching and thinking.

I find whilst I sew that I ponder things and  turn ideas around in my mind.  And just occasionally, I remind myself to try and learn from my experiences.
Quilting is becoming one of those experiences. I love alliteration and made up some 'quilting be's'.
So here's what I've thought about quilting thus far - see if you agree: 

Be Patient! that's a biggie for me. I tend to rush through things just to see a finish.

Be Precise - this is when I might be tempted to cut corners but its never worth it.

Be Prepared to Persevere.  Quilting is not something I will master overnight and though I am making lots of mistakes, as I commented to a blogging friend I am going to persevere.

Be Positive! It will take time but it will be worth it in the end! Think of the sense of accomplishment!

So that's how my new year's challenge is shaping up. 

Be pleased to hear from you too!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Happy New Year!

 Hope you will forgive me for being so slow wishing you a Happy New Year.  I think I was enjoying the Christmas holidays so much that I didn't want them to end and still can't quite believe we've entered another year.

But I do sincerely hope you have a blessed new year. 

I only just managed to stitch these two Christmas freebies. Dec 25 is by Shelly Auen and the one below is from The Little Stitcher.
 A new year brings the opportunity for new challenges so I'm stepping out of my comfort zone to try some quilting.  Oh but it's a precise art form and precision is not one of my strengths which is maybe why I enjoy creating primitives as the rough cuts and corners are part of their charm.

Anyhow, I hoked out this quilt kit for a wall hanging and tried the first star block and I can tell you I'm still so nervous about all that cutting and trying to line the edges etc.  I know for sure this first attempt is going to be higgeldy-piggeldy!!!

Well whatever you're working at I hope you enjoy it and hope you'll visit again soon!

Best wishes