As you can see, Sue also kindly sent me a postcard from Kansas, some finishing fabric and some pins (I didn't take a photo of the little extras I sent her - I always forget that!), and the pins go really well with the metallic thread and sweet charm in the sitching, so I'm thinking of finishing the squares as a pinkeep. I really love what Sue stitched for me - not only a beautiful choice, but oh my isn't her stitching so neat and carefully done. I really enjoyed my first Fair & Square experience, and I can't wait for the next round. I've put a link in my sidebar, and I think sign-ups are being taken until mid-November or thereabouts, so do take a look if you're interested!
Next, for the Crazy Exchange (for which same applies - link to the board is in the sidebar, and new exchangers are always welcome), I made Michelle, who lives in France, a tin topper using a French design - Petite Pause from Tournicoton. I had a little mishap with my flair for (should that be ineptitude with?) numbers and math, and cut too close to the design for the finishing. I think I rescued the situation credibly by stitching the fabric border around it, and was in the end fairly pleased with it - but I have learnt my lesson to measure, and then measure, and then stop to think about whether the measurements make sense, then measure once more, and THEN cut!
Yesterday, I FINALLY got Paradigm Lost out again. It has been sitting forlornly in my WIP pile since late August, but the wonderful Dani and Kathy over at the Snowbird SAL (see new link in sidebar) have been wonderful and I've got lots of newfound energy around this one. I didn't really get much done last night - I'm working on the incomplete motif below and to the right of the 'Z' - but as the rest of the girls on the SAL are just starting, I'm not too worried about falling behind too much (that time will come, once they have all caught up to my slow pace!). The SAL also features a number of lovely ladies stitching Ink Circles' Cirque de Cercles, so have a look at their wonderful progress as well - very inspiring!
And, finally, to finish off this unaccustomedly lengthy post, a quick goal review. October went pretty well, and I'm not giving myself too many tasks in November as I want to try and ease my way back into my rota, which has been pretty much abandoned in the last couple of months!
October Goal Review:
Stitch and send Fair and Square Exchange squares to Sue YES!
Finish Marne's return Crazy Exchange and post before 19.10 YES!
Stitch and send a Crazy Exchange for Michelle YES!
Stitch 2 Christmas gifts YES! In fact stitched 3!
Stitch Santa on Orlaith's stocking YES!
Order materials for Stitcher's Lottery project, and begin stitching YES!
Carry on with Spanish Wine NO
Carry on with Awake the Dawning Day NO
And, for November:
Finish stitching Orlaith's Stocking
Finish stitching Lottery piece
Finish-finish Christmas gifts
Snowbird SAL - stitch Paradigm Lost on Thursdays
Carry on with Awake the Dawning Day
Carry on with Northern Lights
Carry on with Spanish Wine
Thanks for stopping by - and happy stitching!