Friday, 29 February 2008

All Squared Up

Last night the most wonderful parcel was waiting for me when I got home! Marg was my partner for Fair and Square Round 5, and she stitched me these wonderful squares which are just popping with Sping-ability and cheerfulness! They are a Calico Crossroads design, and she used the most beautiful variegated thread. I think I’m going to turn these into a pincushion in Marg’s honour – she has over 100 in her collection!

Marg also treated me to a bagful of goodies – a very cool Cat’s Whiskers chart, some lovely threads, a handmade (by her!) bookmark, and a set of needles for counting stitches – which I just know I’m going to find THE MOST useful tool ever invented as H has an uncanny ability to ask me a question and distract me just when I’m right near the end of a big count. He can manage to keep quiet for 10 stitches or less, but as soon as I start murmuring ’26, 27, 28…’ it’s suddenly imperative that he knows what we are having for dinner. Here are all the lovely extra goodies (note to self, try to ensure that chocolate hangs around long enough for it to make it into photo next time!).

I managed to get my one day of Spanish Wine done earlier this week – I do really love this design, and I think I enjoy stitching it probably more than any other of my WIPs. I wish I had more time to devote to it! Maybe after the summer, as I have a lot of exchanges and secret stitching and one big secret project to finish by then… This is my progress on Band 3.

Thursday was also my weekly SAL day, so here is this week’s update – slowly progressing on page four.

A wonderful thank you also to Nicki who (more than) answered my plea for UK-based online and bricks-and-mortar quilting shops – in fact, it turns out that Nicki has truly impressive enabling skills, and thanks to her I have signed up for two Blocks of the Month clubs from Honeysuckle Cottage. I’m going to keep quiet about what they are, because I think they just might be perfect to make as gifts… Nicki, thank you (and, equally, curse you *grin*)!!

Happy stitching!


Andrea said...

Lovely squares you have received. You are making good progress on your WIPs too.

Jennifer said...

PL is looking awesome, and what a cool package you got! I must know more about these needles for counting - it sounds like something I can really use.

Itching To Stitch said...

Beautiful gifts you received from Marg. Your Spanish Wine is just stunning!!! PL is looking wonderful too ;)

lena-lou said...

Lovely progress on your WIP's and wonderful cheery quilt squares you received they certainly brighten up this grey rainy day ;-)

Have a great weekend and glad you enjoyed your holiday break :-))

Nicki said...

Two! LOL!! Can't wait to see which they are :) I nearly enabled myself on one too but I don't think I can afford it right now - might keep looking though - you never know ;)

Kathy A. said...

Your Fair and Square exchange is just lovely. I agree with you that thread is wonderful. What a great color. Your are making great progress on your PL. I am stalled for some reason.
Take care

BeckySC said...

Your WIPS are looking amazing :)

Cute F&S squares :)


tkdchick said...

Wow that floss colour is just so fun! Your PL is looking great!

Tami said...

Wow, that dark blue sampler is simply amazing! Is it all cross-stitch or are there some other stitches in it too? I have to admit that I've never really tried cross-stitch but after seeing your work I don't think that I'll be so quick to cross it off my list of crafts. (hee-hee, pun intended) :-)

BTW, I found you via Feeling Stitchy's Crafty Blog School post.

floresita said...

Wow - that's a beautiful sampler!

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