Oh, she of the limited attention span…

Well, I’m back with a fully functioning camera… pity the camera operator is hopeless!   So what have I been doing?  Not a lot… have been working really long hours, on brain drain type work – exciting, but exhausting… so when I get home I’ve been flitting between projects and reading (see that other place about that!) while trying to catch up on TV programs and listening to music… so a very flighty flaunt of the last couple of weeks work…

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South Seas Lace – have been going gangbusters on this, except when I called in at Jayne‘s last week for a night of stitching, I spent so much time flapping my mouth, I didn’t realise until a couple of hours later, I’d made a fatal flaw back at the beginning and had to frog my work!   Claire is also going gangbusters, though not sure how Sandra‘s doing?

IMG_0050My working on four lots of stitchery projects at once has resulted in my finishing the stitchery for Melly and Me’s Feathered Friends, just need to put the bag together.   Slow progress on the others, will post photo’s as I finish them.

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English Paper Pieced Hexagons – sorting out craft room I found these, a bundle of precut hexagons in soft dusky pinks, greens and creams and papers, so spent a Saturday at Mum’s basting them to papers and then a Sunday in front of the TV whip-stitching these.

IMG_0047And then discussion about The Great Parsonage Dresden Plate Exchange with Jayne and the girls (a block exchange for a group of friends that kicks off this month to be finished next May) prompted me to dig out these 1930s plates that I had marked up last summer, and spent most of yesterday pinning and piecing.

Below are the fabrics Mum and I have selected for this Saturday’s Mystery Marathon – my fabrics on the left, Mum’s on the right.

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And just in case you despair of ever seeing a finished quilt – photo’s of two of Flossie’s quilts. The black and white churn dash she made and quilted herself several years ago. The bright Aussie themed quilt was a Round Robin she did when I first joined QDU, it’s one of her favourites.IMG_0007

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Angel wings…

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Am very excited… have joined the Stitchers Angel swap for this year. I missed out last year, found out about it too late to join, though did print out the patterns – none of which I’ve made!

Have got my angel assignment, and spent a little while reading her blog… this is going to be fun, as I suspect we have more than a little in common… already have something marked up ready to stitch, but was waiting to find out about what she colour/s likes!

Each week for 7 weeks starting next week until the end of September, the following designers will provide free patterns, and I need to make at least 3 gifts – either from those patterns or something else and post them off by end October.

Helen Stubbings of Hugs ‘n Kisses
Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches
May Britt from Abyquilt
Tracy from Plumcute designs
Leonie from The Quilted Crow
Cori Blunt from Chitter Chatter Designs
Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers

The other exciting thing is I’ve signed up to do Helen’s Mystery Marathon Quilt-In on September 5th. Mum is coming to stay the weekend and we’re going to do the online version, may even manage to do 2 versions – one for her and one for me!   We did a similar online quilt marathon a few years ago, but this was pre-blog days so it was hard to share progress as you went along.

Still no camera – have been flat chat at work, and now home sick with a massive headache and chills, thank goodness for heavy duty painkillers, only thing keeping my eyes open today, so not able to drive to check out camera’s.  Will have to wait till the weekend.

Work and head also meant not too much stitching happening here… can’t stand the light to see!

A picture tells a thousand words… too bad, so sad!

Well, the camera has finally given up the ghost… so no progress reports here until I can replace it… will start having a look around over the weekend.

Not that there was anything much to flaunt this week anyway, lots of incremental steps on projects under way and a new start… only way to get a sense of what I’m working on is to click the links below!

Spent last night working on my South Seas Lace Cross-stitch Stitch a Long – Claire and Sandra – you’ll just have to believe me until I can post a photo!   But have completed 3 sides of the 2nd round of pattern, and started the fourth.

I’m nearly finished the stitching for the Melly and Me Feathered Friends Bag Kit that I bought at the Girl’s Day Out organised by Country Thyme, only 2 little birds and a birdhouse to finish… so hopefully will finish that today to give to Mum to put together, mine’s turquoise!

Making good progress on the Stitching Caddy kit from Rosalie Quinlan at the same weekend as well as the House wallhanging from Rosalie from Under the Mulberry Tree‘s Mystery Stitchery of the Month.   Also working on Tea for Two, month two of the same program – a gorgeous tea cosy and matching coasters from Janelle Wind…so cute (see note below re: Frou’s tip for overcoming boredom but still being productive!)

Month 3 arrived yesterday, a lovely little mug bag with matching spoon bag… haven’t looked at it in too much detail, as I’m off to Mum’s soon and will look at it then.

Am loving these little kits, gorgeous fabrics and floss colours, and having seen some sneak peaks for future months, am very excited.

The start this week?   Well, I’m a fairly competent knitter, not so competent with crochet, so in order to practice my crochet, am making some granny squares.   Bought some bright balls of wool last week with some black at Spotlight for practice… and I’m just putting together 3 random colours with black finishing.   Why do I want to practice, ’cause when I’m a bit more proficient I want to have a go at Hexagon Granny Squares – great tutorial on Attic24’s site.   Have also seen some gorgeous variations of this pattern on Ravelry, including a ’30s style afghan… 2 colours, with 3rd colour green, then set with white… would look great thrown across my ’30s cast iron bed!

And speaking of Attic24, check out her Crochet Bag pattern… thinking of using up leftovers from brother’s Dr Who scarf to have a go at one of these too!

Frou’s tip for overcoming boredom but still being productive… anyone reading this will be thinking, is she mad, she’s flitting from one thing to another… why doesn’t she just sit and concentrate on one thing until it’s finished?

Sounds good, in theory… not so great in practice for me.   What works for me is to have a couple of things on the go at once… hence working on 4 stitcheries at once, as well as doing cross-stitch and crochet.

It’s the one length of thread rule… all 4 stitcheries are in hoops with needle threaded.   I pick up one project and work one length of thread, then rethread my needle and put it aside.   Pick up next one, and do the same.   Working on all 4 at once.

Could just as easily be my working on some handpiecing, some buttonhole, some stitchery and some needleturn applique, same rule applies, one length of thread.

This works well for me, if I’m organised.   Works particularly well if there is something that needs to be progressed, but I’ve reached boredom stage with it.   By allocating it some time, in amongst something I really want to work on, I progress on both!

The exception here is the South Seas Lace Stitch-along – am devoting 1 night a week to this.   Claire and Sandra are doing Thursdays, but Thursdays rarely work for me – so I’m doing Friday nights most weeks… which is their Thursday anyway!   This seems to be working well for me, having a dedicated night to work on this project.    Might see if I can make a dedicated night to work on my Mary Wigham which is being sorely neglected.