Thursday, May 18, 2017

The May Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Well, I'm three days late, but I've shown up at last! It's time for the May Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A few months ago I was stitching up SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple to add to my fruit bowl. You can see my last progress post here. I had to put it aside for awhile because I ran out of the GAST Oatmeal floss, but it arrived a couple of weeks ago (hurray!) and so I picked the Apple up again and finished it off!

You can tell where I had stopped and started again, because there's a very slight change of hue. It's the risk you run with variegated floss, I guess, especially when you don't buy the skeins at the same time from the same dye lot. Oh well!

Next comes the exciting part! I say exciting - the last couple of times it was absolutely nerve-wracking. Just the process of sewing the whole 3D piece together is very stressful. At least it is for me! I'm sure there are plenty of people who find this sort of thing easy-peasy. Stay tuned! Hopefully I'll be able to finish it by next month's GG check-in.

Happy xxx's,

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 7

Oh my goodness, it has taken me literally all week to get my act together. And now it's 11:40 pm on Friday night, and I'm finally getting around to typing this blog post! Oh well, better late than never, I guess?

So here's my progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. I've been working on the Kindness sheep, and here it was last week at 1200 stitches:

And this week's progress, at nearly 1300 stitches:

So since my last update I've finished the border (hallelujah!) and stitched the sheep's heads. I'm saying nearly 1300 stitches because I had 16 stitches left but didn't want to pull out the Wisper thread to stitch the bodies - I still haven't decided what colors to use. Everyone gave me great advice on my last update post though, thank you so much!

I'm also going to need to pop into my LNS to try to find some coordinating fabric for the backing. Wallet, prepare yourself!

Big hugs,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Some Addictive Quilting and Some Yummy Stashing

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the great feedback on my last post. I've got a couple of new followers! Welcome, you guys, and I would love to reply to your comments, but you're showing up as no-reply commenters. Thanks for your support anyway!

Well, I've been back at the sewing machine again. This little baby quilt is addictive and the pattern is so easy. I'm pretty sure if I could, I would have been able to finish this whole thing up in a few hours. But with a little boy running around and only giving me a few minutes of peace at a time, I can only do this in fits and starts.

You can see my last progress update here, and this is my latest progress:

I've sewed together the final strips for the sides, top and bottom. It took a while to position them in a way that made sense (trying to distribute the colors and patterns evenly). What I really like about this quilt pattern is that it uses up every single piece of this charm pack. No scraps left over! Very satisfying to my OCD brain.

Now I need to sew those strips to the inner piece, and then I need to measure out one last round of white borders. So much fun!

I also got some really yummy mail recently:

I bought some fabric - the Plum Street Samplers patterns I've had for a year now. I couldn't decide what color would suit better, so I bought two each of 32 count of Belfast linen in Flax and Light Mocha. But it's a decision for another day! I've got so many WIPs right now, but it's nice to know that these babies are kitted up and ready to go if I ever get the urge to start them!

I got some GAST floss in Oatmeal to finish off one of my WIPs, and I really couldn't resist because I've been coveting this chart for ages - Lizze Kate's Promise Me! So lovely, and I think it's such a great message for little ones.

All right, that's enough blabbing from me! Off to bed, I think.

Lots of love,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 6

Hey there! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Weather here's getting hot and humid already - summer is officially here! That's unfortunately the weather in Dubai: we get a tiny, pathetic winter (which is honestly more like everyone else's spring) and then it's straight back into the belly of the beast.

I suppose you could say I'm used to it, but I'm upset for my son. No more afternoon walks, no more weekends at the park. Soon it'll be too humid to go to the beach! I'm trying to find some indoor activities and baby groups to join so that at least he'll move around and socialize with other babies. Hopefully we can find a good one!

All right, well, I've been stitching away on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, working on the Kindness sheep. Here was my progress last week, at 1000 stitches:

And this week, at 1100 stitches:

Since my last update post, I've finished stitching the pumpkins and just focused on getting as much done on the border as I could. I question the color choice on this border - the addition of the dark brown in the middle overwhelms the orange and green, I think, but I'm going with it anyway. I don't have the brain space right now to change it!

I'm trying to decide what color to use for the sheep, cause I'll be stitching them pretty soon. Should I go for two white? Two black? Two brown? One white and one black? One white and one brown? What do you guys think?

Happy xxx's!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Water Baby Quilt is Growing!

Super, super, super quick update here! The Little One is going through a very annoying sleep regression, which means I'm not getting much sleep and it takes me forever to get anything done during the day.

I've gotten a little more done on his baby quilt (my last update is here). The deadline I've set myself is his 2nd birthday in December, so I've given myself plenty of time.

I've sewn the next layer of the Come Dive with Me charm pack and another round of the white inner border. This is so much fun to work on! The fabric is so perfect for the Little One too - he's such a water baby and he absolutely loves swimming.

That's it! Told you it was a quick update. It's already 10:45 pm and I'm completely exhausted. I'll try to have more to share next week.

Big hugs,

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hey folks! I hope you're all doing wonderfully! Life has been pretty busy around here, but it's been a good busy. And now it's time for the April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A couple of months ago I started Let it Snow, from Hands On Design. This was a gift from Emma of Emma's Bloglet during our last exchange. Here's my progress this month:

It's finished! Well, not final-finished, but stitching-finished. I actually have no idea how I'm going to final-finish it, so it goes in the drawer with the rest of the UFOs, I guess!

I don't know if I've finally managed to get a decent picture of the color variations in that floss, but I've basically given up. No matter what kind of light I take pictures in, they always look the same on screen. Oh well!

Lots of love,

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 5

Hi everyone! Just a quick update post today. I've been keeping up with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, and I've got a little progress to share on Kindness. Here was last week's stitching:

And this week's:

I've gotten a lot done on the border since my last update, finished the trio of orange hearts, and nearly finished the pumpkins. Pretty good, right? I see the light at the tunnel, folks!

Lots of love,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Come Dive with Me!

A while ago I shared that I was planning on quilting my baby boy a blanket this year. Well, after quite a bit of online window-shopping, I finally made some decisions, placed the order, and waited (very impatiently) for the mail to arrive. And I'm happy to announce that the package full of beautiful goodies arrived safe and sound. This is the fabric I settled on:

I got a charm pack of Come Dive with Me, a seriously adorable fabric range. I also got a yard of plain white fabric to coordinate, some batting, and a lovely navy blue minky fabric for the backing. I had found a great pattern that sounds super easy here. Armed with all my goodies, I dusted off my sewing machine and started:

Like I said, super easy pattern. No weird cutting. It uses every single one of the 42 squares in the charm pack, and all I have to do is cut up the white fabric into different lengths. So I've sewed the center bits together with the inner border, and then I pieced the next few strips together. The second stage will be to sew that all together.

It's looking so cute already! I'm so happy with it. I've still got a long way to go - the finished quilt will have three layers: patterned, white, patterned, white, patterned, and then one more white border. But I've given myself a realistic goal: the end of the year. I'm hoping to get this quilt ready for the Little One's birthday in December. I can get this done by then, right?


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 4

Hello, gorgeous people! How lovely to have you all drop by. I hope your weather is treating you better than ours is treating us. It's been alternatively raining/sand-storming the last couple of weeks. Our street is covered in mud right now. Lots of fun!

All right, here's some stitching. I've been working on my latest Little Sheep Virtues, Kindness. This was last week's progress, at 600 stitches:

And this week's, at 700 stitches:

I've gotten more done on the border, finished the leaves on the tree, and started stitching the little orange hearts. Progress is slow but sure!

Big hugs,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The March Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hi folks! I'm typing this up as my son naps beside me (he absolutely refuses to nap in his crib - has to be our bed or his car seat!) and a dust storm rages outside. Very bizarre weather. We went out for a walk earlier and it was quite hot but insanely windy. And now this!

Anyway, time for the March Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in. This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month. I'm a day late, I know, but I've had a really busy week! My parents were here for a few days, so they got all the energy and attention that my son wasn't already monopolizing!

Last month I started Let it Snow, from Hands On Design. This was a gift from Emma of Emma's Bloglet during our last exchange. Here's my progress this month:

I finished the two half snowflakes on either side of the text and got some stitching done on the border. Those of you who know me well know that borders bore me to tears, so I like to do them in small doses.

I keep trying to get a decent photo so you can really see the color changes in the Hydrangea floss I'm using, but I'm not sure I've achieved it. It's really so pretty!

All right, this post has literally taken me all day to write. I took the pictures twelve hours ago! The baby's in bed, so I've finally managed to take a shower, and now I'm going to veg in front of the TV until my eyes cross. Yay!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 3

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I've been running around all week trying to get things ready for my parents, who are coming for a visit tomorrow! I'm so excited. I have to get up early, take the Little One to swim class, came back home, give him a bath, and then run off to the airport. I have such a tiny little window of time to do all this before they land, but I'll figure it out.

Anyway! You're here to see the stitching, and so the stitching is what I shall show you. I'm making slow progress on Kindness, my latest Little Sheep. Here it was last week at 400 stitches:

And here it is this week at 500 stitches:

So since my last update I've stitched some more on the border, finished the grass under the tree, and added those white bits on top of "Kindness."

That's all for now!

Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Giveaway Winners!

The time has finally come to announce the winners of my double giveaway! A huge thank you to everyone who entered their name in the draw. I wrote down everyone's names on slips of paper, emptied my son's toy bucket, tossed them in, and had him pick out two names.

The winner of the first package is...

And the winner of the second package is...

Congratulations, ladies! I'll send you both emails now asking for your addresses.

Big hugs,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 2

Well, the Little Sheep Virtues SAL is supposed to be a weekly check-in, but I completely forgot to take a picture last week! So instead of 200 stitches, this is Kindness at 300 stitches:

I finished the bark of the tree, stitched the word "Kindness," and started the border along the bottom. A lot of brown at the moment!

I've decided I want to try to make a quilt for my son by his second birthday. I knitted him a baby blanket before he was born:

I knitted this with three balls of Nako Jelibon, if anyone would like to know, and it's 30x30 inches. And it's been warm and snuggly and fits him just fine, but he's growing so much that he's definitely going to need something bigger by the end of the year! So after spending the last few days looking online at all the little boy quilt fabric options, I finally ordered some. I can't wait for it to get here! Will keep you guys posted.

Whoops! Almost forgot - if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. There's a chance for two people to win!

Lots of love,