Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 8

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been keeping up with everyone's blogs. My to-be-read list is so long! My husband's entire family is staying with us for a few weeks because of Ramadan, which starts on Saturday. They've already been here six days, and taking care of them (his parents plus two younger sisters) on top of everything I already have to do for myself and the Little One is running me a little ragged already. But complaints are definitely not welcome, so we've just got to soldier on!

I found a little pocket of time this week to finish up the last 100 stitches on Kindness for the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


So this, finally, is about 1400 stitches. All I did this week was sew on the little bird buttons and stitch the two sheep in Wisper thread. I decided to go with white because of how dark the border already is. Thanks for all your suggestions! They were really helpful.


I unfortunately haven't had time to swing by my LNS to pick up backing fabric (see above insanity), so this cutie is just going to have to wait in the unfinished drawer until I do.


Lots of love,

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,