Saturday, 3 July 2010

Confession time........and a Lizzie Kate Christmas update

Okay, time to 'fess up and show the goodies I purchased from Lesley at the Mid Winter Christmas workshop last weekend.  Mostly fat quarters of fabric and linen, some bundles of the lovely new Parlan iron on stabiliser/wadding, a new embroidery hoop and the set of strips in the middle which were for the Bluebird project bag.  Under all of this is Rosalie Quinlans gorgeous book 'Gift'.  Rosalie was kind enough to sign my copy for me.
This is a stunning book, with a little bit of everything inside, dolls, quilts, bags, cushions, lots of little things perfect for making and giving. 

Also long overdue is an update on my Lizzie Kate Christmas Spirit piece.  I hadn't done much cross-stitching for a while, as I've been trying to keep up with A Gardeners Journal SAL, and that seems to be taking up most of my(never enough) stitching time.
Over the last couple of evenings I have finished Cheer, Gifts and Wonder, and started on Carols.  Only have Carols and Peace and the border to go, so it will be great to have a finish.  They have been a little thin on the ground lately as most of my projects at the moment are pretty big ones. Could also be good to cross another WIP off my list as I have received a little(?) challenge from May Britt to start stitching on Leanne Beasley's Butterfly Garden quilt.  She and her friend Hanne have committed to stitching a miniblock a week.  There are 81 mini blocks in the quilt, so I guess over a year and a half to get it made makes this acheiveable. They don't have this many to do, but I haven't started it yet!  I have made a promise to myself that I WON'T start anything new until I cross something off that list though!  Before I commit to this I need to be sure that I can still keep up with AGJ stitchalong.  It has been wonderful to see everyone elses stitching and blocks being finished, definitely makes you want to keep going with it. I have been playing with a large selection of fabrics for Butterfly Garden and will show some pics of what I'm planning to use soon.

School holidays started here yesterday, so it will be great to have the girls around, we have a few outings planned for the next couple of weeks - it's always nice to get out of the routine of school and sports etc for a while.  Hopefully some quality stitching time too.....................

Thanks for visiting here, I really love reading your comments, it's also nice to know I'm not just talking to myself!!! lol Catch you again soon.

16 comments:

Deb said...

Ahhh Nicky, now I know why you took a suitcase with you to the workshop... it was to blend in all those gorgeous new goodies wasn't it so no-one would know they were knew!! I love your cross-stitch, I must get back onto some of the ones I have.
hugs Deb

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely shopping and your cross stitch looks fantastic.........

Theresa said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time at the workshop - I love your pile of shopping and your Lizzie Kate is looking fantastic :D

Thimbelina said...

Lots of lovelies in this post Nicky... beautiful cross-stitch as usual!

Sally said...

Wow what a fantastic haul!!!

Your L*K is looking brilliant!

perlAmica said...

Il pannello di Natale a punto croce è favoloso!!!

Baci dall'Italia!
Cristina&Anna

Deb said...

Those goodies look wonderful and so does that book. You'll have a great time making things out of it. And your cross stitch looks great as well!

staci said...

My apologies for drooling all over your darling polka dot fabrics, lol! Lovely stitching on your LK.

Have fun on all your outings!

Michelle said...

It is absolutely beautiful - enjoy!

Valerie said...

What great progress you are making on L*K Spirit! The fabrics that you have added to your stash are gorgeous! I always love the colors that you choose...so pretty and uplifting!

Colleen said...

I love the additions to your stash. How fun to go stashing. Enjoy the time with the girls.

Bev C said...

Lovely additions to yur stash and the pervect book to go with it. Love the cross stitch. Enjoy the school holidays.
Bev.xoxo

Siobhan said...

Oh, sweet stash enhancement! Love it. Your L*K is soooo pretty!

Suzanne said...

Wonderful stash! Your Lizzie Kate piece is looking beautiful.

Little Kiwi Chick said...

Hi Nicky! Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog the other day. Your blog looks gorgeous - beautiful photos! Full of inspiration... I love this Christmas pattern by Lizzie Kate and plan to stitch it sometime myself! Hope you are enjoying the school holidays! Jennifer :o)

Pat said...

Your work is most beautiful, my dear friend. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Quilting!

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