Sunday, 16 September 2012

Beautiful gifts & Scrappy stars

Last week I was thrilled to receive a surprise gift in the mail from Clare, a lovely lady who I have 'met' through blogging.  Clare started her blog Craftlady in Kiwiland late last year and she does the most amazing stitching and quilting, and now I've been so lucky to be able to experience it firsthand...... a most welcome and very much appreciated gift, this gorgeous bag, and matching blockroll.  The bag is now filled with the little hexies from my recent post, which I have been working on now and then, it's nice to have them close by in this sweet little bag, when I have a few spare minutes to stitch. 


I've never used a block roll before, but what a neat idea, this will keep my little Butterfly Garden miniblocks together and wrinkle free while I finish the rest of each block.

Isn't this fabric so cute, couldn't help but make you smile to read those cheerful words.... thank you Clare, you absolutely made my day, your workmanship is faultless, and I am so grateful to be the recipient of your wonderful stitching.


I have been getting a little stitching done, and have picked up my Butterfly Garden blocks again. Here are some newly finished miniblocks ..........these bring me to 28/81 completed.


Recently I spotted some scrappy stars over at Terry's blog Terry's Treasures, where she is co-ordinating a Scrappy Stars Sew Along.  In a desperate attempt to tame my scrap bin, I have joined in the scrappy fun.  I think there are meant to be two blocks a month starting in August.  I am late joining, so I've made my first four blocks .........each block is 12.5" unfinished.


These are so much fun, a little addictive, and I've decided to have no rules whatsoever, no fabric will be too ugly/loud/wrong for these blocks!  So who knows what the next ones will look like .........

I hope you've had a great weekend............. Nicky




28 comments:

shez said...

Nicky i love those scrappy blocks,well done ,and what a lovely parcel to receive from Clare.xx

Manuela said...

The scrappy blocks are very beautiful.

Best wishes Manuela

Susan said...

Beautiful gift from Clare. The fabric is really cute, and I like the idea of the block roll. Good luck busting your stash!

Vickie said...

A beautiful gift. I love both of your quilt projects.

Carol said...

What a sweet gift from Clare--aren't bloggers the most generous friends?!

Your blocks are all so pretty, Nicky--hope you can find time to work on them with spring and summer arriving :)

Rosa said...

Wonderful gift!!Yes,the fabric is super nice and love your scrappy blocks.The block roll is in my to do list .
Have a fun day!

suzitee said...

Loving those scrappy blocks Nicky! Makes me want to pull out all my scraps and start cutting stars...well, almost :)

Josie said...

Love the scrappy stars... they look like they could be addictive to me! Butterfly Garden... what does that remind me of I wonder ;o)
Maybe this spring you'll have butterflies on your bed. Lovely gift from Clare... she's very kind.

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Maree: said...

Lovely Giftie ..I've always wanted to make a block roll they are a great Idea..
Great job on the scrappy stars .
Cheers

Deb said...

What lovely things to receive from Claire. And your blocks are really pretty!

Cottage Tails said...

Beautiful little bag and roll.

LOVE the scrappy stars....but I sure adore scrappy quilts off to check out her blog.

Love Leanne

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous gifts from Clare - what a sweetie. Your scrappy stars are so lovely - I need to tame my stash too - time is my main issue!! And your butterfly Garden blocks are so sweet - it is going to be a beautiful quilt when it's done :-)

Ali Honey said...

What a lovely surprise.
Did you let the ewe keep all 4 lambs?

Christine M said...

Lovely gift from Clare. Your butterfly garden blocks are looking lovely Nicky. It is such a lovely pattern. The scrappy stars look great too.

Schulz Family said...

I love the scrappy stars and your no rule rule!

Michelle said...

Wow-lucky you, Clare made a great gift. The scrappy blocks look fab, it's a great way to use them!
Michelle.

Fiona said...

lovely bag and I agree the fabric is just so super..... well done with the BG blocks... aren't they such fun and I do love those scrappy blocks... definitely on my wish list...
Hugz

Lynda said...

Such a beautiful gift. The fabric Clare chose is lovely. Love your scrappy stars!

Katrina said...

Hi Nicky, what a lovely surprise from Clare! I have one of these little bags and block rolls from Clare too - she is a very clever cookie :)

Your little blocks look great :)
Have a wonderful day!

Michelle said...

Such a cute bag and block roll, lucky you!
I love the scrappy stars, it looks like a fun quilt!

Leeanne said...

Lucky you! Stunning gifts, they will come in handy for all those new projects. Oh dear I would LOVE to join the scrappy fun! Taming the scraps is like taming a wild cat!

Lyn said...

Clare does do lovely work..it really is a beautiful gift to receive

Annie said...

Such nice little gifts. I like how you found a use for them immediately. I've never seen a block roll before.

Your scrappy blocks are are pretty and look so perfect.

Terry said...

Your scrappy stars look great! I need to work on my butterfly garden blocks too. I've just started on the first one so I've got a long ways to go.

Wendy said...

what a gorgeous present, so thoughtful! I love your blocks, I've been watching Fiona at Bubzrugz put hers together but she's finished now, so I'll enjoy watching yours instead!

Tatkis said...

Oh my, those bag and blockroll are so beautiful and sweet! And fabric is from my favourite designer :)

Your blocks are so cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Suzanne said...

Great gift you received, the fabric is beautiful. Love the scrappy blocks.

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