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TGIF Night Sew In

Last night I got through the applique second block for the Homespun mystery quilt.  No more details….except to say the blue of the trunk is some of my hand dyed.  I love it!!!!  The Missus just found me asleep with the computer on my lap! lol  I’m off to bed.

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Friday Night Sew In

Woooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooo!!!! Friday Night Sew-In is happening again tomorrow night….I’ll be there with my pj’s and fluffy slippers on………..I have a parent/teacher night to attend first…..In my boss’ “wisdom” he made it a Friday night bbq…..I believe in dedication…..but that is a bit much!!!!  OK….I’ve finished whinging and have hitched my Big Grrl Bllomers up…..I’m over it.  The details are on the sidebar to the right *pointing upwards*, then zap over to Handmade By Heidi and there is a widget to sign up with on her 22nd Jan post.

Friday Night Sew-In

The Missus and I both joined in the Sew-In last night.  We both  worked on a block for A Gardener’s Journal.  I’m making the quilt and she has picked out a few designs she would like to stitch.  I stitched most of the blue on the dress last night.

She has asked me to make this one into a needlecase for her when it is done.  The Missus stitched all of this last night.  It is the second stitchery she has worked on.  She has had a few goes at cross stitch, but found that she prefers this kind of stitching.  She has a stitchery stashed away in the “evacuation bag”.  I think may have a convert!

All the bricks for The Missus’ lap quilt are cut out.  I counted 38 different patterns and 148 dark bricks.  I miscounted the light ones, so need to recount.

This is one side of a tea cozy I finished this morning.  It was made from a couple of orphan blocks and some bamboo batting.   The black adds oomph, as they were a bit wishy washy before.   

I brewed a cup of tea tonight and used the cozy.  It works really well.  The tea even seemed to taste nicer! lol

I cross stitched Four Fat Friends last year simply because it was so cute.  It was sometime later that I decided to make it into a needlecase.

In Holiday Mode

The fuzziness of the photo reflects the fuzziness of my brain!  Last night I participated in the Friday Night Sew-In …….a week early!  Now that is what I call relaxed….or very eager. lol I started this cross stitch last night and finished it off this morning.  It is Christmas Kitty (Itty Bitty Series; The Cat’s Whiskers) I’m going to stitch 2010 on the back and give it a border of Christmassy red and green seed beads.  I plan on having it finished before the end of the month, as it is my January project for the Festive Ornament SAL If you enjoy stitching Christmas ornaments, come on over…..there are places to be filled!

Before I run off screaming every time I see something green I decided to have a break from slicing green bricks for The Missus’ lap quilt, so I’ve been doing a bit of stitching on My Needle’s Work.  She was previously headless and there was no vine or flowers.  When I’ve finished this I will work on the TOT Fairy and then on to Waiting For The Mists To Clear.   With little projects in between, I will be happily stitching for the rest of the year and longer!

Counting Our Blessings

The Universe has a way of whopping you one when least expected….We got the bushfire “if you are leaving, go now” SMS on our phones yesterday. That combined with seeing gum trees exploding a few houses down from us at the end of our street and four fire bombers going hard at it meant we didn’t hesitate. We bundled Lestat into his travel box, Nibbles into a pillowcase, grabbed our shoulder bags and left. The Missus said I went all shades of grey when I told her we were leaving. It was a horrible decision to make, but not hard, because we were taking what we valued most…..each other and our pets. Passing through the road block was heart wrenching, as I knew we could not go back until whatever was going to happen was over. We were lucky, the fire was contained and there were no injuries (including to my fingers as I held the top of the pillow case shut on an irate weiro) or property damage. The area is still considered “at risk”, so Lestat and Nibbles are at the vet’s until everything is clear. The Missus and I are home and counting our blessings. We both feel very lucky.

The Missus took this piccie of me holding up a quilt top I finished on Sunday night. It had started off as “I’m Blushing”, but evolved into Lestat’s new cover for the kitchen chair he hides/sleeps on, as I ran out of fabric. He currently has a sarong which he gets tangled up in when he tries to get underneath it. He gets most miffed about it, as he previously had the end of a table cloth to hide under. He considers a quilt will be MUCH more suitable!

I’ve been slicing and dicing 6 ½ x 3 ½ inch green bricks today for my next two projects. One set will be for the green strip on a tablecloth with a coin purse design in the lesbian/gay Pride colours with black for the borders. The other set is for a double sided green lap quilt for The Missus. Green is her favourite colour.

The FOSAL rules have changed slightly, so if you would prefer to pick a new project each month, you can. I’ve mooched through some of my Christmas cross stitch patterns and have come up with my “lucky dip” list for FOSAL. My list is…..

A Merry Kitty Klaws – Val’s Stuff; JCS 2007

Be Merry – Val’s Stuff; JCS 2009

Christmas Kitty – The Cat’s Whiskers

Chilly Frillys – Little by Little Designs; JCS 2009

Peace – Cross Stitch Card Shop; December 2008

Rockin’ Robin – 74 Best Ever Xmas Charts; Cross Stitch Crazy

Row of Trees – Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch Special Issue 1

Santa’s Buddies – Angel Stitchin’; JCS 2009

Scandinavian Style – Fast and Fabulous Christmas Cards; CrossStitcher (English, 2008?)

Santa’s Flight – Shepherd’s Bush; JCS 2009

Starry Night – Shepherd’s Bush; JCS 2008

Sweet Baby – Shepherd’s Bush, JCS 2007

My January pick is Christmas Kitty by The Cat’s Whiskers.

Heidi is co-hosting a Friday Night Sew-In on 15th Jan for night of stitchy goodness…..The details are here. I will be there in my pj’s with a cup of tea, some chocolate and I have no idea what kind of sewing yet! It is a safe bet to assume it will either be machine or hand sewing! 😉

One of Lestat’s favourite hidey holes is a paper bag. It’s not very often that we get a paper bag big enough to fit him, but when we do he makes a bee line for it. As you can see by the look on his face, it is a very serious business.