Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Okay so I lied + I have loads to share

I'm not going to give up stitching totally because I need to do something in the evenings (well sometimes anyway) when it's too dark to quilt and I can only stand cutting for just a very limited period of time because of the standing problem.  I won't be posting as often but I will be posting irregularly when I have something to show you.  And boy do I have some things to show you.

Firstly I have some things I got back from the wondrous Finisher Deb and here they are:
This is a Needle/Scissor/Thread Case.
I stitched the outside of ages ago and have just got back.
It came out a it larger than I thought it would be I love it anyway.

This is now Threadkeep.  I stupidly pulled out
some threads - don't know why, but it was the only 
thing Deb could make it into and I LOVE IT and shall be using it.

This is a Christmas Ornament and is destined
to be given away.  But I did enjoy stitching it
over one and I love the way Deb has finished it for me.

Umm what next.  Oh yes.  I got some wonderful gifts from Karyn just for being the leader of the Blackbird Designs Exchange.  I don't deserve them really as the last exchange was not as I would have liked as so many people didn't follow through with their commitments.  So this next exchange is going to be a bit different insofar as I will know that each and every person doing it will follow through.  But these gifts were so wonderful and I thank you immensely for them and you are oh so generous.  THANK YOU and hugs hugs.

 As you can see they are all Blackbird themed
except for Flowers which is by Niky

 A diary which I shall never write in but treasure
that goes for the Threadkeep too

A little kit the Tokens of Friendship Book
which I have never owned but loved always

And sort of finally I got this GORGEOUS stitched and finished wooden box from Catherine who had stitched it at a Blackbirds Design Retreat and given it as her exchange in BBE 6 and all I did was admire it and look what I got.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

 So Catherine didn't just stitch and finish this gorgeous box
once but she did it twice.

So you ladies - Karyn and Catherine who have stitched and finished and bought me things just for keeping the BBE alive and kicking I thank you from the bottom of my hear but you really didn't have to do anything at all but I really, I MEAN REALLY appreciate everything.

And to top it all off THE nicest thing happened to me this week.  You know my Mac has been seriously misbehaving itself and that I really love it, well I took it into the Mac Shop in Brent Cross (local shopping mall - in fact I was there the week it opened almost 35 years ago 9 months pregnant as I so missed Essex Green (a mall in N.J.) and I had to make an appointment so I did and went along and the guy looked at my machine, did loads of tests on it and I was right there is only one USB port working (come on I have a degree in Computer Science) and for that I would need a new motherboard but he said to just go into John Lewis and buy a powered USB thingy, The CD Rom drive he fixed in a second and then said to me that the case was cracked a bit and he replaced it for nothing - no money - free.  Gosh I was excited.  I got a new battery from eBay for £29.00 instead of the £100.00 Mac wanted.  So all in all I have a fully functioning Mac again.

Finally I won a Giveaway from Mikki and if you want to see it you will have to go to my quilting blog.   

So until next time ... 

Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt
My Quilting Blog

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Last post for a while

Hi All

I have decided to stop writing on this blog for a while anyway because I am engrossed in my new hobby which is quilting.  I do have another blog if you would like to keep following me and its here.  I just haven't enjoyed stitching for quite a while now, at least hand stitching as such and so much prefer working on my machine and learning new things.  I have always loved learning and this is a huge opportunity for me to teach myself.

I tried a quilting class last year but I couldn't remember enough, or see enough from one month to the next so I just quit.  But there is so much information and lessons on the internet it just isn't true and the best of it is you can watch them over and over again until you get it.  

So I'm going to be selling a load of my stash including two of the classes I signed up for last year with  Jackie du Plessis of It's Finally Finished.   One is Thistlewood and the other is Treasures of Comfort (just the little thing in the middle and on the right).  Both projects are on her blog and are near the bottom of the page.  I have the scrims to go with both of them too.  Make me an offer if you like but I will be putting them on eBay sooner or later I just have to get around to photographing everything I have.  

But I would like to thank you all from the bottom my heart for being so loyal and coming to see my blog whenever I have written.  You can still see my quirky writing if you want to.  So bye for now and thank you so much for all your comments over the years they have been truly wonderful and your blogs have been awe inspiring.

So until next time ... 

 Lots of Love Patti xxx
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt