Monday, July 30, 2012

Travelling pattern winner

Hi everyone,
Just a quick post to announce the next destination for the Life's a Stitch travelling pattern. It is now on the way to Mouse in the UK.
So for those of you that were not lucky this time you can check out Mouse's blog and keep an eye out for when she announces it is time for the pattern to travel again.
I have not done much stitching or sewing since my last post so have only a few small things to show.
First is this strawberry pillow which I bought as a kit from Simone at Soed Idee
I didn't want too big a pillow so I swapped out the 30 ct linen in the kit for 40 ct and then I had to cut some of the fabric pieces down slightly.
I also used some of my own ABC trim instead of the letter N that was included in the kit.

Next is a heart shaped pillow using one of Dany's designs

I took a small section of the pattern to stitch a little sprig of the flowers on the back and the date is stitched over one.

In my last post I showed a needle case or huswife made in pink toile fabric and I mentioned that there were two more in the works.
Here they are finished

I used fabric from an old Blackbird Designs line called Madeira in a schoolgirl sampler print. Here's how the outside of the case looks

Out shopping the other day I found a cute little wooden tray in Casa and had to buy it. The base is only four and a half inches square which I thought would be perfect for this lovely design from Blackbird Designs book A Schoolgirl's Work

Since I'm a bit short on stitched/sewn things to show you here's a pic of some yummy new stash from Simone at Soed Idee. Actually, the thread and ric rack are by Nancy at the Victorian Motto Shoppe but it is cheaper for me to buy them from Simone than to send to the USA for the same thing.

Lastly, I forgot to show this lovely Queen's Jubiee tin that friend Angela gave me on her recent visit. It was filled with yummy Marks and Spencer shortbread which is, sadly, just a happy memory now.

As always a big thank you to followers old and new for your continued visits to my blog and for your lovely comments.



Anonymous said...


What lovely finishes and yummy stash!

Congrats to mouse!

Bet that shortbread was lovely.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Your work is always so pretty and pretty to look at as well. The cross stitched fabric is so perfect for you. Such a fun tin and something to remember that momentous occasion. Aren't trims fun?

Patty C. said...

I hope Mouse has fun with the pattern :)

angelasweby said...

How lovely to see a blog post from you so soon.
I adore the pretty strawberry pillow you stitched from the kit and especially love the way you have made it your own with those little changes.

Your needlecases continue to wow me. Each time you make a different one I am convinced it's my favourite....until the next one :-)

I am honoured to have seen your gorgeous Lily of the Valley heart IRL. Your stitching and finishing is exquisite as always.
Oh, I love that tray. It looks perfect for the BD pattern. Can't wait to see it.

What lovely memories seeing the Jubilee tin of biscuits brought. Now the biscuits have gone I hope the tin will hold some stitching treasures.
Angela xx

Phyllis said...

Just wanted to comment on your lovely stitching and finishing.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your finishes are lovely. I especially like the strawberry pillow. Pretty tin.

Margaret said...

So many pretty things to ogle!! Love seeing it all. That little tray is so cute!

Michelle said...

Oh Margaret whay lovely photos and I adore your finishes as always. Your posts always inspire me xx

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Love all your finishes! The pillow on 40 ct is so pretty as is your huswife and your lovely heart finish! All fabulous!
Shortbread wouldn't last long 'round me, either!

hazel c UK said...

Another lovely post Margaret, love the little needlecases so delicate. I know the biscuits were delicious for I brought my DGD a tin from M and S. Thanks again for sharing your stitching with us and I know Mouse will be glad she was chosen to do the travelling pattern.

Hazel c uk)

Jenn M said...

Everything is so pretty! Gosh, I wish I could stitch (and finish) that much in a matter of weeks!

cucki said...

Wow very lovely finishes and great stash
Congratulations to mouse xxx

Sheila said...

More delicious things to look have been busy :)

Vickie said...

Oh wow! That BBD fabric is perfect! What lovely finishes you have done. Wonderful!

jane said...

So many pretty things in this post, just love seeing them all.

marly said...

Your strawberry pillow is marvelous! The fabric on the huswife is so wonderful and it aligns for perfect symmetry! Great post.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

That little strawberry pillow is so pretty Margaret as is the little heart. :)
I visited a Casa when in France, such a beautiful shop with so many lovely things!
I have that tin too and you're right the shortbread was good! ;)
Vivienne x

Barb said...

I do love your finishes!!The fabric goes so well with the project!!! The tin is wonderful. I really enjoyed watching the Jubilee on TV.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous, love the strawberry pillow and the heart ornament!

The needlecase is wonderful, love the fabric!


Faye said...

Wow Margaret!! Such eye candy in this post.....I LOVE the darling pillow finish with the reds... I really need to check into this kit! And, I cannot wait to see the tray finished with the BBD design...Too perfect! Nice job, Faye

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous stitches and new stash. Congrats to Mouse. Love shortbread.

Mii Stitch said...

Many thanks for following me and the lovely comment you left on my blog!
The strawberry pillow is gorgeous
Fantastic work!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes, well done!

♥ Nia said...

I love your heart =) Congrats on your finishes!!

Elia said...

I love your blog!!



Nadia said...

Hi dear friend, and thanks for your visit and kind comm. in my little blog, you make me happy!
You stitch like an angel, beautiful works!!!!
Sorry my bad english.....I want to be your follower
Hugs from Venice_Italy

Heather said...

Beautiful finishes! I especially love the lily of the valley heart. (I think I need to make one myself!)

I also love that tin! Fabulous!

Roberta said...

What a darling little pillow, and the small needlecase is also darling. Margaret you do such lovely work.

cottonreel said...

Such beautiful work you show and so (or should it be sew) delicate .

The cat you saw on my blog helping me is a cat that adopted me while on holiday in Cyprus . Her name was Daisy .

Anonymous said...

Why do your huswives look neater than mine, may I ask ? Probably because I am not as disciplined as you are !
That tin will be a nice keepsake - we have its twin at home, following our youngest's trip across the Channel.
The tray is perfect. I would not have resisted either !
Hope things are well with you.

Anne said...

Finally!! I found you! You know for the longest time I have tried to find your blog and lo and behold, your webpage is listed under your name...don't know how I missed it! I adore your finishes and stitching! Wow! Such beautiful work! Looking forward to reading your past posts and drooling over your finishes!



crochetdaheloisa.blogspot said...

Oi amiga

Tudo muito lindo e feito com carinho. Parabens pelo bom gosto . Com carinho Heloisa Helena

Lili said...

Gorgeous finishes!!
Big hug!!

Carol said...

I'm just back from our beach vacation, Margaret, and am so glad I caught this post... What a lovely bunch of goodies you have for us today! The little pillow kit finish is adorable--will have to "borrow" some ideas from that for future finishes :) The ABC tape you added is just perfect!

Your heart finish with the little sprig on the back is adorable and I love the huswife--your sewing skills are wonderful, Margaret! I am very envious!!

Can't wait to see your little tray all finished up--what a great idea... Enjoy your week :)

Barb said...

Margaret love your version of the pillow and the lily of the valley heart is so pretty. Your finishing is so perfect just as this post.
Thanks for your comment you left me.Love the tray too, and please will you e mail me your addy so you can receive a little happiness at some point.

Brigitte said...

Oh, I love the two stitched pieces, they are just gorgeous. And so are the two needle cases. You are so great when it comes to finishing your pieces when they are stitched. I really should do that as well instead of putting them away in boxes, sigh.

Kathy Ellen said...

A lovely post, Margaret! Your strawberry pillow is wonderful and the finishing is so perfect. I absolutely love your beautiful needlecase and huswife!! I would love one too!

Lyn Briggs said...

Wow you have been busy. Love the strawberry pillow. Your work is beautiful