The Garden Gate and some more stash-busters.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
I seem to have been running around in circles all week, but when I came to think about what I could show you, I was surprised to find I did actually accomplish a couple of things! I've been fiddling around with felt - more in my head and on paper, than actually sewing it, so that's where the frustration set in! Eventually I curled up under a quilt and stitched this little Garden-gate pincushion, all by hand: 

I'm thinking it has possibilities.

Early in the week I completed the project below, sent a photo to a magazine editor and it was commissioned the same day.  It will be published in February.  It was one of those designs that came together just right first time and I hardly changed anything from my original idea - well, there were a couple of stitched borders added, and some Prairie Points put on, but seeing I mostly design as I go, that wasn't too bad for me!

My commitment to make gift bags for the Creative Craft Retreat is, I think, complete.  I've made 60 bags all up and now have to wait and see if numbers attending match what I have made! 

and some more from the blue stash:

and it won't surprise you to learn that you cannot see the slightest difference in the height of my fabric piles!
I've told myself I cannot buy any more fabric for a long time .... unless it's one of those beautiful new Jelly Rolls that I saw advertised .....

I'm officially in "Hibernation Mode" now - only go out into the cold when I absolutely HAVE to - so stitching Winter away is my way of coping!  And I envy my friends on the other side of the world coping with the heat!

So whatever your weather, I hope you have a great week and that you can get some stitching done!