Friday, 18 May 2012

catching up..

Having been busy stitching away and not much blogging happening here but today I will play catch up in showing you what I have been busy with.
I managed to finish my hexie purse for myself for Mother's day and I liked my gift very much. My quest to have things as perfect as I can takes over sometime and I had to redo my gumnut babies hexies as they didn't sit right with the direction these hexies sit. I also misjudged the way the pattern went and they were upside down anyway. I just couldn't live with that so had to unpick and redo. Call me obsessive, I'll take it. When you compare the two gumnut hexies you can see why they wouldn't have sat properly..Wish I was as obsessive with the sewing up part, it just isn't my forte or passion, just a necessary part of finishing an item. The frame is stitched on with linen thread and was by far the hardest part of putting it together. I don't think I got feeling back in my thumb and middle fingertips for a few days after.
I am so happy with the result though.

"I'm happy with where we ended up, aren't you?'
"oh yes just as long as that bee keeps his distance"

'I'm just glad I am not tilting!'
 I had a small stash of wool tartan that I have had for years, leftovers from a smocked dress. I thought it would be perfect for my purse lining. Couldn't throw these little babies away so they got a special spot to sit.
'we got a cosy spot here?'
the cross stitch sal item got finished too. Just needs a little stretching into shape and a press. I think it might look pretty framed-keep all my blue and white cross stitcheries company.

Before I even thought about any other distractions there was one job that had to be done-down in the garden.
Block 7 has all the stitcheries done and hopefully this weekend I can piece the block together. All the remaining stitcheries are traced and backed ready to go so no excuses!
 Block 8- bird stitchery started last night. I love the chain stitch but all those little flowers are going to try me a little-bit over them I think. Just need to stay focused and before I know it it will be finished.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of craftiness.
Marina

29 comments:

Linda said...

I love your little purse and all the little babies and other surprises on the hexies! What fun!

Quiltjane said...

That is the most gorgeous hexagon coin purse. Every hexie has a story. Love it.

Diamant said...

Such a beautiful purse. An imaginative use for hexies.

Elyte said...

What a wonderful array of goodies for us to see this morning. Your purse is just gorgeous. Do you give lessons?
I have a "Can you live with it?" rule. If the answer is NO then the only alternative is to unpick. Tough but definitely the right decision.
Beautiful, beautiful work.

shez said...

wow Marina your purse is gorgeous,i love it and look at all the beautiful stitching you have been doind,well done.xx

Narelle said...

You should be very proud of your purse ... it's so lovely!
The cross stitch looks good too.
Down in the Garden is coming along nicely ... the little birdies are cute but I know what you mean about all the flowers ... hang in there!
Have a stitchy weekend :)

Lib said...

Oh I just love that bag, you must be very happy with it

Janet said...

Your little purse is perfect! I can understand you wanting to switch the gumnut babies position. I probably would have done that too. They are super cute. Love your red and white stitchery too.

Christine M said...

Your hexie purse is gorgeous Marina. I love those little gumnut babies.

Fiona said...

Oh your purse made my heart go pitty patty... it is just fabulous and I am so glad the gumnut babies don't have to do headstands for the rest of their days.... I hope you wave it around when you are out shopping!!! the cross stitch is great too - and now you have had a good break and can get back to the stitching....
Happy weekend....
Hugz

Fiona said...

Oh... and if that purse doesn't fit properly in your bag I think I can find one here it will suit!!!
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh it is just too cute Marina. The gumnuts look very happy there now. Beautiful stitching. All your other sttiching is gorgeous too.

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Miriam said...

I love your hexie purse! Really beautiful.

Wonderful fussy cutting with the gumnut babies!!! :) Well worth the extra time unpicking and restitching.

Lovely cross stitch too.

Mistea said...

Very swish Hexie purse there - I hope she comes on an outing real soon.
The cross stitch is gorgeous well done on getting through the language barrier on that one.
Cute little birdies - this is quilt will be amazing - Love the saying too.
Enjoy the weekend and stay warm.

Elyte said...

I had to comment again, just love that hexagon purse!

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Your "May Gibbs" Hexagon purse is absolutely beautiful. A great gift for yourself, beautiful cross stitch and stitchery.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Teresa said...

OMG Marina ... I am in love with your purse... It's just beautiful.. Nicest hexie purse I've ever seen... and the gumnut babies are soooo cute. Love your stithcing progress too... you have been so busy and what you've made is just beautiful.

Dorothy said...

Marina, I love your little purse. It is wonderful! I am really tempted to try to make something with hexies!!

Nicky said...

I can't believe it is finished already! You have been working hard Marina! And I love the tartan - looks like Royal Stewart to me!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Marina, your purse is so gorgeous and the little babies just make it perfect! I love your cross stitch and your garden stitcheries are beautiful, not long now till you finish.

Els koetsier said...

Waauw Marina, what beauty is youre Hexa purse. Ans the lovely stitchery's georgius.

Lynda said...

I love your purse - it's beautiful, and so are you Down in the Garden stitcheries. That's one of the quilts on my long list.

Josie said...

I adore your purse! In fact I'd go as far as to say I covert your purse!! Does that make me really bad.
As for all the gorgeous stitching you've been doing.. it's too much for my little brain to take in!

Tatkis said...

What a wonderful hexie purse! So beautiful - great gift for yourself :)
And your stitched projects are lovely!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Raewyn said...

Glad you came up for air to show us what you've been doing ;-) Your hexie-bag turned out well - I've used one of those frames before and I also found it quite tricky to sew on too. Your cross stitch turned out well and love your bird stitchery - the check is a nice background for the block.

Lisa D said...

I LOVE your little purse... it is gorgeous!! just love the fabrics... wow you have some fantastic stitching on your blog...

Celine said...

Your purse is absolutely gorgeous, well done!
Celine

Larissa said...

That purse is absolutely gorgeous - I feel the need to make one now :)