Friday, 31 May 2013

plodding along...


Well the weeks are just flying....I have missed out on a 25th finish again for my Xmas box but hopefully the second half of the year will be a little more productive.
I have been stitching away at my regular projects which makes for boring blogging.
Here are some progress pics.
I finished my May Sweet Stitches block and am awaiting the June one...
Mr Squirrel had directional issues like Mr Cottontail (had to make them facing the left) and he is just waiting to be quilted... I thought the piecing on this one would be so easy but out of the three this is the one with the least perfect seams. I used some of my Reproduction fabrics stash. I love the fabrics in the border.
He will be earmarked for a gift I think.

Mum and I had our big Swan Lake workshop a few weekends ago and she got me headed in the right direction with that. As soon as I got home I had to prepare the first inner border.
OMG this is going to take ages. I have appliqued about half of the stars then it will be up to appliqueing the hexie flowers which I am looking forward to. Only four of these to do Ahhhh.
Lastly I started a cross stitch project. My friend in the Netherlands Els sent me the kit for Christmas last year and I would love to get it finished for this Christmas.
I may achieve that goal.  There are ten rows and I have made a start. The linen was originally a white but I love to tea dye it for that antique look. Doesn't quite show up in the photo. The thread has a very subtle variegation and is gorgeous.
I won't show the complete pattern pic so you can just see it grow slowly...
2 1/2 rows done. Pattern by Atelier Soed Idee
Sunday I am off to the Mill Rose Bloggy meet with my travelling companions Elyte, Robyn, Anne and Annie.
Am so looking forward to the day to catch up with the other amazing bloggers there too.
Hope I don't get put on the noisy table again this time?
(wherever I am becomes the noisy table... lol)
Happy stitching...
marina
x

28 comments:

elliek said...

Have fun on Sunday and I'm sure you won't be on the noisy table! Love all the stitching.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Adore Mr Squirrel in his pullover. You have lots of lovelies on the go. Give all those noisy ladies a hug from me xxx

Anthea said...

Beautiful stitching happening at your needle Marina... I am very interested to see the cross stitch progress, might inspire me to re-start on a big one for about the 56th time!
Have a great time at Mill Rose, do get on the noisy table!!

shez said...

such lovely work Marina,well done see you sunday.xx

Fiona said...

Mr Squirrel looks gorgeous - I don't think I would be able to let him go to a new home!! beautiful stitching and a new tiny cross stitch.... you do take on beautiful projects even if they take ages... love all those stars.. can't wait to see how they fit in with the hexie flowers...
Hugz
what do you mean you don't want to be on the noisy table??? haha

Christine M said...

What noisy table?! See you Sunday.

Jeanette said...

Love Mr Squirrel. He look so cute. Enjoy your day out. Hugs,xx

Janet said...

Your plodding looks great! I love the squirrel. And what a lot of applique!!

Grit said...

Wonderful work.
Greetings Grit

Karen said...

Lovely squirrel stitchery. he looks great. And the fabrics work so well.
The star border does look interesting. Lots of work but I bet it will look wonderful.
Good luck with that lovely cross stitch, too.

Shirley said...

The noisy tables are always the ones having the most fun. Mr. squirrell looks great as does the rest of your stitching.nyou have achieved a lot.

Susan said...

Not boring at all, I love a progress report. Your Mr Squirrel looks great, the acorns are perfect, and the piecing is too. Swan Lake border looks gorgeous. Enjoy your trip to Millrose.

katherine said...

Great projects. Enjoy Mill ROse.

Lib said...

The squirrel is just gorgeous and how busy you have been. Pity we have to go to work, what a lot of stitching we would get done! PS how is your arm, hopefully feeling better.

Els koetsier said...

Marina waht a lovely things you made again. The crosstitching look great also al the other things you will make.

kiwikid said...

Love the squirrel....your plodding is very interesting!! Love to see the progress you are making. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!! Yay!!
xx

Mistea said...

Lots of lovely plodding here. Mr Squirrel looks like he's heading in the right direction. Gorgeous colours. The cross stitch is pretty - reds and tea dye is a perfect combination.
Enjoy your stars.

Cheryl said...

Love the fabrics you have chosen for Mr Squirrel block Marina. The quilt is going to be amazing even if a lot of work. Won't be able to come to Mill rosie this time but have fun

Michelle said...

I love all the projects you are doing, just beautiful the lot! Well done, can't wait to see them finished!
Michelle

Narelle said...

Progress is progress no matter how fast or slow ... lovely pieces :)
The noisy table always has lots of fun ... enjoy Sunday!

Tatkis said...

I love your Mr.Squirrel block, so cute! And cross stitching project looks so charming!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Elyte said...

Mr Squirrel looks gorgeous Marina, the border adds to the autumnal fee. Good to see you heading in the right direction with all your other projects. Looking forward to our trip to Millrose.

Val Spiers said...

The squirrel looks so cute in his jumper and I ove that red cross stitch. Hope you had a great weekend.

Melody said...

So many gorgeous projects. I love your squirrel

Anita said...

I am loving all your work. Cross stitch is cute.
Cheers, Anita.

Lin said...

I love Mr Squirrel and the border is super.

Anita J Mullinax said...

All of these are looking fantastic. The squirrel is looking just amazing.

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Charlie and Wendy said...

All your projects are so beautiful Marina. I love your Mr Cottontail!