Sunday, 7 July 2013

still here...

well I have been a bit of a lazy blogger lately but not a lazy stitcher and I have still been blog visiting just didn't get around to making a post of my own.
It has been a great first week of the holidays, crafting and socialising high on the agenda.
I had a great visit to Gail B's with Liz and Rosalie on Friday and wow what an amazing shop!
No fabrics but some lovely necessary bits and bobs. A visit to another couple of shops and a lovely lunch made for a great day out with friends.
Saturday was spent with more crafty friends, Elyte, Robin and Annie and the lovely ladies at the Bluegum quilter's group, yep more food involved too.
So here is the pictorial evidence that I have been doing some crafting.
this handsome and musical fellow is from the latest block for my Once Upon a time quilt by Smee Designs.
I really enjoyed stitching this block and it was quite a large one only one more to go!!
 poor pussy in the window......
 he's watching these fellows tripping the light fantastic..

 Another row completed for my Christmas cross stitchery and a start made on the next row...

Here is my latest stitchery block by Kathy Schmitz-border done! Tonight I finished hand quilting it and the binding is ready to go.
The blue section was originally in a cream but I thought the blue would make it look a little like the Union Jack. It looks a little busy but I really liked the colours. There were some technical errors made which required recutting and resewing. It was even machine quilted but looked so hideous it had to be unpicked and requilted by hand. Much happier now.

Well that's the progress made.
I did have a busy day today cutting and preparing some new projects. Love to have plenty to keep me busy.
Hope you have all had a great weekend!
cheers
Marina

26 comments:

Eli said...

Me too, I'm a lazy blogger at this time...
Your w.i.p. are great.
Are you on holidays?
Have a good crafting week!
Hugs
Eli

Lib said...

Looks like you are having a good holiday break. Love the Pied Piper :-)

Fiona said...

Isn't that a delightful Once Upon A Time block... such expressions... You are very good to unpick and change to make your pieces perfect.. well worth it.... sounds like a lovely social time is being had....
enjoy the new projects...
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wow you're not kidding you have been busy. I love the mice groovin away. Lovely block too. Glad you are enjoying the holidays.

Mistea said...

Sure sounds like you have been spending your holidays well.
Love the pied piper and all his subjects.
Gorgeous mini - the blue is perfect with its little stars.
Enjoy week 2.

Yvette said...

Your stitching is just perfect!

shez said...

beautiful work Marina and sounds like you have been having a wonderful time.xx

Maria said...

Gorgeous stitchery of the Pied Piper with the mice and the cat looks great.
Your Christmas cross stitch is growing nicely too.

Charlie and Wendy said...

All your stitching is so beautiful Marina, so neat and even! Love all your projects, the cat and mice are so cute!

Sheila said...

Lovely stitching Marina , that is a very large stitchery and so very sweet and your cross stitch looks wonderful too , you have been super busy !

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous stitching all round - a great variety too. Love your fun Smee block!! And your liberty block/quilt is beautiful - great adaptation. Your Christmas x-stitch is going to be beautiful too. Have a great week!!

katherine said...

SOunds like a fantastic first week of holidays. Love your stitching and the liberty looks fantastic especially with your appliqued Aussie flag.

Susan said...

Lovely stitching Marina. Will your cross stitch be finished for Christmas? Sounds like you've been having a lovely break.

Elyte said...

Those Once Upon a Time stitcheries are very cute. They really capture the mood of the block. Those mice would be a hit at any party.
The border on your Kathy Schmitz block works beautifully with the flag.
Saturday was very enjoyable and we were very happy that you could share it with us.

Christine M said...

I love the Pied Piper block. The cat made me laugh! Don't you find you don't know where to start at Gail's!

Karen said...

I LOVE the stitchery block, the cat in the window and the dancing mice, so cute!

Lynda said...

So many lovely goodies happening at your place.

Briar Rose said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Gail's Marina.
I love your Pied Piper block, the Quilt will be fantastic.
The cross stitch and Mini look lovely too.
Hugs R.

elliek said...

Glad that the trip to Gail B's was enjoyed. Very daunting shop. Thanks for the company.. great day with the two of you. I do love the Pied Piper.

Nicky said...

Such cute stitching - those mice know how to party!

Cheryl said...

What a lovely week you've had Marina. Great stitchery blocks and love your latest Sweet Stitches block - the colors are perfect

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

They are cutest stitcheries...

Lin said...

Love all your work Marina especially the little Liberty panel. Using my kindle (I have a bad back) makes it really easy to zoom in on your pictures so I can see how amazingly neat your stitching is!!

Janet said...

I've been both a lazy blogger and a lazy stitcher. Well not lazy but busy. Love your musical mice tamer.

Karen said...

Don't holidays and lazy go together? Perfect timing I think.
Love the mice in the first block. Great to see the Christmas cross stitch growing and KS block looks great!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Ha ha the look on the cat's face made me laugh straight out...I can so relate to the machine quilting being ripped out and redoing by hand, I did the same thing with my 'Tis The Season quilt, it's so worth the reverse sewing to be happy with the end result...