Friday, 25 October 2013

Be Prepared....

Remember that boy scout motto,
It seems that preparations are the focus here at the moment.
 Swan Lake border four finished! Four borders prepared by marking the mitred corners ready to sew.
Hexies prepared for some more stepping stones around my novelty hexies.
 some more little houses stamped and cut ready for some on the go stitching
 Three new houses did get made on the weekend. I am still playing around with putting them together trying to find a way that they will sit neatly.
Some wool applique prepared for stitching too.
See that jumbo stapler in the pic, if you are doing wool applique on a larger scale this stapler is the way to go. I was lucky to borrow one from work after a disappointing ebay attempt to buy one. When the girls from the quilted crow explained how it was so helpful I didn't imagine how much easier it would be. It makes stabilizing the wool pieces easy peasy and much less fiddly. This project is ready to go now too.
Other than these not much else has been happening on the crafting front. Hub is out for the day tomorrow so I will have the day to myself and Swan Lake and I are going to have some quality time together!
A trip to GJ's may be in order as I need some fabric for the borders and centre panel of Swan Lake too.
Woo Hoo..

Happy stitching!

Marina

25 comments:

shez said...

wow looks awesome Marina and now you are a carpenter stapling away,lol.xx

Carrie P. said...

I need to heed the boy scout motto because lately I find myself with not much hand work to do.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Great tip on the giant stapler--am going to try it

Charlie and Wendy said...

You are very prepared and getting such a lot done! That's such a great tip about stapling wool, I must try it sometime. Happy stitching.

Lynda said...

Who would have thought of using a stapler? I'm always amazed at what people come up with. Can't wait to see your Swan Lake. Lots of goodies for you to be going on with.

Christine M said...

Doesn't it feel great when you get lots of prep work done. Then all you have to do is pick up a project and start stitching.

Anthea said...

Such gorgeous pics Marina! Lots going on at your needle at the moment.
For so many years I hated & rushed 'preparations', until I made a very costly mistake, now I try to see it as simply part of the whole process of making something...
Have a lovely weekend x

Sue said...

Love the houses and the wool appliqué, so pretty!

elliek said...

You are so organised. Love all the projects. I'd just like some more time in the day and a bit more oomph to my being. Enjoy GJ's if you go this weekend. Can't wait to see Swan Lake finished.

Susan said...

Good preparation is the key to lots of lovely sewing time. Your houses look tiny. Enjoy your stitching tomorrow.

Cheryll said...

You are keeping out of trouble on some gorgeous projects! :)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Looks like you are all set to go Marina. I am looking forward to seeing your wool applique piece completed...it looks gorgeous :-)

Raewyn said...

Wow, looks like you are set for some mammoth sewing sessions!! How satisfying to have all that prep work done. Interesting about the wool and the stapler; I'm guessing you're not using any visofix etc etc? We were advised to for the Raspberry Rabbits BOM last year but I did find it a little stiff to sew through.

katherine said...

Enjoy your sewing day Marina

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your projects look so good...great idea about the staples...

Sheila said...

You are very well organized with some great projects . Are you making the little houses by hand ? Great tip on the stapler , may have to try that .

Fiona said...

so exciting to hear swan lake is going so well.. can't wait to see it... I didn't realise the houses were hand stitched!!! have you gone insane?????? love the wool applique and never thought of stapling.. great hint...
Hugz

Wendy said...

Being prepared is always a good thing. I like your little houses they are so cute. What size do they finish at? And where did you get your stamp set for them? The applique is pretty as well. You have been very busy.

Lin said...

Well I have never seen a stapler used like that before!! Am enjoying following Swan Lake and look forward to the next episode! xx

Karen said...

Preparation seems to take up so much time but it is definitely worth it once done. I have never seen a stapler used like that before. Interesting.

Elyte said...

Small steps in the right direction and all of a sudden the finish is not too far away.
If you head across to GJ's, let me know. Happy to meet for a shop and a coffee!

kiwikid said...

Great organisation! Love the idea of the staples!
xx

Mistea said...

Looks like you're all set for a little busyness.
Love the little houses. Pretty flowers you've stapled together.
Enjoy stitching.

Narelle said...

Preparation Prevents Pore Performance ... well done! :o)
Have a great Sunday xx

Sisbabestitches said...

Prep with a stapler sounds like loads of fun :) Got lots ready to go there, the curse of finishing things is having to prep more or new ones lol