Monday, 27 August 2018

Stitching and finishing the days away

Well hello everyone … bet you thought I had fallen off the blog world as it has been a rather long time since I updated you all on everything …. I have been really busy with the stitching front and finishing things off as well … you will be impressed .. I have got all my "presents" for work stitched finished and handed out … made a few things up that needed finishing , stitched a couple of smalls for a gift but can't show that as of yet, made a bag for Roz …, made a project bag and matching smaller bag just because ... been away to Blackpool and back and saw the Lancaster Bomber, got to see a Spitfire called Rebecca very close up and then a Dakota flew over the mouse house the other day too …
And in between all of that I have been working and done the Function Skills English test level 2 and swotting up on the same one for Maths too ….test yet to be done, as well as going to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts show where I bumped into Stuart Hillard, Sherrie Falls and another nice lady who's name escapes me for the moment but I am sure you will be able to tell me who she is just had a brain wave and she is called Sarah Payne :)
SOoo have you got your cuppa's ready ??? I have some cookies and if you look in the cupboard there may be some cake left.
The Festival of Quilts was a lovely show and we got to see the 300yr old quilt as well .. it was amazing how bright it was and some of the pieces with it still had papers in too ...I got a small amount of stash enhancement … not much as apart from being skint hahaha I am also trying to work from stash I already have to stitch with and make up too .. and so far so good … I decided to have a go at making a project bag and I was sooo impressed that I did it I can see more being made in the future for possible gifts as well :)
I started Hands on Design " Stitching is my Hearts Desire " yesterday and fully finished it off today … and started it again because I can on different fabric but with the same threads and different finishing fabbie ..
Today is the 3rd anniversary since I lost my dad and so I decided that it was a good day to get things finished off … my dad loved to see my work and would often give his choice of colourways on things too … so I thought it was rather fitting that I should get stuff done. DH helped with cutting the mount board for me :)
presents for work

Bag for Roz

Flypast  Spitfire 

me in front of Rebecca the Spitfire

Dakota that flew past my window 
worked some more on this 

more finishing off :)

another gift for work

My gift to Mary over on Friendly Stitchers 

Finished this ..awaiting the right frame

Small progress on this one 

Sherrie Falls designer from America 

loved this work 

cream tea anyone ???

Stuart Hillard and moi at the Nec 

Sarah Payne 

The 1718 silk patchwork coverlet 

small stash enhancement from the show

and a bit more 

fully finished this one 

first project bag made

small bag to match 

Merry Mouse getting there :)

Painted the frame to match the piece :)

finally made this up 

Love this one.. stitched and finished in two days 

Hurrahhhhh … finally finished this one with some mouse changes .lol 

finished these off 

birthday present for Butterfly

finally finished the stitching on this one 

if you look carefully you can see Mars to the left 

My exchange piece from Mary 

finished this into a needle book 

Cooooo I think that is all of the photos to show you... actually think there are more quilts but if I bobbed them up, you could be here all night hehehheh
Well as it is getting late here at the mouse house now I shall say good night to you all … and hopefully will squeak to you all again soon … take care one and all and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxxx


rosey175 said...

Ooo a quilt older than America! I always love seeing stuff like this.

Things have been busy in the Mouse House! The project bag looks great. I feel like the definition of a needle is missing the stabbing of frogs bit lol.

gracie said...

You certainly have been busy. Lovely stitching and great photos.

butterfly said...

Oh mouse what a lovely blog of goodies I feel giddy with all what you have stitched and made . Just beautiful work and finished beautiful too.
You have some beautiful designs stitched, many I have not seen before .

What is the one in the blue framed called it's lovely .

Have a good week .

Vickie said...

THAT is an amazing quilt! Love your many stitching pieces.

Carol said...

Goodness--do you sleep?! So many lovely creations you've shared with us today! And seeing your Merry Mouse project makes me want to pull mine out--it is so adorable :)

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching and finishing happening at the Mouse house, all so very lovely.
Some friends went to the quilt show, they were very impressed this year with all on show.

Andrea said...

I'm worn out just reading what you've been up to. You have certainly been very busy. Lovely stitching and finishing. looks like you had a great time at the NEC. Have a good weekend.

Beth said...

I do not know how you have time to do all that you do Michelle! You are looking great BTW. Your finishes are super and what wonderful gifts they make. I hope you have an awesome autumn!

Astrids dragon said...

Once again, you know how to keep yourself busy! All of your finishes look fantastic and the bag for Roz is perfect.
It looks like you had a great time at the quilt show, nice stash!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You need to post more often LOL So much goodness to comment on in this post, but I particularly like all the FFO'd smalls especially the Hallowe'en pieces in the box.

DJ said...

Finally had a chance to catch up on've been busy!!! Just love all your stitching but my favorite is the scissor holder with the fob...gorgeous colors!! I love how they match! The quilt show looks like it was fabulous, that 300 yr old quilt is amazing! Nice stash enhancement!! Love the bag you made for Roz too! Thanks for sharing all your adventures and goodies with us!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A beautiful selection of stitching and finishing, Mouse.

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Mouse, you have been having so much fun! I love all of your finished pieces and it looks like you had lots of fun at the show.