Friday, 17 June 2011

I just can't resist temptation....

I've been bad this evening. Michael is out at a beer festival, so I'm sitting here, browsing the internet on my own..... I found the quilt a long group for the Farmer's Wife Quilt block. It's a sampler quilt with 111 different 6 inch blocks. As we've nearly finished the Nikki Tinkler Sampler Quilt (by nearly, I mean I still have a long way to go, but my mind is wandering to my next project already), I though this would be a lovely next project. I've joined the Flikr group, ordered the book and can't wait to get started. I'm thinking a black background fabric to unify it then all sorts of different batik fabrics... I can do some shopping and browsing at the quilt show in Harrogate in September (if I can wait that long).

Meanwhile this week I have made another two elephants, the first for a girl at work who is leaving (above). Gave it to her today and she loved it and apparently the fabric (from Durham Fabrics) was spot on. I work in a German payroll team, and we were trying to name the elephant: the first suggestion was "Klaeuschen" (i.e. Little Klaus) but we decided he was a girl elephant rather than a gay elephant! So I think we settled on "Rose-Marie Elefant-Frau" - very catchy! Yes - we are all totally bonkers. I have also got a few more subtle hints from colleagues that they think an elephant would look lovely in their living rooms...

The second elephant was the first of three for Jane (my sister-in-law) as a birthday present in fabrics to match the cushions I made for her as Christmas presents.

Also completed was a Bambi birthday card for Jane (who loves all things Disney) . I did the stitching whilst we were on holiday and had nearly finished all of the cross stitch when I discovered I had left one of the browns at home. Well, I thought that was the end of that until I got home. The next day we were wandering round Portree and found a shop selling both Anchor and DMC threads - a miracle. That meant I was able to finish it whilst in Skye and mount it once we got home.

I've also continued with the embroidery of the July Calendar Girlies and tried to get another block finished of the Nikki Tinkler quilt, as I haven't done much homework this month due to our holiday.... Next class is tomorrow - I can't wait.

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