Sunday, January 31, 2016

3 WIPs update

Hello Dear Reader

Who says blogging is on the way out? I recently read that there are 175,000 new blogs launched a day!  No wonder people are saying they don't get many comments  - there are just so many blogs to visit! 

I was wondering why I hadn't had notification of some comments made on one of my posts and then I was shocked to see I had approximately 300 emails in my junk file! And no they aren't all junk, there are comments from other bloggers and especially from some of you, who have commented on my blog!

Where I have been conversing with you previously, your emails will be recognised and Google will have allowed them into my email box, but I have commented on a lot of "new to me" blogs recently, whose email addresses are not being recognised, and those comment emails are "hidden" in my junk file. 

As far as I can tell this started in early January this year. 

So please accept my apologies if I haven't replied to any of your comments. 


The last couple of weeks have whizzed by. We've had a very nice man decorating our bedroom, but within 15 minutes of his arrival it was obvious he had the most foul cold (or possibly flu - and I don't mean man flu!).  

We thought we were doing well by the weekend as we hadn't caught the germs, but by Sunday night I knew my throat wasn't feeling right! So for the last week we've all been fighting the germs. DH seems to have had a worse germ than myself and is still suffering, whereas I think my cold has almost gone.

Updating my WIPs 

In the same order as last week:

1. Cocoa Sampler

No stitching on the Cocoa Sampler this week. But if you'd like to follow me over to Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics you can see my most "recent" cross stitch project.

2. Mini Needlecase

There has been progress here, starting with the divided pocket for thread ripper and pencil.

Placing the pockets.
Apologies for the awful picture - not enough light!

Attaching pockets.
Attaching pockets.

Attaching pockets, handles and scissors lanyard

Gathering and finishing pockets.
Gather the bottom of the pockets, pin, and slowly stitch in place.

Pockets closeup

The fabric for the handles was cut on the bias as previous handles made by cutting the fabric in line with the weft and  not on the bias didn't lay smoothly when they were topstitched, and as you can see it has paid off !


Close up of attachments.

Pockets and lanyard attached.

Once the pockets and scissor lanyard were stitched in postition I placed the Right Side of  my front on top of the back piece, pinned them, and then slowly machine stitched them together.

Front and back pieces attached.

3. Knitting

I've almost finished the second front of the waistcoat to be, so hopefully I am on course to finish by March, as planned.


The other day I wanted something to stitch on the train for a journey of approx 30 minute (in each direction). I remembered that I had seen on Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts, her mini Nine Block pincushion and quilt which gave me an idea, and about 5 minutes before walking out the front door I cut out some 1" squares, grabbed a reel of cotton, et voila!... a little project to keep me busy on the train!  So that's my newest hand stitching project of the year!

mini 9 patch
1"squared nine patch

I am linking to the following blogs on the relevant day:

On Monday I am linking to - Super Mom - No Cape - for hand stitching, and also - Bits n Bobs - Design Board Monday.
On Wednesday I am linking to -  Esther Aliu for her WOW - WIPs

If you haven't visited them before, why not pop over to see what everyone else is stitching!

Thank you for looking in today.  Have a great week!


Barbara xx


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Don't you hate it when someone is unkind enough to bring their germs and share them with you? So sorry you've been feeling poorly. At least you found some solace in your stitching!

Christine B said...

So sorry to hear you have been unwell Barbara and I am glad that you are feeling better now! I had a look at your other cross stitch project which is adorable. Your little needle case is coming along nicely too! Have a good week! Christine x

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you are enjoying your WIP's!! So annoying about the tech problems, but don't worry about them, we all have glitches like that sometimes, I find that if you ignore them they usually resolve themselves! xx

Brigitte said...

Not very funny to find so many normal emails in the spam folder.
Your little needle case is looking so great. And thanks for the step by step pictures.
I hope you are feeling better soon.

Lara B. said...

That is a big bummer about you and your husband getting that nasty flu bug. I hope you both feel better in time to have a good weekend! Barbara, you sure have a lot of neat projects going all at once. The needle case is very cute.