Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April update

Time for a little updating, well long overdue for a little updating actually. (inserting sheepish grin here)

The spring bug has bitten me and I really haven't wanted to be at my computer any longer than I have to - which has been far too long actually since work has been horribly busy. Leaving me little time for the more important things in life - stitching, quilting, knitting, walking my sweet little puppy, and the lesser ones - cooking, cleaning, laundry.

I received a wonderful package from sweet Melissa who sent along a gorgeous selection of coloured linens! Oh my, how beautiful these pieces are! I have to make sure to stitch just the right design on these to show the amazing colours. And how kind of Melissa to send these tasty linens along to me!! I'm sorry the picture just doesn't do them any justice.
At our stitching retreat (last post) I had a lesson on hand applique from my lovely friend Marg, which I sorely needed. My previous attempt at hand applique made for one very sad looking heart. But after some wonderful tips from her, this is what I have managed to get accomplished~
Uh, just don't look too closely at this please! This block is part of Block #7 for Leanne's House, which has been hanging about waiting for me to assemble for far too long. Of course I think I spent a year trying to get those final 3 blocks send to me after a horrendous experience with an online shop. Here is what the rest of Block #7 will look like, once I get the rest of the embroideries finished. But I haven't stopped stitching completely. I'm still plodding away at Mirabilia's Elizabeth and the Lavender Sky. My recent stitching hasn't been as exciting, since I've been working away at the frame area, which is full of very dull colours, but once done, looks far more interesting. Funny how you can work away at blobs of colour and placing a few random stitches here and there but when you back away from it, it really starts to look like something~
And I have to post a picture of sweet Bella. Hubby took this pic of her, while she was sitting in my chair, waiting for me to get home again. She hasn't grown very much and has stayed quite a small wee dog, but all the better to pick up and snuggle with!

28 comments:

Redwitch said...

Oooh lots of lovelies! Lovely fabric from Melissa, your applique looks great from here and so to your stitching - you have been busy :)

And a cutie poochie to boot!

Anonymous said...

Great job with your applique...glad I could help out.
Bella looks like she is saying: "When is she going to come home."!!

Marg

valerie said...

lovely linens and good job on the applique. Looks beautiful. I like the progress on your Mirabilia. I have quite a few half-kitted up and can't pick which one to be my next big start!

Michele said...

I think your hand applique looks great! Can't wait to see the finished quilt :)

Bella is darling!

lena-lou said...

Your applique looks great to me :) Love your little dog she is sooo gorgeous :-)

Von said...

I'd like for the spring bug to bite me, but we haven't had enough consistently nice weather yet. Still I get little nips now and then. :)

Applique is something I haven't tried yet, but yours is looking terrific, especially for someone new to the art. Keep at it! The finished result is always worth the effort.

Melissa said...

I'm so glad you like the linens Wendy. It's fun to share!

You've been busy with applique and x-stitch! Bella looks like she's saying "when is she going to stop and play with me?!!!" She looks so cute!

staci said...

Those are some Gorgeous linens! And I think your applique-work looks lovely!

Siobhan said...

Lovely linens and stitching! Your quilt--gorgeous!! Almost as pretty as that cute little pup of yours. ;)

Kelly said...

I love everything!! And Bella is sooo sweet!!! I can't wait to see her this summer :)

Kit said...

Your applique is beautiful, I haven't tried it yet. Your Mirabilia is coming along beautifully as well. Bella is too cute.

Annemarie said...

Wendy, your hand applique looks just beautiful! And the design is gorgeous, and very springlike.

Bella looks so darling. I've probably asked you before, but what sort of breed is she? I'm looking for a doggy for Pelle and me, but I need a breed that won't give us the sneezles and wheezles :o)

Brigitte said...

Your appliqué work looks gorgeous - Leanne's House is such a wonderful project.
Nice progress on your Mirabilia.

Hazel said...

I love your applique. Your pup is too cute xx

Alberta said...

Wendy, your hand applique looks incredible! Well done. The stitching is looking great also...you are a busy woman!

stitcherw said...

Lovely fabric, and your applique looks great too. Lavender sky is such a pretty piece, it's fun watching it grow. Bella is adorable, just a perfect snuggle size.
Sue

samplerlover said...

Hi Wendy,
Your applique is looking lovely. Your Mirabella is looking also beautiful. What a great collection of linen.
Bella is beautiful. She looks quite comfortable there. - Sandra.

Beatrice said...

Look at all of your great updates...nice sewing and stitching.
Bella is a sweetie!

Hazel said...

Bella is such a cutie and what gorgeous fabric too. Great progress on your wip. x

Kathy said...

Wow lots of gorgeous stuff hun, Love your Mira start too.

Hugs xxxxx

Michele said...

been missing you! hope all is well and you are enjoying May :)

Jackie said...

oo Bella is cute...

loved your works.

stitcherw said...

Beautiful fabric, and your applique looks wonderful. Very cute picture of Bella too, she looks quite the snuggler.
Sue

Maren S said...

Wow, lots of wonderful projects going. Your puppy is just too cute for words! lol You are coming along well with your Mirabilia. It's looking great, and so is your applique! That's a lot of hard work in those pictures. :)

Heather said...

I've missed you! Your projects are so pretty. The applique you are working on is gorgeous. I haven't tried it yet, I am a chicken! I hope you are having a lovely summer.

Moreen said...

Thank you for the kind comment.
This is the first time I have visited your blog and I have enjoyed looking at your beautiful work.
Your little dog is gorgeous.

acereta said...

The quilt is just fantastic!

claudia said...

very nice your blog,Compliments!!!
Have a nice day from Tenerife
Claudia