"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Friday, July 30, 2010

Truly scattered moments....

This whole week has flown by with scattered moments. Now I cannot share them all with you as I have to await a few gifts to arrive but here are some moments I can share. I am enjoying Peppermint Twist but you will have to wait to see that when we are finished with part 3 of our SAL. In the meantime, this week I was busy putting the finishing touches on the 3 needlebooks for my giveaway. I loved being able to be so frugle and use up every scrap of this quilt.

The lining is from the charms that I could not use as they were too white and would have blended into my white background. They made perfect linings though. Each person has a different lining.

I added colorful flower buttons to the front and back with ribbon to close the book if wished. A few colored glass beads added that last little touch. The books for Dawn and Nancy (my mother) are on their way in the mail. Carolien's is wrapped and waiting for her since I happily get to see her next week.

I got a big surprise in the mail myself. I had won Marsha's birthday giveaway and look at all the wonderful surprises. I have to make a fob for my new scissors, stitch that chart and sew the tote (she even included the fabrics!) as soon as I can! Thank you Marsha but you really spoiled me too much.

I am packing our weekend bag for Cranberry Cottage. As always, my first thoughts are what I am packing in my project bag. Here are a few peeks...

I normally stitch my blocks for Heidi's House and then sew the patchwork but I am behind and have to have block 6 done by our quilt evening on Wednesday. I sewed half the block together and a part of the remainder and will stitch it this weekend. I should be able to get the rest of the block done on Monday and Tuesday.

And here is a glimpse behind the candy cane curtains of Santa's Workshoppe. Miss Pickles the Elf has been at the drawing board and I am going to try something as part of my Christmas present for my Secret Sister in my quilt group. I cannot reveal too much yet but I will be anxious to see if I can finish this project as I have in my mind's eye. I will let you know if it works...

For that last scattered moment for now, it is the end of the month once again. Where has July gone? Jeanne and I are going to update our With My Needle SAL at the end of each month. I call mine the Emily sampler. *grins* I took Emily with me to the cottage last weekend but did not do as much stitching as I would have liked. Still, my friends, there is a little progress.

I wish you a wonderful weekend filled with many scattered moments with needle and thread!

23 comments:

Deborah said...

Your needlebooks turned beatifully, Emily is coming along nicely and congrats on winning Marsh's giveaway.

Tracy said...

Those needlebooks/cases are so wonderful, Heidi! LOTS of pretty stitching happening there... and gifts too. :o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS)) Oh, I'm having some giveaway fun... stop by if you get a chance...

Nancy said...

Well, first let me thank you in advance, I LOVE my needlebook. I love those colors, and especially red, as you know. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now, I think Emily is great. She is looking very good and happy to be moving along.
That gift you receive is wonderful. Wow, what a generous person. It reminds me of Carolien when I won her giveaway. What a wonderful bunch of goodies.
The tote is just great. I think maybeeeeeeeeeeeee you could make me one for Christmas, Miss Elf. >?????????
Sounds like you have your time planned out for the cottage. Hope the weather is good and you have a nice relaxing time away from the boxes. LOL.
Love you, Mom

Pondside said...

Have a great time at the cottage, Heidi.
We have a long weekend up here this weekend, so I am looking forward to a stretch of time to read and sew. I haven't picked up a needle for some weeks now - too scattered to do that, but I think this will change!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous needlebooks. xx

DonnaTN said...

Your needle books are really cute. I love the way you put the beads on the ribbon. And what a great give away that you won. Can't wait to see all the progress you make on your projects.

Bumpkin Bears said...

You have such a beautiful blog with wonderful creations, so happy to have visited over from Tracy's Blog. Have a wonderful weekend, Catherine x

Jackie said...

Your needle books are precious. How little are the squares? They look really small to me. You're always so generous with your RAKs and giveaways!

Have a great weekend!

Jenny said...

Heidi, the little needle books are really pretty, so bright and cheerful. You have been so busy this week. Congratulations on winning the give-a-way. What a wonderful gift. Emily of coarse is looking beautiful, and is coming along so nicely. My little package from you arrived safe and sound yesterday afternoon. What treasures there were inside....the needlebook is just beautiful and will be right beside when I am stitching this afternoon. I hope you have a good weekend at Cranberry Cottage . Hugs from CA. An email is following shortly...grins...

Maggie said...

Emily is growing nicely and those needle books are great :-)

have a good weekend at your cottage x

Marsha said...

I love the needlebooks, so bright and cheery. I'm happy the dish made it in one piece.

I forgot to tell you I listened to 'Romancing Miss Bronte' an audio book. It was really good, and while it was mostly about Charlotte, Emily and Ann were also in the book. What a sad ending for all the Bronte sisters.

Hope Cranberry Cottage is cool and stitch inspiring.

angelasweby said...

Heidi
Those needlebooks are really pretty. It's such a nice way to use up scraps. As always you have so much going on. Congratulations on winning the giveaway, What a lovely selection of gifts. Enjoy your weekend at Cranberry Cottage.
Angela xx

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh, I love your scrappy needle bags! What a great way to use up scrap fabric - and the beads add the perfect touch! Congrats on the winning! Your stitchery is looking really pretty, too!

Blu said...

Your needlebooks are so pretty and colourful! The winners are very lucky!

Ginny said...

I love that you are so productive, even during a relaxing weekend away. Enjoy!

Barb said...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend too Heidi,the needlebooks look so 'happy' if you know what I mean.
Are we all danced out now? Or is that music I hear in the background! Emily is just lovely .Congratulations on winning the giveaway .
Take care sweetie

Daniƫlle said...

What a little treasures they are!! Whoww a whole lot of gifts to enjoy making!! Bet you are having a great weekend! Happy stitching, Daniƫlle

Christine said...

Those needlebooks are beautiful, the beads are a pretty touch.
Emily looks lovlier than ever.
Congratulations on your win, have a great time at the cottage

staci said...

Everything is so lovely! I know exactly what you mean about using up little bits and pieces to make something useful and wonderful :)

Jo said...

Lovely finishes, and your giveaway from Marsha is AMAZING- lucky you!

mainely stitching said...

Everything is, as always, utterly gorgeous to look at. :D

How're you doing? Has it cooled off a bit there??

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

I look forward to see Heidi's house on Wednesday! That eggplant colour is gorgeous.
Oooooohh, I love those needle books, lucky me to get one!
I didn't make a single stitch last week but will be starting again ...

See you on Wednesday & groetjes & hugs, Carolien

Brigitte said...

You made three great needlebooks for your give-away. The recipients will be delighted with them. And what you received from Marsha looks like pure fun.
I have just admired all the stitching and the wonderful quilt you showed in your last posts. And I enjoyed watching your Christmas in July party.
I hope you were having a great time at the Cranberry Cottage and maybe you have some progress on Emily to show.