Thursday 9 April 2020


In these difficult days it's good to have something to celebrate. Today I am celebrating my 700th blog post and on the 10th April it's my 8th Blogaversary. To celebrate I would have let off fireworks but that could have attracted a crowd in this time of social distancing so instead I made a large mug of tea and found a copyright free firework picture on Google. As with all celebrations there should be presents so I am hosting a give away but more about that later.

Yesterday I set about finishing the cushion cover. First I needed to attach the applique. I'd saved 4 red charm squares for the applique. First the front was basted to the wadding and then applique was attached with machine buttonhole stitch.

I then pieced some of the remaining charm squares for the back.

Finally the front was stitched to the back and the pillow pad inserted. I always find it difficult inserting a new pillow pad for the first time. 

I have a second Charm pack and so could make a second cushion cover but I'm not sure I want to at the moment but by tomorrow I may have changed my mind. I do need to attach the button to the middle of the hearts to completely finish it.

I finished the stitching on Mildred today. This is my monthly goal for April. I'm not sure I've ever finished my monthly goal so quickly. I sat in the garden in the sun and finished the final stitching. The sun had quite a lot of warmth in it. Mildred needs a good press but I'll do that when I finish all the girls.

I pulled Millicent out ready to start stitching on her. I have done some work on her already but for some reason I put all the threads I was using back in my thread box. I need to sort out what I need so I can make a start tomorrow. I love the kitty in her pocket. At some point this stitchery has had something spilt on it so tomorrow I will give it a gentle wash

Once all the ladies are finished I won't be making them into a quilt. Instead John and I decided we will frame them and hang them together on the wall gong upstairs. A lot of the old stately homes in the UK have paintings of family members on the stairs, so quilting bag ladies will be our version. I will probably add their names when we reach that point. 

Also today I worked on the bag I'm making using the hexies. I need to arrange the pieces and then stitch them together. I'll take some photos tomorrow.

So I mentioned a give away. I have a charm pack by French General. This is a pretty Christmas charm pack and it's never to early to be thinking about Christmas. I will post anywhere in the world. 

This is open to everyone. To enter leave me a comment and tell me how you are keeping calm in the midst of the current mayhem.If you are a follower you may have a second chance by leaving me a comment telling me how you follow. The give away will remain open until April 18th.

Tomorrow I need to get some shopping for an elderly friend of ours and then I have the whole day free to work on whichever sewing project interests me. I'm hoping the weather will be good and I can sit in the garden again. 

Take care and stay safe.



  1. I love your stitched ladies. I am embroidering a variety of Christmas motifs in red thread on natural fabric blocks of various sizes which will eventually become a Christmas quilt which may happen more quickly than expected with so much more stitching time available these days.

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! I receive your emails

  3. What a lovely cushion. French General will always be a favourite. I like to choose just one job a day that I would like to get done and then I don't get too overwhelmed by all the things that need to get finished

  4. Happy Blogaversary! Your cushion turned out great. Is it going to be in the same room as your new curtains? Looks like they would go well together. Mildred finished off nicely. I too enjoy stitching outside in the sun. I find it so relaxing. I am passing the time by making masks for doctor offices, nurses, family and employees where our son works. Thanks for offering a giveaway. The charm pack is lovely. I follow you on Bloglovin and Google. That way I don't miss a post. Happy Blogaversary!

  5. I enjoy your posts especially your embroidery projects. I have been sewing on UFO'S and few new projects during this stay at home time. It is keeping me busy and sane.

  6. Congratulations on your 700 posts! Certainly a great achievement. It's always nice to see you working away on your various projects, quilting, sticheries, knitting, and catching up on what your pets are doing. And as I live so far away in New Zealand, I especially enjoy reading about your trips, both local around London and further afield. Keep stitching, stay home and stay safe.
    BTW, how do I follow you , your blog pops up on ghe top of my blog list each time you write a new one, by Blogger I presume.

  7. Congratulations! Very cute pillow and I love you ladies! Wonderful embroidery! take care!!!!!