Monday, August 28, 2006

Exchange and Weekend stitching

For the past year I've been in a seasonal exchange, partnered up with Kelly from the US. Every 4 months or so we have been send each other a parcel of goodies, in relation to the season. Recently I sent off the last parcel to Kelly, which I'm pretty sure would have arrived by now, and which had to contain "something" stitched. I chose to stitch Friendship by the Trilogy and made it into a buttoned pillow

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I also made Kelly a bag for her stitching, using a butterfly fabric since Kelly likes butterflies

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My SBEBB house exchange has arrived safely to its destination, to Annemiek in the Netherlands so I can share what I stitched for Annemiek, Little House Needleworks Sampler House - how could I resist, and this I also made into a buttoned pillow ( can you tell I've got a "thing" for these at the moment!!)

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Glenn and I didn't have any plans this weekend so didn't venture far at all, which was good as we both had several jobs that we wanted to do around the house. I also decided to make a start on some spring cleaning - our laundry and office/my stash house both got a thorough tidy up and clean. Don't you feel good when its done though :)

And guess what, the wedding sampler is completely finished, beading and all! It took me awhile on Friday night to get my friends' names charted right, three times I stitched them in the space and then pulled out the thread to stitch them again but finally, its all done. Will have a pic to share tomorrow hopefully. I got the sewing machine out on Saturday afternoon and made up Kath's ornament, and also my redwork piece so they are both ready to post out this week sometime. Because I'm a little ahead of schedule with my exchange stitching I decided to get out Christmas Elf fairy and spent a fair bit of time stitching her Saturday night and then last night too.

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so its only her boots and wings to go now :)

Thanks too everyone, for the comments about the needleroll and cards, they mean a lot.

26 comments:

Kiwi Jo said...

Great exchanges Katrina - I love the little button pillows. I was spring cleaning today too. You are early and I am way late :)

Jenn said...

What wonderful exchanges. I love the butterful bag.

Your Christmas Fairy Elf is looking good. Keep up the good work and you'll have her done in no time...but doing all that white in the wings can be such a pain. I so enjoyed doing the beading on her. Once you get going on it it will go by so quickly

Sharon said...

Wow! you have been busy! I love your button pillows-they look great! all very lovely exchanges.

Gail said...

The pillows look great Katrina. Your Christmas Elf is progressing well. Can't wait to see it when you have finished.

Lisa said...

Your exchange partners are very lucky, your button pillows look great and I love the butterfly bag.

Mel in Dubai said...

I love all your finishes, Katrina - you've been real busy :)

Lisa said...

The pillows are lovely, and the Christmas Elf is coming along beautifully!

Karoline said...

The pillows for the exchanges are gorgeous and Christmas Fairy is looking lovely

bunnyhead said...

Wow! What beautiful pieces :) I love the tote bag too, I'm sure it will be used well.

Andie said...

Gorgeous Katrina!! All your stitching/sewing is beautiful!! :)

Isabelle said...

Wow, wow, such eye candy on your blog Katrina :) You've been so busy once again, I love your buttoned pillows and such great progress on the Elf!! Way to go!

Stitch or no stitch said...

Your button pillows are lovely Katrina. There will be some very happy exchange partners out there.
Love the colors of your Christmas elf.

Margaret

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching! You've done some lovely exchanges and I am sure the recipients are going to be so happy!

Cindy said...

Such beautiful work! Such wonderful exchanges!!!

ozark crafter said...

You do very lovely work.

zoeandcooper said...

Everything looks so lovely. I love the piece you stitched for Kelly! Great work.

Nicki said...

Beautiful exchanges! No surprise you stitched a LHN house! ;)

How do you finish the cross stitched fabric neatly for the front of the pillows? Is it just turned under or backed or what?

The Elf Fairy is looking lovely too - definitely the prettiest of those kits. :)

~Harsha~ said...

your pillows are lovely.. and the bag too!

Von said...

Katrina, those are amazing exchanges! Annamiek and Kelly are lucky girls to get such great stuff. :D

Can't wait to see the wedding sampler and other goodies you have in store!

Rava said...

Wow, wow, wow! I love the button pillows and the bag!

Cant wait to see a picture of the wedding sampler too :)

Cathy said...

Your pillows are lovely! I like the buttons!

stitcherw said...

Christmas elf fairy is lovely, and the exchange goodies you stitched turned out great as well, I'm sure they loved them.

Susan said...

Lovely gifts! Can I be in an exchange with you? I love Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate!

Carol said...

You've been a busy little stitcher! Great job on everything. I am looking forward to seeing the ST wedding sampler :-)

Chelle said...

The button pillows are fantastic! You sure make me wish I had an exchange on my horizon. You'll be done with your Christmas Elf in no time. Beautiful!

lena-lou said...

The pieces you have stitched for exchanges are so nice I especially love the Trilogy pillow such nice colours and your bag is superb!

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