Tuesday 15 September 2015

Stitch Gathering Ticket

This wriggly little lady has been keeping me super busy but, hold on to your hats folks, there has been some stitching!

For the past couple of years I have been an onlooker as the lovely Jo at My Bearpaw has set the Stitch Gathering delegates the creative tasks of creating their own "ticket" to the event. But this year, thanks to hubby's very thoughtful birthday present, I don't have to just look on, I get to join in!  Seeing what plan Jo had up her sleeve for this year's ticket project has all been part of the unfolding anticipation of this year's event for me.  So, a few month's back I was quite excited to start thinking about my plans for this year's ticket for which Jo requested a favourite word - a word that's perhaps inspirational, fun or just one we love the sound of.

Honestly, it took me no time at all to decide on the word "giggle".  I love how it sounds and hope that it will be a really good word to include on Jo's final project which is to take all of the words and make them up into an inspirational quilt for a school or a hospice or some other such deserving place.

It took me a little more time to decide how to present my word.  Finally I settled on some embroidery, stitching the letters and the giggling emoticon all with chain stitch.  At points during the process I wasn't sure it was going to have the look I wanted but I'm glad I persevered and I hope it's a worthy addition to Jo's quilt and, of course, that it means I can gain entry to Stitch Gathering in a couple of weekends' time.

It has been lovely to pop in with something stitch to show you but don't be holding your breath for more stitching pics anytime soon! Just saying ;-)

Saturday 5 September 2015

Bee Blessed Continues!

With a newborn in the house there has been a stitching and blogging hiatus, but I interrupt the pause in normal proceedings to bring you good news of how you can link in with Bee Blessed again.  Yay!

I did promise that when the Bee Blessed team had their new comms operational I would let you know so that you can keep up to date with what they are doing and, hopefully, so that you will continue to make them blocks for their great donated quilts.

The good news is that there are now two ways to link in with what Bee Blessed is up to.  First of all you can find all the details and soon the block information on their brand new blog here.  If you are local to Belfast, Northern Ireland and fancy joining in with the Bee in person some dates for the autumn meetings have been listed already and there's a nice little introductory post to get the team up and running.  Please go and have a read.

As well as the blog, you can also now follow the Bee on Instagram too.  Those of you on IG should follow them on beeblessedquilts so that you won't miss the blocks being posted.

Bee Blessed will continue to meet and make quilts from donated blocks which will then be passed on to folks and families who really need a wee touch of love or thoughtfulness for something that's going on in their lives.  YOU can be a part of this amazing work by linking up with the team, following what they're up to and stitching up a block or two to send to them from time to time.  The nice thing about Bee Blessed is that, as well as contributing to quilts that really touch hearts, you get an opportunity to use up your scraps and to play at making blocks you might not otherwise try.  I'd really love it if you would show your support to the new Bee team by continuing to make blocks for them if you have done so in the past or by considering starting if you've never tried it before.  If you have any questions or want to know where to post your blocks to just email them at beeblessedquilts@gmail.com.

Go on, give it a go and follow the blog or IG account or both now so that you don't miss their next block when the time comes!


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