We're halfway through the alphabet!
Thirteen weeks and we've stitched A to M and made thirteen pincushions...well, I have, and after today so will you.
According to statistics taken last year, M is the second most popular first letter for a girl's name, which makes me think this week's design might be stitched a number of times if you're making them for friends or family.
A was number one and E was number three just in case you wondered.
I've given M a lovely soft flow and finished it with a climbing rose.
The borders are sewn left to right around the M block so that the end of one is overlapped by the following border. I love how such a simple change in piecing adds something sweet to this pinnie, and it's a bit different to the sides first and then across the top that I usually do.
The green spot is an old Lecien basics and the cream background floral is Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille, both from my scrap box!
I've already prepared the next two alphabet stitcheries ready to embroider on their pincushions and as I was choosing fabrics for them my heart was warmed by the fact that I only need small pieces and a few threads to make these little projects. It's become a joy to make something useful and pretty from my scraps. Have you discovered that too?
The pattern will remain free until December 6th, along with J, K and L. Just scroll my blog for the links to those patterns.
The sets for A-E and F-I are $2 each here in my shop.
It rained last night which was wonderful for the gardens, however, it has brought the most horrid humidity to the tropics where I live and now we're bracing for a super dooper heat wave with temps hotter than our normal hot.
Funny thing about our cat Sophie, though. She loves the heat, sleeps outside under a bush in the middle of the day and only wanders inside at tea time for her supper. As I was checking the large hedge bushes out back this morning she fell at my feet and would not budge...think it was her hint for a photo shoot because as soon as I took her piccie off she went to explore more garden places to spend the day and I haven't seen her since.
Interesting cocoon I found in what I thought was a lily pily...
...so I'll keep an eye on it and see what emerges.
Caterpillars really are incredible architects.
Anyhow, the not-a-lily-pily shrub has me stumped.
It's been dropping these little green balls that look like extremely miniature limes, or a lime skinned mini pomegranate.
It occurs to me that over the next while Mr E and I shall be learning a lot about the plants in our garden, whilst also filling the empty spaces with our own green choices. So far he's built two greenhouses behind his large shed and is propagating cuttings from a variety of trees we've come across on our Saturday morning drives.
That one I asked about a few weeks back (here) was in fact a spindly nectarine and the flower died two days after that photo because we do not have any cold weather here so it cannot set fruit. In the big scheme of things we need our garden space to be two things, shady and productive, so it has been removed and hubby will be planting river gums instead (we're not far from the river).
Out front of our home the previous owners filled in much of the yard with compacted road base but we're more the dirt, grass and trees kind of folks. Bit by bit hubby is breaking through that road base and digging it out so we can fill it with good soil and make a start on our garden plans for across the front of the house. Shade trees are high on our list as well as a large noise barrier that will look like a rock garden when it's finished.
Since staying inside in the cool will be the best way to cope with the high temps this weekend and into next week I've some sewing plans afoot.
No joke, I have about 200 original stitcheries stored away that I intend using in projects - some to gift, some to use here at home and some to sell next year. These little mug designs are destined to be mug rugs by this time next week and I'm thinking a cute little patchwork block added to one side will be perfect.
When I designed them a few months back I chose the predominantly red and green palette for Christmas, thinking they'd be perfect as gifts this time of year in a project or framed. But as the design itself is not festive they could be stitched for any occasion all year long. I mean, imagine them in soft pinks and blues, or in those bright 1930's prints?
I've trimmed the blocks to 6 1/2" square and will choose a couple of 6 1/2" square patchwork blocks tonight, plus some fabric to compliment the stitcheries. The red floral is an old Tilda print and no longer available so I'll use a little from the piece I still have but not a lot.
Maybe I'll get carried away and have something very different to show you next week! A mini quilt perhaps?? My mind is always three streets ahead of my time and ability. LOL!! I better slow down and remember there's other work that needs completing too.
The double pattern for "Lavender & Rose Mugs" is in my shop.
For those in the US I wish you all a belated Happy Thanksgiving. It's the one holiday you have that I wish was worldwide because it's not about gift giving, but being thankful and spending time around the table with those you love. May all your tables be blessed this year.