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Sunday, 29 November 2015

The End

So , yesterday we had to post our final picture for the HAED challenge of at least 100 stitches a week for four weeks.
 This is the pic I posted on there :
 however , I managed to get some stitches in yesterday , bad weather halts play when you don't have a car ,lol . And ,as I started on the Sunday , it seemed fair to carry on yesterday . Even taking those stitches out though , I still got way over 100 stitches in last week . So , this is where I stand now
 and this is where I started before the challenge began .
 I am pretty chuffed with the progress. Rosita will be going away for a short while now as I kind of want to get a couple of UFO's finished up before the end of the year. Then , I am probably going to have a new HAED start next year , I have a couple in mind , but we will see. Next year I want to do more personal stitching. I do love doing the Love Quilts squares , but I have so much stash I really must make use of some of it.

 Thanks for dropping by ,

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Give Thanks

 To all my US friends and anyone else who celebrates , Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving .

 I am thankful for :   A roof over our heads
                                 Food in our cupboards   and
                                 Love in our hearts .

Monday, 23 November 2015

Week three

Well, last week was a bit of a bust as far as stitching goes. I managed to get more than 100 stitches in , just , and not much else was done . Appointments, busy days and feeling grotty as the end of the week led to more snuggling and reading than stitching. Still, any progress is good and I have higher hopes for the coming week.

 End of week two
 End of week three.

I am wanting to work on other things now , which isn't helping , and still wanting to start loads. Still resisting the urges though , for now ,lol .
Thanks for reading ,

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Week two .

Week two of the HAED challenge has passed. I am quite pleased with the progress I made , especially as I didn't stitch on it at all for a couple of days.
 So, end of week one
 End of week two.
 I am still really enjoying stitching on this ,but I am getting startitis , I really want to start a few new projects. So far I have been good as I have a couple of UFOs as well as the WIPs , so we'll have to see how it goes.
 Thanks for reading ,

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Week one

I have completed the first week of the HAED challenge.
 I haven't counted the stitches , but there is definitely more than 100 done this week. Probably close to 400 , so I am happy .


 This is the first time I have had the pictures together , looks like more progress than I had originally thought .  I am loving stitching on her again . Looking forward to the next three weeks
 Thanks for reading ,
Cath .

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hare Hop

The lovely Gaynor at Stitchers' Anon  offered up a travelling pattern on her Face book group for fans of Holmsey Hare .
 I couldn't wait to join in, I do like to do travelling patterns occasionally and this one was a joy to stitch .
 I haven't done anything with it yet , but I'm thinking I will frame it in a nice dark wooden frame .
   The hop is closed for new stitchers , but I think Gaynor will be adding it to her shop once everyone has completed it .

 Thanks for reading ,

Monday, 2 November 2015


Back again , told you there was a lot to catch up on ,lol .

As well as stitching , I have been gathering stash . I've bought a few "lots" of threads that people have been getting rid of , so last week I decided to sort them out . I also bought a few mixed bags from a charity shop in Skegness whilst on holiday . A lot were unbranded or had the bands missing. Those were sent to a friend for her school group to use when making their Christmas Cards. (Oh -oh , I said the C word) .

 Anyway , after winding over 500 bobbins , I then had to re-organise all my thread boxes .
 The end result.

 DMC boxes

 Anchor , I am a long way off having all of them , but trying ,lol.

 Anchor vari

 And a few oddments that had no number

 Winnie the Pooh threads and DMC vari .

 Now I just need to get the rest of my stash sorted.

 Fun times ahead ,lol.

 Thanks for reading ,

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Latest stitchings

Thank you for bearing with me in my absence , now it's time to catch up on what I've been stitching .

  Squares for Love Quilts UK ,named squares .

And an "any child" square. Disney Princesses are so popular ,we can never get enough of them .
A little bit of info about LQUK . So far , I have stitched 79 squares and been a part of 55 quilts (with two quilts having more than one of my squares on). There are at least 11 quilts coming up that will have my squares on too. That's over 66 kids whose lives have been brightened a little by my stitching. Now , I am not bragging as we have some fabulous stitchers , some of whom have done over 100 and even 200 squares. Now that's impressive . But , each and every square is important .So , each and every stitcher is as important .
  We have sent out 144 quilts so far this year , with the hopes of going over 170 before the end of the year. We have already passed last years total of 141 . We could do more , but need the funds and the quilters. These quilts are given with no charge to the kids or their families , it is all charity donations , so if you would like to help in any way , please do what you can. You can donate here . We would really appreciate new quilters though as no matter how many squares we have , or how much money ,we need people to put them together , so if you or anyone you know can quilt and wants to help some poorly kids to smile , please look here .  Thank you.

OK , I also stitched this for my Daughter as we are planning a quilt and she has chosen animals in a tribal style.

These are what I have done so far , only another 10 to go .

More news coming soon .
 Thanks for reading

Friday, 30 October 2015

Heaven and Earth

 I recently joined the new official HAED page on Face book .
 Michele has issued a challenge for people to do at least 100 stitches a week for the nest four weeks and then show photos of their progress.
  I have been wanting to get going on QS Rosita for a while , and this is the incentive I needed , so here is where I am at now.

We have to post a progress pic on the FB page on the 28th November , but I'm going to try and post a pic on here every week to see how much I can get done . I am hoping for more than the asked for 100 stitches , but we'll see as I also have a couple of other projects on the go .

Thanks for reading ,

Thursday, 29 October 2015


Well, I disappeared there for a while.
 Still been stitching and had the intention to blog , but didn't quite get around to it. So now I guess it's time for a major catch up , but don't worry I will try and split it up so you don't lose the will to live ,lol .

 So , in August we took a family break to the East coast. Booked pretty last minute , and we took a risk in going for a caravan close to the sites' club. Yeah , it was a mistake. Very loud until very late.
 Otherwise though , we had a great time . It rained solid all day Tuesday but the rest of the week was dry , occasionally overcast but not enough to cause us problems.

 On Monday we went to Skegness Naturelands Seal Sanctuary . Lots of other animals as well as seals , but I took way too many photos to show them all here . Here are just a sampling of the pics.

Had a fabulous day .

Later in the week we visited Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary. Again lots of animals and birds , but I have to say I was disappointed in the place . It wasn't very clean , but very full and it was very much a case of being an attraction rather than a sanctuary. I much preferred Skegness. Still ,a few pics from there too.

On the last day , we packed up the car and walked across the sea front to the town for a last look round , last ice cream , donuts and slushes ,lol. We were awe struck to see seals just off the beach . One of them was fishing and the kids got to see it enjoying its' catch . Got to be the highlight of the week .

 That's all for now . I will schedule another couple of posts to catch up with stitching etc.

 Thanks for reading .