Hi dear friends, I hope you all had a lovely start to the New Year.
I decided not to make any plans in regards to my stitching for 2014. I looked back at my plans for 2013 (there were 3 designs I wanted to stitch) and didn't end up stitching any of them. So I figure that I might as well not try to pin something down and just go with the flow.
One thing I am definately going to do this year though is learn more quilting and applique. I picked up a bag load of Christmas applique pieces and I'm going to experiment with them over time and dabble more into quilting again. I say again as I did use to quilt about 15 years ago, my husbands grandmother taught me some basic blocks, but when she passed away my enthusiasm for it just wasn't the same. Having joined some wonderful Aussie groups lately and seeing some beautiful finishes I am inspired to get back into the swing of it and give it another go. In fact, I finished up a piece over the weekend, a little mug rug which is half cross stitch and half quilted, but I am saving it for an exchange piece, so will have to show you later. Sorry!
I do have an exchange to show you though. This is for the Christmas Joy exchange at Stitch, Create, Exchange and here is what I sent to my partner Kim.
This is what I received from my partner Melanie. I have kept the snowman pillow out as I'm going to have it on display all the time. Its just too cute to put away.
I have also taken the 2014 Swap Pledge of Integrity.
I Lisa, will try my utmost...
To always swap on time.
To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.
To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
To communicate when it's required.
To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.
This I sewomly pledge....
Until next time, happy stitching