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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Keeping the postman busy!

There have been some lovely things arriving in the post again recently. First of all I received this lovely bundle of fabrics from Wendy at Sugarlane Designs. It was my prize for taking part in the September FNSI (post from Australia takes a while!)

They are Heart of the Garden by Kim Schaefer and I think they are gorgeous! They will be used for a special project in the new year. many thanks to Wendy who does such a great job organising FNSI.

I love joining in with Sheila's postcard swaps and this Autumn I have swapped with Maria from Life on the Block. 
Here is the lovely sunny postcard she sent me to warm me up!

It is so beautifully made and the finishing is so neat! Thank you very much Maria, I love it and thank you very much Sheila for organising our swaps.

This is the card that I sent Maria - somehow I forgot to photograph it so with apologies to Maria I have lifted this from her blog!

Lin's Postcard. 2015
I went with an Autumn theme for my card.

A little while ago I lost the little wooden stiletto that I use to make holes and push threads through in my embroidery and although it is not a tool I use every day it was a useful little item.
I do have this little one which I think is quite old but unfortunately the point is bent and so it lives on the shelf with my collection of tools.

I have been scouring the brocantes and vide greniers all summer in hope of finding a replacement but with no luck so while at the Knitting and Stitching show I thought I would buy myself a new one. Not so easy though - very difficult to find but eventually I discovered Golden Hinde a small company specialising in supplies for goldwork. They had some lovely samples of pewter stilletos and I was able to order one to be sent to me (no sharp objects on the plane). I also could not resist ordering a pretty stitch ripper too - well if you need to do it you might as well do it with something more attractive than a piece of plastic!
My purchases arrived yesterday and here they are, I am so pleased with them.

As you can see my October crazy block is progressing and I think a couple of evenings work this week will see it finished. I have a few other projects to show you but will keep those for another post.
Hope you are having a good week.


  1. What a lovely bundle! Congratulations on being a winner! Sheila,s postcard swap is so much fun to read about. Both these postcards are keepers. Love your new tools. And your work....it's exquisite! XO

  2. Great goodies from the postman. I love your new tools. They are so pretty xx

  3. Lots of great mail..Enjoyed the swap...
    Great new tools...

  4. Hi Lin!

    Lovely progress on your crazy blocks! I love those special tools!

  5. how fun to win those pretty fabrics and I love the postcards.. always such fun different ones...

  6. I like the days when the postmans is kind to me :-)
    Your crazy block is looking gorgeous!
    I know Golden Hinde too, I love their small pieces of kid leather, I used some for Jacobean embroidery; so soft.

  7. Love the blue of the crazy patch - so pretty!

  8. Congrats on your lovely win. Great postcards sent and received. Glad you have replaced your useful tool x

  9. What a beautiful crazy quilt block! Congrats on your win.

  10. Congratulations on your win , such beautiful fabrics . Your postcards are lovely both sent and received and thanks for taking part . Your crazy block is looking wonderful and now you have some very special tools to help you , prettiest seam ripper I have ver seen :-)

  11. It has been quite a while since I made a fabric postcard, I am inspired to make up a few. Thank-you.
    those are lovely tools, much nicer than boring plastic. A great find.

    ps. i finished another blue and white block today and am now thinking of the sashing.

  12. Congrats on your lovely win!!! Love both postcards, such a delightful idea. I really love your new tools, it's so much easier to work with pretty things, isn't it? Just adds to the joy. Your block is really beautiful!

  13. Yay for the win Lin... enjoy!

  14. Such a fabulous crazy patch block,as always an eye candy.Enjoy your goodies and sure more to come.Have a fun week!!

  15. The cards are beautiful!
    I am delighted with his punches. Objects are so delicate and beautiful!
    You have made embroidery increasingly exquisite. Congratulations!


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