I think I mentioned last week that I had received my Goodie Swap items at the beginning of last week. I had incredibly self-control (for me) and didn't open them until this weekend so that I was doing it at the same time as many of the others. And was I happy when I did!
I loved those bright hexies when I saw them posted on the Flickr swap group. They are pieced beautifully. And the hand stitching! There are stitches here like you never see on my quilts, they are so delicate and perfectly done.
If that was not enough there were some yummy chocolaty treats - and you know that you can never go wrong with chocolate and me in the same room together. And this plump gorgeousness of a pin cushion. Which is great because I am going to start keeping a pin cushion with my hand sewing and another by the machine and then I don't have to keep chasing it round.
Aren't those wee dots of flowers lovely?! So a huge thank you to Ros from Rosa-Munda who put such a lot of time, skill and thought into my swap items to make things that suited me so well.
In other news, I am sure that you are pleased to see I survived the weekend with a modicum of sanity. (Yes, Hadley, I am waiting for a pithy comment to this!) You may have all laughed that I got Sunday dinner - it was not a roast! - ready two days early, but let me tell you that it was very appreciated by me last night that I only had to bake some potatoes and reheat the chili. I wasn't up to any more effort than that!
I had a friend over for lunch today so very little time was left for sewing between that and other tasks. But I do finally have the background fabric cut for the Across the Seas quilt so the final piecing should be done tomorrow. Woohoo!
I am taking the girls into town after school as Emily has some birthday money burning a hole in her pocket and Claire's has a sale on with some amazing Hello Kitty bargains and Emily is terrified that they will have all sold out. It will be straight to dance - via the chip shop - from there and that pretty well ties up the remainder of my day.
So I hope that you are enjoying this Indian summer sunshine and having a great Monday.