Thursday, 22 March 2012

March TUSAL and a couple of Public Service Announcements

Here is Madame Muriel posing for the last time with the TUSAL and her travelling bags.  Also in the picture is my page-every-other-day calendar, a postcard from Arizona and my progress on the Joan Elliott RR.

Jacqui's theme is "Your Favourite Joan Elliott Design".  Well, I like them all but as I haven't stitched a geisha before I chose one of those designs.  Most of IHSW was taken up with the black!  As my daytime project is also mainly black it was a rather dark IHSW.  You can see the mass of black ORTS in the jar.

The PSA part of the post is two rather sad pieces of news and two nice ones.

Sad Thing One - Gift of Stitching is closing.  This is an online mag I've been subscribing to since last year.  It went bi-monthly in December but now the editor has decided to close it partly due to the global recession and partly due to piracy.  Too many of the charts are being shared and appearing online.  We have a choice of either a refund or back issues.  I've decided to go for the back issues as I don't have many and I'd rather not take any money out of the GoS account.  I'm just waiting to see how many I can have!

Sad Thing Two - Quilt Theft.  If you live near Texas then keep an eye out for Karen's distinctive quilts.  I saw this posted on the San Man board and although I've not heard of Karen Combs before (not being a quilter myself) I wanted to help put the word out.  Hopefully she'll get the quilts back.

Happy Thing One - Sampler Makers Spring Sampler.  Jennie Lynn has designed a few spring themed motifs for us to put together in a Spring Sampler.  I spent a happy afternoon with pencil and graph paper drawing out a design.  Now all I need is the fabric, some tea and the colours.

Happy Thing Two - my Blogaversary, which is on 8th April 2012 which just so happens to be Easter Sunday!  So the Easter Treasure Hunt I have planned will now be an Easter Treasure Hunt Competition for my Blogaversary.
There will be two prizes, one for the people who post pictures for the hunt and one for people who just play the game.  Anyone who remembers it's my Blogaversary without prompting will get another entry in their draw!  I'll be asking for people to sign up in my next post this weekend as it's time for bed now!


Karen said...

Happy travels to Madame Muriel!

I'm very excited to see how your geisha turns out, and luckily, I get to see it in person. Don't know what I'm going to do on Jacqui's since I have it last. Have to see what everyone else does.

Happy Blogaversary in advance. Perhaps I'll play whatever clever game you come up with.

Minnie said...

I love your progress on the JE RR. It's too bad about the stolen quilts, they were beautiful, I hope they are some how returned to her. I'm looking forward to signing up for your Easter Treasure Hunt.

Christine said...

It is very sad about TGOS, but not a total surprise, I felt this was coming when they went bimonthly.
Looking forward to the Easter Treasure Hunt

Giovanna said...

I'm also sad about TGOS :-(

Mouse said...

hope madame muriel has a lovely journey to her new place of holiday :)
sorry to hear of the GOS and the loss of the quilts ....
and coooo I've got the charts too can't wait to see what you do with them :)
and looking forward to the easter treasure hunt :)
love mouse xxxxxx

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

I had not heard about the stolen quilts. Shameful. Too bad about the mag.

I'll look forward to seeing what you put together for your Spring Sampler.

Your blog anniversary is on my Dad's birthday. Hopefully I remember both things!

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog on Daffycat's blog.

Your geisha RR should be lovely.

It's awful about the quilts, I hope that they are found.

♥ Nia said...

Really?! Closing?! Sad news.. =(
And another awful news about those quilts =/

Can't wait for the Easter hunt! That will be fun for sure :D

Julie said...

The geisha is looking lovely, a design I too have never stitched although a lady at my stitching club has done many ladies and samurais so I do get to see them developing.

Daffycat said...

Out ogling ORTs. Yours look great!