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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness April Link-Up Post

2017 GG


Welcome to the April link-up for Gifted Gorgeousness.  The linky will stay open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time to join in.

Once again I have a good mixture of gifts to and from people to share with you.

First up is a finish which is a gift for my cousin's baby Mary.  We went to visit my cousins last week and Mary was suitably uninterested in her gift but that is because she is only 100 days old!  Her parents loved it and I am sure she will in time.  She did appreciate an Auntie Jo cuddle which was nice.

 
stitched on 32 count Sunlit Heath from Crafty Kitten

I also made two new starts using the green linen Sarah sent me which I showed in my last GG post.  These were both for my March Madness Just-Nan-a-thon:

Start 4 - Victorian Rose

Start 6 - Snow Forest
blue and purple fabrics included to try get colour to show accurately!

Here's my progress on Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas which was a gift from my MIL:


We travelled by train to visit my cousins, six hours stitching (3 there and 3 back) saw the bulk of a new start done and another two days at home saw it completed.

Drawn Thread - Spot of Spring
stitched on 35 count Country Mocha

birdies and bunnies and sheepies!

The final piece I picked up was a gift from a friend who has stopped stitching.  She passed me a lot of her stash and asked that I stitch this for her in exchange.  It is long overdue but as she has a special wedding anniversary this summer I am planning to get it done by then.  This will be my focus for the next couple of months until it is finished:

Gathering Honey by Jannlynn

I stitched some boring border and started some bees!  Two of the corners have complex floral patterns which take ages to stitch and the other two corners have bees and a honeycomb which should be much quicker.  Once you decipher what colour the backstitch is supposed to be!

And last of all, a gift for me!  I won Vickie's giveaway by default as no-one else wanted to tackle the Kingsland chart.  It needs three different fabrics, one to stitch the main centre design, another to stitch the border which is then folded around a mat and a third to stitch the hardanger heart which you cut out and attach to the centre.  A great focus project for one month next year, it's going on my "18 in '18" for sure.  The other chart is a Just Nan band sampler I don't have.  It's got 12 bands so I am thinking about making this a monthly GG stitch.  If I did this for every JN band sampler I own I would just about finish them by the time I reach the age I mention in my header! 



And now it's over to you.  This is where you link up your post for this month.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "April Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.  

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Finally, the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop is now up, as is my Blogaversary giveaway.  There is a prize for each and anyone who links up for GG gets an extra entry into the other competitions (if they have entered them).  So please spend some time this holiday hopping around to meet other bloggers.



28 comments:

  1. Love the JN band sampler. The little Spring design is so sweet with the bunny and sheep. Happy Easter.

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  2. i love your stitchy projects so much..they re so sweet.love the bunny and sheepie.
    happy easter x

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  3. Little Mary's gift is so super! Spot of Spring is so pretty. The colors are lovely and soft.

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  4. Great gifty stitching, I love the Spot of Spring one

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  5. I have seen Gathering Honey finished and it is a detailed project. I stitched Spot of Spring last year and just need to finally finish it. The giveaway gifts you received are lovely.

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  6. Lovely projects Jo. Congrats on the pretty finish.

    Linda

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  7. Gathering Honey is such a beautiful design....can't wait to see more of your progress on it.

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  8. Those seasonal spots from Drawn Thread are great - your Spring is so pretty!

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  9. Wow....your needles must be smokin'! They are all so beautiful! Every time I see those season pieces, I think to myself I should dig those out. LOL Too much going on at the moment though. What a fun giveaway you received, I can't wait to see your progress on those! I have a few Just Nan patterns I should dig out too...I need a clone...Thanks again for hosting the GG. I enjoy seeing everyone's work each month!!

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  10. Ooops....forgot to mention, I have stitched the Gathering Honey piece, and I have it hanging with a companion piece. Such pretty patterns, but the borders...whewee....they about drove me nuts!

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  11. Lovely stitching !! You had a busy time with family friends and I liked the response of your cousin's baby, so cute:) but surely she will treasure your gift once she grows up.

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  12. So cute 100 days old. Spot of Spring is so pretty. I do love the Drawn Thread. Congrats on winning Kingsland. I will enjoy watching you stitch this, 18 for 18.

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  13. What a fun filled fantastic post. Love the giveaway you received it will be fascinating watching your progress on both pieces. Great work on everything else. Congrats on your cute Spring finish too.

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  14. Gorgeous stitching! Congrats on finishing the M fairy and A Spot of Spring - they're lovely. And congrats on winning the giveaway! :D

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  15. Lots and lots of wonderful stitching. I'm sure Miss Mary will appreciate your stitching as she gets a bit older. Victorian Rose is a favorite of mine - I stitched it as we were riding the tour bus all around Italy - I think there was one early evening in Rome too. So frustrating with the undifferentiated backstitching - I have that on one of my current projects too.

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  16. Spot of Spring is so sweet! Such perfect spring colors! I can't believe how much you get done each month.

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  17. Gathering Honey will be such a treasured piece, its lovely.
    'M' is fabulous

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  18. Could you help me to change the proverb, we use to say : travel shapes youth... and make growing stitching. I stitch during car travels as I'm not the driver but last time I made so many mistakes I spent the way back to unstitch the work of outward journey! xxx

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  19. Lovely progress for you this month. I'm very happy to see 'Gathering Honey' return, I loved watching your progress on this last year! Due to my Internet connection still being down, it will be a little while before I can get my own GG post up, but trust me that it WILL be written and hopefully so before your widget expires!

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  20. Little Mary's gift is just gorgeous! a beautiful treasure to keep =)

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  21. The fairy gift is amazing! Wonderful stitching, Jo!
    Such pretty colours on "Spot of Spring".

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  22. I'm sure Mary will appreciate her gift once she's older! Congratulations on your win, that's a lovely chart and an unusual design, can't wait to see it in 2018!

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  23. M for Mary is such a beautiful gift and I'm sure will be treasured by the fairy. Lovely use of all the gifts received. Spot of spring is lovely too..a quick stitch?
    Congrats on the giveaway win..sounds this is to be interesting project.
    My link is now up.

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  24. Love the little sheep and the "M"! It is fun to work a bit on each project as they really seem to grow each month.

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  25. Wonderful progress and love the fairy! Happy Stitching! xxx

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  26. I'm sure she will love it when she is older. It's very sweet and sparkly! What a wonderful cousin you are!!
    xo Alicia

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  27. Love your gorgeous "M" - stunning finish and a lovely gift :o)
    Your stitching progress is amazing... well done you!
    Congrats on winning Vickie's giveaway - I can't wait to see you tackle that one!
    Managed to get my GG post up....
    Hugs x

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  28. Sorry that my GG post is so late (again!). Spot of Spring is looking very gorgeous (and yes, I have started mine!). Congrats on your win, you will love stitching the Kingsland chart, I know.

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