I had a great surprise in the mail to cheer me up today.
It must be Susan as the Angel it's certainly Not me!
A card, chocolate (Hmm how did she know one of my favourites?) and a very nice looking Christmas package from Susan.
Inside was something I've wanted for a very long time. In fact since the run up to Christmas last year. When I completely fell in love with Susan's Stiffy Snowflakes. (And no not just because of the snicker-a-minute sounding name.)
Aren't these just beyond cool? I actually almost want to put my tree up now just so I can put them on the tree. I say almost because the thought of having to do the required housework in order to move furniture etc to get the tree up is a bit beyond me a the moment. Anyway the tree and decorations live in my brothers loft as I don't have storage space, so it will be a while longer before the tree goes up. But when it does these will be having pride of place.
I managed to get my table runner for the Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap finished this afternoon (I'll blog about that tomorrow, all being well.) It's a relief to have another tick of the list of things that are overdue. I'm usually such a goody goody that does everything by the deadline. There will be a few things heading to mail on Monday and fingers crossed the ones headed abroad do make it in a timely manner for Christmas.
Before I started sewing I gave my machine a clean. All this lint build up is from piecing with Empress Mills Thread. Since the last clean out I have pieced the table runner I showed you here and the Christmas Quilt I showed you here. Nothing with fleece or batting.
All this lint came from the part of the machine you see above. I cleaned around the needle area after I took this shot. The thread I was using was cream, but it looks like a fair amount of lint shed from all the red material I've been sewing with!?
I need to repeat a similar experiment with using another thread brand. At least it's giving me a good excuse to not put off cleaning out my machine between projects.