Hi to anyone visiting for the Name Game today, and whilst I’d like to apologise in advance, and suggest that the silliness that follows is entirely unusual for this blog, I’d be lying, and my mummy told me that was bad, so, err, yeah, it’s usually this mad round here!

Did any of you check out the link to Laura’s post yesterday, or were you too busy falling over in shock at the insanity of the number of items on those mosaics, while asking whether I had a life/slept…? ;o)

This October Laura, Danny and I will be attending Sewing Summit in SLC (provided they haven’t drummed us out for heresy).  In order to help our fellow delegates get through the weekend unscathed, we will be hosting Sewing Summit Sundays with the ASS Gurus (that would be Alternative Sewing Summit, get your minds out of the gutter please!)  Please note that these will not be sensible questions.  Well, even if they are sensible questions, they definitely won’t be sensible answers ;o)  Ask your questions on any of the posts that appear on the 3 blogs, and we shall endeavour to create an answer.  Coming up in week 1, I shall be answering the following pressing questions: ‘What are the chances that someone you’ve never met in real life and are rooming with only starting sewing so they could attack unsuspecting sewing summit guests in their hotel room?’ and a question relating to the realities of Doc Martin and the village he inhabits.  Don’t delay, get your questions in today…

Moving entirely away from my ASS guru duties, you may recall that I was spending yesterday with My Precious.  Well, part of the day anyway, I went down to see Sheila at her annual exhibition of her students’ work down in Alloway first of all.  Here we are, courtesy of Instagram.  In case you’re wondering about the expressions on our faces, well lets just say that this was the second person we asked to take the pic, and she hadn’t seemed any more confident than the first that had tried and failed for about 5 mins beforehand.  Who knew that a camera phone with one button could be so baffling…

Anyway, when I got home again, I started cutting out templates, and playing with arrangements for My Precious.  The original idea I had in mind didn’t seem to be working the way I envisaged, so I chopped up a bunch more pieces of paper, and am set for another play tomorrow night now that I’ve added a few more things to the mix.  Sorry, absolutely nothing in fabric to show you, but once I have the plan cemented, it should be much quicker to come together…

In the meantime I thought I really should get to making something for me, and after getting distracted by a bunch of Sudoku puzzles (trying to beat the clock), I decided at midnight to start pulling things out for last week’s Zakka Style pincushion (yeah, I always seem to choose to make these so that I finish just after the prize awarding deadline.  I’m okay with this.  Honest.)  I ended up letting my design be dictated by the stamp I chose, which was this bunting that I got as a freebie in a craft magazine last year.  From that I went with the nice, bright, cheery red with aqua flowers scrap that I had left over from a charm square that I’d already cut into for something, and some of the leftover aqua dots from my retro flowers.  I decided I needed stitched bunting to match the stamped bunting, switched up all the placement and finished it this afternoon when I got home.  You’ll notice it’s looking a tad flat at the moment – that would be because I’m still waiting on my delivery of crushed walnut shells.  They were dispatched last week, but haven’t arrived yet, probably because the courier is still hunting for the front door…

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