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Hello From The Hug!

(January 2008)

G’day all! And a huge ‘huggy’ Happy New Year from the Tag Along Teddies family! This will just be a short “Hello From The Hug” (famous last words!!) to wish you a happy New Year, as I’m ‘on holidays’ for another couple of weeks. I’m actually staying home – and loving it! – for my ‘holiday’ but am taking time out from designing etc to have some ‘me’ time.

One of my New Year’s resolutions (besides not to make New Year’s resolutions!!) is to tackle a few of the UFO’s in my craft room. And they are legion!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those crafters who will be ‘in the mood’ to do different types of craft at different times. For instance, I usually leave any machine sewing for day time and hand stitching for night, when GB (Geek Boy AKA my wonderful techo husband Scott!) is home and tapping away on his laptop in front of the TV in the lounge room. Even if we’re doing different things, as lease we’re in the same room and can chat in the ad breaks!! As a result, at any one time, I have a number of projects in various stages of completion. Last count, I had about 6 quilts of varying styles and sizes on the go, three or four cloth dolls, plus a number of prototypes for new pattern designs, as well as several bags with all the makings set aside for a particular project that I’d seen at a craft show or in a magazine. So … my Claytons Resolution (the resolution you have when you’re not making resolutions – you’d have to have seen the TV ad campaign to recognize that one!) is to tackle some of the UFO’s, particularly the quilts, because there’s quite a bit of fabric invested – and more practically, they take up more storage room, which is at a premium in my sewing room! To that end, I’ve been sewing patchwork strips around the edge of some stitchery blocks to complete a ‘quilt as you go’ quilt that I’ve been working on for over 12 months. It’s one of those projects that I go back to in between others, as it’s hand stitching that I can take anywhere with me. The stitcheries are an assortment of Bronwyn Hayes designs that I’ve stitched in red and the fabrics in the patchwork strips are all the shabby chic greens and reds, The finished quilt is for the back of the couch in the lounge room decorated in green the same tones. So far, six blocks have edges, three to go! My ‘in theory’ plan to tackle the UFO’s is to set one day a week aside to work only on a UFO, no matter how much or little time I may have that day. I’ve picked Tuesday, as it’s usually washing day, so in between washing loads, I’ll hunt UFO’s! It’s good in theory – I’ll let you know how it goes!!

When I again set aside the UFO’s for Tag Along Teddies work, I’ll be aiming to get a couple of promised patterns ready to add to the site – namely the Buccaneer Bears and the long-promised third cloth doll for my Tea Party Pals trio. So, keep checking the site to see what’s new – though recipients of “”Hello From The Hug” will always be the first to hear about new patterns!

I hope you’re enjoying the Brag Book page on the site. I’d love to keep adding photos of projects all you clever clogs’ have finished, so email photos with a short explanation to me and I’ll get Geek Boy to add them to the page. I’ll be doing the same with some of my UFO’s as I finish them – once we find the camera which is currently MIA! Don’t ask – really long story!!

Anyway, I think I’ve probably still written more than a ‘short’ description entails, so will sign off for now. Whether you’re making New Years’ resolutions or not, I wish you all a wonderful 2008 filled with lots of adventures and I’ll leave you with one of my favourite sayings, the Irish Blessing (must incorporate it in a quilt one day!!!)

                   “May the road rise to meet you,

                   May the wind be always at your back,

                   May the sun shine warm upon your face

                   And the rain fall softly on you fields.

                   And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Til next “Hello From The Hug”,