I am truly Happy Dancing this time round. Baby Garden is really finished at last. I finally outlined the fence and in a beige shade – grey being either too light to show or looked very harsh. I also altered the dragonfly on the left hand side of the clock panel.

So on to a new start and what’s next. It is a tablecloth and is called VILLAGE OF MY HEART. I started this in January 2008, with a blog called Me Myself and I. Apparently lots of people had been doing round robins of cottages and houses but postage was so expensive and some beautiful works went astray in the post. So someone had the idea to start a blog and instead of passing the work on once a month we would do it all ourself and just do one cottage each month. The cottages and how they were laid out was completely up to us. As often happens with these things people went there own way and some where finished in a month and others got fed up and dropped out so in the end the blog just fizzled out. I carried on with mine for a while and then got the itch for something new – as we do – or at least I did lol.

When first looking for ideas I had no idea what i wanted to do but then came across a little poem (I will look it out for next time). It started with the lines

I have so many special friends, but we live so far apart. So I’ve gathered them together, in a Village of My Heart.

I thought of a tablecloth with the verse stitched about the centre square and then my village round the edge, and set about designing it. I have two sides completed so far, and have just started on the high street, which has a bank, shops, a small park a school and a church. I will show more of what I have done next time but for now this is where I finished it with the first building on the high street done.

I havent stitched much as a few days after last time I took ill and have spent two weeks in bed, but this week I have done a little so here I am now.

I hope you have managed to get this far – sorry its been such a long post and sorry I did not manage to get round to everyones blog last time. But why not visit the others in the SAL and see the beautiful projects they are working on.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLinda,


About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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24 Responses to SAL SUNDAY – 15TH NOVEMBER 2020

  1. claire93 says:

    a beautiful happy dance there!
    and so pleased to see you’ve picked up your village design. Sounds like a lovely idea: A village of my heart!


  2. craftycreeky says:

    A well deserved happy dance, it’s beautiful. I love the idea of the village tablecloth with the poem that inspired it, looking forward to seeing this one progress.


  3. Cathie J says:

    I love your finish! That village tablecloth is going to be so pretty. Enjoy your stitching!


  4. Carole says:

    Congrats on your beautiful finish 🙂
    I love stitched cottages so I look forward to seeing the new piece progress. It sounds brilliant.

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  5. A well deserved Happy Dance! What a beauty 🙂 Your village idea is going to be just as stunning. I hope you’re feeling much better now.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Two weeks in bed does not sound good! Glad you are feeling some better now! Congrats on your happy dance, it is very much deserved. This tablecloth sounds fabulous, and I’m looking forward to reading the poem that inspired you and seeing the village take shape.🥰

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  7. Congratulations on your happy dance, it is a beautiful project, you must be really pleased with it. Sorry to hear you were poorly, I hope you are feeling much better. I love the idea of your village of your heart and you’ve made a beautiful start. Keep well xx

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  8. teamwilsun says:

    Congratulations — a very well deserved happy dance! Sorry that you were ill, and happy to hear you are better. Your village tablecloth is a clever idea and I can’t wait to see your village grow!

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  9. rutigt says:

    Happy dancing for you! Your new project looks exciting! Can´t wait to see how it turns out! I hope you are feeling better now!!

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  10. Laura says:

    Congratulations on your finish! I participated in one of the house RRs you blogged about. Mine came back finished, but I still haven’t gotten it framed.

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  11. Sharon says:

    Congratulations and happy dancing on this finish. This is such a precious sampler. You did a beautiful job on it. Excited to see your tablecloth. What a fun idea.

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  12. Compliments! Happy dance for you! Beautiful and precious, I love all those little motifs. Sweet your idea of ​​poetry and the village of the heart … you gave me a good idea!
    Hugs, Carmela


  13. Its lovely to know I have inspired you in some small way Carmela. xx


  14. wybrow1966 says:

    Well done on your finish – every time I look at this there is more to see. It is lovely!


  15. Lindashee says:

    A beautiful finish and a wonderful project to dust off ! Is this project following a pattern or are you improvising ?


  16. My new project is all mine, I did use small patterns I found altering them a wee bit to make them mine, and sometime too inspiration from larger patterns but bringing them down to the size I wanted but how they are set out – the gardens, fields, high street etc have all come from my mind to start with and then I have found and altered patterns to suit what was in my mind. lol Hope that makes sense. Also because once I started people said can I have one of your cottages, I altered things to suit them i.e. colours of houses and doors etc or things around them, like a stream emerging when a friend asked “do your have a stream as I always wanted to live near a stream” lol and one has a dog in the garden because the firend I was stitching for wanted her dog in the picture lol.


  17. magpiesue says:

    I frequently don’t make it around to all the blogs in the SAL due to health issues. I find it very frustrating but consequently don’t get upset when others don’t always visit my blog. I’m so happy for you to have finished the birth sampler – I know it was a struggle at times. It looks beautiful. And I love the idea for the tablecloth. It’s going to be fun to watch that develop. 🙂


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