Posted by: maureenc | March 15, 2016

Don’t you love online friends!

Maureen B and I have been online friends since about 2002, and she is one of the reasons I blog my stitching attempts, because I know that when I have a technical problem, she will always be able to offer some sound advice.

Below is an email I just received with comment on my chatelaine blocks.

And you know? she was spot -on in her comments!

I could live with the Pin holder and the needle book cover, but the Scissor keep ..

Anyway, read what Maureen suggested. and then read my reply below her comments.


I just viewed your blog and chatelaine set.  I thought the triangle worked in well and I like the floral centerpiece too (in both pieces).

I wondered about the scissorkeep though.  The floral piece could disappear altogether when turning after the seam is sewn or embroidered over.
Is it possible to expose it a bit more?  which would mean shifting the tacking too.

Just my two bits which you can totally ignore.

I took prints of Sharon’s freebie CQ blocks, mininized them, cut them out and near became demented as I could not get them right. In the end I scrapped them, did my own thing, with lots of trial and errors as, like you, it’s been a loooong time since I did something as small.  I stuck with Linda’s 5 sided piece in the centre too.

I hope you don’t think me rude, so I’ll send a hug along as well and the interference

My reply :

Hi Maureen
Not interference at all! What you said is PRECISELY the reason why I want to remake the scissor keep. Maybe I get position that floral piece centrally and then I have a “theme” showing in all three pieces!
You should know by now that I always appreciate your input.
Every time I get constructive criticism like this, I know how blessed I am to have friends who will share their knowledge and friendship.
Thanks Mii.






  1. Very good observations – and on you go….!

  2. Thanks Myfanwy! 🙂 I hope your health problems are easing?

  3. Getting more complicated , but will be ok in the end. Thanks for asking.

  4. How lovely to get such positive helpful input!


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