Saturday, June 25, 2016

Some Finish-Finishing & More Stitching!

My mother is coming to visit and I had to clear off the ironing board!  The ironing board is where I store all my finished stitchy items that still need some work to be able to display. Needless to say the pile was so tall it was starting to tilt and it was PAST time to get some work done on the pile.

 Here is the shuttle piece with the Hinzeit stitching inserted.  Took about 15 minutes.  Why do I let it sit so long?!!

 Here is the Sam Sarah flag piece all framed.

Here is the 15 sided-biscornu that I finished stitching last year.  I added the beads and put it together. The button is from etsy.

This Prairie Schooler ornament has been sitting for well over a year.  I added some perle cotton cross stitches along the edges and two safety pins.

My first try at an Easter egg on perforated paper.  Hmmm.... I'll keep trying.

This is from Elegant Stitch in California-one of their Breast cancer awareness kits-can't remember which year.

I combined the keyfob from a different breast cancer awareness kit with this box. I made the pincushion too.  Darling set!

Two small stitching finishes-

This Goode Huswife design is going to be part of a gift exchange at an annual retreat in November.

Another Just Nan tin design finish-Grow

I was gifted several partially stitched items from a friend. These are the ones I finish-finished-

 A hardanger bookmark, perforated paper Christmas ornament and 2 butterfly ornaments,

  a little vintage table scarf,

and a bunny ornament (still to be done).

That's it for now.  Much more still left on the ironing board!

RAK Received!

Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread blog sent me this fantastic RAK!
She is celebrating her 60th birthday this year by sending out 60 RAK's.  So very kind and generous, Kim.  Thanks so much for thinking of me :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Still Stitching

I went to a retreat at the Pacific Ocean at the end of April. Here is the view from the patio of the house I stayed in.

This is looking straight west.

This is looking south.

Oh, the ladies at this retreat are such wonderful and talented stitchers!
Here is just a little of the show and share- 

I must admit that most of my stitching I am sharing today was completed at this retreat.

Crabapple Hill Lace Daisy Needlebook

Half Pints Woolen Pin Cushion

Just Nan Grow Tin top

 Crane Design Pumpkin Sewing Pouch and Scissor Fob

Half Pints Patchwork Pillow Thru The Year-October

On May 7th I was so lucky to attend a class sponsored by my LQS with Debbie Busby from Wooden Spool Designs AND Gail Pan from Australia.  This was the 2nd time I have attended classes with both ladies. 

This is Gail's project for the day. I have not jumped on the hexie bandwagon.  But these are large ones and I think I can handle seven of them!
But there is some needleturn applique in a circle.  Yikes, I have avoided that like the plague.  We'll see.

I was also able to purchase Gail's new book for Christmas embroidery.  And guess what she has designed in the book?  Yes, a Christmas tree skirt using giant hexies!  Love that idea!

Debbie's project was a home run, too.  Debbie even furnished the Ball jar!  I finished the jar band and the pin cushion at the class. The pin cushion uses a vintage metal Mason jar lid for the base-- like those pictured on the pattern front below.

Another new pattern by Debbie with different vehicle ornaments. Love this idea for small sons/grandsons.  Not breakable and can be hung low on the Christmas tree. Debbie made an adorable garland with these.

I just finished the last of the EGA Round Robin band samplers.  I stitched the nativity scene on the bottom.

That's it for now. I'll try to post more often so the posts don't get so long.
Happy hump-day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Welcome Caleb John!

So Happy to Announce Another New Arrival Into Our Family!

Caleb John
April 9, 2016
8 lbs 13 oz


With big brother GS#2

The Happy Family

He's a Keeper!

Here is what GS#2 was doing when little brother was being born.

Caleb makes six grandchildren for us.
We feel so very blessed.

Stitchy update coming soon!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stitchy Update

I have avoided posting on this blog because I didn't have much to report.
It's not that I haven't been stitching.  It's just that when one is working on BAP's, one doesn't feel that much is accomplished :)
(And I still don't have a giveaway ready for my 6th blogoversary! Oh, well, another day)
Here's an update of the ark on Plum Street Samplers The Flood-

 I was using the wrong color thread for the main part of the ship! Luckily I had only used it to outline the edges, so I was able to fix the majority of the problem-yikes!

I finished working on a friend's round robin band sampler.  The theme to this one is A Walk in the Woods. The bottom band is mine. Looking very cute so far!
Unfortunately the band sampler I submitted to this round robin group has been lost for nearly a year :( One member of the group was moving and it has apparently disappeared into an unknown moving box.

Out of desperation to have a finish, I dug out this Sam Sarah design-Liberty For Me. I even have a frame for it.  For now, it'll go on the ironing board with the other items ready for finish-finishing.
I also dug out this Hinzeit Alphabet Shuttle design. I used DMC 930 (blue) for the alphabet instead of the 310 (black) that was called-for.

This is the shuttle that the design goes into.
Another new grandbaby is due this Saturday,  So soon I should have more good news to post!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February Update

It's always a good day when I can report some finish-finishing and here it is-

Needlemade Designs
Home of the Free Sewing Set-box top, pinkeep and scissor fob

Stitching Parlor
Treasures Sewing Box

This is my answer to the Northwest Sampler Guild Presidents Tea Challenge.  Stitch something in a monochromatic color.  This design is a variation from a French book.
Even though stitching has been a struggle every day, I did manage one finish.

Renaissance Design 12 Days of Christmas Series -#11

 Plum Street Samplers The Flood-this ark is the only thing I haven't had to frog this month.

Catherine Theron Hidden Magnolia Sampler- I have really struggled reading the chart on this one.  I enlarged it and the symbols smeared. :(  The black heart, black triangle and black dot all look the same. So I've been reading the instructions for color numbers and then looking at the graph for placement.  Talk about slow!

Hillside Samplings Ann Tarbox-Bad news-I was stitching on the border and noticed I was uncomfortably close to the edge of the fabric. When I double-checked my starting point (in the center) I was WAY off! About 2 inches in both directions.
If you look close you can make out where the birds tail was originally above and to the left of the current position. One bottom section still needs to be frogged. 
Good news-the border stayed on the fabric and met when I came around the 2nd time. If it looks wider on the top than on the bottom, that is correct.

Here is the final large project I want to work on in 2016.  This is Gay Ann Rogers Guardian Angels of  Hollyhock House. I traded a box of 1980's baseball cards for this class project with all the Au Ver a Soie silks.  This is where the other stitcher left off.
It's on Evertite stretcher bars.  I've not used them before and can't get the little T-wrench to work. Is there a secret to it?
Jeannette Douglas is coming to teach two classes this weekend.  Then our sampler guild is having our annual tea on Sunday.  Jeannette will be our speaker. So I'm ramping up for several busy days and will have two more new projects soon.
Also, my sixth blogoversary has just passed and I will be doing a giveaway on my next post.  Have a great week!