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!

Friday, January 29, 2016

January Update

I can't believe how fast this first month of 2016 has passed!
I have been busy stitching and working.  Here are my stitching finishes-

Good Intentions
Kathy Barrick

Renaissance Designs
12 Days of Christmas #10

DD#1 called and told me there was going to be a craft day and it was going to be at my house.  I said ok.  This is what I ended up with-a ribbon tree. I have admired the trees that DD#1 made a couple of years ago.  We used Christmas ribbon from our stashes. It will look great on my mantle next Christmas!
I found this stitched Melissa Shirley canvas in November on a table at my EGA retreat in the Trash to Treasure room. I couldn't believe someone didn't want it.  There was a small inappropriate saying on the sign above the windows.  So I ripped out the stitching, replaced it and added a pin, and voila!  Ready for the finisher.
I also started three big projects-
Plum Street Samplers
The Flood
This ark is huge.  That is a 12" hoop.

Catherine Theron
The Hidden Magnolia Sampler
Hillside Samplings
Ann Tarbox
(Please excuse the horrid picture)
I have loved this sampler for a long time and thought I'd better get going.
There is one more large project to get going on this year. I'll share it next time.
Have a great weekend!