Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Starts and an Oldie But A Goodie

Blackbird Designs
Autumn Song
30 ct R & R Iced Cappucino
Called for WDW threads

I have been dying to start this one!  And actually put it on my list "To Start in 2011"-we'll see if I get it finished :)

Tree of Life Samplings
Penny America
36 ct Lakeside Linen Maple Sugar
Called for DMC and WDW threads

Who can resist this one? It is darling!   I see a lot of bloggers working on this one (or finished it already,yes, I mean you, Faye!)

Birds of a Feather
Le Printemps
36 ct Edinburgh linen
WDW threads

This is the oldie but goodie.  I pulled it out and got some work done.  Much more to go, but I love the "outlining" of the design, lots of empty space, and the overdyed threads are perfection on this.

I have also started a new project for my new grandbaby that is on the way.  Can't share photos because my daughter checks in here occasionally.

I'm off on vacation this weekend.  One of my 2 1/2 remaining Crazy January Challenges is already in my sewing bag (it is already packed, of course). So I hope to have another finish to post when I return.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm Excited to Announce...

Hello, friends and followers!

I would like to welcome you to a Wantobe Quilters Campaign over at
They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for the next 11 weeks!
The campaign began Aug 1st and runs till Oct 29th.

Supplies that will have you quilting before you know it…From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters,
to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles,
rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines…everything you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter.

A Wantobe Quilter is someone who has no quilting tools, has never quilted (like me!).

You can enter on M-W-F to win... leave a comment and the name of my blog...
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Even if you are already part of the quilting community you can win
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New Followers, A Finish, and 2 Mystery Updates

Welcome to all my new followers!  I can't believe that there are over 250 people interested in this little blog :)
Please feel free to leave comments--it really makes my day to read them!

Renaissance Designs
Five Christmas Trees Shimmering
18ct mono canvas
DMC floss, Vineyard Silks, Elegance, Krenik, etc.

 Crazy January Challenge #13 is finished!  This is #5 in a series of 13 Christmas ornaments. And my only needlepoint piece in this challenge.  I did  make a few changes to this-I substituted several Vineyard Silks for DMC thread-no laying the thread and the sheen is beautiful. I used buttons from my stash for the small front tree instead of sequins. And I basketweaved the background (as a place to rest your eyes) and used white beads instead of french knots.

My finisher reminded me that the cut-off date for Christmas finishing is coming up, so I pulled out this little one and finished it up.  #6 is ready to go on the stretcher bars. :) Only 3 more finishes to complete CJC (and one is over 1/2 done)!

Istitch Mystery
40 ct Hand-Dyed Fibers Jackalope fabric
Mystery Hand-Dyed Fiber silk thread

This mystery is going to be so cute!  And I am even stitching it on the dreaded 40 ct fabric (with my lighted magnifier, of course). But I wanted to tell you about this mystery thread.  I participated in a Christmas exchange last year on the JAT board.  This thread came as part of that exchange.  It was in a baggie of "odds and ends" from Vikki Clayton's HDF.  Maybe they were ends to a production batch?? 

 Anyhow I have no idea what the name of this silk thread is and I am praying that I have enough to finish this design!!  There is 25ft of 6 ply thread. Click on the picture to see the gorgeous cranberry, lavender, pink and blue overdye.

L'Atelier Perdu Mystery-Part 1
28 ct Jubilee evenweave-color Platinum
DMC threads

I can't believe this first part is finished!  Much sweat was expended to get this far!  I did make a slight change to the pattern.  There is a solid line of medium brown border outside of the dark brown border, but inside of the medium brown border.  I like the border as-is and decided to leave off that last solid border.  What do you think?  Part 2 is already here and the final installment is on it's way!

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Frame and New Stash

I got a load of stash recently.   Two magazines-one has LHN He Is Risen and the other has BBD Land of the Free.  Two I am anxious to start are Tree of Life Samplings Penny America and another With Thy Needle and Thread design- Mary's Best Handework. Yes, I signed up for the new BBD Loose Feathers, too. :)

My dh finished framing  Heartstring Samplery's Permit Me Not to Stray.  The frame came from a yard sale for $2!  I am having an optical illusion because it looks crooked in the frame-but I have remeasured it again and again and it is correct. Go figure.

Another finish coming soon! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Finish & Basket #4

Blackbird Designs
Tulip House Stitching Companion
30 ct. R & R Iced Cappucino
Called for GAST threads

Here's another project where I have finish-finished half of it!!  The pincushion for inside the box is done--no rick rack, just buttons.  Now I need to find some time to finish this box and finish needlebook for LHN Traveling Stitcher.

Here is Bountiful Basket #4.  This week's wonderful haul is 1 cantaloupe, 1 bunch of kale, one large bunch of green leaf lettuce, 3 mangoes, one English cucumber, one lb of strawberries, one head of cauliflower, six red peppers, 5 lb bag of russet potatoes, 4 lage peaches, 1 small peach, and 1 lb of fresh green beans.  Yes, $15 plus $1.50 for handling.

Monday, August 8, 2011

RAK Received, 3 Finish-Finishes & Bountiful Basket #3

Lorrie S from Iowa has received my RAK.  I mailed it on Saturday morning from WA  and she received on Monday!  Wow!  Unusually fast USPS service!

With Thy Needle & Thread
Give Thanks
28 ct linen
Called for WDW threads

Crazy January Challenge #12 of 16 is finished! I am very proud of getting this one done! It was the over one stitching that I struggled with but eventually made work.  Basting interfacing under the linen really helped to stabilize it and I never lost a stitch! 

 I bought the frame from Brenda's website when I bought the pattern.  She painted over the black with sage green (?) I believe.  What do you think of just leaving it the original black? 

Another  Make and Take pincushion finished! There is only one project that I don't have finished and it is larger with embroidery on it.  So it will take some time and honestly, I want to put my time elsewhere right now.

Hawkins House
Apple Tree Sampler

Another finish-finish for the sampler wall!  I erroneously counted this one as #12 of my Crazy January Challenge completions.  It was actually #11.

Feel free to click on the photos for a better view.

 This week's Bountiful Basket--one honeydew melon, large greenleaf lettuce, broccoli, large bunch of spinach, 3 mangos, 3 lb sack of sweet onions, 3 peaches, 4 nectarines, one large shallot, 1 lb mushrooms, one eggplant, and 8 bananas.  Woo hoo!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Two Make & Takes and a Finish-Finish

Little House Needleworks
Traveling Stitcher

The good news is that I finally finish-finished it-see the 2010 date.  The bad news is that this was supposed to be a project bag with a FRONT zipper.  Uh-huh, I was worried about putting the zipper in and that went great, BUT I got the front and the back mixed up and the stitched insert would have been curving around the bottom!!  That's what I get for trying something new and not doing a "practice" version first. (Notice that I am not showing the back-yes, I had to put an extension on the back-grr....)
What about the matching needlebook that is also stitched and ready for finishing you ask? 
As Scarlett said "Tomorrow is another day"

Remember the LQS that is holding monthly make and take classes?  Here is my latest finish for July.  shhh...... I will not tell you that this was my third attempt at getting it right. 
Another Make and Take for ...April??  The goal is to have the project completed during the 3 hr class.  I actually missed this class and finished it at home. 
One more Make and Take is nearly finished and I will share it soon. And I got enough fusible interfacing today to do several FRONT zippered project bags, so I will give it another try.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stitching Progress Updates

This was the last photo I showed you of With Thy Needle & Thread Give Thanks. It is one of my Crazy January Challenges.  A beautiful start on 28 ct linen. But I started off completely wrong and stitched the first pumpkin over 2 threads :(  So, out came the frogs and I re-started it. (Nobody told me that I needed to read the front cover :)
 See below-

This is the design I pulled out when I got frustrated with the L'Atelier Perdu mystery (32 ct linen stitched over 1).  As you can see I actually got quite a bit stitched. After trying 4 different counts/types of linen for the mystery project, I ended up with 28 ct evenweave-see results below!!

I also changed from my preferred size 26 needle to a size 28 needle-that helped tremendously.  The evenweave seems to be more stable and I didn't need to baste some interfacing under it to prevent losing stitches.  Thank heaven for my 3X lighted magnifier though.  This would be impossible for me with just my bifocals.  Altogether a very acceptable solution to my thorny problem! 

Thanks so much for all your hints/suggestions/ideas!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Two New Framings

DH did a great job with these two frames.  Grandson's Christmas present is ready! This frame came from the thrift store for $2.

Mary Glover looks great too.  This frame was recycled from a project by my mother-in-law from 1982. :) It's twin is already on my sampler wall.  Can you find it?

Now I have more samplers to add!  Maybe I should consider a second wall? 
 Have a great week!

Dixie Sampler Has A New Blog

Somehow Terri at Dixie Samplar lost her blog! 

So she started a new one and wants her followers to be able to find her, so click HERE!