I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Couple of Updates

My two drums were sent off for finishing so hopefully I will have those back in a couple of weeks (for pictures of the stitched pieces please see my prior couple of posts).

I started my year of Quaker samplers.  Thank you Faye Rigsbee for the inspiration of your Quaker Sampler wall.  So far I have finished "Quaker Handework" from With Thy Needle and Thread (WTNT).  This is stitched on 40 count Dixie Sampler Honey Pot linen with called for threads.

Next I'm stitching "Coffee Quaker" from Heartstring Samplery.  This is being stitched on 40 count Buckwheat with some thread substitutions (I can't remember all of them, but hopefully I'll remember to post later).  I have a nice pile of other Quaker samplers waiting their turn.  One of them is Mary Wigham - I need to figure out floss colors on her first though.  

Plus I’m working on the Farmhouse Series from Little House Needleworks.  I’m using 36 count Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar with most of the called for floss.  I’m using DMC White instead of Bamboo, and WDW Onyx instead of  Blackbird.  I’m loving how this is turning out even though I am using lighter linen than what was called for.  I like the more subtle look of the while floss on the background.  I'm certainly looking forward to Part 2.

I am also almost done with the Summer Schoolhouse Series from WTNT.  I am stitching on the hornbook and then all of the stitching will be completed.  I need a week off from work so I can spend some dedicated time finishing.  

Finally, I am anxiously awaiting my framed pieces that I sent of to Jill Rensel for framing in November.  

Til next time, happy stitching!

Friday, December 29, 2017

First Flower Done

The first flower is done for Blackbird Design’s “and Blossom as the Rose” drum.  

I love the warm tones of this piece. 

Best Stitches,

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Yet Another Post

I guess I’m on a roll.  Blogger seems to be behaving with picture posting so all is well with blogging right now. I feel like I need to get blogging again since Amy Wilson of the Thread in Hand blog stopped suddenly in early November.  I feel a sense of loss without seeing her beautiful stitching, and hope she is doing well.  I love seeing everyone’s beautiful WIP’s and finishes on Facebook, blogs and  FlossTube.  I don’t know about you, but it keeps me motivated.  

I finished “Rosehips and Ivy” from the Ladies Prim Society.  It will be finished as a drum.  

 I decided to get started on another drum from Blackbird Designs from the retreat at Stitchville USA in 2017.  The finished model is pictured in my post from December 25th.  Here is my progress.  

Molly also wanted to make sure to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Best Stitches,

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Projects to Be Finished and WIP's

I think I need another finishing vacation to get myself jump started again.  I think I am also having some project ADD.  A nice staycation would be helpful.  I am so jealous of my friends that are retiring.  I have a few more years before that is a reality for me, but time is going by so fast I know it will be here before I know it.    

Here is my list...

I have my Summer Block of the Week Wool Applique on Cotton quilt that is calling to me from Primitive Gatherings.  Notice is is front and center on my cutting table.  Most of the strips are starched for the center portion and the pieced borders.  

I have "My Stitcher's Heart" from Hands on Designs to finish.  I got the stitching finished very quickly, but other things got in the way of the actual finishing...

Then there's Betsy Morgan's Toy Chest and Bristol Bag, and more pin cushions (you can't have too many!) to finish.  

Plus I'm working on the stitching for Lauren Sauer's "Book of Berries" (pages 1 to 16 plus the pocket are all stitched) with the cover yet to stitch - it's on my Checklist.  

...one of my favorite pages of the book.  I LOVE Queen Stitches!

Then the Ladies Prim Society kit came in the mail and I was off stitching that.  I'm almost done and will send it off to Faye after the holiday for finishing.  

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Here are some pictures of my Christmas tree this year that I decorated with hand made ornaments from friends and myself.  

Have a very Happy New Year!!

Best Stitches,

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 - Vacation, Class Finishes and a New Checklist

In August, my best friend Janie and I traveled to Island Park, ID to stay at her Mom's time share condo for a week.  We called this trip "Stitching with the Bears.  This trip had two parts - 

  • Visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks  
  • Take some class pieces to start the finishing process.

Here are some highlights of the National Park portion of our trip...

This is the sign at the North Entrance that we met a nice couple honeymooning from the Indianapolis area that had us take their picture in front of the sign with a Thank You banner.  

Roosevelt Arch

Lower Basin

Lower Falls

Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming

Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse Model

The Purple Pie Place - great stop for lunch and yes...PIE!  

...now for the finishing part of the trip...

I took Betsy Morgan's Pioneer Girl Etui to begin my finishing process.  My goal was to get as much of the book portion of the project done.  I finished the main part of the cover while we were away, then once I returned home I attached the inner compartments and finished the smalls.  

My finishing mood continued well after we returned.  I finished the Summerfield Series from Lauren Sauer...

...and then I finished Glastonbury Garden from Lauren Sauer.  

Now for the Checklist part of this blog entry...  I decided that I needed a checklist as I have taken so many classes over the years that I wanted some way to keep a list of them electronically that was easily accessible to me.  I thought...there has to be an app for that and guess what - there is!  I went to the app store and found this:  

As you can see, I have taken many classes from Betsy Morgan, but have very little finished.  So far I have the Toy Chest and the Bristol bag pieces all stitched - assembly is needed however in order to get checked off.  

My next entry will have some recently stitched but not yet finished projects as well as come WIPs.  

Best Stitches,

Monday, December 25, 2017

2016-17 Picture Walk - Classes and Retreats

Last fall Janie and I went to our 4th Shepherd's Bush retreat.  The theme was Embrace the Journey.  

We were in the track with Jeannette Douglas, Paulette Stewart and Blackbird Designs.  Here are the class pieces that we were presented with...

Jeanette Douglas

Plum Street Samplers - Paulette Stewart

Blackbird Designs

...and we received the extra chart for this sampler that compliments the pin cushion

So far I have stitched the Heritage Sampler from Plum Street and sent that off to Jill Rensel for framing.  Here is a sneak peek...I just love the frame they selected!!

...and I have also stitched the pin cushion but have not assembled it yet.  

In April we went to Stitchville's Spring Fling for our 3rd retreat with the Minnesota gals.  Blackbird was the featured designer for 2017.  We painted heart shaped sewing treasure boxes and frames to compliment our pieces for the class.  

...and we received the complimentary chart for this sampler that takes many of the motifs from the original antique sampler.
So far I have stitched the little sampler, but have not added it to the frame yet.  

Later in April our local sampler guild hosted Betsy Morgan for three class - The Virgin Queen Sewing Wallet, Virgin Queen Stitching Pocket, and the Mexican Reticule.  So far I have finished the pre-stitched pieces from class...

I will post more tomorrow about vacationing, finishing some class projects, and creating a checklist.

Best Stitches,

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Picture Walk of the Last Year of Finishes

I’ve been absent from blogging for over a year now.  I found that the app that I was using on my iPad no longer worked as it hasn’t kept up to date with the Apple updates.  I will try to do it using Safari and Blogger and see how that goes...well that didn't go so well so I'm using my computer as I figure out how to add photos using Google photos...

In any case, following up on my last post for the most part I have kept my sewing room in order.  I am working on a quilting project right now so that tends to make it looked more lived in.  This past summer I joined a block of the week through Primitive Gatherings.  It is wool appliqué on cotton and I am almost done with all twelve blocks.  Here is a sample of that project...

Top left (flower blocks) is the Summer Block of the Week (SBOW) - 7 blocks completed earlier this year.  Top right (house blocks) are the freebie blocks we received each week along with the main blocks.  Bottom row is last years freebie series that I decided to stitch along with this year's series.  To date I am finished with all 12 blocks for the 2017 SBOW and freebies.  I now have to piece the blocks together, plus I still have some 2016 blocks to finish. 

Here are a couple of more mini quilts that I have pieced together and need to get quilted.  

I took some samplers to Jill Rensel for framing when I went to the Shepherd's Bush retreat last fall and got them back a few months later...

"Over the River" from Jeannette Douglas

"Autumn Gifts" from Plum Street Samplers

"A Merry Heart" from Plum Street Samplers

"Gratitude Sampler" from Shepherd's Bush.  The kit was gifted to me from my
good friend Cathy Boyd.  

Some pin cushions were finished this year.  Here is a sample...

I finished my Everyday Crazy Table Mat from Primitive Gatherings...

...and appliqued a couple of wool pin cushions...

Tomorrow I will post about classes taken over the past year.  

Best stitches,