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.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Format and Being Single Again...

For those of you that have had trouble seeing the links to the blogs that I follow, you were not alone.  It has been driving me crazy as they flowed into the pictures.  I have been able to fix the widths, and I hope you enjoy the blog experience better now.

I also updated my header a bit as well, as I am now recently single again.  I had been in a long standing relationship for ten years that ended a couple of weeks ago.  While it saddens me to experience this loss, it also is accompanied by a sense of relief.  There was a great deal of stress that came with the relationship that is now gone.   I am so lucky to have many great friends that are a tremendous help through this transition.  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mary's Sampler II, Part 4

I am all finished with the fourth installment of Mary's Sampler.  I am stitching the 2nd version as there are more elements to stitch and it is more densely packed than version 1.  

The weekend of the 12th was a busy weekend.  One of the local shops, Always in Stitches hosted it's first retreat.  We arrived Friday afternoon about 3:30 and left Sunday morning about 11:00.  The retreat was held at the Flat Rock River YMCA camp in St. Paul, IN.  It was a retreat for quilters, knitters, crocheters and needleworkers.  It was a gorgeous weekend and a beautiful setting.

We had the main lodge for stitching all day and evening.  The first photo is the deck that overlooked the pond, river and woods.  The third picture shows 1/2 of the interior where we spent our time stitching, chatting and relaxing.  Plenty of natural light and each table had access to electricity to power our lights and sewing machines. The other 1/2 (behind me) was where we ate our meals.  The last picture is our cabin that had bunks for 24, but they kept it to 6 per cabin.  There were 3 rooms in the cabin so we split up into 2 each with more than enough room for all of our "stuff".  The other great thing about the cabin was air conditioning...YES!!  The worst thing...the water.  I haven't smelled sulfur water like that since I was a kid.  Not something you really want to shower in.  Needless to say, that was the first thing I did when I got home.  

I had three goals for the retreat.  Resume work on "Three Ships" from Shepherds Bush - check.  

As you can see only a portion of the words are finished.  Over one is not the thing to do during a retreat...too much frog stitching.

Second goal was to start "Autumn Blessings" from Shepherds Bush - check, check.

...and the third goal was to start on my name tag from La D Da, her limited edition kit from market.  Check and mark.  All I have to do is stitch my name.  Not all of that was done at retreat.  The majority of the stitching on the name tag was done at home.

Happy Stitching all,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Two More Finishes

Last week, I finished the Forget-Me-Not sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.  The first step in this project was coffee dyeing the linen that had been provided in the kit.  I love the color palette of this piece and can't wait to get it framed.

Today I picked my Lady's Worke Box by Ellen Chester from the finisher - Karen did a fabulous job!  Now I need to line the box and finish the smalls that go into it.  

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mary's Sampler II from Plum Street Samplers

Today starts the nine part mystery sampler series from Paulette Stewart.  It was a quick stitch, just over an hour.  I can't wait to see how this develops over the next 2 months.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blackbird Designs Ladies Prim Society Fall Piece

This is the fourth installment of the Ladies Prim Society club, and it is a beautiful piece.  I started working on this last night and after a few hours I am loving it more and more.  The colors all play so well together and certainly breath "Autumn is here!"  It is designed to be a pillow with the design measuring about 6" square.  The backing fabric is included from their fabric line Nature's Basket, and trimmed with R&R hand dyed Cinnamon baby rick rack.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Trip out East

Molly and I made the drive out to Upper Marlboro, Maryland to visit John for the Labor Day weekend.  It is a 10 hour, plus drive and the longest trip Molly has ever made.  She did VERY well and I would be more than happy to do the trip with her again...just not too soon.  Doesn't she look happy to see her Dad?

On Saturday, we drove down to Alexandria, VA to visit Fort Belvior.  Who knew there would be a needlework shop in town?  Thank goodness for Google Search.  As most of us do when visiting a new area, we seek out the LNS.  I found the shop In Stitches to be one of the nicest shops I have visited.  They were very nice and helpful, plus they offer a 10% discount if you are a member of a guild.  That saved me quite a bit on this trip!

They had all of my favorite pieces from the St. Charles market including the limited edition kits from With Thy Needle and Thread and La-D-Da, plus the freebie from Shepherd's Bush.  

The first step is to hand dye the linen for the Forget-me-not Sampler with coffee.  I guess that will be one of my projects for the weekend.  I love the sunflower button for the SB piece!

We made it back last night tired, but happy to be back home.  Next weekend it's off to another Ellen Chester class up in the Chicago area.  More to come after that trip!

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Another Update

Happy Saturday all!  This summer is moving along so fast, it seems like the weekends are here before I know it.  Then they're over just as fast.  It's a beautiful day here in Indiana.  The sun is shining, temps in the low 80's and everything is so green it's like May.  Usually by now I'm mowing every other week.

In between yard work and cleaning/reorganizing the house, I have gotten quite a bit of stitching in.  Here is a quick stitch that I finished up in a couple of evenings.  I have one of the round boxes that Shepherd's Bush has designed interchangeable inserts for.  I had Halloween in the box, it's now time to Mae it summer.

Earlier this year, I joined the Ladies Prim Society through Dyeing to Stitch.  This was the first project from Threadwork Primitives.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  

It's a pretty sewing case lined with fabric from Moda.  I contacted Nan from Threadwork Primitives and she gave me the color number to be able to order more, which I did.  I just love the monochromatic floral paisley pattern!  I now have 2 yards to play with for other projects.

Finally, here is a picture of Charland's Needlework case from the 2010 Shepherds Bush retreat.  It is stitched with silks, Charland's special silver charms, and lining fabric from Blackbird Designs.  I did the assembly myself and am happy with how it all turned out.

The charm on the inside represents our favorite stitch - a beautiful Queen Stitch charm.

I also love bees and dragonflies, so this was a perfect piece for me.

Best Stitches,

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Better Late Than Never

It's been quite some time since I posted last.  It has been a busy year since I returned from the Shepherd's Bush retreat.  

Family-wise, John transferred to Andrews Air Force base in January.  He stayed with his sister for a few months in the D.C. area until they sold their home last week.  He has rented a place 15-20 minutes from the base, and the movers came a couple of weeks ago to take his things to him.  Now comes the time for cleaning a rearranging here at my house.

My niece gave birth to twins early this year.  Meet Kynedi (left) and Jase (right).  They are both growing and healthy, and keeping my niece busy along with their 2 older brothers.

Needlework Update:

Our local sampler guild had Stacy Nash teach in January.  We completed our pre-stitching then did most of the assembly in class.  I love how everything turned out.  

I finally finished stitching my Elizabethan Casket Etui from Betsy Morgan and turned my attention to the finishing work.  I started with the pin cube first, then the scissor fob, and the remainder of the smalls leaving the casket construction for last.  Betsy's instructions were so good that I was able to pick them up 1 1/2 years after taking the class's and be able to put it together without too much difficulty.  Below are the fronts and backs of all of the pieces.

I wanted to be sure to have this project completed as our sampler guild scheduled Betsy to come teach the Toy Chest Etui in June.  We had a great turn-out with 20 participants.  We met some new friends from Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota.  Below is a picture of Betsy's completed piece.  

In May I drove to Cincinnati to take Ellen Chester's "A Lady's Worke Box" class.  I am actively stitching on it in my rotation along with Jeanette Douglas' "My Story" sampler from SB retreat 2010, Shepherd's  Bush "Three Ships" sampler from their retreat in 2012, and a couple of small projects.  I will post pictures of those projects later.

In June, I taught a little workshop for my sampler guild to make these sweet pincushions.  Aren't they adorable?  I left a few sitting on the kitchen table one day, and my cat decided that they made excellent cat toys.  What was I thinking, of course they make PURRFECT cats toys!

Finally, I'll post my framed sampler from Paulette Stewart of Plum Street samplers.  Her "Yuletide Welcome" was her project from SB retreat last year.  I stitched this piece in memory of my Mom who passed away just after Christmas 2011.  I consider the angel located at the upper left hand side of the house house to be my guardian angel...my Mom.  

I framed it just like Paulette did with one of my favorite frames from Hobby Lobby.  My local store does a very nice job with needlework and it makes my pieces look vintage.  

Until later (hopefully not several months later), happy stitching!