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, July 25, 2015

More Samplers Back from the Framer

As some of you know, I tend to go in waves with my framing.  Since I have been traveling for needlework classes from April through last weekend, I was waiting to frame some pieces in order to even out the cash flow.  These two samplers have been in my drawer patiently waiting their turn.  

Miss Baxter's House from Stacy Nash caught my eye as soon as she released it.  It was a must have and immediately went to the top of the stitching rotation.  I have used this frame set before for my Blackbird Design pieces as it works so well with primitive samplers.   

I love the chickens, rooster and the bee skip on this sampler.  

The next sampler was a Mystery Sampler from Norden Crafts from a few years ago.  They typically release their mystery samplers in three parts over a period of time.  I will admit that I did not fall in love with this when it first came out.  The main reason was that the picture on the front of the chart was a section of the original sampler that did not lend itself well to being photographed.   Then I saw someone's sampler in progress and I had to have it.  This has been in the drawer for a couple of years..."Margaret Cottam" from La-D-Da.  

I used the same outer frame, but added a different fillet.

My next round of framing will be heading out to Utah in a few weeks with my BFF Janie to go to see what Jill Rensel can do with them.  I may take a few over to Hobby Lobby while I wait for their return as Jill's turn-around-time will likely be a few months.  That will be my early Christmas present to myself.

Best Stitches,

Monday, July 13, 2015

Well, that was interesting...storms blow through this morning!

I woke up this morning to a dream where I was in the basement of my old nursing school and catch site of a big black tornado coming our way.

Move forward a few hours and I am working at my desk.  It gets really dark in my house all of a sudden and I take a look outside.  My patio furniture is on it's side due to 50+ mph straight line winds.  

Here is a picture of the storm coming across the reservoir just a little north of me...

Here is a picture of the main road going through my town just two doors down from my old house...

...the road was closed for a few hours as they cleaned up the mess.  

I'm so happy I built a house with a basement!  It looks like we're in for another round of bad storms tonight.  I guess Molly and I will be sleeping in the basement.    

Best stitches,

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Back from the Framer and more...

I just got home from picking up "Peter's Patches" from Shepherd's Bush.  I framed his companion "Sophie's Roses" several years ago with the same frame and fillet, only the mat for Sophie is lavender.  I love how Peter turned out with the sage mat.  

Here is a peek at Sophie.  They will look so nice together!
On my way home I stopped at a pottery place north of Noblesville that I have always wanted to go to, but they were never open when I was driving by.  Strawtown Pottery has some very nice hand painted stoneware that I have received as gifts over the years.  This is what came home with me.  

When I got home, I found a little group of Red Admiral Butterflies on my purple coneflowers.  What a nice surprise!  

I also wanted to show the finished "1801 House" box all painted and waxed...

...and my progress with The Drawn Thread "Treasured Tools"...

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Little Stitching ADD

I seem to be having a little ADD where it comes to my stitching right now.  I have two Catherine Theron projects in the works - one of which is almost done, but just needed a break and the other I'm waiting on stretcher bars to arrive as my tent stitched area seems to be skewing a bit and I will need them for the Florentine anyway.  

So...I started and finished Chessie and Me's "1801 House".  I am in the process of painting the box, but it will be a couple more days before I can attached the piece to the top.  I love the little sheep and the satin stitched grass.  

...and then I also started The Drawn Thread "Treasured Tools".  Here is my progress so far.  I fell in love with this piece the moment I saw it at Spring Fling.  

Best Stitches,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Catherine Theron Updates and Happy 4th of July

Over the last year I have taken 2 Catherine Theron classes and received my 2015 guild project.  This year I took the Americana Sewing Roll class.  Here is a peek of the project model.  I love the Florentine pattern on the back!

Prior to stitching this piece, I decided that I needed to make some progress on this year's guild project and last year's class piece.  I am almost done stitching the Winter Strawberries Needle Roll (guild project).  I still have to Nun Stitch the needle pages and stitch the side portion for the pin cushion, but otherwise I am about ready to start putting it together.  When I was in class a few weeks ago, I saw someone's finished piece where they had filled in around the words "Needles" and "Scissors" with the Basket Weave stitch instead of the Tent stitch.  This gave the direction of the stitches a nice diagonal flow instead of the horizontal stripiness that is common with overdyed floss.     

Scissor Fob (left) and Pin Cushion (right)

I am also working on the Stitcher's Envelope from class last year.  I just love the vines of strawberries in the piece.  They are stitched with Smyrna's for a little extra dimension.  I am in the process of filling in with Tent stitches which just takes time.  

I was going through my Chessie and Me project file the other day and came across this little piece "Glory House".  A perfect project for Independence Day!!  It was such a quick stitch.  Stitched on Lakeside linen with Belle Soie silks - all kitted.  I love stitching with Belle Soie - it doesn't shred like other silks I have worked with (i.e. Gloriana).  I haven't decided what it wants to be yet.  I'm thinking a scissor case vs. pin cushion, but I haven't decided for sure.  

The other thing I have been working on is finishing the inside of My Lady's Work Box and the smalls from the class I took with Ellen Chester 2 years ago.  I hope to have pictures soon.  

Best Stitches,