Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankful


Red Thread: Thankful
Bent Creek
Weeks and GAST on 32ct Light Mocha and Embellished with Snaps
Finished 11/28/08



Just a quick post to show my latest finish. I didn't quite get it done in time for Thanksgiving, but it is done in November - which is fantastic! It means I am on target to get the last block and the border stitched in December. Woohoo!



The piece is getting so long now that it is really difficult to get a good photo of it. But, you get the idea. I'm loving it so far!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. We had a lovely time!

Now, I'm off to get started on the ornament I am stitching for my Guild's Holiday Ornament Exchange.

I am grateful for family.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Highlights

I have so much to show you today! First with the finishes...

I finally finished my block on Judith's Neighborhood RR, albeit a week late. Judith chose to have us stitch Maryse's monthly freebie houses, which was such a cute idea. Since my birthday month was already chosen (August), I decided to stitch December. I'm already getting into the Christmas groove, so this block was a lot of fun to stitch. And I just love the fabric Judith chose - it's so fabulous...almost like an aged papyrus color.


Judith's NeighborhoodNeighborhood Round Robin - Round 8
Maryse's December Maison
DMC on some gorgeous fabric
Finished 11/23/08

Here's her whole neighborhood so far. It is on its way to Erin and then I believe it goes home to Judith. I hope she is as happy with it as I am!


Secondly, after finishing up Judith's RR, I pulled out a little piece I've been working on for awhile. I actually started this back in April of this year. It is heading to my finisher today, along with Peace to be magically transformed into something wonderful.

Snow Bunnies
Little House Needleworks
From the JCS Ornament Issue 2007
DMC on 28ct Smoky Blue Lugana by Silkweaver
Finished 11/23/08

And, I was thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, and wanted a project to bring along with me to my parents' house. Sometimes stitching isn't the best answer, since I can't count and talk at the same time. So, I decided to bring something relatively mindless with me. I got my Kimono quilt back from the quilter a few weeks ago, so on Saturday, I cut my binding and sewed it on, so that I could do the hand sewing part of attaching it on Thursday. I also prepped my label for the back, but I need embroidery thread to match my backing fabric, so the actual embroidery has to wait (and the attaching of the label too). And, since this is going to be a wall-hanging in our dining room, I made myself a sleeve for the back of the quilt for the hanging rod to slide through. It will have to be attached by hand, so I have that to do too. So, I am all set for Thursday, and hopefully by next weekend I will have another finished quilt to share!

Let's see, what else. Oh yes... last weekend I finally lived up to my end of the SAL bargain, and I pulled out Mermaids of the Deep Blue to stitch on. She now has highlights in her hair. I was inspired by Missy's progress on her Bluebeard's Princess. Here's a look back at how she looked before. I think Anna and I will be continuing our Mermaid SAL in 2009, and hopefully we will both have finishes before you know it!

And, I have some goodies to share...

I won a giveaway on Nancy's blog for her chart of Mercy Me. (Go look at her great finish!!) Nancy also snuck in these gorgeous Hand Dyed Fibers silks. Thank you so much, Nancy!! I am one spoiled girl!


I also purchased the quilt fabric from Jane Timmers to use for the Martha's Sewing Basket set. I was really wanting to do it in the red colorway, so I'm happy Jane still had a set left! I purchased the charts through my guild and can't wait to get started on these. It's a huswif, a pocket and a basket liner. They're just lovely!


And finally, my automatic of the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers came from Elegant Stitch. Since, this piece is stitched in silks rather than the regular Weeks or GAST threads, Lois did something I think is great to try to cut down on the cost. She sent half skeins of each of the silks, which will give you more than you need, but still keep the cost down. Since I am on automatics for the chart, fabric and thread - that was a big help! Such a pretty set. It looks like I'll be going to Hobby Lobby in search of the box soon too!


Thanks so much for checking in, I hope you didn't mind all the lovely things I wanted to share today. And if you're curious what else I did this weekend...

Until next time...

I am grateful for Muse.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall Leaves

Red Thread: County Fair
Bent Creek

DMC, Weeks and GAST on 32ct Light Mocha
Finished 11/7/08




If you can possibly believe it, I have TWO finishes to share today! I've been working very hard to catch up with my stitching, and on Friday I finished up my September block for the Red Thread SAL with my friend, Sherri. This one is called County Fair. Eric and I did go to the fair this year, for his birthday, so I'll have to share those photos with you soon. We had a great time, as usual. And this block is perfect for this time of year. Don't you just love the pig suspended from a balloon? Anyway, on Friday I was taking a look at the Red Thread SAL blog, which I haven't taken part in, but I check in on from time to time. One of the stitchers there mentioned how glad she is that these blocks stitch up in a few hours. Wow! I am now officially the slowest stitcher!!! So, I took that as a personal challenge, and Friday night I started stitching on my October block, Wreath. I stitched on it Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. I did finish it up Sunday afternoon, which was a super fast finish for me, but it was not anywhere close to a couple of hours! LOL! Anyway, here is finish two...



Red Thread: Wreath
Bent Creek
DMC, Weeks and GAST on 32ct Light Mocha
Finished 11/9/08




I think this may be my absolute favorite block of the bunch (so far). Maybe it's the time of year I'm stitching it, but I just love the colors. I love the sort of abstract nature of the wreath itself, and the acorns are so perfect. Love that little bird too! In case you can't tell, he has a black snap for his body. Love it!!!


So, here are my two weekend finishes together.





And here is the whole thing so far. I have November and December's blocks to stitch, as well as the border. I intend to have this completely finished by December 31st! I love how it is turning out, and I am so glad that Sherri and I jumped into this great project together. It's been fun stitching along with her.




And speaking of finishes...Katrina has posted up photos of my Neighborhood RR that she completed over the weekend. It will now go back to Annemarie, for her to finish it up. Then, home to me!!


I just love what Katrina stitched here....isn't it wonderful! That witch is perfect!


Thank you so much, Katrina. I hope you don't mind me borrowing your photos to share!

I am stitching away on Judith's RR and should have it done in plenty of time for the mailout date of November 15th. That's my last RR to stitch on, then I just wait for mine to come home. Oh, and I did a little bit of Fall decorating this weekend too, if you'd like to see it.

I am grateful for knowing I can do it!

Monday, November 03, 2008

All Hallow's Eve

Hallow's Eve
Primitive Bettys
GAST Raven on 30ct Pumpkin Spice Java by R&R
Finished 11/1/08




Look I have stitching to show - and a FINISH! I've been sort of flitting around from project to project, with not a lot to show for my efforts. I had hoped to have my Holly Biscornu finished in time for my next guild meeting (tomorrow), but I didn't make as much progress on it as I wanted to. I've got all the initial stitching done, now comes the part for the wool applique. That part shouldn't take long, I just need to have access to my iron to do it. So, I've been working on that. I've also been stitching along on my Red Thread piece and am moving along on finishing up my September block. Last night the balloon was finished, and the pig was started. Woohoo! I've also made a little progress on my Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler from TGOS. I ripped out one motif and restitched it and the second motif is now ripped out and I've started restitching it. I think I have three or four more motifs to rip out and fix once I finish that one. Once I get all the mistakes fixed, I think it will be a fairly quick stitch going forward. But the ripping out is a total pain!

On Friday, I decided to take a day off work. I went to early voting in the morning, and then over to my LNS. I had a freebie from The Sampler Girl that called for GAST Simply Wool thread. I've never used wool thread before, and I thought it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, my LNS only had one of the four colors I needed - so the other three are on order. I also ordered one of those cording makers so that I can make cording for my Holly Biscornu. They didn't have that in stock either. I did pick up a cute Just Nan chart though, Frost on the Pumpkin. Anyway, once I got home I decided to just relax and have a Me day. I watched about six hours worth of Gossip Girl episodes I had missed, and picked up another freebie to stitch on. This freebie was provided to the Stacy Nash yahoo group I am a member of, as a door prize for our Halloween party in the group. This freebie was designed by Betty Dekat of Primitive Bettys. I just loved being able to pick up something quick and easy and in time for the holiday. I stitched with GAST Raven (what else) on 30 ct Pumpkin Spice Java by R&R. A few years ago, my LNS had ornament cuts of a variety of R&R fabrics. I bought three at the time, a red, a golden yellow, and this one. I'm so glad I found a great use for it! I was totally inspired by Nancy's use of framed pieces hung on ribbon to decorate for Halloween. So, yesterday I ran up to Michael's with a 40% off coupon in my hand and I found this great frame, and some black and white checked ribbon. Love it! It turned out exactly how I envisioned it, which is saying something, since that rarely happens with me!

Oh, and speaking of Halloween stitching, does anybody have a copy of this Birds of a Feather freebie they'd be willing to share with me? I would sure appreciate it!



Anyway, I've also been stitching along on another new piece. A few weekends ago, I went with my MIL and SIL to the Gem and Jewelry Show. I've never gone before, and it was quite an experience. I picked up a couple of great things, that I'll have to remember to show you. I was so inspired by all the crystals and pearls though, that I came home and had to start this piece. This is Pearl Lights by Chatelaine. I don't think anyone's finished this piece, and I've seen very few people stitching it. Stitching on 32 count black linen is no easy task though, as I've discovered. I've turned my quilt over to the back side, which is muslin, when I stitch so that it helps to have that light color behind my fabric. Good light helps too. I just love love love stitching with silks though - you can't beat it!

Anyway, that's what I've been up to around here. I hope you all had a happy Halloween, and an enjoyable weekend.

I am grateful for a day off.