Happy Birthday Stocking
Weeks, Crescent Colors & GAST on 30ct Irish Cream by R&R
February's Violet Stocking
GAST & Crescent Colors on 30ct Irish Cream by R&R
For my birthday, I usually have a new start. This year, I decided to just start something little. I'd been wanting to stitch up some of the BBD stockings, and the Happy Birthday stocking seemed like a perfect choice for birthday stitching. My grandmother's birthday is near mine too, and when she was alive we always celebrated our birthdays together. She used to grow African violets, so stitching February's Violet was a natural choice once I finished my birthday stocking. I had a piece of Irish Cream linen cut big enough for two stockings, and that's what these both called for in the pattern. Fortuitous, no? So, that's the last of what I got done on or near my birthday weekend of stitching fun. And let me just say, for the record, the more I stitch with them the more I love Crescent Colors threads. They are so pretty and squishy and I love them.
Oh, and I also meant to share with you a little finishing tip. The thing I stumbled upon that made the finishing on my peacock piece so much easier - a curved needle. I've never used one before, but that thing was the best! Usually, I am fighting with a straight needle to stitch something down, but that curved needle was the absolute best. I found a package of them at Jo-anne's with the sewing tools. Just thought I'd pass it along!
And having finished up stitching both those little stockings, I went back to stitching on Simple Things. I've finished the flowers (except for that bud in the corner), and have moved on to leaves. There are a ton of leaves, but I'm stitching with thread called "Guacamole", so how can I complain?
I think adding the Red Pear (pink) in there, made all the difference. The colors on this really work together now. I didn't stitch at all yesterday, even though I was hoping to get a lot of stitching in. I did go to the quilt shop and pick up some fabric for the baby quilt. I think I'm going to use some 30s repro fabric with muslin. I love that combination for baby quilts. I think I've got a pattern picked out too. But, yesterday my allergies were getting the better of me, so I wasn't feeling so hot. I really just wanted to spend the day curled up under my quilt reading my book. Which, I did primarily. So, no stitching.
Tomorrow night is guild night (has it really been a month?), and we are having our annual stash sale. I spent some time yesterday going through my stash and pulling out and pricing stuff to sell. Funny how our tastes change over time, huh? Anyway, I pulled a bunch of charts and some fabric to sell. Anything that doesn't go, I'll post for sale/trade here. But here's hoping I come home empty-handed.
I am grateful for lemon meringue pie.