Monday, June 27, 2011

A Flower, A Fob, and Fabric

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I may have mentioned that Hare Pyns had to have some minor ripping out and restitching done to her. That center flower needed the pale pink color in the center, as opposed to the red I'd mistakenly stitched there. The center flower is now finished and I've done the rest of the outlining on the flowers and leaves and begun the fill in on the leaves. Like I said, my goal is to get this front flap finished by the end of June. I'm thinking it's not going to happen. But, I've been wrong before. I just find it amazing that I can't find photos online of anyone else stitching this piece. I had hoped for some in progress photos to help me along. No such luck. The majority of the photos I find when I search for this piece are my own. And that doesn't help me!

But since this piece is such a beat down to stitch (mainly because of the tension differences in the stitches which can't really be helped, and I'm not sure what I can do about it), I find myself wanting to work on something at the opposite end of the spectrum. Something that doesn't make my eyes cross.

So, I've been working on another old WIP (I know, they're neverending). This is Sweet Treats by Country Cottage Needleworks. This piece was a series of chart packs with Crescent Colors thread and JABC buttons. I finally finished the border and have now moved on to the second chart pack, which is Cupcake. I am stitching this on 28ct Vintage Lentil.

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It's an easy break from Hare Pyns.

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And yesterday I met some friends for lunch to celebrate one friend's birthday. You may remember last year I stitched this piece for her. This year, I found these great black and white scissors and made a fob for them (see already putting those jewelry-making skills to good use!).

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I had a lot of fun making the fob, and the black and white set was a perfect counterpoint to the Kaffe Fassett quilt book I also gave her that was full of gorgeous, rich color. I'm thinking I need some Kaffe fabric in my life. Anyway, we had a lovely lunch and I'm so glad she liked her gifts!

Also over the weekend, I spent some time sewing the binding on a quilt. I finally finished it last night and am looking forward to sharing it with you. I'm totally in the mood now to work on quilts. I spent some time this weekend cutting out some more hexagon templates so that I can get back to working on my hexagon quilt. I also made a little trip up to my local quilt shop and saw that they were starting to get the new Christmas lines in. Now I'm jonesing to work on Christmas quilts! I have at least three planned and have most of the fabric I need for all three. There's a fourth I just remembered I want to make too, but no fabric for it yet. But doesn't this pretty Christmas fabric make you want to start some holiday projects?

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Oh I'm just dying to get my sewing machine out and start piecing some quilt tops! I can't wait to get started! (OMGthoseowlsaresofreakingcuteIdie.)

So that's what I'm up to. Tonight I'll be back to working on Hare Pyns, in an attempt to get that front flap done. But maybe over the holiday weekend I can sneak in some sewing. And I'll for sure be sharing my newly finished quilt soon too!

I am grateful for inspiration and a sense of accomplishment.

27 comments:

Catherine said...

Great stitches and I love those fabrics!!

Margaret said...

Your Hare Pyns is gorgeous! Love the sweet treats too - nice to see it again. Love those fabrics!!! And the fob is great! What a great present for your friend!

Gabi said...

Hare Pyns is looking fantastic. Looks also complicated. But beautiful. I'm tempted to take a course over time to learn this type of embroidery.
Sweet treats are looking good too, and love your fabric and your fob.

valerie said...

Your Hare Pyns is really coming along! It looks like very few bloggers have taken the class. I know my guild took it last year but I didn't participate. Sweet Treats is cute too!

I *heart* your fob! It looks great with these scissors! And the owl fabric is cute!

Littlebit said...

Oh gosh, your stitching is absolutely beautiful. Love the colors in Hare Pyns!
As for that Hoot Owl fabric, when I set eyes on that a few weeks ago in the latest HoP catalog, I knew I would have to do some holiday pillow cases..they are too cute!! See ya at the machine!! :)

Hazel said...

What a lot of gorgeous stuff in this post. I love your stitchy bits and pieces and that fob is gorgeous. x

Nancy said...

Hare Pyns is so pretty! CC piece is cute too! Love all those fabrics especially the owls!

Deb said...

Hare Pyns is coming out gorgeous. Now you're really making me regret not taking that class. Love those fabrics too. Love your fob too - another thing that I need to learn how to do one of these days.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your Hare Pyns. Even though it's a PITA to stitch, it's going to be one gorgeous finished piece.
Your sweet treats piece is very sweet indeed.
Love the scissors and fob you gifted your friend.
You have me jonesing to start a project with my 12 Days of Christmas layer cake now.... what a wonderful influence you are.

April Mechelle said...

Jennifer is the Owl fabric by and what is it called? I just love it!!

Jackie said...

I'm not surprised at all that your friend love her scissors and fob. You did a great job! The heart at the end is the perfect touch for a good friend.

I haven't seen Hare Pyns anywhere and am interested to see your progress!

wendy111 said...

Hare Pyns is an amazing project - beautiful stitching, but I can see why you need a break at times. I am sure you friend loved the fob.

mdgtjulie said...

Everything you've shown looks good. Sweet treats would make me hungry, lol. Can't wait to see your quilts!!

David said...

Hare Pyns is gorgeous!!! And you're right, these owls are to die for ;-)

KarenV said...

Hare Pyns is looking wonderful so far Michelle, I love the colours. Sorry it's giving you a bit of trouble though.

Love those Christmas fabrics - the owl fabric is definitely very cute!

Yiotas Cross Stitch said...

I like the flower, it's art deco isn't it. Also love the fabric! I enjoy seeing your pictures ;-)

MarieZ said...

Love the fob and I am sure Ava did too. Can't help you will Harepins, but need to get working on my "Spot in the Mountains".

MarieZ said...

Love the fob and I am sure Ava did too. Can't help you will Harepins, but need to get working on my "Spot in the Mountains".

staci said...

Beautiful stitching progress, beautiful fob, beautiful fabric!!! I don't really want to start on Christmas projects, but I know I should!

Melissa said...

Sending good thoughts that Hare Pyns behaves and you get her finished this month! Love your LHN piece. And the owls, yes I die too! Love them.

Katrina said...

Love the quilt fabric and pretty, pretty pieces!!!! Cute scissor fob too.

Giovanna said...

Hare Pyns is a really exquisite project - lovely stitching!

Sylvia said...

Your HP looks amazing - I don't think I am that far ahead of you!!

Your sweet treats is a total diet buster ... I am sitting here craving something sweet. Aargh.

I love, love, love the owl fabric - so cute. I can't wait to see that one complete.

Deborah~TheBookishDame said...

I'm in love with those black and white scissors! Also, the Christmas fabbies are to die for... Beautiful stitching, too.

Siobhan said...

All that over one--God bless you, Michelle. ;) It's gorgeous, though! Your Sweet Treats is adorable.

I love love love those fabrics! I was drooling over the new Sweetwater Christmas line that's coming out & thought of you--you have me wanting to do a Christmas quilt now, too.

Great scissors!

Deanne J said...

Very pretty stitching and fabric. Love you FOB

Karoline said...

Great progress on both your wips.

I love the owl fabric