‘Twas the Night Before…

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Thanks for taking a moment during the holidays to stop by and see what I’m up to.  On Thanksgiving Day I decided to start something new.  Above you can see my little bitty bit of stitching that evening.  It’s Jenny Bean’s Christmas Sampler.  I so enjoyed sitting with my guys, watching a tv special on Saint Nicholas and stitching this little tree.  Such a blessing of a peaceful evening.  
Below, you can see how my little sampler is coming along.  I’ve also been stitching on a gift, so it’s really only been in the last week that this has gotten much attention.  I love how the colors are coming together. 
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And you may have spied in that first photo my new Christmas scissor case.  It was made by a sweet friend to go with some stitching wallets I decided to make for some friends.  I have to say that my first try on the stitching bags went pretty well!  By the fifth one, I think I got the knack of it!  The fabric is Kate Spain’s new Christmas line, Joy.  I just loved the little snowballs on the turquoise background. 

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And speaking of Kate Spain…you may be wondering how that Christmas quilt of mine is coming along?  


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You may remember that I started this quilt last year around Thanksgiving.  It’s made from two different Kate Spain lines, 12 Days of Christmas and Flurry.  All my blocks are put together, they just need sashing between the blocks.  I started work on that, and have all my rows sewn together. 
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Maybe one of these days I can get the rest of the quilt top put together.  I’d so love to have this quilted and out to snuggle up under next year!  
I’ve also been starting to plan for my New Year’s Day start.  I’m missing one thread, but other than that I’m ready to go!
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I hope the holidays are a magical time for you and your families.  Take a moment to find a bit of peace for yourself amidst all the hustle and bustle.  Thanks for visiting my blog and for the continued inspiration I get from all of you!

Merry Christmas!

I am grateful for Christmas carols on the stereo, an applesauce cake in the oven, twinkling lights on the tree, and my family around me.  

Holidayin’

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Last week I attended my guild’s annual holiday party, which I always look forward to.  This year, even more so, because my sweet friend and PIC, Sylvia, was here from Germany.  Such a treat to see her, and her schedule allowed her to come to the party too!  
I did the finishing on my ornament last weekend and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  
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This is Candy Cane Stocking by Blackbird Designs from the 2003 JCS Ornament issue.  It is stitched in Weeks and GAST with Mill Hill beads on 30ct 18th Century Blackbird linen from R&R.  The fabric I used to finish it was a pretty Kaffe Fassett fabric that I picked up last weekend in Fort Worth at Madtosh Crafts.  
And the ornament I received? 
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Isn’t that the sweetest thing?!  It’s from With Thy Needle & Thread’s Friendship Samplers.  Stitched over one, it’s so tiny and cute.  Love it!
Our hostess had the best displays of stitched ornaments.  And there were so many of them!  I need to stitch faster (or finish faster – considering I have several that are stitched but still not finished).
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There was a lot of yummy food too.  
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And delicious desserts…
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And here’s a look at all the fabulous ornaments that were exchanged!
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Here’s a few closeups…
This was Sylvia’s.   I’m so in love with the button trim.   It’s a BBD.
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This one was the sweetest little needlebook that doubles as an ornament.  I love the gingham fabric!
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 Here’s the back.  Such sweet trees!
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Robert also stitched a BBD ornament.  I need to stitch this one for sure!
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And rounding out the BBD party several of us were clearly having, my friend Ava stitched up Crowning the Tree.  My photo of this does not do it justice at all.  I have this chart too and need to stitch it up for sure!
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A good time was had by all, and it was an excellent way to kick off the holiday season.  I also started a Christmas sampler on Thanksgiving Day that I haven’t made much progress on, but I’m looking forward to getting it back out to work on.  Once I have some progress to share, I will.
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I hope you’re enjoying whatever holiday stitching you’re doing!
I am grateful for visits with friends and my sweet husband for taking care good care of me. 

Et Tu, Etui!

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Last week I promised that I’d post about the Betsy Morgan workshop I attended, so here it is!  The workshop was offered through my local EGA chapter and the class was Betsy’s Sampler Casket Etui.  Of course, you’ve seen my pre-stitching (above) before.  I was rather impressed with myself that I was able to come to class with all my pre-stitching done (unlike that Hare Pyns debacle).  
Of course, it is always a treat to get to see the full kit for the piece the first time!  Such lovely silks. 
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In class we worked on assembling our little thimble bag, which was fun.  Betsy’s directions are very clear and concise, which I very much appreciate.  She also provided us with color copies of each of the pieces too, which will make completing this that much easier.  
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Anyway, I was able to get my little thimble purse sewn together and my little loops made for the cording to go through for the drawstring.  
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Cute, huh?
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And the inside is lined with silk dupioni.  
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We also learned in class how to do the Aztec stitch, which we will need for one of our little pieces.  She had us practice on something big enough to really be able to see what we were doing.  This was my first time cutting and removing threads…eeek!  That first snip is the worst.  
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But I got the hang of it.  It’s always fun learning something new.  
Anyway, the class was great and I thoroughly enjoyed Betsy.  If you haven’t taken a class from her, I highly recommend doing so.  
This weekend was spent working on the finishing of my ornament for the guild’s ornament exchange.  I’m really looking forward to our holiday party tomorrow night and I’m anxious to see what I’ll come home with in the exchange.  But for now, I’ll keep mine a surprise.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute, though!!
I am grateful for Saturday outings and face to face conversations.