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. 

Tilting at Windmills

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I finished up my pre-stitching for the Betsy Morgan class.  I love the little windmill.  These two little panels stitched up pretty quick, which is good because my track record for pre-stitching hasn’t been so great.  I’m looking forward to this class in October.  
After finishing my pre-stitching Saturday night, I was a little adrift about what to work on next.  I really need to get back to And They Sinned.  And I’ve promised myself I am going to focus on AOTH, ATS and John Reed until they are finished.  (Of course Glory House was nowhere on that list!)  And now I’m really wanting to do some fall stitching.  But, I really should stick to the plan and finish some of these things that have been taking up space in my project basket closet.  
And speaking of new starts…I decided to sign up for the Tula Pink Sew Along hosted by Sew Sweetness.  I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get moving on my Kiss Kiss quilt made from Tula’s Parisville fabrics. 
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On Saturday, I busted out the rotary cutter and finished cutting out all of the fabric for the “spokes”.  That’s fifteen pieces from each of the ten fat quarters!  Once I finished with those, I moved on to fussy cutting my centerpieces from the Cameo fabric.  

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I managed to get three of the nine cut out before it was time to call it a day.  I’m looking forward to getting all my cutting done so that I can start sewing!  
And even though I’m just getting started on my very first Tula quilt, I’ve already started making plans for the next one.  Please take a look at the new purchase – from her most recent line (at least until Salt Water comes out!), The Birds and The Bees.  Love that squirrel!!
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I really should get back to my Kate Spain Christmas quilt if I hope to have it done for the holidays this year…  Sounds like I need to tackle some of the ongoing projects in my quilting pile too!
I am grateful for getting out of a rut.  

The Last of Summer

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It hardly seems possible that Labor Day is now behind us and it’s September.  I’ve been working on a little project as sort of a last hurrah of summer.  It’s Chessie & Me’s Glory House.  Sweet little thing, isn’t it?
And you may be wondering what I’ve been up to, since I haven’t blogged in a bit?  Well, I had a birthday.  And my birthday was full of fun celebrations with friends and family.  You can see a little recap in photos over on the other blog here.  But I just had to share a few of the wonderful gifts I received.  
Sylvia made me this sweet stitching wallet.  I am in love with the Paris fabric!
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Here’s a peek at the inside…
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And she must have gotten tired of me bugging her about the fabulous fingerless gloves with owls on them that she made for her daughter a while back.  So she made some for me!!!!  I LOVE THEM! (And in case you’re wondering…I’m modeling them with my blue moon manicure in honor of the blue moon that was on August 31st).
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I was also treated to a day of wonderful food, laughter, stitching and a little Downton Abbey by some friends.  One of them stitched this sweet Needlework Press piece for me.  I am in love with the color thread she used.  
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A little closeup…
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I have lots more to show you, but I’m attempting to not overload you with photos!  So, here’s a quick peek at what I’ve been working on. I’ve found it difficult to settle in and stitch lately, but I’ve been working a little bit on my John Reed sampler.  I’m working my way across the top border.  I love love love how the AVAS silks are popping on that Confederate Grey linen.
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It’s been awhile since I showed you ATS too.  Not a lot of progress.  I stitched that strawberry band and have started on the alphabet.   
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Tuesday night I picked up the pre-stitching for a class I’m taking in October with Betsy Morgan. I’m excited about this one. 
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That’s it for me today.  I’ll post again soon with some other birthday pretties I received, a new quilt start, and hopefully some more stitching progress!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  I really appreciate it!
I am grateful for another amazing year.