Lemon Meringue Sampler
It’s finished! I finished it up last night, just in time to reach my goal to finish it by the end of the month. I love this sampler so much! It is just yummy. I wish I could get a more accurate photo of the colors, so that you can see how truly bright and beautiful it really is in person. Here’s a close-up of my favorite part.
I love the little star stitches above the meringue, I love the yellow cream beads too. Such a fun stitch. If you are wanting to stitch one of her samplers, definitely do it. It is so worth it. And she has a freebie on her website too, Chocolate Covered Cherries, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I will be starting on the Barnabee’s Quest SAL tonight, and just finished ironing my fabric. Barnabee will be my Thursday piece in my rotation, and I am going to be starting Just Nan’s Baby Garden to replace Lemon Meringue. I’m stitching this one for my Goddaughter. So, with my SAL, my RR and Baby Garden, I may be overloading on Just Nan pieces. But, I think they will move quickly, if my RR is any indication. Speaking of my RR, I just received the next piece to stitch on, so I’ll have to take a look at that over the weekend and figure out a gameplan.
Well, I’m off to stitch. Can’t wait to see what my SAL mates get stitched on their pieces! We had snow today, so it’s a perfect night to sit inside and cozy up with a garden sampler.
Walk to Rivendell: Climb a steep slope. Pippin yawns “Nearly midnight”. Camp – In a firwood just over top of the hill. Sleep by a large tree. Fox sees them. Eat at campsite. Water from a stream at the foot of the hill. A little fall where the water fell a few feet over an outcrop of grey stone. After 10:00 a.m. when leave. (Total Miles Walked: 18.5)
I am grateful for being sore after yoga.
I apologize that my blogging has been rather sporadic of late, particularly on the weekends. It seems that I tend to forget I need to sit down and catch my breath a moment. I had kind of a hard day yesterday, maybe just a case of the blahs. I did not want to do anything at all. I started to get out my sewing machine and work on my finishing I needed to do, but the thought of dragging out the machine and having to clean off my table was too much. So, I stitched instead and Eric and I watched A Gentleman’s Agreement, which was next up on our Academy Award list. Excellent movie…I was very impressed. Next up is 1948’s Hamlet. Eric brought home the loveliest roses for me yesterday also…I guess he knew I needed it! It was a gorgeous bouquet of pinks, light pinks, yellow and whites. So pretty. That’s one of them in the photo.
As I said, I ended up stitching yesterday instead of sewing, so I made good progress on Mystery 9. I had hoped to finish up part 6 last night, but I didn’t quite make it. All I have left though are the specialty stitches. So, I should be able to finish up this part quickly next weekend. I am glad that I am finally making some progress on this piece. I think so far my rotation is working out well. It is allowing me to make progress on several things, but not get burned out on any one thing. I think I got really burned out on Mystery 9, which is part of the reason I put it down previously. But, I think I’ve got my groove back. Here’s where I left it last night.
I am also making really good progress on my Lemon Meringue Sampler. I finished up the pie slice on Friday evening. I just have two bands underneath it to stitch, and then beads! I should be able to finish this one up pretty quick. Then, on to the next thing! I have a couple of projects all lined up a ready to go as I finish things off. (Who doesn’t!!??)
My fabric finally arrived for Barnabee’s Quest. So, I am all set to begin the SAL on Thursday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! And thanks to all of those who are new commenters – I appreciate hearing from you!
Walk to Rivendell: Stock Road (total miles walked: 15)
I am grateful for my friend Becky and her courage to have surgery this morning. I’m sending healing thoughts your way!
I am tired and frustrated, and frankly a little fed up. As I may have mentioned here previously, I am losing weight and working on creating a healthier me. This includes changing what I eat, working out five times a week, taking vitamins, and generally trying to take care of myself. I have an ultimate vision of what I am working towards, what it would look like to be a healthy me. That vision does coincide with a number on the scale, but not a number that I am married to. That number may not be a healthy best weight for me, but I won’t know until I get closer to it. Mostly though, my vision of health consists of activities and a lifestyle that I want to embrace. This transformation is not an easy one, and it is a very emotional one at times. Because of that, I do not typically discuss my weight loss/process with anyone. I do occasionally share my triumphs, which helps to keep me motivated. I know that a lot of the women around me have a very poor self image, and tend to discuss weight, etc. with great abandon. Often these discussions revolve around ways to lose weight that are not what I would consider healthy. This frustrates me to no end. I think maybe because it is because 1) I don’t want to participate in conversations about weight normally and 2) it ticks me off to no end that I am working so hard to lose weight in a healthy manner, and someone is talking to me about not eating in order to lose weight. Ugh. I am very proud of myself. I have lost 20 pounds and still counting. I walk, I lift weights, I do yoga – regularly. I take vitamins regularly. I am doing what I need to do to be healthy and fit. I am fed up with feeling like I have to hide my success, that I have to be small about it, that I have to listen to others thinking that they can lose weight by not eating and call it healthy. Why do I have to be belittled for sticking to it, for keeping up with my workouts, for wanting to be a better me? I am just fed up with it. So, I think I will take myself off to my Tuesday class and let it go. Deep breaths.
In stitching news…here is where Mystery 9 was left on Sunday evening at the end of my rotation. I’ve started on Part 6.
Here is where Lemon Meringue Sampler was left last night.
Not a ton of progress on either, but some. And someone asked about my quilt blocks that I’ve posted recently and where they come from. My blocks of the month, the batiks, are from my local quilt store, Quilt Country. I go in once a month and pick one up – the pattern and the fabrics to make it. The cat quilt is by MH Designs and is called Cat Nap (MH640), and is a paper piecing pattern I picked up at the Dallas Quilt Show a few years ago. There’s an address for the company on the pattern, if you’re interested leave me a comment with your email and I’ll get it to you.
Walk to Rivendell: Stop in a birch grove. Eat a frugal supper (Total miles: 12)
I am grateful for what I’ve accomplished.
I was so happy to see my mail yesterday! I received my Fabric of the Month from Silkweaver. The colors this month are gorgeous…Sugar Cookie and Robin’s Egg Blue. I think Robin’s Egg Blue is possibly my favorite color blue. I love it paired with chocolate brown. I also received my fabric from Stitches and Spice. I ordered Ocean Waves from them for my Mermaids of the Deep Blue. This is the same fabric, I believe, that Carol used for her mermaids. It is gorgeous. It goes from lighter at the top to darker at the bottom. I think it will be perfect for this piece. Now, I am just wondering why my hand-dyed fabric from Australia showed up before my plain white fabric from Oklahoma??? Anyway, I am exceedingly pleased with these beauties. I did no stitching last night (that’s twice this week). I had my book club meeting at the museum. We were discussing Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I really enjoyed the book, but there were others there who hated it…so that always makes for an interesting discussion. We looked at the museum’s Cezanne and discussed his painting style vs. Hemingway’s writing style. Very interesting. I would like to read more Hemingway. It is still raining here. We finally got above freezing, so the ice threat is over, for now. But, it has been raining nonstop for several days. It’s enought to make you want to stay home and stitch! So, I pulled out Mystery 9 today to work on, per my rotation. I don’t think I’ve worked on it since September, if you can believe it. It felt good to get back to it. I would like to be done with those dang triangles though! I’ll post a pic next time, as I hope to get a little more done on it tonight. But, in the mean time, here is my latest progress on Lemon Meringue Sampler.
I have just started the meringue on top of the piece of pie, so that will be fun to do. I’ll get back to it on Monday. I went to Jo-Ann’s this morning to get the rest of the thread for Barnabee’s Quest. I looked for a frame for my Winter Snapperland, but the only thing I found the right size was NOT the right color frame. So I’ll have to keep looking. I was hoping to be able to frame it and have it up for a little while though. Tomorrow I go to pick up my next quilt block for my block of the month…it will be interesting to see what colors this one uses.
Walk to Rivendell: I finally got in some walking this week. I am still in the rolling hills of the Green Hill Country (total walked: 10.5 miles).
I am grateful for rainy days.
The latest installment in my progress on Lemon Meringue Sampler. I really love this piece. Once I finish the three white flowers at the top, I will have the top half of the sampler finished, and will be moving on to the bottom half. The greens in this are really vibrant greens, not dark like you see here. Last night we watched the next Best Picture movie in our queue – The Lost Weekend. It is basically Leaving Las Vegas in black and white. I can’t say I loved it. It was not as bad as some of the movies we’ve seen, but also not nearly as good as some of those we’ve seen. I’m going to have to really get to it, if I want to finish watching all the Academy Award winners anytime in the near future, since I am only up to 1945 or so.
I am working hard at completing some things on my WIP list, as you may have noticed. I am, however, itching to start something new. So, to try to keep myself on track for now, I thought I would plan. I love planning, it is almost as good as list making. I may have mentioned previously that I love mermaids. For some reason though, I have only stitched one mermaid piece and that was my In the Pink pin (see my stitching album for photo). I am feeling the need this year to rectify this injustice. I must stitch a mermaid. So, I thought I would take suggestions since I am in my planning stage. Here’s a list of the mermaid charts I have…
Mermaid Treasure Box – Chatelaine (I actually have this one as a WIP)
Waiting for Neptune – HAED (Linda Ravenscroft)
Water ACEO QuickStitch – HAED (Sarah Butcher) (I have the fabric and floss ready to go)
Dark Waters – HAED (Selena Fenech)
Moon Mermaid – HAED (Selena Fenech)
Mermaids of the Deep Blue – Mirabilia
Mermaid of the Pearls – Mirabilia
Mermaid – Teresa Wentzler
Atlantis – White Willow Stitching (Selena Fenech)
Pacifica – White Willow Stitching (Monte Moore)
I have never stitched a Mirabilia nor have I stitched a HAED. So, let me know if any of these jump out to you as a must-stitch. I would love your suggestions! Also, if you know of other great mermaid charts to add to my collection – let me know!
I’m off to stitch a little on my lemons. As of yesterday I reached the plank bridge in my Walk to Rivendell.
I am grateful for great conversations over dinner with my husband.