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.
It’s an easy break from Hare Pyns.
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!).
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?
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.