Episode 53: Sampler Maynia

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my plans for Stitch Maynia (aka Sampler Maynia).

Sampler WIPs to work on during Maynia (while still continuing with my Chatelaine 100 Day challenge):

  • Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread – stitching on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with the called for Weeks threads.  I started this back in May 2011 when it was first released.
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – stitching on 48ct Gander linen with the called for threads.  This is on my WIPocalypse list and my Year of WIPs list (and if I’m not mistaken it may also be on my MAGIC list).
  • Little Red Chair Sampler by The Scarlett House – stitching on 45ct Vintage Meadow Rue with Gloriana Tudor Silks.  Started August of 2014 as one of the projects for The Attic’s Summer Soiree.
  • The Snooty Parrot Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs – stitching on 52/60 Vintage Light Examplar with Gloriana Tudor Silks.  Started January of 2014 as part of the Sampler World 2014 SAL.
  • Scottish Sampler from the book The Goodhart Samplers by Needleprint – stitching with DMC on 36ct. Permin Lambswool.  Started August of 2010.
  • The 1809 Frances Eden Sampler by HandWork Samplers – stitching on 40ct Vintage Examplar with Vikki Clayton HDF silks/DMC.  This was a Maynia start last year.
  • Victorine Delacroix 1833 by The Essamplaire.  Stitching on 40ct linen with AVAS silks (this was a kit from The Essamplaire).  This was started in January of 2012.
  • La Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau.  Stitching on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray with my own conversion to Gloriana, AVAS & Caron Soie Cristale silks.  Started in Paris in February of 2014.
  • Possible New Start: In the Garden by With My Needle
  • A Dutch Beauty 1790 by Permin of Copenhagen – stitching on 40ct linen I dyed myself with my own dark/jewel tone conversion (silks, overdyes, DMC).  Started as a SAL with Emily C. last June.

Episode 52: 100 Days

 

I am behind on posting show notes!!

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share share two finishes and the beginning of #100daychatelainechallenge.
Show notes:
Finishes:
  1. Yule: Winter Solstice freebie by The Primitive Hare – stitched on 28ct Cashel Linen FOTM Exclusive Silkweaver with my own conversion to overdyed threads.
  2. Spring Celebration: Ostara freebie by The Primitive Hare – stitched on 32ct Silkweaver Golden Harvest with my own conversion to overdyed threads.
WIPs:
  1. Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers
  2. The King’s Vegetable Garden (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs
Kitted Up:
  1. From the Deep by Plum Street Samplers
  2. A is for Apple by With Thy Needle (Ellen Chester)
  3. Thread by Carriage House Samplings
  4. Jinx by Raise the Roof Designs
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Nightshade

At the end of February I had the glorious opportunity to attend a weekend quilting retreat with my quilt guild (Dallas Modern Quilt Guild).  Most of the time retreats are out of my reach financially, but this one was going to be an in town retreat at a newly opened retreat space, Best Little Retreat Center in Texas.  I had been so looking forward to this retreat because I pretty much have done no sewing or quilting since the in town retreats the Dallas Quilt Guild put on ended.  And sadly, I haven’t even posted about the last couple I went to, but at the first one I finished my Tula’s Squirrels quilt top.  But, I think the last retreat we had was like in June of 2016, so yeah, it’s been THAT LONG since I sewed.  So, you understand when I tell you how excited I was to be able to sew all weekend long!

I started out the weekend by working on my Pixel Heart mini that I started with my Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric that a friend gifted me.

 

I had been inspired by Diana, itiskismet_stitches, to start this mini.  She had been encouraging me to sew a little bit, even if I could only do ten or fifteen minutes at a time, it would add up.  So in November of 2017, I started sewing my squares together.  And then I managed to get a few rows sewn.  But, in true to me fashion I ended up sewing a row upside down and then it sat there from November until the end of February with no movement.

 

 

So the first thing I did when I got my table set up was rip out that row and resew it the right way round.  I managed to get the whole thing sewn up relatively quickly.

I was a bit undecided on how to quilt it but I did a bit of searching around on IG for some inspo and also consulted the expert (Diana).  In the end, we decided that cross-hatching on the diagonal was the way to go.  And I’m pretty thrilled with it.  I also got the opportunity to try a hera marker for the first time.  And when I used it my lines were so much straighter and more even!  I got the binding sewn on and now it just needs to be hand sewn to the back.  Not a bad start to a sewing weekend!

Next project on my list was to get started on my Nightshade quilt.  I had started cutting this out at one of the other in town retreats, so I was able to keep going and get all the smaller pieces cut, including my background fabric which is the black & white moons and stars.

Then I started on the hard part.  Cutting out the cameos from the Coven fabric.  It is no joke cutting into precious fabric that you have no way of replacing if you screw up!

But I managed to get it done.  It is a pain the ass fussy cutting those though (as I learned with my Parisville quilt).

And one of the best things about the retreat center is that you also get your own design wall!  This is how mine was shaping up on day 1.

It’s always fun seeing what everyone else is working on too.  My friend Karen was busy making these fabric baskets for friends.  This is the one she made for me.  Isn’t it perfect?!

A little peek around the room…

And let’s just take a closer look at that Tula quilt in progress.

I so enjoyed being able to watch this one come together.  It is so so pretty and vibrant in person!

On day 2, Sunday, I continued on with my Nightshade quilt.  Now that I had all those lovely ladies cut out I could start making my blocks.  I added the corners to each of the blocks to start making “snowballs”.

And you may notice a slight issue with the block second from the bottom on the right side.  Yeah, I don’t have any of the blue storm cloud fabric.  Like none, except for that small scrap my friend Lee was willing to spare.  Not sure what I’m going to do, but I’m guessing I’m going to beg the Tula Troops to take pity on me and trade some storm clouds for cameos.  But, I soldiered on with my other blocks.  I added the borders around each block.

And then I started adding the background fabric on the corners of each.  Yeah, that one block is looking pretty darn sad now.  But OMG I am so freaking in love with this already.  It’s going to be SO GOOD when it’s done.  I can’t wait.

And here’s what the whole thing will look like more or less…

So, my next step will be to finish adding the background corners to the rest of the blocks and then start on the sashing strips and cornerstones.  Can’t wait!

 

So, all in all it was an awesome weekend.  I got to visit with friends, I got to sew and reinvigorate my creativity, I got to see inspiration from others, and I even got to witness a finished quilt top.  How amazing is that?!

I am grateful for finally finally getting to sew again!

April WIPocalypse Check-In

Hard to believe it’s that time again for a WIPocalypse check in but here we are at the end of April/beginning of May!

Let me start off by showing you my progress on Mystery 9 (The King’s Vegetable Garden).  I am continuing with my 100 day challenge on this one and am currently at day 42 or so.

So here’s what it looked like on Day 1.

And the last time you saw it was on Day 6.  Here’s what it looks like now.

I completely finished the top right corner, including beads but no crystals.  Then I moved down and did the side pool and the steps.  I’ve made a good start on corner 3, the bottom right corner.  I’ve beaded those swirls on either side of the artichoke bed and stitched the green hedge with all the eyelet stitches.  I stitched and beaded the corner pool and then stitched and beaded the espalier trees.    Here’s a closer view of that corner.  The beads on the espalier trees are a very pale pink so they are a bit difficult to see.

I had hoped to get this corner completely finished in April, but that didn’t quite happen.  I did hit a point where I was feeling antsy to work on something else and I did start two new little pieces.

The first one is from the alphabet series by Carriage House Samplings (Kathy Barrick era).  I’ve had a plan to stitch this for my thread box for years and so I finally decided to just start it.  I’m stitching it with the called for threads except for the black – it calls for Black Crow which I don’t have, so I’m using DMC.  It also calls for an orange that I didn’t have so I’m just using the DMC equivalent.  I should be able to get it done without too much more work.

Next, I stumbled across another chart that’s been in my stash forever.  And I’ve been trying to find something to stitch on the beautiful Lovechild fabric that Christine from Stitch All the Things sent me.  Enter Friday the 13th coinciding with Dark 13 stitching and everything just clicked!

This is Jinx by Raise the Roof Designs that I’ve been in love with since I first laid eyes on it when it was released.  And there’s something I just love about the fact it’s on pink opalescent fabric.  So, I decided my Lovechild fabric had found its perfect pattern.

I started it on Friday the 13th and this is as far as I got before I switched back over to my Chatelaine stitching.  I’m using the called for thread for the yellow moon, but this chart also called for Black Crow (what are the odds?!) so I’m using Weeks Mascara instead.  And I didn’t have the white for the lightning bolt you can’t really see in the photo, so I’m using Parched Bones which was a limited edition thread for Jenny Bean Halloween (fun fact, Teresa from Shakespeare’s Peddler used to be half of Raise the Roof).

But, this is another piece I think will be a relatively quick stitch.  And it is something I’ve been wanting to stitch for a long time.

Finally, the last thing I worked on in April and managed to finish completely was my first design.  Completing this and releasing the pattern was on my WIPocalypse list for 2018, so it is a huge relief to have that finished.  If you want more info on it or want to purchase the chart, you can pop over here.

So, that wraps up April!  I’ll do a separate post with my May plans, including Stitch Maynia soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am grateful for gifted fabrics from friends.

 

La Luna

I am pleased to officially announce the launch of Cozyegg Designs.  This is my first design, La Luna, and is part of The Nocturne Collection.  I have plans in the works for more designs in this collection as well as other collections, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

La Luna was stitched on 40ct Gothic by Picture This Plus with Weeks and GAST threads and then finished on a wooden box.

The pattern is available as a PDF here. You can also sign up over in the sidebar of my site to be notified of new patterns via email.

The Luna Moth is a symbol of transformation and combined with the waxing, waning, and full moon phases it is a perfect reflection of what I’ve been working on in my life right now.

I made a short video sharing some of the inspiration behind La Luna as well as some of the design details and finishing.

 

I hope that you love the design as much as I do and I appreciate all of the encouragement and excitement during the whole process.

I am grateful for making my dreams a reality.