Just When I Had Given Up Hope…

It arrived! ONS #3 actually had it in stock and had the fabric in stock, and sent it to me! Hurrah!!! And a big thank you to Carol for all your help! I just love this design so much. But, I have definitely learned my lesson about these Loose Feathers designs – strike while the iron is hot.

I also had a finish today – Quaker Hedgehog. This is a freebie from The Workbasket. I stitched mine in Silk ‘n Colors Rusty Amber on 32ct. Oyster Linen. I loved Jo‘s idea of turning him into a pincushion. So, here he is – ready for pins! I loved stitching on this little guy. The thread I chose had such lovely autumnal shades in it.

I am grateful for the health of my husband and my heart goes out to a coworker who lost her husband on Monday.

Happy 4th of July!

For those of us in the U.S., today is Independence Day, which often involves barbecue, fireworks, and watermelon. For those of us in North Texas, it involves rain. But, nonetheless, a perfect day to complete the finishing on my little July blanket for my Wooly Tyme sheep.

I spent the rest of the afternoon working on my Quaker Garden and watching Treasure Hunters. I am loving the colors in this. I haven’t used the Red Pear thread yet, but the blue and browns and white just pop against the fabric. I am using the recommended R&R fabric for this. Is it just me, or does the R&R fabric tend to be really stiff? I hope to work on QG a little more tonight, and who knows what I’ll work on the rest of the week. I can’t believe I only have to work three days this week – and then it is the weekend again.

I am grateful for traditions that were built by our country, our ancestors and that my husband and I are building together.

Quilting Day

I thoroughly enjoyed my quilting day. It took me some time to relearn paper piecing, but I eventually got into the groove. So, you can see my progress today on my Kimonos. I have five more to do before I can starting piecing the quilt top together. I just love the Asian prints and the bright colors!

I also made a small start on Quaker Garden for the SAL with Karen. I hope to stitch on it some more later, but for now…we are off to see fireworks!

I am grateful for a sewing machine that works and vacation days!

Finished Part 4

I stayed up late last night finishing Part 4 of Mystery 9. This part (and the next three parts) are filling in two triangles for each part. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but Martina’s designs always take me way longer than I anticipate they will. But, I am happy to have this done. Here is a closeup of the triangles.
I have the day off today, so I am planning to spend some time quilting. Well, piecing actually. And, as an early birthday present – I ordered the kit for Midi Mystery 2! I am so excited!

I am grateful for turnips and beets and all things that make Martina’s garden designs so delicate and lovely.

Secret Garden

I got the new Loose Feathers by Blackbird Designs in the mail today. It is so pretty with that Turkey Red thread! As I have lately been slightly beset by Loose Feathers woes, this was a happy thing! I am still waiting on ONS #1 to send my Strawberry Garden, since they sent me Quaker Garden by mistake. I am a member of the Loose Feathers Club now, so I should be all set to go in the future. Please excuse the photo taken on the floor today, my craft table has been overtaken and there is not an empty square inch to take a photo on.

Since Martina posted new parts and passwords for several groups yesterday, including Mystery 9, I figured I better get in gear and get to working on Part 4 (she just released part 7!! ack!) So, I stitched some on M9 this morning, but then was pulled away for this…

I apologize for the flash. We went to see Les Mis this afternoon, and it was wonderful. I have seen it once before, my best friend in high school and I went the day after graduation. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So, no stitching this afternoon. But, I am off to stich away the rest of the night! Oh, and Martina released part 1 of Midi Mystery 2 today. I am so excited about this design. I stitched the first Midi Mystery – which was a Medieval Garden. The new one is Baroque, and Martina says that they will be different, but you will be able to tell they are from the same series. Below is my Midi 1. My favorite part was the VERY medieval arches and quatrefoil windows. Part 1 has those same basic arches, but is quite Baroque (as one would expect). I am off to European Cross-stitch to see how much the kit is…must have…must have!

I am grateful for dates with my husband.

Mid-Year Review

Since I took the night off last night (actually, I had to work from home – so no blogging), I thought I would take Nicki‘s idea and post my 2006 stitching goals and see where I’m at.

2006 Stitching Goals
Dorothy’s Garden haven’t worked on in a while
Mermaid Treasure Box haven’t worked on in a while
Egypt Garden Not started
Mystery 9 caught up through part 3 (4 parts behind)
Midi 2 Not started
Winter Snapperland Finished Chalet, Ze Rink and Sleigh Ride – Villa and border to do
2000 Years Ago Finished Angels Sang – four more currently released to do
Wedding Sampler started
Harry’s Stocking Not started
A Most Noble Pursuit Not started
Mouline Rouge Not started
Bay Sampler started

So, basically I haven’t made a whole lot of progress on my goals. Guess I better get to it. Here’s what I’ve completed so far this year:

First Snow
Chalet, Ze Rink and Sleigh Ride
Angels Sang
In the Pink
March Hare
Flower Girls
Also finished stitching but not finished – July, Quaker Hedgehog and Flower of Courage

I also beaded a handbag for my wedding.

All my finishes can be see in my Webshots album. It doesn’t look like a whole lot. I guess with getting married and moving I have an excuse? I took Monday as a vacation day, and I have Tuesday off for Independence Day. I hope to get a lot of stitching done this weekend. Monday is set aside as “Quilting Day”, so hopefully I can make some progress there too. Have a great weekend!

I am grateful for my wonderful friends and the kindness of fellow bloggers.

Sweet Treats!

Today I got something fun in the mail – a package from Vicki of Turkey Feathers. I saw on her blog that she was selling these in her Etsy shop. (If you haven’t been to Etsy.com, it is pretty cool and filled with hand-made items for sale). These were just too cute to pass up. When I was little, my grandmother built me a dollhouse and all the furniture to go into it. It has long been packed away, but I often think that one of these days, I will have the room to display it. So, when I saw these I thought – they would be perfect for the dollhouse! But, until the time when the dollhouse comes out of storage, these will bring a smile to my face. These were actually made by Vicki’s daughter, Grace. I love the sprinkles on the donuts!

I did a little bit of stitching on Bay Sampler last night, but not enough to warrant a photo. I probably won’t get to stitch tonight, because I am exhausted.

I am grateful for early mornings.

No Stitching Tonight

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my late nights. I get home late and thus, very rarely stitch on these nights. So, I will show you the progress I made over the weekend on Bay Sampler. I love the colors in this. I am using Thread Gatherer Silk n Colors.


On another note, my chart that I ordered a month ago and then this weekend found out it was not available…I ordered it from another company that had it on their website. I got an email this afternoon telling me it was unavailable. So, basically I am pretty disappointed. The chart is Moon Garden by Blackbird Designs. I can only find one other ONS that has the chart listed on their website, so I am going to try them tomorrow. Here’s hoping they have it. Why, oh why did I fall in love with this design on Anna‘s blog after seeing her stitch it???

And…just in case you haven’t seen it yet, part 6 of Quaker a 6 Mains has been released. I can’t wait to stitch this one. Those stitching it have been doing such a lovely job. I think I want to stitch this with Vikki Clayton’s Ink Spot thread.

I am grateful for my friend Joan sharing her experience tonight, which helped me see my own experiences from another perspective.


Yes, that’s right – thank goodness it’s Monday! Because, Monday means the mailman comes again! This time the stash was very satisfying.

Today I received the new issue of SANQ, Just Nan’s Mermaid Heart and Carriage House Samplings Elephant and Farm (as well as the Angel and Needle freebies). I recently subscribed to SANQ, but I think my subscription probably started after this issue came out. I really wanted to get a good look at the Old Aviary Sampler that I have heard so much about. It really is beautiful and such soft colors! And Carol must be right, she said in her blog over the weekend that bloggers “almost all have an affinity for Carriage House Samplings”. I think she’s right! She also mentioned we have an affinity for Little House Needleworks as well, but somehow, I don’t have a single LHN chart in my stash!! The horror! I love the Dear Diary series as well as many others. I may have to add in at least one LHN chart in my next stash expedition. I’ve also been watching with delight Patti‘s progress on the CHS Alphabet, so I am now starting to collect the charts. I am up to F! So, thanks again to everyone checking in and commenting on my new little corner of the world. I hope to get links into my sidebar soon (as soon as I can figure out how), then you will all know how MANY of your blogs I read every day!

I am grateful for the color red. (That sounds a little like Sesame Street – today is brought to you by the letter E)


I sat down and finished stitching July today, even though I didn’t have much time to stitch. I loved doing the french knot sunflower centers. I still have to do the finishing on this, but I will have to make a run by Michael’s or Joann’s for some felt. I now have three little pieces that need finishing, so I may try to get those all done one weekend soon. I spent the rest of my free time today reading. I finished reading “The Historian”. What an amazing book! It was so good. Next up on the reading list is “On Beauty” for my book club. I am a member of a book club called “Artful Readings” at a museum in the area. The books always have an art slant, even if they are not solely about art. It introduces me to books I would never have read otherwise and it allows us to discuss art in the current exhibition that may be relevant.

Thanks to Karen and Carol for checking out my blog and commenting! I appreciate it!

I am grateful for silence.