Flosstube Episode 40.5: And They Sinned

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and my framed And They Sinned.
Show notes:
WIPs:
1. Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By by Silkweaver with silks, DMC, delicas, Swarovski crystals, and Mill Hill bugle beads
2. Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver with DMC (Year of WIPs piece)
Framed:
1. And They Sinned by Examplar Dames on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  Frame made by Eric.
Thanks for watching!
I am grateful for doing this piece justice…finally.

Flosstube Episode 35: Endings & Beginnings

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish and a new start. Super short video this time!

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL – in honor and remembrance of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials.  We are using the Instagram tags #salemnotforgotten and #salem325 For more information on the Salem witch trials, here is a brief article.
  • Dutch Beauty SAL on instagram #dutchbeautysal with Emily (eclecticposessions) and I

Show notes:

Framing:

  1. And They Sinned by Examplar Dames – GAST on 40ct Elegant Bean

Finishes:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – Weeks, GAST, and CC on 40ct Stars Hollow by R&R

WIPs:

  1. Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen – DMC & silks on 40ct Zweigart Mallow overdyed by me

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for a finish!

My Sunday Sampler with Sylvia

ATS Bottom Close up

Once upon a time I decided it was finally time to stitch one of my “bucket list” samplers – And They Sinned by Examplar Dames.  I first saw this chart way back when it was first released in a Shepherd’s Bush newsletter and had to have it.  Then on New Year’s Day 2010, I began.  I had ordered 40 count Elegant Bean linen from Elegant Stitch and the called for GAST threads with one DMC for the people.  In March, my friend Sylvia decided to join me and we started our Sunday SAL.  Each Sunday we stitched on ATS and it steadily grew.  The chart is divided into four legal size pages, so I celebrated big milestones when I would get to “the fold” and when I would get to a new page.  I’ve posted a lot of progress photos in the time it took me to stitch my way to the bottom and you can take a walk down memory lane here, if you’re interested.

ATS Top

I remember when we were stitching on that cloud at the top.  I had seen so many people stall out at this part that I was determined to really push through it.  Sylvia was also gnashing her teeth and we bemoaned the neverending cloud.  I recall saying to her, “it could be worse, wait until we get to all that grass!”  Oh, truer words were never spoken.  LOL  I did have a lot of fun with this section though, even naming those two snakes at the top Fred & George and that blue snake between Adam and Eve, Nagini.  I worked that vine border as I went so that I wasn’t stuck doing it all at the end.  I also put this on scroll bars, and as luck would have it I had to roll my fabric approximately when I reached “the fold” or the next page in my chart.  The photo above is essentially page 1 of the chart.

ATS Angel

At the time I was stitching this section I saw someone outline the angel’s wings in gold rather than in the grey it called for and absolutely loved it.  So, I did mine the same.  I even briefly considered ripping out the backstitching on the angel’s wings above the cloud but decided that I liked them in grey.

ATS Center with Alphabet

I thought for sure that once I got to the alphabet section I would knock it out super quick.  Not.  The.  Case.  Somehow I lost all momentum when I got to this section.  And I will tell you that I somehow went through two and a half skeins of Cherry Bark (the color of the alphabet), which seems ridiculous since the chart only called for one and it was stitched on 35 count.  I am super frugal with my thread too, so I can’t begin to imagine how I went through so much of that color.  I had purchased all new threads for this piece so I was starting with full skeins.

ATS Middle

Once I got past the alphabet I picked up speed again on the section with the spies of Canaan.  The photo above basically shows page 2 of the chart.  I really loved this section.  It was possibly my favorite just because of all the colors – the pinks, purples, and those crazy birds with their topknots.  And I really loved what look like quilt stars throughout this piece.

ATS Spies of Canaan Close Up

And page three made me feel like I was in the home stretch.  The section with the lady and the lion was Sylvia’s favorite part of this piece.  I have to admit, I really love this section too.  And it felt like a HUGE milestone to get to the end of the vine.

ATS The Lady and the Lion

And that brings us to the last section, otherwise affectionately known as “the neverending grass”.  Sylvia and I looked and looked at as many stitchers’ And They Sinned as possible trying to determine how we wanted to stitch the grass.  There are people who left the grass off completely, just stitching the animals on a bare background.  While I can understand why they opted not to stitch 8 million green stitches, when you look at the piece as a whole it really needs (in my opinion) the grass at the bottom to anchor it.  It needs that visual weight at the bottom.  We also saw one person who left that whole section off completely.  The chart is written for you to alternate two colors of green on the diagonal.  I didn’t love that look.  I think finally Sylvia saw on the Hand-Dyed Fiber board that someone had alternated the greens every two stitches and stitched everything in half stitches.  One row was stitched ///// and then the next row stitched like this \\\\\.  Loved the effect.  Doing half stitches makes it a bit airier so that your animals really stand out, and by alternating the angle of the stitches and the two colors it gives it a nice visual texture.  So so so glad we discovered this option!

ATS Bottom Section

I made several changes in this section.  The first change you’ll notice is that the big peacock at the top left of the grass ended up a different color.  He was charted to be red and I stitched him that way.  But then when I stitched the big flowering bush to the right I didn’t like having so much red right in the same section.  So I ripped it out and restitched him in teal and blue.

I also added my two boys in amongst the other animals.  Here is Thutmose with his gold eyes and little white spot under his chin.

ATS Grass Section with Thutmose

Here is Ramses with his green eyes being a cat “loaf” as he often does.

ATS Grass Section with Ramses

And I spent a very long time working on the pond.  I used the variegation of the thread to maximum effect and stitched in swirls rather than straight across in horizontal stripes.  I love how it turned out, even if it did take a long time to do.

ATS Pond

And then finally, I was at the end.  I personalized it just as Sylvia did hers, to commemorate our Sunday stitching.  Sylvia actually finished hers well before I did, but continued to cheer me on until I reached the finish line.  My ATS was started on January 1, 2010 and finished it during the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting on August 4, 2015.
ATS Full

Stitching And They Sinned was definitely a labor of love.  And there were long periods where I didn’t work on it at all.  But, I am so pleased to have it finished and so thrilled to have finally gotten around to taking photos so that I could share it with you here on the blog, although I did share it in episode 8 of the podcast/flosstube and you can watch it here.

I am grateful for Sampler Sundays. 

Cliff Notes from 2015

Stitching Bags

Hello, friends!  Thanks so much for your comments on my last post!  For those of you who saw that post pop up on your blog feed and noted how glad you were I was back to blogging, I wanted to fill you in on what happened.  Last December I migrated my blog from Blogspot over to my own domain.  If you go to the old blog address you will automatically be redirected to the new location.  So, I’ve been blogging at my new location throughout 2015 but unfortunately it didn’t occur to me that my feed over at Bloglovin’ or similar blog readers never got updated to the new address.  So, if you were looking for updates via a blog reader, rather than heading to the blog directly, it appeared that I haven’t updated my blog in a year!  The feed should be fixed now, so you will get regular updates as I post.  So…please take a look back at my older posts if you’d like and see what I’ve been up to.  Also, you can subscribe to my blog by hovering over the Contact tab at the top and clicking on Subscribe to our mailing list, which will send you new posts by email.

So, since it’s January and since you may have missed several of my posts from 2015, I thought I’d do a little recap of what I’ve been up to.

Episode 5

The biggest thing I did last year in the Cozyegg universe was to start a video podcast!  So far I’ve recorded ten episodes and I am absolutely loving this new venture.  You can tune in via YouTube or right here on the blog.  I am working on getting my feed over to iTunes as well.  If you’re not familiar with podcasts (they are more prevalent in the knitting community than in the stitching or quilting community, I think), it’s basically a video blog post where I talk about what I’ve finished, what I’m working on, what I’m reading, any new stash enhancements, etc.  I talk about stitching, quilting, and knitting. You can watch the first episode here.

In stitching, I finished several things.  Early in the year, I stitched two of these little Faith ornaments that I turned into book weights.  One was for me, and one for a friend.  I made some color changes and used threads that I had on hand.

Eric and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary in April, which is the willow anniversary.  I wanted to stitch something for him and decided to stitch a block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow that had willow trees in it.  I personalized it with our wedding date.  Unfortunately, I haven’t taken proper photos of this one yet, so you get a screen capture from Episode 4.  I love how it turned out.

The biggest finish, though, was five years in the making.  I can still hardly believe it’s done.  This piece will definitely be getting its own blog post, but here’s a sneak peek… And They Sinned.  So, more to come on this one for sure, with details of the changes I made and the personalizations I did.

ATS

And then towards the end of the year I stitched a couple of gifts (photos to come in a later post) and some exchange ornaments for both guild holiday parties (you can see my ornaments here and here).

On the quilting front, my big finish was way back at the beginning of the year.  I decided to get moving on finishing off some of these old quilt WIPs that had been lingering around forever.  So, I started with the oldest one – my very first quilt from 2002.

If you’d like to see more of the quilt or read more about it, you can find that blog post here.  It was hugely satisfying to finally have this one quilted and bound.

I made several bags in 2015 too, starting off with a tote for a gift that featured the Hazel the Hedgehog pattern on both sides.

And it was so stinking cute I decided I needed a hedgehog too.  So, I made a mini quilt to keep.  Of course I mixed it up a little bit by giving my hedgehog a little bit of a punk look.  (Neither of these photos is really great, unfortunately but you can get a better look in Episode 2.)

I attended a few “in town retreats” over the year that were very helpful in getting a good bit of sewing done.  I started and finished this Tula Pink quilt top that I’d been drooling over since seeing a model made up at the Dallas quilt show a couple of years ago.  Please pardon those two black spots in the middle of it.  Seriously, you lay a quilt top down in my house and this is what happens.  I’m going to send this one out for custom quilting.

Tula Squirrels

Next up, I finished another old quilt top that is made entirely of novelty cat fabric.  I know, it’s so bad it’s good.  It felt good to check another one off my list.  I want to back this with some Lizzy House Catnap fabric or perhaps some Sarah Watts Cat Lady fabric, just to attempt to make it a little more awesome and a little less awesomely horrible.  Photos to come on this one (maybe).

Cat quilt

In November, I attended Glamp Stitchalot hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics and got to learn techniques from Katy Jones, Tula Pink, Violet Craft, Jeni Baker, Alison Glass, and Sarah Fielke.  I talked about my experience in Episode 10, but will also be doing a blog post soon.     Glamp Stitchalot

And finally, I finished yet another quilt top over Thanksgiving.  This was a BOM from like 2004ish called Pansy Park by Thimbleberries.  I worked on this over two weekends at the in town sewing retreat and when I took the photo below in November, all it was lacking was one side of the burgundy inner border and then the big leaf print borders on all four sides.  And then voila, it was done!  And it is huge, so I’ll have to find somewhere to take a photo of this beast so I can share.

Pansy Park WIP

And finally, I took up knitting last year.  I went to DFW Fiber Fest in the spring and I had set myself a goal of relearning to knit before I went, which I accomplished.  I posted about my knitting journey here.  And after knitting a few dishcloths and a garter stitch scarf, I jumped into the deep end of the pool and decided to knit my first shawl, the Weigh It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson.  I will most definitely be doing a whole post on this project, but I couldn’t resist sharing it here.  It’s knit with Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and I love it.  I was determined to get it done in 2015 and I finished it on December 31st – whew!

Shawl

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little recap of my 2015 creating and explained what craziness happened with my blog feed so that you can get all caught up on those posts you may have missed.  I will be posting on a more regular basis in 2016 and will definitely be continuing the podcast too.  I hope that 2016 is treating you right so far and that you are enjoying your projects.  I’ll be back soon to share my plans for the new year and what I’m working on.  Have a great week!

I am grateful for my first shawl!

Episode 8: Epic Finish

…and part 2 since I am wordy…
Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames!!!!!!!!!  Stitched on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.  Begun on 1/1/10 and finished on 8/4/15.

WIPs:

  1. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.  Stitching on 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed by Sylvia using the called for GAST and Weeks threads.
  2. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars for the Around Your Neck KAL on Ravelry
  3. Pansy Park BOM by Thimbleberries quilt
  4. Hand-quilting with perle cotton on my Indulgence table topper quilt

#aynkal on Instagram (main KAL is on Ravelry) by Suburban Stitcher

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Stash Enhancement:

  1. A Night at the Museum fat quarter stack from Urban Spools with Lizzy House Natural History fabrics
  2. Egyptian needleminder, needle case, and scissor fob from a friend
  3. Signature Needle Arts needles in size 9 with a 40″ cable
  4. Lorna’s Laces in Zombie BBQ and Addi needles from a friend
  5. Miss Babs Yowza in Joan of Arc and stitch markers
  6. Weigh It Shawl #2 pattern by Susan B. Anderson on Ravelry

Reading:

  1. Finished Iced by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Currently back to reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  3. Book study starting on Sarah Robbins’ Rock Your Network Marketing Business

I am grateful for birthdays and learning new things.

Episode 7: Race to the Finish

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Knitting Bags: Both bags made using a combination of the zipper pouch tutorial by Kelbysews and the Open-wide Pouch by Noodlehead.  Small bag is Tula Pink Acacia and Fox Field fabrics.  Larger bag is a panel from the Paris needlework show and Juliana Horner fabrics.
  2. Stars & Stripes quilt – finally got the label on this one

WIPs:

  1. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.  Stitching on 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed by Sylvia using the called for GAST and Weeks threads.
  2. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.
  3. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars for the Around Your Neck KAL on Ravelry

 

#aynkal on Instagram (main KAL is on Ravelry) by Suburban Stitcher

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Tula Pink Prince Charming ribbon and Eden booklet from Market – both from I Heart Tula Pink
  2. Tula Pink True Colors fat quarters
  3. Alison Glass Ex Libris fabric
  4. Katy Jones for Art Gallery Fabrics Priory Square fabric
  5. Cotton + Steel (Sarah Watts) Tokyo Trainride fabric
  6. Cotton + Steel Spellbound fabric from The Cloth Pocket

Reading:

  1. Currently reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey and Iced by Karen Marie Moning
  2. New book purchase A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Watching:

  1. Downton Abbey Season 5 – here’s a photo of the Egyptian fabric I mention

 

Episode 6: Sewing Retreat

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Tula’s Squirrels quilt top – using The Birds & The Bees line from Tula Pink along with a Free Spirit solid in Chartreuse.  Pattern is Five Yard Wonder

WIPs:

  1. Marcelle Medallion quilt by Alexia Abegg from her Liberty Love book – using some of my favorite fabrics.  Triangle border features Priory Square fabric by Katy Jones in The Shambles pattern; cornerstones are Moonshine by Tula Pink; outer border features Party Streamers by Alison Glass and the cornerstones are Favorites by Alison Glass both from her Clover Sunshine line.
  2. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars for the Around Your Neck KAL on Ravelry
  3. Primitive Wizard of Oz – by Midsummer Night Designs.  Stitched on 40ct Tissage Gander linen with the called for Crescent Colors & DMC.  I replaced the DMC Silver Metallic with Kreinik, hated it and went with Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB54.  I also switched out the Crescent Colors Four-Leaf Clover for Weeks Emerald.
  4. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.

#mypreciousqal on Instagram is being hosted by Kelbysews

#sewmystash2015 on Instagram is being hosted by projectleasa

#aynkal on Instagram (main KAL is on Ravelry) by Suburban Stitcher

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Tula Pink Diamonds in the Teal colorway of her Acacia line to use as binding on my Diamonds in the Sky quilt once I get it started
  2. Tula Pink Marquise English Paper Piecing kit

Watching:

  1. Penny Dreadful on Showtime

Reading:

  1. Finished reading Sublime by Christina Lauren
  2. Curently reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Episode 3: Reaching My Goal


Show Notes:

Finishes:

  1. Faith pincushion – ornament in the Just Cross-stitch Ornament 2014 issue by Nikyscreations.  Stitched with GAST threads (my own conversion and color changes) on 32 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens.  Finished into a pillow with Juliana Horner’s ModBox fabric
  2. Hazel Hedgehog mini quilt: Hazel Hedgehog quilt pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  Fabrics used are Tula Pink Acacia, Tula Pink Moonshine, Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Michael Miller Grand Bazaar.
  3. Garter stitch cowl – gifted yarn, believe I cast on 24 stitches and pretty much knit until I got close to the end of my skein of yarn.  I joined the two ends to make a cowl.

WIPs:

  1. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.
  2. Colonial Garden – by Plum Street Samplers.  Stitching on 40ct Black Forest linen by Lakeside Linens with the called for NPI silks.
  3. “Willow Block” – from Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  Stitching on 40ct Flax with DMC
  4. Washcloth/Dishcloth – using of the Dirty-Girl Washcloths patterns from the book The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting.  Knitting with Lily Sugar’n Cream Naturals (100% cotton, worsted, in the Earth Ombre colorway and US 7 needles.

#sewmystash2015:

  1. Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh quilt in Tula Pink Salt Water fabric
  2. Five Yard quilt in Tula Pink Birds & the Bees and Denyse Schmidt Chicopee fabrics

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Tula Pink Apothecary Jars in the Vapor colorway of her Nightshade line
  2. Tula Pink Tortoiseshell in the Coral colorway of her Salt Water line
  3. Cotton & Steel Sarah Watts Mystery Food in the Navy colorway of her Tokyo Train Ride line; cotton lawn
  4. CrowsToes nail polish – Bifrost from the 9 Realms Collection“The Bifrost is the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard and Midgard”.

Reading:

  1. Finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Currently reading The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

If you’re going to DFW Fiber Fest this weekend, let me know!

I am grateful for things blooming and birds chirping – it must be spring!

Episode 1: Who can resist a pompon?

 

Trying something new!  I’m crazy nervous but also excited.  Let me know what you think!

Show notes:

Totally forgot to mention the quilt on the wall behind me.  It’s my Silk Road quilt.

Finishes:

  1. My True Love Gave to Me quilt – no photos yet, stay tuned!

WIPs:

  1. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.
  2. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.  Stitching on 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed by Sylvia using the called for GAST and Weeks threads.  My January 1st start.
  3. Hex on the Beach – by Tula Pink, using her Saltwater fabrics and coordinated solids.  English Paper Piecing kit.  You can see my previous progress photos here.
  4. Garter Stitch scarf/cowl in my bag from The Knotted Bag.

Reading:

  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I am grateful for trying new things.  

Rolling Along

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Thanks for all the comments on my last post.  It’s been fun working on some summery projects while the mood strikes.  Although I haven’t worked on it in awhile, I thought I would share my latest progress on And They Sinned.  The photo above is basically the middle (the fold) on page two.  I’ve been tracking my progress by when I need to roll my fabric on the scroll rods.  The layout of the chart is on basically legal size paper, so I roll my fabric when I get to the fold on the page and when I get to the bottom of the page.  I thought for sure page two would go so quickly because of the alphabets.  Not so much.  I got bogged down in it and it sat for quite awhile.
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I picked it back up around March of this year and got the alphabets finished up and that strawberry band.  Then it was on to the fun stuff.  I’ve been wanting to stitch those crazy birds on the flowers for so long!

This section was actually my favorite so far.  I loved the birds and the funky flowers, the grapes, and the bright colors.  It just made me super happy and excited to stitch on it.  And this section actually went really fast for me compared to how the rest has gone so far.

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And as you can see, I hit the bottom of page two and went a little past it.  Time to roll my fabric again (and give those guys pants!).

 

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This is where I currently am on page 3 (my color is really off in these two photos).  I’m excited to get down to the lion.  Sylvia (who I was stitching this with as a SAL – but she has finished hers) said the lady and the lion were her favorite part of the piece, so I’m looking forward to it.
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As you can see, I’m down at the halfway mark on page three and ready to roll my fabric again.  Plus, the guys have pants now, thank goodness.  But the best part?  I’m at the end of the vines on the sides.  They morph into trees on either side from here.  One issue I ran into, I ran out of Cherry Bark.  I’m stitching this on 40ct Elegant Bean, with the called for GAST threads.  I bought brand new skeins of everything for this project specifically, so I was a little surprised that I ran out of thread.  It wasn’t one of the threads that was identified as needing more than one skein.  But, luckily I had some on hand.
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I’ve had some other things taking my attention away from ATS over the past couple of months, but now I’m excited to get back to working on it.  Maybe a 2014 finish?

I am grateful for Crow’s Toes nail polish.