Flosstube Episode 37: Sir WIPS-A-Lot

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the second half of my WIP Parade.
The WIP Parade continues…
  • Sarah Butcher Water ACEO (Quick Stitch) by HAED – DMC on 28ct Antique White Cashel
  • Teeny Witch (from Cross-Stitch and Needlework Mag) by Mary Engelbreit – DMC on 32ct Poltergeist Lugana by Silkweaver
  • Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers – NPI & Gloriana silks on 36ct Vintage Light Examplar
  • Elizabethan Casket Etui by Betsy Morgan (Willing Hands)
  • Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments by Teresa Wentzler
  • Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread
  • Quaker Sewing Case by Catherine Theron
  •  Sweet Treats by Country Cottage Needleworks
  • Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten
  • Adam & Eve by Carriage House Samplings
  • The Simple Things by Blackbird Designs
  • Ten by Amy Mitten
  • Peaceable Kingdom by Catherine Theron
  • Queen of the Needle Sampler Case by Just Nan
  • Dorothy’s Garden by A Stitcher’s Hands
  • Scottish Sampler by Needleprint from The Goodhart Samplers book
  • Midi Mystery II by Chatelaine Designs
  • Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs (starting for my birthday)
  • White Nights of St. Petersburg by Chatelaine Designs (not started)
  • Mystery VIII by Chatelaine Designs (not started)
Progress on my current WIPs:
  • Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle on my Halloween Neighborhood
  • Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen

New Stash:

  • Gloriana Thistle Purple and GAST Cinders for Dutch Beauty and Weeks Gunmetal for Halloween Rules

It’s Friday, Y’all!

It's Friday, Y'all!

I’m back with some fun things to share with you today from when Eric and I went to the State Fair back in October.  You know seeing the Creative Arts and Textiles building is always high on my list and it’s always fun to see the pieces people have entered.  I hope you enjoy getting to see some of the pieces I thought were “highlights”. 

I’m always a sucker for a sparkly Chatelaine Designs piece, and this one is no exception.  This is one of her Christmas Mystery designs. 

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A little closer so you can see the detail.
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Sweet little mini quilt that looks like a Jo Morton.
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And the hooked rugs always get me.  I have two kits that I bought many years ago, and I really need to make it a priority to learn how to hook. 
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Pretty applique quilt.  I thought the border was interesting as well, with the dark fabric and then the triangle pieces.  It’s kind of shame that they folded the sides in to display this piece, because I think that border probably changes the look of the quilt completely with the dark surround. 
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Cathedral Windows quilt – I’m always in awe of these due to the amount of time and skill they require.  This one is a more traditional looking quilt with the white background, whereas the one I showed you last year was done in very modern fabrics.  Interesting to see the comparison. 
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A little closer for detail.
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I love the texture created from the windows.  
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Another mini quilt, but opposite end of the spectrum from the one earlier.  I love the fabrics and colors in this – especially the grey background and binding.  It makes the stars really pop.  Hard to see in this photo, but the quilting was done in multi-colored or variegated thread. 
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The miniatures are always fun to look at too.  I love these little individual scenes, and I totally cannot resist miniature desserts!!
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A little closer…look at the yule log way down at the bottom.  Too cute!!
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Another hooked rug. 
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This quilt I thought was interesting because of the shapes.  It reminds me of “tongues” like you’d see in a penny rug, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quilt like this before. 
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Mini Dresdens!  It’s amazing the effect when you take a bunch of these and assemble them together.  
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Closer…
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I am so in love with this tiger.  It’s so different from the usual sheep you see in hooked rugs.  I seriously want this in my house.  Someone come make it for me!
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Beautiful jewel tones in this rug. 
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Now, I have to admit that I totally don’t get these entries.  There’s always a ton of “stuff” that have been entered and often with ribbons, but I don’t get what the point is.  The pieces are interesting, I’ll give you that, but why enter something you pulled out of your attic or bought at a antique shop?  If anyone knows, I’d love to be enlightened!  But, I took this photo because I thought the old Oz books were cool – brought back some memories. 
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Fun frame for this BOAF piece.  I love how it brings out the blue in the stitching. 
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I wish I’d gotten a better photo of this one – very pretty sampler.  No idea what sampler it is though.
 
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This piece was stitched by one of the ladies in my guild and won Best in Show.  This is the second year in a row that we’ve had a member with that honor.  This is all Blackwork.  And let me tell you, it is gorgeous in person.  Plus it makes me think of the Boleyn girls, so I love it.  And you can’t really tell here, but this is a big piece!!
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This was a fun hooked rug.  I really love this and of course, since it’s depicting a Dallas landmark, it makes it even better.  Beautiful rail fence pattern in the background. 
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Of course these HAED-type pieces are amazing to look at.  I started one HAED years ago and I think I managed to stitch about a 40×40 stitch area and called it quits.  I absolutely applaud anyone that can finish one of these because they are not easy – mainly I think because it’s really impossible to see what you’re stitching because it’s usually such a small area it just looks like pixelated color until you get a good chunk of it done – then the image starts to form.  
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Here’s a closer look.
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Another beautiful sampler – this looks like a Moira Blackburn to me, but not sure if it is.  Beautiful stitching.
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Another miniature – look at the moose head on the wall.  
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Look at the little dog!  And the tiny jars and mirror.  Amazing!
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Love this applique quilt.  Looks like this is all done in batiks, which gives it those pretty jewel tone colors.
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Check out this painted Halloween box.  Most of the Halloween stuff doesn’t interest me usually because it’s usually too cutesy for me, but this I love. 
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As you can see, the whole thing is painted, not just the top.  So fun.  Wonder what the inside looks like??
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And this was a little blast from the past for me.  This is a Just Nan piece that was a limited edition piece for The Silver Needle years ago (like maybe 10??).  Mine’s still in the original packaging, never stitched.  And it may or may not be accompanied in the box by like four other limited edition pieces.  Maybe. 
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It really is a super cute piece.  It’s a little ort box, with the attached felt pumpkin pincushion.  I swear, put the words “limited edition” on something and I’m all “SOLD”!  Maybe after I learn rug hooking I’ll start working on some of this stuff that’s in my “archives”.   
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And finally, one last quilt.  I think this is such a fun, bright quilt.  The fabric is all vegetable/fruit fabric.  How fun is that.  And what drew me to it as well was that when I went up to my LNS a couple of years ago to spend the morning cutting my fabric for my Kiss Kiss quilt, there was a woman there working on a quilt with this same fruit/veggie fabric.  No idea if this is hers or not, but it was so fun watching her work with those fabrics. 
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See how fun?
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So there you have it.  Another year at the fair.  I hope you guys enjoy seeing these photos.  Like I said, I love wandering through the exhibit every year and every year it’s different.  
I am grateful for the end of a hard week. 

Be My Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s a little overcast and dreary looking out today, but I thought I’d share a few special things that are brightening me up. Above you can see this pretty heart-shaped Whitman’s box. This was a gift from a sweet friend of mine. She bought these, not only so that we could indulge in the chocolate inside, but most importantly because they’ll be put to good use.

And on Saturday, I decided I needed a little break from all the “have to’s”, so I stitched up a little Valentine for myself.

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This one has been in my stash forever. It’s a Limited Edition WhimZi from Just Nan called Cherub Garden. I’m in love with the little cherub and bluebird on the frame. Plus this one has beads and a crystal in the middle, and it just sparkles. It’s stitched on 28ct Ice Blue linen with DMC. Such a sweet little thing. And it makes me happy.
And this morning, I was greeted by this when I came downstairs.

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Pretty roses in my favorite vase. And a Cadbury Cream Egg – my favorite! That sweet man made me cry with the card, particularly what he wrote inside.

Unfortunately, my Valentine’s Day gift for him ran into a snag at the framer’s. The frame was defective and the finish was chipping off of it when it came in. So, we’re on to plan B. It will just be late.

And yesterday in the mail, I found a card from another sweet friend. She must have known I needed a good laugh.

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the friends I have and all the support they’ve offered me. And I don’t know what I would do without that husband of mine. He has been right there by my side and going above and beyond for my family. He is a treasure. I am so very blessed. So, I’m off to try to bring a little Valentine’s Day happiness to my parents. And rumor has it that my Valentine has a special homemade dinner in store for me tonight.

I am grateful for waterproof mascara.