First I Drink the Coffee

At spring Market, Beth from Heartstring Samplery introduced the second design in her Magical Elixer series, Coffee Quaker.  When I first saw it and saw that my Instagram friend Natasha was organizing a SAL, I knew I needed to stitch it.  It’s been a long time since I jumped right on a bandwagon, but I thought this was such a fun piece that it just had to be stitched.

I ordered the called for fabric 40ct Stars Hollow from R&R.  Although I’m not a huge fan of R&R, I made an exception because of the color name.  I mean, who can resist a Gilmore Girls reference?  I also ordered the three or four threads I didn’t already have in my stash.  I had decided early on that I didn’t love the bright green and bright red that were included but went ahead and ordered those two colors so I could make a decision once I had them in front of me with my fabric.  I still didn’t love them.

Once I started stitching I realized that one of the threads called for was way too close to my fabric color, so I switched it out.  In fact, I went through my thread inventory and pulled any colors I thought were “coffee-inspired”.  I did use the called for Weeks Palomino, GAST Apple Cider, GAST Picnic Basket, GAST Dark Chocolate, and Classic Colorworks Hazelnut.  I decided to add a green, but a much more muted green.  I chose GAST Chamomile after auditioning several greens with some test stitches.  I really wanted to use my GAST Zombieflesh, because it seemed appropriate, but alas Chamomile won out.

The threads I added were: GAST Cinnamon, Weeks Mocha, GAST Roasted Chestnut, GAST Chamomile, GAST Espresso Bean, Weeks Swiss Chocolate.  That Swiss Chocolate is my absolute favorite.  I most definitely need to get another skein of it to have on hand.  Since I switched out some colors, I had to do a little bit of rearranging in order to keep the arrangement of lights and darks.

Here’s a map of which colors I used where.

One of the other changes I made was with the infamous basket.  A lot of people in the Facebook group had no idea what this was supposed to be.  In sampler stitching, this is most often a fruit basket/bowl.  When I got to looking at it closely in the chart I noticed that Beth had put in some lighter colored “lines” in each of the “fruits”.  So I decided that these must be coffee beans!  In order to highlight the individual beans I did alternate colors of them so you could see they were actual individual beans.  It took a while to get my colors all sorted out, but I love love love how it turned out.  It may be my favorite thing on the sampler.

I do also love that bird on the right hand side with the coffee bean in his beak though.  The only other change I made was to follow Emily‘s lead and add an extra stitch to the bird under the 17 so his beak was a tad longer and looked like a beak.

I’m so happy with how this whole piece came out and it was an absolute joy to stitch.  I started it on April 1st and finished it on July 2nd.  Such a super fun piece.  I definitely want to stitch her other pieces in the series:

Coffee Saves Lives …

And her newest one…

If you’ve been on the fence about joining in on the Coffee Quaker fun, or you just love coffee, these are definite recommendations for your stash!

I am grateful for coffee, coffee, coffee.

Flosstube Episode 25: Komodo Dragons

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share the official start on my rotation, progress on my Year of WIPs pieces, and Dark13Stitching.

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

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None but you can view photos of my Midi Mystery I here, as promised.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.  All blocks are identified below:
    • Prairie Schooler – When Witches Go Riding
    • Prairie Schooler – Pumpkin Patch
    • Pickle Barrel Designs – Halloween Alley
    • Prairie Schooler – Trick or Treat
    • Primitive Needle – By the Light of the Moon
    • Drawn Thread – Halloween House
    • Just Nan – Ghastly Ghostly Ghouls
    • Brightneedle – Ghoulies and Ghosties
    • Carriage House Samplings – cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow
  2. Williamsburg Remembered by Catherine Theron – SAL with some local stitching friends, stitched on 35ct linen with a mix of AVAS, NPI, and Gumnuts silks (this was a workshop I took through my guild back in 2009)
  3. Mystery 9 Le Potager du Roi by Chatelaine Designs – currently beading part 9 and started stitching part 10 – 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart linen with NPI, Gloriana, SNC, Thread Gatherer Silk Perle, Waterlilies, and RG Petite Treasure Braid with delicas and Swarovski crystals (started in 2006) – Year of WIPs piece
  4. Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – stitching with called for Silk N Colors on 28ct Sterling Picture This Plus (started in 2006) – Year of WIPs piece
  5. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers (started 2007) – Year of WIPs piece
  6. Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson – knitting with Miss Babs Yowza in Joan of Arc colorway on size 9 Signature Needles
  7. Marcelle Medallion by Alexia Abegg – sewed on border 6 with Alison Glass Ex Libris and Juliana Horner for Joann’s cornerstones – two more borders to go!
  8. Quilty365 circle a day project – started on January 18th and here’s the link up for 2017 participants

Stash:

  1. Hocus Pocus Halloween cupcake stitch marker from Sucre Sucre Miniatures
  2. Threads for Color Delights – Rainbow needlepoint pattern by Needle Delights Originals (Kathy Rees)
  3. Giveaway from Carissa (@carissaslife on Instagram) – Lizzie Kate Halloween Tingles, all buttons (including the clay ones) as well as the called for linen (28 count milk chocolate wichelt, 18×55″)
  4. Nametag Door Prize from DMQG – 5 yards of Heather Bailey’s Lottie Da in Lottie Dot for a quilt backing
  5. Colorscapes (Picture this Plus) 40ct fabric in Gothic from a sweet friend at my Tudor Rose Sampler Guild

Shout Outs:

  1. Farm Girl
  2. Stitcherista
  3. Stash Queen

Reading:

  1. Finished Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  2. Reading Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for the generosity of stitchers!