Flosstube Episode 16: Comfort Stitching

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my contribution to Quilts for Peace, a few little finishes, some birthday stash enhancement, and progress on my WIPs.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Sewed the binding on a Quilts for Peace quilt (not my quilt, I only did the binding)
  2. Perching from the Blackbird Designs’ Mary Ann Blackburn booklet (Loose Feathers Spring 2012) – on 36ct Lakeside Linens Vintage Meadow Rue with the called for Classic Colorworks and GAST threads with one exception – I substituted the two leaves charted in GAST Toasted Barley with a brighter green DMC.  Finished into a pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells as a coordinating piece to go with the Spring’s Song box (also in the same booklet) shared in this post.
  3. Honeysuckle Vine Stocking from the Blackbird Designs’ Glorious June booklet – on 40ct Picture This Plus Dill with the called for Classic Colorworks threads and the DMC substitute for Weeks Honeysuckle.
  4. WIP Minders – I shared mine made from Cotton + Steel August fabrics, but I also made two more out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I used this tutorial to make them but used sew on snaps instead of the KAM snaps.  If I had to do it again, I would use the KAM.

WIPs:

  1. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – stitching on 40ct Gander linen I coffee-dyed myself with the called for DMC.  Begun and being stitched while we watch The Tudors on TV.
  2. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  3. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC silks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Butterfly Quilt pattern by Tula Pink
  2. Project Roll (similar) – made with Ghastlies fabric by Sylvia
  3. Rampant Cats Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linens Cedar Plank by Sylvia
  4. Thread – DMC for Six Wives piece, SNC silks for Black’d Skie, Classic Colorworks for AOTH block 8, Weeks threads for Primitive Needle’s The Talking Board

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Emily from Eclectic Possessions
  2. Tracy P

Reading:

  1. Finished Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Finished Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
  3. Currently reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I apologize for the emotional tangent I go off on in the video.  I briefly considered re-recording, but there was a lot of good stuff I hated to lose.  Thanks for hanging in there when I’m a hot mess.

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Spring’s Song

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I had one final finish in 2012 that I’m finally able to share.  I stitched this little piece up for a dear friend’s birthday (which I am notoriously and repeatedly late for).  She spent the majority of her year last year stitching for other people, and I wanted to do something special that was just for her.

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This is Spring’s Song by Blackbird Designs from the Spring 2012 Loose Feathers booklet, Mary Ann Blackburn.  I stitched it with the called for threads and linen (Crescent Colours and GAST on 30ct Sheep’s Straw).
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Part of what I loved about this piece was the jewelry box it is mounted in.  I found the called for box at Hobby Lobby and painted and Briwaxed my little heart out. 
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And I really thought this might be a perfect little sewing box, a place to keep her scissors and threads.  It has a mirror inside the lid, and little removable trays to hold little odds and ends.   
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I love the way it turned out and the finishing instructions were very easy to follow for mounting the piece in the lid.  Another sweet friend lent me her Briwax so that I could get the box finished, when my hunt for a local source to obtain the stuff turned up empty.  But thanks to online resources, I’m now the proud owner of more Briwax than you can shake a stick at.  I suppose there will be a lot more box painting in my future!
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I’m always nervous about mailing things off, and I hold my breath until I know they’ve arrived safely.  But I wrapped this baby up in about a thousand layers of bubble wrap and sent it on its way.  I’m so pleased that even a very late birthday gift still brightened her day and let her know how much I treasure her friendship.  
Happy Thanksgiving Christmas New Year’s Valentine’s Day Birthday, my sweet friend.  
I am grateful for hints of Spring.