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 27: Hot Mess Friday

Flosstube Episode 27 Hot Mess Friday

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share progress on my WIPS, Dark13Stitching, and my plans for Stitch Maynia.

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

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – started Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle (with modifications).  Using Weeks on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.
  2. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Here’s a photo of what Halloween Rules looks like…

Stitch Maynia plans:

  • New start: Merry Wind Farm Hornbook freebie (Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL)
  • Rotate through my 11 Year of WIPs pieces (full list of my Year of WIPs pieces is here)
  • Three active WIPs including my Halloween Neighborhood, Coffee Quaker, and one Dark October piece
  • My plan is to stitch two days on each piece (except one will only get one day) including working on my Neighborhood for Dark 13 Stitching

Stash:

  1. Painted and aged hornbook – made by a fellow guild member
  2. 40 count Tin Roof linen by Weeks Dye Works – purchased from The Stitch Niche
  3. Weeks Louisiana Hot Sauce – purchased from The Stitch Niche

Shout Outs:

  1. Andrea Stitches in Colorado
  2. MortuaryStitches
  3. Heather Thedford
  4. Tracy P
  5. Abi Bellastitch

Reading:

  1. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for making plans that make me happy and excited for May.