Flosstube Episode 40: Mood Lighting

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share WIP progress and two new starts.
WIPs:
  1. Salem Remembered by The Primitive Needle on 40ct ?? with silks
  2. NEW ECLIPSE START: Moon Phases by The Little Stitcher on 32ct Midnight Tryst by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie with Weeks Mascara, GAST Picket Fence, DMC 3774, GAST Soot, and RG Petite Treasure Braid in PB04
  3. NEW BIRTHDAY START: Egypt Garden Mandala by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Days Gone By by Silkweaver with silks, DMC, delicas, Swarovski crystals, and Mill Hill bugle beads

Thanks for watching!

I am grateful for new starts and a hard reboot.  

Quilt Retreat

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Back at the beginning of summer (why do all my blog posts start with “way back six months ago”?!?), I was invited on a weekend quilting retreat in Van Alstyne, TX.  I’ve never been on a quilting retreat before, so I was super excited.  So excited, in fact, that I brought five different projects with me to work on.

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I can get all those done in three days, right?

On the way there, my friend Ava and I stopped in McKinney at two quilt shops.  First stop was Happiness is Quilting.  They always have the most beautiful things.  Look at this super gorgeous quilt.

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It is pieced but then has wool felt appliqué in the blocks and in the border.  Really stunning – this photo does not do it justice.

We also stopped at Quilt Asylum, and I picked up a few FQs for using in my Marcelle Medallion.  All my favorites – Lizzy House, Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Carolyn Friedlander, etc.  I maybe went a little crazy.

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The Alford Inn, where the retreat was held is a great place.  They have room to sleep about 16 people, I think, and plenty of room for sewing.  I had my crap spread out over two tables, I think.  Of course being a quilt shop and a retreat space, they had some beautiful quilts on the walls.  This quilt was fun to see.  A woman I used to work with made this quilt and I absolutely fell in love with it and bought the pattern for it.  It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for probably 10 years.  I think I need to get it out, don’t you?

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And I loved the straight line quilting on this one.

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Anyway, here’s a look at my “area”.  My main focus was my Kiss Kiss quilt.  It’s been languishing far too long and I really wanted to get the top finished.  It’s been so long since I’ve worked on it, just getting the blocks out made me happy.

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And the fun thing about a retreat in a quilt shop?  You can shop the whole weekend!  I could have gone really crazy, but I restrained myself (after the FQ extravaganza!).  But, they had a big metal washtub full of clearance fabrics.  And look at the treasures I found in there…

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Tula Pink Nest flannels!  Such a score!  No idea what I will do with them – but I certainly couldn’t leave them there!!!

On Saturday afternoon, we took a little road trip to another quilt shop – Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop in Whitesboro, Texas.  They had some fun things to drool over!

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Oh, French General, how I love you.

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And on Sunday, with barely an hour to spare before we had to check out, I finished my Kiss Kiss quilt top (minus the borders).  So happy with it!

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Isn’t it lovely?!

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And an empty spool to boot!

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I’m using the pomegranate Eye Drops print (under the spool) for my borders.  Won’t it be fantastic???

Such a fun fun weekend and I’m so glad I got to go.  Now, I just need four more of these weekends so I can get my other projects done, right?!

I am grateful for Parisville fabric.  

Le Printemps

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One of the things I purchased at the Dallas quilt show was some small charm packs of the Printemps line from 3 Sisters.  I loved the colors and how perfectly French it looked to me.  It was the perfect choice for a little thank you gift I wanted to make.  I saw a photo on Instagram of a table runner someone had made using patchwork squares in the middle, a thin border, and then a wider border, and I loved the look.  I knew a table runner would be a perfect choice for the gift.  I complimented the 2.5 inch squares with some yardage for the borders, binding, and backing.    
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It went together pretty quickly (a couple of sewing sessions) and then I was ready to baste and quilt it.  
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I chose to do some straight line quilting in one direction spaced further apart in the center, and closer in the borders.  
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I had a marathon binding session over a few nights between binding this table runner and the mini quilt I made for a swap.  
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Et voila, c’est fini! 

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I love how it turned out.  It was truly a gift from the heart as a thank you for having me in their home and I wanted something that represented the idea of home and family and gathering together.  
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And true to form, I rushed out the door to meet her in order to present my gift and my heartfelt thank you, only leaving time to stop and snap a few quick photos in the park near my house on the way.  
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A little view of the backing fabric, which matches the outer border.  I used the same fabric for the binding as I used on the inner border.  
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And the whole thing again…

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog and checking in to see what I’ve been up to!
I am grateful for secret projects.  

Justine

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Today I wanted to share a stitch along I started back in February with my friend, Sylvia.  We wanted to choose something to start while we were in Paris as a remembrance of our trip.  After looking at a few options, we decided to go with Le Marquoir de Justine.  Sylvia had some lovely 40ct HDF linen that she aged for us.  The chart calls for NPIs, but I decided to do my own conversion, using some overdyes, but I of course wanted to use silk.  Sylvia converted hers to HDF silks and you can see my floss toss above using a combination of AVAS, Gloriana, and Soie Cristale.  
We took our first stitches on the first night in our little rented apartment in Paris, although I have to admit that most nights I had just enough energy to fall into bed.  We did, however, have some time to stitch on the train back to Germany from Paris.  And yes, I was even attempting to put my hoop to good use!
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In Germany we were able to spend a bit more time with Justine.  Here’s a look at our progress.  
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And, as coincidence would have it, if we positioned our two samplers together they completed that entire left border!  Too funny.  

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Of course, our time together came to an end and I’ve been working a bit here and there on Justine.  You can see of course that no two photos of this fabric look the same.  The top two photos are the most accurate.  I also treated myself to some Eiffel Tower scissors from Sajou while we were in Paris.  How could I not?
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And lest you think I have given up matching my nail polish to my stitching…
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And yes, you’re not seeing things, I originally stitched the word “agée” in red, but then ripped it out and restitched it in the pale yellow.  What I’ve found is that the chart I have is not the most accurate.  So, there have been a few spots where I’ve gone by the photo rather than how it’s charted.  But, she is a beautiful sampler and I absolutely adore stitching on her.  I’ve gotten a bit more done since this last photo, so I’ll have to post an updated progress photo soon.  

If you’re wondering what the entire sampler looks like, please take a look.  She really is a beauty!

I am grateful for adventures with my PIC.

Snooty Turtle SAL

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I’m so bad at keeping up with SALs, I really am.  And yet, each and every time I’m presented with one I leap right in with both feet.  Hope springs eternal.  So, at the beginning of the year, a SAL began in one of the Facebook groups to stitch the Snooty Parrots Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs.  It’s an original design created to look like a repro, with intentional “mistakes” and all.  Super cute sampler, love the crowned parrots especially, and of course the A&E.  But, I was ending a year with so few finishes under my belt, and beginning a new year holding firm to my resolution that I would focus on And They Sinned, my Anniversaries of the Heart, and on a new start that I was planning on starting in Paris.  So, I decided no Snooty for me.  I am working on other things!  You see where this is going, don’t you?
So, after seeing a few January 1 starts on Snooty, and everyone I know seemingly joining in on the fun, I start to waiver in my conviction.  But, I somehow got it into my head that if I was going to stitch it, I wanted to stitch it my way.  My way equated out to wanting to stitch it on 45ct.  I’ve never stitched on higher than 40ct, and I’d really been wanting to give 45 a try.  So, I decide that with that personal challenge I will join the SAL.  Then began the task of getting 45ct fabric.  Well, no one local carries the 45ct (or had any at the time), so then I had to start looking for a place to order from.  I ended up contacting The Attic, and talked with Jean about what I wanted to do.  She didn’t have any of the called for fabric in 45ct currently, but suggested that I might give the 50ct a try.  In for a penny, in for a pound, right?  I mean, come on.  How big a difference could there be between 45 and 50?  So, I eagerly agree and say yes, I’d like to use the Tudor silks you recommend with it too.  And then Jean the enabler tells me, that by 50ct she really means the unevenweave that is 52 in one direction and 60 in the other.  Okaaaaayyyyyy.  I’d seen my good friend Robert‘s completed Crown Sampler on the 52/60 and it was gorgeous.  So, that’s what I ended up with.  I only got the three silks I needed to complete January’s part, because I figured I’d know at that point if this was going to kill me or not.  
My silks and fabric arrived, and boy that 52/60 count is teeny tiny.  But, everything was beautiful, so I got started.  What I will say about the high count linen is that you do need good light, it does help to use a hoop or q-snap to open those holes up a bit, and it takes a little while to adjust to it.  But, even though my first few nights of stitching were a little bit of a struggle for the first ten minutes or so, when I saw how it stitched up I was hooked.  Look how tiny and sweet!!!!!
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Why are things always way cuter tiny?  Seriously though.  And when Robert compared his 40ct start to my 52/60ct start, he started over on the 52/60ct.  It seriously makes the 40ct look huge!  Of course Robert’s already stitched 90% of his piece now after restarting, but we won’t discuss it.   
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I absolutely love this fabric, and the more I stitch on it, the more I love it and the easier it gets.  It used to take me, like I said, 10-15 minutes to get adjusted to it.  Now though, the only place I seem to have a bit of an issue is starting a new thread.  For some reason that just seems to take a bit of patience to make sure I’m in the right spot.
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It took me a little while but I did get my January part done and am working on February still (see why I titled this post Snooty Turtle SAL?).  And, the kind of fun thing is that I’ve stitched on Snooty here in Texas, in Paris, and in Kelkheim and Bavaria, Germany.  It’s been kind of fun to bring it along with me on my adventures this year.  
I’m getting close to the point on my Snooty that I need the rest of my silks in order to continue.  I’m excited to put some blues and browns in.  And I’ve seen some beautiful examples of Snootys with color changes – using blue for the alphabet instead of pink, using red rather than pink, etc.  It’s really fun to see what other people do with it.  That’s really the fun part of a SAL, isn’t it?
I’m hoping to get February’s portion finished up, minus the numbers that are in another color, soon and I’ll be sure to post my progress.  And seriously, the more I stitch on this tiny thing the cuter it gets.  I’m so glad I decided to challenge myself and try something new.  
Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.  I always appreciate them.  My life kind of imploded between Thanksgiving and the end of January, so I know I was super absent from the blog, but I’ve got several new posts in the works and I intend to get back to my regular posting schedule.  
I am grateful for being inspired by other bloggers to get back into the swing of things.

First Monday

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Happy New Year, dear friends!  It’s the first Monday of 2014 and I’m feeling like it’s time to get in sync with my plans for this year.  One of the things I intend to do this year is get back to regular blogging.  While other forms of social media are fun and much more spontaneous, I love this little blog of mine and it’s an important space in my life.  So keep your eyes open for new posts coming soon.

 

I have tons of things I can’t wait to share with you, and while I definitely want to do a bit of a end of year wrap up and what my plans are for creating in 2014, I’m just going to jump right in and show you a finished project I can now share.

 

2013 seemed to be the year of the mini quilt for me.  You may recall I gifted a couple earlier in the year (here and here)?  It was only fitting that there should be a third one in there too.  Well, you all know my love for Tula Pink, and you know I’ve been working on my Kiss Kiss quilt off and on.  So, what could be more perfect than a mini Kiss Kiss, or well, in this case I guess it’s just one kiss.  ; )
Anyway, I’m going to be visiting Paris for the first time in February with my dear friend, Sylvia.  So what more perfect birthday gift for her than a Parisville quilt?  Just like with the mini Swoon, I chose to just piece one block and then quilt and finish it as a mini quilt.  I absolutely love how it turned out.
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See why it’s called Kiss Kiss?  The x is a kiss, as in xoxo (shout out to all Gossip Girl fans).  Anyway, I loved the idea of Sylvia having a little something to remember our trip by, as well as a little piece of me over in Germany.
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Of course, the star of the show here is the focal fabric with Marie Antoinette at the center.  I wanted the quilting to echo the x shape, but I also wanted to highlight the cameo center so I left the very center unquilted (about 3 inches square).  It turned out just as I had envisioned, and being a mini I was able to quilt it myself on my machine.
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For the back I opted to use two fabrics I had in the Mist colorway – the topiary and the French lace.  I cut them into strips and then alternated them which reminds me of some sort of luxurious wallpaper treatment one might find in Versailles (I’ll scope it out when I’m there and let you know).
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I love how the quilting created a number of different patterns – straight lines, crosshatch, and arrows.  And the very geometric straight line quilting was a perfect couterpoint to the more organic designs in the fabric.
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The quilt made its way safely overseas in November and I was finally able to exhale that breath I’d been holding when it arrived.  I’m so thrilled that Sylvia liked her little birthday surprise and I can’t wait to get back to work on my own Kiss Kiss.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with some more things I’ve been working on and a few finishes!
I am grateful for time at my sewing machine and giving handmade gifts. 

 

Blue Moon

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After finishing Isabella, I decided to pick my Quaker Pincushion back up and work on it.  This is a Jeannette Douglas design on 32ct Natural linen with Caron Wildflowers in Tanzanite and Dark Shadows.  I love how this turned out, and it was a fun piece to work on.  Thanks so much, Lori, for enabling me!  And I just had to name this post “Blue Moon” because that’s two, count them, two finishes in August for me (plus there is a blue moon this month). 
Since I finished my pincushion on Friday night, I’ve decided to go back and focus on ATS.  I’m determined to get page 2 done.  So, I picked that back up last night.  I am hastily moving toward getting to do the alphabet, which I’m hoping will go fast.  I think for the remainder of the year, I’d like to focus on ATS, my John Reed sampler and AOTH.  I have a workshop coming up in October, I’ll have a bit of pre-stitching for, and I’d also like to stitch something around the holidays, but for the most part I think I’ll be focusing on those three pieces.  
And I’ve been meaning to share a fun gift I received.  My sweet friend Adrienne made me these fun candy corn earrings while we were at the EGA stitch in a few weekends ago.  Aren’t they the cutest things ever?  The candy corns are glass.  So sweet!!  Thank you, A!
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And for anyone who’s curious, that’s Essie’s Sexy Divide on my nails.  I was feeling the need for a break from all the bright summer colors I’ve been wearing.  
And speaking of…even though my birthday hasn’t yet come and gone, and it’s still over 100 degrees outside, with the Closing Ceremony last night I’m feeling a bit like summer is fading away.  I could have used a summer vacation, that’s for sure.  I’ll have to wait until the fall though, for a little getaway I’m really looking forward to.
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Until next time, try to stay cool, enjoy your stitching, and paint your nails with a fun summer color!  Don’t forget the piña coladas!
I am grateful for a wonderful dinner with friends and family.