Flosstube Episode 30: Plot Twist

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share my Stitch Maynia week 3 vlog.

Week 3 of Stitch Maynia vlog:

  • Days 16 & 17: Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks & GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside
  • Days 18 & 19: Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – Classic Colorworks, DMC, and RG Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander
  • Day 20 & 21: new start Frances Eden by Handwork Samplers – Vikki Clayton HDF silk and DMC on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for the generosity of friends.

Flosstube Episode 17: Return of the Zebra Beagle

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share some framed pieces, the start of the Village of Hawk Run Hollow SAL, and some birthday gifts.

Show notes:

Framing (No Finishes):

  1. Sugar Skull Version 5 by Kristy Kizzee (Bombastitch) on etsy stitched on 40ct Weeks Cocoa with DMC.  Finished in October 2012.  Blog post here.
  2. Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers stitched on 36ct Meadow Rue (not Light Examplar like I said in the video) with DMC.  Finished in October 2011.  Blog post here.
  3. 1854 Isabella Johnstone Sampler by Needlework Press (originally in SANQ Summer 2010) stitched on 40ct Vintage Lentil with Belle Soie silks.  Finished in August 2012.  Blog post here.

WIPs:

  1. 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
  2. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC silks
  3. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  SAL with Abi Bellastitch and others on Instagram #hrhvillagesal and in the Cross Stitch Finish Line group on Facebook.  Started September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Sewing kit out of Tula Pink Saltwater made by my friend, Mary from the pattern My Hexie Friend by @sewknotcrochet on Craftsy
  2. Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs chart

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Tracy P

Reading:

  1. Finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’m grateful for all the sweet comments and notes from those that reached out to me after my last video.

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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I’m grateful for birthday stitching and Sims kids in hot dog costumes.

Episode 15: Nothing if Not Long-Winded

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast/flosstube!  In this episode I share a small finish, a new start, and a look at all of my Project Roulette WIPs.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree from Twelve Days of Christmas (Sunday Mystery Sampler 2015) by Plum Street Samplers – stitched on 36ct Vintage Meadow Rue with Belle Soie Tulip and Gloriana Collard Greens

WIPs:

  1. New start on 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

Project Roulette:

  1. Cuisine d’ete by Echevette – on 32ct Silkweaver Lemon Zest with DMC.  Using B5200 white instead of the called for ecru.
  2. Snooty Parrots Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs – on 52/60 unevenweave Lakeside Linen Vintage Examplar and Gloriana Tudor Silks from Attic Needleworks in Mesa, AZ
  3. Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – 40ct Gander linen with Crescent Colors (Classic Colorworks), DMC, and Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid (instead of the called for Kreinik) and substituted the green Crescent Colors for Weeks Emerald
  4. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed with the called for GAST & Weeks
  5. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC
  6. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – 32ct polka dot Natural linen from Zweigart with the called for DMC and Weeks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. None

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Nicole from Nicole’s Needlework
  2. Annette from Annette’s Acre

Reading:

  1. Finished The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  2. Currently reading Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Thanks so much for watching the podcast.  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also sign up for my newsletter to get an email notification of new posts.

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

I’m also on Instagram and Twitter as cozyegg.

I’m grateful for my stitching. 

Episode 14: Bringing the Bling

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast/flosstube!  In this episode I share my progress on Anniversaries of the Heart, a long-standing Chatelaine WIP, and Colonial Garden. Plus, what I’m reading and how I store my threads.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. 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
  2. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi/The King’s Vegetable Garden – Versailles) by Chatelaine Designs – I am currently working on part 9 (of 12); stitching on 32ct Lavender Mist by Zweigart with NPI, Gloriana, SNC, Thread Gatherer Silk Perle, Caron Waterlilies, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid and Delicas, Delica Bugle Beads 3mm, Swarovski Crystals 4mm, Swarovski Cubes 4mm.  Kit purchased from European Crosstitch Company
  3. A Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside Linens with NPI silks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. One thread (Classic Colorworks Magnolia Blossom) for Anniversaries of the Heart July block

Thread Storage:

  1. Photo storage boxes
  2. Floss-A-Way bags

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Abi from Bellastitch
  2. Vonna The Twisted Stitcher
  3. Sarah Stitches
  4. Jo G Jo’s Stitchy Stuff

Reading:

  1. Finished reading Beyond Desire by Thea Devine and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  2. Currently reading The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Thanks so much for watching the podcast.  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also sign up for my newsletter to get an email notification of new posts.

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I am grateful for giving myself permission to work on something else.

The Coffee Debacle of 2016

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, if you celebrated!  It was definitely nice to have a long weekend.  I thought I’d share where I’m at on my Project Roulette WIP-down.  On January 1st, you may remember, I pulled the first project out of the box and it was Hare Pyns.  I got to work and finished that one up by the middle of January.  Then I dove back into the box and pulled out the next focus project.  I have to say I was surprised but happy to see this one come up next.  My Anniversaries of the Heart has been a long-standing WIP and I’d really like to see it finished this year.  The last block I finished was actually the June block.  I skipped March, April, and May because I wanted my dad to see the June block I was personalizing for him and his mother before he died.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get it finished in time.  And I think after that, I just sat this piece aside.

I did eventually pick it back up and I started the March block on the plane to Germany in 2014.  I’d worked on it a little bit here and there, but nothing substantial.  So, this is what it looked like when I picked it up in January of this year.  The before photo, if you will.

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I worked steadily on it and was able to get it finished before the end of February.  I had to make a couple of thread changes.  At the bottom of the house, the “foundation” of the house is charted to be the two brick colors, one thread of each.  I am stitching mine on 40ct and only using one thread, so blending two wasn’t going to work.  My friend Mary suggested using the same color used for the window outlines.  And it worked beautifully!  Also, the called for color for the window fill in was so close to the outline color that I had to look for something else.  After some trial and error, I found something that worked well but wasn’t too stark or bright.  Mary helped by being a second set of eyes on that decision as well.  So, this one is all thanks to her!

Here is the finished block.  I love the way it turned out.  It is personalized for Eric’s grandparents and the year they were married along with their birthdates (both in March).

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And here’s a little look at how the whole thing was coming together with that March block finished.  I love how it’s coming together!

AOTH through March block

And of course, once I finished March it was on to the April block – Pink Hill Manor.

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Here’s my little bitty start on it.

Starting April Block on AOTH

 

AOTH April block WIP

And here it is finished!  I stitched this one for Eric and I.  We were married in April of 2006 and this year we celebrated our ten year anniversary!  This was a fun one to stitch and went relatively quickly.  I finished it up on March 30th.

AOTH April Block Finished

And here we come to my tale of woe.  I took a little break from my AOTH stitching to stitch a little gift for a friend’s birthday and then got started on the May block about April 5th or so.  I worked on it but I was seriously slow-mo-joe-ing it on this block.  Not sure if I was just getting burned out on working on this piece or what the deal was.  But, I’d made some pretty good progress on it and I had it with me at my EGA meeting at the end of the month and then when I got home and was getting my things out of the car, disaster struck.  I spilled coffee on my project bag.  My mesh project bag.  Here’s the damage.

AOTH Coffee Spill

So, it was coffee with cream and sugar in it so I knew I had to get it out.  I attempted to blot it with a damp cloth, which did help with the coffee stain but left a dark line all around the edge of where I got the fabric damp.

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I took my case to the Sampler World Facebook group and asked for suggestions. I have to say my friend Kim had the best suggestion (and she knows my sense of humor well):

I recommend voodoo. Bury the linen in a burlap sack in a graveyard at midnight of the next full moon. Sprinkle the earth with a mixture of rat toenails (clipped with your best embroidery scissors), Cheetos dust, and the ashes of a Krispy Kreme donut. Each night for the next seven nights, walk backward around the hole three times. On the seventh night, dig up the burlap sack and swing it over your head five times, facing east. If that doesn’t work, do what these other ladies said to do.

LOL!  It gave me a good laugh.

Ultimately what it came down to for me was that the piece was basically ruined as is, so I took a deep breath and dunked that corner in cold water.  Then I let it start to dry.  Same situation – dark ring around where it got wet.  So, I rinsed the whole thing in cold water.  I let it dry and ended up rinsing it one more time.  Once it finally dried, all traces of the coffee were completely gone.  I had been most concerned about all the overdyed threads used in this piece.  And one stitcher in the group asked specifically about my threads.  She said that the Weeks and Gentle Arts (GAST) threads are for the most part colorfast now, but she said with the Crescent Colors threads (now Classic Colorworks), all bets were off.  So, I knew I was running a risk that my threads might run, and I actually had some that did.  The ones that bled were a charcoal grey and a burgundy.  Everything else looked fine.  And the bleeding wasn’t bad.  I may still try to work on those later, but ultimately I decided that I had too much work in this to ditch it and I think I can live with the minor bleeding.  So here’s what it looked like after its bath.

AOTH After Rinsing

And I picked it back up and got right back to my May block, working on it at the Tudor Rose guild meeting.

AOTH May Block WIP

And then finally, in a late night photo you can see the final finish of this block on June 20th.  So, it took me basically two months to stitch this one.  This block is in honor of Eric’s parents and their wedding year of 1972.

The Coffee Debacle of 2016

I am already hard at work on the July block and hope to really pick up the pace now that I’m over the hump.  Needless to say, I leave the coffee well away from my stitching now!  Anyway, I’ll be sharing better photos of the whole piece soon as well as how my July block is coming along.  And of course, you can always follow me on Instagram if you want to watch my progress.

I am grateful for the help of fellow stitchers!

Two Cakes in One

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So far this year, each one of my WIPocalypse posts have featured a finish, which is pretty fantastic. First it was Margaret Cottam, then last month it was the bonus block from Anniversaries of the Heart and this month it’s another Anniversaries of the Heart block. I’m a little overdue for my WIPocalypse post this month, but I wanted to wait because I was so close to having another little finish – and this one is important.

You may remember that I decided to go ahead and start the June block instead of moving on to the March block next because I wanted my dad to be able to see it finished? The June block is actually called “Happy Birthday” and I made a some changes to it. I wanted this block to represent both my dad and his mother – they both have June birthdays only two days apart. I decided to put each of their names on the block, over one, instead of initials as charted. I also changed the color on the names so that they were a bit easier to read. And then instead of splitting up the year on either side of the house, I stitched the year each of them was born over one as well.

So, on the left side of the block – it says Margaret and the year 1915. This is my dad’s mother.

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She died long before I was born. In fact, I think my mother only met her once before she died of cancer in 1965. The photo above is from 1937. She must have been an amazing woman, and to hear my dad talk about her, she was. He sent me an email once with the subject line “My mom is braver than your mom” and the photo below attached.

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She must have been something. (Although to be fair, there just isn’t any photographic evidence of my mom being chased by a wild bison.)

The right side of the block has my dad’s name, John, and the year he was born – 1944. As soon as I saw this block I knew I wanted to change the wording inside the cartouche from “Happy Birthday Dear Friend” to something more meaningful.

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My dad told me once that he and his mom would celebrate their birthdays together – she would make a big cake for the bottom layer and a smaller cake for the top layer. One for each of them. And she would whisper to him “two cakes in one” because it was their little secret. Here’s my dad in 1948 with his mother’s carving knife and their cakes.

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And here’s my dad in the Air Force.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get my dad’s block finished in time for him to see it. He died on February 24th. I did my best, but I just wasn’t fast enough. But, I’m glad it’s finished and I took it to show my mom yesterday and she told me he would have loved it. I think it’s a good remembrance of him and his mom even if those lazy daisy stitches seemed neverending!

And speaking of the lazy daisies, on the morning of the day he died, I noticed my mom’s neighbor’s trees were all in bloom so I took my mom out to show them to her.

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Coincidentally, the block has little pink trees on either side. So, it will always remind me of that little moment of beauty and the peace of that morning.

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I miss you.

I am grateful for a legacy.

Eat, Pray, Love

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Eric and I have been married almost six years. Our wedding ceremony and reception were greatly influenced by his Italian heritage on his mom’s side. For our honeymoon, we went to Rome. When we were planning our wedding, Eric ran across a phrase in Italian that he really loved. It translates to “my heart is yours forever”. We wanted it engraved inside our wedding bands, but there was no way all that was going to fit. So instead, we went for a shortened version in Italian. I know you can’t see the engraving inside the rings in the photo (my photography skills aren’t that good), but trust me…it’s there.

So, when I saw Siobhan’s bonus block for her Anniversaries of the Heart piece, I fell in love with how she’d used something more meaningful than just the charted alphabet. So, the gears in my head started turning and I decided that I really wanted to use our phrase in my bonus block. So I charted and re-charted until I thought I finally had it. And last weekend I finished the stitching on this block. I’m really please with how it came out.

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I’m counting each of these blocks as a tiny finish, so I was happy to celebrate another finish for the year! And no sooner had I finished this block did I start gathering my stuff to start the March block. That is until I got some news on Wednesday that considerably moved up my time table to get my Anniversaries of the Heart finished. So, instead of starting on the March block, I started on the June block that will honor my dad and his mother – both June birthdays. I’d like him to see at least this block finished.
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So, that’s what I’ve been working on for the most part. This week I did receive my supplies for an online class I’m taking from Amy Mitten. My guild is doing this as a SAL. Once I had the fabric and fibers in my hot little hands, I couldn’t help but put in a few stitches.
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I’m looking forward to seeing this one come to life.

I am grateful for every day we have.

Miss Cottam, I Presume?

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She ended up with a 2012 instead of a 2011, but she’s done! I finished her last night (a week later than I’d intended). She really was a complete joy to stitch. I started her on Thanksgiving Day and finished her on January 7th. I used the called for threads (Weeks) in the called for colors on the called for fabric (Weeks Cocoa), although I stitched her on 40ct rather than 30.
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I love how she turned out, and it was fun stitching her while she was still a mystery. And you wouldn’t believe the number of people who have seen her in person and been surprised at how pretty she is.
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She even took a little trip with me to Chicago for a few days after Thanksgiving for work-related meetings. I stitched all that grass in my hotel room!
So, here she is…Margaret Cottam by La-D-Da. My last start of 2011 and my first finish for 2012!
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So, I know you’re thinking…”now that MC is done, what’s next?” Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve signed up for the 2012 WIPocalypse over at Measi’s Musings. And although we all know that I have about 6 kazillion WIPs, I’m going to just focus on a few at a time. So, you can take a look over in my sidebar at my WIPocalypse List to see what’s currently in my stitching bag. As I finish something, a new piece will be brought in – some new starts, some old WIPs.

And speaking of new starts, I had intended to have a new start on Jan 1. However, I decided to keep going with Margaret until she was finished. So, I’ll be starting that new start soon. But, in the meantime, I picked up my Anniversaries of the Heart.

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I’ve only barely gotten a start on the Bonus block. I’ve been stuck on this one for months because I knew what I wanted to do to change the block, just couldn’t figure out how to do it. But, I think I finally have it worked out. So, it may require a little trial and error on the fly as I stitch this block, but I think it will be great when it’s done. So…working on that.
Also, in my bag is And They Sinned. Sylvia and I are stitching along together on Sundays. Here’s a photo of how mine looks before I got started on it tonight. Yes, that is a lone bare leg. Yes, I contemplated stitching a lampshade on the top of it. Yes, I intend to stitch the body it belongs to tonight. (It’s almost as bad as the pair of empty boots that lived on my Margaret Cottam until I stitched the rest of the guy.)
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I’ll be sharing the other WIPs in my stitching bag as I work on them. But for now, I think I’m going to concentrate on that bonus block and see if I can get past my creative impasse and get back to ATS on Sundays – starting tonight.

Hope you all are having a wonderful start to the new year!

I am grateful for Good Samaritans.

Valentine Rose

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I took a little break from my Hare Pyns pre-stitching to finish up Valentine Rose (block 2 from BBD’s Anniversaries of the Heart). This block caused me to do a lot of thinking, which may be partially why it took me four months to stitch. When I first decided I was going to stitch AOTH, I initially thought I would include people that had some great stories, use some of the genealogy Eric and my dad had gathered. This block was supposed to be dedicated to my 3rd Great Aunt. She has a great story for sure. Actually a great name as well. But when I saw the final bonus chart and I saw Katrina and Siobhan’s finishes of their AOTHs, something changed in me. Suddenly, I felt like I wanted to piece to really mean something and not be just a bunch of names on fabric – people that are so far removed that they are strangers. What good is a good story if the relationship isn’t a deep one? The piece is intended to be people of my heart. And I always knew that the piece would be a melding of both Eric’s family and mine, so why not keep it to those immediate family members that really are of our heart?

With that last chart in my hand, Eric and I sat down and determined who would be honored in which blocks. We didn’t do more than that, just made an initial “map” if you will. But it felt good to know who would be where and that the people immediately surrounding us would be included.

So, Valentine Rose, is now dedicated to my Grandfather, my father’s father. The photo is of the house where he was born. It was taken in 1914, when he was about 10 years old. That’s him standing on the left hand side in front of the horse. I do remember spending time with him when I was young. Unfortunately, he died on December 24 when I was six years old (my sister was barely two). It is the only time growing up that my dad wasn’t there for Christmas. For all the short time I knew him, Grandaddy (as we called him) left a big impression on me. Since my dad has started researching my family’s genealogy I’ve actually learned a lot more about my Grandfather. Suddenly my father’s memories of him and of growing up were stories he wanted to tell. And now I don’t just think of the man who hugged me and made me feel so loved, but also the man who had a fleet of Cadillacs and was that sharp dresser I see in later photos.

You can see his first name there at the bottom, Robert, and his birth year, 1904. He was born on February 6, so I changed that shape on the door of the house to look more like a 6.

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I really enjoyed stitching this block, even though it took me so long. I loved the specialty stitches in the roof, the vase and even the chain stitching on the flowers. The house to me reminds me of the home I visited, even though I really have no visual memory of the outside of it, just a feeling of coziness.

So that’s my Grandfather, and the block dedicated to him. I’ve got the next block (the bonus block) ready to go, but no idea when I will start it. I’m anxious to get moving on it though.

And lest you think I’ve been slacking off and not working on Hare Pyns, I have been. There is a lot of stitching in this piece, so I’m determined to work on it as much as possible in order to get it done in plenty of time before our class. It’s coming along, but it’s coming along slowly because I seem to have to keep making decisions about how to do each new thing I come to. Has anyone stitched this that might be able to provide some assistance??

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It is going to be a really pretty piece, I may just drive myself insane by stitching it though. But I’m loving the red. Can’t wait to get that flower all filled in too. It will see some more attention tonight, since yesterday was for And They Sinned.

I am grateful for stitching time with a friend on Saturday. And getting my hair cut!!