Friday, September 22, 2017

Ukrainian Whitework

Here is my project. I have made a mistake on the satin stitch and need to do some ripping. It will be a lovely piece when I get it finished.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Terri Bay Workshop

I was in charge of the workshop for my local guild and we had a great time. Terri is a great teacher and I really learned a lot during this workshop. Here are some photos of the ladies who took the class:



Terri Bay is the one in the center with the finished square. I will post a photo of my work sometime this week.




Friday, September 15, 2017

A Mistake and Some Ripping Out

Well, I was happily stitching along on Catherine's Heart when I realized I had made a mistake.
 My center will not fit in as graphed! I am one thread off!!! What to do? I decided to rip the black tent stitch out and keep the center as it is graphed.
I will take time and add a line of backstitching along the rows of purple basketweave so as to make it pop. No one will notice in the long run and it  will look lovely with my other hearts.
Now on to basting for the Terri Bay workshop this weekend. Hope you have a great weekend!



Monday, September 11, 2017

Catherine's Heart

I know I should be working on my crazy blocks or Drawn Thread Sampler. But I really haven't felt like it. I have been eating instead which is not a good thing. So I decided to give myself permission to start a new project that is not on any of my to do lists.  This is the one I decided to do: Catherine's Purple Heart by Gay Ann Rogers.
 I have outlined it and started on the tent stitch. Next up is a little color!
I will work on my blocks, DTS and the other projects I have, but right now I need a project that speaks to me. Do you know what I mean?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP Drawn Thread Sampler

First, thank you Pamela for the idea for making my blocks into a quilt. I think my library has a log cabin book which talks about making wonky blocks...It might help too. Please remember, I really don't sew or quilt much so things lining up is a bit of a challenge for me.

Speaking of things lining up, I made a mistake counting a row of my sampler:

 It is hard to see in the above photo, but can you see it below?

I decided not to rip the row out. Why? I noticed that some of the threads I wrapped were thin and I am afraid of breaking them. Yes, I could repair it, but I don't think it is worth the effort. I think I can get a mat to cover the mistake.
What about you? Would you rip it out or leave it?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Block 1 Finished

First, my daughter asked if I was making these blocks into a real quilt. When I said I had hoped to make postcards, she was sad. She has been pestering about a crazy quilt for years. So now I am not sure how I am finishing these....
If I was going to mail them, I would mount the block on card stock and take another piece of card stock and glue them together. The block would need some sort of edging, but I have done something similar. Although I could add fabric to the back and mail it. I would need to play with it.
Here is where I left block 1 in July:

 All the beads add a lot of texture.

How would I sew them together as I did not make perfect rectangles?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Just Needs to be Documented

I need to write all the threads and stitches that I used along with the beads. I really am not sure I can keep track of this project. But at least I am using stuff from my massive stash.
Here is the photo of it stitched:

 I added a few more stitches before I added beads and buttons:
Now I need to trim it, back it with cardstock and have it ready to mail. I need to take some notes too.
I am beading the first postcard and hope to finish before the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reptiles in August

I did work on this piece a little this month. It will take me forever to finish, but I do enjoy working on it.
Here is where I left off in July:
Here is where I am today.

The photo is bad, but I can see progress.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Finish of A Small

I did it! I finished stitching the Quaker Ghost in time for Heather's Small SAL.
Ok, so he needs his button eyes, which I lost. This means a trip to the basement to look for the right buttons. I am thinking purple , but we will see. I am thinking of stitching him again over one on the same fabric. But first I must see how my friend wants this finished.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Something New, Sort Of

I did all I plan to do on the pilot class. I should be working on crazy quilt postcards or a sample for the workshop I am leading in November, BUT I DID NOT FEEL LIKE IT!!!
Sorry about the yelling, but I am feeling frustrated that I still cannot drive because of the ankle surgery. So I pulled something easy that requires not too much thinking and is easy to carry around.
It is one of my "starts" from January:

I am a little sad as it is missing one color of thread. If I have it in the basement, I won't bother to contact Mill Hill. I know they will send it if I ask, but they are fairly generous on beads and threads normally.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness for August

Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching
has a wonderful SAL where we show works we received as gifts or that we are giving away. 
 
I thought I would have this finished, but I am disgusted with all the mistakes.
Here is what I showed last month:
 And here is Quaker Ghost almost finished:
The fabric is a lovely coloring, but is so loose that I had a terrible time making neat stitches. And I also found that I am one row off. I am not going to rip it and I am going to finish it. Hopefully before the end of the month!! I have another half of fabric and I think when i use it, I will starch it a bit to give it some body. Sigh. Live and learn, I guess.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Have Been Stitching...

But I can't show it to you!!!I am busy trying to finish that pilot class. I would really prefer to work on Reptiles, but feel like I need to get this task completed. Also, I made a HUGE mistake on the pilot piece. I put a motif in the wrong place and I don't think there is enough thread to redo the whole section. So I am ignoring it for now and doing the other sections. I am so glad I am stitching it. The colors are not my favorites, but the motifs are a blast to stitch.

My dd and I did some yard sales yesterday. I was looking for a rice maker and freezer for my oldest, but I struck out on those things. I did find a new coffee maker for myself-$2!!!!! and these beauties:


 Yes, that is dd under the tablecloths!
The center of the grey one is batttenburg lace, I do believe.
 The white one has lovely whitework:
And it is huge!
They really need a good wash.  My mom loves to entertain and I want to see if she wants them. I will attempt to clean them for her if she does. If not, I will wash them and dye them at the next dyeing workshop at the library.
 I also found these napkins:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Little Bling

Because of my ankle, I have to hold my frame in a strange position. I noticed that I was rubbing my linen on my Christmas stocking and knew that would bug me.  A quick post on Facebook and I received a recommendation:
 The cover was simple, but seems effective. It should keep my piece clean.
And she had pretty needle minders too, so I bought two and she sent the little pink one along with my package. Perfect!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reptiles-A few Stitches

I love Heaven and Earth Designs! Or HAED as they are called. But the confetti is insane!!!
I only stitched for 3 days on this piece, but I feel like some progress is better than none.

I bought myself a needle minder to brighten my piece up a bit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Totally Frustrated!

I knew I was running low on one of the blues so I finally ordered it from my LNS. I now know I will be short on two other blues. What a pain! Thank goodness I have a new pilot class to keep me busy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Progress Report

I did some math and if I did it correctly, I need to do 120 stitches for 360 days to finish this piece.

  Not happening!




 Above is where I left off last time and to the left is where I am today. I really need to do some back stitching!





I was talked into(quite easily, I may add) another pilot class. I hope it arrives soon as it has a quick turn around time. I also need to start another 2020 block. Tomorrow?


Monday, July 17, 2017

Block 1

I am definitely crazy as I decided to join Sharon B over at Pintangle and do the 2020 Challenge.
She has her rules posted, but I am going to modify them a bit or I will not complete the challenge. I am allowing myself to reuse stitches and count them as long as it is in a different color or fiber.
This block still needs beads which live in my basement. I could probably GET the beads, but finding the right ones and bringing them upstairs seems like too much work at this time.
 I made simple notes on what I did and put my scraps of fabric in my notebook.  I think I have 27 different threads and stitches on this block. I need at least 3 more things to finish this block. Beads and buttons, I think....
I should probably add my threads, but that seems like such a pain. I may regret that in a few months....I shouldn't be so lazy. Where is the tape dispenser?!?!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

A New Project!

I was going to start one of the Wise Men from Mill Hill but realized I needed something for Gifted Gorgeousness. So I started this:
Can you see my stitching? The pattern was a gift from my local needlework shop and the fabric was ice dyed and given to me by a friend.  I plan on giving the piece away to another gal once I am done. What is it? Well, I will let you guess as I am too lazy to get up from the computer and roll over to find the pattern. (Truth be told, I fell off my scooter yesterday, jarred my ankle in a cast and bumped my knee and jammed my wrist. Moving hurts today!)
Today is a be quiet and stitch day, although if my wrist keeps hurting, it will be a sit still and read day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Stitching Spot

Normally I like to sit in a chair with my stand and stitch with both hands, but my foot has changed that. I have to keep my foot up and I cannot figure out how to get my stand in the correct position.
But I am stitching!
 I find this is fairly easy to work on and I can keep my foot elevated.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Circles- Done or Not Done?

My friend gave me this fabric to play with ages ago. Here is what it looked like in January:
 I have been stitching the circle shapes in different shades of pink.
Here it is today:
It is perfect for stitching while my foot is elevated. But now I need to decide: should I add more stitching? Hand it back to  my friend to see if she has some ideas? She is out of town for a few weeks, so I will move to another project until she returns.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ready for Beading

I have been stitching although I know I better not do anything too complicated as I am still on pain medicine. Great for pain but bad for counting!
This piece is ready for beads. Now I have to remember where I put the last three from this series so my daughter can find it in the basement.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Crazy 2020

I think I have a plan for this challenge. If you want to find the details, it is on Sharon B's blog Pintangle .
I think I will make around 72 postcard size blocks which means I will need about 20 different items on each. I am currently using some fabric I dyed in a class by Candied Fabrics . There were 8 squares of fabric per color so even if I used it twice in my block, I am only counting it once.
Here are the blocks I have made so far:






They are small so it only takes me 40 minutes per block. The squares of fabric are only 5" which is why I had to repeat fabric to finish a seam. The rectangles are not "square" so I will have trouble if I decide to make it into a quilt. But I think it would be more fun to mail them out in the end.
My next decision is:should I keep them monochromatic, or add more colors to each block with fibers, etc? I think if I keep them analogous, that might make them more interesting. Or split complimentary?

















Friday, June 30, 2017

Smalls SAL-2 Finishes

Well, I couldn't find the frame for this, but it is done.






And I got this done over the last few days! It needs a few beads, but I am counting it done. My daughter does like it. I need to get it finished into a small pillow.

This is a SAL set up by Heather over at   Stitching Lotus
Now back to elevating my foot!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reptiles in June

Well, I finally managed to get a page done on my Heaven and Earth Design.
I did this pre-surgery. Now back to bed and elevating my foot.