Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Day Behind

Yesterday was Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching
She has been finishing a lot of things and is inspiring me. I am almost thinking about stitching just one piece at a time. NOT!

But the only piece that I am currently working on that is a gift is Grace by Terri Bay.
I have finished the eyelets around the edges and now need to put some in the satin stitches and the centers of motifs,etc. I like this piece because once you start doing a section of it, it becomes fairly mindless. The big question is whether it will get done for Christmas.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stitched A Bit

I finally just forced myself to sit down and stitch. I wanted to pull something new from the basement, but refrained.
Here is the piece from the last time I showed it to you:
 And here it is today!
I didn't do all of that in one fell swoop. I am a slow stitcher. But it was nice to stitch for several hours and see progress made.

I spent time this morning cleaning my basement. I emptied some boxes and threw some stuff away. I still have lots to do as I still can't find the bed. But I wanted to post this and I had some other computer work to do. I will do a little more housework and then back to the basement! I would much rather finger through my stash the clean the bathroom!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Life is Crazy

And when it is this crazy, I don't stitch. Or at least not much. Here is the last photo I have of Melchior from August:
 And here he is now!
Nope. Not getting done before Christmas. And yesterday I realized I have a Christmas stocking that I was stitching for myself lurking in the basement. Next week I am giving myself permission to do some serious stitching!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cloudy Day Photo

Just so you know that I am doing a little stitching between getting my talk ready for my quilt guild. I just keep hoping they don't fall asleep!
 The above is the last photo I showed you.
I have finished the satin stitch around the squares and have been doing cables. I like doing one item and completing it.
FYI: Terri Bay is going to be teaching at San Bernardino Chapter of ANG . They are allowing ghosts!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I Finished A Heart!

I should be working on my crazy quilt class, but stitched this instead.

I tried to post this last Wednesday, but Blogger would not allow it. So sad.
Today is the last day of Gay Ann Roger's E-Week sale. There isn't much left. I wish I had purchased her Echoes II piece but I refrained. Did you get anything? I know some are unhappy with her as she does not ship overseas and will not send threads, etc after a certain amount of time. But as I have kitted a few things for my guild and had to ship a few things, I understand where she is coming from.
Gay Ann Roger's Home Page

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I just picked these up from the framer. I was so happy to get them back before Halloween.
 The Kitty is for my daughter.
 Ghost is for a friend who did some weeding for me.
Too cute!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WIP Catherine's Heart

I thought you would like to see my progress on this piece:
I should be working on a crazy quilt square, but this is what calls to me now.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fabric Fun

 I needed to show you all the fun fabrics I dyed at the library last week.  The above photo is a piece tablecloth I cut up and dyed. Below is a photo of all the different colors did of the same cloth. My excuse is that I am going to show it to the quilt guild and eventually make it into a crazy quilt.
 The following 3 photos are of linen I over-dyed.

 They were originally for my local guild but came out too blotchy. I will find use for them eventually. The yellow with black would be fabulous for Halloween/fall motifs!  And the bottom green/blue one is lovely.
The last two pieces are silk from the same botched project for my guild. I hope to cut the pieces up and use them in a quilt. Although, it is silk dupioni  so I should be able to stitch on them too.

I really want to add more to the silk and tablecloth fabrics. Paint and stencils come to mind. Not today though. I need to go back to my crazy quilt research.....

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Little Procrastination

I should be working on my presentation for the local guild. I should also weed my garden, clean the basement and exercise.
I did exercise this morning. Does that make it better?
I love this project. I find stitching it relaxing. My tension is off, and my eyelets are not even. Ask me if I care.....I LOVE THIS PIECE!
I have made it around the inside of all the squares and am doing the second round where it is needed.

I hope to show you photos tomorrow of all my new dyed fabric. Well, maybe Monday as it takes me forever to rinse them. And I am busy procrastinating...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Small

Heather has posted another Small SAL post. Here is my small for the month:
This is how it looked when I started:
 And here it is stitched:
Yes! I finished another block for the 2020 challenge. I still need to count stitches and stuff, but it is done. The second photo is the true color of the piece.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tall-Year Squared Threads

These colors look lovely. I can't wait to show this to the other ladies.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Bit of My Heart

I am working on this instead of my other projects.
It is a fun stitch. I like to work on it when I have half a chance.

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: