I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Finish of 2015!

Finally, a finish!
From Prairie Schooler's Daffodils leaflet,
stitched on 22-count aida cloth
with recommended DMC.
Finished and framed with several days to spare!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Turtle Trot: All Ten!

Hey Blog Buddies,

How has your February been going?  My sympathies go out to those of you on the east coast of the United States who have been in the path of numerous major snowstorms.  I can image how sick of the snow most of you are.   We had our own little snow event (5th largest recorded snowfall) a week ago, but it's been melting off a little at a time.

It's been a little quiet around this blog during the past month, but there's a reason:  I've been stitching like mad.  (Snow--even a one-day event--is a good excuse for me to never leave the house!)  Since I had no exchanges, gifts, boutiques or any other stitching commitments this month, I thought I'd see if it were actually possible for me to work on all ten of my Turtle Trot projects in one month--and it was!  Turtle Trot is a stitch-along where we choose 10 WIPs at the beginning of the year and show our progress photos on the 10th of each month.  Claudette at BAP Attack is our ringleader.  Some of my pieces definitely got more love than others, but they all got some sort of mini-milestone finished.  Here they are:

1.  Cindy Valentine's Pristine

Last month--it's hard to see white-on-white detail.

This month.
One small triangle was filled with eyelets.
Three down, one to go.

2.  Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself



Last month.

This month.
I filled in the outline on the lower right.
This is the largest flower? or tree canopy?
I don't know what the heck it is.
All I know is that this took me almost a week.
And I added a little bunny.
Can you tell where?


Here's a close-up of the Quaker motif.


3.   Ink Circles' 99

Last month.

This month.
18 new bottles!

4.  Laura J. Perin's Nordic Panel

Last month.

This month. 
I stitched the @#$%!^&* metallic ribbon band.

It's always a good feeling to start back on something
that's been sitting for over a half year.

5.  Jennifer Riefenberg's Carrots

Last month.

This month.
It looks like that left edge is crooked,
but I swear it's an optical illusion.

6.  Plum Street Samplers' Liberty Inn

Last month.

This month.
I can't say I'm on track to finish by July,
but it's progress.

7.  Carriage House Samplings' Frederika

Last month.

This month.
Miss Freddi is my favorite of the ten projects.
(Isn't she just the cutest thing!)

8.  Needle Delights Originals' Summer Logs

Last month.

This month.
Still keeping up with my ANG chapter's SAL.

9.  Blackwork Journey's Save the Stitches

Last month.

This month.
Block 1 is finished except for the metallics
and Block 2 is outlined.

10.  Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus

Last month.

This month.
I had originally intended to stitch just the tree this month,
but got carried away!

I don't anticipate a repeat of
this type of Turtle Trot progress next month.
I've been wanting to start a
small project for some time now,
and I have a couple of stitches in to
a Prairie Schooler seasonal design
which I plan to start back on today.
Hopefully it will be finished before the end of the month!
If so, it will be my first finish for 2015.

That's it from here.
Hope you're having a great February.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Great Day for Stitching!

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's been snowing here since last night, and they say it won't stop until tomorrow.  It's not coming down superfast (yet), just steady.  There's only one in this household who could be considered a fan of the snow.


Yes, always with the nose to the ground!
I didn't get a good shot of my goofy scenthound
because I refused to stay outside
longer than 60 seconds.

So for all you Molly fans
(and I know you're out there)
here's a somewhat better photo.


I have no stitching photos to share today.
I've been working on nothing but
my Turtle Trot rotation,
so I'll save that for the update on the 10th.
Please come back then--
I guarantee I'll have lots to show!

For all those in the path of Snowstorm Linus,
stay safe and warm.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good-bye, Friend

Two days ago the members of our
local stitching community lost
one of our own, Karen U.

She was a founding member of
our local EGA Chapter
and a very, very talented lady.

One of the things that she did was operate
a little cross-stitch finishing business.
I and many other stitchers
were the happy recipients of her expertise.

Here are the wonderful things
that she finished for me...




We'll always remember you, Karen