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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leap Year List - October Report

Hello Blog Buddies!

How did your September go?  Mine went very quickly!  We had a very warm month here, so my head is still in summer mode and it's hard to believe that there are only 79 days until Christmas!  (Somebody slap me...)

Rotation stitching took a small hit this past month, but I did OK considering I had a few distractions, as follows...

I started and finished this piece by
Plum Street Samplers, one of three patterns
from the Goodness and Plenty leaflet.
It will be made into a small pillow.

In September, I took an EGA French Boutis class,
taught by my good friend Averyclaire and
Elizabeth Janzen, the designer of the piece.

We were given a very detailed 10-page 
set of instructions to create this beautiful needle book.

Here is what I accomplished in class
on the wing of the cicada.
It's just a running stitch--
but there are a lot of them!
Then you take the provided yarn
and run it through the channels,
giving you a beautiful quilted look.
That is the short version.

This past weekend, I attended another EGA class
for Illinois State Day.
Kay Stanis was our teacher,
and Elegant Egg was our project.

We had three different colorways to choose from.
Most of us chose the purple.

First we had fun lacing up our canvas,
then we transferred the pattern onto the canvas
using the tissue paper method.
I didn't take a picture of that in class,
but it's similar to what I did
on Tanja Berlin's horse.

Here is my start on the
Milanese stitch background, 
done with metallic filament
right over all the lines that we basted!
The funky little flower in the lower right
corner was just for practice.
Hopefully, I'll do a better one
on the actual egg.

Speaking of Kay Stanis, I will segue right
into my rotation, and her
Copper Illumination piece.
You may recall this is my ANG challenge piece.

Here's what it looked like the last time we peeked at it.
Basically, this is what got done in the 2015 class.

Here it is now--all borders completed!
There's nothing like a little challenge to get
a project going again, eh?

A couple of close-ups.
I think this piece may go on hiatus
for a little while because
I don't need to have it finished
until next June...

For the past three years, my ANG chapter
has chosen one of the "log" designs
by Needle Delights Originals
as their ongoing project,
and this year is no different.

Here is my start on Spring Logs.

You can see that the logs
don't really line up on this piece.
This should be another fast, fun stitch.

Finally, one or two of you
may be wondering if I had any time
for my Prairie Schooler Alphabet piece.

I did.
My D isn't quite finished,
but I got a good start.
I love starting the day with this piece.
It's so easy, it's keeping me (somewhat) sane.

Well, that's it from here.
Thanks, as always, for dropping by.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Giveaway Winners!

And the winners are:

Giveaway No. 1
Calamity Jr!

Giveaway No. 2
Rita JG!

Giveaway No. 3
Pull the Other Thread!

Giveaway No. 4

Giveaway No. 5

Congratulations, everyone!  
Please contact me with your snail mail addresses.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Big Birthday Blog Hop

Today I'm joining in the celebration of our friend Jo's birthday:  the big Five-Oh.  Jo's blog, in case you don't know, is Serendipitous Stitching.  She has assigned each of the 50 blog hop participants a different year, picked from the last 50 of course, and my year is...

Here's what happened to Jo then:

Jo was 40.  Life Begins!  Jo and her new partner continued to work together and bought a house together too.  Jo celebrated her 40th Birthday with a big party at their music venue and even got dragged on stage by her cousins to sing a song with the band.  Actually the cousins sang and Jo played tambourine!  Jo's son (not yet known as The Large Boy because he was only little) started Nursery at the local Primary School and Jo joined the PTA helping run the raffle at the Christmas Fayre.

Now I'm supposed to tell you either what I was doing when I was 40 (that was quite a while ago--my memory is hazy) or what I was doing in 2006.  Well, 2006 wasn't quite the banner year for me as it was for Jo, but here goes...

In 2003, the company that I worked for had moved from their nice commuter-friendly location in downtown Chicago to Warrenville, which meant a nightmare 43-mile (one-way) commute for me, peppered with construction delays for the entire time that I stuck it out there.  To make matters worse, office politics was making my job unpleasant, to say the least.  I was working a 9-hour day, and had to leave for work at 5:20 in the morning and didn't get home until about 12 hours later.  Needless to say, there was not too much stitching, reading, or anything else happening on a weekday evening except watching mindless TV and going to bed early.  I had already decided that I was going to take early retirement in March 2007, so when Jo told me that 2006 was my year, at first all I could think of was that it was just one big countdown to the following year.

But, it wasn't all bad.  The daughter of a good friend got married in Seattle that year, so we got to visit Washington state for the first time, and do a little sightseeing, too.

 Mt. Rainier

And the happy couple just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary!

I started taking Spanish classes on Saturday mornings,
and the instructor was fun and engaging.

I did manage to do a little stitching in 2006
(otherwise I would have gone totally insane),
and this tiny guy on 40-count mesh was completed.

And speaking of dogs, we had two at the time...
Beulah and Timmy, a couple of cutie-pies.

Lastly, Jo asked the Blog Hop participants
to post a photo of something that we've stitched
that we think she would like.

I know she's fond of Halloween,
so here is my tree full of spooky ornaments.

Happy birthday and feliz cumpleanos, Jo!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Leap Year List - September Report... and Five Giveaways

Hey Blog Buddies,
Fall is here at last in the Chicago area, and I've been thinking about what to make for my quilt guild's boutique in November.  Not as much rotation stitching has been happening this month, but I do have an exciting "finish" to show you.

I finished the C in the Prairie School alphabet,
which means that I am now done with the
A B C leaflet!  And that is an official finish.

Here they are all together.
My first row of three is done!

And that's about it for rotation stitching.
Here are the other projects I've been working on,
all for the boutique.

I did these three hardanger bookmarks.
They are from a 2011 Nordic Needle
Bookmark of the Month club.

I've been doing some knitting, too.
The top scarf is finished,
and the bottom one is about halfway there.

 I took a class at my LQS.
This bowl can be used either for dry goods
or as a bowl caddy for the microwave,
assuming all the materials used in the
construction of the bowl are cotton.
I have some white melamine bowls
that fit perfectly in this.
Hopefully, I'll have the time and inclination
to make some of these for the 
boutique, too.

And finally we come to the giveaways.
Over the weekend, our good friend Molly

had her Fifth Gotcha Day
(i.e., anniversary of adoption).
In order to celebrate,
she decreed that I do a giveaway
for each year that we've been together.
All of these charts may look familiar
to frequent readers of this blog.
So here they are:

Giveaway #1
 This is a mixed bag:
one cross-stitch sampler, one hardanger table topper
and one canvas work piece.

Giveaway #2
The prim giveaway:
Frederika by Carriage House Samplings;
A Farmer's Almanac by Prairie Schooler
(no, I'm not finished with this one, I had an extra chart); and
Serial Bowl Lesson Three
by Plum Street Samplers.

Giveaway #3
The canvas work giveaway:
two lovelies by Needle Delights Originals
and a smaller Chrismas piece by DebBee's Designs.

The cross-stitch giveaway:
a large Rosewood Manor sampler;
a small LHN Christmas ornament
and a La D Da needle roll.

Giveaway #5
Finally, there's Ink Circle's 99 and three smalls:
a bird, a pumpkin themed piece 
and a May Flip-It.
The rules are simple.
Leave a comment on this post
letting me know the number(s) of the giveaway(s)
you are interested in.
You can enter any or all of them
Unless there is a very low response,
I will limit the results
to one giveaway per entrant.
If you don't have a blog,
please add a way I can contact you.

The prizes are charts only.

I will choose winners by random number generator
on Tuesday, September 20th.
That's it!

Good luck,
and thanks for visiting!