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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Northwoods and Some Finishes

Usually, this blog concerns all things stitching, but today I thought I'd share my little end-of-summer trip with you, too.  We went to a place that I'm guessing not a lot of people have visited - Upper Michigan.  It's a hidden gem.

When we were planning a trip this year, this describes my state of mind perfectly:

We drove up through the Lower Peninsula.
The two peninsulas weren't even connected before 1957!
In Mackinaw City there is a little museum
on the second floor of a pizza place
that tells the story of building the Mackinac Bridge.
It's interesting (and quirky) and free.

If you squint at the horizon to the right
of the bridge, you can see St. Ignace
in the Upper Peninsula.
The "mighty Mac" is five miles long.

We stayed at a cozy, rustic cabin in Hulbert.

The next day, we traveled to Munising which is the gateway
to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

We took a 2-hour boat ride to view the rocks,
which extend for miles up and down the shoreline.
They probably would have been more
brilliant if the sun had been out.

After the boat ride, we ate lunch at
a local cafe/book store where I found this...
The dust jacket is a little frayed,
but the pages are fine,
and for two dollars I'll be happy to
peruse it and pass it on.

Another stop was the
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in 
Whitefish Point.
There have been over 500 shipwrecks
on the Great Lakes since records were kept.
The majority of them occur
in Lake Superior between
Munising and Whitefish Point.

This is the actual bell from one of the most
famous wrecks, The Edmund Fitzgerald.
A replica bell was made and engraved
with the names of all her crewmen,
and lowered down to the wreck
to serve as a memorial.
The crew remains at the bottom of
Lake Superior with the ship.

Just beyond the museum is a small beach
where you can walk or just gaze
at the big lake...
The clouds look ominous,
but we encountered only a few sprinkles that day.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is nearby.
There are several smaller lower waterfalls... the back among the trees...

and a larger upper falls...

On our way west across the peninsula,
we stopped at the
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
just outside of Marquette.
The Upper Peninsula was rich
in both iron ore and copper.

This was very interesting to me personally
because both of my grandfathers
worked in the iron ore mines.

Our last stop was at the
western end of the peninsula
where I got a chance to visit
with some of my cousins...

OK, enough blathering about my trip.

Here are a few recent stitchy finishes:

The Summer Foursome from
Prairie Schooler's Summer Breeze
leaflet was finished,
and I just happened to have
this frame in my stash.

Heart in Hand's Stitching Bird
got stitched and FFO'ed.
I added the four small buttons, 
which were from my stash.
Good that I'm using up stash, eh?

And almost in time for September
(it's not pillowfied)
is September,
from Little Dove's Year.

Well, that's it from here.
Hope your August was fun.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

UFO No. 2

It certainly feels good checking UFO's off of my list.  This one was the oldest on that list, from 2011.

This was an EGA fund-raising workshop,
Sue Reed's Stitching for Autism.
The photo turned out a little dark,
and you can't really tell that there's
a metallic wrap around the sheaf stitches.
There is almost always some bling in needlepoint designs!
It's going to end up in the lid of a Sudberry box,
which is a very easy way to display stitchery.

More pillows have been finished,
and they are...

Long May She Wave from
Heartstring Samplery...

...and A Year of Celebrations - August
from Hands on Design.

Jolly Robin hasn't seen any action
because I was concentrating on the
UFO above.

I've also been slowly working on a
summer design from Prairie Schooler.

This is from the Summer Breeze leaflet,
and I think the reason it's taken so long
is because I'm stitching over one.
It may not get finished before autumn!

That's it for now.
Hope your August has started off well.
Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

UFO No. 1

This will be a short post (for me) since I am prone to blathering.

Earlier this year I posted a list of my UFO's with the intention of reducing its size.  Well, progress has been made on that intention!  First, I said good-bye to those projects which I knew I was never going to finish.  That shortened the list by five!

Then I picked three that I thought were doable and made finishing them one of my stitching goals for this year.  Here is the first of those finishes:

The "before" shot of Marsha-Papay Gomola's
Ruby of the Forest.

And we have a finish!

This was originally supposed to feature a spider web
and a spider hanging by a filament
in front of the cardinal's nose.
On the branches there were to be pink flowers.
Since I intend to use this as a Christmas ornament,
I decided to ditch the spider theme and make it more wintry.
The finishing isn't the greatest, but I did the best I could.

From this angle you can see how the cardinal
is somewhat three-dimensional,
with padding under his body.

I am hard at work on UFO No. 2, and hope that it will
be featured soon on this blog.

Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Stitching and Quilting

Hope everyone is having a great July.  It's been really rainy here, so I've been stitching away, although I really don't need an excuse to stitch!  Here's what's been happening.

Debbie Forney's Ho Ho Ho
I'm calling this a mini-finish (I have two more panels to stitch on this project).  It was my challenge project for my ANG chapter, due last month.  I knew that I wouldn't finish the whole project, but wanted to finish this panel so that I would have some momentum going forward.

As readers of this blog may remember, each June members of my chapter have the option of submitting three unfinished projects.  Their fellow members vote on which project that they want to see finished by the following June.  The larger the project and the less stitching that's completed is usually, but not always, the determining factor.  The project is disqualified if it's the size of an ornament, or more than 50 percent finished.   I submitted Ho Ho Ho for consideration again this year because I'm not even close to halfway done with it but, alas, it was not chosen.

Once everyone eyeballed this painted canvas from a design by Charley Harper (Rainforest Birds), poor Ho Ho Ho became Ho Ho NO.  The fact that I haven't taken a stitch on Rainforest Birds yet may have played a minor role as well, but everyone just seemed captivated by this one.  So Ho Ho Ho will be going on a long (hopefully not permanent) hiatus.

I finished this little July pillow from Little Dove Designs.
After I attached the fluffy chenille on the edge of the pillow,
I thought it looked like fur trim,
which is a little strange for July!

I'm making good progress on Jolly Robin.
There are a lot of color changes, but no confetti stitches.
He has been unexpectedly fun to stitch!

My kitchen has had light gray walls for about a decade.
(When I like something, I usually don't tire of it quickly.)
But it was time for something new,
so I chose my favorite color: orange.
The floor tiles have gray in them,
so I decided to quilt myself a little tablecloth
to go with the new color scheme.

I even had the Carrots piece,
on the wall to the left, reframed.
The old frame was red, and it wasn't working.

Then I had some fabric left over,
so I went all matchy-matchy with my bowl cozies.
(My old ones were red.)
I think my sewing machine (and I) need a long rest!

I've also been making progress on a couple of
long-standing UFO's.
I hope to be able to show you
a finish on at least one of them soon.

That's it from here.
Thanks for stopping by.