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





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another WIP Wednesday

Hey Blog Buddies,

I'm back, with just a tiny bit of progress on my Spring Logs piece.  You'll recall that the designer is Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals, one of my favorites.

I had gotten this far by the early part of January.

This is where I'm at now.
Pretty impressive, huh?
I'm officially at the halfway point.
The instructions for the green border
were to do every other row,
then fill in the skipped rows
in order to get a stripey look.
Since there's a lot going on with the various logs,
I decided not to skip rows as I stitched,
giving the variegated thread (Watercolours)
a more gradual change, which I prefer.
I find that the borders on these log designs
are the only things that actually take less time
to stitch than I think they should,
probably because they are such fun to stitch.

I flipped this photo around
so that you can get a better look at the stitches.
This piece will get put away
until next month.

I still haven't started anything new
as I threatened to do after my quilting finish
because I just don't like starting projects!
It's a wonder that anything gets started around here.

Well, that's it for today.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Hey Blog Buddies,

Here lately I've been working on only two projects, so I thought I'd catch you up on the one you haven't seen yet.  But first, a Molly update.

She's Not Happy

First she had to go "under the knife"
and now there's this indignity.
She doesn't wear it all the time,
only at night and those infrequent times
that we need to leave her alone during the day.
I'm convinced she would chew open her stitches
if left to her own devices.
But other than hating her collar,
she is fine and acting like her old self.

Today we received the pathology report from our vet.
There's good news and bad news.
The bad news is that her growth was malignant.
The good news is that the vet removed
the entire thing (including one of her nipples!),
was happy with the margins,
and feels that the surgery will be "curative."
Let's hope so.

Back to the WIP.  A little while ago I showed this blackwork chart that I wanted to start...

...Blackwork Journey's Wandering Star.
Looking at the black-and-white chart above, 
it took me a while to figure out the star reference.
So I thought I'd make the stars a different color.

I will admit that some of the
filling patterns in this piece
almost make my head explode,
but I'm happy with how it looks so far.

That's it from here.
Hope your February is going along swimmingly.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Two Years and Three Months

Happy Ground Hog's Day, folks!  Woodstock Willie, our local prognosticator, saw his shadow this morning (bright sun all day today for the first time in forever), so that means six more weeks of winter.  January has been extremely mild and dry so far, so I wouldn't be too upset with more of same.

As for the title of this post, today I finished something that I've been working on for two years and three months.  OK, part of two years--I started it at the end of December last year--and part of three months.  I did work on it every single day in January, though.

...a bee skep...

...and a lovely gazebo.  You know what this is.



The Prairie Schooler Alphabet inches forward.

That's it for today.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Finally...

...my quilted wall hanging is done!

The overall effect is a bit more autumnal than I'd like.


And here is it hanging from it's wooden bar.

I think as a reward for finishing this,
I'll start another project from my list.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments
on my last post!
To Bea who said that I did a good job
coordinating the fabric with the piece--
that is all my finisher, Miss Averyclaire.
She has an awesome fabric stash
because she's a quilter;
and if she can't find just the right match,
she takes the piece to the fabric store
to make sure it's perfect.
I and her other customers are
lucky that we have such a gem.

That's it for now.
Thanks for visiting!