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

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Few Small Things

Hey Blog Buddies,

Happy July!  Yikes, the year is now officially half over!!

I've been fairly busy stitch-wise this week, and have gotten a few small projects completed.  Let's get the photos up:

I may not have finished this project
but I did finish stitching the first square of
Needle Delights Originals' Tangerine Twist.
The canvas that you see showing through on the right
will be covered by Little Charmers orange beads,
which are waiting for me at my LNS.
The beads are a variety of sizes,
and should add a lot to this already eye-popping square.
Obviously, the beads will go on
after all the squares are stitched.
Here's a funny story.
When I was stitching on this last Monday,
I was so in the groove that I kept putting off
eating dinner--the "just one more row" mentality.
I vaguely noticed that it was getting very dark outside--
too dark for early evening.
We've had a lot of storms come through here just lately,
so I was unconcerned.  Just more rain.
Little did I know that we were going to get hit with a derecho!
(According to Wikipedia, a derecho is
a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is
associated with a land-based,
fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.)
When our lights started flickering,
it got my attention fast.
I ran upstairs to put my leftovers from lunch
into the microwave, but I was about a minute too late.
Pouf!  Power out until 10:30 p.m.
Had to make dinner on the gas stove,
and my stitching was on hold until the next day.
There were lots of branches down,
but no damage to our house.
Lots of people had it far worse.
The next little project is my
June ornament for the 2013 Halloween SAL.
The theme for the month was mummies/tombs.
This is one the headstones from Prairie Schooler's Heads Up leaflet:
stitched on 40-count Heritage linen
(I purchased a large piece of that last year!),
using one strand of Gloriana India Ink
over two threads.
I was on a roll this weekend,
so I also started and finished this...
Lizzie*Kate's Summer ABCs,
stitched on 28-count light mocha linen.
I changed the colors on the lettering because
 I wanted to make it look a little more "beachy,"
but used the recommended JABC watermelon button.
Last but not least,
I started and finished a charity project for one of my guilds.
We are donating a bunch of bibs to PASS,
an organization which assists young single moms.
The incredible part about this finish is
I don't even have to turn it in until the middle of September!!
It's unheard-of for me to be so early!
I think this calls for a new start, don't you?
That's it from here.
Hope your weekend was fun,
with a little stitchy time thrown in!
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


cucki said...

Everything is so sweet x

Julie said...

What a lot of beautiful projects. So good to be ahead of deadlines, the little bib is adorable.

Anne said...

Lots of great starts and finishes Pat! I'm so like you with the "just one more cross and I'll get things done"! Good to hear you survived the derencho!

Carol said...

Wow--you've sure been busy!! So many cute and varied finishes, too!

Have never heard of a derecho in my life--the things you learn from blogging :)

Anonymous said...

WOW is right! Can't believe you finished all this so quickly! Love that Tangerine Twist. You find the greatest pieces to work on! Love all the different stitches. Your band sampler should be a cinch after all this stitching!

Parsley said...

Oh my word! Wow! Your work is fabulous!

Joysze said...

WOWZAS!!! Look at all the gorgeous stitching and finishes! :D

Love the colors in Tangerine Twist.

Been there, done that... the "one more row" syndrome. Fortunately, I haven't had the electricity go out on my on those occasions yet. :D

Deb said...

Oh WOW! Love all your projects! Happy you had no storm/wind damage.