Sunday, February 04, 2024

Valentine Display

I’m continuing to stitch along on One Nation from Samplers Not Forgotten. Not enough of a change to post a progress photo, maybe next time.

Today, I’ll share with you a picture of some valentine stitches. I have them displayed in a shadow box to keep them away from the dogs.


Saturday, February 03, 2024

A Productive January

Where did January go? It came and went very quickly. Here in Minnesota it has not been a normal winter. We received a little snow and experienced a few really cold days, but for the most part the temperatures have been above normal, our ground is brown and dry, and most of the days have been overcast and gloomy. A little snow would be nice to brighten things up a bit!

January was a very good stitching month for me. I finished stitching three projects: 

  • Early Christmas Morning from Blackbird Designs
  • Savio E. From Rovaris
  • Floral Cup Pincushion from Samplers Not Forgotten
During January, I also worked on two SALs that are ongoing. Happy to report that I am keeping up with these:

  • Tona’s Randje
  • Erica Michael’s Sampler Book
Then there were several WIPS that I spent time with; I should be able to finish all three of these in 2024:

  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow (9 blocks done, 3 to go)
  • American Welcome from Plum Street Samplers
  • O Joyous Day
I had two new starts:

  • One Nation from Samplers Not Forgotten
  • KSSG 20th Anniversary Pillow from Samplers Not Forgotten
Pictures to all of the above can be found in my previous January posts.

Now, I’ve been holding out on you. I also fully finished two items in January. It’s been hard to take really good pictures because of our gloomy weather. Here they are:

Early Christmas Morning from Blackbird Designs

I don’t do drum finishes, so I followed instructions from an old Loose Feathers design of theirs (the Peacock Pincushion.) You take strips of wool cut to the desired height and roll them tightly until you get the desired width of the pincushion. You then finish the stitched pieces around the wool shape - hard to describe. Not perfect by any means, but I am happy with it.

My second fully finish is the Floral Pincushion from Samplers Notforgotten. I am super pleased with how this turned out.

So that’s January in review! I hope that February will be just as productive! Until next time, here’s a little selfie from Rosie and me.

Monday, January 29, 2024

WIP - American Welcome

Gave this piece a little love recently. This design, from Plum Street Samplers, was a retreat piece in Amana last spring. Not available to the masses yet, but I imagine it will be sometime this year! I’m somewhere half to two-thirds finished. There’s a lot of stitches in that water section!

January has been a good stitching month for me!

Sunday, January 28, 2024

New Start - One Nation and Bouquet Kit

My stitching friends and I will be seeing Kimberly Nugent from Samplers Not Forgotten in April and May. We all had The needlebook pattern for One Nation in our stash and so we decided to try and stitch and finish it by April. This is my start:

I also started a small pincushion pillow that Kimberly designed for Kindred Spirits 20th Anniversary. Meager start, but I’ll get back to it.

We’re enjoying the football games today! Great time for stitching.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

WIP - Village of Hawk Run Hollow Update

Last weekend I finished up those two top blocks, center and right. Just three more blocks to go now!

Sunday, January 21, 2024

WIP - Randje Progress

Tona’s Randje has been posted through week 17 and I’m all caught up!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Brought to You by the Letters O and P

January has been a good month to me; regular stitching time every evening.

My latest finish are the letters O and P from the Erica Michaels Sampler Book of Stitches. I’m stitching on various colors of 32ct Belfast with two threads of DMC over two. The Periwinkle Stitch was fun; the Oblong Rice Stitch, not so much!

Posting pictures of M and N and of Savio E. Again - they are wrinkle free this time!

I’ve got a couple more finishes to share - next time!