Monday, May 29, 2006

Catching up!

So sorry, I know it has been a long time since my last posting. Fortunately, I've been stitching, just haven't had much time for blogging!

It's Memorial Day here in the U.S. We went to the lake for the weekend but cut our trip short and came home quite early today - it was just too hot! It's been in the high 90's here and too hot to really enjoy sitting at the cabin. We came home this afternoon and flipped our A/C on. We're all just kind of "vegging out".

Some of the stitching I have been working on is for exchanges, so no pictures, but here are two projects I can show you.

First, my weekly DT Game Board Sampler which I'm stitching with Nicole, Pam, Lelia, Myrna, and Bine. (Hope I didn't miss anyone!) This shows the progress I've made over the past two weeks (four squares!)

The second photo is of a La D Da piece that I started at the lake this weekend. It's called My Sunshine...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Game Board Sampler Update

Hi everyone - I've been kind of quiet lately. Just busy with projects around the house and kids activities.

Today I should be posting my weekly Game Board update but I didn't make much progress on it last night. As soon as I log off of the computer tonight I'm going to stitch on it some, so I'll try to post a picture tomorrow!

Our group is growing - Bine was the original member, then Lelia and Myrna joined us. Nicole is cruising on her sampler and this week Pam joined in the fun. Be sure to check out Nicole and Pam's pictures!

I know that Lelia has a couple of non-blogger friends who are stitching with us. Is anyone else SAL'ing with us that I'm not aware of?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Second Finish in Two Days

I've been somewhat determined to move some of my WIPs and UFOs out! I started this ornament last month but didn't get very far on it. Yesterday, I had time to stitch at my mom's after dinner then finished it after we got home.

This is a Homespun Elegance design from the JCS Ornament Issue (2004 I think!)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

We're getting ready to head over to my mom's to enjoy the day with her, but before we go, I wanted to quick post a couple pictures for you!

First, an updated DT Game Board Sampler photo. If you read my blog regularly, then you will know that I just re-started this beauty on 36 ct linen (the pattern calls for 25 ct linen). My semi-completed version on 25 ct is now in the hands of Nicholas, Lelia's son -he plans to finish it when he has time. We all know what a talented stitcher Nicholas is!

Since you last saw a photo, I stitched a little bit more of the top border, and between last night and this morning completed three squares and started a fourth.
Lelia, Bine, Myrna and Nicole, plus a few other non-bloggers are stitching along with me. (Lelia - any chance we could convince them how much fun blogging is?) Anyone else care to join us?

The second photo for today is a finish -woohoo! I started it in March and have been working on it a little bit at a time ever since. This is Quilt Time Sampler from LHN. It will be a birthday gift for my sister-in-law later this year. I'm planning to get it framed between now and then. (Sorry, the design in the photo isn't perfectly straight!)

Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for your kind comments. I so enjoy hearing from each and everyone of you. I will be visiting your blog too and look forward to seeing your stitching updates!

Monday, May 08, 2006

DT Game Board Sampler Update

Quick update -now that I'm back into this groove again! Since yesterday was Sunday, I stitched on DT Game Board Sampler. No pics to share, but I can tell you that I stitched Q, R, & S and the inside border along the top. Wonder how my friends Bine, Lelia, Myrna, and Nicole did? If anyone else is interested in joining us on this one, you are more than welcome. It's a no pressure SAL!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Beginner's Exchange for Leslie

Leslie received my exchange gift today so I can post a picture now. I've been wanting to stitch this Hardanger Welcome Heart for a number of years and finally found a good reason to do so. I was worried about the color (pale green on white), but Leslie said that she likes it (whew!)

I had sent some other goodies along with the stitched piece but forgot to take a photo of those...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Stitching Update

Friends - sorry for my lack of blogging lately! It's Spring - and we've had weddings, first communions, confirmations, etc. Last night, my daughter and I visited the school she will be attending next year - they had a picnic for incoming new students. It's just been one thing after another!

I am not going to review April goals - I don't think I accomplished too much! I am also not going to set specific goals for May. My general goal is going to be to finish some projects that are "oh, so close" to being done!

Here's what I've been working on lately:

On Sunday, I re-started the DT Game Board Sampler. I decided to stitch it on 36 ct (one strand of floss over two. I really like it! Here's a picture with the first version on 25ct and the new start on 36 ct.

Sorry for the wrinkles - I work in hand and I didn't have time to press before I took this picture. Now, is anyone interested in my partially stitched version on 25ct? It's maybe finished about a fourth of the way -- I'd be happy to pass this on to anyone who would like to finish it for themselves...

The other project I'm working on is Quilt Time Sampler by LHN. I stitched the two quilts in the middle and the bottom section this week. I still have the top section to finish.

And now a question for anyone who might be able to help me - I'm trying to finish my Apricot (Mint) Elegance needlecase - it's "oh so close!" I need to make cording for the scissors fob and for the case. I used Needle Necessities pearl cotton to stitch this and I would like to use the same NN pearl cotton for the cording - the problem is that the pearl cotton is pre-cut into one yard lengths. When I make cording, I twist the entire length of the thread and then fold it in half - so in other words, I end up with an 18 inch piece of cording and it is not long enough. Is there a trick on how to do this and end up with a longer piece of cording?

Thanks - have a nice day!