Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

The ghosts and goblins made their visits this evening. It's hard to believe that October has come to a close.

I haven't been blogging very much lately, but I have been stitching! Here are some of the projects I have been working on.

Hands to Work - This is the Day -- it's not finished yet, but it's close. I just have to do the filling stitches in the box at the top (around the alphabet). I'm not looking forward to filling that box in, but it will be gorgeous when finished! (Sorry, I did not take time to press this one!) Stitched on WDW Cappucino with recommended WDW/GAST fibers.

Mary Garry - Forget Me Not -- last week I was itching to stitch something that would be an easy finish. I pulled this one out of my collection of Mary Garry samplers. It's stitched with DMC on a miscellaneous piece of 28 ct linen from my stash. I think I will finish this as a pillow next time I have a finishing day. (I took a picture of this sampler on top of the quilt in the next picture - the color of the linen is cream, but it looks somewhat multicolored...which it's not.)

Last up -- another quilt. This is another one that my daughter started about 5 or so years ago. She did the rail fence blocks and put them all together. I added the borders for her and hired Joan to do the quilting for me. This will make a nice wallhanging or tabletopper.

Before I go, here's a picture of our pumpkin which my daughter carved when she was home last weekend. It sat on our front step and greeted the little goblins who visited tonight!

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

On the Home Stretch

Hello stitching buddies! How's your weekend going? We are having some beautiful fall weather here in Minnesota this weekend. Hope that wherever you are it's beautiful there too!

I have a progress picture to share with you -- I've been working on This is the Day (Hands to Work, Just Cross Stitch magazine, February 2009). On the home stretch now. Just have to finish the alphabet at the top, the personalization in the box and do the filling stitches. Doesn't she look gorgeous? Rich colors!

As with my other posts this month, I want to include something pink. Just a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few weeks ago when Joan and I were out gallavanting around town we stopped at a bead store. I bought this pin and the beads/charm and then assembled it myself!

Enjoy the rest of your day. Have a good week. Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Oh My Gosh ... Thank You!

Wow, I couldn't believe all the comments about my Three Crows finish! Thank you. Now, the fabric on the back....I've had it for at least 3 or 4 years. I pop into quilt shops every now and then and if I find something that might work well for needlework finishing, I will pick up a fat quarter or two. This fabric is from Red Rooster and the line is called "Cottage Garden" by Whimsicals. It looks like it might still be available in flannel. I also googled and found a site that is still selling the cotton fabric here. I'm seeing some other fabric lines from Red Rooster with cute prints for finishing too!

Now, as for the Three Crows pattern, sadly this one is OOP. I borrowed it from a friend last year so that I could stitch up this design because I loved it. Once in awhile it will pop up on eBay. Good luck to you if you are trying to find it. I don't think that Anne reprinted this one....

Today, I thought I'd share with you my recent WIPs. I dug the Jenny Bean Halloween Sampler out of hiding. Started this one last year and then put it away as Halloween passed and I moved on to stitching for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I stitched on this the past two nights and added most of the alphabet. Not bad for 2 hours of work!

Last weekend I was itching to stitch something from Blackbird, so I started Autumn Song. This is a loose feathers design from a couple of years ago. I made a good start on it.

Before I let you go today, I'd like to leave you with something "pink". I can't seem to locate the item I wanted to show you, so will save that one for next time. Below is another Blackbird project bag that Joan stitched up for me - I love this wine color, don't you? On top are some of the Essy friends (Elegant Stitch) pink stitches that I finished a few years ago. I like to take them out and admire them at this time of the year.

Isn't the fabric on this inside of the bag beautiful?

Recognize the sampler that's printed on this fabric? If you dig way back on the Blackbird blog you will find a link to the freebie chart for this design!

I think Joan may still have some of this sampler fabric left if you are interested in purchasing a bag from her. You can link to her email from her profile in her blog.

That's all I have for you today -- thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Another Finish and Some More Hardanger

I have one more finish to share from Sunday's finishing frenzy. This pincushion wasn't quite finished when I posted the other photos. The design is from Godde Huswife and its called Three Crows; I stitched this quite some time ago. The finish is ala Blackbird designs - an oversized pincushion filled with crushed walnut shells. You can't really see it, but there is small black rick rack stitched along the seams to finish it off. It's really cute!

And, something pink for today's post - here are some hardanger crosses that I've stitched recently. These are great for using up bits and pieces of leftover linen and perle cotton thread.

After my post about Marie Bostwick's books, Marie L (no blog) emailed me about this book. I found a copy at my local bookstore and am reading it right now. So far, I like it very much! The book is called How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron. Thanks for emailing me with this recommendation Marie!

Will write more soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

And Now...Some Stitching

Today has been a productive day! I didn't have too much going on and so it seemed like the perfect day for some finishing. Here are two of the projects that I finished. Both are finished as pillows with a wire hanger; they can be hung from a cabinet or door knob.

This first one is a Halloween design from Mary Garry - it's in one of the Seasonal Mementos leaflets.

Second one is a Lizzie Kate design ...

Funny story -- I gave this Lizzie Kate finish to Joan. Let's just say I was a little mixed up though. We recently participated in a LHN exchange with the Friends Through Threads group. Joan never received her LHN exchange. (The person who was stitching for her just never sent anything nor did she acknowledge the exchange she received. She's still posting on Facebook and occasionally posts on her blog. I just don't understand how some people don't follow through on their commitments - not even a note to say I'm sorry!) But I digress...anyway, I've felt bad for quite sometime now that Joan didn't receive anything on this exchange. So I gave her this Lizzie Kate finish. Lizzie Kate, LHN -- they are kind of the same? Both begin with an "L" right? :)

Here's some other stitching that I have been doing lately -- all Hardanger:

And let me finish off this post with something pink (or mostly pink!)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

October Reads

I just recently finished two books written by Marie Bostwick. I was not familiar with her novels and just happened to see an advertisement in a recent quilt magazine with information on her latest novel. While searching for more information on this new release, I discovered that there were two other books in the series that I should read first.

Both stories are pertinent as October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness month but also Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the first book, A Single Thread, the quilt shop owner is diagnosed with breast cancer on the day she opens her new shop.

The second book, A Thread of Truth, tells the story of a woman who has been physically abused by her husband but finds strength and receives support from her friends at the quilt shop.

I haven't located a copy of the third book yet, A Thread so Thin, but I am anxious to read it! If you enjoyed reading the quilt series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini, you will like these books from Marie Bostwick.

Promise that I'll have some stitchy pictures soon...

Friday, October 01, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October started a day early - yesterday, we welcomed the Delta Pink Plane at the MSP airport! The flight originated in Atlanta, stopped in Detroit and then ended it's day in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Onboard were 100 Delta employees who are all breast cancer survivors. We have been celebrating "pink" all week at work with pink lemonade, pink cupcakes, and pink T-shirt sales. There were even mammogram screenings available to those employees who hadn't one. Interesting fact - Delta Air Line employees have raised/donated over 2.5 million dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation over the past five years.

More information about the pink plane can be found here.