Monday, May 03, 2021

Spring Fling

Kicked off the month of May by Zooming for Stitchville’s Spring Fling again this year. This year’s featured designer was Cathy Habermann. I’ve taken a few classes with Cathy H and learn something new every time.

During our class we went through the instructions for finishing her new teaching piece called Pieceful Spring. Cathy likes to collect ribbons and that’s what inspired her when she designed this project. The pillow is made up of five bands stitched on alternating colors of linen and then they are pieced together. The seams are embellished with some top stitching. I look forward to stitching and finishing this project!

Of course, I had to have a little fun with Cathy. We all know how much she loves flamingos!

During our Zoom call we could share our past finished from Hands on Designs. I pulled everything that was finished out of the vault (there are a few more stitched things that aren’t finished yet!)  here’s my lovely collection of Hands on Design finishes!

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 01, 2021

What Happened to April?

That went by fast. I didn’t stitch much. After finishing up the Merry Cox piece in early April, I was rather unsettled on the stitching front. I started a new sampler from La D Da and then set it aside. Then I started O Joyous Day from Blackbird Designs and set it aside. This past week I put a few more stitches in Snooty Parrots from Barbara Ana, but not enough significant progress to share. Sigh.

If you watch Flosstube you know that many stitchers are dedicating the weekend to stitching Blackbird Designs. It has been fun looking at all the pictures posted on Facebook and Instagram! We’ll see if I join in the fun before the weekend ends.

Today is also the first day of Maynia. I don’t partake, but I enjoy watching all the WIPs, new starts, and progress reports. Someday, I’d like to be totally crazy and start 31 new projects.

Also today, I will be Zooming for Stitchville’s Spring Fling. Sad that we have to Zoom again this year, happy that we are still getting together even if it is via Zoom! Cathy Habermann is this year’s designer/teacher. Love Cathy’s upbeat personality and always learn something from her.

No stitchy photos to share, so how about a picture of our very spoiled little girl!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Easter Weekend

This post was meant for last weekend, but I never got it posted. Sometimes, I’d just rather stitch than post to this blog! The holiday was a little closer to normal; my mom joined us (first time in over a year) and my two children were here. My mom and my daughter are fully vaccinated, my son just received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and I will get my second vaccine this week. My husband is scheduled for his first. We just need to get the son-in-law scheduled. Anyway, we took time to snap this photo of my daughter, the Mad Tatter and me.

The Saturday before Easter I purchased this chest at a shop that recycles wood furniture. I thought it would be a nice place to display needlework and it also provides storage for items not on display. What do you think?

Look at this other great purchase I made on Etsy! It came all the way from Norway. These beautiful Hardanger earrings are a little bit larger than a quarter. It was packaged up so nicely. 

I’ll leave you with another snap of Lizzie. She doesn’t realize that she’s too big to be a lap puppy!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

A Petite Regal Sewing Set

I had the good fortune to be able to take a class with Merry Cox today via Zoom thanks to the Orange Coast Sampler Guild. In some situations, the pandemic is not such a bad thing because many guilds and other needlework organizations are offering classes and lectures via Zoom!

I’m almost always guaranteed of a finish with Merry when she sends the project in advance. If I have my stitching completed before the class, I can easily finish the project. Merry’s finishing is straightforward and easy to follow.

Without further ado, here is A Petite Regal Sewing Set by Merry Cox.

I have a few more things to share and will try to post again in the next day or two.

Lizzie says hello!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Wool Applique

Hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are! It’s a cooler, rainy day in Minnesota. Good day for stitching!

Tonight, I took time to finish up the wool appliqué piece that I started a couple of weekends ago via an online class with Rebekah L. Smith. It’s not perfect, but I am happy with it. All I had left was the stem for the flower and the blanket stitch around the edge. Rebekah likes to put a piece of black felt on the back of her stitched pieces; I picked up the felt at JoAnns during the week. Love the color palette!

Last Sunday I was very lucky and managed to score this project bag from Deborah Harry’s Etsy shop. It makes me happy because it reminds me of my Auntie Betty; she used to embroider dish towels like this. The bag is expertly made.

Little Lizzie played a hard game of “fetch” this afternoon, in between the raindrops. She’s all tuckered out for the night!

Stitching on another Blackbird tonight. Will try to come back tomorrow with an update!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spring Fling 2017

Long overdue post. I’m kind of surprised at how long it took me to stitch these three pieces! This was the project from Spring Fling 2017. Barb and Alma from Blackbird Designs were there; it’s always a delight to see these two ladies!

Here’s my finished stitching:

The top right piece will be framed in a frame that we painted and waxed in class. It’s called “The Lily of the Valley.”

The bottom piece will be finished as a drum and it’s called “And Blossom as the Rose.” The top left piece is for the top of the drum.

I need to have a couple of serious finishing days pretty soon. I’m racking up the stitching finishes, but need some dedicated time to fully finish these pieces!

I think I might return to the Blackbird Designs project from Spring Fling 2019. I have one more piece left to stitch and it sure would be nice to have another finish in March!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Overdue Post

March is just flying by. Thank goodness the month is a little longer than February!

I’ve been busy stitching away. The first project that I worked on was this Pinwheel / A Homestead Gathering from Cathy Habermann. The kit is a collaboration with Me and My Stitches. I will receive four packages during the year. The stitching is done. Once I have this “finished finished” I will post a picture of the entire package and all the little goodies we received.

Next up - I’ve been working on this Blackbird Designs project. You will recognize it from the Sewing Club book, but I’ve had this project since 2019. Barb and Alma were the featured designers at Stitchville’s Spring Fling that year. There are four pieces that make up the entire set, I have three of them stitched. (Sorry for not ironing it.)

Finally, I participated in a beginner wool applique class on Zoom with Rebekah L Smith this weekend. This was our project. I still need to stitch the stem that attaches the heart with the leaves and then the flower at the top. I also need to blanket stitch around the outer edge. Almost finished. It was a great class!

Here’s a recent Lizzie photo. She makes me smile every day!

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

February Stitching

The first two months of 2021 have been quite productive. I’m pleased with the number of pieces that I was able to start and finish in February.

Fraktur Freida from La D Da

Summer House Necklace from Stacy Nash

Chelsea Surprise from The Purple Thread

A Country Winter from Plum Street Samplers

In My Garden from Blackbird Designs

Currently, I’m working on a collaboration from Hands on Design and Me and My Stitches. It’s a club, called A Homestead Gathering, that will include four seasonal shipments in 2021. The first shipment included several goodies and the pattern to stitch this pinwheel. The finishing will be very similar to the Perennial Pinwheels from Hands on Design that I finished last August. 

Little more stitching to do before the finishing commences! I’ll take a picture of the complete package when the pinwheel is finished.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep your needle warm!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

In My Garden

Snuck another finish in - In My Garden by Blackbird Designs. It’s weird stitching on 28 count with two threads, but I did it!

Had a great stitchy weekend. Too bad tomorrow is Monday. Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work I will go...

Friday, February 26, 2021

Another Start

Continuing my quest to finish up some of the kitted up smalls that were club pieces or other projects that I had intended to stitch in the past. Since I finished the Plum Street piece (previous post) I needed another project to work on.

Last Sunday I started working on “In My Garden” from Blackbird Designs. This was a club kit from the Silver Needle. You can find the pattern in their Sewing Club book. It’s stitched on 28 count Weeks Cocoa Gingham which is quite different from what I am used to, but also quite relaxing!

I hope to have this finished by the end of the weekend. Maybe I can squeeze in one more February finish.

Today I am going to be Zoom, Zoom, Zooming! Take care.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Country Winter

Well, I had hoped to make an update this past weekend, but life got in the way!

I have another finish! A Country Winter by Plum Street Samplers. This was a club kit from a few years back. I did not stitch the border on purpose. I don’t plan to frame it; I’d rather finish as a small pillow. You’ll also notice a small design change - I did not stitch the snowman either. It just seemed like a quiet, peaceful country scene and it felt to me like another deer was more appropriate. I don’t think Paulette will mind.

An update on Miss Lizzie - as of Tuesday, she is cone free!

This might be my last post for February. The year is flying by. Can you believe that it is March already?

Monday, February 15, 2021

Winter Delivery

Here is another piece I worked on finishing during Saturday’s Zoom call. You might recall that I stitched this last December. I finished it as a small pillow, but it never really felt “finished.”  Lady Dot Creates to the rescue! I ordered some small rick rack in black (the actual color name is Licorice). On Saturday, I hand-stitched the rick rack to the pillow. Now I’m happy with it!

After all of my finishing projects I started another small kit from my stash. I purchased it as a club kit, but I do think the pattern is available now to purchase.

A Country Winter by Plum Street Samplers

Not bad for two nights of stitching, right?

Lizzie is doing well and thanks you all for the well wishes. She has to wear the cone for another week, but trust me, she is back to her Labrador  antics!

Take care and stay warm wherever you are!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Summer House Necklace

One of my groups of stitching friends gets together once a month via Zoom. The Zoom call starts in the morning and continues into the evening. We can come and go as we need to. We Zoomed yesterday. I kept the laundry going in between stitching projects.

The pin disks in yesterday’s post was the first project that I worked on. (Robin, I purchased these kits from The Purple Thread at Needlework Galleria in 2019.)

My second project of the day was to do the finishing on this kit from Stacy Nash called Summer House Necklace. I started stitching it on Superbowl Sunday and worked on it throughout the week. It was a quick stitch and an easy finish!

Little Lizzie was spayed this week. Despite having to wear this cone, she’s still a happy girl!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Chelsea Surprise

Today was very productive; I have lots to share, but it’s late, so let me just give you a little taste.

These sweet little pin disks were very easy to finish. The kits came from The Purple Thread.  Instant gratification!

Lizzie was watching Flosstube with me last Sunday!

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Fraktur Freida

Fraktur Freida is finally finished! (Say that five times really fast!) I started this not long ago and expected to finish it last weekend. Why is it that as experienced stitchers we always think we can get more stitching done than is physically possible?  I worked on her through the week and she is now finished.

Fraktur Freida by La D Da

The pictures are dark, but this actually represents the linen quite well. The design is stitched on Weeks Havana linen. This was a kit from one of the Silver Needle clubs.

Little Lizzie had a play date today with my daughter’s dog, Nala. Nala is just over a year old. Looks like Lizzie is catching up to her!

Monday, February 01, 2021

Acorn Gathering

Acorn & Threads, a needlework store in Portland, OR, hosted an online event yesterday. Close to 200 stitchers from 33 states and two provinces “zoomed” in for the event. We heard about the history of the shop, got to meet the shop’s staff, we met Frony Ritter, the designer of the pattern that was gifted to all of us, and we met a few other needlework celebrities on the call. Acorn & Threads is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year!

Once COVID is behind us, I hope to one day visit Acorn & Threads. They are my people!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

January Stitching

Can’t believe that tomorrow is the start of February. Where did January go? Here’s a recap of my January stitching.

These first two pieces were essentially done in December, but I had some solid stitching to fill in at the bottom of both and I saved this for my January Zoom calls.

Anna Grater by The Scarlett House.

Autumn Leaves by Prairie Schooler. (Ignore the stitched line at the bottom; it was a counting mistake!)

I also nearly finished this piece, but I still need to chart and stitch the personalization. The Strawberry Patch by Homespun Samplar.

Hardanger Bunad pieces - collar, cuffs, and front placket for blouse. These aren’t finished yet. I need more thread and it’s coming from Norway.

Lastly, Kindred Spirits of the Thread by La D Da.

There were a few other projects I worked on, but they didn’t hold my attention for very long. Looking forward to seeing what February brings!

Kindred Spirits of the Thread

I have a finish! This design from La D Da was a kit offered through the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild, and a limited number were also available through Kitten Stitcher. This will be finished into a drum (when I get around to finishing it!)

More later - I’m spending my afternoon at an online retreat offered by Acorns & Threads.