Thursday, October 23, 2014

October nearly gone....?!

I don't know where its gone, but October is much closer to the end of the month than the beginning.  I have been busy!  My niece, was here for a nice long visit earlier this month.  We made the most of it and packed a lot of stitching and needlework into the time she was here!

Since I found out a baby is on the way this coming Spring, I wanted to see if I could remember how to crochet again.  Because a new baby needs a blanket from grandma!  So with some help from my niece, I got going again.  It's been a fun diversion.
The yarn is really soft, just what you think it should be for a baby's blanket!
There may be a few mistakes, but at least I've gotten the rhythm of it again.  I will need to get some more yarn this weekend.  I got it at Michaels.

Then I've been working on the Tortoise and the Hare...
Here's where I left off last night.  I always forget how much time it takes to do these Prairie Schooler charts.  I guess I'm just impatient to get it done.  I am thinking ahead to some Christmas ornaments that I want to do....  I haven't made final choices yet, but it's time to do some final choices.  

Then besides the crocheting, the cross stitching, my niece and I each started a patchwork and appliqué square!  Again, I was having to stretch out of my comfort zone.

We worked hard two evenings to get this far.  The designer is Bonnie Sullivan from 'all through the night '.  

Barb chose a different month for her project.  I still have to do the blanket stitching, vine, etc.  I am supposed to have that done before she returns in December, so we can do the finishing. I will finish it for a small wall hanging I think.  

So, that about catches you up on stitching projects around here!

But then I hosted our Rural Library Directors group at our library last Friday morning.  That entails coffee and breakfast foods, and after the meeting taking them to a local restaurant for lunch!  So, that is a full day since I finish off the day by working through the afternoon as well.

But, that wasn't the end of the entertaining!  I hosted our stitching group at our house this past Monday evening.  I made applesauce cake from scratch with my Mom's recipe for caramel frosting. It's perfect for Fall!  We had a fun evening stitching together as always.  We have a great group of women.

I better close for now.  Hope you are all finding some quality stitching time!




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Finishes....

My future DIL stopped this afternoon with three of her finishes and some frames, so I showed her how to frame them.  I think they turned out nice.
I think this last one is my favorite.  That was her first piece.

I'm proud of her efforts!  Just wanted to share them with you.

Happy Stitching!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

New start

Hello Stitching Friends!

I have been busy.  I have a couple finishes to share, and a new start.
I finished stitching up this little ornament.  It was unfinished from our finishing class with Mona at the Silver Needle.  It was my first attempt at sewing a beaded edge finish.  I found it challenging to count the stitched edge evenly to space the beads...

This was another one of the finishes from the same class.
Then this was the final one.

I received the new ornament issue this week.  I've made a quick pass or two through and found a couple that I may stitch.  

Then, my newest start is this

It doesn't look like much yet.  
I've always liked this design and have owned the chart a long time.  I have more of a reason to look at this now.....  Because,  we've been let in on a little secret.....


How about that for big news??  Holly and Joe are looking forward to a new arrival late next Spring.  Mike and I are pretty excited to say the least!  It will be the first grandchild for our family.  

I haven't located the pinking shears to trim the felt around the little tombstone ornament.  In case you can't tell I finished the top one as a flat fold.  I ran out of trim to put around it, so may find some when I have the chance to go to a fabric store and add some later.  I need to cover those edges!  

I do like the fabric I used on the back....
Well, thanks for sticking it thru to the end of this long post.  

I hope you are finding time to enjoy your stitching!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

One more finish...

Hi friends!

One more finish... I had the frame in my stash, and found a piece this morning that would fit.  So, add one more to the finished pile!!  I couldn't be more pleased to get these done.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another flat fold finish

Hello,

I did another flat fold finish this afternoon.  I am happier with this one.  I took the time to sew the trim on rather than gluing (thanks for the idea sis!) and I was much happier with the result.  

This is the piece I stitched by Cross Eyed Cricket from the retreat we attended at The Silver Needle.
This is a photo so you can see the fabric I used.
I just bought this fabric, with this piece in mind.  I really didn't have any Halloween themed fabrics in my stash.  But a trip to the quilt store in LeClaire, Iowa took care of that...

It took nearly all of the fat quarter of the orange polka dot fabric for the flat fold.  But I will have some other choices on hand for another time.  Needless to say, I've been able to leave my finishing materials out on the dining room table for a few days.  It helps when you don't have to take the time to round up all the supplies.  

I should keep my momentum going and continue on with more finishing...but this will probably be it for this weekend.  Mike will be home Sunday and Monday, plus I think the kids are coming over Sunday, so that means my mess will be put away for awhile.  I will most likely be putting my dining room table to use for feeding the herd!  

Happy Stitching, friends!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Finally some finish work!

Hello Stitching Friends!

I finally have three pieces in the finished pile!

To be totally truthful, this piece still needs eye screws and wire on the back.  Mike will have to do this for me.  The oak in this frame is incredibly hard.  But, I'm very happy to use a frame I had, that was just gathering dust....

Once I had this one mounted I moved on.

I had this frame in my stash as well.  I was thinking of a pillow finish for this guy, but since it's such a standard size, it's easy to find a frame for him.  I probably never would have chosen this ornate gold frame for this piece, but after mounting it, I kind of like it.  

Then, feeling pretty good about things I moved onto one more piece yesterday.


A flat fold finish.  I was pretty rusty in doing a flat fold as you can probably tell.  I had issues with my glue not wanting to come out and a very dull box cutter knife blade, that I stopped to change.  I have the stitched piece mounted to my satisfaction, I'm just not real pleased with the trim and how I connected the back to the front.  I may tear it apart and redo it... 

The fabric I chose for the backing was perfect, but I only had enough to cover two of the boards.  So, I had some plain black to do the remaining board.  That looks fine tho.  Also, I should have glued the connecting easel strip behind the trim.  But, I fastened the trim to the board behind the front, instead of gluing it around my stitched piece.

I need to tackle another one of these while I am remembering the finer points.  Like I said, pretty rusty!  I was wishing my sister had been here to assist...things often turn out much better with her help. :-)

Well, hope you are planning to enjoy your Labor Day weekend!  Who know, I may keep my finishing mess out and try again!  I will keep you posted.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Next project?

Hello Stitching Friends!

Well, I am having a dilemma trying to decide what moves me to start next....  We all know that inspiration has to hit.

Since my last post, the Star piece is finished, and believe it or not a frame from my stash will actually work!   I love it when that happens!  I need to find the time to mount the piece on some backing and frame it!  I admit that is not my favorite part, but, oh it feels good to have it done.

I hope to get it mounted and put in the frame soon.  

Then after that, I wanted to do something small.  So, last night I put the finishing stitches in the new 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa.  I really thought he was a cute one this year.  I haven't decided if I will put him in a small frame, or do a pillow finish.  

But as I was ready to sit down to relax tonight, I had no stitching all ready to go...  So sad!  I spent most of the evening contemplating charts.  Then the kids stopped over to talk, and that chart perusal stopped as well.  You have probably noticed I like stitching things that are seasonal.  I have been thinking of Autumn at Hawks Run Hollow for months, but don't know if I'm ready to dive into that huge project right now.  

I didn't get this draft published yet, so I can let you know, I chose a small Halloween piece to do.


So, here is my progress to date.  I'm a little bored with all the dmc 3371, but it will be a cute Halloween piece when it's done.  

How many of you have purchased the new gingher scissors, Eve?
 I caved and purchased two pair, one for myself and the other will be a Christmas gift.  I don't think she reads my blog, so I don't think I have to worry about spoiling a surprise.  I thought they would be a great gift for the newest stitcher in our family, Lauren.  

I haven't updated you on what she is working on...she completed another of the smallish pieces she bought, and has moved onto a large peacock!  She bought a kit at Hobby Lobby.  I will have to shoot a progress picture next time we are together.  

We have been keeping busy around here.  Mike and I recovered our ottoman.  It didn't turn out bad. I'm actually pretty happy with it.  I found material that matched the tan and cream fabric in the chair we use the ottoman with.
 

I am looking forward to a long weekend for the Labor Day holiday.  I added two days to the weekend with a couple vacation days.  I don't think we have any big plans for the weekend, but it will be great to have some extra time!  


Annie appreciates the ottoman!  You can see Joplin made the photo as well as Harry!

I have been reading some good books lately as well.  However, the one I've been looking forward to for months is this one....


If you enjoy a good mystery series, I heartily recommend these books by Louise Penny.  But, start with the first one in the series, Still Life.  Her characters and setting are great!  

I just finished The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons last night.  So, it's time to start The Long Way Home!  

I hope you will have time to enjoy some quality stitching time!