Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New start....finally!

Well I'd held off on any new starts since November but I finally caved in! I have had "With My Needle" by The Goode Huswif kitted up for a couple of months. When I saw Heidi was kitting up the same pattern I thought it would be fun for us to do an SAL together. I absolutely love this pattern and fell in love with Terri's last year. (Terri of Chocolates for Breakfast). I think Heidi will surely get done before me but I am enjoying it so far even though I've only got the top band done.

"With My Needle" by Goode Huswife

Stitched on 36-ct R&R Antique Cotton with Needlepoint Silks

I'm making progress on my latest applique quilt too called "Winter Memories". Now that I've got it up on my design board I can see how it's starting to come together. It's a subtle quilt but I'm really liking it. That's the border fabric hanging on the right side.

And look at my latest purchase below!

I have been looking for some sort of curio cabinet to hang on the wall in my sewing room for awhile with no success. I have way too many little knick-knacks and tsotchkes I've gathered here and there and nowhere to put them. When I got my latest Pottery Barn catalog I finally found it! It was a bit too expensive but I had to have it. It's supposed to look like the cubbyholes they used to have in hotels years ago where they would keep the keys and messages for the guests. The funny thing is, when it came it had a little ding in one side and the varnish wasn't as nice as it should be, so I called up Pottery Barn and they gave me a 25% refund. Woohoo! Mr. Helpful Husband hung it up over my cutting table and I put some scrapbook paper that looks like antique postcards in half of the cubbies. Now I need to get busy and finish up some more pinkeeps to display in the empty spaces. You can see in the closeup my very first pincushion - the orange/brown/yellow one. I was into needlepoint for a bit in high school and I made this for my grandmother and stuffed it with sawdust from Dad's table saw. When my grandmother passed away it came back home with me and I've had it ever since. (If you're old enough you'll recognize the decade when I made it from the colors I used! LOL)

I've reached the halfway point with Plymouth Sampler and will get a picture of it up soon. It's so exciting to turn to the second page of the pattern!


  1. I like your new start! I love that design and need to get it stitched sometime, too.

    Great progress on your applique quilt! I like the colors... I've been drawn to more subtle colors lately, especially for winter or Christmas designs.

    That cubby holder is wonderful! I like the little things you added in. 25% off--how can you go wrong with that?!

  2. Your new start is gorgeous. As is your quilt. x

  3. Hi Jeanne
    I've just found a link to you on another blog site so have popped over to take a look. Your work is lovely and although I am not a quilter (avid cross-stitcher) your photos of finished quilts are stunning - the Christmas Memories quilt is absolutely gorgeous. My box of stash is literally overflowing but have seen the Plymouth Sampler before and now I can see your pics of the actual stitching and colours used it has been moved to the top of my shopping list!
    I'll be back xx

  4. I love Good Huswife~~...And this sampler has been in the back of my mind since it came out....I look forward to seeing your progress in your SAL. Faye

  5. DOn't ya just love Goode Huswife designs??? I love your quilt too. I just started quilting and have fallen in love with the craft...Nancy

  6. I love your winter memories...I can not wait to see what it will look like finished.
    Congrats on a new start. Today I am making a new start too...but not stitching. I am going to start walking again...now that the weather is better. Dianntha

  7. Hey Jeanne, Love your new 'cubby' it is a great place to put your little tsotchkes in.

    I also have With My Needle kitted up and will be doing this with a friend from England as a SAL. What is interesting is that I know Heidi, to bad we didn't connect all the dots it could have been a 4 way SAL, since my friend Angela also knows Heidi!!

    Chat with you soon - have a great week.

  8. Very pretty new start and your quilt is lovely too!

  9. I love your new start. I keep thinking about doing that one too, especially after seeing Terri's last year. Love your quilt progress and love the curio shelving. Such a great way to display little treasures.

  10. Great start on With My Needle.

    Love your little cabinet - you could put stitched pieces in it like those bloggers (mainly French) are putting in printers drawers. If you want further information about this - email me!

  11. Hi Jeanne! No way will I finish this before you. I worked on it two days and it is sitting on my table staring at me now...lol. I need to show my start but am a bit bruised from bad blogging at the moment. Will try to get to it soon.

    I love your curio cabinet! How sweet the little numbers are on it. And I am enjoying seeing some of your treasures. You can see them so well putting them in the cabinet.

    The quilt looks fabulous! What adorable applique motifs you are using!

    Hugs from Holland ~

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  13. I love it, I love it, I love it! Your Pottery Barn purchase is FABULOUS!!!!! :D I grew up (for a few years anyway) in a motel and this just brings back such memories!!!

    Your newest start is pretty fab, too. :)

  14. Great start on WMN, Jean! I absolutely love how it turned out and will enjoy watching your progress. The quilt is going to be so special and your little cubby box is charming. I love how it's numbered and your pincushions and other treasures look great tucked inside.

  15. Your new start is lovely. I look forward to watching it grow. I absolutely love your applique.

  16. Your new start is gorgeous! I love the border and the color of the silk is wonderful.

    I love your display for your little bits and bobs but I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the story of your first pincushion. It makes the piece most special!

  17. Hi Jeanne - Just catching up on your blog again and I LOVE the facelift - I am very impressed with how you have your WIP's running on the right border - so cool - Love the Pottery Barn piece - it will be so fun to fill it with your collectibles and all your special smalls. I'm stitching Plymouth too but have not touched it since fall - so it is inspiring to see yours and all your other lovely works - That design board is a very neat thing esp for quilters. take care happy stitching mel

  18. A lovely new start. Love the new cabinet piece.


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