Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Wow it's August already!

Hello dear readers - can you believe how fast the time is slipping by us? I've been stitching and stitching in between entertaining houseguests and all sorts of other activities. I hope you all are enjoying your summertime. I thought I'd post an update of some of my WIP's - I've been rotating among a few different things trying to make progress.

I got in a 'bag' mood a couple weeks ago and made a whole bunch of project bags with a Mary Engelbreit theme. I love the black fabric with the cherries which I found at Joann's of all places - in fact I went and bought some very similar fabric they had that I'm going to use to make some appliance covers for my kitchen (yet another project waiting for me). I even make little matching labels on my computer - yes I'm kooky! I tried my first 'snap' bag from a pattern I bought awhile back in a quilt store. It's just a fun little bag to make and use. The top has a casing sewn into it, and in there you insert lengths cut off from a metal measuring tapes like a carpenter uses. Then you use the side tabs to pull the bag open - sort of like an old-fashioned coin purse. I had no one here when I was taking photos today to hold the bag open so I propped it open for a photo. I sent a bunch of these bags to my sister who has some Mary Engelbreit themes going in her craft room/office and I kept the rest for myself. You can never have too many bags!

I'm a little late with my monthly update on Goode Huswife's "With My Needle". Heidi and I have been doing an SAL but with no timeframes attached. We are both coming along - this is a great sampler. I'm loving it but starting to get a little dizzy going around and around all the swirls LOL.

I also started Little House Needleworks "My Needle's Work" a little while ago - it's a nice easy stitch - good for TV watching as the count is 32 on this and bigger than my other projects. I decided to give my lady a teal dress instead of drab brown.

I've also been stitching a lot on my Pride & Prejudice sampler - will post an update the end of this week on that. Right now it' s a bit too wrinkly and I don't feel like taking it off my Qsnaps to photograph it. I'm excited that I scored something on eBay this morning that I've been wanting for awhile - this is one of the little Whitman tins I've been wanting but didn't have. I have all of Jane Timmers' patterns for the little sewing smalls that go with the tins but was missing this tin and the miniature Cloisonne tin which I hope someday to find as well. There was one more of these on eBay available if anyone is looking - http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Tin-Container-Whitmans-Sampler-Chocolate-Empty-/300431204426?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f318604a

Until next time may your stitching be fast and no frogs visit you!


  1. I know, isn't it amazing that it's August? I love your bags -- so cool! And your WIPs are wonderful too. I want to stitch the With my Needle piece someday. Congrats on scoring the last Whitman tin too!

  2. You have some great WIPs on the go, all of designers I love, too. And those bags are so cool. You are right - one can't have enough of them.

  3. Love your bags they look lovely and what a great idea.

  4. Your stitching looks great! I would probably pick a different colour than brown for your lady's dress as well. I think the teal will be very pretty.

  5. your bags look great Jeanne - you are so creative ! Somehow I missed your previous post with all your framed pieces WOW - that sampler from the Treasures mag is exquisite - I know you must be thrilled to pieces. Progress on all your WIPS looks great - Q&Q is coming along. can't wait to see an update of the P&P - A friend of mine "Jackie" won your Plymouth giveaway and she was so excited - she has wanted it since seeing my WIP which is woefully neglected I might add. enjoying reading your comment on my blog about being a 'stones' fan - too bad you missed Robert when he played in Phoenix on this tour. Mel

  6. Your ME bags are sooo cute! What fun you and your sis will have using them ;)

    Beautiful stitching too!

  7. Love all your bags -- too cute.

    Your WIP's are great too. What a neat idea to change out the color of the dress. I wish I had thought of that.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Your bags are fantastic! Love your WIP too.

  9. Great stitching projects, and wonderful bags! :D

  10. Your bags are lovely, congratulations. Nice progress on your wips

  11. Wow, August already, I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I'm enjoying mine. The bags you have made are so sweet and you've made excellent progress on your WIPs. Keep up the good stitching!

  12. What ever so cute ME bags and so useful too! Love them....also excited for you to find that tin. Had I known I would have sent you one!

    Your stitching is wonderful, I had not yet had the pleasure of visiting your blog, but so glad I 'found' you...I will be returning!! Your wip is looking gorgeous!!

  13. Love those bags! You're right--you can never have too many.

    Heidi looks like she'll be finished soon. She's looking good and I'll look forward to seeing her finished!

  14. Those bags are so cute and I think I get what you did for the closure. Humm....think DH would mind if I destroyed his tape measure for the sake of a bag??? Yep, I think he would...lol.

    You are really stitching up a storm and your WMN SAL is so much farther than mine. I keep putting the focus on other projects. I too love making the swirls. Makes me think of ice cream and chocolate sauce. :-)

    I am so back with old memories when I see your Whitman's tin. Every Christmas, my brothers, sister and I would buy my mother a box of Whitman's sampler chocolates. She just loved it. Each year, she would open the box and say...okay, who wants the Whitman sampler boy...and pick one of us. It was so special to be able to eat that one piece out of her box of chocolates. *sigh* What a fun memory and thanks for bringing it back to me.

    Hugs from Holland ~


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