I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments on my Quakers & Quilts finish - it really warmed my heart and is much appreciated!
I've been making good progress on Christmas Rules - still enjoying stitching this one. I am down to the last 4 'rules' and should be able to finish it this month. I want to be able to get it to my framer before the holiday rush so I can have it ready to hang for Christmas. I have a long narrow sampler already hanging in my foyer and it will be a perfect place to swap in this piece come December. (and my husband will be glad I don't have to put another nail in the walls LOL)
I've been so good about working on my WIPs lately but I'm getting a case of start-itis. The 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy reminded me that I had bought this BBD pattern way back in 2002. (where the heck did those years go??) Attic Needlework gave out a complimentary addition to the chart - some words and the date to commemorate 9-11-01 at the bottom. It's sad that it's a whole 9 years later and I still haven't gotten it stitched! I decided I would get going finally stitch it this month. Here's my start so far.
The chart specifies using 30-ct fabric but I used some scrap 40-ct linen I had and some Gloriana red silk. Unfortunately I didn't realize the added words at the bottom were charted as over-one - well that just isn't going to happen - over-one on 40-ct linen is too hard for me so I will rechart the words as over-two instead. It's weird but sometimes I can stitch easily on 40-ct and other times I am really struggling - I use my lighted magnifier all the time so can't quite figure it out. This project is rather hard for me to stitch on... I wonder if any of you notice a difference between 40-ct linen from different manufacturers? Are some 'tighter' than others??
I've been doing more sewing than stitching over the past 2 weeks. I finally finished a king-sized quilt top I started about 2 years ago - I am SO-O-O-O happy! I've already ironed it all and have it hanging ready to take to a long-arm quilter in a few months (I try to space out my custom quilting and framing...$$$....you know how that is). I don't have a big photo of it to show you. It's a subtle quilt - an antique reproduction so it's doesn't have a lot of 'wow' factor. The beauty of it I think will really come out once it's custom-quilted. Back when I purchased everything for this quilt I got a whole bolt of one fabric because I needed almost 10 yards just for the back of the quilt. A bolt has 15 yards on it and I got a good discount which made it worth buying. I think this may be the last king-sized quilt I make - it's tough working with something that big and also a real pain trying to iron it once it's all together! If I count up all the materials, plus what it's going to cost me to get it quilted, this quilt is costing me close to $500. Quilting isn't a cheap hobby that's for sure - not with the cost of most fabric being $9-10 per yard these days. That doesn't even count 2 years of my time. Believe me, it was a thrill putting a big line through this entry on my WIP list! I'll be back with some photos around Feb or March of next year when I get it back from the quilter.
Lately I haven't been tempted too much to bring home more stash - as Martha Stewart says, "it's a good thing" LOL. I have so much already that I want to stitch...however I did recently pick up these from Threadwork Primitives...it's all Faye's fault as I fell in love with her "Pride & Glory" finish. I want to get started on this cute autumn-themed one with the witch's hat. I'm so glad that new designers keep coming to our world since some of our favorites have quit the business during the last few years. I guess part of it is the economy and so many crafters doing other things like knitting, scrapbooking, etc. I know that some of the designers have also cited issues with copyright abuse which makes me very sad. It's great that we sell or trade our used charts or stash we no longer want, but I continue to support the hard work of the needlework designers. I'm relieved to know there's no danger we'll run out of things to stitch!