Laura & Me at The Inspired Needle in Lemont Illinois -
two happy stitching bloggers!
I do have some finishes to share. I had fun stitching the "Forever Young" sampler from Heartstring Samplery with a friend - we did it pretty quickly and it was fun cheering each other on. I used some of my own thread substitutions and I did use just one thread instead of 2 in the greenery of the big fruit bowl as it seemed to let the "fruits" stand out a bit more. This one is going to the bottom of the big framing pile for the time being because I have 3 pieces out being framed now and a few more waiting in the wings. If anyone would like this pattern I will pass it along- just leave a comment stating you'd be interested in having it and I'll draw a name at the end of this week and send it to you.
"Forever Young" by Heartstring Samplery
It's been awhile since I've done much quilting but I had a chance to go to an open sewing day at a quilt shop near me a few weeks back. They had a local quilt designer there all day and we had a blast - they were giving away all sorts of goodies all day and having raffles and it was nice just having an entire day to sit and sew again. I've got a pile going of little stitched projects I am reworking/repurposing. Some pieces I just didn't like how they were framed years back or my skills had improved and I wanted to redo the finishing. I took 2 older pieces and put them on the front of 2 lined project bags I made. I really like how they turned out and it was fun seeing some old projects get a new life! I also finished up a little pincushion kit I had picked up a few years ago in a quilt store - the quilt block is called "Arizona" and it came with a matching little charm. It's stuffed with crushed walnut shells - lots of tiny tiny pieces to sew together!
I was getting in the Christmas spirit early this year doing a bit of finishing for a cyber buddy....I can't believe that we are the second quarter of the year already. The top piece is mounted to a fabric-covered board to hang on a door and the other pieces were finished as ornaments. I love all of them!
"Jingle as Ye Enter, Jingle as Ye Go" - design by Nancy at Victorian Motto
This is a little Prairie Schooler Santa finished as a flat ornie
(yes we have grass during the winter here LOL)
And I think these are Lizzie Kate designs but not entirely sure now...
I had grand intentions of stitching an ornament a month this year but my life has just been way too hectic. I did stitch this little JBW design which has been in my stash a long time...it's a little too big to be an ornament so I think I'll make it into a little flatfold hopefully soon. For some reason this little piece seemed to be cursed, I kept making mistake after mistake after mistake. I finally finished the wording along the bottom as the last part when I noticed that the chart has two different capital P's used for Plum and Pudding. So I had to rip out one of them and redo that as well but it's finally done.
"Plum Pudding" by JBW Designs
stitched on WDW Cocoa linen with DMC
Now I have to get busy stitching on a present I'm making for my mom...