Friday, August 5, 2016

Grand Champion



Just a quick post to show the results of one of my county fair entries.
This piece is from Ladies Prim Society club.  It is called Once Upon a Summer by
Heartstring Samplery.

I have another seven pieces in the fair but I will have to post about them later as I don't have
any pictures of them.  My daughter took the pictures when she went out to the fair and
she posted this one on her Facebook page and I got the picture from there.

I have also been on retreat here at my house with three of my stitching cronies.  We
started on Wednesday and will go through tomorrow(Sat) so I will be posting
about that adventure too:)

Have a great weekend.

Joan

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

County Fair Results and Patriotic Basket

Here are the results of the pieces I took to the Ramsey County Fair.



This is Quaker Rose by Stickideen Von der Wiehenburg which took 1st place,

The next two are I pledge by La D Da, and Free and Brave by Drawn Thread.

Shepherd's Bush Stocking and a Little House Needlework ornie.

Here are Betsy's tart by Plum Street Samplers and another LHN piece called with Liberty and Justice that I made into a pillow.

So all in all I entered 7 pieces, won five 1st place ribbons and two 2nd place ribbons.
Not to bad.  Now I am off to another county fair next week.


My friend Jackie and I stitched this pattern by Manni Di Donna called Patriotic Days.
Then yesterday we finished them into these baskets.  They turned out so cute.


My basket is the one with the blue lining and Jackie's is of course the other one.
Now we have a fob and floss tag to finish which goes with these baskets.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Some more Patriotic finishes....




Still on a Patriotic roll!!!!


I finished this flag wall hanging/table topper on Monday, so a week after the 4th.
I am so happy with how this turned out, I just love it:)


Next up are these Shepherd Bush Americana trifles.  I have had this pattern for a bit and decided it was time the get them done.


Shepherd's Bush Grand Old Flag.
Stitched on 32 count natural with DMC threads.
Started 7-4-2016
Finished 7-5-2016
I still need to attach ribbon on this pillow.


Shepherd's Bush Free.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started and finished 7-2-2016


Shepherd's bush Liberty.
Stitched on 32 count natural polka dot with DMC threads.
Started and finished 7-3-2016
Again need to add the ribbon.

Here are 4 of our six grands on the 4th.  These four live near us.
They are Finnegan-2, Charlie-3, Silas-6 and my namesake Everleigh Joan-3.
I tie dyed these t-shirts.  They turned out pretty good, although I messed up on the blue part on Charlie's shirt.  If you look at him from behind then the design is right:) 


Here I am with the three who would take another picture, Finnegan decided he had enough. 


 Not a patriotic but summer finish.  Aren't these flip flops just to cute.  Two of my stitching buds and myself stitched these. Jackie and I finished these up yesterday.
Jill I am ready to help to finish yours when you come over:)

 Lila's Studio--Barefoot Days of Summer.
Stitched on 40 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started first one 6-24-2016 
Finished 6-28-2016
Started second one 6-29-2016
Finished 7-2-2016

 Here is my Quaker Rose finally framed.
I took this piece and a few more to a local county fair.
I will see tomorrow how I did.

Thanks for stopping by and keep stitching:)

Joan



Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 4th of July

First I want to say Happy 4th of July:)  
Since it is the 4th I have been on a roll with Patriotic stitches and I have been loving it.


So I am starting out with a picture of all the pieces I have stitched this year.

 BBD-American Eagle from their book Sweet Land of Liberty.
Stitched on 32 count clay with DMC threads.
Started 6-16-2016
Finished 6-23-2016
I even had this frame in my stash which I think worked out perfectly.

Just a quick note, I have manage to stitch each one of the designs on the cover 
of this book.  Two last year and two this year.  I was part of the club for the piece in 
the upper left hand corner.

 Drawn Thread-Free and Brave.
Stitched on 32 count summer khaki with DMC.
Started 6-11-2016
Finished 6-20-2016
Again I got lucky and had this frame in my stash.

 LHN-Liberty and Justice stitched on 28 count lambswool with DMC threads.
Had this in my stash for quite sometime.
Started 6-9-2016
Finished 6-10-2016

 LHN-Little Liberty Lady stitched on 28 count linen I dyed with DMC threads
Started 6-8-2016
Finished 6-9-2016

 LHN-Old Glory stitched on 28 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 6-27-2016
Finished 6-29-2016
I have had this in my stash for a while, finally got to stitching it
.
 Fabric on the back of Old Glory.

 Shepherds Bush-Free from Americana Trifles booklet.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
I stitched this up just last night was a very quick stitch.
Started and Finished 7-2-2016

 Keeping with the Patriotic theme, I had to sew some pouches for my patriotic patterns.
These pouches are approximately 13 inches wide by 11 inches high.

 Here is the back side of the pouch.  I love this fabric.

 Another pouch.

 Back side of pouch.

 One more pouch.  I do love this combination too.

 Back side of pouch.

I make these pouches to sell.  I also make a smaller version which measures approximately 8 x 11.
I can make these to order too.  
You can check out my shoppe tab to see what I have in my inventory to sell.
These make very good project pouches as you can see exactly what you have in there.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Patriotic Finishes...

I have been quite busy with stitching and finishing.  
Here are just a couple of my most recent Finishes.

 La-D-Da--I pledge stitched on 28 count antique ivory with DMC threads.
I have had this in my stash for a long time.  It was a quick stitch.  I had this old frame in my 
stash.  It needed a little bit of love to fix it as it was a very loose frame.  Thank goodness
that I have a hubby who is very handy as he fixed it right up.  I think this frame was perfect.
Started 5-8-2016
Finished 5-15-2016
 Next is Plum Street Samplers- Betsy's Tart.  Now I saw this idea on FB.  Reflections Framing and Stitching shop in Papillion, Nebraska took this clock from Hobby Lobby and sprayed it and changed up the thread colors.  So I did go out and buy the clock and my hubby sprayed it for me and I used DMC threads to stitch it.  I love this idea and the way it turned out.
Started 5-18-2016
Finished 5-20-2016

Lastly I stitched Plum Street Samplers-John and Abigail.
This was stitched on 32 count linen I coffee dyed with DMC.
I just finished it into a pillow today.
Started 5-21-2016
Finished 5-26-2016

I have been finishing a lot of stitching projects that have been in totes for a long time.
I hope to post a picture of all the things I have been finishing.

Have a safe and fun Memorial weekend, remember all those who have served and died for us to enjoy our freedom.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Patriotic Finish...

Last Friday my stitching bud Jackie and I made a trip to our LNS--Stitchville and I picked up Blackbird Designs book Sweet Land of Liberty.

I couldn't wait to start this project:


 This design is called Sweet Land of Liberty.  I stitched it on
32 count Clay with DMC Threads.
Started 5-15-2016
Finished 5-18-2016
I did tweak this a bit.  I should have cut the mounting board a bit larger so that it
would have maybe covered the top of the candlestick more.  So my modification was a twisted
cord to put around the edge.  
 Another view.  Thanks to my hubby for spray painting the candlestick.
I love how it turned out.  
One thing I would like to mention is that the design is bigger than the top of
this candlestick, which I guessed surprised me.  So a bit of the design is under
the edge of the mounting board.  Which worked out fine, I just thought in my little head
more of the design would show.

My grandson Silas wanted a checkerboard that he could fold up for traveling, so 
a quick trip to JoAnn's grandma found some checkerboard fleece.
Then I cut out some felt circles.  
Traveling checkerboard!!!
Needless to say I am a hero in his eyes:)

Now a quick plug for Olfa cutters.  I bought this cutter awhile ago to cut circles.
Let me tell you it worked great for the felt circles I needed for the checkerboard
and for the circle I needed for my candlestick project which was cut out of
mat board.  I would highly recommend this handy tool.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Famous or infamous---A quick post

A few months ago I was contacted by Cross Stitch Collection magazine.
They were interested in featuring me in their Online Stitching Stars!!!
Well I am featured in the May issue!!


 Here it is.

This is the article--well at least a glimpse.

Kind of fun being in a magazine.

My small brush with fame!!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to be posting about a few finishes I've
completed recently.