Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest Exchange 2014

Look what I received today from the mailman.  I joined the Harvest Exchange led by Dixie Sampler a couple of months ago and today my exchange arrived from Shelly.


Here is what it looked like in the box.

Everything was wrapped seperately.  It was SO much fun to open each item:)


These are the two stitched and finished pieces Shelly did for me.  I just love them. 
I will think about Shelly each time I look at these pieces.  I do feel like I am Queen of quite alot--at least of all my stitching and quilting things.  Sometimes way to much!!!


Shelly also included this WTNT chart and the threads for it.  How great is that.

 Then there was this fabric and wool pieces--always handy to have.


 Shelly did her work in finding out what I liked as she sent these scissors, frame and size 28 needles which I love.

 And linen is always a good thing.  Here is some 32 count Natural Belfast.  I am sure I have a good use for this.


What exchage would not be complete without some chocolate and Lindt none the less!!


This is just a picture of the complete package.  I feel really lucky to get such a wonderful package in the mail.  This certainly made for a very good Monday:))))

I hope your Monday is just as great.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.



Joan

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Surprise Scissors:)

Yesterday I received a surprise in the mail.  My hubby ordered these new 
Gingher Designer scissors--Eve, for me. 
He is such a good hubby.  He knows my obsession:)

 Gingher 4" Designer Scissors--"Eve"

 I have been doing some sewing this last weekend and made a couple more pouches.
I did some tweeking and I am finally happy with how to construct these babies.
The blue and white pouch was posted a week or so ago and was my prototype.

 This pouch was just another take on the design.

I have been wanting to try my hand at this type of pouch and I do like the 
way it turned out.  I really enjoy making these stitching pouches.
You just can't have too many pouches--can you??

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sewing--What???

I spent most of yesterday sewing.  I had cut out quite a few things and I sewed my heart out.



This is a pouch pattern I have had forever and decided it was time to try it out.  I like how it turned out although I may tweak the pattern a bit.  I have some ideas to make it a bit easier so we'll see how that goes.  The fabric for this pouch is Blackbird Designs Blueberry Crumb cake.


 Next up is another bag which I made with this years Quilt Minnesota fabric.  Every year about 70 Quilt shops here in Minnesota have a shop hop for 17 days and of course there is fabric to go with the hop.  I try to always buy some fabric and make something, so here is this years project.



This is a view of the back of the pouch which I discovered I put on upside down:{.  I guess I didn't think the design was directional!!!  Oh well.  Just wanted to give you a look at the print as it is different towns in Minnesota.


 These are some bags I made for fun.  Really liked the fabric and since I always say I have pencils in my eyes when I am frustrated or upset I thought this fabric was appropriate:}  Actually I think I say:  "I want to poke pencils in my eyes." 

 Then my daughter Chastity bought me this fabric so I made some bags to do some organizing of my stitching/sewing accessories.


These are some pencil pouches for the grandkids.  I made some for the 2 oldest grandkids for school so since I had some left over fabric from other projects I thought I would get a jump on having a few done for the rest of the grandkids.  I have made so many of these type of pouches I can make them in my sleep!!!

 Now for some retreat update.  I stitched is during retreat and then finished it into a pillow.
I just love this design and I really like using sawdust for stuffing.


I also stitched these ornies.  I have one more to make before Christmas. 
Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings--Santa Knows.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 8-7-2014
Finished 8-8-2014
The small bells will be used on the tip of  Santa's hat.

Well there's a bit of a catch up on what I have been up to.  Hope everyone is having a great week.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Retreat 2014

It's that time of year again!!  Time for our annual retreat.
This years theme is Christmas in August.



I always make these vinyl bags.  I also make coordinating pillow covers.  
We all have our own color as you can tell by the zippers.  Makes it easier to tell who's is who's.


First up are the goodies we each received from Jackie.  She always stitches up a coaster for each of us.  So we have a theme coaster from all 9 of our last themed retreats.  We also got a bowl for snacks, and a cup, some buttons, an ornie, some stickers and a needle minder. 
Thanks, Jackie. 

 These gifties are from Jill--Purple Peacock.
We received a cute tray, socks, a very cute thread ring, Santa scissors 
and a charm--not pictured.  Of course all theme related.
Thank you Jill.

 Next up is Lori's goodies for us.  We got some paper plates, wrapping tape, a very appropriate dish with the words Be Merry printed on it that look like cross stitch, a tin and scissors charm and some holiday chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
Thanks, Lori 



Here are my stitching bags with the goodies I included.  A pillow cover for our small pillow that we have had from a few retreats ago, some themed hand soap, tissues, a note pad, pen and pencil a small plastic box and some post-it notes.

Jackie and I did a little pre-retreat stitching yesterday and I started this piece.  I finished it today.
Heartstring Samplery--Sweet Land of Liberty.  Stitched on 32 count linen I coffee dyed/baked using overdyed threads.
Started 8-5-2014
Finished 8-6-2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fair Results!!!!

Well the results are in.  I entered 5 pieces and came home with 5 ribbons--3 Blue Ribbons and 2 Red Ribbons.  

 Here I am in front of the of the wall where my three framed pieces hung.  The one right over my shoulder which was Salute to Abigail and Christmas Garden on the top of the same row.
 Here is Holy Moses.  As you can see it took home a Red Ribbon.  Here is what the comment said:
"Beautiful-Very nice stitching--even and consistent--colors are nice too--like the tea dying for an antique look to complement the old frame:)"

 Again this is the wall with a view of all my pieces.
The comments on my other two frame pieces were:
Salute to Abigail-received a first place ribbon -"Beautifully done!  Wow--Stitches are so even and consistent--very nice!  Like the beige fabric color with the blue frame--Sharp contrast!  Good job:)"

Christmas Garden--received a second place ribbon.  "Nice color choice--very even stitching--frame looks a little bold for the colors--maybe a matting piece would soften the look--but still very pretty! Good job:)"
 My Country pillow took first place.  The comment left for this piece was:
"Nice work.  Clean lines--Crisp cross stitches.  This was in the running for the pillow Champ."
I felt really good to hear it was in the running for the Champion pillow!!!

 My daughter Kelsey was taking the pictures so here I am in front of my pillow.

Last but not least here is my Gingerbread cupcake also took home a first.
No comment for this piece though.

I am happy with the results.  
Now on to the Minnesota State Fair.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Off to the County Fair!!!!

I just returned from the fairgrounds after dropping off these beauties.


Salute to Abigail, Holy Moses, Christmas Garden, My Country Pillow and the Gingerbread Cupcake.
It has been a few years since I have entered anything so we will see how I do.
Maybe I will enter the Minnesota State Fair too:)


Here is a close up of Salute to Abigail by Blackbird designs.
I decided to frame it.  Went to Michael's with a 60% off coupon.
I really like this frame.


This is the finished pillow of My Country by La D Da.
I am quite happy with this finish also.  I didn't get it done in time for the 4th though.

This is the Gingerbread Cupcake by Victoria Sampler.  I have had it done for a bit but hadn't glued it down.  I was trying to decided how to anchor it and went for the glue version.  

This is my current WIP. It is My Brother's Keeper by Plum Street Samplers.  
Sorry about the wrinkled look.  I have 5 more squares to do.  I am
really trying to stay on task and finish this instead of starting something new!

 These next two pictures are just a closed look at my WIP.


Thanks for stopping by and I will hopefully have a fair update next week.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Already

I can't believe that it is already the 9th of July.  The summer seems like it has hardly started and we are almost a third of the way through it.  I have been stitching up a storm for myself lately.  Now I need to do some finishing.  With that being said I just finished this stitch.


This is a Prim Sisters Club stitch by The Pinkeep called Old Flag Station.
It was stitched on 30 count cocoa with DMC threads all included in the kit.
Started 7-7-2014
Finished 7-9-2014


Here is the back of the pillow with the fabric included in the kit.
I stuffed this pillow with sawdust.  This is the first time I have used sawdust.  I will have to say that I do like it.  It is really quite light but firmly stuffed.  I usually use crushed walnut shells which I also like but depending on the size of the pillow it can get a bit heavy.
One of the challenges of using sawdust is finding it.  I went to a local lumberyard  and they gave me a bag full.  It can be hit or miss on whether they have it or not.  But I will be using it again.


Here is Threadwork Primitives Beggar's 4th.  I stitched it on 36 count coffee dyed/baked linen by myself using DMC threads.
Started 6-12-2014
Finished 6-19-2014
Should have gotten it finished before the 4th but it just didn't happen.

Primitive Stitchin--Freedom Crow stitched on 28 count hand dyed linen by myself with DMC threads.
Started 6-25-2014
Finished 6-26-2014


La D Da--My Country stitched on 32 count unknown linen with DMC threads.
Started 6-26-2014
Finished 7-2-2014

 The Pinkeep--Pledge Allegiance 1892 stitched on 32 count Dirty linen with Sampler Threads.
Started 7-2-2014
Finished 7-7-2014

This is the frame I found in my stash that I think will work for this piece.

Well there is a bit of a catch up on what I have been doing since I last posted at least stitching wise.  I have also been doing some sewing/quilting and taking care of grandkids plus trying to get to the gym 3 days a week along with walking and spending time with my hubby:)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the weather--it is gorgeous here today!!!