Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall in Minnesota, some WIP's and another bad habit!!

First off I thought I would show a tree that is in our backyard.  This fall has been pretty nice but windy.
As the trees are turning color we really have a beautiful one right off our deck.

 This is a view right out our sliding glass door.

 Next up is a WIP.  This is Primitive Traditions--Quaker Pocket Needfuls-A Petite Huswif.  I think I started this about 2-3 years ago.  I had the bottom motif done.  I picked it up again on 10-11-2014 and finished it on 10-17-2014.  It really stitched up quick not sure why it sat so long.  It was stitched on 40 count fawn with Belle Soie.  Now I need to get the finishing done.
I have been trying to finish some of my WIP's!!! It's especially hard when I would like to start something new.


Speaking of which, I had this piece in my to do pile and decided to treat myself for getting a WIP finished!!  This is Blackbird Designs--Give Thanks Sewing box top.  
Stitched on 30 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 10-17-2014
Finished 10-21-2014

Now for the bad habit.  I went to a small Quilt show that was about 2 blocks from my house at the Junior High School.  One of the vendors there was a wool designer--One Wing Wool.
She had some really cute designs.  I have been wanting to try some wool fun and saw this cute owl and since one of my daughters collects owls I thought I would try my hand at this.  Here is the end result a really cute pin pillow.  I walked out of that little shop $53 lighter.  Now did I need another bad habit-NO, but I really enjoyed this new hobby:)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

State Fair report

This has been a long time in coming.  I meant to post about the Minnesota State Fair but my daughter had the pictures and as usual life is busy!  But here we go.

First up is Patches of Life which took 1st place.  I received 95 out of a 100 points.  Some of the comments were:  "Nice frame for piece, piece appears wavy as set behind frame, very even stitching.
This is a lovely piece. Ground fabric shows through in a few darker stitched areas--stitching tension??
It appears there are some thread tail shadows? or is it the fabric?"  
Well I did dye the fabric myself so there are darker areas and I did frame it myself. 
Sorry for the bad picture but pieces were not always in a good spot to take photos.


Blackbird Designs--Salute to Abigail another 1 st place ribbon.  Received 97 out of 100 points.
Comments: "Frame complements piece nicely.
This is a very nice piece.  Ground fabric shows through in a few darker areas--stitch tension?
Did you use a laying tool?"
OK, are you kidding??  I don't use a laying tool when cross stitching.  Interesting comments.


The Primitive Hare--Needlewoman second place ribbon.  Received 84 out of 100 points.
Comments: "Hard to identify purpose of piece--Needleroll? Purse?
Nice theme:) Black thread carried between letters shows through the linen.  Watch stitch tension."
Again not sure why she didn't know it was a needlebook, must not have opened it up.  And I agree about the black thread but hard to just stitch on stitch in those areas.


Blackbird Designs--Christmas Garden another second place ribbon.  Recieved 94 out of 100 points.
Comments: " Lovely colors.  Fabric wavy behind frame.
Very attractive piece.  There appears to be some thread tails showing below some of the lettering.  Some twisted threads--did you use a laying tool?  Background shows through some of the darker stitched areas."
Not sure what is meant by the last statement, again I did frame the piece myself.



La D Da--My Country Tis of Thee pillow second place ribbon.  95 out of 100 points.
Comments:"Nicely Finished--corners need more stuffing.
Sweet pillow:) Background fabric shows through darker areas of stitching.  Stitch tension?


With Thy Needle and Thread--Needleworker Sampler third place ribbon.  93 out of 100 points.
Comments:"Piece a bit wavy--more streching?  Appears to need more pressing or to be stretched more.
This is a very pretty piece.  Very delicate work.  Some stitches seem uneven."
I really like this piece and again framed by me:)

Blackbird Designs--Song of Spring fourth place ribbon.  94 out of 100 points.  
Comments:"Piece is not exactly square behind frame. Stitching is even.
This is a very pretty piece. Nice square stitch.  Some stitches pulled a bit tight."
The frame for this piece was not square because I repurposed the frame, probably 
why it wasn't square.  Sometimes I do wonder about the comments. But all in all I am happy
with my pieces.  

I also entered Holy Moses but it didn't place.  This picture was from the County Fair.  Had to use this picture as the one from the State Fair got lost somehow.

So there are the fair results.  Hope I didn't bore you to death!!!  I will be entering some things
next year:)
Happy Stitching!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Some seasonal finishes

I did some finishing yesterday.
Here are the results:


 Blackbird Designs--Cats on Parade.
Stitched on 30 count linen that I tea dyed with
DMC threads.
Started 9-18-2014
Finished 10-1-2014

 This is just another view of the drum.  I think it turned out quite well although I had a little trouble
with the top.  I think my next drum will go better.  I stuffed this with sawdust.



The Scarlett House--Pumpkins and Bittersweet stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 10-7-2014
Finished 10-10-2014
This was a fun and quick stitch.

 Threadwork Primitives--Jack in the Hat stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen with DMC.
Started 10-6-2014
Finished 10-7-2014
Another fun stitch.  Made this into a bag, just don't have the handle on the bag yet.  I need to get the linen ribbon for it.

Here is a picture of the fabric I used for the pillow and the bag.  
Cute little pumpkins!!!

 Lizzie Kate--Sled Dudes stitched on perforated paper with DMC.
Started and Finished 10-2-2014
This pattern was just to cute of pass up  I will be stitching the other two designs soon.

I have also been doing some sewing and some stitching on WIP's.  I did get one WIP stitched and I have to finish the framing and then I will post on it.
I also wanted to post on my State Fair results but need to get the pictures from my daughter.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Weather here in Minnesota is fairly nice:)


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