Monday, March 5, 2012

Saturday stitching with friends and some finishes...

Cathy B organized a stitching day on Saturday at Rosebud's Cottage-- quilt shop in White Bear Lake, MN which has a very nice classroom. So I got to spend sometime with some of my close stitching buds and some new ones.

Here is a picture of the group.

We had a little show and tell at the stitching event. I wish I would have taken a picture of all the goodies but I did get a picture of Jill and my Busy Needle pillows.

So while I was there I was working on this project. It is the Little House Needleworks and Shakespeare's Peddler "2012 Nashville exclusive kit" I started "Gentle Stitches" on Friday and finished it up Saturday night. I started "Stitchers heart" on Sunday and finished it up this morning.

Then I got busy this morning and did the finishing. Here is my Gentle Stitches roll. I finished it a bit different from the instructions. I cut a piece of wool felt and rolled it up. Then I turned the sides in and also folded up and long ends so when I wrapped the stitching around the wool the ends would meet.
I did finish the ends with wool as instructed.


I added a magnet to the inside of the roll where the spool of thread was stitched.



Then I finished the Stitcher's Heart. I also did my own thing when finishing this heart. I put some interfacing on the back of the stitching and the backing fabric and I machine stitched the piece, left an opening on the side of the heart and then stuffed it and hand sewed the opening closed.
Again I put a magnet on the inside of the pillow where the work needle was. I just like that little added effect. The fabric in the back ground is what I used on the back of the pillow. I thought it matched the piece almost perfectly:)


Here are both of the pieces. I stitched them on 32 count Country French Chantilly with the threads provided in the kit. This was a fun and pretty quick stitch. I really enjoyed stitching them.





29 comments:

JillMN said...

Oh my goodness, Joan! You are done with those already! They turned out beautifully!

Faye said...

Your project is just perfect my friend...I love the designs and you are quite the finisher.... Very nice~~~

You girls look like you had fun, fellowship and made some more good memories....I am so happy you can get together like you do....

Take care, Faye

Diana said...

Both of the pieces look lovely!

Julie M said...

Wow! You're fast! They turned out great! Love that heart from Little House.

Karen said...

Your needle must have been smoking! Love both of your finishes and love the little magnet detail for your needle. Very clever.

Stitching with friends always makes your stitches sweeter... looks like y'all had a good time.

happy stitching....

~*Shar*~ said...

Beautiful stitching as always; I love the LHN new chart; it's diffidently on my "to do" list. I just recieved my Busy Needle pattern today; can't wait to get it done..

Hugs, Shar

Deb said...

Oh wow Joan - your two pieces look wonderful! I've seen that kit and while I loved the heart, I wasn't too impressed with the needle roll - maybe because the colors didn't look as bright as what you've stitched. I think I'm going to have to rethink a purchase because I love yours!

Christine said...

Love those two new pieces ~ great job!

Laura said...

Wow!!!!!!! Such gorgeous finishes! Talk about hot off the press!!! Great job and thanks for sharing!!!

Deborah said...

WOW! Both pieces are beautiful and I love the finishing.

Mrs. DillyDally said...

I am always impressed by the way in which you finish your projects...each and everyone is lovely! What fun to meet at Rosebud's cottage! Can't wait to see her new digs when I visit next summer!

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous finishes.

Yvon (jioya) said...

They both look very good, i love your idea with the magnet.

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs Yvon.

Chris said...

Wow Joan! What wonderful pieces and finishing! Lovely :)

Deb said...

I absolutely love how you finished your LHN/SP pieces!!! The magnet idea is too cute!!

Karen said...

I'm rather new to the blog- reading and what fun to find beautiful stitching going on in my neighborhood....White Bear Lake!

Nicola said...

Congratulations of two beautiful finishes. I love the magnet idea and will be using this.

It is so nice to get together with friends that share your passion.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What super cute finishes! I love the fabric you chose for your LHN pieces. Very nice!

Sally said...

Your finishes are absolutely beautiful! I've got the LHN/ Shakespeare's Peddler on order :)

Mindi said...

Wow! You really stitched and finished those up quickly! I love both of them, and thanks for posting the tips on how you did the finishing.

Cathy B said...

Awesome finishing Joan! I took these with me to LAX hoping I'd find some time to start stitching them - sadly, no time for stitching...Glad you had fun on Saturday.

Melody said...

I can't believe how quickly you got these stitched up! Way to go! They are on my 'want it' list from Market.

I also was surprised to read that you all met in White Bear Lake at the quilt shop there!! My sister lives in WBL and hubby and I visit them at least a couple times a year.

Katrina said...

Cute, cute, cute finish!!!!! Looks like such a nice weekend too :-).

Kathy A. said...

Beautiful beautiful set. I like the addition of the magnet too.

valerie said...

Wow, what a beautiful set!

Veronica said...

Your finishings are absolutely perfect! That heart is adorable and I love how the needleroll has a button attached to the side.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Mouse said...

ohhh wow ... looks you had a wonderful time and you managed to get them stitched and finished beautifully too :) these are on my to get list :) love mouse xxxx

pj said...

Great finishes Joan! Beautiful items and you have great finishing talent. :) Can I send you mine to put together too??? ha!!!

pjh

Just Me and My Shadow said...

This is just lovely and what a great idea to add the magnet.

Chrissie