Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A finish, an update and a new start...

Hi everyone!  I’m happy to report a finish this time round as I put the final stitches in BBD’s Spring Tulips last week.

BBD Spring Tulips - Stitched on 32ct Antique White using the suggested threads

I did make some changes in this one.  The year is stitched on either side of the middle tulip but when I’d done that, with a 5 in place of the original 1 (it was published in 2011), I didn’t care for it much.  It just looks too big and clumpy.  So out the date came and I just continued with adding a few blue off set squares which I figured tied in with the rest.  Then I decided against stitching my initials at the side, again, they were quite large when stitched, and filled that space in with some more blue motifs and was happy with how it turned out.

Next up, I’ve made some progress on Brenda Keyes’ Red House Sampler…

Using 32ct cream Belfast Linen and the suggested DMC

I need to get to some of the border vine as I don’t want to leave it to the end and then get totally bogged down in it.

Then, having finished Spring Tulips I wanted to have another smaller WIP.  Shepherd’s Bush Cherish Life has been sitting here a few weeks and I haven’t been great about keeping up to date with this series.  So, I started on that…..

I will say, I swapped out the fabric on this one.  The piece of linen in the kit was much darker than the fabric I’ve received in the earlier kits and I preferred to keep to similar shades.  I did some stash diving and came up with something that I felt was more alike.  I only started this one on Monday, and I haven’t had much stitching time, but it feels like it is stitching up quickly.

Happy days! My stitching mojo seems to be sticking around!  I have still been ‘good’ though and have just made a list of my ‘must haves’ from Market rather than giving in to the temptation of buying. 

Hope all is well with you and yours.  As always, thanks for your lovely comments, I am such an infrequent blogger these days and I really appreciate that people still take time to leave them.

Until next time….

Monday, March 9, 2015

Slow and steady....

I think is the best way to describe my stitching these days. I may not be managing a lot of stitching time but it’s happening most days, no matter the length and….it feels good!  I am feeling much more enthusiastic about stitching pieces and there were quite a few new releases at Market that sparked my interest although, I’m going to be good and not order anything just yet.

Well, a decision has finally been made as to the large project I want to work on this year.  I have to say, this one wasn’t in my plans at all, I had something else in mind, but my dear stitching friend Vicky – no blog but you’ll find her on IG under @vickyfa and if you’re on IG but aren’t familiar with her go check out all her lovely WIP’s – took me up on something I said and next thing I knew I was ordering a chart and the decision was made!

Along with Vicky, I’m going to be stitching The Red House Sampler from Brenda Keyes’ The Sampler Company.  You may remember that back in 2013 my project for that year was A Sampler Story where I stitched two blocks a year and managed to complete it.  Not much progress to share but, it’s a start!

Stitching this one on 32ct Belfast linen in cream, using the suggested DMC threads

I’ve been working on BBD’s Spring Tulips and would hope to be sharing a finish next time round….

Using suggested threads but changed linen to 32ct Antique White.

Then, I’m still managing my Christmas stitching on a Sunday and finally was in the mood to start adding the backstitching to these …..changes them totally, doesn’t it?!  These are from the PS Christmas Favorites booklet and the ‘plan’ is to have all 9 stitched this year.  So far, so good!

Using suggested DMC threads and linen (32ct Lambswool).

So there we have it, what I’ve been up to stitching-wise.  Later this week I’m off to England for a few days to spend time with my daughter, SIL and, most importantly of all (!!), our 6 month old grandson.  I feel like I’ve just blinked and he’s this age, before we know it we’ll be celebrating his 1st birthday!!! 

Hope all is well with you and yours. I know many of you are still in grip of severe winter weather so hope you get some respite from it soon.  Here, Spring is showing signs of arriving although this morning the rain is pouring down and it’s blowing a gale!

Until next time…..

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

14 years later.......

Last week I came across some stitched pieces that, quite honestly, I’d forgotten about.  Several pieces were for smalls, ones where I’d done the stitching but then never got round to doing anything with.  Below is one of those pieces.

I know this was a freebie design and I’m 99% certain it’s by Bent Creek. If you look closely you can see my initials and date.  Yes, you read that right…..2001! I’d done nothing with this other than stitch it.  In all likelihood the finishing had me totally daunted, the thought of working with something circular?  No, I would have run a mile from that.  Given that I’m a little bit more confident with the sewing machine now I decided this needed to be finished.  Now, it wouldn’t win any prizes in the finishing department but, finished it is.  I added a heart button in the centre and it seems like the perfect small to have out this month.

I have a finish report!  Okay, so it’s a small one but it is a finish and I managed to squeeze it into being one for January.  Here is BOAF’s Love…

I did change it a little, adding a heart in the bottom right hand corner rather than my initials.  This linen is a mystery one, from the feel it’s an R&R.    Not sure whether I’ll finish this as a pillow or see if I can find a frame for it.

Next up is a new start – BBD’s Spring Tulips (I was in the mood for something Spring-like). 

I haven’t gone with the suggested fabric, when I pulled the threads together I liked how the colours looked on what I think is just ordinary antique white Belfast linen.  Hoping to finish that this month.

Thanks for all your lovely comment last time round.  Slowly I seem to be getting back into stitching mode which I’m happy about.  I have something in mind for a larger project but haven’t started it yet, hopefully next time I’ll have made a start and can share some pictures.

Hope all is well with you and yours!

Until next time….

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Oh yes, lots of dithering going on around here!!  Usually I start off the year with ideas, have a January 1st start and, even if I don’t manage to keep to it, have something of a ‘plan’.  Not this year, nope!  No January 1st start (well, I did have a full house at that point – 6 adults and a baby – fabric and thread didn’t even enter my head!) and whether that’s been what has thrown me off or not I don’t know but, here it is almost to the end of the month and I still don’t feel like I have much to show.

I have decided on some Christmas stitching for through the year and have started to work on these…

 the Prairie Schooler Christmas Favorites booklet.  I’m using #santasundayxs on IG as the incentive to keep going.  You’ll notice I’ve started the second one but haven’t done the backstitching in the corners of the first one.  I did start that but wasn’t feeling the love so decided to leave it for now.    I’m stitching these on fabric from my stash, it’s feeling like R&R linen, and the suggested DMC threads.  The fabric isn’t showing it’s true colour, it’s coming up quite washed out in this picture, blame that on my photo taking skills (or lack thereof)!

Next up, something that Carol has already shared on her blog, the ornament that I sent as part of her Christmas gift.  This was a cute one to stitch, a chart I’d come across by chance,  Silent Night by AB Designs.

Then something that isn’t Christmas related!  I don’t think I shared any part of this one while I was stitching it as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise should my daughter drop by my blog.

I stitched LHN’s Simplicity but you’ll see I changed it slightly and, instead of  stitching the word Simplicity, I put our grandson’s name, date of birth and added a couple of bee buttons.  I was pleased with how it turned out  (and happily they loved it!) and I gave it at Christmas when they were here and could take it home with them. 

Excuse that the wrapping is still round the frame but we decided to leave that on until they got home in case it was damaged.

And finally, one other little bit of stitching. A chart that has been in my stash for quite a few years but I’m only getting round to stitching it now!

BOAF’s Love.   Now, a bit like the PS ones, this picture is showing up somewhat washed out, both for the fabric and the threads.  Again, it’s fabric from my stash (note a theme starting to run here …. stash diving rather than buying!) and I’m using the suggested colours although a mix of DMC and overdyeds.  Not sure how I’m going to finish this one, maybe a pillow or in a small frame.

I’m still not settled on a large project.  I’ve pulled fabric and threads for several different pieces but either I’ve done a couple of stitches and just thought ‘no, not for me right now’ or I haven’t even got as far as that.  That elusive project will be found, it’s not like I don’t have enough charts here to find something I’d love to stitch, and I am actually keen to have a year long project on the go. 

I have a number of new followers on the blog so thank you for adding me to your lists.  While I may be dithering over what I’m going to stitch I am hoping to be blogging a bit more regularly (I know, almost the end of January and this is my first post!!) and also commenting on other blogs. I have been very neglectful of that but plan to rectify it.  It has been lovely to catch up with the plans everyone has for this coming year and it has certainly brought some charts that I have in my stash to mind which I had completely forgotten about.

I’m not the greatest fan of January as a month but it seems to be going in quite quickly.  Hope all is well with you and yours and here is to 2015 being a wonderful stitching year for us all!

Until next time….

Sunday, December 21, 2014

And then there was Christmas.......

So much for me blowing off the cobwebs last time!  Here we are almost 2 months later, but…..I’m here, still full of the best intentions to keep blogging so let me share some Christmas stitching that has been going on. 

Has there been much stitching going on?  No, not really, and over the last while the little bit that I was doing I wasn’t able to share because I didn’t want to spoil any surprises.  Two of those gifts have now been received so it’s okay for me to post them here.

For the last few years I’ve stitched an ornament for my daughter and SIL’s tree.  This year I went with the cute freebie from Little House Needleworks, Seven Pines, which you can find here.

Given that you can’t see the backing fabric in the finished picture I thought I’d share an ‘after’ and ‘before’ one mainly because when I saw this fabric I loved it and it’s too nice not to let you have a glimpse of it!

Next up, another gift which has been received and is hanging on a tree so I’m not spoiling any surprises.  Another freebie design, this one from Shepherds Bush (found here).

It’s just as well I signed up for a Christmas ornament SAL on IG last month as it means I do have one new ornament on my tree this year. 

This is from the PS booklet Redwork Santas. 

And talking of PS Santas.  Look at the lovely package of goodies I have received from Carol over at Stitching Dreams. 

I do love PS Santas and love that I’ve another one to add to my collection.
As ever, Carol’s stitching and finishing is perfect.  I love how she stitches on the higher count fabrics, something that totally defeats me! 

Aside from the ornament you can see the other lovely goodies as well, ribbons, snowflake charms and the sweetest autumn chart from With thy Needle & Thread.  Carol, thank you my friend.  These past few months have been so difficult for you and I appreciate you finding the time to make an ornament and send a gift this Christmas.

Earlier in the year (before my stitching mojo decided to go walkabout) I had stitched this Lizzie Kate piece, A Little Christmas Sampler, and riffling through my stitching stash I came across this frame and decided to take the easy option of framing it rather than making it into a little pillow (likely wouldn’t have seen the light of day this Christmas if I’d been aiming to do that!!).

Next up, a finish from a number of years ago,  I probably shared this on the blog back then but, it has been one of my finished pieces that just ended up sitting in the pile of my other finished, but haven’t done anything with, stitching.  I think I had even bought this frame back then thinking it would work for this piece……I get there in the end!!!!!!

This is an older Carriage House Samplings chart, Companion  Quaker Tree Christmas Sampler.

Even though I seem to be on something of a stitching hiatus I do have some ideas and plans running round my head.  Given how much I enjoy setting smaller monthly goals I am hoping to start that up again next year so, watch this space!!!  Maybe, just maybe, 2015 will see my stitching mojo return!

I don’t know about everyone else but I feel as though December has flown in.  Tomorrow DS#1 arrives home, Tuesday will bring DS#2 and then it will be the countdown to Christmas.  After Christmas we have the joy of our daughter, SIL and 4 month old grandson home to see in the New Year with us.  It will be a full house but I can't wait for us all to spend some time together!

Whatever your plans this Christmas and New Year, I wish you happiness and health.  Thank you for sticking with me this year, on my increasingly infrequent blog posts.  Here’s to 2015 being the year when I get back on track!!!

Until next time…

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blowing off the cobwebs......

An appropriate title for this time of year don't you think as I dust this place down and finally do a blog post!!!!  Somehow July turned into August, August into September and, here we are, almost to the end of October......

Life has been busy and there really hasn’t been too much stitching going on, anything creative has been more on the quilting side and my stitching mojo continues to take the long route home but I'm not giving up on it yet!

I will start off with some stitching, not my own though, but a long overdue sharing of a sweet birthday gift that I received back in the summer from my dear friend Carol who many of you know from her wonderful blog Stitching Dreams.

This package arrived in perfect time for my birthday and, as ever, it was a delight to open.  Inside was this lovely scissor fob from an EE&F design, a sweet chart from With Thy Needle & Thread and these lovely quilt notecards.    I did thank Carol at the time but thank you again my friend, the fob has been much admired and I look forward to stitching this chart.

We had a major event in our family this summer……our first grandchild arrived!  Daniel made his entrance towards the end of August and, what can I say, he is a total joy! One of my daughter’s best friends was getting married and they made the journey home when Daniel was 3 weeks old.   I will always treasure this picture, my 91 year old mum meeting her great grandson for the first time……

I have been making regular trips back and forth to England to spend time with him, my daughter and my son-in-law.  He is now 9 weeks old and DH and I are off again next week to spend a few days. 

I’ve taken two quilt classes since I last blogged.  First up was this Plus Quilt. It’s a cot size…….. no guesses who it’s for!!!! 

While I was making it we still didn’t know whether it was going to be a boy or girl so you can see that I went the route of covering all bases as regards colours!!!  The fabric I used was from the UK company Dashwood Studios and their fabric line Prairie.

I’ve recently finished a class where I made this giant hexie quilt.  I decided to go way out of my comfort zone and go with bright colours.

My first time going with a scrappy binding…..

The hexies are made from a layer cake and I went with Moda Folklore by Lily Ashbury.  If you’re interested in the pattern you can purchase it here.

Christmas seems to be just around the corner and I do have some seasonal stitching I need to get too so, maybe just maybe, I’ll have some stitching to share next time round.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Until next time…

Monday, July 7, 2014

Some stitching (at long last!) and a RAK...

Hi everyone! Well, guess who has some stitching finishes to share this time round (albeit small ones!!!!).  There’s no doubt spending two weeks being a couch potato and watching tennis as much as I could did mean that I picked up a needle and thread.

I managed to stitch the second part of SB’s Fold for this year – the My Home scissor fob – we’ll not talk about the fact that part one is sitting here and I haven’t started it! 

and the back….

A cute, fun stitch which, of course, took me no time at all once I sat down and started it!  It’s the ribbon edging finish again – have to say I still find that somewhat fiddly!!!

And here’s my other finish…

This is the first part of the series, World of Small Club, from Nikyscreations that is running this year. 

I love the knitted woollen fabric under the sheep and when it’s attaching it with primitive cross stitches….even better!

Never mind my little bit of stitching!  Last week I had an unexpected package from Sally who many of you will know from her lovely blog Stitchyangel’s Treasures. I had passed on to her the BH&G book that the Bright Needle chart, Lo How a Rose, was in after I’d finished stitching it. 

Look what Sally stitched for me as a ‘thank you’ for sending the book to her….

Isn’t it lovely?!?!  Here’s a pic of the fabric inside which is perfect for it!

Thank you Sally, there was no need to send me anything but I appreciate your thoughtfulness and it was lovely receiving something so nice in the post other than the usual things!!!

And there you go – fingers crossed my stitching mojo is slowly returning!!!  Mind you, this evening I’m off to take another quilt class with this lovely lady, Judith, so be prepared that quilting could be to the fore again next time I blog!

Enjoy your Monday – I’m off to the dentist for a check-up and hoping he won’t find any work to be done!!!!

Until next time….