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…. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Less stitching, more quilting.....

Hi everyone!  I know, it’s been a while.  I have to say that my stitching mojo has well and truly gone walkabout so if any of you find it….please send it back to me!!! Given that this is the first day of Wimbledon and I love this next fortnight – I turn into a complete couch potato watching tennis and usually have some stitching to hand – I am hoping that maybe that mojo will return, at least a little bit!!!!

So, here is my small amount of stitching since last time!!!  A little bit of progress on BBD’s Agnes Platt Strawberry Sampler.  

A few of the letters and a little bit more border.  Instead of doing the alphabet in eyelet stitch I decided to go with Smyrna.  I just prefer that overall when working on more than a couple of letters.

Other than that?  Well, yes, it’s fabric related!!!!!  Last time I blogged I was looking for suitable fabric to bind this quilt. 

As you’ll see, I ended up going with a yellow binding after a search for a stronger pink was unsuccessful.  The couple of pieces I bought just weren’t right and I grew to like the yellow more and am now glad that that is what I went with. It’s from Three Sisters as well but from their Avalon line.  With the dark pink flower bud I felt it brought some of the pink into it.

And then I started on another one!!!!  Again, this was a packet of 5” charm squares that I bought years ago (see how good I’m being about trying to use fabric I already have?!?!?!?). It’s Allspice Tapestry from Fig Tree Quilts so, of course, I ran into the same difficulty as the Three Sisters Faded Memories one – the fabric line was long gone.

Again, I started to look for something that would work from the same designer and, by complete chance, found some Fig and Plum, in a fabric shop here.  I added some Stof Quilter’s Shadow and that was the border sorted.  Rather than just do squares stitched together again I decided to be a little bit more adventurous – now, remember, I am still very much a novice quilter so, for me, cutting squares up and putting them back together and then getting them all to line up correctly isn’t as always as straightforward as others would find it!!!!  Plus, I know I'm far too self-critical as some of the square layout, seeing it finished, I would put in different spots!  But, it's all a learning curve, isn't it?! 

Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out.  Again, it’s more a lap quilt size and I now have it over the back of one of the settees in our living room.

And that’s about all that I have been up too lately!  Hope all is well with you and yours!  If you’re a tennis fan like me enjoy watching Wimbledon!

Until next time….

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mixing it up....

Hi everyone!  Well, I think it’s fair to say I’ve been hit by the quilting bug so stitching has sort of taken a back seat lately.  I am planning to stitch a little today as it’s the Wednesday SAL on IG working on BBD’s Agnes Platt’s Strawberry Sampler and I’ve been very neglectful of her the last two Wednesdays.  I promised a picture last time and here she is….

Such delicious, summery colours.  Once again I’m going with the threads that were already in my stash so it’s a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC alternatives.  I also didn’t go with the suggested R&R Vintage Grey in 30ct but I’m using Zweigart’s Dove Grey in 32ct.  Oh, and I went with DMC931 instead of the suggested GA Dungarees (DMC930).

Slowly but surely the BBD LF piece is getting closer to a finish…..

Now if I could just find my stitching mojo to actually concentrate on this one and finish it!!!

And now, on to my latest addiction!!!!  I shared a sneak peek of the Christmas quilt I’d started last time.  Here it is all finished!

The pattern I used for the brick layers you can find here at the blog Sew Me..  Thanks to Sarah for sharing such a great pattern! As you’ll see, I ended up doing my own version of it and, instead of doing more bricks round the outside, I went with an ordinary border.  The bricks are from a Moda Layer Cake which, along with the border, red binding and backing fabric, are all from the same fabric line – Aspen Frost by Basic Grey.

Well, it didn’t even take me to finish that one before I’d started on another one!!  I’d been going through my fabric stash and came across one of the Moda tins of 5” squares.  This one is Faded Memories by 3 Sisters.

I’d bought this years ago with the intention to use the squares as backing fabrics for stitched smalls and had used a couple of them.  Once again, I just did my own thing with the squares.  Lined them up 7 x 6 and then added a first border using 4 of the squares I’d left over in the corners.  I wanted to make it a bit bigger so added the green border but felt it needed broken up a little so did the cream strip in the middle of that.  Here it is now…

It’s quilted and I’m now on the hunt for some binding fabric.  Of course, it has been so many years since I bought the tin that the fabric line is long gone but I managed to find a green that would work for the outside border so next up is either a deep pink or maybe more towards a yellow for the binding.  I’m a little undecided.

Meanwhile, I’ve unearthed two other tins and they’re sitting calling my name so could be I’ll still be on my quilting addiction next time around!! 

And that’s what’s been going on around here lately.  Hope all is well with you and yours and thanks for all the lovely comments last time round!

Until next time….