I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Saturday, June 6, 2020

It's Been a While

It's been a while since I've updated this blog.

We'd planned a 6-day trip to visit our daughter's family (and celebrate our granddaughter's 4'th birthday) starting March 10.  Thanks to COVID19 and the lockdowns, we opted to stay a "bit" longer, thinking it would only be another week or two.  It ended up as a total of 9 weeks there!  We ended up celebrating a total of 3 birthdays, Easter, and Mother's Day there.  Our daughter and son-in-law were trying to work from home with a 4 year old and a one-year old (He turned one while we were there.) and we served as "Grandma and Grandpa's On-site Day Care".  It was a blessing to get to spend so much time with them but they wore us out!

It was interesting living out of a suitcase for that long.  We are grateful to be able to order things we needed and have them delivered...toiletries, prescribed medications, etc.

I didn't take much stitching with me but I wouldn't have had the time or energy to do much stitching anyway.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher, contacted me while I was gone that she'd FFO'd the two Bent Creek stockings I'd sent her.  Since I had no idea at the time when I'd be home, I asked her to send them to me at our daughter's house.  As always, Vonna did a terrific job!  I have one more stocking to go and I'll be finished with their family's stockings.  (Then I have to choose and stitch stockings for our oldest son and his girlfriend as they've requested.  I'd planned to choose and start stitching them as soon as the 6-day trip was over but....they might not be done until next year now.)

I stitched a model while I was gone and I'm working on another one now.  In addition, I stitched a little patriotic piece by Barbara Ana and I'm working on Baby It's Cold Outside by Heartstrings Samplery and True Virtue, a sampler from an old JCS issue that I found while looking for something else in my wip pile.

 As usual, I have lots of things I want to stitch, both wips and new starts.  I'll never be bored, that's for sure!

Be well and....

Happy stitching!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Got Luck?

One of my FB stitching groups just started a Friday Freebie SAL and I chose for my first one "Got Luck?" by Plum Street Samplings.  I'll use it as an ornament for the skinny tree in my foyer that I decorate for the seasons.  I can use some more St. Pat's ornaments.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kringles by Little House Needleworks

I was privileged to stitch the model for this new release by Little House Needleworks.  Diane really outdid herself on this design and I knew from the minute I saw the design before stitching the model that it was going to be something very special.  It was so fun seeing it come to life as I stitched it.

It's a big piece!  It also has the potential of stitching smaller portions of it if you don't want to stitch something that big.  My strategy for stitching large pieces is think of them in smaller portions.  It seems to work for me.

Fun fact!  I broke my arm during the time I was stitching the model.  I learned that stitching is a good rehab activity.  It especially helped with regaining my supination/pronation range of motion.

Kringles is being released this weekend at Nashville Market and will soon be available from your LNS or ONS.  (Call them now if you know they're attending Market.)

Happy stitching!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Another Finish!

Autumn Alphabet by The Scarlett House.  My good friend was stitching this when we were at Camp Gottastitch last fall.  Another friend suggested changing the pumpkin color from an orange to GAST oatmeal.  I liked it so much, I shamelessly "borrowed" her idea.  This was stitched with one thread over 2 on 36 count linen.  On the pumpkin, I stitched vertically following the curve of the pumpkin.  I'm pleased with how this turned out.

I'm so happy to have so many finished in a row thanks to finishing up some wips that only had a small left to stitch.

Next up (aside from Melicent Turner sampler I already started) will be a birth "sampler" for our grandson.  My goal is to finish/frame this in time for his 1st birthday in May.  It took me a long time to decide which design to stitch for him.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Another Older WIP finished!

I ask myself why I put this away without finishing.  All I had left to do was to stitch the spider and the straight stitches on the broom and to attach the button.  Seriously!?!?!?

Well, it's done now!  I even have an idea how to FFO it.

I'm also on the home stretch of Autumn Alphabet by The Scarlett House.  I'm copying the idea of my friend, Renee, and stitching a white pumpkin instead of the orange one as originally charted.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Prairie Schooler Garden Gate Sampler

I may have mentioned that one of my 2020 stitching goals is to finish some of my wips.  Here's another one that I finished the other day...PS Garden Gate Sampler.  It's shameful how little I had left to stitch on this one when I put it down.  I can't remember what was going on in my life then but so glad to get this one finally finished.  (I'm tempted to start another one from that leaflet--Garden Samplers #45) though..

Happy stitching!

Monday, February 17, 2020

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas...

This may be my year of the stocking.  I'm working through stockings for our daughter's family to hang on their mantel.  One is totally FFO'd, another is with the finisher, and I just finished stitching buttons on the third one.  They're all from the same (older) Bent Creek series.

I only have the last progress photo I took for this one as I finished the stitching and handed it to Vonna at stitch camp.

Here's the one I finished up yesterday:

I think I'll do a snowman one for our son-in-law.  Stay tuned.

Finishing these this years was one of my stitching goals until, shortly after Christmas when our oldest son asked if I "could do something" about stockings for him and his GF.  I'm still trying to decide what to stitch for them.

Merry Christmas!  ;-)

Happy stitching!