Monday, March 29, 2010

Love Quilts finish

I finally finished a square for Love Quilts. I had resolved to stitch at least 1 square each for this worthwhile cause, but it has to be stitched on aida, and I hate stitching on aida. The design is from Stoney Creek's Jungle Babies.
Last year, I didn't stitch a square because every chart I picked up had tons of fractional stitches and since it has to be stitched on aida (did I mention I hate stitching aida?) I just couldn't bring myself to stitch. This year I found a design without fractional stitches, but it had large color blocks.....can you say boring? I am just glad it is done!
Off to stitch something else on my list, on evenweave....did I mention that I hate stitching on aida?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Year of Favor from the Lord Quilt project

At our guild meeting on Tuesday, we received the March chart for this project.

I stitched it up right away, so here you can see the first three months of the project.

Eileen Gurak, of Handblessings Designs told us that this is a promotal chart, and we could pass on copies of the design to anyone that wanted it. So....if any of you in blogger land are interested in stitching this piece, let me know and I can mail you the first three charts, and then send you three more charts every three months.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Last spring I was part of an exchange with the Divas, but my part of the exchange never arrived. It is floating out there somewhere, or was misdirected by the USPS. Although I told Nancy not to, she stitched another piece for me and I just love it! It is so perfect for this time of year. I just love bunnies and Easter and spring and flowers and I don't have to tell you that I just love this cube!
Thank you Nancy, you didn't have to, but I am glad you did!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

October Cup 'O Tea

10 down and 2 to go!

I finished up the October Tea Cup chart the other day. I am really fond of Halloween, so I wasn't sure I was going to like this design, but I just couldn't skip a month so I just bit the bullet and stitched it. I suprised myself and found it really enjoyable to stitch.

Only two more tea cups left to do!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Sending of the Green

I recently participated in a "Green" exchange on the Threads of Life message board. I received this wonderful package from Elaine. So many lovely green things. I especially love the Ladybug socks!

Below you can see what I sent Suzie for this exchange. It was fun hunting for green things to include.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

7th Day of Texas Christmas

Since I am back to my rotation, I was able to stitch up the 7th in this series of Texas ornaments. Only 5 more to go!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Northwood Afghan progress

I finally got back to the Northwoods afghan and stitched another pine tree block. I have 8 blocks stitched to date. Hopefully I can stay back on track and get this finished in 2010.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

EMS Rose Sampler, Take Two

I stitched Ellen Maurer-Stoh's Rose Sampler in 2008. I loved stitching it, but the end result was a rather large piece even though it was stitched on 32 count fabric. I had no place to hang such a large piece, so I gave it to Sue who loves it! She has it hanging in her home office.
I still love the piece. The cabbage roses and the scalloped part near the top remind me very much of a piece of embroidery that hung in my Oma's kitchen as I was growing up. The roses and scallops are traditional Austro-Hungarian themes and are close to my heart. I knew I had to stitch the piece again for myself.
This time I am stitching it on 25 count antique white Lugana over 1 thread with 1 strand of DMC Variations floss. Part 1 is now finished, and I am please with the way it looks. Perhaps next month I can stitch part 2.

Monday, March 08, 2010

My Little Heart SAL

Sylvia is hosting a Stitch-a-long on her blog! My Little Hearts is her own design, and she is releasing 1 square per month. I have finished the first 3 months to date. I did adjustments to the colors in the border and the hearts in each square, and I am quite happy with the results. I look forward to stitching these sweet little charts each month.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A 12 Part Stitch-a-Long

The EGA Chapter that I belong to has a 12-part project that many of us are doing. The vice president of our chapter is Eileen Gurak of Handblessings Designs and she is sharing her designs with us.

I had a great deal of trouble tracking down the fabric and one of the fibres, but I finally got it all together and was able to get the January and
February installments stitched. We will be receiving the next chart at our March meeting and I look forward to stitching it.

Monday, March 01, 2010

February Progress and March Goals

After a bunch of model stitching (most of it on short notice) both last year and the past two months, I finally feel like I can get my rotation back on track. I am much more productive in my stitching if I set goals for myself, so here we are!

February Progress
Start Bavarian Table Topper yes
Finish Thank Heaven for Little Girls Model yes
Valentine Ornament yes
September Cup ‘O Tea yes
January Handblessings project yes
February Handblessings project yes

March Goals
Bavarian Table Topper
Pin cushion for exchange
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas
10 hours on Logan’s stocking
October cup ‘o Tea
7th day of Texas Christmas ornament
Quilt square for Loves Quilts
March Handblessings project
afghan square #8
Mystery sampler part 8
Work on Cloister garden