Thursday, February 28, 2013

One More Pillow Finish....

Another Handblessings Designs Freebie Series, this one is called:  Blessed are the Piecemakers/Peacemakers.   

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I can't find the chart......

I stitched a bunch of these table runners a number of years ago.  In cleaning out a cupboard, I found one more unstitched runner and would love to get it stitched up for an auction next month, but I can't find the chart.  It is from Stoney Creek magazine, and I have all the issues, but in thumbing through them, I have not yet located the chart.  I am sure I just over looked it, but I want to get started so I get it finished in time. 

I have e-mail Stoney Creek with a photo asking them for help, but on the off chance that one of my blogging buddies knows, I pose the question here also.

Happy Stitching all!

Edited to add:  Just got an e-mail from Stoney Creek.  The chart is the the September/October 2002 issue and is called Fall Colors Table Runner. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Snow Day!

Well, actually a snow evening.....

The predicted snow started about 11 am today, and within 30 minutes, it looked like a blizzard.  Because of the prediction, our scheduled speaker for our EGA guild had already cancelled, so I pulled together another program to present instead.  I didn't really pay attention to the weather outside, I don't have a window near me in the office so I didn't see the snow coming down sideways.

At 1:45 the boss decided to close the office and send us home.  Most of us have 4 wheel drive, so we decided to work until 3 because the work still needs to be done.  At 2:30 I spoke to our chapter president, and she decided to cancel the meeting.  It was the right decision.  Marguerite, my partner in crime, send out an e-mail to the membership.  I went home at three and made some phone calls. 

I did miss going to the guild meeting and my presentation originally schedule for later in the year is all complete.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Halleluja Finished!

I wanted a break from the counted canvas I should be doing, so I started this Little House Needleworks ornament over the weekend.  It stitched up rather quickly, and is now on the "waiting to be ornamentified" pile.....

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nashville Market Release

Here is the long awaited Dessert of the Month Club by Sue Hillis!   I stitched two of the individual model squares had seen a mocked up version of the complete design.  My sister stitched the model for the banner on top and it looks great in person.  Sue now has it all pulled together to release at market in 4 leaflets!  

I see so many possibilites for this design!  If I do stitch it as one big piece, I think I will do it over 1 on 25 count otherwise it might be too big for my walls!  Can't wait to stitch it....someday!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Welcome Home!

My Round Robin piece came home this weekend!  I had to stitch the date(s), and then add the charms, so now it is finished!  Thank you to the 11 ladies that stitch on it, everyone's stitching is perfect!  This will become a pillow some day.....

I should add that this is a free design, released monthly by Handblessings Designs and is called Baltimore Garden Quilt.  I purchased the fabric and charms from Cecilia's Samplers and they mailed me 3 charts (squares) every three months.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Julie's Round Robin Piece

Last evening and today I stitched Julie's Round Robin piece.  It was finished quite an easy stitch, and now is all ready to send back home to Julie!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Question about Comments and a Pinterest Dilemma

I was doing a Google search the other day, and ended up on a Pinterest page where I found a good number of my finishes pinned.  I should mention that the person who pinned them is a follower of my blog, and my blog URL was listed on each pin, but I am not really sure how I feel about this.

I am kind of new to Pinterest, and haven't figured out how all of it works yet.  I didn't even know you could "pin" things you found elsewhere to your pinterest board! 

I am flattered that someone liked my stitching or the pieces that I stitched enough to "pin" them so that they can refer back to them, but the person who pinned them did not comment on any of the blog posts.  While I know that many of us are very busy and are unable to comment on every blog post that we read, but it is nice to read some comments of encouragement or praise. 

I do want to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you that visits my blog, and especially thank those who do take the time to comment.  I just ask that if you like something enough to "pin" it, please also leave a comment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work in Progress

I started this small stocking a few months ago, in December I think, but I haven't been very motivated to work on it until now.  Here is the progress after last weekend's stitching.  I plan to have it finished by the end of March, so that I can have enough points at ANG to get a charm for the year.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

An Almost Finished Heart

At our ANG guild this month, we started this Marnie Ritter 2010 heart, a counted canvas piece.  I love stitching these, it's the third heart by Marie Ritter I have stitched.

Our kits were missing the pink seed beads and the white barrel beads, so I will add those when they get here, but for now it's as finished as I can get it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Another Round Robin Piece

Here is Leta's RR piece that  I stitched this past weekend.  It was a fast and enjoyable stitch.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How did the Hermiting go?

While the camera is recharging, I will just tell you how I did this weekend, stitching wise. 

Friday evening was a folk dance rehearsal, so I didn't get a chance to stitch, but my 4-person Round Robin piece came in the mail, so I knew what was going to be first up as soon as I could pick up a needle.  After German School on Saturday, I headed over to the Des Plaines Library for an afternoon of stitching.  Not too many people showed up, but those of us that did had a great time and got in some quality stitching time.  I finished my portion of Leta's Round Robin piece!

Sunday, I worked on some counted canvas pieces that need to be finished by the end of March.  I got quite a bit done on Marnie Ritter's 2010 Heart and the Poinsettia stocking. 

Pictures will be posted once the battery is done charging.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


This is the second International Hermit and Stitch Weekend of the year, and I will am stitching!

Friday, February 15, 2013


Celebrating 75 years of Spam?  I don't think so!   I remember having cans of spam on the shelf at our summer home as a child, in case unexpected visitors showed up.   Fried in a pan, it wasn't so bad.                                     
The kind of spam I am really referring to is the unwanted comments, advertisements, etc.  My blog has been overrun with spam!   I don't think my readers are interested in enlarging body parts they may not possess, nor do they want to get various drugs from other countries.....       since I really hate when you have to type in the codes that are hardly readable to be able to post a comment on a blog, I don't want to use them.  I have changed the settings so that I get an e-mail to approve the comment before it is posted. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

I didn't do any special stitching for Valentine's Day this year, but did stitchup this little ornament for an exchange a few years ago.  I should stitch it up for myself someday.....but there is so much to stitch and so little time....

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Another Sneak Preview

Another model for Sue Hillis was completed this evening.  This is the May square for the Desert of the Month Club series being released soon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TUSAL February

Time to report on the TUSAL (totally useless stitch-a-long) for February.  Here is my ort jar that was filled this past month.  I started with an empty jar mid January, and managed to fill it in a month..

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sneak Preview finish

Here is a model I stitched for Sue Hillis.  This is one square of a new series of charts that will be released at the Nashville Market.

The series is called Dessert of the Month Club, and will consist of 3 or 4 charts that will have a total of 12 months of dessert squares with a header to tie it all together.  The squares can be stitched as part of the entire design or used individually for ornaments or cubes or whatever!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday, February 09, 2013

And yet another pillow....

I stitched this pillow, which was a free design by Handblessings Designs a few years ago, as part of a year-long EGA project.  I finally got around to finishing it as a pillow.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Another Pillow finish

This is Autumn Leaves by From Nancy's Needle.  It is a counted canvas piece.  The chart was sent to me by Barb ( no blog) after I admired her finish.  I have since passed the chart on, and Marguerite and her Uncle Dick have also stitched it.

It was a very quick finish, and I have purchased and kitted up a bunch of From Nancy's Needle Designs. I just need to find the time to work on them.

I chose to finish it as a pillow ( am running out of wall space)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A Previous Finish

In 2010, I stitched this design which had 1 part released each month on a blog.  I finally finished it as a pillow late 2012, and never have a chance to show it to you, until now that is!  It seemed appropriate to share it now that Valentine's Day is coming up.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Sampler au bouquet part 1

I am participating in a Stitch-a-long with others that are part of a Facebook group that is called Sampler World.  The piece that we are doing this year is called Sampler au bouquet, and I just completed part 1.  there are 2 more parts, and I just received the chart for part 2 from Michelle, so I can start on that soon.  I am stitching it on 40 flax Newcastle, with one thread over two fabric threads.  Although the sampler is charted for DMC, I am using various over dyed fibres, just because.

This is the first time I have ever stitched on 40 count, and I find that I really like working on it!

Check back in a few months to see part 2.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Baked Goods Finished

I finished the stitching on ornament #7 from 2011 by Little House Needleworks.  It is stitched on the recommended fabric with the recommended fibres.

I hope to finish all rest of the 2011 ornaments this year.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy 84th Birthday to my mother!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Groundhog Day

At 7:25 a.m.Saturday, amidst overcast skies, and frigid temperatures hovering around 8  degrees, Groundhog Phil failed to see his shadow in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pa.
According to folklore, no shadow for Phil means there will be an early spring.  Had Phil seen his shadow, it would have meant six more weeks of winter.

Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh saw his shadow around noon Saturday, predicting six more weeks of winter. But in Charlotte, Queen Charlotte didn't see her shadow when she came out around 11:30 a.m., predicting an early spring. 

Friday, February 01, 2013

January Progress and February Goals

January was a great month!  Two new grandsons were born!  Owen on January 3rd and Peter on January 30!

Stitch was great in January too!  I clocked a total of 158 hours of stitching, 23 new starts and 20 finishes! (even though most of those finishes were ornaments or smallish designs, I will still take the happy dance!) I also managed to have a blog post every single day in January.

Now don't expect the same for February.  With two new babies, and the beginning of Lent, I am going to be very busy at home and at work, so I definitely won't have 5 hours to spend stitching each day.

January Progress
Work on Bavarian Table Topper  worked on it
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
work on Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler

In Progress
Poinsettia Stocking
Halloween House #9 
6 snow Belles border  finished

Crazy January starts
Blizzard Babe finished
Frosty Friends  finished
Owen’s first Christmas ornament finished
Baby’s First Ornament finished
Photo booth Bacon and Eggs finished
Natalie’s Birth Sampler  started
Be Merry 1 Snowman Ornament (Val’s Stuff) finished
Sue Hillis Seasonal Baskets – stitch border finished
Silent Night (Ornament)  finished
Let it Snow  finished
Quaker Rose Sampler page 1 started
Pink Flowers on Gingham  finished
Natalie’s ornament  finished
Freshly Baked  finished
Pine Tree Inn  finished
My RR – Spring  finished
Fresh Fallen Snow  finished
Logan’s ornament finished
Be Merry 2 finished
Be Merry 3 finished
Sampler au bouquet 1 started
Baked Goods started
Be Merry 4 finished

February Goals
Work on Bavarian Table Topper 
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
work on Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler

In Progress
Poinsettia Stocking
Halloween House #9 

Crazy January starts now in progress
Natalie’s Birth Sampler 
Quaker Rose Sampler page 1
Sampler au bouquet 1
Baked Goods

Future New starts
Joy and Peace
Snow in Love
Good Tidings
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Julie’s RR
Owen’s birth sampler
Peter's birth sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter's stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler