Sunday, July 16, 2017

Another Drive-by

Quick, super quick, update on progress.....  soon to cross off the WIP list.   This is part of my 2017 Challenge - complete projects started before 2017 and never finished.

 Of course, I can't wait until all the cross stitching is completed to start the back stitch.  I like how the design *pops* when the backstitching is in place.

I hope to get back to working on Corsica River this week.   I just having been in the mood to stitch on  that piece lately.   I've got a long list of things I need to get done and maybe like that list, Corsica River too seems to be insurmountable.......well, how do we make that long step at a time.   I'm off to taking one step at a time and to hopefully cross a task or two or ten off my to-do list.

Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fourth of July, Part Two

I need to add a disclaimer.....we started on Friday and finished on Wednesday morning......we aren't that feverish to be able to turn out ALL that we did in just a normal weekend.  It was an extended weekend.

Also, my table top quilt is so far from perfect.   As we say, from the top of the bridge, my table topper may look alright.  I worry not.  Sharon at MoosecraftUSA , reminded me in a reply to a comment......I quilt for me.   It will never be in a competition.   My mistakes keep me humble and help me strive to be better.   As with every project I start - cross stitch, quilting or otherwise - it is my intention - the key word being intention, to complete the project without mistakes.   I sometimes get farther then other times.

So to that end.....a closer look at some of my corners on my quilt met

while others did not.  

Saturday night my son-in-law came in from outside to see what we were up to.   We had actually just stopped and we were all standing around the table.   He questioned,  "You broke crafting?" in the same disbelief and astonishment someone would say if you were to break the top secret code for launch missile sequences.    "No, Miki, we are only stopping to take a swim."   So fortunate he gets it.

Monday evening I left my daughters for some alone time without mom while I went out for a couple hours to visit friends that were visiting from out of town.  I was fearful of what my daughters might do.  Nothing bad but playful things.  Like putting confetti on the ceiling fan so when I turn it on it goes everywhere; or, putting balloons in the closets so I open the doors and out they fall; or setting the timer on my Amazon Alexa to go off at 3 a.m. playing the William Tell Overture; maybe short sheeting the see my reluctance was warranted.   I don't know where they get this from ((wink wink)) I came home and  all was quiet and dark.  Someone what in the shower but the other two were nowhere to be  seen.   I was waiting for someone to jump out at me........and then I saw it.......they made me a new ironing board cover.   You know how your's gets nasty from water spots, or you press iron-on interfacing on the wrong side?   Well this is something that I always forget to they made one.   Heather was given a stack of older flat sheets and was planning to sew PJ bottoms out of them.   They took the print I liked and made the cover for me.   It feels great to run your hands over the well worn cotton sheeting.  And I was thinking bad things.   How dare I.

Amy adding her binding and hand sewed one side in place before she headed out today.   I am sure she will curl up in a chair at home tonight and finish it.

My new take-a-long stitching piece is an oldie but goodie.   It is from a trip to the Longaberger headquarters in 2002 or 2003.   I thought it was cute and it was a complete kit with buttons, backing and ribbon included.   Yes, cringe, it is on Aida, but it is part of my 2017 challenge to complete some WIP's.   It is actually working up fast and the large count will be easy to work on at work.

It is my eldest's birthday tomorrow so we also celebrated that over this weekend.    I wrapped her presents in new tea towels with squirrels and gnomes.........she left it, so I wrapper up again as a bindle and will email a photo of it tomorrow at 5 a.m. when I get up.   Hmmmm, apple/tree....I am seeing a correlation.

So my house and craft room look like a tornado has been through them.   So thankful I was wise enough to take the day after off.....time to attack the mess and see what else was left here until next time.

Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching!

Fourth of July Weekend, Part One

Wow, what a lot of things we got done.   My daughters were both here for a long weekend.  This usually means fun, good food, laughter, some adult beverages and crafting.   This weekend did not disappoint.   Iron board at the ready and cutting table were set up for not stop use in the living room as we stitched in the dining room.

For whatever reason I have four or five bottles of Prosecco.....
so one morning we started with Mimosa's and the another is was Bellini's.   Everyone shared the tasks of prep, cooking and cleaning up; and it was glorious.  My son-in-law cooked our dinners on the grill on the nights he was with us.  Nasty thing called work had him back in the city as couple of times.  

But we got our crafting on in a big way.   I know I am so very blessed to have not only great daughters but great crafty daughters.
 A bit of silliness in the mess.  I enter the room to find they have each donned the portion of the pant legs Heather cut off when she hemmed her capris.   Ninja seamstresses I guess.

They started like gangbusters cranking out dress after dress, shirt after shirt.   They both participated in a Wardrobe in a Weekend in Vermont in May and they brought the lessons they learned.   I made them hang their accomplishments on the line so I could photograph them.  There were groans of "oh mother".

And there was more that was either being worn or packed in their suitcases already.    I love the whimsy Heather has to jazz up the pockets in her pants.

Some of Amy's finishes.   She pieced a pastel lap quilt with a camping theme.   (Since photographing, she has quilting and is now hand sewing on the binding as I type)   Next she added the border to the middle quilt as well as pieced a back for that quilt.   Lastly, she quilted an outdoors themed table runner that has insulated lining (like oven mitts) so she can put it on her glass topped picnic  table for placing hot food when camping.  The camping connection is because she has a 33 foot trailer on a site at a campground in New Hampshire where she spends most weekends.

Me, I started out much slower.   I am teaching an EGA Christmas in July class so I had to kit up everything.   This took the better part of a day!  My sympathy to class teachers and what they must go through.
I finished two patriotic pieces I stitched last summer as pillows.  I am kind of thinking about unstuffing and trimming down the blue portion by an inch or two.

Same with this guy.   Why did I make it so tall?    We shall see.   Maybe when I have a few free minutes with nothing on my to-do list and I will alter these.    Like that may happen anytime soon.  LOL

 I also worked on a  patriotic table topper.   The finished size is about 48 by 48 and I am glad to have this one out of my WIP basket.

 I quilted this by using diagonal rows of stitches every two inches from the corners in towards the center.   I left the center unstitched, traced a holiday dish and quilted stars in the center section.

I may tea stain this to give it an aged look.   For now, I just want to put it in place....that is after I de-construct my house-turned-sweatshop.
My next finish is my Mon Ami Pierre, A Stitcher's Notebook.   This is another WIP that I am glad to have finished/finished.

I plan to use this as an insert in my current project bag to keep all my tools and threads together.   I'd like to get a thread sorter/horn book type to insert and carry along.  I struggled with what fabric to use as a lining.   As soon as I told the gal at Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro, DE, that I like to have my quilts backed with something that is a surprise when you turn it over, she brought a bolt of batik.   I would have never thought to look at batik and it was the perfect choice.

All this not without a blister from all the hand stitching.   Guess I need to learn to use a thimble.   
Glad to have accomplished so much, thrilled for all the things we were able to complete, glad I have one more day off to get thinks back in order (craft room is a mess!!) but best of all happy for all the memories we made.  But there's more.....stay tuned for Part Two.   

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another quick, drive by of a post

Will was here this weekend and I know why we have children when we are young.   OMGosh, boundless energy!  I took fewer pix of him this time because he only sat still to eat!  So scroll on past my indulgence of baby pix if you must.

 He is so happy he is learning to use a spoon.  

 He is not quite sure what to make of the Popsicle.

 But was quite pleased with himself closing the laundry room door.

As promised, some yard photos.    Here we are in the spring after I removed yet another section of ivy.   This time about a 12 by 20 foot area.  I think I have finally removed all I care to....but then again ....that could change.

 Here is after I hired the local landscaping to surround by securing 6 by 6's and add the stone.  
It is a favorite spot for early morning coffee or early evening coffee or glass of wine.  Even Mr. W. is happy.   (Why does he have to doubt my vision!)

My veggies are coming in nice.   I have a couple kinds of lettuce and peppers, cucumbers, spinach, beets, beans, tomatoes and brussel spouts!

 I have been spending so much time in the yard and pool and day trips that it has left little time for stitching.

Most recently I spent the day at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  The estate and vision of Alfred I. duPont.   It is beautiful gardens and fountains and a conservatory that is second to none.  I enjoyed it so much I think I will sign up for a membership.  Below, the Italian Water Garden, built in the 1920's.   Just like the way I used to cut my grass......ha ha

 Well, we are not too good on selfies.....but GayLynn and I had the best time.

This was a very interesting plant.  Such brilliant colors.

 The lily pads the size of a hula hoop always fascinate.

Crazy,  bonsai that was started in 1908!  It may look normal size but was only about 24 -28 inches tall.

duPont traveled around the world to visit fountains and gardens in England and Europe before designing his garden.  Such foresight and imagination and passion this man had.

 I did manage a bit of stitching and to finish  mon ami pierre design just this morning.   I am so glad to check off another 2017 Challenge piece.  I started this about 9 years ago and then stopped....for no reason....something else came along and lured me away.

I am planning a stay-cation next week and my daughters will be joining me.   We have great plans for lots of crafting, sewing, quilting, pool time, good food and laughter.   I really have a long list of finishes I want to get done and this is one of them.

I've already pulled the threads to create my cutting line.

Now I must pick another take-a-long project to work on but after I head outside to work on my secret summer garden project.

Happy stitching all and thanks for stopping by.....

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not without incident...

So everyone knows my Mr. Wonderful is retired.   I have no idea what he does to busy himself all day.   He is playing angry birds on his iPad when I leave and also when I return home......I hardily hope he fills in the hours in between with something else.......   I have been trying to stir him into some yard and household helpful jobs that he could do while I am at work but it hasn't been easy.    He has been contemplating painting the Adirondack chairs.....and after some months of thinking about it.......he started.   Of course, it was a major undertaking to take him to Lowe's explain the different paints and why we couldn't use stain on the already once painted chairs.   I gave up on explaining the virtues of buying a good brush.  Imagine my delight when I came home one day last week and they were painted and in place by the fire pit......  I gave Mr. W. the once over since he hasn't handled a paint brush in 42 years of marriage.....he had only one splash of about 5 drops of paint on his sweat pants.   I was impressed.......then I saw the cat!  His little Buddy following him around all day must of walked under the freshly painted chairs and got paint in his tail.

I was able to take a quick long weekend out to see my grand baby.   Gramma bought him a swing with he loved equally as much as the box it came in.
The long drive is worth it.  We laughed and it was good to see him.   He is growing so fast.    I was excited to learn my daughter-in-law and grandson will visiting me at the end of June and the whole family again in the end of August.  Definitely some pool time in store for us.  For this trip to make things easy, I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard about 7 miles from their home.   It gave me some quiet time and stitching time in the room in the evenings and early morning.

It's hard but enough of Mr. William.    I do have a finish to share.  Uncle Sam.   The pattern is from a 1992 pamphlet from Alma Lynn for duplicate sweater patterns.   I plan to finish him as a stand up.   I have red and blue pearl cotton to make the cording.   Instead of stitching the flag as charted, I plan to attach this metal flag from Hobby Lobby.   I kind of went overboard when adding the doll hair.  He may need a hair cut!

This weekend was a class at Salty Yarns.  I took the Betsy Morgan Virgin Queen Stitching Wallet class.   Betsy is such a great teacher, so thorough and shares so many tricks and tips along the way.  Oh my......I will be adding this to the backlog of projects.  As always, it is good to see old friends and to make some new ones.  

  I managed to complete the pre-stitch just in the nick of time, like Saturday morning.  In class we assembled the needle book.

Look at the awesome way we laced the spine of the needle book.

A little shopping after class and I treated myself to Hands on Design "Mend".  I changed the ground fabric from the called for 'Dusty Miller' to Lakeside Linens Maritime White and I am using the 'reds' Sally (of Salty Yarns) used.

I also treated myself to this as well!   It is a limited edition project by Cathy Habermann of Hands On Designs and has to be ordered through Elegant Stitch.  It arrived last week.   Oh boy, my to-do list of new projects is getting longer.  I just feel in love with this when I saw it.  The trims, fibers and fabrics are so pretty and everything is included in the kit.   I have a class in the fall with Cathy Habermann and I hope to have this at least started.   Maybe I can get her to sign the box!  Seems Hands On Designs is my latest favorite designer.

Progress is coming along on Mon Ami A Stitcher's Friend.   One more motif on panel three and then the fourth and smaller last panel.

We made a quick stop at Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro to pick up fabrics for the lining.  I had in mind mattress ticking.....and ended up liking a batik!   Never would have guessed that.

My Corsica River SAL project has not seen any work......just hope it doesn't fall into the abyss as the wallpaper removal project.

Maybe next post,  I will share from some garden photos.   For now, indoor orchids are blooming like crazy.

Thanks for stopping by.....keep on stitching.