Sunday, September 14, 2014

Crafting Crossover

Two weeks and two finishes!  It has been a slow year for me stitching-wise but I am happy to share my latest finish and I have 'finished' it.

This is Penny America from Tree of Life Sampling.   This piece particularly holds a spot near and dear to me and I wanted the finish to be something special.   One day last fall a package arrived from 1-2-3 Stitch and I thought is was some random floss I have ordered.   Imagine my surprise when I found the pattern inside and the packing slip listed the sender and sender's info as "Anonymous".    That was one of those times when I wish I could bottle the feeling you have.   So I have my theories on who my benefactor may be narrowed down but it matters not who the giver was as much as what a wonderful thing they did for me!    So without further ado...

This truly was an enjoyable piece to stitch!  I headed up to my craft room this morning after enjoying a Sunday breakfast out with a friend.  There I putzed a bit pulling different fabrics.   First up the patriotics.    I could have sworn I had some homespun fabrics in my stash.   It is kind of what I envisioned for completed the project.   But there you have it.......there is often a major disconnect between what I visualize and how the project actually turns out.    No homespun?   Well all the more reason to head out to the Mancuso Quilt Show is Oaks, PA new weekend!

I finally pulled out my civil war fabrics since that is a quilt I will probably be forever getting back to.

I tried pairing different fabrics for different looks.

I almost went with this one because the circles in the background I thought tied to the 'pennys'.

 I got my quilting rulers out to pull threads one inch away from the outside edge of stitches.

Duh! The pull threads were lost after I ironed on lightweight interfacing!  Out comes the quilting rulers again and a pencil!

Here's what I decided on for fabric.  hmmm.... but something is missing.

I added little cross stitches between the border and fabric with WDW Straw.

All laced and ready add a couple of stoneware mugs and a plate of cookies 
and I am ready to have a cup of tea with a friend.  

For now, I think I need to go outside and enjoyed this beautiful weather we are enjoying yet again!  Maybe a nice afternoon bike ride is a good idea.


Anonymous said...

Great stitch and great finish. Love the tray. The only thing I would change: mugs for wine glasses and the cookies for chocolate covered strawberries at your fire pit...just sayin. Second thought mugs would hold more wine and keep it colder.
Have a great time at the quilt show dear friend.

Shirley in CT.

Christine said...

Wow! The piece itself is beautiful but the way you inserted into the tray is gorgeous!

Pam in IL said...

Wow! That design is great and the way you finished it is awesome. Love it!

Robin said...

What a fabulous way to finish your special piece! I like the fabric you used to create the border and the little x's. Curious about where you got your tray.

Robin in Virginia

cucki said...

Wow such a pretty finish
I love it so much x

moosecraft said...

That's an awesome finish!

Andrea said...

Your stitched piece is lovely, but what a finish, gorgeous.

Carol said...

That is such a fabulous finish, Robin--really perfect in every way!!
And I love the fact that it was sent to you by an anonymous friend--makes it even more special :)

Melody said...

What a great finish! I love the fabric you 'framed' the stitching with! What a good idea. I don't think I would have thought of doing that. It made a beautiful tray.