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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thirteen Years Later...

A couple of weeks ago Daffycat posted one of her first finishes on her blog and challenged the rest of us to show one of ours. Well I did and while I was digging around in my old cross stitch pieces I came across another one that I really don't understand why I never did anything with it. This particular piece was stitched in 1996 (I only know that because I put the date on the piece at the time).

So, this weekend I headed off to Hobby Lobby to find a frame and purchase foam core for mounting. I consulted Vonna's framing tutorial and $15.00 and an hour later I was done.


"December"
From Paula Vaughan's Quilts For All Seasons
28 ct cream linen (I think)
DMC floss


And a few close ups.




Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mine


And here are the ornaments I made for the Christmas ornament swap on The Quilting Bee forum. None of my swap partners visit my blog so I feel safe in posting a picture.

These look complicated but they are are not. The toughest part for me was drawing a 9 inch equilateral triangle. Thanks to Katrina for the wonderful tutorial found here. I opted for a small jingle bell instead of a button on the front. Wouldn't a tree full of these in sparkly Christmas fabrics be pretty?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Swapping

Stitchers call it exchanging, quilters call it swapping. :o) I am participating in an ornament swap at The Quilting Bee forum and my first ornament arrived today. Isn't he cute? This one is from Linda and she also made the gorgeous scissor/rotary cutter fob and sent it along too. I am just tickled pink. I have finished my ornaments - just need to get them packaged and on their way.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Preparing for Winter

I am trying to get ahead of the game and make myself a winter fob for my scissors. :o) This little cutie is barely an inch square. I had admired him from the moment I saw him in the JCS 2009 Ornament issue and knew he would be one of the first ornaments I stitched. A simple snowflake for the back of the fob added the finishing touch for this little guy. :o)



"Purple Penguin"
Casey Buonaugurio Designs
32 ct lavender evenweave
1 over 1 with DMC flosses




Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thankful

"Thankful"
Designed by Primitvebettys
HDF grab bag 35 ct linen
HDF Examplar Fried Pickles Floss

I Won!

Andrea over at The Craft Room had a drawing on her blog for one of her handmade ornaments. I threw my name into the drawing and just look at what I won! I am just tickled pink to have one of her ornaments - her stitching is flawless and the finishing with that beaded edge is just divine. Because of my crappy photo abilities you can't really see the little brass charm on the upper left that says "Made For You", such a nice personal touch. It will have a place of honor on my tree this year.

Thank you Andrea!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Waste Not


I just can't bring myself to toss those strips of linen left over after stitching a piece. As I was walking by my ironing board I noticed the pile of scraps and a light bulb went on in my little ole head.

I sat down at the sewing machine and starting pieceing the strips together. I found a template online for a gingerbread man, broke out the permanent markers, and what you see my friends is history. LOL He would be even cuter if the face, buttons and such were stitched but I was too lazy to do that this time.

He will make a cute little addition to my tree and the scraps didn't go to the wastebasket.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Humbug - No Bah!



I just crack myself up sometimes. LOL Here is the cutest little humbug I received from Lynne in the Tiny Treasures Exchange, Too. I just love the orange with the pink and coral - orange is becoming one of my favorite colors. Her stitching and finishing were wonderful and she also sent along some lovely green beads and a skien of satin floss. Thank you Lynne!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Peppermint Twist

While cruising the internet earlier this week I came across this tutorial on the Moda Bakeshop website. Since I had been trying to think of some little gift ideas for quilting friends I decided to give these a try. I found the instructions to be excellent and really like the weight the crushed walnut shells add to the pincushion. I think these would make cute little decorations for the holidays as well as being useful.

I hope you are all having a good weekend. It is cold here but at least we have sunshine. I have a Christmas ornament swap coming up so I suppose I will be working on those tomorrow as well as finishing up my humbug for the Tiny Treasures exchange.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

First Stitches

Bwahhahahaha! Ya'll are going to love this. Sharon (Daffycat) posted today about her first projects and boy could I relate. This little frog is one of my very first projects stitched with one strand DMC on 22 count Hardanger. As you can see he shared a piece of fabric with a Christmas Mouse at one time - the mouse was put into one of those gold plastic frames and made into an ornament. The little froggy never went anywhere because I didn't leave enough fabric to cut him out! Note the masking tape around the edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying. LOL This was stitched around 1980 when I was a junior in high school.
Another project from the same time period. This one is on 14 count Aida. Perhaps I should frame this one for my sewing room. It would be a good reminder when I am feeling a bit down and who wouldn't be cheery looking at those colors?

So - dig in those closets and baskets and show us some of your first projects. I guarantee they will coax at least one smile out of you!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Weekend Update


"By The Light Of The Moon"
The Primitive Needle
Silkweaver 40 ct Terracotta
HDF Floss

We have had a rainy, dreary, cool weekend here in NC. The sun came out for an hour or two yesterday and that was it. Our yard is full of wet leaves and the squirrels are scurrying to collect all the acorns that fell after the hard rains last night. It made for a perfect stitching weekend.

I have been working on this freebie by the Primitive Needle "By The Light Of The Moon". I saw her Halloween Revelry design in the JCS Halloween issue and knew right away I would eventually make it to add to my Halloween collection. I decided to do this smaller piece first as a companion to the larger design. I think they will be quite nice displayed together next year. This is my first time working with 40 count linen and it may be my last. My eyes just don't adjust well to the smaller count and I have to take frequent breaks to allow my eyes to rest. I love how the tiny stitches look but I don't think I am cut out for stitching on this smaller count linen.

Time to begin preparing myself for another work week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!