Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Few Finishes

Do you remember my pieces from The People's Choice?
Well, I figured out a way to fully finish a few of them.
First, I had stitched this cat for my daughter and it came with a box. I finished it years ago and I had a brilliant idea.
I put two magnets inside/back of the box:

 I then glued two magnets on the back of this little piece:

I was able to use the box and display this cute little pumpkin piece.
I bought some magnetic paint and put a little bit on the corner of the frame of the Welcome piece. A magnet on the back of the pumpkin and it adds a nice touch. (I have most of the other Welcome pieces by Mill Hill and they all have a little doo-dad to attach to the frame.The little bit of magnetic paint will enable mt to stick them on.)
I had finished this Mill Hill Kit a while back and decided to just glue the little Mill Hill scarecrow to the frame.

I have ideas for the other pieces. Now to find time to finish them so I can display them next year.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veteran's Day!

I am an Air Force brat and am proud that both my parents served as did one of my brothers.
To all military that served our country, thank you!
I still need to glue washers and magnets on this piece, but I look forward to displaying it this summer.
(Ignore the bad paint job!)

Friday, November 8, 2019

Slow Stitching

On Instagram there is a hashtag called #slowstitch. I think the idea is to meditative as you stitch a project and also just to be more mindful. I already knew that taking a few stitches on a project calms my mind and makes me focus on what is truly important.
I have been working on this quilt for a bit. It is truly slow since I am really not sure what I am going to do on the piece but just decide as I go.

A lot of the seams need something done to them. French knots, detached chain stitch and woven spiral stitch give it some texture. Not sure this will ever get done, but I do like working on it.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

People's Choice for November

Serendipitous Stitching

This is a great SAL! Every month there is a new theme and this month the theme is Autumnal Colors.
I had big plans of finishing something to post, but life got in the way.
I do love fall colors. Look at this pile of leaves...
And look at the golden color on these pears:

I have not done any new fall stitching in a bit, but I do have this pile of Mill Hill Bead kits that need to be finished:
Do you like fall colors? Do you stitch things for just the color? Just wondering.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Plans Starting to Form for 2020

Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday on my Halloween Blog Post. It is always fun to read other blogs and to read comments.
Enchanted Pumpkin was the winner for my Halloween start in 2020.
I have to admit, it is the one I wanted to do anyway.

But even as I posted the question yesterday, I had to question my sanity. I do have a few other WIPs (cough,cough) that need to be stitched. I can only work on so many at a time. Well, I can only work on one at a time but I mean, rotate through my projects.
Sigh. I should finish a WIP before I start a new project. How many can I get done before the start of 2020?
Are any of you starting to plan for 2020?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halloween Blog Hop

Well, we are under a SNOW warning here and a lot of places are cancelling or postponing Trick or Treat. But not Jo over at   Serendipitous Stitching   ! She is hosting a Blog Hop where we try to find a phrase and post it back on her site. (Go read her blog post as she explains herself better than I do!)
I was not going to participate as I did not think I had anything to share.
I had already posted my Halloween finishes:
What to share? Then I realized I had purchased TWO new Mill Hill Bead kits! (We will not discuss my obsession with Mill Hill Bead kits.) So why don't you help me decide which one to start for 2020?
 White Pumpkins?

    Or Enchanted Pumpkin?

Oh! Your letter from my blog is

And your next letter will be at:

Good luck and have a piece of candy with me today!

A WIPocalypse Finish!

Thanks to Melissa over at Measi"s Musings , I pushed myself to finish this during the month of October. She suggested taking one stitch on a project every single day and I chose The First Christmas Stocking.
Here is where I started, I think, in October:
 Here is the back of the stocking:
 And now the front:
I will probably try to finish this myself. Gulp!
Tomorrow is Halloween and Jo's bloghop over at Serendipitous Stitching Hope I can figure out what I will post before then!  

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Art Quilt

I am trying to put a little bit on this daily. It will take me forever to stitch this at the rate I am going, but I do enjoy it. I am close to a finish on my Christmas Stocking, but I don't want to post here until I am done. I may be begging someone to FFO it before Christmas...Any suggestions?

Monday, October 28, 2019

More Little Red Sampler

I find this project very addicting. I take it with me places and stitch on it when I am too tired to stitch on other things. I think it is 36 count. Love seeing it develop. I even have at least one spool to display one of them on.

Sunday, October 27, 2019


TUSAL is Totally Useless Stitch A Long. All you need to do is take a photo of your orts and post it on your blog. What are orts? From https://www.dictionary.com/ Usually orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal. We define it as the little bits left over from our stitching.

I am not sure if anyone is hosting this anymore, but I sure enjoy seeing everyone's little bits of thread and fabric...
Here is my jar of orts:
And here is what I believe is the last zinnia of the season:
Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Red Sampler

I do like working on this. Wish I remembered what the fabric was...
I am stitching it twice as I feel like there is plenty of room on the fabric. I know I have some spools in the basement that I think will make a great display.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Lots of Stitching This Weekend

I was able to get a bunch done this weekend. I can taste a finish on this piece!
Here is the piece at the beginning of the weekend:
Here is where I ended up:
I also worked on my art quilt:
And finished my biscornus:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness in October

I have finished stitching this piece! Now to FFO it for my husband's aunt.
One of these days I hope to make the actual ball.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Trying to Get this Done!

I have been forcing myself to stitch on this piece as much as possible. I stitch a little in the morning and then again in the evening. I am making progress.
There is a lot of backstitching to be done in these sections, so I am planning on doing a strand of floss every time I sit and stitch.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A New Start

I finally caved and started a new project. It is a red sampler and all I want to stitch.
I am using fabric that the shop put in the kit for me and Silk4u PR 126. I love it!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

WIP Wednesday

We are getting cool weather and I love how the leaves are starting to change colors.
I have been stitching on my stocking and I feel like I am making progress.
Here is where it was last time:

And here is where I am today:

Saturday, October 5, 2019

People's Choice SAL

Well, it is the first Saturday of the month and it is time to post
Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching host this and this month's topic is cats.
Have you seen the new design by Plum Street Samplers called Clementine?

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It looks like our kitty and I may have to stitch this one.
I have a finish to share! And it has a cat in it too...
I had this stitched a bit ago and finally took the time to pop it in the frame. I need to pull another of the kits out to get another one done.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Why is Life so Busy?

I find I can post on Instagram or Facebook, but blogging is becoming more of a chore. I think it is partially that my husband and I share the same computer. My goal is to get more than one post a week, but we will see!
It is the end of the month and the only Wipocalypse project that I have made much progress on is First Christmas Stocking.
I am so very close on this piece!  Melissa has a challenge for next month to place at least one stitch on a single project every day. Yep! I can do that, as long as we don't travel....               
I am also late on The Totally Useless SAL which is supposed to go up on the new moon, which was Saturday(?). Anyway, here is my ort jar on the art quilt I am stitching:
I am leaving some of the lavender in, but a lot will be covered in beads and stitching!
Oh! Melissa always asks a question and this month's is
What finishing style have you never tried but would love to do?
I hate finishing projects myself so this is a tough question. Do you remember the Uncle Sam's Hat?
 It is stitched and ready to be finished as shown below.
But there is sits in my basement, waiting for someone to "poof" make it into a hat. Until next month!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Art Quilt Changes

I have been playing with this art quilt for awhile. I was with some friends on Friday and they helped me play with it.
This is where we left it on Friday:
I posted it on Instagram and my daughter commented that she thought the lavender was too much. As did  Cheryl . I looked at it and decided I agreed. I love fuchsia and purple, but the lavender did not make me happy. So I took photos and started playing.
Here is the upper left corner from Friday in color and black and white:

 Note that the pink and lavender are the same value-medium.

I painted some of the lace with some fabric paint I have and took some more photos:
  I am going to play with the lace a little more and try to get a little more of the dark fuchsia in some of the lace. Also, I will paint some of the lavender and make it purple.  I pulled a blue thread I dyed earlier this year which I think will work to pull this color around the quilt a little more. I am very excited about this piece and feel like it looks so much better.
I have TONS of ideas for stitching on it, but I need to get this base layer down.

Monday, September 23, 2019


I was able to get a little stitching this weekend. I have decided to work on this as much as possible as I am so close to a finish.
Here is where I started on Friday:

 Here is where I ended this morning:

Looks like the crook will be ok. I know I am off by a little, but it will work. Hope you got a lot of stitching time this weekend.