Thursday, December 12, 2019

Not Sure About This

I am not sure I am happy with these colors. First, here are some bad photos of the double running stitch.

Here is the beginning of my satin stitch:
In black and white:

Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't.  But I do know, I love stitching this. If you have the chance, I would advise trying it. Although Baytha is probably coming out soon.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The People's Choice!

Jo hosts this SAL over at     Serendipitous Stitching      .  She has been letting us choose what theme we want for each month for quite a while. A year maybe? Anyway, this month is winter.
I do a lot of Christmas but then I remembered this little Mill Hill kit I stitched a few years ago.
 And look at this adorable gnome a friend made!
I think he needs a name.  Suggestions?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thinking and Stitching

I have been thinking about what I will do for the new year. Part of me wants to start some new projects, but the other part of me just wants to finish some of the many things I have in my stash. I mean, I haven't touched Drawn Thread Sampler all year.
 And when will Reptiles get done if I never put a stitch on it?
But what I really need to get done is MH 1656. Here is where I am now:
I am not quite half-way through this band and I still need to add the satin stitch. It is a challenge and a joy to stitch. But should I get Baytha from Hands Across the Sea when it is released?

Monday, December 2, 2019

December Already!

I have been busy with college students home for Thanksgiving so it was hard to post photos. I have yet to decorate for Christmas nor have I started my holiday baking. I would like to take a day and decorate, but the urge to bake escapes me this year. Probably a good thing as I don't need all those calories!
I have been working away at my art quilt:

It is fun to just stitch and not care if every stitch is perfect.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

I'm On A Roll!

I finally finished this heart from Gay Ann Rogers:
I am trying NOT to start a new project, but it is hard. I want to get a few more finishes before the end of the year, if at all possible.
I also found this pie pan at an estate sale:
And the doily in the photo with my heart and some really pretty pillowcases. I think the pie pan will be nice for finishing some stitching some day.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Finish on a Mill Hill

I fave finished this little piece. It was started in December 2018, so it really didn't take me too long. I feel so less guilty about the desire to start a new kit!
I am trying to wait until January to start another kit. I have a couple of smalls that need to be stitched and I will pull them out and try to get them done before the end of the year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Little Bit of Red

I was able to get a little stitching done on this piece last week.
A friend said I could have done another whole band....I kind of wish I had in a totally different color-blue, purple, orange?

Monday, November 18, 2019

My Progress over the IHSW

Well, I finished stitching an ornament, but I can't show that as I hope to finish it for a swap.
But I did get a bit done on my Hands Across the Sea Sampler:
Just one little bird and then on to the leaf band. For some reason I really like this band.

Friday, November 15, 2019

International Hermit and Stitching Weekend and Gifted Gorgeousness

I love it that we have a way to do a virtual retreat like this. I love seeing what people manage to stitch over the weekend, even if we can't meet face-to-face. What is International Hermit & Stitch Weekend? It is the 3rd weekend of the month where you try to get as much stitching time as possible. You do not have to boot your spouse out of the house or go anywhere to do this. The idea is to just try to carve out a little extra time to stitch. And we love seeing what everyone else is doing! There is a Facebook page and I think Jo over at   Serendipitous Stitching     is in charge....
I just noticed that it is Gifted Gorgeousness. (Again, Jo is in charge of this! :) )I plan on stitching MH 1656 even though it wasn't a gift to me nor a gift to anyone else! Nicola Parkman of   HATS         received it as a gift from her husband so I hope that counts!

I was humming along when I realized I made a huge error and needed to frog it. Hopefully I can get this band done over the weekend.

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 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: