Monday, August 31, 2009

A Huge Bug Bite! And More...

I have been bitten by the cross stitch bug again and I love it. I have been away from it for a few years and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Here are my next two projects. The first is a new pattern by Shepherd's Bush "My Pins". This pattern is stitched on 24 count fabric over two threads. I should have no problem stitching this one even in the evening. It includes the cross stitch fabric, floss, border and backing fabric and ric rac to complete a pincushion. The second one is also by Shepherd's Bush. This one has been in my closet for a few years. I remembered that I had this pattern and thought that I would like to stitch it for this Fall. So into the closet I went. Sure enough there it was. Now I don't want to make it sound like I walked right in and put my hands right on it....I was in there for quite a while. Before I go into my closet I always call my friend Debbie. I tell her what I am up to and ask her to check on me if she doesn't heard from me in a while.

While I was in there I found some goodies that I had forgotten all about. I found these two blocks all prepped and ready to applique. The pattern is "Ring Around The Posie" By Primitives Pieces By Lynda . I was going to make a four block wall hanging from this pattern. I am not sure if these would be my color choices today but I like this pattern. I will have to see. I haven't appliqued in a while. These larger pieces just may give me a jump start back to the thousands of applique projects that have and love.

Don't you just love this pattern? Why did I ever put it away? Do you ever do that? I think that I have too many projects that I want to do. I start them all and don't finish any of them. I need help....yup I do! Dr. Phil would be so proud..I have taken the first step. I have admitted that I have a problem.

I also found a long lost Santa that I had stitched. I had the backing fabric right along side it in a ziplock bag. Maybe I will finish this project too.

Isn't he sweet? Well I am off....not to the closet tonight, but to stitch. I will be back soon with some new progress on some old projects. I will chat then.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Finish And Some Progress

I just love this little guy! Shepherds Bush is one of my favorite designers. He took hardly any time to stitch. Now to get him framed.

Here is some progress on my Willow House by BBD another of my favorite designers. I enjoy doing this picture during the day. I love the Tobacco color fabric but I do have difficulty seeing it in the evening. Even using my Ott light it is a struggle and not fun.

This is a Cinderberry Stitches pattern I am using for a table runner. I need a backing and some quilting to finish it up. This is going to be a Christmas gift for a friend.

It is sunny and 74 degrees here today. Fall is in the air! I will chat soon.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Bit Of Stitching Going On!

We have had a lot of rain here in upstate NY as we wait for our summer to arrive. We have a nice day and then we have several not so nice days. Lots of thunder and lightning too. That is not my favorite weather either. Today is beautiful. It is 80 degrees, a slight breeze and no humidity. Yea! With the weather, I have had the choice to clean , do laundry or stitch soooo... I have done a little of each. First is some progress on Willow House by BBD. ( check on my July 21st post for a picture of this project) The fabric is Tobacco 28 count. I love it. I find that these old eyes have to work on it in a very good light.

I had a small interruption in my progress of WH when this little goody arrived in the mail.

This is a kit by Sheperd's Bush. I have been fond of their patterns forever. I mean in LOVE with them!! It has been a dream of mine to go to Ogden Utah to attend their Christmas Tea and open house.

This kit is called Home. I enjoy this pattern because I can see it. The pattern is large and the symbols are clear. ( I usually have to take my patterns to Staples to have them enlarged to ease the eye strain) It has stitched up quickly with the silk floss that was included in the kit. I still have a bit more stitching to finish this project.
This next project I saw Peg stitching and loved it. So of course I had to order it too.

Peg stitched her stitchery in a variegated red floss. When I received my lovely Christmas in July swap from Rachel I was so excited to find not one but two skeins of DMC variegated red floss included in it. It looks just like the floss that Peg used. I love it! Thanks again Rachel. You are the best!

With all the rain that we have had, I have had time to prep some projects for Christmas. Most of them I can't show you now as I have some very nosey friends. (Yes, you know who you are!)This project, even though it is Halloween, is for a Christmas gift. It is safe to show this project as the recipient does not have a blog. She loves anything Fall and Halloween.

I am going to stitch this project with 12 weight Sulky thread. I am still not sure of the border fabric. I checked my LQS for a fabric similar to the one used in the pattern with no luck. I choose the mottled with the stars. I am still not sure if I will use it. I think I see a road trip in the very near future. Hmm! I will chat soon.