Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stitching with friends

Hello fellow stitchers!

It was a beautiful fall day here in the Shenandoah and I must admit I enjoyed gaining an hour of sleep!

I had a wonderful day yesterday...I spent the day with my dear friend, Robin.  She was kind enough to invite me to her house (which is a lovely house, nestled in the woods...absolutely charming!) for a day of stitching.  We spent the day sharing projects, stash acquisitions and of course stitching!  I took full advantage of her Keurig coffee/tea maker...what a wonderful machine!  But it was the fellowship that was the most inspiring.

I brought along two projects to stitch on but ended up focusing on one all day...The Sparrow.  I finished the tree trunk and started the leaves.  Here are a few pics of my progress...



Thanks to Robin and her enabling ways, I am going to employ The Sparrow as my 15 minute stitching project.  The small motifs and fill in (grass and eventual houses) will be perfect for quick stitching.

Thank you to those who left comments about my queen stitches.  I must admit that I enjoyed stitching them...they are so beautiful when they are finished! 

Also, a big welcome to my new followers!  Thank you for finding my little world interesting! 

Till next time!  Happy Stitching!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Queen of Queen Stitches

Well, I guess I shouldn't toot my own horn but I can't help it.  I just finished the queen stitched baskets on the Richmond Sampler...all twelve baskets...approximately 75 queen stitches each...that comes to a total of 900 queen stitches.  So yes, I am calling myself queen of the queen stitches.  Well, maybe I should call myself princess for now; I will be Queen when I finish the queen stitched border!  Here are a few late night snaps....




Can you tell I was playing with the camera?  I have not completely finished the flower baskets, they still need their rice stitched handles.  I will get there...eventually.  


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blessings flow

Hello dear stitchers,

It was a lovely fall day in the Shenandoah...the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves are still hanging on to their limbs.  Those leaves are troopers after the winter weather we had this past weekend.  As I was driving home from work, I gazed at the Allegheny Mountains to the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east (yes, I have quite a beautiful drive everyday) and I thought to myself how very lucky I am.

Blogging has truly been a blessing in my life.  It has allowed me to connect with people that I otherwise would never have met and it has allowed me to share my love of needlework with other passionate people.  One of these people is my friend Robin (no blog...we need to change that!)  I met Robin, a fellow Virginian, when she emailed me to ask where I was from and if I had a LNS and the rest, as they say, is history.  We have kept in touch with emails and visits for almost two years.  Robin is a wonderful person and a very talented stitcher but most importantly, she is a good friend.    She is always sending me the most wonderful cards and freebie designs...truly, she is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. 

Robin's generosity overwhelmed me once again when I celebrated my birthday.  Threads, charts and linen, oh my! But what really grabbed my heart was this...
Bird in Hand by Blackbird Designs
32 ct. Flax Fields Line
Rubbed Purple silk from HDF
Stitched by Robin

Isn't it gorgeous?  It has a special place in our living room where I can see it from my stitching chair.  It reminds me of how lucky I am and the beauty of having a sister of the needle.  Thank you Robin, you are a great friend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November already???

Hello, dear readers!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween!  I spent the evening cuddled up with my Richmond Sampler attempting to finish the flower baskets.  I have a few more queen stitches to put in before I share my progress...but I promise it will be soon!

I can show some progress on The Sparrow...but the word "Sparrow" gave me quite a fit Saturday night.  I ripped it out not once but twice!  Thankfully, the third time I stitched it, it was correct.  As I was ripping out "Sparrow" for the second time, I could hear my grandmother's voice in my head asking "Are you pulling it out with your teeth?"  What does that mean?  Well, when I was younger, my grandmother told me never start a project on a Sunday because according to superstition if you do the devil will have you pulling your stitches out with your teeth!   And no, I did not start The Sparrow on a Sunday but if you saw me frogging on Saturday evening you would have thought so.  Without further ado here is my progress in The Sparrow...

Thank you for all of the kind comments about DH and his first 5K.  I showed him all of your wonderful comments and he was thrilled!  You guys made his day!  Thank you!

Off to finish those queen stitches...