Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some Finishes & A Weekend in Arizona (picture heavy)

January is shaping up to be all about smalls.  Here are the latest finishes-

Gay Ann Rogers Samples

Barbara Jackson's latest Christmas Ornament thru Shining Needle Society

Olde Colonial Designs Pins and Needles Pincushion Top

The Stitcherhood Merry Christmas Ornament

Plum Street Samplers
Jack's Birthday tart pincushion
I just got back from a weekend in Phoenix.  Oh, the weather was delightful.  In the 70's everyday, no rain, no humidity.  The perfect place to visit in the winter.
The weekend started with a wonderful German dinner in Glendale at Haus Murphy's.
We saw this restaurant on the Food Network with Guy Fieri.  It was live music night with accordion and tuba!
We were able to eat outside in the Bier Garden.

Check out these Christmas lighted palm trees!

We revisited the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The last time we were there was 1984!  You can imagine that it used to be in the middle of nowhere and now it is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, strip malls, etc.

And I got to visit the "new" Attic Needlework shop.  Oh, it is amazing!
And I did a little stash enchancement :)
Sunday afternoon brought the Seahawks football game-a real nail biter!  And some shopping for  Merry Cox goodies!
Monday was the Merry Cox Young Ladies Workbox class-

It was a lovely time and I even got a sneak peek at Merry's class scheduled for 2016-

Whew!  It's good to be home!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 Stitching Goals

Typically when a new year rolls around I make a list of stitching goals.  The only way they are organized is large projects and small projects.  Then 3 or 4 times during the year I refer back to that list.
As you can imagine the end of the year finish list looks very, very different from the new year goal list.
This year I decided to try something new--make a list of categories of projects and finish one project in each category.  Categories can be by designer or type.
2015 Project Goals List
Needlepoint-Terry Dryden's Tropical Jazz (class WIP)

Gay Ann Rogers-Hollyhock House (WIP)
Crabapple Hill-Mason Jar Wallhanging (WIP)
Guila Punti Antichi-Windmill Box (new start)

 Pincushion Doll & Trunk-Elizabeth by GPA (new start)
Renaissance Designs-#10 in Christmas series (new start)

Barbara Jackson-Sweetheart of Mine (class-new start)
Quilt-Wooly Good Year (BOM-WIP)
SAL-15 sided biscornu with local EGA chapter (new start)
WIP Catherine Theron's No Place Like Home needlebook (class-WIP)
BAP-Plum Street Samplers The Flood (new start)

Wool-Heart to Hand Sewing Room (new start)
Embroidery-CAH Gardener's Alphabet quilt (BOM-WIP)
Class project-Patricks Woods Button Brag Book (class-WIP)
Sampler-Rosewood Manor Cornwall Sampler (WIP)
Smalls-Jeannette Douglas My Stitching Treasures (new start)
Primitive Quilts Magazine-Farmers Tote (wool & flannel) (new start)
Etui & Smalls-Carolina Designs Miss Hannah's House (WIP)

Painted canvas-Floating Bird (new start)

Misc as time allows-Strawberries by Historic Needlework Guild (Barbara Jackson) (new starts)
This is 20+ projects.  Definitely doable. 
Unfortunately so far in 2015  I have not touched any of these designs.  So keeping my mind on this list is a challenge in and of itself  :)

Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Starting the Year Out Right!

Well, the holidays are over and life is back to normal.
I'm happy to report the Christmas tree and decorations are down and put away for another year. 
The super cold weather some of the USA is enduring is not here in the Pacific NW.  We are having a typical cloudy and grey winter with daytime temps in the 40's. I won't complain.
 I have been busy preparing for a new stitching year !
My stash got inventoried and put on an excel spreadsheet. It is alphabetized by the designers name.  It was a lot of work, but it is so nice to be able to check and see if I already have a project.   Yes, I have been guilty of buying the same chart more than once.  Hopefully, this is the end of that problem.
On the stitching front, I have 3 finishes to report-

Finish #1-Barbara Jackson
Peace on Earth ornament
Shining Needle Society
I love these ornaments!  But when it came time to make a queen stitch on 40 ct fabric, I hit a brick wall.  Even 1 ply was too bulky.  And I noticed from my basting that the ornament was going to be tiny.  So I switched my fabric to 32 ct and the ornament is a much better size and the queen stitch issue went away.

Finish #2-Barbara Jackson
Merrily, Merrily ornament
Shining Needle Society
Yes, I have the next ornament on the stretcher bars!  Hopefully it won't be long before it is finished.

Finish #3-The Stitching Parlor
Treasures Sewing Box
 I stitched the pincushion upside down.  I was using a hoop and the excess fabric was flapping against my hand.  So I flipped it upside down.
Current project-
The Stitcherhood
Merry Christmas #53
I'll be back soon with another post about my 2015 goals!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye to 2014!

I was preparing for Christmas Eve dinner and remembered to pull out a special embroidered tablecloth.  It was embroidered by DH's great-aunt and after some discussion we dated it to the 1930's or 40's (?).  The great aunt lived her entire life in Germany so we are not sure if this is an original design or store-bought printed design. She did initial it in the same green embroidery thread it is worked in.
  Any thoughts or info would be appreciated!
I have 4 final finishes for 2014!

Finish #1-Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd's Fold sampler finish-finished in the Lone Elm plum box.
Linen and threads as provided.
Changed words from A Full Heart to My Heart is full but used the distinctive Shepherd's Bush font.

Finish #2-L'Atelier Perdu
Christmas Stocking 2012-The Magic
Designed as a threadkeeper, I nunstitched the edges and decorated a wood box.  I also changed the words from Believe in the Magic to Winter Wonderland. I also tent stitched the design instead of cross stitch.

Finish #3- Atkinson Designs Yellow Brick Road
Flannel, twin sized quilt top from fat quarters I bought on our Alaskan cruise fall 2013.

Finish #4-Gail Pan
Summertime Stitching sampler
From August 2014 class at Buggy Barn, Reardon, WA
So happy I took this class as the Buggy Barn closed their doors this fall!
This still needs to be finish-finished into a wallhanging.

I had a total of 63 finishes in 2014.   Including several ornaments and biscornus.  I also counted quilt blocks that I finished for quilts that aren't finished. 
I am especially proud that I finished 4 box tops-Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold, Jeannette Douglas My Stitching Treasures Box, Debbie Stiehler's American Patchwork box, and Barbara Jackson's Tea Time Basket (still struggling to get this one finish-finished)
I attended 5 retreats and 3 classes.
I finished my second year as treasurer for my local EGA chapter. 
I have a new grandson born in March.
And my ebay stash-reduction business has kept me very busy! 
Thanks to all of you who have trusted me with the items you are ready to part with!

I'll post again next year!