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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!



My word for the year:

Resourceful



My color for the year:

Butternut Yellow


We'll meet again...
2014

~ Sharon


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Will Soon Be Here... Part 2

Hey there! Two posts in one day! :-) Well... I finally finished up that "mystery project" I was talking about and was lucky enough to have 60 degree and sunny weather outside today to get some pics of it...

This piece is called "Merry Christmas"... it's a pattern by Farmhouse Threads. I bought this as a kit from Primitive Gatherings last year... please excuse the footprints in the pic... but, that's the result of melting snow *hurray*... The size is 60" x 4"...


What made this a project that was different from anything I've done before... was that I used my ol' Kenmore (fitted with a walking foot) to machine quilt it! Yep... it was last year's 12 Days of Favorite Quilty things featured on Lisa Bongean's (of Primtive Gatherings) blog... that introduced me to a Hera marker. That's what I used to measure and mark the diagonals of where I wanted to quilt... then took a deep breath... and with the longest stitch setting on the machine... all those diamond shapes got quilted.


Then, the binding went on...

Next, the wool letters were fused in place with Steam A Seam Lite and whipstitched with matching DMC thread...




This was another one of those "learning projects" for me... and it was a fun one and something a little bit different! So now I'm looking forward to machine quilting my next project! :-)

And now, some more pics of the decorating... I love snowmen, so I have quite a few of those...




And, of course, the Christmas tree... decorated with Shiny Brites, cars, radios and tinsel!


Thanks for visiting and have a very Merry Christmas!!!

~Sharon


Christmas Will Soon Be Here

I'm sitting at my bench with cup of coffee in hand... this is the time that I'm usually reading blogs... but, thought it would be better to write a post here... I like to keep posts kind of on the short side and there is so much to show and tell... So, let me start off with some Christmas decorating...

Fifteen years in our home and I've been through so many phases of decorating... from shiny flashy bling... to the latest trend... to (one year) nothing at all... and this year it all just feels comfortable! I find the best decorations are handmade...  each piece has the thoughts of the person who crafted it... the newest addition is gifted to me by Debbie of Woolensails. She needlepunched these two Joy ornaments and stitched up the square sachet that is stuffed with balsam! Ahhhh... the scent of Christmas!

 I've also spent some time stitching for this season... this is a Pineberry Lane design called "A Merry Christmas Redwork Sampler". I stitched it with charted threads and linen... then stitched it to a pillow that I made with wool and stuffed it with wool snippets and some balsam. For accent, I added the tiniest jingle bells and safety pins...


OK. Have to go refill my cup with some more coffee... here are a few more pictures of decorating... I'll have more in a day or two... including that one "mystery project" I mentioned in my last post...





Merry Christmas!

~Sharon




Friday, December 13, 2013

NJ Antique Radio Club Holiday Party

This video is for the folks that enjoy the antique radio hobby... we are members of the NJ Antique Radio Club, and every year they have a wonderful Holiday party... this video includes some scenes from this year's "gift giving" part of the evening...



And, if you visit here just for the stitchy stuff... stay tuned! I'm working on a project that is a little bit different from what I have been doing...

Stay warm and enjoy your Merry Making! Only 11 days to go before Christmas Day is here!!! :-)

~Sharon

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mixing it up

It was such a relief to get one of my BIG projects done and off to the quilter... that I decided to tackle a couple of small projects before jumping on to my next BIG project...

This one is called "Quaker Sampler Stocking" and is a design from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. The pattern can be found in the Christmas 2013 issue of Early American Life Magazine. The front is needlepunch and the back is an antique black wool. I stuffed this with wool snippets to use as a door hanger... but, you could also stitch this as a stocking (with an open top) to hold some of your holiday greenery... finishes up at about 10" tall and 4" wide.


This silly little gal is a design by Country Stitches. It's called "Tricks and Treats" and makes me smile every time I look at her! :-) I was having a difficult time of stitching over 1 on the 22 count Ariosa (that was suggested)... so I tossed that start and moved on to my trusty ol' 32ct linen... over 2, of course ;-) The stitched area is about 7" x 6". I'm still trying to decide on a good way to finish this piece. The sample is in a black frame... but, I think this might make a great treat bag...


And now that I got some smalls out of my system... it's back to the BIGGIE! Yep... Snow Days... piece by piece... it's time to "git-r-done"! ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon



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