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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grey House

As the Summer heat and humidity continues... so do the small stitch-a-thons in front of our little air conditioner... here's the latest "almost finish"....

Grey House
Design by Nan Lewis

Grey House is a very enjoyable stitch because Nan used a couple of different stitches to add visual interest. I especially like the technique for the willow branches! :-) I stayed with most of the suggested thread colors. A couple of them needed to be substituted because I used a 32 ct natural linen which is slightly darker than the sample pictured on the pattern. Nan was nice enough to include a chart of every number so that we could stitch whichever date was meaningful to us. So, I decided it would be good to stitch the year that we purchased our home. But, since the 90's are not all that "prim", I followed the ol' standby of subtracting a hundred years and came up with 1897. :-) Anyways, it's an "almost finish" because I plan on framing it. But, I need to find a frame first... and, at the rate I'm moving this Summer? It could be weeks (possibly months) before it actually gets framed and hung on the wall... ;-)

Another past time that is good to do when it's HOT... is to sit and think! lol! So, I've been thinking it's about time I did something with the scattered heaps of patterns, wool and fabrics that I aspire to stitch and hook and needlepunch! Since I've already wasted countless hours trying to organize them (not too successfully)... I've decided that I'm going to just jump in and start stitching with the big kits (mostly quilts) and then move on down the line to the next smaller items which would be a rug hooking kit and then about a half dozen rug patterns... that should at least free up some space on my shelves that I can think a bit more clearly! :-) So, the next few posts will be on the progress of stitching the quilt BOM's and kits that I have accumulated over the years.

And... another thing that is good to keep the pattern inventory under control is to pass along the patterns I have completed. (Because I KNOW my favorite designers will create MORE irresistible patterns quicker than I can stitch or even store them!) So, if your still reading this post, then you are already eligible to win the pattern for Grey House! Yep... just leave a comment on this post to let me know you are interested in winning this pattern... and I will pick a name Thursday, August 23. And, one more thing, if you are a "no-reply blogger" please make sure you mention your email address in your comment. That way I can get a note to you if you are chosen as the winner! Remember... this giveaway is for the pattern... not a finished piece.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. That is a beautiful pattern, but we know I cannot stitch those beautiful little pieces with my eyes, lol. I just spent two days making a mess out of a mini punch, not my week;)


  2. What a pretty stitch. I love Nans patterns. I don't yet have this one but would love to stitch it and would be happy to continue to pass it on. I saw this stitched on onsnaberg loved it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kathy l.

  3. I am still reading put me in for your give away I have not stitched in a long time I think now is the time.

  4. You are one busy girl. Your sampler is coming along beautifully... very nice pattern. Best of luck with the down-sizing, completing, and getting things done! Oh how I wish I could dive into my stash more! :-)

    Someone is going to be a lucky winner!

  5. Sharon ~
    What a sweet pattern but please don't enter me. I just have way too many patterns (to hook, stitch and punch) that I probably couldn't get to it in this lifetime...lol!
    Hugs :)

  6. You are so amazing and thinking up all of that. I can't wait to see it framed. You will feel so much different when the weather finally changes. Since I just received two of your generous offers, I will pass but I will be keeping my eyes peeled. :) I can wait to see what your projects will be. It sounds like so much fun.

  7. It is a great little pattern. Since I have just jumped back into stitching, count me in :)

  8. This is such a great pattern...love any sort of house! Can't wait to see the finish. Please don't enter me...I will never get to it and my house is already full of ufo's.
    Have a great weekend,

  9. Any pattern with a house is a favorite of mine and yours is looking really great! I would love to win the pattern to stitch it myself. diana.h@comcast.net

  10. It's a beautiful pattern! Thank you so much for offering to pass it along - I'd love to stitch it - anything with a house and willow trees!

    or find me at preferablyprim.blogspot.com

  11. What great stitching! I love this pattern, but not sure I had seen it before. Thank you for sharing. I would love to enter for a chance. Thank you!


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