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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Snow Days Block 10

Happy Sunday!!! A day of rest, sunshine and stitches! I'd like to start this post with saying a big thank you to everyone for all of the interest in the "A Little Porch Time" BOM quilt kit! It is on it's way to TN to a very talented quilter's home! :-)

I spent a good amount of time this weekend stitching on Block 10 of the Snow Days quilt. The stitched area finished up at about 16" x 9"... and when I was tracing it, it didn't look all that difficult. Well... as it turned out it was not only time consuming, but also used up an entire skein of floss! I think that's the first block I've stitched that used that much floss... Ah well... it will even out with the next block... it's so tiny I think I can finish it in an evening after work this week. lol! Famous last words... ;-)

So that's about all the big news here... I did receive a new cross stitch pattern in the mail this week... I'll be starting that this evening...

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Little Porch Time

Last year's theme was "Ambition" lol! I signed on for 4... yes... F*O*U*R Block of the Month Programs! I am currently ACTIVELY stitching on two of them... have the best of intentions to start one more of them before the autumn of THIS year (it's a wool quilt)... and I am looking to sell off the complete BOM (kit) of fabrics and pattern book to finish the quilt top titled "A Little Porch Time" by Lynda Hall.


And, each section also has the fabric suggestion chart to offer some guidance as to what fabric to use where.

If anyone is interested, I have it listed on eBay now... click HERE to go to the auction.

Until next time... Stay Healthy & Keep on Smiling!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter and Block 9

I hope everyone is having a joyous Easter Sunday! We are having warm breezes, sunshine and blossoming trees galore here in Central Jersey! One of those pretty days you want to bottle up and save for when it's 110 degrees with 110% humidity! lol!

Our Easter Sunday has been quiet and enjoyable with hobbies and a ham dinner. One of the little pieces I finished was Block 9 of the Snow Days quilt! Five more blocks to go and then I will start the piecing... I still have some daylight left, so I might just trace of Block 10 and get a start on that this evening.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stitches & Olde Threads

I've been happily enjoying the early Spring we are having here on the East Coast! The longer daylight hours and beautiful sunshine summon energies to get out into the yard and work in the soil and dream of the gardens that Summer will bring! So, not too much time has been spent sitting and stitching... but I did manage to finish a pinkeep and also purchase some wonderful pieces to add to my home's Spring decor.

First up is the cross stitch pinkeep I finished over the weekend. It's a Country Rustic Primitives design called "Tulips In Spring Pinkeep". I stitched it with the specified DMC threads on a 30ct. linen that was dyed "Antique Cotton". After backing with the same blue fabric it is resting on in this picture, I stuffed it with raw cotton and added a rusty bell with safety pin. It finished up a little larger than 9" x 5".

I also made a visit to the brand new selling website called Primitive Handmades Mercantile. While browsing through the many beautiful offerings of the included artists, I stumbled upon some "must haves" that were created by Susan Hoover of Olde Threads. Not only are the pieces themselves meticulously stitched and assembled... but Susan also put a lot of care into the packaging of these treasures! Each piece was individually wrapped in cellophane with a little spring grass... and she also included a few Spring hang tags... so pretty!

This was my first purchase from Primitive Handmades Mercantile... and I can honestly say that I was so pleased with my experience, that I'll be looking forward to each and every update they have! I believe the next update will be the 15th or 16th of this month.... but, you can check now to see what's still available from last months update. And, please... on the main page of their website... read about the giveaway they are having. There are letters scattered about the artists pages and if you can unscramble them correctly you will be entered to win some handmade prizes. I have been trying to solve this puzzle since the first day... and I just can't seem to get it! Maybe you will?

Many thanks to everyone that cheered on with confidence that I was going to actually be climbing that tower! I even had a buddy offer to climb it with me! :-) But, as much as I wanted to try... rules and regulations keeps anyone but trained and authorized personnel from climbing that tower. Ah well... ;-)

Down here on the ground... I'm almost finished with the embroidery of Block #9 of the Snow Days quilt! I'll post a picture in my next post... looking forward to a relaxing 3 day Easter weekend coming up!

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

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