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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Love One Another

Thanks to everyone that entered the Grey House giveaway... Kathy, the pattern is out in today's mail!

I've begun to take baby steps to achieve my goal of stitching up all the kits I have on my shelves... here's a wee start with...

Love One Another
Design and Kit by

The wool for the body and heart of this bunny was included in the kit... along with the unbleached cotton for his little soft tail. His face was backstitched with DMC. And, the message on the heart was also backstitched with DMC, then whipstitched in place. I stuffed him firm with natural cotton batting, so he is pretty heavy. Finished up 17" tall from the tip of his ears to the bottom of his butt and 7-1/2" wide. This was a quick project... taking only one afternoon from start to finish.

I'm thinking the next project is going to clear a larger spot off my shelf... I'm heading off to prep the next block for Wisdom House by Jan Patek. It's a BOM I started nearly two years ago... needleturn applique... here I come!!!! :-)

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


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday's Winner!

Congratulations to

Kathy L.

You are the winner of the "Grey House" pattern!
Please email your snail mail address
Happy stitching to you!

I did manage a finish of a very small kit that has been hidden in my stash for over a year now... it's not a quilt, rug, needle punch or cross stitch... pics to be posted here in a couple of days!

Until then... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


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!

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