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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I sure hope the Trick Or Treaters get here
before I "run out" of candy... lol! ;-)

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Brandywine Hook-In

Taking a break from the Wisdom House quilt process here to share with you a most fabulous hook-in I attended this past Saturday. I have to say this guild does a superb job of keeping us rug hookers happy with wool and patterns and comfortable space for us to pull some loops!

Here are some room views so that you can get the idea of how many we managed to fill into the Wagontown Fire Department Meeting Hall in Coatsville, PA...

Our table... Kathy and Debbie... and many, many snacks and candies!
Dianne Pearce Basketmaker booth in the background
Our table... Debbie and Nancee with Rebecca Erb Wool Studio booth in the background.
There were rugs on display... they had so many rugs to show they needed to break down the first batch mid way through the show to set up a second display... here is a small sampling...

And there were vendors... Grant Street Wool Works, Two Old Crows, Blue Tulip Woolery, Fluff & Peachy Bean, Spruce Ridge Studios, Heavens To Betsy Wool, Rebecca Erb Wool, Homespun, Heart In Hand, The Wool N' Gardner, Dianne Pearce Basketmaker,  Misty Pond Primitives...
Wool N Gardner booth is along the middle of the back wall.  Gorgeous hand dyed woolens...
Two Old Crows booth... I purchased the pattern for the top rug.
I visited only 3 of these vendors and completely depleted my funds for the day... lol! I bought patterns... about 8 or 9 of them... I'm looking forward to hooking them soon after I finish these two quilt tops I have in progress...

Many thanks to the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild and all the vendors for making this wooly event a SUPER SUCCESS!!!

It truly was a wonderful day! :-)


Friday, October 25, 2013

Wisdom House Block 11

Whew! Forty eight little leaves... after hours and hours of stitching those little buggers they started looking like pumpkin seeds! lol! A test of patience for sure... like catching flies with chopsticks... 

In the instructions we were given the option of using thin strips of fabric or embroidery for the lines on the windows and branches of the willow trees. And while I'm no quitter... I ain't no fool neither... so I chose embroidery! lol!

Good thing... 'cuz forty eight half-inch leaves has me singing along with Barney right now... yes... the big purple dinosaur...


I'll be ok...


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


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wisdom House Block 10, 10a and 10b

Now that the final blocks are drawing to an end... it seems each "Block" has multiple parts... good thing they are simple objects and still go just as quick...

This is Block 10 (the house), Block 10a (the stars), and Block 10b (the basket of berries)... in the main layout, the basket will go above the house and the stars will go below it...

Block 11 is a doozie! You know those teeny tiny leaves that willow trees have? 


Prepping them one by one today...

Until next time...


Friday, October 11, 2013

Wisdom House Block 9 and 9A

Cruising right along with this quilt project! :-) It's getting closer and closer to where all the blocks can be sewn together... so this is an exciting incentive to stitch a bit faster! :-)

The Block 9 is the house and trees on the left. The pattern instructions said to piece Block 8 to 9 and add some sashing... so that Block 9A can be accomplished. The pieces that make up Block 9A are the stars on the top and bottom sashing... and the basket of berries on the middle piece of sashing.
Seeing two blocks together with some sashing just simply amazed me! I was surprised to see how the "blocks together" looked different than "one block at a time"! lol! This sparked the energy to "stitch forward full steam ahead"... ;-)

I did take some time out of yesterday to put a few more items on eBay. Some Stacy Nash kits, some toile painting brushes, Quiltmania magazines and a hooked rug... click HERE to visit the auctions...

Well... I'm off to start prepping Block 10 *big smile*....

Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Gathering Acorns and Gifts

I can remember trying counted cross stitch for the first time in 2008... my first piece took soooo looooooong. But, I tried another one anyways! ;-) Then came the pattern stash accrual... and floss and linens... and, while designers continue to release new patterns (each better than their last)... I decided it might be a good idea to start and finish some of the ones I first purchased (some 5 years ago), before continuing on with new releases... with that said, I bring you...

Gathering Acorns
A 2008 (maybe 2009?) release from Country Stitches
With Thy Needle and Thread

... stitched on 22 ct. Fine Ariosa with charted DMC threads. Lightly aged with walnut stain... stuffed with wool snippets and backed with same fabric as the top of the acorn. A fun, quick stitch... and yes, the pattern is still (after all these years) available on the Country Stitches website... here. lol! :-)

I also received some goodies in the mail from my buddy Pam! She stitched a beautiful Blessings Saltbox House (with angel) punchneedle and attached it to a really kewl basket! Isn't it beautiful? This basket also happens to be just the right size to hold my current Wool BOM in progress (more on that later... we are working on that together, though neither of us have been able to start it yet? lol!) 

Pam also included some projects books, and patterns for hooking and wool applique.. along with a gorgeous piece of wool! And those scarecrow plates and napkins are too cute! I love it all! :-)

And now... back to stitching the two BOM's (in progress for 3 years) of top priority! You know... the ones I must finish before starting another new anything!?!?!? lol! ;-)

Until next time! 


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Englishtown, NJ

I don't have any stitching updates for you... but, if you are interested in antique cars and a place called Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ... then take a few minutes to watch the following video... twice a year, my hubby and his friends share a selling space here...

 A little bit of everything for everyone!

Catch up with you later!


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