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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pumpkins and Radios

Well now... finally have some pumpkin finishes for ya'! :-) First up is "Pumpkin Watch" by Threadwork Primitives. I stitched the charted dmc threads two over two on a 30ct Old Towne Linen (R&R, I think). Stuffed with wool and backed with a pumpkin colored cotton... this finished up at about 5" square.

Sitting next to it is a Country Rustic Primitives design... The name of the design is "1826 Pumpkins"... but, I left off the 1826 because I used a mystery piece of scrap linen and this is the part of the design that fit on it... lol! Also, two over two using DMC threads.

And here they are with some sunflowers and some other pumpkins sitting on top of our Zenith radio...

I never can tell how well something will photograph indoors. This time it went pretty well, but a little blurry.

And, this past weekend was the bi-annual Antique Radio Show at Renninger's in Kutztown, PA. It was beautiful weather and many great antique radios were present for show and sale... here's a video we made of some highlights of the show... as you will see, fresh air makes us giddy! lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Autumn and We Have A Winner!

With Autumn falling into place yesterday at 4:44 pm (EST)... I should have a pumpkin finish for you... but, I haven't finished a pumpkin yet... so, here's my latest needlepunch instead... ;-)

It's called "Old Glory" and is a design by Jan Goos. This one is pretty big... finishes up at 7-1/2" x 9-1/2". I just grabbed DMC flosses from my stash that kinda matched the sample pictured on the pattern. I used a double strand of DMC floss to whip stitch a thick wool yarn around the edge... then backed this piece with a piece of wool.

A big thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway from the last post! I may have to give away a few more patterns before the end of this year... because giveaways are kinda FUN! lol! Anyways, the winner of the Stacy Nash pattern and Mercantile Gatherings magazine is...
The Hoopless Stitcher

Congrats to Monica! I've sent you an email. Please let me know what your mailing address is and we'll see what else I can fit in that envelope... ;-)

So. What am I doing on this very first FULL day of Autumn? Well... washing all my woolies! Yes, that's right. I finally remembered to order up some Kookaburra Wool Wash and decided to lightly rinse and fluff all the wool I have in my stash. The Kookaburra Wool Wash has lanolin and other oils in it that condition the wool to be nice and soft and also helps as a moth deterrent. It also contains Tea Tree Oil as a natural disinfectant... I'm getting ready to get hookin' again!

First things first though... back to finishing up my quilt BOM's...


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wisdom House Block 8 and Some Halloween

This block is my favorite so far! Love the fabrics that were chosen (by Quilted Crow in MA)... and love the cottage look of the house.

Wisdom House Block 8
quilt design by Jan Patek

I've been out in the yard planting mums and getting the lawn ready for winter. I enjoy this time of year more than any other time of year. It seems the colors are so vibrant... grasses are a deep green and the leaves start changing to their fancy flashes of gold, orange and red... Of course, can't help but think about some Halloween goodies too!

The pinkeep on the left is an older Stacy Nash design called "Skeleton Key Pinkeep". This pattern was gifted to me by my Snow Days buddy Jacque! I think it took me a year to finally get to stitching it... but, I finally did it! And, it happens to be one of my favorite Halloween-ish designs! The pinkeep on the right is simply called "Primitive Halloween Pinkeep" and is a Country Rustic Primitives design. Both are stitched on 32ct Lambswool Linen with the charted DMC threads.... backed with wool and stuffed with wool snippets... and then I had some fun with the walnut stain... can't be Halloween without some grunge, right? lol!

The scissors are my newest find... I like the look of the copper handles... and the "S" on the blades (same as my first initial). They are made by Sullivans and have a good weight to them... blades are super sharp too. Anyways, they help make stitching time "fancy schmancy"... lol!

And so, since you're still reading along on this post... I thought I'd do another giveaway! How about the pattern for the "Skeleton Key Pinkeep" and a copy of the Autumn 2013 Mercantile Gatherings magazine? Sound good to you? Well, if you are interested in winning these, please indicate as such in your comment. Open to USA and Canada resident only please. This will probably be one of my last giveaways for the year.

I'll be back in a couple of days to announce the winner... so check back often!

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


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Wisdom House Block 7

Another block completed on Wisdom House! Feels good to be getting some serious progress accomplished on this quilt. This is Block 7 and is a 12" x 12". It did not take much time at all. The next couple should finish just as quick...

At the risk of sounding like a meteorological parrot... I absolutely LOVE this Autumn weather we are having!!! The sunshine and cool air certainly do put a spring in my step. The yard is getting a much needed clean up and quite a few outdoor "round-to-it's" are getting done! Not to mention stitching on the back patio... oh my! :-)

I've listed a few more things on eBay... some more cross stitch patterns... and a wool quilt kit... if you think you might need some stitchy projects for the Fall... click HERE to check them out!

Watching the Mecum Car Auction tonight... along with a Nascar race... NFL is upon us too... it seems there is nothing on TV for so long... and then it's ALL on at the same time? Good thing I can catch Duck Dynasty and Amish Mafia at my leisure on the internet... lol! ;-) Seriously though... that's about all the TV I watch all year right there...

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013


I simply love everything there is about Autumn... crisp clear blue skies, white puffy clouds, warm sunny days and cool moonlit nights... ahhhhhh Autumn... frost on the pumpkins, warm spiced apple cider, colorful leaves, sweaters, scarves and boots... and crows! ;-)

My first official Autumn stitch of this season is Beggar's Night by Threadwork Primitives! This is one of those patterns that makes you want to drop everything and just sit and stitch it up as fast as you can so that you can enjoy it for the season! And.... I practically did just that! Love this design!

I used charted DMC threads... but substituted 32 ct. Foglifter's Blend by R&R (because that's what was in my linen stash). Backed with a piece of the wool you see in the picture... stuffed firm with wool snippets... and finished up at 5-1/2" x 7-1/2". Every stitch of this design was enjoyable! Thanks so much, Nan!

And now for the winner of the Strawberry Sampler pattern...

Rose from Three Sheep Wool

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! We had lots of fun visiting with friends... good laughs, good eats, great memories! :-)

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


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