Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I'm chugging along on Susan Rambo and still enjoying the colors and variety of motifs.  There will be a complete squirrel on the right by the end of today and I'm hoping to add a few more border flowers by the end of the week.

Quick life update:  We celebrated our 40th (!) wedding anniversary a week and a half ago.  All three of our children and one DIL-to-be were with us for the weekend.  Their visit prompted a flurry of cleaning and straightening and soring items for them to take to their homes, but things settled down pretty quickly after they left.  My quilting projects are gifts and I don't want to show them until they have been given.  I'm currently listening to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and would recommend it to those who like historical fiction. 

Thanks to all those who encouraged me to keep blogging.  For now, I'll try to keep up with a WIP post every two weeks or so and see how things go from there.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I'm dipping my toe back into blogland with this picture of my progress on Susan Rambo on 36 count with NPI silks.   My fabric is much darker, and I love the way the colors pop.

Rest assured that although I have been silent for a few months, all has been well.  I've been having an internal debate about whether to continue with my blog especially since so many people have migrated to social media.  For now, I'm going to try to keep up with WIP Wednesdays and will see how it goes from there.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Freeze

 
 
 
According to the thermometer, it's 1 degree here today.  The wind chill factor makes it feel like -15.  I need to go out this morning to my quilt guild meeting, but then I'm going to spend the afternoon in front of the fire thinking warm thoughts and stitching.  Remembering this beach on the island of Hawaii should help.

Today's Friday finish will keep those warm thoughts going as well.  It's one of three shell canvases I  purchased on our trip to Sanibel after Christmas in 2011.  The plan was to do one for each of the kids and give them as presents the following Christmas.  Yes, well...I now have two of them done.
 

 

 
 Stay warm, everyone!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Good Intentions

Looking at my last post, I realized I had every intention of posting twice a week for Wednesday WIPs and Friday Finishes/  Then winter hibernation and a post-holiday haze set in, and my blog went silent.  I don't even have the excuse of being busy as my husband and I have been hanging around the house.  I've cleaned out a closet or two and read a lot.  We made a weekend trip to Charleston to watch our son run a marathon and I went to a weekend stitching retreat, but other than that it seems we have barely left our house.  That seems to be changing as I went out for coffee and breakfast with two different friends last week and I'm headed to lunch with another friend today.  My husband and I have subscriptions to local theaters and we attended two performances last week.  Perhaps these are signs that spring is on the way.  I'm not taking any chances that means my posts will be more frequent so I'll give you both  a Wednesday WIP and a Friday finish today.

 

Completed March house and start of April house on Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart

Finished Pine Mountain pillow

Edited to add:  I forgot to mention that three stitching friends and I took a trip to the Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ in early January.  They have a wonderful exhibit of  New Jersey samplers that is absolutely worth seeing.  If you can't go, but are interested in the samplers from this area, the catalog is well-done and would be a great addition to a library.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday Finish

The last few months have been especially busy.  I posted about our brief trip in the middle of October to see our daughter in western Massachusetts right after the retreat in Ocean City.  Two weeks after the trip to the Berkshires, my husband and I went to Hawaii for twelve days.  We spent three and a half days on Oahu where the highlights were seeing Pearl Harbor, Shangrila (Doris Duke's house) and spending an evening with our daughter's college roommate and her family.  The rest of the trip was spent on the big island, Hawaii, which was fascinating.  We learned that it has eleven microclimates and were surprised to see cacti as well as pastures full of cows.  There was active lava flow when we were there, but it was at least 100 miles away from us.  We both enjoyed seeing Volcano National Park as well as touring a coffee plantation. 

It felt as if we had barely recovered from the long flights when we took off again for Baton Rouge to see our younger son present his master's research.  That was a very emotional event for me.  A lot of the research information went right over my head so I just sat there thinking about how just yesterday he had been a baby, and now he is talking about attaching electrodes to aphids.  (Don't ask!)  We also got to spend time with his girlfriend who is soon to be our future daughter-in-law.  Again, just yesterday, he was a baby...

Before the Baton Rouge trip, we attended the candlelight Advent service at our younger son's college for the second year in a row.  I love this service so I'm hoping it will be an annual event for a long time.  Finally, in the middle of December, we took advantage of a free hotel night and stayed overnight in New York so that we could see the tree at Rockefeller Center and take in the Rockettes.  It was the first time my husband and older son had seen the Rockettes.  I loved that my 28 year old who has lived in New York for four years and thinks he has seen everything was still delighted by seeing the camels onstage.

With all this traveling, I'm behind in posting my recent stitching and quilting finishes.  I'll be posting one a week for awhile to catch up.  The first is CHS Alphabet, stitched on 36 countwo tht with two strands of floss over two threads.  I changed the color in the alphabet block to GA Antique Rose.  This was a WIP for a long time as I only worked on it at retreats and guild meetings.  Last summer, a friend invited me to stitch with her every Wednesday afternoon and this is the piece I took with me most weeks.  She encouraged me by wanting to see which letter I was up to each week and little by little, it got done.  This piece was fun and has lots of good memories associated with it.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out with the Old, In with the New

The last few hours of 2014 were spent in reverse stitching on two projects. 
 
 I made an error when stitching the border of the March house in the Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart* series.  I decided I couldn't fudge it so I had to rip out part of the house and start again.

 
Then I got out this ornament to stitch while we watched television last night.  I had started it earlier in the year using Impressions for the white.  The Impressions wasn't covering well and looked more like cream.  So that came out and I put in a few new stitches with DMC perle cotton.  I'm going to like this much better!  This will be a travel project.

 All of that reverse stitching led to a very full ort jar.  These threads will go out for the birds today.
 

2015 will be welcomed with a new project.  I'm going to be starting Susan Rambo* which was published in Fine Lines many, many years ago.  It has since been released as a chart and my eye has been drawn to it several times in stories.  One of the members of my sampler guild has completed this sampler and it's lovely. Kris, from the duClay EGA, has offered her encouragement for getting this one stitched  And really, don't you think it's time I did a sampler with my name in it?
 
Wishing all of my readers a very happy 2015 with lots of stitching time!
 
*Entries in the duClay EGA 2015 challenge



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Retreat, Part 2

I've  been inspired  by Syd's posts to give the promised re-cap of the October retreat in Ocean City, Maryland.  My friend and I started out early Thursday morning and stopped in Berlin, Maryland for lunch.  We had heard great things about the town and it didn't disappoint.  There are a  number of  antique malls and we explored a few of them as well as an upscale gift store.  Then it was on to Ocean City to check into the Lankford Hotel.   We normally head right to Salty Yarns for a shopping trip, but this time, we saved that for the next day. 

I settled on three projects for retreat and put some stitches in all of them.  Most of my time was spent on adding another part to Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart.  During the weekend, I completed the third section despite having to do some frogging because I was off by one thread in the border.  Fudging it would have been too noticeable so I gritted my teeth and re-stitched.
 
Once that was done, I started on Blue Ribbons Designs Quilted Garden.  I love the colors and quilt motifs, and wanted to do this even more after I saw it hanging in the lobby at the Lankford.  What you are seeing in this picture is my second start.  The first time, I didn't leave enough margin for framing so I turned it upside down and started again.  This looks like a long-term project!
 

 
Finally, I started Plum Street Samplers' Turkey Love.  Her primitive designs are growing on me and they are fun to stitch.  So far, all I've done is the heart and the top of the house.
 



(Sorry, poor lighting as it gets dark sooo early these days!)

 
It always seems like the retreat weekend is over way too soon!  I'm sure I could have finished one of these projects if I had just had one more day!  All of these had to be put aside to complete the pre-stitching for the Chessie and Me class I took yesterday.  I'll be working on an exchange piece and some Christmas ornaments next so all of these projects will have to wait until 2015.  (Or maybe 2016 as I almost forgot to mention that my big purchase at Salty Yarns was the NPI silks I'll need to start the Susan Rambo sampler on New Year's Day.)