Monday, April 30, 2012

Going to Rehab

Sinta at Pink Pincushion is hosting BOM Rehab.  This is just the push I need to get working on some of those quilting projects that have been languishing.  Here's one of the blocks (#6, I think) for the Thimbleberries 2010 quilt.  I had to make two of these, but this is the one I didn't have to rip out and re-sew!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Know Thyself

Tomorrow morning, I'll be leaving for a three day retreat with my sampler guild* in Ocean City, Maryland. This will be my second time on the retreat although the guild has been doing these on a semi-annual schedule for a few years. I have a great time last year relaxing in the hotel lobby, chatting, and looking out at the ocean while stitching away. The problem was, there may have been a little too much chatting and gazing at the ocean as I had to frog the border on my piece in several places when I returned home. That problem isn't limited to stitching retreats as I've had to rip out and restitch on pieces that I've worked on at guild meetings. So, finally, I've learned that I need to keep it simple. I've chosen two pieces for retreats and guild meetings that should keep miscounting and misplaced stitches to a minimum. My bag for retreat is going to contain Carriage House Samplings Alphabet and a needlepoint canvas I picked up on Sanibel Island in Florida during our vacation last December. I started the CHS Alphabet eons ago and when I dug it out of the bottom of the WIP bag a few months ago, was quite surprised to find I had not completed even one letter! I'll be working on the borders for the letters and possibly on filling in the bottom of the blocks. Tough to miscount on those, right?

*I know that I've mentioned my guild a number of times on this blog but have never identified it. One of the other members commented on a post here recently and that reminded me that she was the one who first told me about the Delaware Valley Historical Sampler Guild when I saw her post about it on the Legacy Embroiderers board. Another member who ran an on-line shop also invited me to meetings and I've found some wonderful people and lots of inspiration in the group. Check us out at for details about our meetings and join us if you're in the area.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

WIPocalyse Check-in #4

                                                           Chapter 2, Not For Us Alone
                                                    February, Anniversaries of the Heart

It seems that I frequently participate in Friday Night Sew-In, but rarely get the chance to come back here and show you what I've done.  So I'll combine that with April's check-in for the WIPocalyse.  I did some work on Not For Us Alone on Friday night although there was some frogging involved and my progress seems minimal.  The man finally got a face and hat, but he still looks like he has a tail since I need to fill in a few stitches on his coat.  Hopefully, this week, the lady on the left will no longer be headless!  Thanks for all your comments on my earlier post about this piece.  I'm still OK with the Montenegrin stitch as it goes quickly.

I finished the February chart for Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart and personalized it with my mother's name and birthdate.  I had backstitched around the date on the door since there was little contrast between the called for threads for the door and the number.  After taking this photo, I decided I didn't like the backstitching so I removed that and restitched the number with the dark red thread of the basked.  I also removed the chain stitches around the blue leaves.  I'm stitching this on a higher count than the model and the chain stitch just looked to cramped. 

My other big project this weekend has been getting ready for my sampler guild's retreat coming up on Friday.  I'm really looking forward to this and have been planning which projects I want to take along.  More on that later!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring Break Recap and FSNI

Spring break is just a fading memory by this time.  It was a great week that ended with a mini shop-hop with two quilting friends.  We traveled to Generations in Pottstown and  Ladyfingers in Oley, PA. I tried to keep my purchases to a minimum, and only buy coordinates for fabrics already in my stash, but somehow the makings of a whole new quilt ended up in my bag.  One of the things I was looking for was fabric to bind this wall hanging since I didn't like what came in the kit.  The hanging above was done from a pattern by Patchability and kitted by my LQS.  This was something I bought last year and I had actually finished the background.  Doing the fusible applique and machine stitching only took another hour or so and I had a new Easter decoration.   I think I finished the binding on Saturday, so I did get to hang it for this holiday!

During the break and continuing after, we have been dealing with a hospitalization, rehab, and long-term care decisions for my mother-in-law.  I'm getting a real education on Medicare and insurance plans.  I also joined a gym since my personal exercise program wasn't getting results, and, of course, that has taken some of my time.  Still, some stitching has occurred and I'll show it to you in the next post.  In the meantime, tonight is the Friday Night Sew-in for April.  I've signed up.  Have you?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Break, 2nd Edition

Spring Break, 2012 is going well.  My husband and I rounded out the weekend by going to see "God of Carnage" at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.  The play is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss what to do after one couple's son injures the son of the other at the playground.  The parents end up acting like children and it was highly amusing.  An added bonus to the afternoon was running into someone I had worked with until she retired several years ago.  We have a subscription to the Walnut as does she and her husband.  Each of us had exchanged our regular tickets so that we could attend the Sunday afternoon show and we ended up sitting next to each other.  It was so much fun to catch up and see pictures of her newest granddaughter. 

I finished stitching the February chart for Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart last night.  It's too early to get a good photo this morning, so I'll have that for you later.  Next up is Amy Mitten's Not For Us Alone which is shown above to you in all its wrinkled glory. This hasn't been touched for a loooong time. I'm about a third of the way through "Chapter 2" (of 7).  This piece is destined to hang beside my Jane Longstreth on the dining room wall.  My husband placed Jane on the wall off-center so that there would be room for another piece.  I went through my WIPs to find something that was roughly the same size and Not For Us Alone fit the bill.  That's the first time I've ever used that method to determine what to stitch next, but it works!

I've been following fellow stitchers as they participate in Heather's Themalicious 2012, but haven't been doing it myself.  I think that Not For Us Alone qualifies for Amazon April, so I'm going to be jumping in.

I'm off to a dentist appointment, a follow-up with my oral surgeon and lunch with a friend.  I have a quilting project and some stitching planned for the afternoon.  I love spring break!!