Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea For Two

Tomorrow the blog hop begins.  It has been fun working on my "Tea For Two" project and I am looking forward to sharing it with you tomorrow, April 2nd..  I want  to share the other blogs you should visit starting tomorrow to see what everyone has done with this fun design.

April 1st
Doris guest posting at Sew We Stitch
April 2nd
April 6th
April 7th

Happy blog hopping!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meet and Greet Stitchers Around the World

  Visit here if you want to meet many new creative stitchers from all around the world.

I have always loved all kinds of needlework.  For many years I did nothing but cross stitch but I now have gone back to embroidery and I am trying to improve my applique skills.  Most of what I am sharing today is cross stitch.

Back in 1979 we moved to Wisconsin where my husband attended college.  One of my first friends in our new town was a lover of cross stitch.  She shared a little fabric, thread and a pattern with me and I was hooked.  This is one of my first projects and I sent it to my grandmother for Christmas that year.

Over the years I have tried many different projects, using various types of fabric.  My favorite fabrics are linens but as I get older it is a bit easier to stitch on Aida cloth.

I took pictures of my work that is still hanging on my walls here at home.
The one above hangs in our living room.

This picture hangs in our bedroom.  Violets are such lovely and delicate flowers.

This fun picture hangs in our dining room.

This cross stitch is about 5 by 7 and is one of the most detailed I have ever done.  I enjoyed doing it but it seemed to take forever.  It hangs on the wall outside my sewing room.

I made a teacup for each of my five sisters.  I had originally made this teacup picture for my grandmother and it was given back to me after she passed away.

I am also a lover of embroidery and want to share one of my latest projects.  My grandmother inspired me to learn embroidery when I was about thirteen and I have made many projects since then.

This is one of my  latest embroidery projects.   It is stitched on linen using a Crabapple Hill design called Nesting Time.   I have not decided how this will be finished off.  I could frame it or  make a large pillow but I will have to think about it a little longer.

Now I would like to have a little giveaway.  Below is a pincushion I made and I would like to share it with someone.  It is made using linen with applique and embroidery.  The design was created by Cheryl of Willowberry Designs.  Visit my blog post here where I share a little more about this fun stitch along.  If you would like to have the chance to win the pincushion, just leave a comment and I will pick the winner on April 4th, which is my birthday and a fun way to celebrate.

Leave a comment and let me know if you like needlework and if so which type is your favorite.  I think I will pick a winner the old fashioned way and have my husband pull a name out of a basket.

I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today and that you will take a little time to visit the other stitchers.  Thank you Mdm Samm and Cori for this Meet and Greet.

Below is the list of stitchers signed up for this Meet and Greet.

cross stitcher
Elizabeth @ecoughlindesigns
applique and red work

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Project "Sew Sweet Simplicity" Complete

I had set my goal for March to complete my Sew Sweet Simplicity quilt top and I was able to get it done early this month.  I used  fabrics that I had her at home and used Jacquelynne Steves BOM to make the blocks. 

I really like using the white sashing between the blocks.

I used Jacquelynne's design for the layout of my quilt top and I am very happy with how it turned out.

Most of the fabrics I used a from "Wild World" by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit.
I did not have enough border fabric to complete the quilt but when I last visited Melanie at Fabric Chicks she had enough left of this fabric to use for the outer border.

I have various pieces of fabric left to put together for the backing and then I will have it quilted.  
It is nice to complete another project.  Many more projects are waiting but there is no pressure, the process is all supposed to be enjoyed.  
I will be linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes later this month.  Click here to visit the March finishers.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Set My March Finish Goal

I have been excited about the projects I have finished so far this year and have chosen what I want to complete in March.  My inspiration comes from Shanna at Fiber of  All Sorts and Melissa at Bitter Sweet Designs.  They sponsor A Lovey Year of Finishes 2015, this has helped me stay focused so far.  My March goal is to take this fabric and these 6 appliqued blocks from the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM by Jacquelynne Steves and complete a quilt top.

I had hoped to get the fabric cut out today but tweaked my back this morning so cutting fabric is out of the question.  I am going to visit the March Goal Party here and see some of the projects others are working on.