Sunday, July 5, 2020

Yankee Doodle Dandy

I have a quilting finish to share with you from a couple of months ago!  This is my Yankee Doodle Dandy quilt.  It was an easy and fun pattern.  Just what I needed for not sewing much recently.  I got a quilt kit from the designer as well which made things very fast as the kit came cut in 5" strips so I only had to subcut.  
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Maker Valley
I also joined the Fat Quarter Shop 2020 Mystery BOM (sold out) and I got my first block early this month.  I started to work on it right away and my first block is finished.
I've been really enjoying flowers from Trader Joes.  Most recently, I picked up peonies and they were gorgeous.  I've never had peonies in our home before but I think we will definitely be celebrating peony season each year from now on.   Fresh flowers have been bringing me joy!  What is bringing you joy during these crazy times?
I hope all your stitches are happy ones!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Stitch Maynia Week 4

I surely meant to post my update about week 4 of Stitch Maynia/Sampler Maynia before now but better late than never.  Week 4 saw me starting Hannah Hammonds from GiGiR.  I had kitted this up years ago when this was a sampler of the month from The Attic.  I had the Attic's silk conversion.  Gorgeous fibers and the linen is a Lakeside.
Here is where I ended up with Hannah.  I have to admit, I just wasn't feeling her and ended up stitching on her just a few days instead of the whole week.  There are quite a lot of over 1 stitching of motifs on her and I guess my brain just wasn't having it.
 I was pretty sure I was going to send her to File 13 but when I got her out to take these photos, I'm not so sure now.  Time will tell.
My first Sampler Maynia/Stitch Maynia, done my own way, was a success!  I had a Zoom gathering each Friday with friends and started my sampler for the week during that call.  It was fun to see the progress everyone had made and what they were starting.  I'll definitely participate again - in my own way.  I can't see myself starting a ton of projects.  Four was enough of a stretch for me!

I'll be back soon with a sewing/quilting update!  I hope all your stitches are happy ones!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Stitch Maynia Week 3

Week 3 of Stitch/Sampler Maynia was a good one.  I started Red Deer Sampler by GiGiR. I'm stitching this on 40 count Lakeside Linen Cedar Plank with the called for overdyed cotton.  The linen is darker than I normally work on and I thought it would be slow going.  That was not the case at all.  I'm really loving this one and it was very hard to put down.
 For week 4, I'm starting Hannah Hammond by GiGiR.  Here is the silks from The Attic Needleworks silk conversion for Hannah on the Lakeside Linen I'll be using.  It's 40 count in Vintage Light Examplar.   This is one of my favorite linen colors/makers.  The silks are luscious!
I hope your stitches are happy ones!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Total Framing

A couple of months ago, I sent out a couple of samplers to Total Framing (Sherri/Terri) for framing.  This was my first time using them and first time doing framing long distance.  I was really please with the process and the outcome.  I was texted photo options from a couple of angles and quickly made a decision.  Sherri is a stitcher so she gets us!  Terri may be as well but I do not know it if she is a stitcher.  The frame selection happened pretty quickly and then several weeks later, I got a call from John for payment as he was shipping my pieces back to me that day.  They were very well packed and arrived safely.  I use glass but everything was perfect.  
 Elizabeth Atkinson
Hands Across the Sea Samplers
46 count Silkweaver Golden Oats
Called for AVAS 100.3
 Heritage Sampler
Plum Street Samplers
36 Count Lakeside Linen Vintage Meadow Rue
Called for overdyed cottons
 I was so happy that I sent this BIG girl to Sherri and Terri for her spa treatment.  Can't wait to see what she looks like in a couple of months!
I hope you have a great weekend and I wish you happy stitches!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sampler Maynia Week 2

I'm going to try and update my Sampler/Stitch Maynia progress each week.  As a reminder, I am starting 4 samplers in May beginning May 1st and I will focus on stitching that sampler until the next new start a week later.

For week 2, I ended up selecting a sampler to stitch that was not in my initial plans.  I chose Mary Barres from Stacy Nash.  She's a big beautiful girl.  I'm using 40 count R&R Creme Brûlée and the called for Weeks Dye Works overdyed cottons.  Here is a terrible photo of how much I was able to stitch during the week.
The next two photos show a dilemma with one of the thread colors - specifically the Parchment color.  It's not showing very well on my linen.  There is a lower case alphabet using this color just under the upper case alphabet that is stitched in the rose colored thread.  Looking at the photo on the cover of the chart, this looks to be true to the antique.  I need to think some more about whether or not I'm going to keep the lower case alphabet as charted or make a change.  

If I make a change, what color would I change to?  Any ideas you'd like to share would be greatly appreciated!
My new start on Friday is Red Deer sampler by GigiR.  The border is unusual and beautiful.  The yellow so far seems to be a little out of place but I'm leaving it as it does seem to match what I see on IG on other posts about this sampler.  The linen color isn't photographing true to color and is probably more accurate in the 2nd photo.  It is 40 count Lakeside Linen Cedar Plank.  It's pretty easy to stitch on and Lakeside Linen is definitely my favorite linen.  I'm using the called for overdyed cotton on this from GAST.  I'm really enjoying this one!
Hopefully I can keep this up and be back next week with an update as to where I ended up with Red Deer and what I started next!  Hoping all your stitches are happy ones!