Wednesday, April 20, 2022


I started a new quilt recently.  LaRosaraie by French General is the quilt and I have one block made.  It's a beast and I need to make 29 more!  I'm using La Rose Rouge fabrics from French General.  I'm sewing along with friends Susan and Jen.  It will be slow going for me for sure!
I've made some progress on Rachel Howells by The Scarlet House.  I'm using the called for Picture this Plus linen and the called for NPI Silks.  It is a delight to stitch. I thought the border might be a lot to get through but it is surprisingly very enjoyable!
I'm also coming along on Elizabeth Eyles by The Scarlett Letter.  This is a SAL that started on 1/1/22 in honor of Laura's Big Birthday (her 60th).  The SAL is on Instagram but you can find Laura's old blog HERE.  If you're on Instagram, her user id there is Maude and Mozart as well.  This is also a fun stitch though the cherubs in the border are time consuming.  Have you seen a cherub border anywhere else?!
My son is getting married!  The big day is one month away tomorrow!   We are all excited and I hope I don't sweat too much at the outside ceremony and reception.   May will be a busy month for us.

That's all for now!  May all your stitches be happy ones!

Friday, March 18, 2022

A Bit of Quilting

In the past couple of months, I've done just a bit of quilting.  I'm trying to finish up my Fat Quarter Shop 2020 Designer Mystery Quilt.  I have an older block of the month from them and I'm glad they are generous with their monthly fabric packs as cutting mistakes don't derail everything and that BOM has long out of print fabric.

I was able to get the center priced on the 2020 BOM.  
I also got the pieced setting triangle completed too!
I had to be very careful to label these blocks that go on the outside.
I've actually have all of these pieces pieced together but had to put it away for furniture delivery.  My design board isn't up in the new house yet and I was using a bed that was replaced instead.  I have some borders left to do and a few other things and then I'll be ready to send it off for quilting.

I've been stitching too but I'll save that for a separate post!  I hope all of your stitches are happy ones!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Most of 2021 Finishes

During the last year I've been absent from blogging, I have been stitching!  Let me show you some/most of what I've been up to.  In no particular order....

I finished Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.

I finished A Sampler Grows by The Scarlet House.  I need to FFO this one.
I finished Ann Morison by HATS with several "design elements".
I started the MMM Crafts 12 Days of Christmas Felt Ornament series.  I'm stitching this with friends via zoom.

I also found my very first cross stitch when readying my parents house to sell.  
I finished Red Deer Sampler by GiGi R.
I stitched 3 Prairie Schooler Santas but could only find photos of 2.  FFOing is in progress.

I attended a KimberBell Machine Embroidery class and finished all 3 projects.  These are my first machine embroidery projects.

I finally finished Ann Dale by Shakespeare's Peddler!
Then two weekends ago I attended another Kimberbell class and finished these 3 projects.  I had forgotten most of what I learned months and months before but it came back to me quickly! The ornaments still need a hanger and a backing.
This is an embroidered and watercolor pencil card.

Other than what I mentioned above that is missing, there is one other small project that I'll post about separately when I get it FFO'd.  I'm not sure if I' ready to finish it quite yet though.  

Wishing you the happiest holiday season and a safe New Year!


Monday, November 22, 2021

One Year Gone

It has been a tough year during the year plus I've been gone.  A year ago this past Saturday, we lost my mom.  The night after we buried her, my dad went to sleep and never woke up.  I'm the oldest of their 3 children and have been busy taking care of their estate and grieving.  Trying to find a new normal without them.  This photo was taken on their 50th anniversary.  They were married for 61 years.  The boys are my children and the girls are my brothers.

Early this year, I received a note and a chart from Carol of Stitching Dreams.  You see, she lost her mother too in 2020.  A friend, Ginger, had sent her this chart to stitch in memory of her mother.  Ginger had also lost her mother and had stitched this chart in memory of her mother.  And now it was my turn.  You can read Carol's post HERE about this project.  Carol's also posted so eloquently about her first birthday without her mom, and in reading her post I felt a kinship with Carol in terms of finding comfort in knowing mom was whole again.  My mom lived with dementia for 11 years before her death.  It is a terrible disease.

Here is where this story gets a little embarrassing.  Carol sent this to me in MARCH.  Typically when someone gifts you something, you start stitching it right away.  At the time, however, I just could not do it.  It represented a lot of things I just wasn't ready to deal with.  We were also building a home and preparing to move.  I say that as an excuse but we all know, I could have stitched this quickly.  I just was not able.

I actually started this and got it mostly completed before we moved.  It was done except for one of my mothers initials.  This is the first home I have ever lived in that I will not have any memories of my parents.  They've always helped us move, paint, decorate, figure things out, make improvements etc.  I would have talked to my mom about the floor plan and furniture placement and decor.  Greg would have talked to my dad about things he saw during construction, how to take care of newly sodded grass, and all that kind of things.  

They are missed in many ways.

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of my mothers passing.  I took out this project and pulled out the one initial of moms that I had stitched.  It was too ghosty and I wanted her initial to STAND OUT.  So I stitched her initials, put my needle away and the project is waiting to be FFO'd.  In a weird way, Saturday was the right time to finish this little pillow.  I felt like mom was with me and we were chatting while I stitched.  So in an odd way, I do have a memory of mom here in this house.
I have already chosen another stitcher to pass this chart to who has also lost her mom.  I hope this helps her through her own grief journey, it her own time, as it has me.  Carol, I humbly thank you so much.  xoxo

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sampler September Wrap Up

I had every intention of posting every week for Sampler September.  That obviously did not happen!  I did end up rotating through all of the WIPs I intended to except for one and that one I'm going to destash.  Can't force love!  

I ended up having two finishes for the month.  The first one is the second in the series Springtime Pleasures by Barbara Jackson.  This little egg is TINY and is almost entirely specialty stitches.  The year is supposed to go down at the bottom but I wasn't feeling it so I may leave it blank if I don't figure out something later.  It was a fun stitch!
Springtime Pleasures by Barbara Jackson
Class offered through The Shining Needle Society

I also finished up Martha Pudsey by The Scarlett House last night.  Great way to end the month!  She was a fun stitch due to the funky colors and the border was loads of fun.  I've heard some people say the border reminds them of a string of Christmas lights.  Another fun stitch!
Martha Pudsey by The Scarlet House
40 count Lakeside Vintage Meadow Rue
Called for NPI silks
I'm not sure how it got to be October but we are enjoying a great fall day today in Florida.  The sun is shining and it's only supposed to be 82 today.  I'm truly enjoying it!

Until next time, I hope all your stitches are happy ones!