I did work on Marquior ABC before leaving for agility last night but really didn't get much done. Most of my time was spent going though my stash to figure out what I wanted to start next. Always a fun way to spend an hour or so.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Then I worked on my SAL Ornament for February. And I finished it. :-) It's the ornament from JSC 2006 With My Needle. I added one of the motifs from Quaker Samplings that I liked to the back. I think it turned out cute. I used WDW Brick on 35 count natural linen. I find I don't have any trouble with the higher count linens. So I'll start working with them more.
I also worked on Marquior ABC Part 5 and I'm almost finished with it. I would have been done by Sunday evening but I finished one of the extra big letters from Part 6 - the C, before starting on the last of Part 5 that I needed to - the A, so that put me a little behind. I had been planning not to stop stitching until the A was complete but my poor eyes were tired out. :-) So I'll put the last stitches in tonight and take a photo. I could have last night but to take a good photo I would have had to take apart the Q-Snaps and I had it just right and I didn't want to mess it up. So tomorrow for sure. If I have any time Tuesday and Wednesday evenings before and after agility I will continue on Part 6 in order to get a little ahead of myself. It's a bit frustrating to be rushing at the end of every month to complete my goals.
This morning on the train, I put in the last stitches on the first part of this months My Treasured Workstation project. It's the front of the pin holder. Now I have to make another just like it for the back. I wish they were a bit different. I'll be done with this by Wednesday for sure. The front only took three train rides to do it and the back should be the same.
So for this week's train rides I'll finish My Treasured Workstation Part 4 and start a new project from my list. I'm planning on the Drawn Thread Sampler ABC.
I did a fair amount of online shopping last week - I purchased a 1/4 cut of Lakeside Linens 36 ct Vintage Autumn Gold for my Quaker Study from Carriage House Samplings - I have the chart and fiber already. The chart calls for 40 count but I'm not ready for that yet. I also purchased a full half yard of 32 count Vintage Autumn Gold for Carriage House Samplings The Girls series. I love these and I figure they should be done on the same cut of fabric. Drema is also trying to find me a 1/4 cut of Phantom Picture This Plus for my Cirque des Cercles. That might take a while she said. I joined a chart of the month plan from Shakespeare's Peddler's - Little House / Crescent Colors Pattern Packs. I love these little fruit designs and even though I have no idea what I'm going to do with them, I just had to have them. I was thinking all of them on the same piece of fabric.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I also managed to work on Block 4 of the Village - and I did get the words Molly's Boarding House complete. But I was running late for agility and didn't have time to take a photo. I'll take one tonight with the entire sign completed (I hope). Then it's finish up the little tree in the top left corner and complete the border and I'm done! Hopefully by Saturday also. Then I can move on to rest of my February commitments - Marquior ABC, my February ornament and My Treasured Workstation. I'm on Part 4 of My Treasured Workstation and it's a little bigger than I had thought it would be. I'll be hard pressed to completed it before Part 5 comes out in a week.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Here is Block 4 of the Village - closing in to the end here also. I have the words for Molly's Boarding House all charted out and ready to go. Hopefully I'll be able to start that tonight before I leave for Molly's agility class.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Here is my progress on Quaker Samplings I - over half way done now. I hope to finish this off by Friday evening. We'll see if I can stay awake on the train all week. :-)
Also much progress was made on Block 4 of the Village. I'm almost half way with this block also. I so enjoy stitching this piece with the NPI silks. They are just the best.
Thanks for the suggestions to check in with Silkweavers about my fabric. You know it never occurred to me to do that - duh. I did drive out to my LNS for Market Night and I have to say I was very underwhelmed. They hadn't even unpacked everything yet so much wasn't out. And their tastes run different from mine so they didn't purchase some of the things I wanted to see. But I did pick up the Blackbird Designs book - I really like several of the designs and I purchased Quaker Study from Carriage House Samplings. I'll pick up the Lakeside Linen from Drema because my shop didn't have any. I did take a look at the Picture This Plus fabric swatch book and I fell in love with Mystic and I think it would be perfect for my Cirque des Cercles.
For the week I'll hopefully finish up Quaker Samplings and Block 4 of the Village. I need to stitch part 4 of My Treasured Workstation and finish part 5 of Marquior ABC. Then I'll move onto something new. Pretty sure I'll do the Drawn Thread Sampler of Stitches next. Oh and I need to do my ornament for the SAL. That will be a nice quick finish for me.
Friday, February 16, 2007
No other plans for the weekend except work on my WIPs, notably The Village of Hawk Run Hollow and Quaker Samplings and hopefully finish cutting out my quilt. I'm still waiting for some fabric to show in the mail so who knows if I'll actually be able to start sewing this weekend. Oh, and I need to download Part 6 of Marquior ABC. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This morning I was really tired so I didn't even pull my stitching out of the tote bag. I just went right to sleep and didn't wake up until the train pulled into the station in Chicago. I'll do something tonight for sure. And I'm already plotting a sick day for tomorrow. My extra quilting fabric for the quilt I started last weekend is starting to so up at home and I'd love to get that cut out and started this weekend. An extra day sure would be nice.
I spent some time yesterday looking at all the goodies available from the Nashville Market. There are several which I really want to own. Several Carriage House Samplings, notably the Girls Series and A Quaker Study (I'll order than one as soon as it shows up at Needlecraft Corner). I've already ordered from Cat Whisker's Design the Peacock Chair but I think I want to add the Alyssum Scissor Pocket. I already have the Ginger scissors that match it. Of course I want the Blackbird Designs book, With Needle And Thread, some of the designs looks so perfect for me. I also want the La-D-Da charts Mocking Bird and the two bunnies, In the Forest - so cute! And the last thing I really want is from Sheepish Designs - the Alpha series, the last of the three charts is now available Alpha Sheep, it goes with Alpha Birds and Alpha Menagerie. I want to do all three on the same linen as a long band. I guess that is not too bad of a list! LOL!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Because of the snow storm that rolled in yesterday, agility was cancelled - I had almost a foot of fresh snow over the past two days at my house. I was glad I didn't have to go out back into the snow because the roads were really bad but Molly really needs the work since we have a trial in less than three weeks. :-( And once again, we are not ready. So I worked on Block 4 of the Village. Making good progress. It almost looks like a house now.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I only worked on the Village for a couple of hours last night. I was just so tired. As soon as I finished up the dogs, I put it aside and watched tv in bed.
Here is my progress on Quaker Samplings I. These motifs are really moving along. No time for stitching tonight since it's agility with Molly. Of course it's snowing like crazy out there right now, so who knows? Maybe I won't want to drive out there. Of course, few people show up when it's this snowy outside so it's always a really good night to attend. We get a lot more time in the ring when there are just a few dogs.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Here is my finished Bluebird's Message. Super quick project and the colors are great. So nice and bright! I still plan to make it into a pillow - I'll see what I can come up with this weekend.
Here is my new start for the train. I put the Sampler of Stitches and Quaker Sampling I in a bag and pulled one out. Quaker Sampling from With My Needle won the battle! I'm stitching it on the recommended 32 count Lakeside Linens Sand Dune using one strand of Gentle Art Grape Leaf. It's a lovely green that goes well with Milady's Teal which is the recommended shade - I'll use it for Quaker Sampling II.
I'm over half way finished with Part 5 of Marquior but you'll have to take my word for it because I didn't have my camera yesterday - I'll take a progress picture tonight. I even added a bit more red to this section than the previous sections. I really like the pop.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I did receive my fabrics for my dog bed on Monday - the fabrics are just wonderful. It's always so nice when you order something online and have never seen the fabric in person and it exceeds your expectations when it arrives. In fact I like it so much, I have decided to make a full size quilt for my bed and make a new comforter cover for my bed using the wide size fabric that matches. So the dog bed will match! I'll have to make new pillow shames of course. And I sure wish I had a serger sewing machine. I wonder if I can rent one for a weekend? I should look into that. My sister has one but I don't really talk to her so it would kinda suck if I asked to borrow hers.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Or maybe something that I've had hanging around for a couple of months? I've had the Quaker Samplers from With My Needle ready to go since October. I'm doing them in different colors - one in Milady's Teal and the other in a beautiful green.
Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick next! LOL!
I had a bit of cool news this morning - there were several mentions in other peoples blogs this morning about the Silkweavers Showcase - the winners were announced. So I went over to check it out. I was a finalist in the medium category! Not to bad for my first try :-). From The Drawn Thread, Linen and Lace stitched on 32 count Cameo.
Congratulations to the winners! They are all spectacular!
Monday, February 05, 2007
I didn't have much time for stitching over the weekend as I was distracted by many other things. On Friday evening I put some work into my Bluebird's Message - all done now but the border. I also took a couple of hours to sort through my freebie charts and put them into sheet protectors and get them into a binder. I had no idea I'd collected so many! There were dozens and dozens. That's a good thing. :-)
On Saturday I finished up the last couple of words on My Treasured Workstation by Judy Odell. Carol asked last week who the designer is. It's from Judy Odell and it's an group online class I signed up for via the Legacy Board. I can't wait for the finishing to start. That is really why I signed up for the class - to get more help into finishing my own stuff. I also managed to pull out all the blue from Part 1 of Marquior ABC so it would match Part 4. That took me all evening! But I had to be super careful. I didn't want to mess anything up. I did replace all the blue with the red on Sunday morning and Sunday evening while I watched the football game I started on Part 5. I barley got anything finished so I didn't take a photo.
I spent Sunday afternoon with the pugs at the birthday party for the owner's dog of the indoor dog center where I take my pugs for agility. They had so much fun and I took both of them to an animal communicator. That was an experience! Molly told me she wanted to go back to the beach for a visit because she likes it so much and Clancy told me that he cannot believe that something as much fun as agility exists and he gets to do it. :-) Molly also got a puppy message. She really enjoyed that. I'm going to have to get a book on how to do it myself.
For this week's train project I plan on finishing Bluebird's Message and then.... I don't know! I'll see what I feel like on Wednesday or so. During the evenings I need to get a move on with Part 5 of Marquior. There are lots of places I can add more red and I think I will. It's kinda fun doing my own thing.
The draw for the agility on March 3 and 4th was last week - I made both days! I was the only person in my group of friends that made it. I was hoping I wouldn't if they didn't because it's a long day and sitting there mostly by myself is kinda boring. But I think I'll do it in any case and I can also bring some cross stitch to work on.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I've mentioned the dog bed from hell that I have been working on since the holidays several times. Well over the past couple of weekends, I've pulled the quilt top out to start to mark it for machine quilting. And have stopped before I even started. I just hate the colors so much. I'm just not a yellow person and the overall look of it is so bright. It struck me on Monday on how much it looks like a baby quilt! So after a couple of days of consideration, I decided to scrap the entire top. I have a dozen nephews and nieces who are all starting to (many already have - I actually already have a couple of great nieces!) reproduce and I always try to give them a quilt as a shower gift. So I'm going to save this for a baby quilt and start over on my dog bed. I'll just take off the four odd pieces and it's the perfect size. And the perfect colors!
So over the past couple of days, I've spent the free time I've had at work looking for the perfect fabric. Yeah, I could have gone through my stash but I really wanted something new and special since it's going to be in my living room. And I found this line of fabric from 3 Sisters of Moda called Chocolat. I purchased the entire set of fat quarters - all fifty of them. I just love them. The blue isn't quite my shade of blue but as an accent color, it's great. Of course, now the backing piece I've already quilted for the bottom and sides might not work, it's a lovely green and tan twill strip but I just don't care. I love this stuff so much so if I have to make another back then so be it. But it just might work from what I can tell looking at the fabric swatches online.
Right now I'm planning on the dog bed and a lap quilt for me. All matching! I'll use wool batting for my lap quilt as well as the dog bed. It's so light but oh so warm. I can't wait to start to plan the design for the quilt. I have a ton of ideas. I've got my quilting mojo back!
Clancy was great again in agility last night. Our only mistakes last night where mine!