Thursday, June 28, 2007
I'm lucky to be home today - the weather was bad both in NY and in Chicago - I got on one of the last flights out. Of course I sat on the runway for five hours but at least I made it. I got in lots of nice stitching time while waiting. I had the forethought to bring my CDs of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with me. Like many others, I'm re-reading the series in preparation of the movie release and the last book.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Above is my progress on Coq au Pins - this is the chicken pin cushion part of the design. I love the colors I picked out - very country french. The blue pops a bit more than it shows in this photo. I'll try to take a better one tomorrow if I get any more stitched.
And here is my ornament for June for my SAL. It's Topiary Ornament I from Hillside Samplers. This completes the series of four.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Oh, and the picture at the top is of course my St. Reatham taken after Thursday stitching. I'm almost half way done with the first page. Only seven and a half pages to go. :-)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Here is my completed block two. As you can see, I made several changes. I think they work well.
Today is St. Reatham Thursday (I remembered!). Tomorrow I think I'm going to put Awake the Dawning Day aside for a few days. This weekend I have to make my ornament for the SAL and I think I'm going to start something small. I recently purchased Coq au Pins from Twisted Oaks Designs. It's so cute! There are several smalls that go with it and I think that will be a nice break. I think I'm going to do this with a dark blue linen with cream fibers and cream beads.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Here is my progress on WTDD. I'm finding this piece is leaving me cold. I'm bored and I want to put it down to work on something else. I love the colors and the design but I am distracted by what is in my stash. Everything else is looking like it's more fun to do these days. Does that ever happen to anybody else?
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
I should be finished with block two of the Village by the end of the week - all I have left are the two trees on either side of the church and the birds. I'm not stitching in the name of the reverend - I'll add a couple more birds instead to fill the space. I'll get started right away with block three - it's the second to biggest block and my last one! It seems kinda fitting that I started with block 12 which is the biggest block and I'm ending with block three which is the second biggest.
Here is my progress on Awake the Dawning Day. I'm almost done with the house and I'll start to make good progress once that is complete, hopefully on my way home from work tonight. In a perfect world I'd like to be finished with this piece by Friday but I don't think I have a chance of that - it is a pretty large Loose Feathers. The biggest since Quaker Garden I think.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I'm still working away on my house for Awake the Dawning Day. I'm relieved that the pebble color recommended for the piece works ok with the linen I picked out. Not that I would start over or any like that if it didn't! :-)
No major plans for the weekend but my goal is to get my tomato plants in the ground. I've never been this late with planting but I've had so much more to do lately and quite frankly I don't really care if they get in or not. Usually I spend days and days working on the yard but I just can't get enthused this year for some reason. I'd rather be doing agility with the pugs or stitching or quilting.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
And here is Awake the Dawning Day. I'm sure I won't finish this one up until the end of next week or even later. That house is a biggy!
Last night was agility class with the pugs and they were both great. Where was the Molly that showed up to class last night over the weekend? I must have brought her evil twin instead. :-)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
My friend Peggy had a very good weekend with seven ribbons from her two pugs. On our next trial, I'm going to enter Molly in only one event a day until she comes around and I'll enter Clancy in three events per day. He's ready for it.
I have a couple of progress pictures. First my St. Reathum Thursday photo - just a front leg to go and I'm finished with the first of four big creatures. I'll go back up to the top this week after I finish his leg and do a couple more dogs.
Next is my progress on Sampler of Stitches from The Drawn Thread - I've almost finished part four, JKL. I should be finished with L by the time I get home tonight from work. Tomorrow I'll start on a new project for my train ride. Mabye the new Loose Feathers. But I'll see for sure tonight. :-)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I'll need to start thinking about what I want to start on my train rides for next week. I'm all set to go with the new Loose Feathers but I'm thinking maybe I'll do something from my waiting in the wings stack. Maybe Summer Arbor to stay with a Drawn Thread theme? Or maybe I'll do one of the M Designs pieces I have - I've been looking at those charts more and more lately. I have so many nice Silkweavers linens and fibers to pick from these days. I also have two autumn Blackbird Design pieces that are all ready to go but I just can't see me working on a fall piece in June. That just seems silly. As much as I love the autumn tones, I need to be working with nice summery colors right now.
I have been making progress with Block two of the Village but since all I've done so far is the outline and a white fence which is hard to see I haven't taken a progress photo of it yet. I'll take one tonight for sure.
Both pugs were great last night at agility. Which is good news because we have a trial this weekend. It's our first outdoor trial of the season and the weather should be great. I can't wait.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Blackstone Fantasy Garden
By Ink Circles
Recommended Carrie's Threads
32 count Belfast Linen
Despite no stitching on Saturday I still managed to finish part 8 of Marquior ABC over the weekend! I'm caught up this piece for now. And it's half way complete! Only eight more parts to go.
I also started work this morning on the two new Drawn Thread pieces, GHI and JKL. Based on the last two that I did, these will be done this week - they are really quick to stitch. Not much to show yet but here is the first progress photo.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Have you seen this? It's a design by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks - an Italian designer that Tracy at Ink Cirlces is now offering. There are several designs I like but I think this one is my favorite. It's called Arabesco - I might just have to buy it!
Have a great weekend!