Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fat Chance

I worked on the front flowers of Sew Darling yesterday.  I really could finish the front today.  The inside is really easy as it is only a border.  I think I'll use the same border that I put on the front.  It will be kind of a monotonous stitch but easy.  I can't believe I can actually finish this soon.

So what do I work on next?  I went through my bag of stuff that I bought this year.  There are a lot of candidates for the next stitch.  I have several things I want to finish. I would like to finish all the classes I took this year (fat chance!) and several things that I have to be in the mood to work on.  I want to make some progress on the pomegranate of the Autumn Casket Keepsakes.  So I'll probably pick that up.  I have to be in the mood for embroidery to work on Jenny Adin-Christie's butterfly.  I have a good start on the over-one-on-forty peony scissors fob from Heart's Content.  But last time I worked on it, I made a mistake and had to take it all out again.  ARGH.  But I am free, I can work on whatever I want.  How glorious is that?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Tale of Two Pansies

I tried new floss colors for the pansy on Sew Darling.  I'm happy with how it turned out.

A friend wanted to know what cardboard I used for the French General box.  I went to Michael's and got a big sheet of mat board for about 6.99.  For smaller projects, I use comic board.  It is inexpensive and easy to work with.  I still haven't hot glued the box together.  But I plan to do that today.

The French General box ended up larger than I thought it would be.

 I learned a few things along the way.  The Therm-o-lam was a pretty thick padding. This is a photo of the Therm-o-lam:

 Maybe a thinner padding would have been better.  Whatever.  Always check pattern pieces to see if they fit before you cut them out.  (Voice of experience here)  I have lots of the fabric left over.

 I probably could make a quilt.  I'd have to find just the right pattern though.  I like the blue and white one that is on the French General site.  Quilts take a lot of time so I'm not ready to do that now.
It rained today so I ended up going to the Y to walk and then I forgot my fitbit.  I have a step counter on my nano so I used that instead.  The weather is supposed to be splendid for the rest of the week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just Hot Glue

I got the top to the French General box all done and put it together with it's other side.  The box needs to have the top that wraps around glued to the bottom and I've decided to use hot glue.  I am going to sew some edges together too.

 But I did it!  It's nearly done!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I know it doesn't look like much but I have made progress.  I am half way done with the front of Sew Darling.

The best news is that I like it!  The border is more muted colors than the bouquet but it looks pretty to me.  I am going to make a few changes when I do the other side.  The pansy needs some tweaking.

 I want an overdyed purple for the bottom of the pansy and I want a color that shows up better for the top.

I put in a few more threads on the French General box top.  I would love to finish this today and I think it is possible.

Here is another thing I bought from the French Needle.  It is a French kit for a small round box.

 The bottom of the box is covered with paper that has the same design that the stitching will have on the top of the box.  It makes me think of that new design that uses a tuna can as it's base.  I think this will be fun to stitch.
Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I got a kit in the mail.  I wasn't expecting it so it was a surprize.  It was the latest Ladies Prim Society kit.

 That makes three of them that I haven't even started.  Things are starting to pile up.  I got a new Amy Mitten newsletter to tell me that more lessons have been posted for the Autumn Casket Keepsakes.  I'm way behind.
I need more time!!  So what did I do?  I signed up for another class.  It's next March at House of Stitches.

I worked all day on Sew Darling.  It is starting to take shape.

I got all of one side stitched and started working on the border.

I think it will work out even though I am making it up as I go along.

I only put in a few threads on the French General box top.  I intend to work on it more today.  The butterfly is done and the tulip almost done.

I went to the last Farmer's Market today.  It will be six or seven months until it starts up again.  At this point I'm not ready to face another winter.  It is supposed to be below freezing tonight.  I'll have to bundle up for walking tomorrow.  Thank goodness it is cozy in my sewing room.

Friday, October 17, 2014


I've been working on the top of the French General box.  I ironed on some motifs.

I tried to copy the picture on the front of the pattern but I left off a couple of flowers.  I have to do blanket stitch around all of the motifs.  I started out using two strands of floss in a neutral color.

 That seemed a little thick.  So I tried one strand.

That was much better.  I still have a lot of blanket stitch to do but at least I've made some progress.  When I get the top done and attached, the box will be done.  Then there is the needlebook and the tape measure cover.  When I started the blanket stitch, it seemed like it would take forever to get this done.  So I have to keep myself going until I get some momentum.

I worked a bit more on Sew Darling.

I am enjoying this project.  I hope to have one of the flower motifs (there are two) all stitched today.  I want to add to the border and see if I like it.
The trees are really turning vivid colors.  Here is a tree in our yard:

How can it be Friday already?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Different Strokes

You know what they say, different strokes for different folks.  I like stuff that is different from what other people like.  I wanted to stitch Jackie's Sew Darling which is an exclusive from The Attic.  But when I got the kit, the color of the linen depressed me.  Really.  I just didn't like it.  I don't like overdyed as a rule anyway.  So I thought about whether I could live with it or not.  I decided "or not".  So I ordered some Edinburgh cream linen instead.  I don't have much 36 count linen on hand.

Then I saw a completed Sew Darling in The Attic's newsletter.  The person that stitched it changed the colors and I liked her changes.  Red, white and blue are not my colors.  I respond to colors and the colors of the flag just don't do anything for me.  They don't appear pretty or complimentary to me.  So I ordered some Gloriana threads that I thought were more my style.  I ordered both the linen and the Gloriana threads from Stitching Bits and Bobs on Sunday and I got them yesterday.  Wow, was that fast.  So I had to try them out.
I'm still not quite sure about that yellow.  It seems awfully bright.  But I know the colors around it will tone it down.  The border is more muted (Wood Pond) but I think it will be alright.  I'm not done with the border which is just long arm cross.  I'm going to add something to it.

The countdown has begun!  Three weeks from yesterday I go to The Attic.  Actually, BFF and I are going to The Attic via Salt Lake City.  Why, you ask.  Well so we can go the the Mecca of cross stitching: Shepherd's Bush in Ogden Utah.  I've been keeping an eye on blogs as Shepherd's Bush bi-annual retreat starts this week.  I'm finding out the places to see, shop and eat in Ogden.  Of course we have to go to Rensel Studio that does all the framing for Shepherd's Bush.  I've made a list and printed out maps.  It's exciting to plan such a trip.