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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I spent all day yesterday doing the finishing on Cottage Conservatory.

 I changed a few things.  You probably suspected that.  It just didn't feel substantial enough with just two layers of lightweight interfacing.  So I used some comic board.  I got that hint from Pam Reed at the Dyeing to Stitch Retreat.  I'd never heard of comic board.  It's what people who collect comic books put in them so the edges don't curl or get bummed up.  It's a lot like posterboard but just a hair stiffer. It is a lot easier to find than skirtex.   So that's what I put inside.  The board was also something I could attach the magnets to that hold the flap closed.  Now it feels sturdy enough.

  I like how it turned out.  I thought about making the ribbon tie in a bow at the top but in the end, I didn't.

I got the "s" in Summer Jumble done.  The next square is a watermelon.  Then the first row will be complete.

The lilacs are blooming.  There are many fewer blooms this year probably due to the horrid winter.  They smell wonderful!  They always remind me of my Grandmother who liked to wear Lilac perfume.


  1. Your finished conservatory is beautiful!

  2. What a pretty finish.
    I never heard of comic board.
    Great start on the Jumble.

  3. What an amazing, beautiful design!!

  4. Congratulations on a beautiful finish. Never heard of comic board but then again it is probably called something completely different over here in the UK. A lovely start on Summer Jumble.

  5. Gorgeous finish. Congratulations. The design does look like stained glass.
    Love how you stitched it and yes the comic board works great and its acid free and archival safe. Very pretty start on Summer Jumble. love Annette

  6. Oh, that is very cute. I didn't understand that you would see one flower when open and one when closed. Clever. Meredith's favorite flowers are Lilacs.