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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Time for Finishing

I got it done!  The Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet is all stitched.

I have to read how to finish it.

This is a major project done.  I think the finishing will be easy as I think you just line all the pieces and sew them together.  We'll see how it goes.

I finished the tail of the fish by couching some pearl purl.  I can cut it out now.

The next part is the main body of the fish and it starts with felt.  I'm thinking I need to stitch on muslin and then applique it to the sock.  Who knows if this will turn out?

We've made plans to visit Claire and Evan.  I am so thrilled.  It will be great to see them in person.
The baby robins have grown enough to fly away from the nest.
Enjoy the weekend.
A

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Progress

I have been plugging away on the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  Two rows down, two to go.

  The whitework row is by far the hardest row to stitch.  I can't see it, even with magnification. There are probably a ton of errors in it but I can't see it well enough to tell.  I know I can finish the apple row today.   I'll keep at that white row and hope I can get it done too

 I decided try to make a fish to put on my socks.  So I started with going to the store for supplies.  I needed paper covered wire.  I found it in the cake decorating section of Michael's.  I thought I would find it in with the fake flowers.

 Then I got some organdy and some silver lame fabric.  Not great choices and they don't iron well and I had to bond them together with Stitch Witchery.

 We'll see if I can make them work.  So I started a fish tail.

 So far, so good.

I've walked this morning and been to the farmer's market.
Happy Saturday!
A

Friday, May 26, 2017

Good Mail

Those charts I "accidentally" ordered came yesterday.  I have to say that this is the first time I have ordered from Stitch and Frog and I was very pleased.  They had what I wanted in stock and they sent them out very quickly.  They were packaged nicely too.
This is what I got:
This chart is so popular.  I think I fatten the mermaid up a bit though.
I really like the little snippet of design.  This is number six.  I bet you could make it in a day.

What is better than birds and flowers?  Cute.
I finish-finished my Strawberry mouse.


Isn't she cute?
As I say every Friday, how can it be Friday again so quickly?  Time flies when you are having fun.
A

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mouse

I made some progress on the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  One row done and three to go.

I put a few stitches in the mystery project but not enough to notice any difference.

Then I picked up something easy.  Every once in a while I need something that is easy.  It was Just Nan's Strawberry Mouse.  She is all stitched and ready to be put together.

I plan to finish her today.  She also has a house.  That will be a much bigger project.

I have a plan for the socks I need to decorate for my retreat in three weeks.  But it is a secret.  It may not turn out so I'm keeping it to myself for now.  If it doesn't work, I may be buying another pair of socks!
A


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Good Start

I got a good start on the last flap for the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  I want to finish the lowest row today.  I changed the row above the last row to strawberries from apples.

I think the whitework row will be challenging to see.  I'll probably have to use the magnifier for that one.  Then the top row I'm going to do as charted, in apples.

I worked hard on the mystery project.  It is going slowly because there is a ton of confetti.  I began with the strategy of starting in the top left corner.  Then I used the strategy of a jigsaw puzzle.  I tried to get all the edges in first and then build around that.  Yesterday I decided to pick a 10 by 10 square and finish all of it.  I didn't quite finish but at least I didn't get lost.  I want to finish off that square today.  I tend use the  "cross country" method of stitching.
When this rectangle of stitches is all done, it will be only one tenth of the design.  What was I thinking?  But it is fun to work on.

Three weeks from tomorrow, I'll be going to a retreat!  I'll be with both BFFs and we will have so much fun.
A




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Not Decaf

Coming home from an errand yesterday I could see that there was a box on my front porch.  Oh, that must be the decaf coffee I ordered from Amazon.  But when I opened it up, it wasn't what I thought it was.  It was the kit I ordered last week.  Boy, did it get here fast!  I am tickled pink with it.  I must tell you that these are extremely limited kits.  I heard about them on Facebook that linked to a YouTube video.  This kit is a collaboration between Elegant Stitch and Hands On Designs.
This is what you get:
A paperboard box.

Inside the box are a couple of papers to line the box with.  Cool.

There is a waxer shaped like a key.  Love it!

A couple of finishing supplies:

Then here is the design:


I just love that tomato pin cushion.  So cool.  I like the verse for stitchers.  The bag and scissors fob are icing on the cake.
There is another bag with more finishing supplies.
I like the colors.

This will be so fun to make.  What a nicely put together kit!
A

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chores

My Monday chores are done.  The bathrooms are clean, the walking done.  I've also done some errands.  There is a brand spanking new shower curtain in the bathroom.  So I'm on to other things.  I stopped for a couple of DMC flosses.  I was amazed that Hobby Lobby did not carry 3860.  I wonder why.  I just assumed they had all the colors.  So I went to JoAnn's and they did have it.  It is one of the colors I needed for my mystery project.  It calls for 75 colors.  I've been obsessed with this and can hardly put it down.  It is a full coverage piece and I was just going to quit if it wasn't looking like I wanted.  But it is looking right.  There are no blended colors (thank heavens!).  I am working on the first page which is more than 3000 stitches.  It still looks like an abstract painting.

I finished the Virgin Queen's Stiching Wallet flap I was working on.

 Now on to the second (and last) flap.  Someone commented that it was a lot of stitching and she is right!  There are four rows of design on the last flap but I'm thinking of changing one row slightly.

I accidentally ordered a few new charts.
A



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Project Bags

When I was at Spring Fling a friend gifted me with a project bag.  I loved it!
 When we went shopping at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop I found some great fabric for another project bag and I asked my friend if she would make it for me.  She said "Sure!".  
It came in the mail yesterday and I love it!
It has a clear window so you can see which project is inside.  I'm already using it.
 I love how she lined up the motifs of the fabric on the bag.
 She put some ribbon on that I got on my England trip.
 The bottom is flat so it will stand up when there is stuff inside.
This turned out so cool that I got to thinking.  I have some French General fabric that I bought to make a bag but changed my mind.  Maybe she could make a project bag out of that.

One print for the outside and one print for the inside.
Then I thought of some other fabric I have.  Somewhere I heard that seven strips of a jelly roll stitched together would be enough for a project bag.  I measured and I think I need another strip or two.  But I love this Paris Flea Market fabric.  You could go vertical or horizontal with the strips.
Then I have this William Morris fabric.

That would be darling.  But I'm going crazy here.  I could keep her busy for a long time.
Thanks for the bag Vicki!
A

Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Toy

When you are a stitcher for more than 45 years, you collect a lot of stuff.  You are always on the lookout for great tools, especially lights, chairs, hoops and magnifiers.  When I visited Janet, she had a new magnifier/light.  It looked really great.  So when DS#1 gave me a gift card for Mother's Day, I ordered one just like Janet's.  It came in the mail yesterday.  It is a light made by Zeny.

 It came from Canada.  It is not designed to be a light to stitch by.  It is for the beauty industry, for giving manicures and facials.  I'm trying it out to see if I like it better than my other light and magnifier.  I had a magnifier sitting on a step stool (to make it the right height) and behind that a bright Blue Max light.  With this new combo magnifier/light there is just one thing by my stitching chair.  It is very cool since it has wheels.

You can pour water into the base to give it more stability.  I didn't do that yet.  It gives a softer light than my Blue Max light.  I love that the neck of it is very bendable to exactly where I need it without me having to contort to see through the magnifier.  I also like that there is no inset in the magnifier.


 It is distracting when there is an inset.  It is easy to turn on and off.  I've only tried it for one day so I haven't noticed any issues with it.  I've had bad luck with some of my magnifiers.  Three have broken due to poor design.  I have high hopes for this one.

The Farmer's Market was cold today.  I sure am missing those cinnamon rolls from last year.  Quiche doesn't do it for me.  I bought a couple of dark chocolate turtles instead.  Yes, I'm bad.
A

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday

How can it be Friday again so quickly?  I think I say this every week.  I'm cooking today.  I have bread dough in the breadmaker.  I have everything ready to make sweet and salty mix.  I'm going to mix up some cookie dough.  I'm on a roll here.

I am over half done with the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet flap.  I'm hoping to finish it today so I can start the second flap.

I worked a bit on the mystery project but it doesn't look much different.  Last time:
Today:

It is fun to add a new color and see how it changes.

I watched a Hands-On Designs Youtube video yesterday and got tempted enough to order the project.  I'll show you when it arrives.
DH is off to the grocery store.
I have a new grandniece, born yesterday, so I have to think about a baby gift for Mackenzie Ann.
A



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Forecast

The forecast was for rain.  But the rain went around us (as it often does).  So we have to settle for lovely balmy weather that is great for walking.  There are birdies in the nest in the rhododendron.

 I think they sleep with their mouths open.  The sweet pea is growing like crazy down by the mailbox.  Oh do I like this time of year.

I am about half done with the flap for the Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.

I have been distracted by my mystery project.  I am really enjoying it.  Here is what it looks like today.

You can't really discern any thing yet.

I started the finishing of the Shepherd's Bush afghan.

 I stopped when I ran out of bobbin thread.  I was just not in the mood to rewind the bobbin,  also called "being lazy".
There are double begonias in the urn outside the front door.

DH plays soccer tonight.  It is the perfect day for it.  We will probably go out to eat.  I love it.
I hope you have a lovely day.
A