Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
"Golden Wedding Sampler"
Started 8/1/2011, Finished 8/29/2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Flaming June by Frederick Leighton
OK, I finally did it! After thinking about this for months, I took the jump before the HAED 30% off sale ends. I also went ahead and ordered the large print version to be mailed to me. I'm just going all out! It's nice that they provide the floss list so you can stock up before getting the pattern. It will be 12"x14" on 25ct fabric, or 13.6"x16" on 22ct, or 16.6"x19.5" on 18ct. That seems pretty big. I will have to look at an actual piece of 25ct or 22ct fabric. Maybe it's not so bad.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I guess it's too late to be stitching at 1:45 AM.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I am stitching a purple butterfly square for World of Charity Stitching. The members all stitch the same butterfly pattern, but in different colors. The squares will be made into a beautiful quilt! You may think it's not centered in the Q-Snap frame, but I did that on purpose, since it will only be 6"x6" square, and then I can save the leftover Aida to make bookmarks.
I also started stitching Fairies, a chart from a book, Top 100 Cross Stitch Motifs by Michaela Learner. I am stitching 2 over 2 on 28-count opalescent Zweigart evenweave and using DMC Pearlescent and Light Effects floss. These fairies will be so pretty on a Fairy quilt to be donated to a child at a domestic abuse shelter.
The pretty Q-snap huggies are made by Christine Wilson and you can order them on her website.
Gracie suggested a postcard exchange and I sent and received 5 postcards from stitchers in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and the United Kingdom. My cat Billy wanted to be in the pic too!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
These are the choices (using 18 ct). Which do you think would be best for me? I already have the chart from Karin. It seems like a good size to me, not too big or too small, and it has more colors than the HAED chart, so would that make the picture even more realistic?
Designer Stitches Size (inches) Colors
Pinoy Stitch 150x150 8 x 8 89
Mystic Stitch 200x200 11 x 11 ?
Karin's Cross Stitch 283x265 15.7 x 14.7 90
Heaven and Earth Designs 300x351 16.6 x 19.5 50
Golden Kite 500x586 27.7 x 32.5 199
Thanks for your advice and suggestions!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Oh, I found Sophie on the other side of the desk and Blueberrie sitting in the kitchen window.
I love my job, don't you?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Beth (the framer) suggested rounding the top corners of the mat to match the picture. I used a frame and glass from an old Home Interiors picture that I had. What a bargain!
"Time for Tea"
Designed by Joanne Sanderson
Started 8/11/2011, Finished 8/18/2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Here is my entry for the Pets on Quilts show! This quilt was a gift from my mother-in-law 20 years ago. My three cats are always found sleeping on the bed together. Billy the brown tabby cat is my youngest and the most lovable. Blueberrie the black & white tuxedo cat is the boss of all the animals, including our 2 big dogs. Bubbles the calico cat is the oldest and so shy that she hides from everyone.
I learned about this fun show on Bonnie's blog. She sews quilts for World of Charity Stitching, and I cross stitch squares for the quilts.
You can win a prize by entering a photo of your pets on quilts, or a pet-themed quilt! You can also win a prize just by voting. Last day to enter is August 19, and voting ends on August 21, 2011.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Hurray, hurray! I finished it with two days to spare! I'm taking it to the framer tonight. Yippee! I'm so relieved! No more brown sepia colors for awhile. I want color! The first pic above is from my cell phone, and the second one is from the scanner. I also have a picture from my camera, but I have a problem with transferring the pics from the camera to the computer.
"A Paris Kiss"
Started 1/6/2011, Finished 8/17/2011
I bought this kit from The Stitchery catalog. It was imported from Belgium. This was my first time stitching on linen (28 ct stitched over 2) and I loved it!
It was based on this painting by Migdalia Arellano:
I'm so glad that you followed me along in my progress on this! Now my next deadline is August 31, my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I am about one-third done with their cross stitch gift. I am also stitching squares for quilts for World of Charity Stitching. Those pretty little items cheer me up because they are quick to do and I know they will make someone happy!
I'm using one of my new Q-snap huggies in a pretty floral print. It feels nicer to hold this fabric instead of the Q-snap frame by itself, and it keeps the edges of the cross stitch project safe and clean. I just love these!
I only need 1-2 hours to finish A Paris Kiss. I Googled "A Paris Kiss" by Migdalia Arellano and saw the painting that this cross stitch is based on. It's a beautiful picture!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I went to the framer on Friday (a friend of the family) and chose the mats and provided my own frame and glass from an old Home Interiors picture that I had. It looks like this will be my last update, and the next pic you see will be a FINISH, then the framed piece.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I included a pic of the chart, all marked up with my pink highlighter. I didn't even make a working copy. I'm so glad I bought this kit when I had the chance, because it's hard to find now.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
My daughter just went to bed, so I'm going to stitch on A Paris Kiss for an hour or so. I will post a progress pic tomorrow. Good night!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
LINDA!!!!! from Stitchin With My Furbabies.
This is a massive collection of traveling stash and every stitcher it goes to will be sure to find something great. I picked some 14ct Aida, a scented floss, bookmarks, and Christmas ornie kits. Then I added more fabric, floss, Christmas ornie kits, and 3 pattern books of cats, birds, and hummingbirds. Watch Linda's blog for your chance to have the Traveling Stash box visit your house next! Happy Stitching!
Linda, please send me your snail mail address by email. Thanks!