Sunday, March 30, 2014

Learning Sampler Update

Happy Sunday, hope that the sun is shining for you today and the weather is warmer than what we have had lately.  Course, I think they are still talking about more snow in the upcoming week.  YUCK.  It has been so great to finally see the ground again.  There is one small mound of snow in the front yard that the sun is unable to reach but I can tell that it is getting smaller.

I have been busy trying to catch up with the Learning Sampler by Northern Expressions Needlework.  Tomorrow Part 8 comes out and I am trying to finish up Part 3 this weekend.  I think it might be doable.

This is how it looked after completing Part 2.  Hopefully later this week I can show you Part 3 done.

This is really been a fun sampler to work on and I have been doing a lot of neat specialty stitches that I have done before but not in the combinations that this design is calling for.  If you are interested in doing this pattern contact Nicole and sign up.

Last Sunday I finished up a UFO for Monday UFO but I left it at the LNS to be finished.  So, all I can show you is a photo of the picture from the pattern.

This is Good Eggs by "The Triology".  It is a pattern back from 2004 that I had started and then put it away for a rainy day.  I need to look in my stash today and find something to finish up tomorrow night.  I have a idea but not sure I can get it done in one night but will try.

Enjoy your day stitching and relaxing......

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day

Monday's are going to turn into UFO project day for me.  If I pick up something within my UFO stash that are close to being done I should be able to get the stash reduced.  Today I was able to finish up Lucky by Shepherd's Bush.

Sorry for the wrinkles.  I was hoping to get this finished tonight and uploaded.  It is late and time to call it night.

Hope you enjoyed your St Patrick's Day.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Learning Sampler

Recently I joined an online class from Northern Expressions Needlework by Nicole Dostal. This class started back in Sept 2013 so you can guess that I am several lessons behind. I got my material and threads this past week. So, for the first week I have completed lesson one and I am starting up lesson two. Here is my progress:

Here is a picture of the color theme that I have selected:

I am anxious to move along further with this project or at least closer to where everyone else is.  I am working on 34 count Legacy Linen - color Wren Song.  This fabric is amazing and has made this project even more enjoyable.

Well, this is a short update on what I started this week and letting you see my progress.  I hope to keep up better with my blog in the next few weeks/months.

Happy Monday....

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014 - First Post for Year

Happy 2014....

Stitching has been moving along but not as fast as I see others have done.  I got a UFO project done early last month as part of a challenge project for the Lake Michigan Sampler guild.  We had to sign up for a UFO project that we would get completed by year end.  I had hoped to take it in to have framed before the next meeting but I did not get that accomplished.  So, here is a shot of my wrinkled La-D-Da Margaret Cottam project.

I had stashed it away somewhere in the middle of Part 2.  The challenge really helped me push to getting it done.  Now I cannot wait to have it framed.

On Thanksgiving weekend I started Hibernation Day by Heartstring Samplery.  I cannot put this one down and have been working on it as much as I could during the holiday.  I really love the colors on this one.

I am getting close to the bottom and past the longest stitching area - the houses.  I did not use the color fabric called for and did find something else to substitute with.  Pictures just cannot show you the true color affect.

During 2013 I took three more classes from Ellen Chester.  So, now I have three more class projects to add to my stash.  The Lady's Worke Box project from 2012 is all stitched.  Now I need to sit down and do the finishing.....  I have been meeting monthly with the other class attendees so that we can keep pushing each other along.  This has been very helpful.  Just hope the snow stops so that I can make the January meeting.

Here is another project that I added to my stash from Ellen's class.

This is a limited edition called A Petit Sampling Etui.  She got together with a few other designers to create this project.  There is another one that was from a prior year called A Noble Pursuit.  I do have that one also and really should do it first since I have it kitted.

I went to Inspired Needle's retreat this past October and need to show you a few pictures that I took.

Kim - Rita and I missed not seeing you.  We did keep you around..... (Kim is the stick figure)

Here is Anna with her finish.  Guess what, the Designer - Jan Alexander was here also.  What a great way to celebrate a finish.

Here are a couple more projects that ladies got done and even finished at the retreat. 

Hope your holidays were safe and warm.  Enjoy the rest of the winter stitching.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekend Stitching

Due to the heat wave I have been spending more time this past week stitching.  On Saturday morning I went to House Of Stitches in LaPorte to work on our past October project by Ellen Chester called "A Lady's Worke Box".  I really love how this project is coming together.

Here are a couple of the pieces that I have finished stitching and the progress on the house that will be on the front of the finished box.  This project is amazing and I cannot wait to get it done.  But, I have to say that I am also very excited to take two more classes this October from Ellen Chester.  Linda from House of Stitches is having Ellen Chester back to teach two more of her teaching projects.  Please use this link to House of Stitches and click on events.  Linda has several more spots available and I can promise you it will be a great weekend.  The other plus is Linda's shop is just down the road from the retreat and her inventory is AMAZING.  So, think about it and come join us.

I am also busy working on two online classes.  The first one is from Amy Mitten called "Needleworker's Pocketbook".  Here is my progress.

This is a very detailed project and has been hard to put down.  I am trying to rotate thru my projects so that each one I have to get done this year will be accomplished.

My other online class is "Buttons A Bounty" by Jackie Du Plessis.  Sorry, no progress to share yet since I just got started today.  Maybe with my next post you will see more.

Recently I was able to find a pattern from a friend of a design that is out of print.  It is "A Patriot's Sampler" by MidSummer Night Designs.  I saw this design on display at Attic Needlework's shop last January and have been trying to find.  I was lucky to find someone from my local shop that had the pattern.  Thank you Teresa, I am truly enjoying this pattern!!!!!!

Again, I am truly hoping that after you read my blog today you will go over to House Of Stitches and sign up for the Ellen Chester Retreat.  Note, you can also sign up for one of the two days if that fits your schedule better.  Reach out to your stitching buddies and make sure they take a look at these beautiful projects and sign up.

Well, time to stitch before heading to bed.  More to come of my rotationaly projects.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Class Finish - Sherwood Garden

I have been completing an online class via Shining Needle Society.  It was a lot of fun and I did get a few weeks behind due to a vacation and other issues that happen.  So, here is the result.

This was from Needle Delights Orginials.  I bought an extra kit to redo this project in blue.  I think that will have to wait since I have signed up for another class that is just starting from Amy Mitten.  It is a needleworker's pocketbook.  If you get a chance take a look at her website at  More to come on that once I get started.

We just got back from a wonderful trip in Alaska and I want to share a few shots with you.  If you ever get a chance to go you will love it.

This last picture is a group of sea otters that were looking at a small boat of people standing around and staring back.  They were really fun to watch floating in the water.

Enjoy your week.....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shining Needle Project

Recently I signed up for an online project with The Shining Needle Society.  It is a counted cross project by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals called the Sherwood Garden.  It has been a lot fun and a quick weekly project to work on. 

Each week a new lesson is sent and I cannot wait to start it.  I think I will try this one again in another color scheme.

I am still working on the Maryland Sampler but it is getting behind in progress.  Here are a few shots of my progress.

Hope you all have a Wonderful Mother Day.  It is good to see the sun shining on us today and hopefully our weather is getting better.  I really hope to put my winter coat away for good.