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.  

7 comments:

Rowyn said...

Beautiful stitchy pics. Margaret Cottam is a lovely sampler.

Happy new year.

Ellen Whitlock said...

Love the samplers!

Marilyn said...

Great projects Barb.
You've been busy.
Happy New Year.
Marilyn

Brigitte said...

Margaret is a great sampler, congratulations on finishing her. And Hibernation Day looks like the end of it gets nearer and nearer. Happy stitching on your great projects in 2014!

Jan said...

Hey Babs.....YOU have started out 2014 right!! I just love, love Margaret Cottam...would so love to put it on my list for 2014, but it is already long enough!

You should be getting something in the mail from me one of these days...I know, I know, easy to say! Miss you!! Hollar at Terry for me, Miss "No Blog"!

Jeanne said...

What beautiful projects! I love that Heartstring Samplery piece...I resisted buying it as it's very much like Baby It's Cold Outside which I've already done. How lucky you are to have a guild to belong to. I used to work with someone who has been in that that guild a long time, perhaps you know her - Jan G. Hope you have a great year ahead.

Sharon said...

Margaret Cottam is gorgeous! Congrats!