Monday, June 24, 2013

Finally Finished and and an Exchange!

Last December I received a wonderful gift from Melissa as part of a Birthday Exchange.  One of the items that she included was a fantastic pattern/kit to make this sewing case...  

Designer: Stacy Nash
Design: Blue Sewing Roll

I completed this a few months ago but am just now getting around to posting pictures.  I love how it turned out, and it was such a quick stitch!

Stitched and grunged for that Primitive look

This is nicely displayed on my old Singer sewing table. Thank you again Melissa!

Saturday was a great mail bills, just a Connecting Threads and Knit Picks Catalog as well as a "mystery" package.  I had a suspicion that it may be my HOE Summer Exchange and was anxious to learn who stitched for me.  When I opened it I saw an adorable pillow created by Linda O...

2013 HOE Summer 
Designer: Shepherd's Bush
Design: Sheep Freebee
Fabric: 18ct Lambswool Linen
Threads: WDW & Simply Wool (Gentle Art)
Stitched by: Linda O.

Here is a close up.   I love the little SB "Meadow Daisy" button...
The polka dot fabric she selected is perfect for this design. Thank you so much Linda, awesome exchange!

Why Do I Love Vermont ???

Ben & Jerry's...of course!

With my very special favorite :D house guest, Colleen, I drove 100 miles to Waterbury, VT for an ice cream ~ a delicious Ben and Jerry's ice cream!

When an ice cream flavor is "retired"....

It gets a headstone in the graveyard...
Now that's a clever idea.

Thanks for stopping by...Have a great day!

Until next time...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Keeping Busy

Yes, that is what I have been doing...Keeping Busy. I completed a design by one of my favorite designers, Mary Garry and spent today working on the finishing.  

Designer: Mary Garry
Design: Milkpaint Sampler
Fabric: 32-ct Country French Latte Linen
Threads: Kreinik Silk
Finish: Needle case

I always manage to mix up my cross stitch tapestry needles, reaching for one and never knowing what size it is, so I pulled out my embroidery machine and embroidered the 3 sizes on the wool felt...that should help.

As I have done in the past, I stitched this needle case up without using a pattern.  Another *figure it out as you go* finish which worked up easily and relatively quickly; I am happy with it.

Look what I pulled out of my huge, ever growing pile of WIPs...

Since I last posted on this WIP I completed the letters "B/C" and started "D"


Hopefully I will continue to spend some serious stitching time on this beautiful design. 

Edgar let me know that he received the HOE Summer Exchange that I stitched for him.  Here is what I sent:

2013 HOE Summer Exchange
Designer: Prairie Grove Peddler
Stitched for: Edgar M.

Sometimes you just need to *switch it up* and work on a finish that is not an ornament or pinkeep.  This little candle mat is such a great summer design, perfect for this exchange. I liked it so much I started another one for moi!

Why Do I Love Vermont?

Because I can sit in my sewing room, working on my needle case finishing, and look out the window at this gorgeous view....

Heaven and Earth...Only in Vermont!

Don't forget, Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the HOE Friendship Exchange. Details found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Bed Without A Quilt Is Like A Sky Without Stars

In need of a baby quilt for a sweet baby girl, I saw this fun quilt design...

And decided to make this...

Baby Quilt for Brynn

I wanted to make it more "girly" so I swapped out the swinging monkeys for the pretty princess and pup. 

Once complete I sent it Mary Lea, an amazing longarm quilter, who did a beautiful job quilting it!  I love the design Mary Lea selected, it matches the little flowers in the fabric.  

In need of a graduation quilt for a sweet high school grad, I saw this beauty...

Since she loves the beach I selected a soft palette of seafoam green, pastel yellow, foggy gray, soft blue and used a dark teal to make the stars pop...

Graduation Quilt for Shannon

Upon completion I sent it to my favorite quilter, Mary Lea.  She selected a quilting design that looks like waves and I must say it looked perfect! Seriously, I am not sure what I would do without her.

My HOE Stitcher's choice made its way to the Netherlands.  Here is what I stitched for Joke B.

Designer: LHN
2011 Monthly Ornament #9
Design: Joy and Peace 
Stitched for: Joke B.

I had the perfect backing fabric in my quilt stash...

And here is the ornament that I received from Cindy...

2013 HOE Stitcher's Choice
Stitched by: Cindy

Why Do I Love Vermont....

Now that the summer is upon us I am able to head out to the local farmers market and enjoy all that it has to offer...

Including this "wild" band...

....Only in Vermont. :D 

Sign ups for the Friendship Exchange close on 6/19 so if you are interest all of the details can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wonderfully Witty Blogger

There are a number of blogs that I thoroughly enjoy reading but there is one that tops the list: The Easily Influenced Stitcher.  I can't tell you how many times I have laughed out loud reading Shirlee's blog.  My DH, wondering what was cracking me up, read her post about the Devil's Playground and was also highly amused.  Not so long ago, embedded in one of her posts, Shirlee offered three giveaway gifts, one of which was an item handmade by her.  There was nothing I wanted more than a little piece of this woman to display in my home (I would prefer her move to my hometown, but I think that might be asking too much). 

To my surprise I won the "handmade item" ~ This REALLY was a surprise since, as I stated before, I can't win a cake in a cake walk.  My luck must be changing since I recently won Kevin's awesome giveaway.

Take a look at what arrived in the mail from Shirlee...

Designer: Little House Needlework
Design: Winter Forest
Stitched by: Shirlee

I love it and am so happy to have a little bit of this wonderfully amusing woman in my home.  Thanks to my primitive little tree I am able to display it year round. Thank you again Shirlee!

The Wizard of Oz and Mother's Tribute are framed...
Design: Wizard of Oz

That cute little tin man is actually a pin that I purchased many years ago. 

Designer: Silver Creek Samplers

I am hosting a Friendship exchange on the HOE blog so if you are interested in participating you can get the details HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!