Monday, February 17, 2014

Stitches and New Potholders

 I picked this Daisy Chain Sampler up about a month or so ago and haven't put it down since! 
 It was thrilling to pick out a variety of perle cotton threads to go with each and every letter.
 Through the process, I have picked up lots of new stitches to include the short and long stitch, lazy daisy, chain, french knots, stem, fly, blanket and satin stitch.  I have added them to my bag of tricks when it comes to embroidery.  So this girl knows more than the simple back stitch now!
 A sampler has taught me to slow down and enjoy each letter.  No rushing allowed.
 Satin stitches are by far the most time consuming,but when they are all done they look mighty pretty!
 Color was what I had in mind with this as I knew that if I stuck to two or three colors I would drive myself batty.  I have the personality that I if I start something, I have to finish it.  Soon!
 With each thread and needle passing through the cotton, I was able to keep my mind off of pending tasks.  Our baby girl is one of the top three;)
 Playing favorites here....
 a cluster of lazy daisies brightened my day.  Does it do it for you?
 Tiny violets crawling up a vine gracefully.
Pink and yellow.  Tickles my soul!

I may have to go pick out some more yummy, new colors of perle cotton;)

First I have to go find myself a frame for this and get it hung up in Jade's room!!!!

On Sunday, I had to make some potholders.  Just because.  You see my old ones are pretty well loved. 

I found a pattern in one of my older 2012 APQ magazines.  It actually reminded very much of the economy blocks that are popping up everywhere these days.  Square in a square block.

Fabrics are Ruby by Bonnie and Camille Roskelley and Alexander Henry and little bits of Kona Red

I decided to simply do without the binding for once and just top stitch the turned edges.  All in all I am very happy with them and they really brighten my kitchen up.

**40 weeks tomorrow or full term to be exact....I have an OB appointment Wed in the afternoon.  Maybe she will choose a date sooner!**



Monday, February 10, 2014

Per Hubby's Request

I was packing an overnight bag the other day  and nonchalantly telling hubby what I was bringing in it for Jade.

I showed him one of the receiving blankets I had made and blogged about in recent months.  Suddenly, he chimed in with "doesn't she have a smaller blanket that is softer as well?"  Huh...didn't think of that hon!  As quilters, you know what happened next;)  The wheels were 'a turning.  Before you know it I was upstairs, in my sewing room Sunday, creating a soft blanket for our girl!

With some "pear" minkee dot and leftover Magenta Cuddle minkee, I pieced the back.  The front is a butterfly print in flannel with a ruffle trim sewn on by moi!  I used Aurifil in Blossom Pink for the top stitching around the entire blanket.

Little girl will be embraced in the softest blankie ever!!!!

*OH and it's been hubby approved! *



Zipper Pouch Dilemma


I wanted to make a zipper pouch with this tutorial by Jeni B for Ayden's teacher assistant.  The problem was I finished it and now I don't want to part with it:(

I used up some scraps from the heart mini and had to only make a few more HSTs.  Then I bordered it in Kona Purple and backed it in a Joel Dewberry print.  I am not a huge fan of purple,but it has grown on me significantly.  So it seems;)

Hmmmm.....what to do, what to do??!  Has this happened to you ever?  You loved the end result so much, you didn't want to gift it?  Sounds terrible I know.