Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Snowfall,Stitching and Fun Finds

 This past week, Ayden went to school Monday.  That is it.  The rest of the week he was on SNOW days!!  Perfect time to do a little homework every day.  Get a science experiment in.  Have a snow ball fight!  Be silly as a family!!  Loved. it. to. pieces.
 A few posts or more back I told ya'll about the Daisychain ABCs Sampler from Alicia Paulson.  Well, I started her up and these are some progress shots. 
 I used Warm and Natural batting on the back of the Kona to help stabilize my stitching and also to hide the thread on the back. Works like a charm.  Instead of crewel wool, I dug into my Presencia perle cotton thread.
 Alica Paulson's pattern calls for a variety of stitches to not only, keep you on your toes, but to keep it interesting!
 Color is key here and I love being able to play with all my perle cotton in one sampler.  The threaded back stitch for the letter "C" is one that I have not participated in thus far.  I like it more and more!
 Lots and lots of good practice with detailed instructions for each letter makes it all the more relaxing.
 Last night I was able to create the stitches needed for "D" and "E."
 Two letters a day is a pleasant pace for me.  Satin stitch galore for the "e" but so bold in cyclamen pink!  "D" is in lavender.
Somehow I had forgotten about a fabric designer that is dear to me.  A fellow blogger had mentioned her on her blog the other day and i felt the need to go check out her new blog.  Sandi Henderson's to be exact.  Then I joined her over on Instagram.  Yep you can find me over there too.  Anyway, while over at Sandi's neck of the woods, I discovered some free valentine envelope print offs!!  They are SEW darn cute and dainty!  They make you want to celebrate!  I printed off a few and decided that one will be designated to a friend and the other two are for teacher's of Ayden.  So go get your free envelopes! 

Maybe while you are cutting out your Valentines, you can head on over to qnntv.com for a sneak peaky at Katy Jones of ginger Monkey new Quilt Monkey program?!!  She is doing a fantastic job!!!  As soon as I knew she was going to have a show on QNNTV, I went right over and signed up for the year!  Tons of quilting shows to view whenever you want!!!!  Just wanted to share with ya'll!!!!

***Looks like I have 2 more weeks to go before Jade gets here!!!!!  The waiting game begins!!!!

May your week be filled with joy and stitching!

Sara 









21 comments:

P. said...

Love the alphabet sampler! Your stitching is beautiful, Sara. That will be such a keepsake.

Best wishes for the last of the waiting game!

Cristina @ Pretty Little Quilts said...

I tried to do that two years ago, and I'm still stuck on W...yours makes me want to finish mine. Beautiful job:)

Terri said...

That's a lot of snow days for your part of the country! Glad to hear you had some fun with it. Pretty sampler. I've always loved Alicia's art work and stitcheries.

Catherine said...

Your stitching looks great - good idea about the batting!

Ashleigh @ Rocks and Chickens said...

Beautiful!!! How gorgeous!

Congratulations on your new little one's soon arrival. Praying for you! :)

knottygnome said...

i love that sampler in perle cotton! so pretty.

Dee said...

Beautiful progress on the sampler...and the baby sweet...thanks for the heads up on Sandi's new blog!

Valerie Reynolds said...

I love your ABS sampler!!! Serious...adorable so far! I'm visiting from Freshly pieced and added myself as a GFC follower. YAH! Stop by: myplvl.blogspot.com...and if ya like what ya see: follow too. Nice to meet ya!

Karyn said...

Very pretty!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your sampler is really gorgeous. And thanks for reminding me of Sandi Henderson's free printouts!

Live a Colorful Life said...

P.S. I just wanted to make sure I was following you on IG. I am now!! And thanks for reminding me of Katy on QNN. :)

Paula Hughes said...

This is probably the coolest sampler I have ever seen! I love the variety and the colors are gorgeous. Good work.

Cara said...

I love embroidery. Your sampler is beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished piece!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

Sounds like a fun week! and your embroidery is gorgeous. I love that each letter is so unique!

Thanks for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Natasha said...

Beautiful embroidery ! I've been wanting that pattern for a long time, yours looks great!

A Nudge said...

What a neat idea with the batting. I'll mention it to my mom who embroiders a lot. Beautiful work there. Saying prayers for a safe delivery for you and Jade.

Lindsey said...

Sarah your alphabet sampler is looking lovely! I have never done something like this--and yours really inspires me to learn how!

Thanks for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
-Lindsey
Fabric Frenzy Friday

Kristin said...

Love your sample, especially the c. Very unique I have never seen that stitch. Have you ever seen pintangle.com. Lots of great stitching there. I follow just to see all the pretty work.

Rosa said...

Your alphabet sampler is stunning.Great job!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Oh Sandi Henderson--that's a name I haven't heard in a while. Oh how I loves those Henna garden prints! I love the letter b you stitched!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Beautiful stitches and a wonderful project to keep busy while you wait for your precious baby. Lots of good vibes going your way for a speedy delivery and healthy baby.