Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Little bits

Poor tulip and daffodils.
Even with a snow day last week I have such a little bit of time for stitching but here goes......
We did dodge a bullet on the nor'easter last week and were more plagued by the ice damage to the trees.  

The trees were beautiful in the bright afternoon sunlight.   The noise from the wind and ice falling from the sun baked trees was quite loud.


This one is at a house up on the highway where friends used to live.    I remember when these trees were planted.   The weight of the ice just snapped off the branches down one entire side of the tree.  Every road you drive down there are branches down and trees still being tended to.  So sad to see all the damaged evergreens.  It could be worse.....I've seen no issues of trees into houses or on vehicles around here.  Leonard, my tree guy, most be a busy man right about now.

At any rate I spent most of my snowday just lazing around and not taking advantage of the 'free' time.....well, I took advantage of the free time to do nothing for a change.   I never made it to my sewing room to finished squaring my quilt blocks.   In fact, all the sewing 'stuff' is still piled at the bottom of the steps waiting for me to take it upstairs.  Just not enough hours in the day to get it all done.   And when I had a free day, I just crashed!  The overtime should, operative word being should, be coming to an end.   It will be time to catch up on all the things I let slide both at work and at home.   Most mornings I have tried to manage to carve out about 30 minutes to stitch.  It is like a drug people...admit it....we need our daily fix or something is missing or worse, we get out of sorts.  

My Stitching Friend is coming along.   I just crossed the halfway point.   This is the piece I take to work.......lunch at my desk means no stitching at lunchtime.   The little bits here and there and I will get this done.   

 Uncle Sam has seen so little of a needle with thread in my hands.   I only have his legs and shoes and he will be done.   I'd have to check but I may not even have put in any stitches since I last posted a pic!

I did further goofing off this past weekend with some shop hopping and lunch out with a girlfriend.   We always have a blast when we are together.  Here are a couple of oddities we came across.  First a kitchen wench (?) made of kitchen gadgets.
And then in an entirely different store, a man made out of ties.  More evidence that one person's trash is another persons treasure!

On Sunday I took my friend Roxanna to a concert by the DE Women's Choir.   Of course since I don't take pictures of people you will only see the beautiful stained glass windows of the church they performed in.  

There are four of these windows down each side of the church.   Each is an easy 15 foot tall.   Such a shame that what is showing white is actually green.

One of the same windows looking up from the windowsill.

 This is actually a real Tiffany window.   Imagine that.  In little old Salem County, NJ.  Roxanna enjoyed the concert and of course we have to do dinner out.   (She is 83 so it becomes a social event for her.)  The Delaware Women's Choir sang their repertoire for their upcoming tour to Austria.   It was a real treat.

I had the best weekend in a long time.  No work, just play.   Not that my quilting weekend was not great, but that involved driving and traffic and not sleeping in your own bed.  

Hopefully more stitching progress to share next time up.
Until next time....thanks for stopping by and have a great week in stitches.

Corsica River, One month in

Time for a one month update.   This is my FB SAL.  I am close to halfway through the first assignment which is the complete row of blackwork.    My needle is parked at the mid point.  

So I never go outside the lines.   I obey the rules.   I behave as if someone is always watching.   So what is hiding under the pattern?    Yes, I moved ahead to the next section.   I got curious about the Assisi stitching.   So you see, I am MORE than halfway because I have a head start on the next section.  

I had planned to do the black backstitch last to show a crisper outline.....well it is much easier to backstitch first and fill in the the with the red long armed crosses.

The nice gentle repeat of the first row is making it easy.   For me, I just need to find the time to sit and stitch!

 Hope to see some updates from other stitchers on FB later today.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quilting Weekend Getaway

Just back from a quilting weekend.    Believe it or not but this is the first time ever I've done a weekend with my sister.  Crazy I know.

We participated in a Mystery Quilt weekend.  You buy your fabric, follow the cutting instructions provided and show up with all your pieces cut and all your equipment and paraphernalia to follow along with the mystery.   Wow, think you need to take a lot for a cross stitch's nothing compared to a quilting weekend.

Here's a bit from show and tell of previous projects that were shared.  These women were so talented and so welcoming and great to be with.

Beth didn't work on the mystery quilt but worked on adding the finishing rows to this huge quilt.

 This was Beth's attempt to use of her scraps.  Mission accomplished!

 A Christmas block of the month club quilt.

 Another block of the month beauty.

Below, it the back to the above lap quilt.

 My sister's appliqué wall hanging.

I eye this pattern every time I go in the store....I even may have bought this pattern somewhere along the way.   I love Halloween stitching.   It is fun to work in all the bright colors.  Better check my stash.

Pretty block of the month from Keepsake Quilting by Barbara.

 Katie created this baby quilt this weekend for a soon to arrive grandson.

 One of Darlene's many

 Everyone's was so different.   Sarah's is so pretty in the red and white and here's another gal that got to Clue 14.

And my work for this weekend.    When it came to the mystery, I managed to complete 13 of the 14 clues.   Clue 14 is the final assembly into rows and joining them for a quilt top.   I stopped sewing because I wanted to square up all my pieces before the last step.  I don't know if I am making a mistake to do so but....too late.   No turning back once I started.

The orange with white symbols under my thread, my bobbin keep and the pins will be my binding.   The backing is the cream colored with the colored symbols that is under everything.  

There were 15 in the class and it was just the right size.   Cynthia and Jan from the Quilt Block were great hostesses and made it a nice weekend.   Tips and hints were shared.  Of course there was a trip to the store to buy necessary tools and some upgrades to existing tools.  I was shamed (lol) into buying a new 6 x 12 ruler (see mine covered with paint from a rug painting project).

We had a nice time together and met some great new friends.    We exchanged emails and added each other to Facebook friends lists.   I am now in the mood to sew up a storm....and with a nor'easter coming this Tuesday and I am hoping for a snow day in my near future, and time to finish this quilt top.  Not enough hours in the day to do all the crafting I want to!!!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I am a week in on my Queenstown Sampler SAL Corsica River.   In my mind I have divided the first row into 8 target points of completion and at the end of the first ten days, I am on target.  I am pretty sure I can stay on track.  Yea me and all my SAL buddies!

And then a dose of reality.   I referred back to the pix of the completed project.....progress I am happy with but oh so far to go.   Inside that little square marked off with snips of a post-it note, is what I have accomplished to date.  I actually met Barbara Hutson, the sampler designer, last summer and she said the first row was the hardest......I am keeping that in mind as I work my blackwork across the fabric.  What a feeling of accomplishment this will be when finished.  

But, here's another look at orchids haven't bloomed for two years but I held out hope.   I continued to water, sparingly, and to fertilize and nothing.....but I kept on keeping on.

I am thinking of the reward at the end of the wait as I stitch on Corsica River because I know I will be rewarded for my efforts.  Somedays it is annoying balancing the large scroll frame but if i stay on schedule, in two years I will have a completed sampler!  Hmmm, two years (and a bit) away from retirement......I think I have new incentive to reach each milestone.

See it all does depend on where you stand.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2 today

Poor Mr. Daffodil is confused.   Hope we don't get a
March blizzard and freeze the little guy!
2 posts that it.

Wow, working outside in a t-shirt in February!  Unheard of but welcomed all the same.   I got home from setting up the Heart Ball Auction  (no, I don't attend; I would much rather be at home in my pj's stitching while my co-workers are dealing with bodyshapers and pantyhose and pinching high heels.  Mr. W. wouldn't go either and then you have to answer all those questions of why he won't come....) but I digress.....

I came home and went outside and did some yard work.  Crazy talk I know.   It felt so good to get out there and dig and scratch and rake to work off the stress.   I never realize what pressure the auction is until my part is done.   The items are unpacked and in place, their  easels with numbers and descriptions are by their sides, the room is dressed, the boxes are stowed and the rest is not my responsibility.

I let my mind go blank scratching in the garden.  No worries, no stress, nothing to think about anything but the next weed to pull.  And I love the 'tired' you get from yard work and then you look back and think ah....I see progress.

Started on the raised bed vegetable garden.   Don't mind my crazy path of clearing the chickweed.   There was a squirrel in the nearby tree that was not happy I was working I moved on.

This spring I will remove more ivy (yes, MORE).  This time across the back property line.    I am just clearing up the edges to make a nice straight property line across the back for me.....

Signs of spring - my wheelbarrow full of garden waste.

Yuck, I need to put lattice or something around the nasty trash cans in the background.  And maybe a paver area around the fire pit.  
 My tulips are coming up too!
And new growth on the hydrangea...
I'd be out there still but a thunderstorm has blown in.  Yes, a thunderstorm in February. My mind is going in two directions with this weather......worries me if we got socked with the real winter weather, it will be brutal after this week of record breaking warmth.....or.....early spring and long hot summer...........hmm, the pool is scheduled for it's makeover in will be what it is......time to wash up, make dinner, and stitch a bit on Corsica River!

My Week in Stitches

A quick update on my stitching progress.   Stealing minutes here and there to get a few stitches in.   Extra hours at work continue but I do see light at the end of this tunnel and IT IS NOT the oncoming training.

Uncle Sam is zooming along.    He is stitched to about his knees.   The rest of his pants should go quickly, then add his shoes.   The pattern is marked to stitch them in dark navy but I may change them to a brown.   I'll have to pull some colors and think about it.

I started my SAL Corsica River.   This is a Queenstown Sampler by Barbara Hutson - and how cool that she has joined our FB SAL page!  She has already shared info and detailed photos.

It is kind of hard to visualize but these are 36-inch scroll rods.

 And that is a 15-inch floor tile behind it........oh what have I gotten myself into here!

It actually is going nicely.   Easy for me to say since I am only halfway across row one of page one of  the pattern.    I am enjoying the fun of charting the path in and out on the blackwork.   I like the challenge.  If I keep up at this rate, I will be able to finish all of Row 1 in the 8 weeks I allowed for it.   It would be kind of a faux pas for me not to keep up since I am hosting the SAL and I created the schedule!  

I'm off to the convention center to set up the Silent Auction for the Annual AHA Gala and checking that job off as completed!  One major work project done and one to go.....then back to the normal bedlam!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching all.