Monday, March 30, 2009

Old WIPs Revisited...

Well, you all know how it goes... I "built" this quilt oh,I don't know
how long ago... let's say 3 years. I truely love it... it started with
my Love Affair with WOOL... and a pattern in a BH&G Patchwork magazine... (I'll have to find it for the info) this gal designed it inspired by the Amish and their use of color. She did it with hand dyed cottons... I dreamed of a wool quilt and had gathered beautiful hand dyed wool fat 8ths... I purchased some black flannel wool on the internet and felted... it is soft and lovely... and so it began...
I put it all together (top) layered it with batting and backing The original quilt design did not have the flowers around the border... I added that later... I "designed" the flowers myself... and then I attempted to hand quilt it...
hmmm the story ends there for the last say 2 years 10 months
it has set in my closet... While emailing Imi (one of my new online
friends from Holland, ) and discussing wool I mentioned my
quilt... which prompted me to get it out of the closet on Saturday
and pull my stitches of hand quilting. I have detrimined
that if I wait for me... (as I have discovered that I am not a
hand quilter) my quilt will remain forever in the closet...
and it ohhhh so wants out!!! (lol)
I have a local gal here in town who will quilt it for me...
so today it will make the journey to
the quilt store to meet up with her...

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Finish! and something new...

Hey All!! I finished
LHN "Heart of America"
I think that I'm going to
make it a wall hanging
with a dowel...

Also I started the Primitive Traditions "checkbook keeper" I'm still waiting for my silk threads... so, I've put it aside until I get the other colors. I suppose that I could just go ahead and finish the stitching in the Seaweed... but I really like to finish as I go.... frustrated sigh... It's on 40 ct Sheep Straw... lovely linen...

Also, I'm working on my Fair & Square trade. I hope that Daniela likes it... I will post a picture after she receives it... I will tell you that I'm working 1 over 1 on 32 ct... I was thinking that I'd try a 1/1 on 40ct sometime soon... hmmmm.... now, not so sure! lol! 1over2 on 40 is no problem... but... ;-)

It snowed again this week... but I started some seeds... I just transplanted little sprouts of "Blanket Flower ~ Goblin" The blanket flower is a native plant to our area... I'm hoping that the deer don't find it as appealing as other flowers. Anyone else out there have to deal with deer??? I love them, but I don't think I'll love them eating my plants... I'm sure I'll be posting on this issue again! If anyone has suggestions let me know!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


"Daffodils" (1804)

I wander'd lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o're vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They strech'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils. by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Brave Hearts vs Brave Heart...

Hey, Lori, what do you think? Of course I Love any LHN chart especially this one... I mean sheep and all that... what's not to love... and well, Mel Gibson??? I think this is probably one of my all time favorite movies... (added music just for the occasion ~ lol)


Good Morning! I woke to -22 degrees this morn. I don't know about you but that's a wee bit chilly for this chick. Here is a picture from my living room window... the sun is just beginning to rise over the mountains east of us... you can see it's just hitting the snow on mountains north of us. It's really pretty but really cold!

Here is my little stitching corner of the living room... I'm making progress on LHN "Heart of America" I have also started the Primative Traditions checkbook cover. I figure I'll make it for my mom for Mother's Day... am stitching on 40ct R&R Parkcity Blend with Treenway Silks Mangrove and Seaweed ~ I haven't chose the other color yet as I am waiting on my order of Glorianna silks to come.

Oooo, Iam so excited ~ I got accepted to stitch with the Fair & Square group... I can't wait to get started... but I have to do a little research for my square first... I think I'm looking for a part of a old colonial/new england sampler... if anyone has any ideas please let me know... I will post my finished work after she receives it... can't wait!

You know what is so cool about this stitching community? We are scattered from here to there and back and yet you find that we have the same interests... we have the same feelings... we have the same needs and wants... well, you know what I mean... you might not want a big ol' truck or go hunting and fishing or watch Nascar (boy does that sound redneck or what???)... but we still love stitching... and we still need friendships and interaction. I've "met" really nice people in the last month... I am so thrilled to have peers to share my passion for stitching and quilting and all the rest... So ok, that's all a bit sappy! sheesh... maybe I frost bit my brain!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ramblings for the day...

I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON!!! I won this lovely scissor fob from Ranae Stitch by Stitch blog
She made it special... just for me! Thank You Ranae! (note the progress on LHN "Heart of America"

Mail Call...
Oooo... what else to tell you about??? I got mail!!! Yay for me! I have ordered a "few" charts and got some of them today!

Primative Traditions: Quaker Pocket Needfuls and Checkbook cover

ByGone Stitches: Quaker Christmas and Quaker Virtues

I joined ByGone Stitchers SAL Blog...

Another LHN... I can't help it!!! Brave Heart...

And Ink Circles: Cercles

Aren't they all beautiful??? I am waiting for threads for the Quaker Christmas...

Have threads and linen picked for the Primative Traditions Pocket Needfuls... am going to make a checkbook cover for me... and for my mom...

Monday, March 2, 2009

I've started LHN Heart of America...

I have started LHN Heart of America... I love the threads in this kit! I have stitched the first block. I am stitching on 30 ct R&R Broomstick Brown. I like this pattern... it's stitching up quickly... very gratifing... these would be so cute done up singularly, which I'm sure somebody has done.