Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Four Embroidered Hearts Wallhanging




On April 13, 2015, I posted about my flying geese quilt and embroidered pillow that I made with Robyn Pandolph fabrics. I also made this little wallhanging to hang above my bed and I used co-ordinating RP fabrics to go with the quilt.  The outside of the hearts are paper-pieced (not my favorite method to do) and the center is hand embroidered. The whole piece is hand quilted by me too. I am linking with Super Mom-No Cape today so hop over there and check out the rest of the entries. I think it is always fun to see what others have made with their embroidery.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......................come back soon!!

Oh Yeah!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tea Towels Again, Kitties This Time



I am re-visiting tea towels once again. This set is the Kitten towels that I did for another shower gift for grandson Jordan's fiance, Jenna. If you want to see the rest of them you can go here:
More Embroidered Tea Towels, Kitties This Time . I really like doing these and it is something that is so easy to pick up when I'm going to a mini group gathering, or visiting someone, or just want something to do at home for a few minutes.  I hope you enjoy seeing these sets that I have done and I still have more to show you later.  Thanks for taking the time to look. I am linking up with Super Mom-No Cape again this week. You can find her if you click on the following link. Vintage Embroidery and Stitchery.  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day...

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please, Say Hello to Priscilla




I would like to introduce you to my buddy, Priscilla. She came to live with me about 30+ years ago. I worked on her all winter the year that I made her. She has been a faithful companion and has sat in the corner of my living room continually and has never complained about it.  So, here is Priscilla, still young in spirit, if not in age...I am linking up with Super Mom-No Cape today again, I hope you will hop on over there and see the rest of the links too. .. Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....






Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Little Progress Here




Here is another picture of my first block and I changed the fabric in the upper left hand side, I like it much better. Notice, the reindeer have their antlers now....And then I have 2 other blocks finished, yeah!!! I think I am going to really like this quilt/wallhanging!!!  I'm linking up again this week with
Super Mom-No Cape on her Vintage Embroidery and Stitchery post.  Skip on over there and check out what others have posted, it's fun!!   Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.............



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy National Sewing Machine Day


Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Wish Quilt



I was determined to sew something yesterday, just to have the feeling of accomplishment. I needed to re-bond with my sewing machine as it had been weeks since I had sat and sewed anything. In 2012, I think, I started the embroidery blocks on The Wish Quilt, a free pattern so generously offered by Red Brolly. She still has the pattern on her site if you want to save it. It's a very scrappy quilt and I like that look a lot.  I have had the blocks all embroidered for sometime now but there are a few applique pieces still yet to do and I'll do them as I piece each block, that's my plan anyway. So I took the leap and pieced the first block, I'm not sure that I like the heart block so it may get replaced but I'll show you and see what you think about it.  I haven't embroidered the antlers yet either so I guess it isn't officially "done" but I wanted to show it to you anyway. I am open to comments from you so feel free to tell me if there is something I can do to improve the look. Do you like the print fabric that I used on the left side?

I am linking up today with Super Mom-No Cape so hop over there and check out the other links. I always enjoy looking at others projects and wish I had time to do more..

If you look closely at the embroidery, you can see that I have added just a small touch of color. See the yellow stars, the green bow and the black mane on the horse. I have done this on the other blocks also, just my way...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......................................

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

And Four More !!

 Here are 4 more of my blocks from How Does Your Garden Grow that I have embellished. I am liking the looks of them, although some of the blocks are easier to embellish than others. I hope you enjoy seeing them. I am linking up today with Super Mom-No Cape and Freemotion By the River. So click on these links to see the rest of their links.


I worked on these blocks and a few more over the weekend and now I think I have some tendonitis in my wrist so I best not embellish anymore for a few days. Darn!!!  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day............................

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I've Been Holding Out


Last August, I subscribed to a new Block of the Month..I had a guilty conscience doing it and it took several days to talk myself into it because I have "several" BOM's stored in containers that I haven't even touched, most a few years old..but this new BOM was wool applique and I had not done any wool applique.  So that was my persuasion to myself to order it. The pattern is How Does Your Garden Grow by Norma Whaley and my monthly blocks come from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop. I have been 95% satisfied with the fabrics they send and have only replaced a couple of them. Sometimes it's scary to do this as it can get quite expensive but I had very little wool so I thought it was the wise way to go..  I decided to do a little beading on them so here are the first 4 blocks that I have done.  They have been a lot of fun to do.  I have all of the blocks finished, just haven't done the embellishment on the rest yet.


 I'm linking up with Super Mom-No Cape's Vintage Embroidery link, so hop on over there and check out the rest of the links...there are some pretty cool ones!!  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day....

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bluebirds, One of My Favorites



Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly ... Why then, oh why can't I? These Bluebird towels were so much fun to embroider..if you want to check out the rest of the set, you can go here:
Bluebird Tea Towels, The Rest of the Story.  I'm linking up to Super Mom-No Cape again today....Just click here and you will get there. Sew until next time, I hope you have a Super Stitches kind of day...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Remember His & Hers?





Do you remember the His and Her's pillowcases? They were popular many, many moons ago.  I embroidered this pair when I was in high school. I remember using the colors that were recommended and I thought it was very daring to use lime green with lavender/purple and blue..then aqua to outline the letters...and bold pink flowers!!!  But I have always loved these colors together and now I treasure these pillowcases.  And I crocheted the edging too!! A couple of years ago, I dug them out and they were so yellowed with age so I soaked them in Oxyclean several times for several days and they came out sparkling white again.  This was just a little trip back in time as I made them over 60 years ago and I still love them even though there isn't a "His" anymore. :-(  I wonder what my kids will do with them when I'm gone?  Treasure or trash???


 I linking today with Super Mom-No Cape, you should go check out what others have shared with us if you like hand embroidered pieces..Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..............



Monday, April 20, 2015

Re-visiting the Bunny Tea Towels

I have been making sets of tea towels for the last couple of years and giving them as shower gifts for my grandkids when they are getting married. And then a few extras besides. My DIL wanted a set for their 20th wedding anniversary, my two college age, single, granddaughters said they would like some too. I made them each a couple for Christmas. And then my two daughters ordered a set also. This is the first set I made and now I am working on my 6th set, that's 6 X 7=42 towels that I will have embroidered..I love to embroidery!!!  Thank goodness!! You can see more of these towels individually if you click here: Bunny Tea Towels . Today I am linking to Super Mom-No Cape for her Stitchery Link Party, hand embroidery only. You can click right here: Stitchery Link Party to go to her blog and check out what others have posted. It's always fun to see other nice projects..gotta keep those needles hot!!  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day...............

Monday, April 13, 2015

Linking with Super Mom-No Cape today


Here is a cute little pillow that I made a few years ago to go with a quilt that I made for my bedroom.  It says "The flower garden is also my garden of thoughts and dreams...The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers and the dreams are as beautiful."  I loved the sentiment and the flowers around the border. I used just one strand of floss to embroider them. It was a free pattern off the internet and I'm sorry that I don't remember where I got it and I haven't found the pattern since, if anyone knows, please let me know.  The quilt is used on my bed spring through summer, it is really pastel and I always look forward to putting it on the bed every year.  The fabric collection was called "Secret Garden" I'm pretty sure and Robyn Pandolph was the designer. Still one of my favorite collections.

The above pictures are the border which I designed with Robyn Pandolph motifs. I didn't have a pattern for the quilt, I just made Flying Geese blocks until I had enough, sewed a long piece in between, machine appliqued the border, and then more Flying Geese!! It was machine quilted by Nancy Anderson and I love what she did with the quilting. Today I'm linking to Super Mom-No Cape. She hopes to have a Linky party every Monday for something embroidered that you want to share. Click on the link above and go check it out, you will find her blog very interesting to browse around. ......Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..................



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I Tried A New Bread Recipe

This is a No-Knead Jalapeno Cheddar Artisan Bread recipe that I got from the Chef-in-Training site. It came out really good according to some of the grandkids..I did do a little taste test but I'm not a jalapeno fan and tried to avoid the peppers (it didn't work). I really liked the "crumb" in the bread and I may try it again without the "heat".  It was fun to try something different!!  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.......

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Beautiful Day




I don't know when I have seen a more beautiful blue sky, literally no clouds and it's 65 degrees right now..And the maple trees are starting to show signs of growth...And I just watched a huge flock of geese flying north.....And I saw my first Robins today......And it is the 14th of March!!!!!......so do you think Winter is really over???  I am hoping we are having an early Spring...How about you?...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..............

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Gathering

Wednesday afternoon I hosted our Mini Quilters Group so I decorated a little early for Easter. I don't have any St. Patrick Day decor so Easter it was!  I have to go on the hunt for St. Pat's Day decor, maybe I can find some on sale this year. 






I served chocolate ice cream cake roll,  filled with Mint Chip ice cream, drizzled with hot fudge sauce that I made too.  Then I used a little green paper doily on a Miss America plate...that was my representation for St. Patrick's Day, I guess!  We had a little chatter and even got some sewing done too.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....................

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sharing a slide show with you..

I just posted the slide show from our February Piecemaker's Guild show and tell.  We have some of the best show and tell around. This is my personal opinion..I belong to a much bigger guild also and at the last meeting, we had 2 people with show and tell.  My smaller guild always has great show and tell.  Watch the slide show and see for yourself..Here is the link to our Piecemaker's Guild Blog.

I hope you will enjoy the show...Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day............... 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Grandiose Amaryllis!



"We" are back again, my amaryllis and me!!  I can't believe this plant..after the first 4 blooms expired, it started to send up another shoot. I thought it was probably a leaf. But it wasn't and this one has gone crazy and it has so much fun to watch it grow. These blossoms are bigger and better than the first ones AND it has 5 blossoms on it..AND this morning I measured it and it is 29"or maybe 30" tall..I think the bulb will just shrivel and die when it's done blooming. (not really) Well, enough of this chatter, I will show it to you..

Can you see the 5th bud in the back?

Crazy, huh? And this was taken several days ago..

It's tall!

Maybe the frog added the fertilizer  ;-))  The enjoyment has far exceeded the $4.99 that I paid for it...Such a bright spot in my kitchen...I love it....Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....





Sunday, January 4, 2015

Is It Cold At Your House???

 My red amaryllis has brought a bright spot to my house this very bitterly cold morning. My indoor-outdoor thermometer isn't showing the outside temperature for some reason but I know it was supposed to be below zero this morning and our high today somewhere around 7 or 8!!  I bought this Amaryllis right before Christmas for $4.99 and it had already shown some growth. It has exceeded my expectations already. There are 4 lovely blooms and it's really pretty, the picture doesn't do it justice. I think it is rather strange that it doesn't have any leaves yet. I hope you are warm and cozy today, I know that I am staying in and perhaps get some sewing done.  I am working on a wool applique project and I will show it to you soon. The sun is really bright and that helps everything in my book!  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day................until next time...