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Scissor Case

December 23, 2018

It was a very hectic week before I left Arizona on December 15th. I am currently in Monroe, WA with my daughter and son-in-law. I have had a quiet and peaceful week with lots of stitching.

I packed several projects, all fairly small, for my three weeks in Washington. I began with a small scissor case counted cross design. Started on Monday and stitching finished on Friday.

Here you see the finished project, (front and back) trimmed and ready to pull together. I’m just not sure about the “pulling together”. It will be folded in half, lined and the ribbon will tie at the top. I think this will get done when I am back in my studio. I have put it aside and started a fun painted canvas.

I am enjoying my quiet time as my daughter and son-in-law have been working. It is quite a feeling to have no responsibilities……no cooking, no cleaning, no shopping. Just lots of time to sleep and stitch.

Below is my next project. It has a stitch guide but I may do some of my own stitch choosing. We shall see

To all my faithful followers I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy stitching New Year.


Triangle Garden

December 7, 2018

Just a quick “hello”. I remembered that I never posted my finished Triangle Garden. Next you’ll see my counted project.

Pumpkins are Done‼️

November 29, 2018

Now that my Triangle Garden is done I pressed forward on my Pumpkin Patch. Here are the vines. The kit included a tied bunch of “stuff”. Instructions called for me to use what I wanted….braided threads were a suggestion. There was even some straw looking stuff.

Now a look at the really fun part. The back…… it took me almost as long to tack the ends on the back. I had to remember that I could not tack the back as I did the front because the tacking threads on the back could not show on the front. Originally the heavy threads were sunk to the back and I left them hanging until I had the front done.

The final back.

Now I am faced with …… what do I want to stitch❓I have so many WIPs but I really want to start a counted chart. I think I want something that requires no thinking, only following directions.

I have some Christmas ornaments on the way to me from my finisher. I’m excited to see how they look. I will share in my next post.

Triangle Garden Almost Planted

November 21, 2018

I was very pleased at our guild meeting last Saturday that several gardens were completed. One that knocked off everyone’s socks. Just look at this closely. The designer is Shirley Burns one of our very talented members. Her goal with this challenge was to practice embellishment techniques. Remember the challenge was to create a 4″ X 6″ Garden with no less than five triangles. Any number above fine was fine.

Here are two other finished gardens.

And here is where I am. I have great hopes of finishing this today. I need to finish the “grout” around the paving stones and my dirt path. There will even be more blooms and one more bench.

Lastly I wish all my followers the Happiest of Thanksgivings. We all have so much to be thankful we should take a moment to reflect. Even in this very sad year for me I do have so much in my life to be thankful for and I try to remember that everyday.

God Bless All Of You 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Detour…Summer Challenge 2018

November 16, 2018

A big light bulb went off in my head a week or so ago. My own designed 2018 Summer Challenge “Triangle Garden” is due to be finished by the 17th of November. As I am writing this that’s tomorrow ‼️‼️

I put Pumpkin Patch on the back burner and decided to make some progress on my Triangle Garden. This is the first year that my challenge will not be finished by our November Potluck. This has been a year to forget and many things seem to be slipping through the cracks.

As this challenge called for designing a garden within a 4″ X 6″ rectangle with no less than five triangles. I needed my design brain to be working. I discovered that you cannot turn on and off your design brain. This is not my best work and probably has many design errors…..but here it is. I may get some more of the walkway done tonite before the ANG meeting tomorrow.

Feed back please. Do my benches look like benches❓And my water pond like water❓Couldn’t find a way to make it into a fountain.

Pumpkins on the Final Leg

November 4, 2018

Much more progress on the The Pumpkin Patch. The sky went pretty easy. I took it to my ANG meeting and got a good start. It was easy stitching so I was encouraged to press on.

I did take out the section outlining on the big pumpkin as I was not happy with my stitching. I am considering couching the gold outline instead of stem stitching. I think I can get a more rounded appearance.

Doing the ground was fun and a challenge as I had to adjust some of the areas on the right side due to the placement of my pumpkins.

I am hoping to have it finished this week.


October 28, 2018

I have made more progress on Pumpkin Patch. We had our ANG meeting this past week and the sky was easy to stitch and visit. Some more of the ground got done before I went to the meeting. I am slowly getting excited about stitching again.