FFOs for August

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I concentrated on getting some FFOs this past weekend in honor of the August Check-in for the FFO gallery over at Ten Hour Stitcher. Thanks for hosting, Rachel, and for giving me the motivation to get some thing(s) done!

First the easy one: the Blackbird Designs Quaker Strawberry from JCS Ornaments 2006. I finished it using the same lace as is recommended in BBD’s Deck the Halls but added the cute jewelry finding on top instead of the fluffy ribbon on top. I’m quite please how it came out.

Next is The Sunflower Seed “A Star A Star” also from a past issue of JCS Ornaments. I was looking for fabric for something else and found the perfect thing for this one, so I finished it up. I love this carol, I love this design! I will really enjoy it on my tree!

Finally, the fussy one, Hearts at Christmas by The Common Thread. Getting fabric wrapped around a heart shape is VERY HARD for me. I tried the recommended gathering technique as opposed to the lacing technique I used before. I gave it a lot of extra padding to wrap around to make it puffier and help with that top valley part. Stitching the back and front together helped smooth out the bumps. The rest of the finishing was straight forward. I love this design. It is so elegant.

That’s what I’ve got for you! No biscornu, sorry! I’ll work on that for the end of the month!

Candy Cane Twist! A Peacock-Colored Initial!

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I finished Little House Needleworks’ Candy Cane Twist! This was a small quick project but so good to get it done because it has been in my “Do This Year” binder for 2 years! I am off to Jo Ann’s this week to see if their selection of Christmas fabrics is in yet. I would like to FFO it right away, as well as the several more LHNs I have in my finished drawer.

Just for fun, I got another piece out of my “Do This Year” binder-this one was added for this year so it’s not quite so shameful!: Initiales au Paon (Initial with Peacock) by Gigi R. I saw this stitched teeny tiny at my LNS and the finish was remarkable. That stitcher used Gloriana’s Bluegrass on hers and it was gorgeous, but I decided to use one with more purple in it, a limited edition from Thread Gathered called Flannel Flower. I’m stitching on a 40 ct. antique white by Zweigart which is not as tiny as the model I saw but it’s about what I can do right now. Here’s the start of my M:

I will say one motivator to doing this project is that the People’s Choice this month is “monochrome” and so far in my stitching life I have not done much monochrome. So, at the end of the month I’ll link up with Joann at Serendipitous Stitching to show my progress on it.

Have a great week everyone!

And don’t forget to check out the Instagram #commonthreadedstitcher challenge if you have not already. I was a little dubious about posting daily but it’s been a lot of fun so far!

The First Week of August

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We’ve been extraordinarily busy this week with back to school, kids’ activities, and a major construction project-having a basketball court put in our large and neglected side yard. That project was more complicated than you might think as it involved rerouting irrigation and electrical lines, building a wall and seating/planter box and moving tons of gravel. Well, it’s about done and it is a good project to have done as now the kids can play outside on the court instead of inside in the hallway next to the kitchen.

Despite all this busy-ness, I’ve gotten some stitching done.

I spent a few nights making this Quaker Strawberry from Blackbird Designs out of the JCS 2006 Christmas Ornaments magazine. I just need to find the right thing to put on it for a cap.

I started Peppermint Twist from Little House Needleworks. This has been in my “Do This Year” binder for 2 years so I really wanted to get it done!

I also started on September from the Snowflower Diaries’ Joyful World calendar. I hope to have it done by September to stay on track to finish the month blocks by the end of this year. It’s such a sweet design and I can’t believe it was free. I am pretty sure you can still download it here:

Finally this month I am joining this #commonthreadedstitcher August challenge on Instagram. I don’t think I will post for ALL the topics, but probably most of them. If you are on Instagram you can follow me at marysthread. And why don’t you join in too? The #commonthreadedstitcher hashtag is a lot of fun. It is so neat to get to know all the participating stitchers better!

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