Easter Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Easter! Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is hosting her Easter blog hop again this year, where you must visit all the participants to collect the letters of a mystery phrase. Welcome, if you are visiting me from Jo’s!

We are supposed to share a spring-y stitch with our post, too. Well, this isn’t my stitching but it is so pretty and springy I chose it to share with you for Easter. This hung in my Grandma’s “tv room” all my childhood, but she didn’t stitch it either! My mom said Grandma bought it at a bazaar! “B” stitched it according to the initial on there.

Before I inherited it, I found the pattern by chance and recognizing it, bought it so I could stitch it myself. Now that I have the picture I probably won’t re stitch it but at least I know what it is! It is called “Daffodils” from Flower Garden published by Green Apple and designed by Jeanne Bowers and Janet Powers. No date but I know it’s older because the chart is hand drawn!

And if you’ve read this far you’ve really earned your letter from me which is the letter “E”. To get the next letter please proceed to Vickie’s at A Stitcher’s Story. Good luck solving the mystery phrase!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Easter!

Leaping Cat is Getting There

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I am DETERMINED to finish Leaping Cat this month. I had set aside other things toward that goal. I have completed the date of 2019 to cement my commitment!

Now that I’m done with the grass, the 2 over 2 on the 36 count is not so terrible. It was hard to deal with in the “thick” areas, and when I was using a bigger needle. Now with the smaller needle, putting in all the leaves, the apples, and the border, it is going better. I don’t feel like I am slogging through it anymore. You can see what needs to be done, plus there is a simple black line border around the entire thing which I will stitch in hand once everything else is there.

I will say I still love this pattern and think that cat is adorable. My own old kitty is an orange tabby but hasn’t done any leaping in a while. Have I ever shown you Kiwi?

Anyway, Kiwi is 18 and suffers from old age issues (but she is still going along cheerfully) and though I will not make her a memorial piece, this will help me remember her when she’s gone.

Fully Finished April

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I am linking up with Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher to participate in the Fully Finished Object SAL again this month. Thanks for hosting, Rachel!

I did not get as much finished this month as I had hoped, but I did get one thing done that was time consuming and that I am especially proud of:

This is Lorna Bateman’s Floral Beauty Pin Cushion, which was a complete kit my mother gave me for Christmas a couple years ago.

I finished the embroidery up earlier this year and put it on the pincushion base, but my FFO was the picot beaded edge which took a couple hours this week. It was only a bit tricky.

Friends, this was an absolutely gorgeous kit to work with. I am rather new to ribbon embroidery and it had good instructions, and I appreciated that all the needles were included and labels and each stitch gave directions on which needle and which ribbon to use. It was very good for a beginner! If you want to get a kit yourself, Lorna has an etsy shop. She is also releasing her first book soon-I can’t wait to get it because now I feel more confident to assemble the materials myself and try another of her beautiful designs!

My other finish is, you guessed it, Just Nan’s Hedgie Hedgehog! Here he is with his pins and leaf!

I stationed him in my shadow box after all, next to Mr. Nutley Owl. I thought they looked well together. I also needed him up high where the little hands in my household won’t be able to steal the pins!

So that’s it for me! About 1/2 of what I planned, but I’m happy with it nonetheless!

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