A productive weekend!


We had a long weekend up in Flagstaff for my son’s last baseball tournament. I got more stitching done than usual for a weekend getaway! Yay! And by done I mean finishes! Woo hoo!

First, here’s June from Snowflower Diaries Joyful World Calendar:

Then Bent Creek’s Buzzzz. So cute! It will be a little pin pillow. I already have the perfect backing and chenille:

Then…Hearts at Christmas from The Common Thread. I’m extra excited about this one because I snipped one too many thread when I was doing the hardanger and so had to repair it! You can see where I pulled through the linen thread. This was an exercise in confidence building! I’m so proud of being able to fix a mistake. And it’s such a pretty piece.

Finally I’m closing in on a finish of the Blue Pot by Mani di Donna. It’s delightful. I hope to get it done for the Smalls check in Friday. See you then!!!

An Update for You


I’ve been doing a lot of stitching here and there, but not really finishing anything. I keep thinking and hoping I’ll finish something so I can join in an SAL or have something of consequence to post but alas. It is the end of the school year. We are busy. I haven’t had time to finish things, much less post about what is not finished. But it’s been 2 weeks and I wanted to get a little progress memorialized here, so here it is:

I’ve spent a few days with Mr. Bear from the Joyful World Calendar. Just his forehead, ears, and ground, plus the stems on the peaches and bees’ wings, are left to do. A night’s work, right?

I’ve spent several hours with the Tooth Fairy Pillow. It was not finished in time for the birthday so I didn’t make that last big push. The top section there needs her name on it, that’s all. The hold up is I want to chart and center it so that takes some doing.

The Blue Pot Pillow is coming along a bit. There are a few more flowers. The colors in this one are so very pretty. I will spend more time with it this weekend:

The Christmas Heart is also coming along, and quite well…I just need to do the beading, and the drawn threadwork in the middle there. Again, I arrived at a stopping point because the remaining work is just beyond my “tv or car stitching” comfort zone!

I started 2 new things (shame! shame!) firstly, Wild Garden from Blackbird Designs:

And the Peacock Pin Pillow from Beehive Needleworks. I converted it to silks but now I am awaiting “The Perfect Blue” which should arrive from 123stitch.com any day now. I’ve tried several blues and none are *quite* right. Too green, too dull, too purple. Don’t match the green I already stitched on for the wing. Well, we’ll see what shows up next week in my mailbox and then I’ll bite the bullet on it.

Responsible Obligation Stitching


My 6 year old will very soon be a 7 year old. She has yet to lose a baby tooth (yes, that’s late but she didn’t get her first tooth until she was 13 mos!) but some are starting to be wiggly so I needed to start her tooth fairy pillow so it can be a birthday present for her.

I am using an old Sweetheart Tree design with my own floss and fabric from stash, including trying out some of that new DMC Etoile floss for the wings.

This has an interesting finish-you fold the piece with the fairies over and then attach it onto a back piece making a pocket. Then that is the front and you use another fabric of your choice for the back. I have had this project all kitted for at least a year including the backing fabric, so it is just a question of making it up!

I just need to  finish the left fairy and stitch the border, and then put her name and border on another piece of fabric. I may not make it in time for her birthday on the 13th but her party is not until the 18th so I’m aiming for that day!