Thursday, April 26, 2018

Another Visit to My Happy Place.....and a New Stitch Stroll Piece (455)

Well, I can see not blogging on a regular basis makes for looooong posts when I finally do one, so hang with me and hopefully enjoy---I will try to be as succinct as possible. 

I was able to plan a visit to Salty Yarns/Lankford Hotel last week and managed a 6 day stay...boy do I LOVE retirement!!! I was attending a class with Sherri Jones on the weekend, but a couple of friends (one from Europe) were arriving the Tuesday before and I drove up to spend some extra time with them. We visited a quilt shop, Berlin MD, and enjoyed each others company on the days leading up to class. 

Wednesday we spent in Salty Yarns and here is my haul from there :

Some finishing velveteens and 56 count cotton fabric (for needle pages) from Lady Dot Creates and Puntini Puntini Christmas buttons

I love this tree and am planning to do over 1 on 32 ct. green slate Lakeside linen

I already had the chart but bought the two tart tins
Dinner was at Fagers Island where we timed it perfectly to see the sunset. As the sun sets on the bay, they start to play the 1812 Overture, and just as the sun hits the horizon the music reaches the crescendo..pretty exciting! I wish I could have captured on video but we were blocked by people at the windows, so you'll have to use your imagination.

On Thursday, we went to Serendipity quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE. Lots of beautiful fabric and wools. I restrained myself and only got a few pieces.

Those are tiny scissors on the top fabric!

That night dinner was at Mickey Finns where I think I had the best cream of crab soup ever!!!

Friday I took it easy and chilled. Sara had a reception for us that evening in the hotel lobby with lots of delicious appetizers and desserts, after which I hung out with the ladies in the lobby and stitched! I managed to get this stitched for my grandson, Asher, for his birthday in May. I found the baseball fabrics at Serendipity and need to thank Judy B. for the inspiration to make this into a pillow.

Play Baseball by Sue Hillis
Saturday was my class with Sherri Jones, the most fabulous teacher!!! It is called Fanciful Fragaria; fragaria means strawberry. It is a delightful design consisting of two parts, the tiny scrimshaw basket pincushion with a pair of silk gauze strawberry emeries and a needle roll stitched on 40 count silk gauze. We mounted some gauze and started a strawberry emery in the morning and made the velveteen pincushion that will go between the two scrim pieces in the afternoon. 

Edited to remove photos due to unscrupulous stitchers using the photos to copy and stitch from.

Sherri is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor and sadly is retiring...what are we going to do???

Sunday I hung out in the shop cutting fabric, since they were short handed, which I love to do and hopefully am a help ...not a hindrance!  Sara, Sally and Mary are always so generous and hospitable with us. Here is the goodie bag we received this time with all the trinkets inside: 

Lots of great supplies for finishing
 Now on to my latest Stitch Stroll addition...I made this for my friend Paola, a small token of our friendship. It is Friend So Dear Pinkeep by Merry Cox. I had a little mishap with the cream ultra suede that was included, but had some lilac (thanks Phyliss) on hand that I think actually made the colors pop more. I added the itty bitty bee! Stitched over one on 32 count linen, the size is approximately 1 1/2 inches.

I think that's about it...hope I didn't bore! I appreciate you sticking with me and enjoy any and all comments, that I try my best to respond to. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Some Weekend Stitching.....

We had a busy week here, with my younger daughter visiting and the grands being on spring break. So, not much stitching was accomplished until the weekend. I was able to complete week 15 (we're past the halfway point) on the Red Band Sampler SAL.

And I managed to get the blackwork band on Celtic Banner done, even with a visit from the frog. I had about 3/4 of the band stitched when I realized I was off center by two stitches--UGH!!! As I've matured on my stitching journey, I've learned to sometimes let this go...but not this time. I knew this would eat at me every time I looked at the piece....sooooo...out it came. Luckily, it wasn't that large of a section and was rectified quickly. How do you all feel about this type of issue? Can you "live" with errors or do you have to remove and start over? Or does it depend, like me, on the it really noticeable? Is it more trouble than it's worth to take out? Could you damage the linen while frogging and create more of a problem? Does it give you an opportunity to change things up and make the design your own?

 I got an e-mail this morning from a major cross stitch retailer saying they were going to an all downloadable format for their store. They will not be selling hard copies of charts, fabric, fibers, etc. ..... only charts that you print out yourself. I have conflicted feelings about this! Yes it is a quick, convenient way to get a chart and you save on shipping, but I have not found downloadable charts to be much less expensive than a hard copy. I'd much rather have a good quality chart than a piece of copy paper with mediocre color images....or will we have to invest in expensive home printers? And then there is the instant gratification thing...everybody needs everything yesterday...what about the excitement of waiting for the mailman to deliver a special package? On the other have to do what you have to do to make a success of your business...times are tough for small businesses, so I understand the need for alternate ways of selling. It just makes me sad....I love a brick and mortar shop...what do you think? And now, I'm off my soapbox!!!

 Another busy week is in the works....a visit with friends to start to plan a trip to Yellowstone, a trip to Baltimore to get my parents and bring them back for a visit with their great-grands, soccer games, baseball games, babysitting, a haircut and all the usual chores and errands. Whew...I thought I was retired!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Post Easter

I am not exactly sure where the time goes but it does seem to fly by!!! My younger daughter is visiting this week and we're keeping busy with the grands on spring break, so this will be a quick post.

Last week I was busy making dresses for the girls to wear on our trip to the American Girl store and a gift for a baby shower. Here is a shot of the girls in their dresses. I tried to add a video of Cora doing a "twirl" but I couldn't get it to work. :(


They were very easy to make and a fun outcome!!! I wouldn't mind one for myself!!!

On the stitching front, I managed to get weeks 13-14 done on the Red Sampler Band SAL. I changed things up a bit and added these two weeks at the top...luckily I had left enough space. I also switched out the  ABC at the top with my initials and the numbers at the bottom with the year. I then stumbled across a chart that a designer was offering for free on a FB page. It had a nice "box" in the center of it with numbers. I put that on the banding where the original weeks 13-14 would have gone. 

I hope you are enjoying your Easter week and the weather is cooperating. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!