Friday, July 25, 2014

Stitching Rotation

I found myself kitting up an ornament a few minutes ago .... Then I remembered that I had decided it was time to start another stitching rotation, and yes there would be a slot for ornaments in it but not just at this moment. 
The above is the beginning of a Christmas stocking for my son-in-law and it represents day 4 on my 4 day schedule. Therefore, I had better finish day 4 with it before starting day 1 with anything else, no matter how those ornaments are calling me!
This stocking is going to have to take some kind of priority since it would be good to have it done before Christmas and because by December I will have to be thinking of a stocking pattern for the new grandchild. I would love to do the Little Girl's Room stocking from the old CS&CC magazines but what if the baby is a boy?
Anyway, I know a rotation works for  me, as long as I don't get sidetracked by something I absolutely love and can't put down, like Giovanni's Alphabet and as long as I confine the rotation to 3 pieces at most. 
So let's see how I do as the summer progresses.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One ornament

I have 4 great nieces and  for the last few years I have been making an ornament for each of them. I had 3 in this series made so I just added the 4th.
I understand from my brother that both my nephew and his wife are expecting their second child in October and my niece and her partner are expecting their first in January. Add to that, my step daughter and her husband are expecting their first child in December and I may find myself making more ornaments soon to keep up with this mini population boom!
This is the second quilt block I have made for the Mountie Quilt project.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

More Quilt blocks

Tigger stitched by Janice B.

This iris was stitched by Sharon C.
Two quilt blocks completed by Brighton stitchers

I know these are just the beginning. Sharon has asked me to display them in the shop until it is time to send them to the quilter. I am of course happy to do that. They will also be on display at my annual Stitching Day on August 23.  Everyone is welcome to attend by the way!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quilt Block back stitched and pressed

She looks much better with the back stitching.
I wasn't thinking though and now I realize that linen was likely not the best choice of fabric to use for a quilt block.  I have decided to do a second block, this time on Aida. This one has lots of stitching also but no back stitches and it is composed entirely of whole stitches. I'll see how it progresses.

Thank you to those of you who have contacted Sharon and have offered to do a bock or two.

If anyone wants to send me a photo of her finished square I will happily post it here to share with our fellow cross stitchers.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Christmas items sale

All in-stock Christmas charts and kits are 25% off for the month of July... drop in or email me...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quilt block

OK. So this is  my block for the quilt (see above) but without the back stitching...what possessed me to choose a pattern with so many colour changes and so much back stitching. Oh well, as Beth teased me, I am the one who decided to go with a TW because  I was tired of the colour changes in my Mystic Stitch chart... It takes all kinds right??
I will post a photo of the kitty with the back stitching done ASAP!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Stitching request

My good friend of mine,  Sharon Craven,  received a request from someone she knows for cross-stitched or embroidered quilt blocks. I will copy the request as Sharon gave it me and encourage anyone  to stitch a square in support of this cause.

 I have already started my square and I will post a picture  in my next post.

A request has been made for embroidered  or cross stitch  9" X 9"  squares on white fabric and the stitched area not to exceed 8" X 8" on the surface. These squares will be made into  quilts for our 3 fallen Mounties' widows, their children and the 2 Mounties that survived the shooting as well as one for the detachment.

A friend of mine is married to a retired RCMP officer and her daughter and son-in-law are with the RCMP. Her daughter asked her mom to collect as many squares as she can. She came to me (Sharon)  for help. So if anyone would like to donate a completed square  that would be awesome. I would need them  in my hands by  Thursday Sept 4th.
They are hoping to complete 12 quilts.
There are 3 widows.
4 girls ages, 9, 8, 4 and one they are not sure of
2 boys ages 1 1/2 and not born yet
2 wounded officers
and one quilt for the detachment to hang on their wall.

You can put anything on these quilt squares. They are asking that you put your name on the square as well as the town or city you live in.
If you would like to take part, let me know

Sharon Craven
sandhcraven@hotmail.com

You are  also welcome to drop completed blocks off at Knowledge and Needles. Sharon lives nearby and I will see that they are delivered to her.

Thanks everyone...

Also I made a mistake in my last post. The title of the TW, correctly identified by Kathy, Marilyn, Beth and Anita is Father Winter  aka, in a book,  Woodland Celebration. In my delight at giving away thread, I  wrote the incorrect title down....doesn't take much to rattle me.