Saturday, April 27, 2019

Stitch Maynia 2019 or Stitch Nine Challenge

Social Media is buzzing with Stitch Maynia 2019.  There are so many great ideas and ways to participate in this event.  True confession, I have never participated in Stitch Maynia, the though of starting a new project every day for nineteen days or thirty-one days is enough to make my eye twitch, my head spin and send this "I have how many WIP's girl, running for the quiet and security of my stitch room.  Now, having shared some of my fears and phobia's, I will also say, reading and watching about everyone's plans is motivating and inspiring.  There are so many great ideas and ways to participate in Stitch Maynia and visiting one's stash and stroking linens and fibers is pure delight.

Faye (Carolina Stitcher) and Nicole (Nicole Needleworks) have an interesting approach to Maynia, they are calling it Make Do.  Over 70 years ago, Americans were encouraged to be frugal to help the war effort.  Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without was used as a rallying cry for frugality.  Lynette and her Frugal Yankee retreat would like this idea.  Faye and Nicole are selecting designs, linen, and fibers which they have in their stash instead of acquiring more.  Great idea girls, Grandmother Rebecca and Mother Dorothy highly approve.

To spread the excitement and enjoyment of Stitch Maynia 2019 or Stitch Nine Challenge, I decided to spread the love and include WIP's, quilting, hooking, punching, stitching and finishing.  Nicole is spreading her love by starting a new project every other day and working on a new start for two days.

My limited approach to Stitch Maynia 2019 or Stitch Nine Challenge


With a grateful heart I can say I have sufficiently recovered from the scourge of the dreaded poison ivy to continue needlework.  The Old Tattered Flag, Skinny Saltbox has been loaded onto my Nistock Farms punching frame and I "shopped" through my fibers and found a sufficient amount of fibers for this project.  In the spirit of Make Do, I also have the bread board to use for mounting the finished piece.

Am really enjoying "using up" the five inch charm squares, some of them have been in. my stash for years.  Am waiting on an order of shirting fabric to continue with the setting.  AppleJack and I have family which will be graduating high school and starting life on their own.  Nothing says love like the warmth and comfort of a quilt.  We older girls know there are going to be times in their life when they will need love and comfort.



Memorial Star is all ready to go.  Most of the wool came from my stash.  The design has been in my stash a few years.  Thanks to Liseanne and Ron Miller and the Beat the Heat and March Madness events, I found the needed background wool.

WIP's, FFO's and new stitching starts:

Finish the Adam and Eve motif from the Hands Across the Sea Sampler, Elizabeth Furniss.  Am so very close--maybe this weekend.

The stitching part of this project has been completed for more than a year, the assembly part is waiting for my needle and thread.  This is Rose Garden Sewing Basket from Stacy Nash,

When Brenda Gervais released O Tannenbaum, I was so excited!  Would be so nice to have this piece completed for Christmas 2019.

Saw the cutest idea for stringing these stockings across a headboard.  It would be easy to have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head with these strung along the headboard.  These stockings are from the Home for the Holidays book by Blackbird Designs,

Lori Markovic released this small at market.  Small enough for some instant gratification and motivation.

Last project is Good Intentions by Kathy Barrick.  If there is a phrase which I can relate to more than Use it up, it is Good Intentions. I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions.  Oh Kathy Barrick, you were thinking of me when you designed this piece weren't you?



Ssssshhhh, if I had the courage to start 19 new projects here is what they would be:

  1. Shakespeare's Peddler (Theresa Vennette) Jenny Bean for the Parlor
  2. Flag Folk by Notforgotten Farm (Lori Brechlin)
  3. Spring Garden Needlework Trio by Blackberry Rabbit (Karen Kirk)
  4. Summer in Baltimore With Thy Needle and Thread (Brenda Gervais)
  5. Horse Country Holiday Artful Offerings (Karina McMillan Hittle)
  6. Kringle & Woolard Plum Street Samplers (Paulette Stewart)
  7. Coverlet Christmas Scarlet House (Tanya Brockmeyer)
  8. Sarah's House sampler Blackbird Designs (Barb and Alma)
  9. Anna Grater 1812 Scarlet House (Tanya Brockmeyer)
  10. Sally Spencer Birds of a Feather
  11. Sunday Social punch needle (Shawn Williams)
  12. Ann Wright 1726 Pinkeep Drum Samplers Not Forgotten (Kimberly Nugget)
  13. Garden Birds La D Da (Lori Markovic)
  14. Sister Suffragette Summer House (Beth Seal)
  15. Julia Fletcher 1847 Scarlet House (Tanya Brockmeyer)
  16. Baby It's Cold Outside Heartstring Samplery (Beth Twist)
  17. Pomegranate Pocket Hands on Design (Kathy Haberman)
  18. Homestead Snapperville Bent Creek
  19. My Home Needlework Press (Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett and Maegan Jennett)
It was a fun visit through my stash.  Whatever your plans are for Stitch Maynia 2019--enjoy, have fun.



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Stitching interrupts


My stitching has been interrupted!  It is not from a lack of mojo or of projects.  The villain is a nasty, itchy, case of poison ivy!  Ugh!  The first Friday in April is work day at AppleJack's family cemetery.  Snakes, chiggers, ticks and poison ivy awake in early spring and the family chooses an early date hoping these creatures have not awaken.  Yes, I wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and a hat hoping I have enough protective covering.  The culprit was a nasty poison ivy vine which had wrapped itself around a dogwood tree.  My stitching hand and forearm are covered in a nasty rash which could last up to three weeks!

I am hopping on my medical soap box for a moment.  For those of you who work in the medical field, I thank you for your hard work, long hours and dedication to helping others.  My annual physical with my primary care physician was Tuesday.  The visit is routine and always begins the same:  How are you?  Do you have any complaints?  "Yes, I am well and I have a nasty rash from poison ivy."  The doctors response:  "I thought it was to early in the season for poison ivy, I can refer you to a dermatologist."  Excuse me, you are my primary care physician and instead of treating me for poison ivy the best you can do is refer me to a specialist?  Perhaps it is time for an evaluation.  My apologies to the medical professionals and off my soap box.

Heat makes the rash and itching worse so sitting under a stitch light is not working for me at this time.  While coping (or being a grumpy,  miserable patient) with poison ivy, I have been reading.  Nashville has a wonderful bookstore called Parnassus.  Parnassus has several book clubs and I am expanding my reading selection.  Am currently reading Zane Grey's classic novel called Riders of the Purple Sage.  My father loved Zane Grey novels and would be surprised to see me reading a classic western novel.  


Delia Owens came to Parnassus for a reading and book signing.  If you haven't read her book, Where the Crawdads Sing, I found it to be an enjoyable page turner read.


While blog reading one day I found this quilt at A Sentimental Quilter  and thought it would be a great way to use my charm packs.


Oven the years, I have accumulated quite an assortment of charm packs.  Charm packs offer an assortment of color ways and designs.  Am very confident there are enough for a full size/queen size quilt.


French General fabrics--I love them!  I found these fabrics in my stash while looking for the charm packs and thought these fabrics would work nicely for a project bag or Bitsy Bob.


Digging in my fiber stash I found Weeks Dye Works Deep Sea which I think will work for my saltbox house.  (Apologies for the poor photo)

So, while I suffer in not so silence with this miserable poison ivy rash, reading and digging in stash will have to help me pass the time until I can return to stitching, punching, hooking, and quilting.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Prize Pumpkin

Prize Pumpkin
Threads that Bind
Shawn Williams
Copyright 2008


One of my many goals is to learn punch needle.  I keep asking myself why I choose such large projects while I am learning.  Each new project brings learning opportunities and one of the things I learned on this project is learning to punch within the lines.  How many of us were taught to color within the lines?  There is a good reason to punch within the lines--if you don't, the design is enlarged, distorting the design.

Another thing I am learning is over punching.  Thank goodness for a powerful steam iron which takes the curl out of the punched piece and returns it to a flatten shape.



This is a hooked rug called Sunday Social also designed by Shawn Williams.  I saw this rug at the March Madness event held at Montgomery Bell State Park hosted by Liseanne and Ron Miller.  Yes, I have the punch needle version in stash and since sheep pieces seem to call my name, this is a contender for my next punched piece.


The Old Mercantile stocks bread boards and I thought this piece might look good mounted on one of their bread boards.  There is no lack of projects to select from.


When I punch I like using all six strands of fiber--I want my punched pieces to look like miniature rugs.  Punch needle eats up fiber like candy!  This is a good thing because instead of purchasing more fibers I am selecting fibers from my stash.  Judy, one of my stitch sisters keeps an ort jar--I'm keeping the thread labels to mark my progress.

Now that I have a couple of pieces under my belt, I am punching with more confidence.  For me, punch needle is very relaxing (no counting required) and there is something very soothing about the sound of the needle punching into the fabric.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Punch Needle

Shephard's Shade
Threads that Bind #637 by Shawn Williams
Called for DMC fibers


Can we talk about a finish instead of all the mistakes?  The sheep on the left has obviously been eating more than his share of rations.  

Note to self:  when you are learning something new, choose a smaller project.  

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Winter Time Hooking


It is no secret, I am a huge cat lover.  With a grateful heart, I can say there are many cats who have shared their life with me.  Our sweet Callie Mae passed May 29, 2017.  I have not written about her passing.  She left a huge empty place in our hearts and home and even though it has been 20 months since her passing, the tears still flow.

After Callie Mae's passing, AppleJack begged for another kitty.  I was not ready.  One day he reminded me there were many kitties in the world who needed a home and to be loved and we could make difference in their life.  Christmas 2018 enter Violet Noel.  On a happy note, Christmas 2018 was a silent night at our Humane Society because all the kitties and doggers had either been adopted or were in foster homes.  

A very special thank you to my friend, Jan for helping me to make this rug a reality.  Each time I see this rug, it will serve as a reminder to me for all the kitties who have given me unconditional love, free advice and counseling sessions and brought endless hours of joy to my life.

Violet is doing great!  She has gained weight, is growing, healing and getting stronger each day.  With improved nutrition, physical therapy (interactive play) and heaping amounts of love and encouragement from AppleJack and me she is becoming Violet.  We hope we are making a difference in her life, she has certainly made a difference in ours.




Several years ago, Liseanne Miller (W. Cushing & Company/P is for Primitive) held a rug hooking event in Franklin called March Madness.  Patriotic designs are one of my soft spots and I thought this design would work well with my other patriotic pieces.  Nothing better than playing in the wool box auditioning fabrics for the next rug on these cold winter days.  Am a little stumped on the  background section behind the letters.  Liseanne and the March Madness event are returning to Montgomery Bell State Park March 15 and 16 and she and my hooking sisters will be there to help with fabric selection.

There was no snow for Music City during the Polar Vortex just very cold (for Music City) temps.  I was hoping for a snow day so I could stay home and hook/stitch/quilt/punch but no snow for Music City. 


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Happiest Time of the Year!

Ode to the Ort Basket
With Thy Needle and Thread/Brenda Gervais
Released at the 2017 Nashville Needlework Market
Limited Kit
40 ct mystery linen from stash
NPI Silks 206, 209, 346, 695,  923, 925

The time between Christmas and New Year's is one of my favorite times of the year.  Things begin to slow down a little (shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, commitments), I take time off from my work, and there are many, many football games.  What makes the time extra special:  stitching, quilting, hooking, punching!

This Ode to the Ort Basket caused quick a kerfuffle in 2017.  It was released at the Nashville Needlework Market and there was a limited number of kits available to shop owners.  Shop owners struggled to get the kit and stitchers were on a search for the basket and design.  AppleJack helped with the painting and sanding of the basket.  It is stitched on 40 count linen, I am not a big fan of stitching on higher count linen.  I'm trying to get over my fear of stitching on the higher count linen and sticking to smaller, easier designs.

The Gift Keeps Giving #65 (2015)
Summer House Stitch Works/Beth Ann Seal
32 count mystery linen from scrap stash
Gloriana School House Red (my favorite color and silk)

At our Homespun Gathering Group in July 2019, we are having a box exchange.  I can't wait!  It is all about the box.  I thought I better practice.  I'm not happy with the way the piece fits in the box (the foam core is cut to small) and I may add some kind of embellishment (chenille or rick rack).  AppleJack helped with the painting, sanding, aging and waxing of the box--it came from Hobby Lobby.

This is the inside of the box.  Someone gifted me the flannel, I added the Lady Dot measuring twill, the scissors are from Hobby Lobby and the Needleminder is from Kelmscott.  

I am second guessing myself, I kinda wish I had added thread rings instead of the buttons.
This is not the box I will be exchanging--this is a learning piece.  Since the exchange is in July, we have a patriotic theme and since red, white and blue are some of my favorite colors, I have tons of ideas rolling around inside my pea brain.  I have already started gathering the inside contents--waiting until the last minute is not my style--I am not at my best under pressure.  

Snippet:  Thankful String
Lizzie Kate
35 count Weeks Dye Works Straw (a scrap from my stash)
NPI:  154, 184, 187, 245, 695, 865 and 904

This was suppose to be stitched and finished in time for Thanksgiving, I didn't make it for Thanksgiving 2018 but it will be ready for Thanksgiving 2019.  This is my first Lizzie Kate stitch.  It was simple, whimsical and perfect fall colors.


The board came from Hobby Lobby and am going to attempt another finish.

Am currently stitching the pig from the Prairie Schooler Barnyard Christmas, another quick stitch--one good football game and it should be a finish and then it is on to some punching.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Violet Noel

It is a busy time of the year for Santa and because he is so busy, he sometimes makes an early delivery.  Introducing Miss Violet Noel.

Miss Violet Noel is a Tori (Tortoiseshell):  black with orange and yellow, no white.  She is all Tori:  smart, feisty, curious, playful, expressive (a talker) and a hang-with-me girl.  Her most important trait:  she is a survivor!  The past few months have been challenging for Violet.  She was dropped off at the Humane Center, underweight and injured.  When the vet and techs evaluated her, she was thought to have a broken pelvis.  A very kind, generous, loving foster family family took her home because she was so underweight (4 lbs.) and to help her regain muscle strength.  When she was returned to the Humane Center,  she had gained a pound and was regaining muscle strength.  She was re-evaluated and the vet decided against surgery.

The day AppleJack and I met Violet she had had a very busy day.  She had gone from the foster home to the vet for evaluation and x-rays and then returned to the Humane Center.  Needless to say, she was more than ready to call it a day.  Enter her humans in training.

Violet is adjusting and learning her new home.  She has put her humans in a training program and feels confident she can have them whipped into shape and meeting all her needs in a short period of time.  Hopefully, the kitten food (high in protein and no grain) will help her to grow strong and heal.   She has a voracious appetite, I think she is making up for those times when she had no food.  She has a limp and may always have a limp.  But do not be deceived, she like the late President George H. W. Bush has two speeds:  full throttle and asleep.  She is very quick and fast.  With each day, she is gaining confidence and trusting her new humans to protect her and to keep her safe.  She can pack away all her fears, watch the birds from her personal upstairs window seat, sleep on a down comforter, have her own personal hairdresser and masseuse and be bold in asking for treats.

Violet is still a kitten, seven months old.  She will have her kitten moments:  Climbing, getting into things she should not get into, breaking things, voicing her opinion.  Extra attention will have to be given to floss, ribbons and strings and her humans do hear bumps in the night.

We do not know who named her Violet, maybe her foster family, the person who rescued her, or a tech at the Humane Center, but AppleJack and I like the name.  She responds to being called Violet (yes she answers when she is called) and she needed something consistent in her life.  The name Violet comes from the French and means a diminutive flower.  With her challenging start in life, she may be a diminutive girl.

Welcome to our home and hearts, Miss Violet Noel!