Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Market 2017

Stacy Nash
Animal Crackers
Blackberry Velvet
Dames of the Needle Linen

For me the Nashville Needlework Market is Christmas, Birthday and Anniversary all rolled into one big happy weekend.  The conversation goes like this:  
AppleJack:  What would you like for Christmas? 
 Me:  I would like goodies from the needlework market.  
AppleJack:  Does this also apply to your birthday and anniversary?  
Me:  I will make it easy for you.

Those designers they were at their creative best!  So many wonderful designs, fabrics, trims, etc.  How do they do it?  Each year they just get better and better.  It is no secret I am a huge fan of Stacy Nash designs.  When Stacy released the animal crackers,  I immediately added them to my market shopping list.  Being a cat lover, Theodore and Clementine were singing to my cat loving, needle loving heart.  Stacy has more animal crackers in the works:  rabbits, pigs, cows, sheep.  

Louisa Coulimore
Sophia Knighte

Red Samplers!  This was Nicola's (Hands Across the Sea) first needlework market and selfishly I hope this will not be her last.  Have you seen these samplers? and charts?  WOW!  Nicola does extensive research on the sampler maker which she shares on the inside covers of her charts.  Nicola calls herself a stitcher and each chart/graph is designed with the stitcher in mind:  very detailed, special photographs and instructions for special stitches, the legend listed multiple times throughout the chart (no flipping pages searching for the legend).  These samplers/designs are so enjoyable, I put them in a basket beside my stitching chair just so I could read and enjoy them--they are a great resource and reference tool.  If you have not seen these designs--treat yourself to one.  Sophia Knighte is my other red sampler--I did not want Louisa to be lonely and I found the perfect silk fiber for them:  school house red.

Kathy Barrick
Swan Garden
Fiona & Edward

Kathy Barrick is another one of my favorite designers.  When Kathy updated her blog with her market designs, my shopping list grew.  

Blackbird Designs
My Dear Hearts

The Blackbird girls, Barb and Alma never disappoint.  This heart is from their newly released book, My Dear Hearts.  I found this fabric and fiber in my stash and I think it will make a suitable substitute.

Chessie and Me
La D Da

Two more of my favor designers (I have many favorite designers, have you noticed? )  Chessie's houses sing to my primitive heart and Lori's Lovely Letters can be stitched as special gifts.

No market would be complete without linen, trims and ribbon.  They will add a special touch to those finishes.

 Stitch dots from LittleHouse

My apologies for the poor photograph.  These are a new to me gadget and I am very excited about them.  AppleJack and Callie Mae are hoping these beautiful magnets will keep the needles on the linen and out of the chair and out of their hiney.  Ouch!

Before I have to speak the words,  "My name is Betty and I have a problem," I will stop.  It was a great market.  To the designers and shop owners THANK YOU!  Thank you for the hours you spend charting designs, stuffing envelops, packing boxes, standing on your feet, and traveling. Thank you for your tolerance with shopping lists and requests, for packing orders, drives to the post office and driving/flying many miles.  Your hard work is very appreciated!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Saturday in March

Last Saturday, March 4 it looked like this.

Fast forward seven days, March 11 and it looks like this

Yesterday, I was smelling the heavenly scent of the Hyacinth.

Today, I'm watching my hosta wearing her snow blanket.

Daylight savings time begins tomorrow.  This bunny is looking forward to longer daylight hours, me too.  Spring begins in eight days, Mother Nature needed to let everyone know she carries a big stick in the gardening world.

 Finished up the first of the Blackbird stockings while watching Foyle's War on Netflex.

Making slow progress on the border for Emma Lerch--one lonely pink flower with many more to be stitched.

Am auditioning recipes for the Gathering, which is March 25.  To date Lemon Loaf is the front runner with Lemon Cookies a close second.  Miss Callie Mae says "Meow" for the kind birthday wishes, she is still stalking the postman for market arrivals.  Hope each of you is enjoying a peaceful productive Saturday in March.

Monday, March 6, 2017

and then she was 10

How did that happen?  Our Miss Callie Mae is ten.  It seems like yesterday when she came to live with us.  She was living at Happy Tails and she chose us!  On the ride home, she never cried, she came into the house, took a stroll, and declared it was an acceptable place for her to live.  Neither of us has ever looked back.  Each day she wakes up happy and has brought joy into our lives each and every day.

She knows what she likes and what she does not like.  She likes an ice cube in her water dish.

Some say she is persistent and determined, others say she is stubborn.

She has learned the world's problems are easier solved after a good nap.

She is fastidious and insists on having her hair brushed every day.  (AppleJack is her stylist).

She keeps a watchful eye for the postman because she knows the postman delivers goodies from the recent Nashville Needlework Market which makes her adopted Mother very happy.

Happy Birthday Miss Callie Mae--your family loves you very much!

Have you seen Stacy Nash's Animal Crackers cats Theodore and Clementine?  You bet your boots they are in my shopping cart.  Watch out Mr Postman, Miss Callie Mae is watching.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spring Bling

All over town the daffodils are blooming, it is February 19.  There are many days and nights when the temperature is barely above freezing.  The calendar says it is still winter and there is a chance of snow.  There have been years when the daffodils were blooming and there was snow on their blooms.  March 20, one month from now, is the first official day for spring.

Winter is full of browns and grays, but Spring dips into her magic box of 120 Crayola crayons  and paints the earth with dazzling yellow daffodils and forsythia, bright red tulips, chartreuse green of tender new grass, red velvet leaves on Japanese maples and sweet pinks of flowering crabtree trees, magnolia and redbuds.

In celebration of spring, I decided it was time to add a spring quilt to my little quilt/tabletopper collection.  My quilt fabric stash has many Civil War reproduction prints and I just received 26 fat quarters from Jo Morton for the LWC 16 for 2017.  There are a few 30's prints which would work but the fabric winner for my spring bling quilt is from Joanna Figueroa and her fig tree fabric.  One day while I was shopping in my LQS, her fabric caught my eye (no small feat when there are hundreds of bolts of fabric).  The fabric seemed to embody the colors of spring.  A bundle of fat quarters founds its way into my shopping cart.  

Martingdale released a new book called I Love Churn Dashes.  Jo Morton has a really sweet church dash set on point quilt in this book.  One of the patterns in the LWC 16 for 2017 is a church dash.  Ahh, the elements are coming together--fabric, pattern.  I have been reading, studying and watching You Tube demonstrations to improve my quilting skills and have added a new ruler to help with accuracy.  The church dash blocks are 3 1/2"  

I will enjoy the daffodils while they are blooming and the colors in the spring bling quilt when the cold winds return.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This and That

April Bunny
Stash Linen (Lakeside? 32 Ct)
NPI silks

In my endeavor to stitch more seasonal pieces, I have chosen April Bunny by Nickyscreations for a spring piece and sweet pinkeep for the old dough bowl.  In my linen stash was a piece of soft green--bunnies enjoy tender green grass.  NPI silks has a brown range of fibers called Bunny Brown and this seemed a no brainer choice of color to stitch the bunny.  The chenille trim is from R & R Reproductions, it is called Kelp.

Blackbird Designs-Home for the Holidays
Poinsettia Stocking
Stash Linen

The Blackbird Girls, Alama and Barb released a book at last years Nashville Needlework Market called Home for the Holidays.  Four of the designs inside the book are sampler stockings.  Yes, it is February and if I start now, I might actually have at least one of these stockings finished to add to my needlework tree.

The Poinsettia stocking is stitched with Cherry Bark, Brick and Baked Apple--a wonderful blend of colors.

The backing for the stockings is French General fabric--I found this is my stash and it is under consideration as a possible backing choice.

Prairie Road Designs
Wool stash

A couple of years ago, I saw this whale at the Beat the Heat Wool Event in Clarksville.  I thought he was really cute!  The designer has a whole menagerie of animals.  

Jo Morton fabrics for LWC 16 for 2017

There are no LQS hosting a Jo Morton LWC so Jo Morton offers the patterns and fabrics for sale through her blog.  I am such a sucker!  

I have been reading and studying Jo's techniques and tools and am going to put on my patience cap, steady my best quilting skills and attempt to make more of Jo's LWC's 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Keys' Keeper

The Keys' Keeper
The Primitive Hare
Nashville 2016 Limited Edition
30 count Old Salem Linen by The Primitive Hare
Au Ver A Soie Silks

As I am on a mission to catch up on older kits and projects, The Keys' Keeper was the next project on the list and in the basket.  She's not quiet finished--I could not locate Noir (black) to stitch her shoes!  Don't you hate it when that happens?

AppleJack found these old keys and he thought I might find a way to incorporate them into the needlework.  They are perfect for this piece.  The Keys' Keeper reminds me of a colonial lady and she will make a nice addition to include with the Colonial Gatherings Club pieces.

The weatherman has forecast falling precipitation for tonight.  Sounds like a good time to start stitching something spring.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

House on Pumpkin Hill Pinkeep

Stacy Nash Country Sampler Girls Club
House on Pumpkin Hill Pinkeep
32 count Belfast Linen--Charcoal Gray
Gentle Arts Fibers

It's past time to catch up on club pieces.  I have learned if I want to enjoy seasonal pieces, I have to start  stitching long before the season.  Stitching on the darker line was challenging.  There is a similar club piece called Wooly's Pinkeep which is also stitched on Charcoal Gray, I will stitch at a later date as I needed a break from the darker linen.

I found a great piece of trim in my stash--the jury is still out on the backing fabric.  

Catching up is still on the agenda--have started stitching The Keys' Keeper from The Primitive Hare--she will make a good addition to my colonial pieces.  Will share when there is more progress.