Sunday, July 24, 2016

Christmas in July

Stacy Nash
Christmas at Hollyberry Farm
NPI Silks
Weeks Dye Works Straw 32 count

When I was active with EGA, they had a wonderful event in July called Christmas in July.  Members would begin stitching a Christmas themed project.  It was lots of fun and resulted in an ornament for the tree.

Christmas at Hollyberry Farms was released in 2012 and I was super excited for a Christmas sampler design.

Well. . . it has taken me a few years.  The border is beautiful and one of my favorite parts about the sampler and it was the reason I cast the sampler aside because my border does not meet!  Please don't send the needlework police to my house and if you do, they will be expected to find the counting error and fix it!  That big old white house is another one of my favorite parts about the sampler and I got bored stitching all that white!  Stacy stitched her sampler with over dyed fibers mine is stitched with NPI silks which are not an exact match to hers.    

The completion of one project always begs the question:  what's next?  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Annie's Debut

Little by Little
Anne Pennsylvania Peacock
NPI Silks
32 Count Lakeside Linen (?)

Annie Magnolia aka Anne Pennsylvania Peacock is off to the framers.  I put the finishing stitches in her this morning.  I'm going with the paper face (all the white part of the paper will be removed).

There were challenges, especially stitching the J in her name.  I got pretty bored stitching the border.  There are so many things I love about this sampler--her name, the proportions, the wonkiness of the border.

Time to choose a new project:  a WIP/PhD project, a quilt, a houswife, a new sampler?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beating the Heat

Yesterday was Beat the Heat in Clarksville.  Isn't this a great rug?  The design is by Joan Moshimer

A chicken hot mat.  Beautiful wools

A wool Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Rug Hookers are very creative and find all kinds of way to incorporate wool into their homes.

Isn't this Santa the bomb?  

I learned how to lace hooked pieces to canvas.  A very creative hooker/artist.

A welcome wagon for fall.

Beating the Heat, a little hooking, a little retail therapy, creative juices running like water.

Carolyn brought her beautiful hexie quilt to share.  It is an heirloom beauty.  The hexes are 3/4" no two flowers are alike all made from Civil War reproduction fabric and when completed king size!

Delilah's birthday signature quilt.  The signatures are nieces, nephews, high school friends, church friends, sitching/hooking friends and co workers.  A great way to celebrate and remember a birthday.

A Beating the Heat bonus--I learned there is a Rebekah Smith workshop in September!  I called the Mooresville Mercantile and reserved the last spot!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Annie Magnolia

Slowly but surely I am making progress on Annie Magnolia.  Stitching the J is giving me fits.  There just aren't many J's out there!  Please forgive the wrinkles, I took her out of the hoop without ironing.

There is still about one half of the border to stitch--it's mindless TV listening and stitching.

Will be adding some more personalization with Annie's birthday.
Slowing but surely she is becoming a real sampler.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beat the Heat 2016

Colored Block Hooked Rug
From the book, Comfort Zone
by Maggie Bonanomi

Beat the Heat 2016 is just around the corner--July 16.  Instead of doing what I usually do waiting until the last minute I decided to get proactive and choose my project instead of waiting until the night before the event to start planning it.

I have all these left over worms from previous projects and wanted to use them up.  Words from Grandmother waste not, want not.  I also have re purposed wool from Goodwill.

Maggie Bonanomi is one of my favorite designers--love her primitive style and she never fails to give me inspiration.

Maggie did not disappoint and I found this rug in her book, Comfort Zone.  Ahhh, primitive and a way to use up my left over worms and re purposed wool.

I located my sharpie, tried as best I could to draw the 6" squares on the straight of the linen fabric.

The rug reminded me of one of the quilts I saw at the Paducah Quilt Show in April.

And this rug from the March Madness Hooking event in Franklin.

Now to locate my hook and pull some loops.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Annie Magnolia (aka Anne Pennsylvania Peacock)

Little by Little, Anne Pennsylvania Peacock
NPI Silks
??? Linen
Gulp!  Sometimes life takes precedence over stitching.  You know those things like a super busy work schedule, family commitments,  removing poison ivy from the garden and marathon netflex watching.  Okay maybe not the netflex viewing.  Annie Magnolia has not been forgotten, she's just been on the back burner. 

Slowly, progress is being made.  The wisteria has bloomed (the name I have given to the purple flower Annie is smelling).  Annie has a house (some color changes from the original) with a luscious green lawn.  The birds have found a home and the naked tree is beginning to leaf. 

All of the big elements of the sampler are in place.  It is now time to add the personalization.  Anne Pennsylvania Peacock will be changed to Annie Magnolia Jackson, I will be adding the name of the community where Annie lived along with Tennessee instead of Pennsylvania and I will be adding Annie's birthdate.  Then onto the border--there may be some more color changes.

To the back of the framed piece I have written information about Annie which has been shared with me by family members.  When Annie is all finished she will be shipped to Arkansas and will live with AppleJack's daughter and granddaughter. 

About Annie's face and head--it is painted and will be mounted to acid free card stock and glued to the completed piece.  At the last stitch-in there was a lively discussion about this.  Seems at one time it was fashionable to paint the faces and heads to needlework.  The Porcupine Collection of samplers uses this technique.  Please share your thoughts:  add the painted paper face, paint the face and head directly onto the linen, or free hand stitch.

Friday, June 3, 2016

This and That

Oak Leaf Hydrangea is one of my favorites--she never disappoints with her big beautiful cone shaped flowers.

Of course, MopHead Hydrangea are equally beautiful.  Hard to choose a favorite color with the blues, pinks and lavender.

This beautiful blue was hiding in the foliage.

The cone flowers in the curb garden are just beginning to bloom--the bees find them irresistible.

Jackmanii clematis is a very hardy specimen.

It's hard to have a bad day when primroses line your path.

The daylilies are just beginning to bloom.

Next Year, the garden thrives on neglect.  Have been especially neglectful of my gardening duties this growing season.  Several things, people, and situations have been keeping me preoccupied--some good some not so good.  Grandmother Bessie would smile and tell me it's called life.

Time to pull on those big girl gardening britches and tackle that growing gardening list of things to do.