Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Jo Morton Little Favorites

Saturday is the Homespun Gathering.  One of my favorite things about the reunion group is the sharing of completed projects.

The long armed quilter did a fabulous job on the Jo Morton Little Favorites.

The Baptist fan quilting on the Christmas log cabin is just over the top.  I followed Jo's direction about the single fold binding.

This is a Stacy Nash club piece.  

Another Stacy Nash club piece.  One of my favorite Valentine sayings.

I also have two pieces to pick up from the framer:  Annie Magnolia and Christmas at Hollyberry Farm.

Now to decide on what food to share.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

1803 Ohio Basket

1803 Ohio Basket

One day while reading blogs (Maude and Mozart) and reading Facebook (Dying to Stitch), I saw this long narrow basket.  The basket was filled with smalls.  Displaying seasonal smalls is one of the many things I enjoy about needlework.  My challenge with displaying smalls is they sometimes get lost in the dough bowl or basket.  The 1803 Ohio basket looked perfect for smalls as it would hold a large number.

Herb Gathering Basket

With the Rio Summer Olympics in full swing I'm showing my patriotic spirit while cheering on the USA.

Cannon County White Oak Split Basket

My tastes are traditional and this egg basket is one of my favorites.  One of the items on my bucket list is to take a basket weaving class at the John Campbell Folk Art School.  Yes, I am one of those crazy people who wants to take a walk in the woods, select the tree, split the tree and weave the basket.  Some would call this crazy, I think this would be a perfect vacation.

Another blog (sorry can't remember the name) had used baskets to display hooked rugs.  I use this laundry basket to store and display quilts.  Don't tell Callie Mae or I will find her curled up in the quilts asleep--she's a smart kitty.  Another way to display hooked rugs is in a crock.  Mother any time you want to pass the kraut crock onto me I have the perfect use for it--soft and warm not smelly.

Seeing the 1803 Ohio basket was a great way for me to justify some of my time spent on the computer.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Primitive Quilts North and South

Primitive Quilts Magazine
Summer 2013

My sewing room is a mess!  It looks like someone set off a bomb and closed the door.  In an effort to clean up the sewing room and finish another project, I have resumed work on the North and South quilt.  I've got a lot of work ahead.

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.