Sunday, October 15, 2017

M Quertier 1799 (the continued saga)

M. Quertier 1799
Ackworth School
Scarlet Letter
mystery stash linen (lambswool?) 36 count
Gloriana India ink
Estimated finished size 18 1/4" x 11"

Am still stitching on the Quaker Sampler.  Three of the inner motifs and the outline of some of the half medallions have been stitched since you last saw M. Quertier.  

Here is what she looked like before the addition of the three inner motifs and the outline of the half medallions in the outer border.  Gosh, does lighting ever factor into photography.  

Swan Medallion

I think the inner medallions are what attracted me to this sampler--they are all so different.

M. stitched the date into her sample three different times.  Wonder if M. and her school mates were as apprehensive about entering a new century as we were when we changed from 1999 to 2000?

One more inner motif and two outer motifs and fill in on six other motifs and M. will be off to the framers.  Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel a finish before years end?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

We Gather Together

Yesterday was the annual fall gathering of the Homespun Reunion Group at the home of Linda Stoltz.  Each fall, Linda graciously welcomes the Homespun group to her home.  Our group is very blessed because not only is Linda a gracious hostess, she is the designer behind Erica Michael's Designs and an outstanding needleworker.  The gathering always begins with hugs, ohhh's and ahhh's and the smell of delicious food.  There is an air of excitement with projects in the works and an exchange of ideas for projects which are in the beginning stages.  Unfortunately, I have photos of completed projects and do not have the name of the design and am unsure of the stitcher.  The above project was stitched by Jacqueline.  Hobby Lobby is one of our favorite shops and she had found a box and mounted the completed piece to the box.

Another one of Jacqueline's pieces.  A beautiful piece for Thanksgiving, fall or any time of the year.

Jane's Lesson One in Abecedarian from Summer Schoolhouse by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Jane had stitched her piece over two on 36 ct linen.

Linda stitched this Blackbird Design piece called Away We Ride.  The bowl is another find from Hobby Lobby.

This wool appliqué block is from the Blackberry Primitives design Castleton.  Linda embellished the blocks with beautiful buttons which had been passed to her from women in her family.

Linda has completed all of the blocks.  She has many commitments on her schedule and says the project will be set aside as she fulfills her commitments.  We are all anxiously awaiting to see this project set together-it is beautiful and has inspired us to dig into our wool bins and begin our own wool appliqué.

Anne's punch needle was inspired by an antique rug she had seen at the Heart of Country Antique Show.  Yes, it is punch needle and looks like a miniature hooked rug.

Lori found this pumpkin frame (I think at Hobby Lobby) and downloaded a freebie design from the Primitive Stitchers website.  Don't you just love the very fall color on the house and smoke coming from the chimney?

Another sweet autumn/fall piece.  I failed to get the name of the design or the stitcher.  Love the way it has been finished.

Delilah adding embellishments to a project bag (which will be gifted to one of her coworkers)

The photo does not even begin to show the true exquisite stitching in this piece.  The designer is Chessie and Me (do not know the name of the design).  The piece is mounted on a beautiful black walnut box which Linda's husband made especially for the piece.

I so overwhelmed with all the completed pieces, I failed to get both the name of the design, the designer and the stitcher.

A Notforgotten Farm design--another whoops on the stitcher.

Delilah's miniature quilt--great selection of colors with the blues and browns.

Judy's needle has been very busy stitching Plum Street samplers--I think she has stitched three.  Dutch Beauty is on her list of future projects.  

Needles were flying, floss was moving from skein into linen and stitchers were doing on line shopping.  The group meets again in November and there were be more beautiful projects for the share table.  Delicious meatballs, a homemade coconut pie and pumpkin dump cake helped us keep our energy level and someone had decorated cookies with a needle pulling thread and cross stitch.  Thank you Linda, for once again opening your home to the Homespun group.  Am already counting down the days until we meet again November 18. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Divine Miss M (Part II)

M. Quertier 1799
Ackworth School
Scarlet Letter
Mystery Stash linen lambswool?
Gloriana India Ink

Miss M. has not been forgotten.  Life has forced her to take a back seat.  Am slowly, ever so slowly making progress.  I have moved to the second half of the chart and have stitched more than one half of the motifs.

Another one of my favorite motifs:  Miss M's cartouche.  Her beautiful initials with the date she stitched the sampler.  I haven't gotten there yet, but Miss M stitched the date on her sampler in three different places.  The year 1799 must have been important to her.

This motif used lots of fiber and required  a lot of time.

I was getting nervous about the size of the linen I had cut.  Whew!  There is going to be enough linen--one more motif and then the width of the sampler will be determined.

A few more football games, more documentaries, more stitching time for Miss M.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Made in the USA

Made in the USA
Laundry Basket Quilts

In an effort to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Laundry Basket Quilts is donating money from the sales of the Made in the USA quilt pattern and are collecting quilt blocks to be made into quilts.

When I saw the completed quilt, I thought it looked like a quilt within my skill level and my stash is loaded with red, white and blue and fabric.

No joke about the amount of red, white and blue fabric in my stash.  This fabric came from Whittles--it was half price and I thought it would make a good backing for a patriotic quilt.  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Preparations 2017

Blackbird Designs
Loose Leaf Pattern #27
Released in 2007
Autumn Song

The official beginning date for Fall 2017 is Friday, September 22.  For me, fall begins the day after Labor Day.  School started the day after Labor Day and for me that marked the end of summer vacation, the beginning of the school year, and a change in the daily activities.  The school year now starts in early August.  The daylight hours are growing shorter, there is a slight drop in the temperatures and daily routines are changing.  Labor Day, a three day weekend, a change to catch up, and catch my breath.

Pumpkin Blossom by Blackbird Designs
Crow Needle Minder by Kelmscott
Acorn floss keeper by Notforgotten Farm

Pumpkin Row

I saw this design in a magazine and thought it would make a great rug for fall and a way to use up my fall colored wool.  

This is my pansy basket I made a few weeks ago, a good walnut stain improved its looks.  Filled with candy corn and happy smiling pumpkin faces.  Makes me want to smile back.

The quilt on the sofa is changed.  This is a Jo Morton cheater quilter, the fabric is either Spice Market or Cinnamon and Spice--one of my favorite fabric lines.  One day, I let my mind wander and doodled the quilting patterns.

Cheater panel:  fabric made to look like it has been quilted.

Hmm, checking my memory bank these are designs from Plum Street, Notforgotten Farm, Chessie and Me and Carriage House.  

Fall colors are wool appliqué they just go together

Jenny Bean
Shakespeare's Peddler 2009

Yes, I change the samplers.  Love everything about this sampler:  the border, the weeping willow, mouse, fish bones and the saying is found on many samplers.

The beginning of fall and so many fun and wonderful events to look forward to:  quilt shows, corn mazes, warm soups, football.  Life is good.

Colorful sunflowers from thoughtful AppleJack

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Shepherd's Needle and Stitcher's Garden

Shepard's Shade
Threads that Bind (Shawn Williams)
Punch Needle

Shepherd's Needle was one of the needlework shops AppleJack and I visited on our AR road trip.  It is a wonderful shop full of models, fibers, linens, trims and embellishments.  I mentioned in an earlier post Shawn Williams, Threads that Bind had taught a class two weeks prior to our visit--I should have planned better.  Shepherd's Shade was one of the many shop models.

I have had the kit for Shepherd's Shade in my stash for a long time.  After seeing the shop model it has given me motivation.  The shop owner graciously allowed me to take a photo I could use for reference.

Shepherd's Needle carries a large selection of linens.  This is an older Lizzie Kate Mystery sample called Things Unseen.  The linen I have chosen is 36 ct vintage pearled barley.  I am not a big fan of mystery samplers and usually do not get on board until the mystery is revealed.

After cutting the linen to exact measurements, the fabric is serged right at the cutting table.  Oaken by Picture this Plus for the Blackbird Design, the Winter is Past.

In addition to great linens, Shepherd's Needle had a great selection of trims for finishing.  These are from Lady Dot creates and Dames of the Needle.  Love the names of the trims:  Union, Chickie, Bear, Federal Gold, Bear and Jack

Stitcher's Garden is located in Conway, AR.  The shop owner recommended we eat at the Hole in the Wall Cafe.  She also had a great selection of linens.  This is chestnut for the design Easter Peep Parade by Brenda Gervais.

Am always on the hunt for great sampler linen.  This is Creek Bed Brown by R & R.

With fall on the horizon, I couldn't resist this Frightful Jack.

When I first moved to Nashville (thirty years ago) there were five needle work shops!  Sadly, the last of those five needlework shops will be closing August 26.  Through the years those needlework shops have introduced me to designers, techniques and my Stitching Sisters.  Shopping on line is just not the same as a visit to the LNS.  There are always great models to see, classes, and words of encouragement.  On the bright side, a new to me shop called Nashville Needleworks will be filling the void left by The Stitchin Post.  Needleworks has an e x t e n s i v e fiber offering.  You name the fiber and I think they carry it.  They will also be carry linens!  Whooooo Hooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!  The best part, Kathy, the framer from Stitchin Post will be doing the framing at Needleworks.  When my stitching sister shared this news with me--I felt like a big void in my life had been filled.

AppleJack has always said "if you want to make Betty happy, just buy her a skein of floss."  Am so happy for shops like Shepherd's Needle, Stitcher's Garden and Nashville Needleworks who promote needlework.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Road Trip

AppleJack and I made the decision earlier in the year we would take mini vacations.  We loaded up the wagon and headed west.  This is one of the bridges which spans the Mississippi River in Memphis.  Memphis is one of gateways to the west.

We were enroute to Little Rock to spend some time with family before school started.  We learned very quickly with Memphis being a gateway city there is a heavy constant stream of  trucks moving freight.

The pyramid which is located near the river is one of the more recognizable Memphis landmarks..

Memphis is famous for their barbeque.  As long as there are people with appetites there will be the great debate:  wet or dry and the best place.  Rendezvous, Interstate, Martin's and Neely's are some of the Memphis barbeque places who have been in business for many years and are some of the more recognizable names.  Ronnie Q's is our barbeque joint of choice and it is not in Memphis but in a small town called Dickson, which is about an hour west of Nashville.  Ronnie Q's has melt in your mouth brisket.  Yum Yum

One of the first things I do when planning a trip is locate the needlework shop(s).

Shepherd's Needle is in Little Rock and is an awesome shop.  Shawn Williams with Threads that Bind had taught a punch needle class the week before our visit.  

From shop models, a huge selection of linens, classes, recent chart releases to the beginning of sampler Saturday, Shepherd's Needle is a great shop.  If the commute were shorter, I would be spending a lot of time at this shop.

I had planned to take a photo of the outside of the shop when it started raining.  It was raining cats and dogs and rain was pouring off the building which looked like a waterfall.  We made a run for the car and got soaked--we looked like someone had poured a bucket of water on us, don't ever remember being any wetter in a shorter period of time.

AppleJack has a very high sense of adventure, discovering new places is also one of the things we do when traveling.

The owners of The Hole in the Wall Cafe had converted an old gin into a cafe.  "Real southern cooking and home of skillet fried cornbread" is how they describe themselves.  We may have been drenched by the rain but it did not affect our appetites.  Turnip greens, (real) mashed potatoes, fried okra, pinto beans, fried chicken, chicken fried steak it was all delicious.  (No one ever said southern cooking was healthy)

The Hole in the Wall had delicious desserts:  Peanut Butter pie, Lemon Ice-Box pie, Coconut Cake.  In the spirit of adventure we decided to explore more of Conway, AR and have dessert at Patti Cakes.  I thought the oversized ginger man cookie cutter was a great way to welcome customers to your bakery.

More yum yum

All to soon, it was time to head east, back across the river to Tennessee.

Part of the Memphis skyline taken from the car while crossing the mighty Mississippi.  See those rain clouds--they followed us all the way home to Nashville.  Mini vacations--I highly recommend them.