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.