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Monday, February 22, 2010

Winter Olympics and Stitching... It Doesn't Get Much Better!

     Oh my, as my friend Siobhan would say, I got myself a good case of Stitch Ass this past week. Many, many hours of Olympic coverage translated into many, many hours of sitting in my stitching chair and working on AAWFAA.
      Here's a snap of what I've accomplished during the first week of the Olympics.
     As a reward for stitching all that brown this past week I'm going to work on Eve this week.
      I also spent some time at the sewing machine and completed Month #3 of the Civil War Tribute BOM. I had to make two 18" blocks and two 12" blocks. Another block with many points and some teeth grinding moments of making sure all the seams lined up.
Here's a snap of the blocks from the  first three months.
      I'm all caught up on my three BOM quilts and maybe this week I'll get to work a bit more on my blue and white quilt top.
      Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving a comment. I read and appreciate each and every comment. 
      Enjoy your week of stitching and quilting.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Let the Games and Stitching Begin!

     I am not a sports fan... but every four years I plant my butt in front of the tv for the Winter Olympic Games. I'm always amazed at the grace, beauty, talent and passion of the athletes. Wonderful!
     I decided to make AAWFAA my focus sampler for the 2010 Games. I know I've spent hours stitching on this sampler... yet it seems as if I've accomplished so little. The fill-in is stitching is a perfect compliment to Olympic viewing.

      I've done a much better job at keeping up with my quilting BOMs. Here's a snap of the latest block from the French General-Rouenneries quilt top.
     I finally started  the My Favorite Things BOM. I still haven't decided on wool or not for the center block... but I was eager to start the month #2 block. We had to make eight of these six inch blocks.
     Next up is Block #2 for the Civil War Tribute BOM. Oh my... lots and lots of points in this fifteen inch quilt block. I've completed one block and have to make three more.
Emma and Owen keep me company in the sewing room... they don't look as enthused about quilt piecing as I am!
 Owen was very happy with his new Valentine's Day toy.
But he does get a bit miffed at me and my obsession with capturing his every move with a snap.
Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Not An Adam and Eve???

The Tree of Life
The Goode Huswife
36 ct. PTP Heritage and NPI

      Finally... some stitching snaps! As I was sorting through my GH charts I came across The Tree of Life and fell hard for the border.I couldn't wait to get started. As much as I love the border, I'm very happy that this was a small piece, only 4-1/8W x 4-3/4H. Just large enough to enjoy the border, yet not so large as to be a bore and a burden to stitch.

In the Garden
Milady's Needle
40 ct. Lakeside Vintage Buttercream
GAST & Crescent Colours Cotton
      I thoroughly enjoyed stitching In the Garden, even the little over one squirrel and rabbit.  The kit came with the linen, fibers and the lovely embossed box with lining fabric. It will be the home of my Kelmscott A&E needle minder when the finishing is completed.  The design in the upper portion of the linen will cover the top of the embossed box. The two lower designs are to be used for the scissors fob. 
      I did make one slight change in my stitched Adam & Eve. Their hair was charted for dark brown and I chose to give Adam and Eve a deep, rich red hair color. I think I may have been influenced my The Outlander series of books I've been listening to on Audible. If it wasn't Red Jamie... I may have been influenced by my very own sweet red headed girl...

      I'm sure you're all wondering... Is that all she's managed to accomplish since Jan. 28th?
      I was distracted from my quilting BOMs by a very worthwhile cause. Last year our quilt guild contributed a large number of  Christmas stockings to the Home of the Brave project. We hope to donate more stockings in 2010 and decided to start early, rather than waiting until the fall. I've sewn 20 plus stockings and have cut out fabric, lining and batting for an additional 30 stockings. My personal goal is to contribute at least 50 stockings to the Home of the Brave in 2010.

More of the white stuff is heading our way later today, to continue until Tuesday morning. My thoughts are longingly turning to Spring....
I hope your week is filled with lovely stitching and quilting!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Brother, Happy Birthday to You

The family gathered at the cabin to celebrate my brother's 59th birthday. 

Happy Birthday Dave!