Well... my computer (this is the blessing part) helped me cut back by deciding to call it quits a little over two weeks ago. I was responding to an e-mail when the computer froze. Thinking a reboot would solve the problem, I was confident I'd have things squared away in no time. No so... all I got was the dreaded hour glass and my computer refused to allow me to open anything. Off to computer hospital we went, for an extended stay. She finally returned home yesterday afternoon... still a bit weak, but with some TLC I'm sure we'll be fine.
You don't realize how much your computer becomes a part of your normal daily routine (this is the curse part) until it disappears. I missed my daily communications with my stitching sisters and all those lovely blogs. When I realized that I wouldn't be able to download another Audible book to my iPod I was truly at a loss.
It was time to get back to basics and spend all my much sought after 'extra time' and get cracking on those quilt blocks that were tossed in the basket the beginning of the summer. Here's a few snaps of the past few months of blocks for the Civil War Tribute quilt. The first six months of blocks were challenging, but doable. This BOM saved the really hard blocks for the last six months. I conquered partial seams, but the set in seams on a couple of the blocks gave me fits.
The first block has a total of 46 half square triangle units per twelve inch block. I still have to make seven more blocks. It takes a l..o..n..g... time to cut and piece those HST blocks.
I still need to construct the large center block of the quilt and then I can join all the blocks together before starting the border. Did I mention that there is a saw tooth border? Lots more HSTs in my piecing future.
I completed the stitching on Jenny Bean's Halloween Sampler.
Jenny Bean's Halloween Sampler
Lakeside Linen - 36 ct. Maple Sugar
Limited Edition GAST
I was in a bit of a muddle when I completed the Jenny Bean Sampler. I just couldn't settle on which WIP to continue working on, so when in doubt it's always a good idea to start something new. Right???
When I was at Country Sampler a couple of my Guild sisters pointed out a new to me designer, Pineberry Lane, and sampler that appealed to us all.
The Rising Harvest Sampler
Picture This Plus 36 ct. Ale Linen
Needlepoint Inc Silk
We were all attracted to the verse, an excerpt from an old sampler verse, 1827:
"The rising harvest never mocks our toil,
We're sure of fruit if we manure the soil."
We're sure of fruit if we manure the soil."
This is the first sampler I've stitched with the word 'manure' in the title. It will make a perfect companion to the Country Life sampler.
A couple of years ago a friend from Texas, Joann, gifted me with a lovely sampler chart from Scholehouse for the Needle. I chose to start this sampler rather than continue stitching on a WIP.
Angels Gard thy Bed
Scholehouse for the Needle
Lakeside 36 ct Vintage Buttercream linen
The verse is charming:
"hush my dear lie still and
slumber holy angels Gard
thy bed heavenly blessing
without number Gently
falling on thy head"
It would be perfect for a birth sampler or for a child's room. I plan to hang it in my bedroom.... I'm a child at heart. Thanks Joann... I'm enjoying stitching your lovely gift.
There were a few questions about the Frances Eden sampler in my last post. The sampler was designed by Handwork Samplers. I found it on the House of Stitches website, Frances Eden.
Emma wanted me to reassure Bertie that yes indeed, she is a dog! Corgis are notorious for sleeping on their backs. I think it's a way for them to cool down quickly. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are double coated and get hot fast.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave your much appreciated comments. It still astonishes me that others are interested in my stitching, quilting and corgis.
I want to send a very public thank you to Sylvia, Running with Needles and Scissors. I was the winner of her Blogaversary giveaway. Sylvia sent me a lovely package.
Emma and Owen really enjoyed the Nylabone treats that were included in the package. They devoured them immediately and I wasn't able to include them in the snap. The chocolates are delish. I can't wait to stitch on the French Gander linen. Thanks from all three of us Sylvia... you really made our day!
I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on, so it's time to close for today.
Happy stitching everyone!