Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dutch Treat Designs - They Followed the Star - Half Way Point

Completed the fourth block.

Will reposition the Q-snap frame and start on the third corner - a palm tree. 

Would like to have this design done by end of August.  That's my goal anyways.  Whether or not it happens, we'll see.  But it's my goal.  

They Followed the Star Tabletopper
Dutch Treat Designs
18ct Ivory Anne Cloth, DMC #5 Pearl Cotton Threads
Stitching 1 over 2
Started 10/21/16
Progress as of 07/30/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Piece So Far - 13

Also spent time cutting out the needed quilt pieces for my Diamond Stars wall hanging.  Machine sewed a couple of them together.  Had a few things happen this past week and haven't had time to return to work on it.  Getting the diamonds and triangles cut out is half of the project.  The rest is "easy" as in sewing it together and quilting the finished top.

This was a kit from Keepsake Quilting.  In laying everything out to cut the diamonds and triangles realized the kit was short with some of the needed strips.  Not good.  Kit was expensive.  If needed, I will sub with material I have in my fabric stash.  Need one 2-1/2" strip of light blue, one 2-1/2" strip of dark blue and one 2-1/2" strip of purple.  Depression era themed fabric.  I was going to substitute out the black fabric for a piece of blue I have, decided not to.  Pattern needs the black to accent the other colors.  

I plan to get the middle area and four patch squares sewn that go on the border first, then cut out the thin strips for the inner borders and the binding. 

Diamond Stars
Morning Glory Design by Reeze L. Hanson
Top - Cotton, Machine Sewn Together, Batting - Cotton, Backing - Cotton, Fabric To Be Decided
Will Be Long Arm Quilted, I Will Do the Binding and Hand Hem
Started 05/16/16
Number of Days Worked on Top So Far - 4 

In other news...

Brakes went out in my car again.  Took it to another repair shop.  While car was up on hoist, saw with my own eyes brake fluid leaking from first repair job.  Contacted shop where I had the first repair done.  Will be getting a full refund of my money I paid for that repair.  Second repair job will be a major expense - first of its kind for my car since owning it.  Bought it brand new in 2001.  Will have all new lines to both back brakes, new pads, rotors, and other components relating to brake system in the back.  Had the emergency brake cables/system changed out and repaired.  Also purchased two new tires as the one tire on the back was bald and the rubber was starting to split.  Been without my car since last Tuesday.  Am thankful God supplied the money and made it possible so this major repair could be done.  I use my car.  I also live in an area where the change of seasons can be harsh on a vehicle.  I am thankful that nothing serious as in having an accident happened while driving the car. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dutch Treat Designs - They Followed the Star WIP

Completed the top and bottom border for the next block on my Dutch Treat Designs - They Followed the Star piece.

Outlined the camel.

Goal is to finish this block and move the Q-snap frame by the end of the weekend.

Next block is a corner one and has another palm tree in it.  All four corners do.

Have to say after working with DMC six strand thread and smaller count fabric, the Anne cloth and DMC pearl cotton seems so big.  It's nice though being able to pull a length, cut it and thread the needle without having to separate the strands.  I do have to separate the strands with the Caron Waterlilies thread.

They Followed the Star Tabletopper
Dutch Treat Designs
18ct Ivory Anne Cloth, DMC #5 Pearl Cotton and Caron Waterlilies Threads
Stitching 1 over 2
Started 10/21/16
Progress as of 07/21/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Piece So Far - 11

Done so far...

For a smile...

Leah watching from the window.  I've been taking her out on the front porch when the weather is nice.  She's good with a leash and halter collar.  I go out when the weather is nice, cool and there's a breeze blowing.  Now, when I open the inner front door, she thinks she's going outside for a time.  We had storms here the past couple of days.  Power was out for a time.  Lots of rain.  Humidity is very high right now.  High temperatures and humidity don't agree with me.

Forgot to add...did get the 66ft leash I ordered for Leah.  Too long.  Goes pass the curb into the street!!  I use it, but tie it so it is shorter.  Leah loves being in the yard, stalking the bugs and creepy crawlies.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stoney Creek Finish

Sat up last night, not wanting to stop stitching.  Back side was hurting, so shut everything down for the night.  Glanced up at the clock and it was 2 a.m.!

Started stitching around noon today with only less than 50 or so stitches to put in.  Wanted a finish today.

It's done.  Hands on clock has been stitched.  Buttons have been attached.

Will mount, lace and frame myself.  Plan to hang in my living room with my other three Stoney Creek Pattern of the Month finishes.  This makes the fourth one that I've completed.

POM Series 11/14 to 04/15 Life is a Gift 
Stoney Creek
28ct Beige Jobelan, DMC, WDW, Classic Colorworks, ThreadWorx and 
Glissengloss Rainbow Blending Threads, Suggested Embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Started - 04/24/17
Completed 07/19/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This - 35

Now to put threads away, bag the finished piece to take to LNS, and enjoy the rest of the evening with Leah.

This series of charts is available for a giveaway.  Will mail to anywhere.  Charts only.  Will giveaway as a set.  If interested, use contact form and email me.  Name will be drawn on July 24th.  Update - name has been drawn, charts were packaged and sent 07/26.  Thank you to all that entered my giveaway.  Next giveaway will be for the Dutch Treat Design chart - once done with stitching that design, will host a giveaway.  

Next up to finish is the Dutch Treat Design - They Followed the Star.  

It's July, the year is half over.  I want to complete the Dutch Treat Design, The Silver Lining - Ramblin' Rose and finish up all 14 JBW Design Christmas Trees into ornaments.  Three goals.  Five months.  Might be able to meet those goals.  

County fairs started in two counties today.  Third one starts tomorrow.  Plan to visit one, maybe two tomorrow, depending on the weather.  Hope the weather is decent as in cool temperatures.  Between posting my first post of this finish and this update, it stormed here.  Cooled things off, lawns and flowers needed it.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Finish Within a Stoney Creek WIP

Was a beautiful day yesterday so I leashed Leah, took my stitching project, chart, threads, scissors, ort jar and my highlighters and camped out on the front porch for the afternoon.  It was Leah's first time outside.  She enjoyed it and did well.  Was interesting to watch her watch the birds and the bugs. Watched the going ons in the neighborhood.  Just was a good day.  Nice cool, gentle breeze.  Was the first day in over a month that I have done any cross stitching.

Completed block five of a six block series.

Since taking the picture, I have repositioned the fabric in the Q-snap frame, put in a few stitches in block six with a new goal of having block six done by the end of the month.  Will mount, lace and do my own framing.  Saw a frame molding I liked in a shop in Waverly, Iowa when I was in there a while back getting some threads for my Dutch Treat Designs project.  Will make a visit and order a frame when I have all the stitching done.

I liked this block.  Was a gentle reminder to me that I am blessed and a child of God.  God is good.  Very. Good.

POM Series 11/14 to 04/15 Life is a Gift
Stoney Creek  
28ct Beige Jobelan, DMC, WDW, Classic Colorworks, ThreadWorx and 
Glissengloss Rainbow Blending Threads, Suggested Embellishments
Stitching 2 over 2
Started - 04/24/17
Progress as of 07/14/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This Thus Far - 30

Machine sewn finishes...

Q-snap frame and scroll rod grime guards

Cup cozy, Q-snap frame grime guard and needlebook

New sewing machine cabinet.  Solid wood.  Lift under the sewing machine.  Acrylic insert. 

Rearranged...from this....

to this....

I plan to rework the lattice covered counter top unit I have.  Not sure I want to keep it.  For now it is storing stuff so my cutting table is free.  I want to have a quilt design wall and would like to put that where the lattice table is.  So....until I'm given an inspiration before I fall asleep (usually when I get good ideas) or have a "light bulb" moment, this arrangement is what I'm going with for now.  I like it.  It gives me plenty of walk around room.  It's bright and cheery.  I play my radio, beep bop to the music, sing out loud and sew.  Leah naps nearby.

Have been thinking of doing blue gingham curtains and walls.  As in sewn panels, hung by PVC, putting that behind my tables and equipment for color.  That might be an expensive project, so am "thinking" on that one for awhile.  I rent this house.  I cannot do alot, but I am thankful my landlord has allowed me to do what I have so far - putting up shop lights, hanging pegboards, moving out bulky furniture (couch, chair and end tables).  Would like to have an area with a comfortable wingback chair where I could stitch using a floor frame.  Don't have the space in my living room for that.  Course, I could look at other rentals for more rooms on the main level and move again to which when I have those kinds of thoughts, they don't stay long.  The physical end of moving and packing for me is not something I want to do.  Nope.  I'm old.  This place has become my nest.  I'm home.

For a smile...

Leah enjoying the outdoors.  I love this cat.  She's burrowed into my heart.  We work well together. 

I did order her a longer 66ft foot leash so she can walk around in more space.