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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Seeing red...and more~~~

When I got the phone call last night that we would not be having school today, I turned the Krueig machine back on and proceeded to brew a cup of my favorite coffee, Nantucket Country Blend...

And, I decided to heat up my needles and just see how long I could stay up working on one of my "challenge" pieces....

I had left off  in Nov/Dec at this point.....



And until the wee hours of the morning, I stopped at this point...
Pretty good progress...no??



 Then, today, I wanted to do a finish or two..... Here is a pattern I had already cross stitched earlier in Dec....Just needed to ponder on the final finishing....
 Its a pretty sewing design by Marika Belfiori....She is a very talented designer who offers quite a few freebies on her site....If you take a look at the pattern (HERE) you will see I omitted a couple motifs so I could personalize my piece.....


I added a tab on the right side so I could attach a pewter button that I have always liked...






And, I wanted to attach a small thimble charm I have been saving for the perfect design....


And, of course, what would a sewing themed cross stitch design do without a few of my tiny buttons....


All in all, I thought this little pillow would put me in the mood to stitch and sew anytime I happened to find myself gazing at it......


I hope all of you found time to find time for your creative side.... Even for only a short while...

Take care and as always, I appreciate all of your comments~~
~~~Stitch friends are the best~~~

Faye

62 comments:

Jan said...

Wow! You got a lot done. Great stitching.

Anna van Schurman said...

Your needles were smokin!

Bernice said...

wow great progress

Margaret said...

That's a lot of stitching you got done! Love the little pillow you finished too! I can see why you wanted to have a special place for the pewter button and thimble charm.

staci said...

Wow Faye, that is some really impressive progress on your quaker sampler! I love how your pin pillow turned out with your lovely extras :)

Karen said...

Looks like you are enjoying your snow days! Love your finish...so creative. Happy stitching...

Kathy said...

Wow! You are one fast stitcher! Love the Quaker Christmas. You made an adorable little pillow and I love your personalizations. This little design has been on my hope to stitch soon piece for a while.

Pat Matejcek said...

Faye
You got a lot done!! I love your finish also. You are so creative.. Pat

Rhona said...

Great stitching - you got lots done in one night. The little pillow is adorable, love the little extras you added.

Peggy H. said...

Okay, I'll be like the others! WOW! You are fast. What a beautiful piece this is going to be. I love Quakers. I had wanted to do this piece. Shepherd's Bush has it done in a green overdye that is lovely, but I felt with a Christmas theme I couldn't put it up very long. It is so beautiful that I will have to do it and just change the words.

Happy Stitching! Peggy

G. said...

Checking in to see what you've been up to (as though I didn't know!). Wow!! Beautiful, beautiful!! And you're doing well with the new camera! Hope to see some of these IN PERSON! Enjoy!

robindefender said...

Beautiful pillow. Glad you were able to take advantage of the snow day. Sigh! I'm betting you're back to the regular schedule tomorrow, just like me.

Nicole said...

Your Quaker Christmas is beautiful - you got a lot done on it! I really need to get mine back out one of these days!!

Love your little pillow too - it's so cute! The charms are perfect for it!

Nancy said...

Sounds like you had fun with your day off! Your sampler is so pretty - I love red - and I would say you made fantastic progress! Your little finish is very pretty too.

Myra said...

I need some of that coffee! LOL You really got a lot done and I love your pillow finish.

Beth said...

That coffee really must have kicked you into high gear!! You really got a ton done - congratulations. I love your pillow, and I think you do the niftiest (?) finishing I have seen - really cute!

Mama Joan said...

Great progress Faye.

Gotta love those days off. Your work is always so nice:)

Jackie said...

Are you sure you didn't stay up all night? That is a lot of progress for one sitting!

Kathy said...

Another night like that and you will have that piece finished! And I just love your finished finish. Your personal touches are perfect.

Catherine said...

Wow! That's some progress! Your finish is absolutely adorable!

Blu said...

Talk about smoking needles on QC!

Your pincushion is just adorable!

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome progress and your finish is just adorable!

Tracey said...

Just beautiful! And great progress! I got a Keurig for Christmas. I LOVE it! Had a Senseo but it was getting harder and harder to find pods, and they didn't have much variety.

Anne said...

Amazing progress! I love the red you chose. What threads did you use? Also the little sewing pillow is adorable. Your simple touches make it simply fabulous!

Patty C. said...

The progress is beautiful - I love Red !! I too stitched the pattern by Marika - She, I agree, is a fabulous designer -
Take Care
Enjoy the extra stitching time :)

Christine said...

WOW --- I am so impressed by how much you finished on your piece. Absolutely beautiful!! Keep warm and happy stitching :o)

Lynn said...

Great progress on your quaker sampler. It is beautiful. Love the red.
The little pillow is adorable! You are so creative with finishing.

valerie said...

Wow, amazing progress! Quaker Christmas is really coming along! Cute pillow finish too.

Michele said...

Very productive! Your projects are beautiful!

Karen said...

wow! so does that coffee give you the smokin needles? if so, i might just have to start drinking coffee. ok maybe not (don't like the stuff). LOL But great progress!!! and love love love that little pillow of yours. just printed the chart, definitely a piece to stitch! hugs

April Mechelle said...

Wooooo Boy, what some stitching you did !!! It is looking great! I love the pillow you finished. I have yet to find my sewing machine under all my stash in my craft room.. lol Happy Stitching !!

Siobhan said...

That must be some serious caffeine in your coffee--you got a lot done! ;) YGG! It looks great. Love the pillow, too, and the way that you personalized it. Your AotH is coming along so nicely, too!

Lynn said...

Your progress is incredible! Are you sure you only had one coffee? It's a beautiful piece and I love the red.
Your freebie is adorable and I love your personal touches on it.

Marnie said...

Fabulous! Love it all!!!

Giovanna said...

Lovely stitching all-round - that sampler is fab!

Carol said...

Nothing like a wonderful red and white themed post, Faye! You got so much done on your Quaker Christmas. I sure wish I could spend hours stitching like you did--I just get restless and can only stitch an hour or two at a time...

Your little "extras" on the freebie are just perfect--especially love the little thimble. Hope things are getting "back to normal" down there weather wise!

Sheila said...

Wow, You got a lot done. I love the pillow, it turned out so pretty.

Glenna said...

Wow! Look at your progress in a single day. If we just didn't have to work ever, think of the walls full of samplers we'd have. (Tom does not think that's a worthwhile goal to have, so it's back to work I go in a couple of months.) And the little button pillow is precious!

MoonBeam said...

Great work. Love the little stitching pillow. I'll have to check out her website.

Bobbi

Vonna said...

WOWZA...that is an amazing amount of progress! You go girl! That is beautiful! At the rate your going you are going to have those 15 wips done by Jan. 31, 2011! :)

Jen said...

Looks great. I also have this pattern on my challenge list. Love the way it looks in red.

Irene said...

You sure got a lot done, great progress ! Love the pillow.

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish and lovely progress on your WIP.

BrendaS said...

Very nice progress on your sampler. Your needles must have been flying!

I love the way you personalized your pillow. Great ideas:)))

Thanks for sharing

Susan in SC said...

I love the finish for the little pillow! You are quite the stitcher! I know what you mean by stitching into the early morning. Time can get away from you.

Meadows08 said...

Awesome Faye! Enjoy your snow day!

Lisa Russell said...

I like your work you did on the sampler! You got alot done! The pillow is very cute and I love the button and charms. I believe I have the pattern saved on my computer, since it looks familiar. Thanks for sharing!

Kellie said...

Beautiful stitching! I love the red Quaker Christmas! :) I started that one in green. Every time I see a red one, I am so tempted to start over. What thread are you using? It is a gorgeous red.

Tommye said...

Holy Moly, Girl! You're a stitching machine! I'm so impressed.

Carol R said...

Beautiful Quaker and a sweet little pillow finish!

Katrina said...

Cute finish and what a lot you got done!!! I wish coffee kept me awake, LOL.

Lisa V said...

Love your stitching themed pillow.
LISA V

Pointed Stitcher said...

Wow, I guess you heated up those needles, the progress you made is unbelievable. I love your finishes too.

Mary said...

Your needle was flying! What great progress. Love the little pillow, too!

Bekca said...

I love your latest pillow finish, it's perfect for a stitcher. Great progress on your WIP too, you certainly fired up your needles! Happy stitching to you.

PegC said...

Thanks for the link--I downloaded and printed the moment I saw it! Wow--you are FAST! love
the red.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great progress and a beautiful finish! Did you get back to school this week? We had Thursday and Friday. My driveway is still like an ice rink - I bet yours will be 'till Spring!!

Kimmie said...

What a fun finish!!!! Excellent!

Michele B. said...

What wonderful extra touches on the pillow - they make a great design even more special. Could you send some of those lightening fast needles over to my house? Or maybe just some of the caffeine would do the trick.

Michelle said...

Wow! You got a ton done on your Quaker piece. And I love your little sewing/stitching finish. The extras you added are perfect!

Shelleen said...

You have accomplished a lot.

Dee L said...

How inspiring you are! I tend to just stitch a chart as given, but at the same time I have all sorts of "stuff" that I could use to personalize as you did. This is 2011--I just might try!