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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Emma parties and a new baby quilt~~~

Greetings from North Carolina!~
I have a little news to report about Ms Emma Rose Freedom and her great Memorial Day weekend!

Emma Rose Freedom
Tree of Life Samplings
40 ct Confederate Gray linen~specified GAST threads

Emma showed up for the party....
The grass had been planted and trimmed nicely....

She even brought her flag for the patriotic holiday festivities.....

She even practiced her alphabet.....


We reminded ourselves that it truly "tis a gift to be free..."
(Check out the Symrna cross stitch surrounding the banner...)

Emma Rose Freedom just may be completed this week....She still needs a quilt star, a bird and her banner to be filled in.....so, soon, she may be done and ready for a finishing technique..

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Today after school, we honored one of the sweetest teachers you'd ever meet....She is getting ready to welcome the arrival of her baby boy this summer....Once she had decided to have a race car themed nursery, I knew I would need to get myself busy! I searched high and low and found just the right fabrics with that checkered flag theme.... Here is the finished product, it all its glory~~~
I had the best fun putting this baby quilt together....

The colors are fun and vibrant...The black and white check is the backing fabric....


And I stitched his initials along with 2012 and sewed it in one of the quilt squares to wish this darling child many blessings.....

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Come Sunday, I will have my Adam and Eve Sampler update.... Until then, here's hoping the last 2 days of your workweek are wonderful!~~~~

Many blessings,

Faye







Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adam and Eve update....and more!

Greetings everyone on this fine and absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning~~~
I must apologize for my slackness in posting of late....Let's just say, it is mega-crazy at school these days..we are winding down the year and words just can't tell you how tired I am by the time I get home each day.... Bring on June 8th~~~~

I do have an update on my beloved A&E sampler... This SAL is turning out to be so much fun as it keeps me on track, knowing I will be posting an update every other Sunday....Terri and Marylin were gracious enough to invite me in on the fun....So, I have gotton this far....

Adam and Eve
May 2009 issue
Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine
(the pinkish shade is really "Cherry Tomato" which has more pale red than pink..)

I fell in love with this little ship and the funky colored bird this week..


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I also found time to complete the May Cottage by CCN....I chosse to tone down the turquoise house by using Dinky Dyes Coral Sea.... Its a "milder" blue....
May Cottage
Country Cottage Needleworks
40 ct vintage pearled barley

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And, I also wanted to experiment with one of the luscious threads I won last month from Nina....
Old Jeans is a special shade of blue with tons of shading in it....I love Nina's colorways, and the thread was a joy to work with!
Blackbird Designs
Nina Threads
Old Jeans

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I am also happy to say that I stepped a little out of my comfort zone yesterday, by taking a quickie quilting class at my local quilt shop Linderella's.... A few of us gathered and had the best fun! Linda makes it easy to learn and we just cut up and had fun! I was the beginner in the class, so I am on a VERY steep learning curve when it comes to large projects like quilts....Luckily this is a smaller lap quilt called "Americana Star"...Here are yesterday's results....
I hope to get the pinning, quilting and binding done this week as I plan on using it as a table topper this summer on the breakfast room table....


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I leave you with pictures of  *what I hope to be* my next sampler project after I complete Adam and Eve.... I am narrowing down my conversion process and hope to make final decisions on those npi's soon.....Meet Threads of Gold's Sarah Munday Sampler....
Sarah Munday Sampler
Threads of Gold
40 vintage buttercream LL
..silk conversion is in process..


Here's hoping everyone has a fantastic day and wonderful week!


Blessings,

Faye



Sunday, May 6, 2012

My week in review....

Hello one and all~~~  I have just gotton back home from our annual NCATA  conference where educators gather in fellowship and learning....Its hard to believe another school year is winding down...But when it gets to be conference time, we know we have about a month left....YIIKES!!!

I do have a little bit of progress to show you guys....

I was thrilled when Terri and Marylin invited me to join their SAL of the "Adam and Eve" Sampler...
They have  MUCH more progress than I as they had a little bit of a jump start on me.... This particular A&E sampler is from an older issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. I have always loved the sampler and  had pulled it out of the magazine and put it in protective sleeves in a binder....

I am stitching this piece on 36 ct Sand Dune linen and using over-dye cottons that Terri is using...Its really a soft array of shades and the linen has a slight golden cast. Here is my slight progress....


Do go over and visit Terri and Marylin's blogs for a better idea of what the sampler will truly look like...

My true stitching time this week has been devoted to stitching up retreat models and pondering their finishes....More on that later....  But, I did manage to complete the house of  Emma Rose of Freedom by Tree of Life Samplings...This is a design that has been patiently waiting for my attention and once I completed "Betsy" by Sheepish Designs, I knew Emma would need to be her patriotc companion...
Emma Rose of Freedom
Tree of Life Samplings
40 ct Confederate grey by Weeks
specified overdyed cotton threads


Why is it I gravitate to stitching the house first on pieces??? And, just look at this weeping willow tree...And the dog...love him too! I tried something a little different when filling in the gold in the house...I stitched north and south as opposed to the east to west...It does lend itself a slightly different effect....
My paternal grandmother was born in the year 1895 so I have stitched that year in the roof...When Jan Alexander designed this piece, she stitched her great-grandmothers birth year in the roof, so I decided to follow suit. I always admired my grandmother as a young child as she was the one who always enjoyed doing the handiwork. And, many have said that those of us grandchildren who enjoyed any hand crafts, must have inherited it from her..... I feel so lucky and wish she had lived longer so I could have made more memories with her.....

Well, I must gain a little order to this somewhat chaotic household....When you are gone for 4 days.... Well, need I say more????

I leave you with the hopes that you are enjoying your Sunday and spending time with needle in hand...
I will be back to my cotton over-dyes this evening...
Smiles,

Faye