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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Liberty and a little more...

Greetings from a hot and sweltering beach...I mean it is c-r-a-zz-y hot here~~
Enough so that I have gotton a little stitching in and a finish to share...

First I will show you the end result...I just had to pause from my larger project to stitch up a little something Americana....
Liberty Sewing Pocket
36 count linen


Let me share with you a little about the journey....It was one of those "make it as you go along" pieces...

It started out like this....
Of course, I had to make it my own by attaching a little something...how about a flannel star??
I had been reading some old quilting magazines and saw an article about Prairie Points...
They offer texture and dog-gone-it, they remind me of flags somehow..So, I thought, why not...since I have stepped out of my comfort zone, go for it....
okay, so, binding and Prairie Points were done...so I started playing around with the linen...
A little squaring up with the batting and backing in place...time for the binding..
Fortunately, I had the forsight to bring my new table top stand....Sweet Chelle of Raspberry Rabbits has a couple sizes of these stands and a while back, I had bought the 6" x 12" size... so I hand sewed a little sleeve on the back so this could be a small hanging...Binding got blind stitched on the back..
I just love the simplicity of this design and although I did not "prim" up this finish, it still is somewhat on the simple side to my taste...
The flag is my favorite part of the design...
With most of my patriotic collection back home, I thought this fit just fine on my table at the beach condo...
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I did manage to stitch up another lovely design early in the week by Little House Needleworks.... By the way, have you seen ALL of her wonderful new designs...I am in creativity overload!!!
I will be finishing off this design once I have returned home however....The collection of fabrics I have in mind are all waiting patiently for me back home...

My Dwelling Place
Little House Needleworks
Overdye threads

I did use GAST Weathered Barn for my red however....The specified thread was a little orangey for my taste...So, this will land on my staging table soon for a finishing.....




Also, I want you to know how thrilled I was to have met up with Cathi of
Shakerwood Quilts in Wilmington NC last week at a quilt show....I knew there would be lots of vendors there and I am always searching for homespuns and hand dyed wools...
Her double size booth was jam packed with kits, needfuls and can I say GORGEOUS wools! So nice to have finally met her and her husband...Soon I will be showing you a pouch or two in wool from her shop...Let's just say, you're gonna like them!!!

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Have you guys seen this beauty yet???? Does it have "carolinastitcher" written all over it??? tee-hee,..
I often go to Country Sampler on line for a little retail therapy, and when I saw this...I KNEW I had to have it...So, once I am done with Adam and Eve, this one's kitted up ready to go!!

Go check out the June 6 post --here-- and see what I mean..Good thing I'm not a quilter because I know I'd get in some big trouble at this shop!! One day, when I win the lottery, it is a dream of mine to actually visit their shop in person.....A girl can dream....right?

Long post...I know...and if you're still reading...Thanks!
I leave you with a snap of last nights setting sun from my porch overlooking a little lagoon out back..

Smiles for a great to all!!!

Faye




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Adam and Eve's...and finishes~~~

Greetings all!!!  Guess I have been away a little too long....Blogger has switched me up for some reason, so please bear with me....

First off, I am so, so loving my Adam and Eve reproduction sampler....BUT, when I saw THIS smaller Adam and Eve on Vonna's blog, I knew I would have to stitch it up....
So, multi-tasking A & E's.....
Adam and Eve
Little House Needleworks
32 ct Vintage Navy Bean
specified overdye threads
(Poor old Adam has a "dear in the headlights" look on his face!) 

And, I continue to work on my reproduction Adam and Eve Sampler SAL with Terri and Marylin....Those ladies are so dedicated, that my measely progress looks kinda pitiful next to theirs...Ahh..But, its all about enjoying the ride...no?....  Here is my progress on this graceful sampler....
Adam and Eve Reproduction Sampler
Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine
May 2009 issue
36 ct linen, Terri's overdye conversion 

(Adam and Eve have already turned gray haired evidently!!)



And, of course, I completed my June CCN cottage.... I did omit the flying daisies however....

June Cottage
Country Cottage Needleworks
36 ct exemplar, specified threads

Lastly, I want to leave you with a little tease.....
Monday I finished sewing up one of my recently stitched items.... AND, as soon as I was done, it jumped in a  mailing envelope  and informed me it was flying away for a weeks vacation to Terre Haute, Indiana!!! Imagine the look on my face!!~~~~But, its only a one week vacation stay, so, I suppose I can live with it.... tee-hee...(More on this in my next post....)

In the meantime, here are a couple snaps to tease you with....



I fell in love with Barbara Brackman's 1862 Battle Hymn fabric....
LOVE those flags!!!


Here's hoping your summer days are peaceful and filled with linen and threads.....


Faye




Sunday, June 10, 2012

Prim Sisters Needlebook by Primitive Betty's....and an offering.....**edited**

Good Sunday morning to all!!! 

***Edited: Thanks everyone, the project pouches are all sold....Thanks so very much!!!***

I am SO excited to show you my most recent finished finish....
from Country Sampler's Girl Clubs...Our very own Betty Dekat's vision of a prim needlebook....

Prim Sisters Needlebook by Primitive Betty's
kitted and sold by Country Sampler
(front of needlebook)
(back)

It came with white wool for the inside, but I had to make a brownish heart from plaid wool I had on hand to match that cute heart shown on the back of the needlebook....


Take a look at the Japanese print fabric provided in the kit...it is perfectly toned and oh so soft....

Now I will be waiting with baited breath for the July/Aug kit from Notforgotton Farms to come out... This prim Sisters Club has been so much fun....
Any other "sisters" needing help with their finishing, just shoot me an email!!!
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Additionally, I have been working up project pouch orders in the craft room and decided to make a few extras.....  I you are craving a Americana flavored set of pouches, please take a look and email me ...
 I made these extra sets to offer to you guys to purchase...

Blue set:




Large and small pouch....34.00 total includes shipping....
one set available..  sold


Red set:


This red fabric is darling with the Americana pails.... I fell in love with it!
Large and small pouch set....34.00 includes shipping..
4 sets available...all sold...

I also have 3 sets of the red striped fabric...it resembles red ticking with a time worn feel..
My photo was blurry, but you see the fabric in the photo above in the blue set..
same price as others and a true winner!!!~~~~all sold~~~

Well, I have managed to devote today as a day in the craft room....3 finishing orders to complete and an Adam & Eve Sampler to relax with....

I hope everyone has a fantastic day....

Blessings,

Faye

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Emma Rose Freedom and a little Adam and Eve update....

Greetings this glorious Sunday morning!~~~

I am so happy to report that Emma Rose Freedom is now complete and happy to have her flag flapping in the wind....

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

Her willow tree managed to come into full bloom this week....

Her banner was completed to accentuate that it TRULY "tis a gift to be free!"


So, Emma now awaits her final finishing....Civil War reproduction fabrics will adorn and compliment her toned down patriotic shades....In a few weeks, I will be showing you the final result as the ideas are already swirling in my head...

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I had the chance to visit Raleigh yesterday with my dear friend Linda...She had discovered a shop at the NCState Flea Market that is loaded with the most heaveny goodies!
Lone Star Mercantile is chocked full of prim goodness.... Hand-dyed wools, overdye threads, linen, wonderful fabrics including flannels and silk matka's.... Lisa has tons of baskets, boxes and trays overflowing with prim goodies....Faded and worn items....New treasures that have the look of time worn goodness.... You really MUST visit the Lone Star Mercantile if/when you come to
Raleigh NC~~

Lets just say, I will not get into ALL the retail therapy I endulged in...But, I did come home with this lovely design...Which if I had not seen stitched up in person, I really may have not craved it like I do!
with thy Needle and Thread~~~A Stitchers Purse

When I saw the pinkeep model stitched up, it was heaven at first sight!! Also, check out the hand dyed silk ribbon she has at the shop....perfect for the rouching....I managed to come home with MANY yards of the taupes and grays....gorgeous stuff!


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Lastly, I do want share with you my progress on the Adam and Eve Sampler... Terri, Marylin and myself are forging along with the SAL.... I am pleased with my progress, however hope to devote all of my stitching time to it once school is over THIS FRIDAY...Can I get a Woo-Hoo?~~~

Adam and Eve Sampler
Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine
May 2009 edition
36 count linen

Adam and Eve finally arrived to the scene....

I'll let the photos speak for themselves....

More progress will follow on our next update in 2 Sundays....

Here's hoping everyone has a peaceful day...full of fun, fellowship and rest....

Many blessings....

Faye