Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Stitch SAL

Before we left for the Corvette show, I finished part 1 of the Mystery SAL that Carol from IStitch has formed. I tossed threads on the quilt in my bedroom and came up with DMC 3064 and Gloriana Olivine on unknown linen in my stash. The next post of this piece will be the finish - which won't happen until November since Carol is releasing this in parts. I will use the finished piece in my bedroom - either as a wall hanging or a small pillow.

I can't get a small enough picture to post that will still enable you to see the piece, but also protect the designer from anyone enlarging and printing the design. I respect Carol's wishes, so you'll see the end result later in the year.

I am stitching this mystery in honor of our 41st wedding anniversary (8/29). When we got married, we knew not where we were heading and what lied ahead, but we were together and that was what counted.


Some stitching to show

One of my favorite designers is Carol from IStitch. In a recent exchange with Marcy for the Fair and Square group, I stitched "SEW FORTH" by Carol. It was pastel, sampler like and just called to me based on what Marcy wrote that she liked. I stitched with the HDF just as Carol called for and I couldn't be happier with the finish. The back square was kept simple with just our initials and three hearts.

Last week was certainly different - first the tremors from earthquake, which I felt in Pittsburgh and then Hurricane Irene wrecking havoc on millions of people. In the midst of this, we were in central PA at the annual Corvette show with our dear friends from Massachusetts. Due to the weather, they headed home on Saturday instead of Sunday, but not before I had 3 full days of one-on-one with their sweet 5-year-old daughter Rebecca. What a blessing to have a child put their arms around you and tell you she loves you.

And what a blessing - our family and friends who were in the path of Irene are safe with minimal damages.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

She's alive!

I am still around - keeping busy with work and stitching and reading other's blogs. I need to get more disciplined about staying in touch.

Tax season is long past, but still there are tax returns on extension (which is good for the checkbook) and other work to do. A hot, lazy summer has only added to my laziness. Oh....and a new Kindle, which has increased my reading time. There's still a pile of paperbacks and hardbacks calling my name, but the e-reader is certainly easier to carry and hold.

Our son moved to St. Simon's Island GA in July and that added to confusion and time as he needed help packing up the apartment and oh yes..bringing furniture back home that wasn't destined for the move, but also wasn't ready for donation. We're very glad that he's now an Assistant Professor of English at Coastal George College, but he's also 800 miles away. And I don't fly. Hard to let them go so far away.

I have one meager posting today - my squares received from Marcy M from PA in the Fair and Square exchange. She dyed the fabric with Rit blue denim dye and did this cute snowman for me in hardanger. ::sigh:: Someday I'll learn how to do that too. If only you could see how beautiful her stitching is in person - truly lovely!!

Have other finishes and postings - will try to do that over the weekend. I am currently working on old WIP's and will be starting the Mystery SAL with Carol R from iStitch. Also have a class project for a fall retreat, but still figuring out where to begin stitching! Looking forward to meeting up with Lee and Carol tomorrow for some stitching and a general catching up.