Monday, July 20, 2015

Embroidery update

Been just plugging along on this embroidery project. I've put myself on a technology fast, I'm trying to get away from spending the majority of my time with a screen. So as a result this little pattern has been coming along nicely. Maybe in another month or so it will be done. :)

Pattern by Clementine Pattern Co

New Project: Cottage of the Month

I couldn't help myself, I started a new project. It was too cute to resist. I saw a few of these cottages floating on Pinterest and thought they were too cute. And then I saw someone put all 12 onto one piece of fabric and I knew right then I would have to do it too.

I decided to start with the center cottages and work outward. I bought my fabric and two cottages (May & August) at After seeing some of the great personalizations others did, I plan on doing a few of my own as well. I want to include a little symbol for each person in our family for their birthday month, and then I plan on putting some wedding rings in our wedding anniversary month.

This one is going to take awhile and with 3 other embroidery projects going, I have a feeling it may take a whole year to get done. But I'm enjoying the process along the way.

Fabric: 14 count Aida in Vintage Country Mocha
Patterns by Country Cottage Needleworks

Some great examples of what others are doing found here

Monday, June 22, 2015

Laced and framed

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon lacing and framing my 'Blessed' embroidery. With it being such an odd size (8" x 6") I first got an estimate for custom framing at Joann's. It would have been $50+ for the frame and glass, a bit too expensive but I wanted to know just in case. I wandered around the frame aisles hoping to find something close enough in size. And I did! I found a 9" x 7" frame on sale for 40% off. Less than $20 beats $50+ any day. :)

I used this tutorial for lacing the fabric and I found the acid-free foam board at Walmart. I even remembered to print up a label and put it on the back of the board for future reference.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and now it's safely behind glass for all to enjoy. Hopefully, for years to come. :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Holly's Tree Farm block of the month

My first two blocks for the Holly's Tree Farm block of the month arrived today! The fabric arrived on Monday and I can't wait to get started! This is going to be one cute quilt.

They even sent an adorable mini block ornament. So cute! I think I may gift the ornament but the quilt is all mine. :)

One thing I did notice is that the embroidery instructions listed the same floss colors as the Feed Company BOM. But if you look on the quilt pattern (where it lists the fabric requirements) you will find the list of colors needed for Holly's Tree Farm.

If you're stitching along, here are the embroidery colors that you need (all DMC):

Red: 816
Green: 471
Blue: 503
Grey: 640
Cream: 746

Monday, June 15, 2015

One finished and another started

I finished my 'Blessed' embroidery project last Saturday.

And I started my new project Sunday. :)

I plan on having the 'Blessed' embroidery framed and hung up. My new project comes from Clementine Pattern Co., it is part of their 4 seasons series. This one is summer. I plan on doing all 4 seasons and then hanging them up when done. I love all their designs, after I get done with the seasons I hope to do a few more.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2015 Finish: Feed Company BOM

My first finish of 2015!

I had cut the fabric a week or so ago but Sunday I got the urge to sew the quilt top together. I sewed the quilt top minus the borders that day and yesterday I put the borders on. I'm so pleased with how it came out!

I have no idea when this will be quilted. I plan on mimicking the quilting used on the original, so I need to save my pennies for a custom job. My hope is to have it quilted by the end of this year, but who knows if that will happen. But I'm so glad this is one quilt top I can cross off my list.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WIP: Fair Isle Fir Trees

I got my burst of motivation last night and finished up the Fair Isle blocks. Just like with the poinsettias, I had to cut a few pieces from scrap because the originals ended up being 1/4" too small. I don't know if it's my fabric choices, piecing or cutting that's causing this issue but I'm glad that I have quite a bit of scraps! :)

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