Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Fully finished for Summer!

“Truckin Along - June”
By Stitching with the Housewives

I really like this series! Monthly designs are so fun.
I’m debating whether I want to take the leather handles off the basket...
I think it will be cute hanging on a wall.

I’ve been able to fully finish a few things to enjoy this summer...

“Star Spangled”
By Stone Street Stitchworks

One of my favorite stitches of 2019. 
Now on display to really enjoy 😊 

“July’s Celebration”
By Blackbird Designs
From their book “A Fine Collection”

I stitched this so many years ago - probably the year that the book came out.
It’s stitched over one so it is rather tiny and I never could decide how to finish it.
I think that it looks right at home finished simply in this tiny basket.

“Liberty Sewing Pouch”
By Stacy Nash Primitives

Another over one stitch from many years ago.

Another simple finish, but it really focuses on the stitching.

“Old Glory”
What’s in my cup series
By Stitching with the Housewives

I stitched this last month and really enjoyed this quick stitch.
I had fun with the rick rack too 😉

Perfect for a little shelf

And it joins some finishes from past years.

“Truckin Along - July”
By Stitching with the Housewives

This is an abbreviated version as I had an idea as to how I wanted to finish it

I finished it on a little wooden crate filled with gingham stars.
I thought it would go perfect here:

Those little pennants reminded me of my patriotic Rae Dunn pottery.
Don’t they look great together?

And finally my most recent finish:

An abbreviated version of 
“Star Spangled Swine Farm”
By Hands On Design

I’m enjoying these finished patriotic stitches 
and now I’m ready for stitching sunflowers and bumblebees for August!

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.
People look at the outward appearance,
But the Lord looks at the heart”
~ 1 Samuel 16:7

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A Perfect Pandemic Vacation

I don’t leave the house much, let alone go on vacation 

 But our week at the cabin in the north woods seemed perfect this year!

We spent many hours in our kayaks.
We love watching the loon families.

I love time spent in a kayak.
I saw a creature swimming quickly across the river at one point and had to follow it to see what it was
 We’ve seen muskrats, otters and mink in the past.
This time it was ...

A snake! I’m not sure what kind of snake, but it sure could swim fast!

I brought this tote bag filled with one EPP project, two wool appliqué projects, and countless cross stitch projects 😉
So what did I work on?

 I did some wool appliqué on the golf course as is tradition.

 I finished
 June Truckin Along
By Stitching with the Housewives 
(I was close to finishing before we left.)

And I finished an abbreviated version of
July Truckin Along
By Stitching with the Housewives

We didn’t go out for dinner as we usually would, but cooked at our cabin instead.
And we didn’t shop much but there were a few shops that we were comfortable going to as masks were required and social distancing and hand sanitizing enforced.

 I was so happy to find some treasures are River’s Edge Antiques & Quilt Loft.

This needle and pin book was destined to return to Chicago and the etched scissors are so sweet.

I found a few thimbles for my collection

When I got home I discovered a tiny note stuck in this thimble advertising Monarch Ranges - what a treasure!
And the find that made my heart skip a beat:

A baby shoe last with the unfinished baby shoe still on it.❤️

Look at the amazing sole

Size 2 - so tiny!

It does my heart and soul good to spend some time in nature!

Mom and I are hoping to go on a little adventure in a week.
Please keep your fingers crossed for us that it will be safe for us to do so.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Blessings, Patti

Friday, July 17, 2020

Lovely Designs of Rebekah L. Smith

“Thistles Table Runner”
By Rebekah L. Smith

 I started this runner at a class with Rebekah L. Smith (and my Mom) at Wheaten Woolens in June 2017.

In October 2019, I worked on it a lot while with my Bittersweet Stitching Sisters.
But I didn’t finish it.

Finally this May I finished it! 
And I am so thrilled with it 😄
It was so worth sticking with it!

I love the mix of the linen and wool.

The specialty stitches really make it.

And I love all the memories that it holds.

“Sweet Summer Harvest”
By Rebekah L. Smith

After I finished the Thistles Table Runner, I knew I wanted to stitch a small and this sweet design really filled the ticket. I have one more “Stitching Small” in the works and then it’s on to something even bigger 😉

Thank you Rebekah for such wonderful inspiring designs!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
~ Romans 1:16

Blessings, Patti

Monday, July 6, 2020

A few more spring finishes...

Where does the time go? 
It keeps flying by at break neck speed.

I realized that I forgot to share a few finishes...

“Strawberries & Stripes”
By With Thy Needle and Thread

I’m really enjoying this candle holder as a finishing piece. 
So easy to switch out...

Here was another finish from earlier in the spring

“Grow Whirligig”
By Heart in Hand Needleart

I’m sure I’ll find some more round designs to fit this piece 😉

I also fully finished 
“Rabbit Run”
Book #194
By Prairie Schooler

A perfect pandemic stitch that will be ready for next Easter.

I need to get busy as I have all these summer pieces waiting to be fully finished!

 In that day you will say:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name
make known among the nations what he has done 
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
~Isaiah 12:4

Blessings, Patti

Monday, June 15, 2020

Stitching with Mom & Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 23

For the past several years, Mom and I have gotten together on Memorial Day weekend to create a pincushion together. This year it was:
“Slice ‘o Summer”
By Maggie Bonanomi
Originally from the Country Sampler Maggie Club
Now published in Maggie’s Book “Pure & Simple”

I so look forward to our stitching projects together...

I also have to share two of Mom’s fabulous finishes

“Wool Sampler”
By Maggie Bonanomi

Stitched on an old feedsack

You can still see faint signs of the feedsack - love that!

And I love how Mom put her labels in the center of each flower on the back.

And this amazing masterpiece:

“Fish Tales”
By Jan Mott for Crane Designs

This piece is so amazingly realistic!

The details, colors and shading really make a statement!

I can’t stop admiring it,

Truly a work of art!

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
~Ephesians 3: 17-19

Blessings, Patti

Monday, June 8, 2020

A Finish!

You would think that with a world wide pandemic and extended stay at home orders, that I would find plenty of time to blog, but alas I have not. I have been working remotely (mostly) and putting in a lot of overtime. I have managed a bit of stitching - always perfect for stress relief! 

And I have a finish that I am absolutely thrilled with!

"Raspberry Harvest Sewing Basket & Chatelaine"
an OCSG 2019 exclusive 
by Stacy Nash

It fits in perfect in my Stacy Nash corner for the month of June 
(see the whole corner in the first picture)

Just in time for raspberry season here on Winding Vine!

I was so happy with the basket alone,
but the accessories really make it.

I switched up the design and took snippets of the designs from the basket
for the front of the needlebook

and the back.

Love the oval pin disk

and the scissor pocket - front

and back.

One of my favorite sayings is so true here - 
Done is better than perfect! 
At least in my view ;) 

I know that I have shared the other finishes on display in this little corner,
but they are some of my favorites...

Another sewing basket with a sweet vintage rosebud fabric

and a little bud on the bottom.

A tray and a sewing pocket.
(The sweet Scattered Seeds Sampler strawberry was moved to another location with my newest finish moving in.) 

A little sewing roll up - front 

and back.

And another needlebook.

This little corner just makes me smile whenever I walk past.

Several weeks ago, Mom and I spent a lovely afternoon together stitching 
and I hope to share that sooner rather than later!

I hope that each of you and your families are safe and well.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
~Ephesians 3:16-17

Blessings, Patti