Thursday, March 26, 2015

March finishes...

This month is flying by and I haven't yet shared my Buttermilk Basin finishes for March.
Above is Buttermilk Basin's Year in Stitches - March

Buttermilk Basin's Live Simply
This is the May block, but I thought it went well with the March Calendar :)

I have to share a little trick I learned from blogs and Facebook.
I tried it out and it really works!

First trace words that you want to stitch on to 
Glad Press'n Seal

Believe it or not, it really sticks to wool!

Then stitch right through the Press'n Seal and the wool.

After it is all stitched, cut around the stitching, removing the large pieces of Press'n Seal.

It takes some time to gently pull the Press'n Seal out from the stitches, but I found it worth the time as I like how clean the stitching came out.

The final product:

Buttermilk Basin's Basin Banner - March
bound in tea dyed blush velvet.

This weekend my Mom and I are attending the International Quilt Show - Chicago!
Over 200 vendors! I can't wait. :)
I will take pictures and will be back with a full report!

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,"
~Ecclesiastes 9:10

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Inspired Trunk Show

As soon as I heard that Cathy of The Inspired Needle was hosting a Kathy Barrick trunk show, 
I knew that I had to sneak over there.
This was not to be missed. I didn't have more than an hour to spare, but off I went!

Oh my! I could have spent all day admiring the absolutely incredible models!
One more stunning than the next.

There were designs both old and new.

It was so wonderful to see again models for the patterns that I had just purchased at market night.

You see the lovely photos on the pattern covers, but to see them in person, 
you get to appreciate them on an entirely different level.

I usually avoid very large designs. My stitching time is very limited and I like to start a project that I know I can finish. I had glanced at "Mary Cotton" shown above, 
but look at the incredible detail in the bottom border:

Those little animals and flowers tugged at my heart. Just stitching the bottom alone would be oh so sweet.

This gorgeous design may not be big in stature, but look at the stunning solid stitching!

So many of these designs would be pretty to just stitch a portion of them.

Another one that caught my eye in person:

The deer, the snowflakes, the village, the urn - what's not to love?!

Maybe when I retire I can contemplate the bird above or these wonderful rabbits:

The frames are so perfect for them!

I wish I could have spent an entire day admiring them all.

Of course, you know that I couldn't leave without a few of them coming home with me :)
My choices:

Adam & Eve and Adam & Eve Revisited - some of the motifs reminded me of woolwork and penny rugs :)

and "Black Heart" I loved all the tiny motifs and I already have some ideas on finishing this one :)

It's not too late! If you are within a few hours of Lemont, Illinois you want to take the trip!
You have until the end of the month and you don't want to miss this opportunity!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
~Galatians 5:22-23

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Gifts from the heart

Gifts are always lovely to give and to receive, 
but gifts made by the hand from the heart are always extra special.
Unanticipated gifts are over the top!

I was lucky to "meet" Betty Dekat of primitivebettys right when I started my blog.
I was a big fan of her designs which you can see at her Etsy shop and on her blog.
Betty has always been a very generous person and shares many free designs on her blog.

I was so thrilled recently to find an unexpected box from her on my doorstep!

Inside I found this lovely treasure wrapped in the beautiful big red bow!

I am so very lucky! Betty is a master of so many mediums - from cross stitch to needle punch to rug hooking. She also refinishes and repurposes vintage and antique items.

Her latest foray has been weaving.
In her usual, wonderful, make-do style she has been using t-shirts and blue jeans in her weavings.

This beautiful rug is woven entirely of blue jeans.

I love the variety of the shades of blue from light and well-worn to dark and outgrown ;)

It's a work of art that I will have a hard time putting on the floor.

I have to find a place where it can be admired but not tread upon :)
Thank you ever so much Betty for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
I don't have big enough words to tell you how much this unexpected heartfelt gift means to me!!!

And I am so blessed that this isn't the only heartfelt gift that I received recently.

My Mom made this sweet Easter Egg mat for me!
I received it on my recent visit and put it out as soon as I got home!

And Mom didn't make just one, but three - one for my sister and one for my niece who recently got her own "grown-up" apartment.
Thank you so much Mom! 
I just love it!

I, in turn, brought her a little gift as well.
Colleen MacKinnon has a lovely blog filled with tutorials.
You  can view her blog here
Recently she shared how to make wonderful pentagon boxes.
I immediately ordered her sweet pentagon box kit from her Etsy Shop which you can find here.

Before utilizing my lovely new kit, I thought I would make a "practice" box.
So I made my Mom this.

Using a variety of neutral wool, a hand-dyed ribbon and an antique shoe button. 

I think Mom liked her new box :)

Now I have a few ideas for a few more heartfelt gifts that I would like to make and pass on...
I just need to find more time for all of my ideas!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessings, Patti

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pennies from Heaven ~ Vol. 4

Each time I go to visit my parents, I can't imagine that my Mom will have much more to share.
But she always does! :)
And I always think they can't get even better (how do you improve from perfection?), but they do!

First up in no particular order is a great triangle penny rug that fits perfectly in this wall basket. 
I love the colors!

Next up, just in time, this sweet Easter Egg mat.

Here it is with Mom's lantern and a daffodil egg that I made for Mom and Dad one Easter a few years back.
(I'm glad to see that she still likes it :)

Here's a different take on pennies.
It's amazing that with all the varied colors, they work so well together.

Even with all the overlapping pennies, Mom's stitches are still perfect.

And this is where it lives, under this pretty hurricane candleholder.

Mom was telling me that she was thinking about trying her hand at a tongue rug:

Of course it turned out lovely on her first try!

I think this is made from an old greenish-grey army blanket.

She found the perfect spot for it in her extremely organized craft corner.
(A trait unfortunately that I did not inherit.)

The bird pinkeep and the flower pinkeep are both made by the very talented Audrey of Bay Ray's Child. You can read her lovely blog here and see her sweet Etsy shop here.
Mom and I are both big fans of Audrey's work.
The dresden plate pinkeep on the right sitting in the basket is my mom's creation. I think I forgot to take a close up of it. 
In the antique sewing machine drawers, my mom has her small sewing supplies all organized. 
I also forgot to photograph the sweet scissor sheaths that she made for each of her scissors. 
Must remember to take photos on my next visit!

Mom finished this little pincushion while I was there - filled with crushed walnut shells.

Next up is this stunner!
"Avery's Teardrop" designed and kitted by Early Style Penny Rugs. You can view her Etsy shop here.
 Cee's inspiring blog can be found here.

The subtle aged colors are so peaceful.

Isn't this penny rug unique?!
I forgot to ask Mom who's design this is...
I love the combination of pennies and flowers
and the combinations of solids and textures.

So different and so lovely!

Can you believe that there are still more?!
And all these have been created since Thanksgiving!

Next up is this beauty based on a Maggie Bonanomi design. 
It was a runner, but mom made it fit into a circle.

So perfect in their sunroom!

Here you can see the entire mat.

Tiny perfect little stitches.

Mom and I had fun doing some color planning for her next project while I was visiting.
It's going to be a stunner for sure!

Oops, I almost forgot!
Mom is also participating in Stacy West's Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM.
You can read about it here.
The March pattern comes out tomorrow. I know someone that will be working on it right away :)

Mom decided to use an antique flour sack for her background fabric ~ a fabulous idea!

She's been so busy creating that she is just starting to stitch them, 
but they are probably all done by now :)

I love the soft colors that she chooses.

Well, can you believe all of Mom's creations?!?!
She is a wealth of ideas and concepts, always looking at designs in new ways.

There is just one more post from this trip, sharing a little exchange of gifts.

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." 
~2 Peter 1:3

Blessings, Patti