Sunday, November 30, 2014


I'm torn...
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is quickly approaching.
I really want to continue working on my abbreviated Turkey Hollow by Stacy Nash,
but my Christmas stitching season is here...

Now that I have a turkey completed, he keeps telling me not to put him aside...

And then there is this:

Maggie Bonanomi's latest club kit!
It was perfect for the three hour car ride to my parents' house for Thanksgiving.
I'm so close - should I keep on going and finish it up?
The Boxwood & Berries project is calling me back.
So hard to decide! Decisions, decisions...

Many of you asked about the stapling method that I have started using.
It was great for the car. I just use a regular stapler and roll the wool up to get to the center. 
I did put a long arm stapler on my Christmas list.

After I stitch an area,

Then I go back and bend the staple in half with my finger nail

Then the staple pops right out.

I took the tiny tin box that I just bought at the primitives show. 
I put a magnet sheet in the bottom of the box and am using it for my used up staples.
This way I won't accidentally spill them all over.

Well, I don't think there will be much stitching today as I am trying to finish decorating for Christmas. 
Back to work tomorrow and time is ticking... tick tock!

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
~Colossians 2:6-7

Blessings, Patti


edie said...

Patti, I have faced the same dilemma, so I've been alternating. I work on one piece (right now . . . Stacy's Miss Baxter's House), for one week, and then Land of the Free),for a week. I started this about a year ago, and I like it. When I first began, I alternated between a large project and a smaller one -- I finished three smalls and one large (all from Brenda Gervais), and I think I prefer the small/large best. For me, this method works well. I very much appreciate how you alter designs for your needs and likes, and frequently I much prefer what you have done over the original design. I've learned a lot from you. Love your blog, and thank you for sharing the pictures of your travels -- your blog is never boring! Have a happy, healthy, and joyful Christmas and New Year.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

I love all of your projects ~ I really try hard to finish seasonal things, so keep at it if you can! then, you'll have your beautiful pieces to display next Autumn :)
I love to staple too , love that stapler you're using! is it old??
Blessed be,

Susan said...

First love your work. Also could you tell me how to join the Maggie B kit club. I have just discovered her work and would love to get a monthly surprise. Thanks so much.

paulette said...

Decisions...decisions...of the BEST kind!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your Thankgiving mat!!!

paulette said... the Thanksful pattern in a book...or is it a pattern?? Thanks...

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh...golly...I try to finish seasonals before I move on because if I don't, then...bad! :)
I love the Ever Thankful applique piece. CUTE!

primitivebettys said...

Beautiful works as always, Patti :-) In my opinion, you should keep finishing these pieces... November isn't over yet. You have all day today! Love the magnet in the box too!!!

primdollie said...

I'm so very happy I found your lovely blog and such beautiful work!I am just getting back into sewing and stitching some prim things again and I would love to find out how to get on Maggie B's kit club as I love her work too, but can't seem to find a blog or where to sign up for the kits etc! could you be so kind as to let me know? thanks so much! I will continue to follow your blog! one day I hope to restart mine but for now I am just trying to stay busy so as not to worry over my poor brother who is slowly dieing of brain cancer. thanks for all the inspiration.! hugs Linda

Orange Sink said...

Hi Patti,
I love all of your projects! I love working on things in season also. If I'm really close to finishing one I try to get it done... so am usually working on three or four things at once! Drives me crazy!!
I eyed that stapler too... looks like it might be a vintage one? I need a long arm stapler and will be on the hunt for one now... do you know of a source?
Happy decorating!!
Cathy G

Anonymous said...

I think that I'm in the minority here :-) when I say that you shouldn't feel guilty to move on to another project. The Maggie Boxwood and Berries is so stunning. It looks like she mixed in some linen with the wool. Love all the photos that you share. Mouse

Berit said...

Oh, Lord! That Butterscotch SN Turkey piece is divine! Love these pics you've shared of it--well-shot, indeed.

Angela said...

Thanks for the stapler tip! I just opened my MB kit last night and now I know how to keep bits of wool from flying all over the place..... or keeping them from busy kitty paws.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I feel the same and have found I need to stick with it, when I lay them aside I might not pick it back up.
I like the way your staple technique is looking, I will have to try it.
Both your projects are lovely!