Monday, February 27, 2017

Final February Finishes & A Winner

For most of the month of February, I have been working on
"Where The Heart Is"
a design by Rebekah L. Smith and kitted by Attic Heirlooms.

The design took a bit longer with all the blanket stitches and embroidery stitches, but is definitely worth it.

It also has multiple layers and keeps building up.

With the unusually warm February weather, I was even able to work on it for a bit outside while the pups enjoyed running in the yard.

Finally it was time to add the scalloped border.

Once it was blanket stitched, the last touch was to add stars, back it and add a tag.
I was so excited when it was completed, that I wanted to take a picture right away.
Of course my helper/shadow came running to help:

Peanut, you are a very handsome boy, especially with your haircut,
 but we can't see the whole mat.
My son had to hold him for me to take the picture :)

Here it is completed!

And tagged. I always like to add something that was happening while I stitched it.

I also had a cross stitch finish
"Endless Hearts" by Threadwork Primitives

And now it is time to pick a winner of my little giveaway.
It was so much fun to read what type of needles you like - lots of fans of John James and Bohin needles! Also mentions for DMC and Hiroshima needles and Primitive Gatherings needles too. There were mentions of sizes too from #10 milliners to straw needles. The Clover Black Gold #10 needles came up a few times for English Paper Piecing. I probably shouldn't admit that within 15 minutes of trying a black gold needle I snapped it in half. I guess I'm a bit rough on my needles! Maybe I should give them another try. It's fun to try different needles since it isn't a big investment. I have to say, that like others who posted, I usually have a tendency to use whatever needle I grab first for handsewing, EPP and wool, but I now find that I just can't cross stitch without my favorite John James Petite ;)

Thank you so much for the 38 entries! I wish that I could send each of you a pack of new needles! Today's winner through is #5 Mary Anne F! Mary Anne, you are a no-reply blogger, so I cannot contact you directly. Please send me an email at by March 6th with your mailing address so that I can send out your prize.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
~I Corinthians 13:13 

Blessings, Patti


The Eveningstitcher said...

Oh I love your applique mat! So beautiful...and I think your little pooch looks quite comfortable and at home on sweet!!

Linda said...

You're mat is just beautiful The stitching is so neat and the Heart stitch is very pretty Thanks for sharing Like the idea of telling alittle of what's going on in the label

linda m

denise said...

Love the applique!

annie said...

That is a beautiful project!
I loved your helper?
Congrats to your winner!

Rugs and Pugs said...

LOVE your RLS finish. Aw, Peanut is just too cute and he's probably thinking you haven't posted a pic of him in a long time!
Very cool label.
Hugs :)

Marilyn said...

This is beautiful!
I guess peanut think so too. :)

Farmhouse prims said...

I love your projects, gorgeous as always. Congratulations to the winner of your awesome giveaway. hugs, Lecia

blueladie said...

Your finish is wonderful!!! I so love it! Thanks for the picture and congratulations to your winner. :D Cathryn

Paula DiMattei said...

What a lovely finish. I have a couple of fur babies who also seem to claim many of my projects (and my comfy hand stitching chair) their own. I love how you jot down a little bit of history that is going on in your life to include in the label. Makes things all the more special.

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your new little mat! I like the contrasting thread and need to remember to do that sometimes - it really makes a nice statement. I've recently started using the Bohin needles for wool applique and I like them more than any of the others that I've tried.

Fran Caswell said...

Patti, your mat is beautiful. I just finished the same one! I love your tag. That is a great way to keep the memories. Congratulations to Mary Anne.