Monday, March 18, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~ a wee bit late

"Little Shamrocks"
by Pineberry Lane

Shamrock thread holder by Notforgotten Farm

Finished in the nick of time!

I love to combine all forms of needlework that I love ~
Cross stitch and English Paper Piecing on the front and a little wool applique on the back.

 I am so happy with my Stitch from My Stash finishes that I completed so far this month.
I think that they look so sweet together.

Whenever I see daffodils at the market,
some must come home with me.

It makes me think that Spring might arrive after all...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope
 by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
~ Romans 15:13

Blessings, Patti

Friday, March 15, 2019

Little Lambs Eat Ivy

Last year at From Our Hands, Mom and I took the Lamb on the Hill Sewing Box class 

We made our sheep and most of the box in class, and then somehow I let it sit for almost a year.

This is Lori's sweet model for the class and what we aspired to create.

Are you ready to see my finish?

Here it is!
I decided to place my lamb on a hilltop meadow of flowers. 

I am so thrilled with how it turned out!
Mom and I were apprehensive, but Lori walked us through each and every step.

I was excited when I realized that I have a Lehay's shaker carrier in the same color to match my sewing box! 

Another Stitch from My Stash Finish!

Can you tell that I am smitten with this little fellow?

I may have added too many flowers, I haven't quite decided yet.

This is something that I never would have attempted on my own.
Who knew that I could do it?!

Registration is open now for this year's From Our Hands ~ Creative retreat next month.

Thank you so much Rebekah and Lori Ann for expanding my creative horizons and bringing me out of my comfort zone!

“Do not be afraid, because I’ve redeemed you.
    I’ve called you by name;
        you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I’ll be with you;
    and through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you.
when you walk through fire you won’t be scorched,
    and the flame won’t set you ablaze.
~Isaiah 43:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nashville Market Night 2019

Last week I attended Nashville Market Night at Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL.
I am sorry to say that I didn't take any photos in the shop  this year.
There were so may wonderful things to choose from, that I was like a kid in the candy store and was constantly distracted by all the stitchy goodness!

As you can see I had to buy all the new Blackbird books!
Each one is a treasure trove of ideas and I really love to look through their books when I am too tired to stitch :)

I also purchased these two seasonal designs.
Sew sweet!

You know that I HAD to purchase The Scarlett House's Morning Walk and 
you can probably guess that the dogs will get shorter and longer ;) 

The surprise find for me is "Happiness is Homemade" chock-full with both recipes and small cross stitch designs! What more could you ask for?! I already found a few must stitch small designs :)

And the Ode to the Ort box kit was tops on my list after missing the ort basket last year. 
I think that this might be the first thing that I stitch from market, but first...

I need to finish up my Stitch from Stash projects for March.
Here is a little start - I better keep my fingers moving!

I did finish my wool project for March and I am absolutely thrilled with it!
Wait until you see...

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in union with the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.
~Romans 8:38-39

Blessings, Patti

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Perfect Sentiment

"Promise of  Spring"
design by Silver Creek Samplers

When I was digging in craft corner for my March projects,
I found this piece that I stitched way back in 2014, but never fully finished.

It's a sentiment that really touched me in the moment as I am feeling like this winter is lasting forever, so I had to fully finish immediately!

I thought the white chenille trim set it off well.
Another Stitch from my Stash finished!

"Sweet Clover Girl"
from "Little Shamrocks"
design by Pineberry Lane 
stitched up quickly.

As did "Basket 'O Luck"
I did tweak the little bunnies just a bit.

Time to fully finish!
I have some ideas, but need to still work on finding the right fabrics from my stash...

Thank you so much for the continued good wishes!
My shingles are starting to heal, but I am still dealing with complications 
and it is taking longer to recover than I had hoped. At least I can still stitch!

And please keep my dear sister-in-law, Joy in your prayers as she continues on her chemo journey...

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 
who comforts us in all our troubles, 
so that we can comfort those in any trouble 
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, March 3, 2019

March Stitch from my Stash Projects

My Stitch from my Stash projects are all set for March! First up are:
"Little Shamrocks"
by Pineberry Lane

I kitted these up last spring, but then never started them. 
Hopefully one or two will be fully finished by Saint Patrick's Day!

 "Have Ye Any Wool?"
by With Thy Needle and Thread

I bought the pattern and kitted this at the Nashville Market night last year.
Since Nashville 2019 is going on right now, I thought I should get this started!

My wool project for March is:
Lamb on a Hill Sewing Box
by Lori Ann Corelis
this is another class project that I took at From Our Hands 2018.

It shouldn't take long to complete.

I started Pineberry Lane's "Sweet Clover Girl".
It should be a quick stitch!

I'm enjoying my Notforgotten Farm thread keep while I work on this project :)

Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
~1 Corinthians 13:13

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Handful of Posies

This Stitch from my Stash project was a market kit by Stacy Nash for the Nashville 2018 market.
I wanted to finish it before all the new things come out this weekend at Nashville 2019 market ;)

I posted progress pics on Instagram.

and finished the stitching fairly quickly.

I am just tickled with the fully finished pin disk!

As you can see, I did tweak the hand a bit to my liking.
I decided to make the stitched heart checkered so as to eliminate the outline backstitch.
And I changed the basket to a softer black.

I am so pleased that I think I will leave it out past February to enjoy it a bit longer.

I like the backing fabric included in the kit.

Here you can see the side detail of ribbon, stitched X's, and pins.

So sweet!

I didn't finish my final February Stitch from my Stash project, but I did make progress:

I stitched a bit on this while in the hospital.
I was so thrilled when the border worked out and met where it should!
But I think I am ready to move on to some spring projects and will put this down for another day...

"Love never fails."
~1 Corinthians 13:8

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Another Valentine Finish

When I revealed my February Stitch From My Stash projects,
I shared this Wooly Heart unfinished class project by Rebekah L. Smith.
I was so glad I picked a smaller project after my large "Snowy Days" from last month.

"Wooly Heart Pocket"
by Rebekah L. Smith 
From Our Hands workshop 2018 

Here is the finish!
The wool forms a little wooly pocket to add flowers, valentines, etc.
The beautiful comb painted heart is by Peter & Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.

It was a fun quick stitch and I am not sure why I hadn't finished it sooner.

I used Rustic Wool Moire threads in Rebekah's standard colors
and enjoyed the specialty stitches.

For those that follow me on Instagram,
you know that I was hospitalized unexpectedly for three days this past weekend. 
I was diagnosed with shingles on Friday. The shingles are on my face and scalp. They were moving towards my eye and two friends in the healthcare field suggested I go to the ER. Once there, they realized that I am on immune suppressants and admitted me for IV antivirals. 
I am at home now with my comfort pups :)
Thanks so much for all of your well wishes! They mean so much!

Love never is resentful;
is never glad with sin;
she’s always glad to side with truth,
    and pleased that truth will win.

She bears up under everything;
    believes the best in all;
there is no limit to her hope,
    and never will she fall.
~Corinthians 13:6-7

Blessings, Patti

Friday, February 22, 2019

A lovely gift!

Years ago when I was knitting, I started this tote bag. 
My knitting friends taught me how to knit on circular needles on a trip to Galena.
It's a lot of knitting! I knitted about a quarter of it, then packed it away.
A while back, I gave 95% of my knitting supplies to my sister ~ the knitter extraordinaire!
Of course, she considered it a quick knit ;)

Here is her family's new cat, Jack, modeling the knitted tote - it is more true to color here.

Guess what?!?!
My sister gifted me with the felted tote for Valentine's Day!
Am I lucky or what?!?!
My intention was never to have her give me the finished product ~ truly!

Don't you love how fuzzy it is?
Thank you ever so much Sis!
I love it so!!!

Love is always patient;
    love is always kind;
love is never envious
    or arrogant with pride.
Nor is she conceited,
and she is never rude;
she never thinks just of herself
    or ever gets annoyed.
~1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Blessings, Patti

Monday, February 18, 2019

My Favorite Project Bags

So many have commented on my Instagram posts about my project bags that 
I just had to share my new favorite project bags!
And when I saw this one, I knew that I had to have it :)

You can find them on Nikki's Notables Etsy Shop - just click here.

Aren't the details wonderful - including this sweet removable zipper pull?
I love the clear vinyl window - you know exactly what project is in it before opening it.
(And it is easier to find things inside.)

I loved it so much, that I ordered a second bag pretty quickly!
This is the small size and fits perfectly in my purse.
It is made of a soft and cozy flannel that was perfect all winter long.

And look at the sweet zipper pull on this bag :)

Nikki recently came out with a new size that fits 8.5 by 5.5 size patterns perfectly.
Yep, I had to order another bag - especially when I saw the fabrics!

Love it!

and the knitted sweater zipper pull.

and Nikki has a new matching notions bag too!

This is perfect for my wool applique - a few spools of thread, small ruler, scissors, pins and needles and I am all set to go!

Be sure to stop by the Nikki's Notables shop - but don't buy them all - leave some for me ;)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor anything above, nor anything below, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is ours in union with the Messiah Jesus, our Lord.
~Romans 8:38-39

Blessings, Patti