Thursday, February 14, 2019

My Heart is Home

Happy Valentines Day!
I started this project two years ago and thought it was perfect for my February Stitch from My Stash challenge.

On Instagram, I posted my progress

with my new project bag...
more on that in my next post.
It was a quick stitch and now it is fully finished:

The chenille trim is "Watermelon Juice" from Dames of the Needle and it matches the floss used ~ "Jakey Brown" by Classic Colorworks perfectly!

I love the backing fabric that I found in my stash as well.

Last night I went to dinner with Mom and my sister to celebrate Valentines Day.

Mom surprised us each with this sweet ornament that she made from 
Rebekah L. Smith's "Stitching Smalls Cozy Hearts"

The back is as sweet as the front.
My sister also gave me a gift, but I will save that for its own post.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Wishing you each a Happy Valentines Day!

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A final "January" finish

This was my bonus project for finishing all of my Stitch from My Stash projects from January.

It was a fun little stitch - just a small part of a much larger design:

Maybe someday I will stitch the entire design...

I had an idea for my little stitch and I think that it worked:

I've had this old vintage granite ware container with lid for some time.
I added some green textured flannel for a little edge behind the stitched piece and applied it with magnets.

I also added the matching Needle Nanny to the front and some JABC pins to the top. 
I'm thinking that I'd like to stitch all four seasons of the trucks and 
switch them out each season. It makes a sweet little sewing box.

On to the February projects!

I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole being;
    and I will honor your name continuously.
For great is your gracious love to me;
    you’ve delivered me from the depths of Sheol.
~Psalm 86:12-13

Blessings, Patti

Monday, February 11, 2019

A great big finish for 2019!

"Snowy Days"
design by Heart to Hand

It's finished!
It was only 6 years in the making...

It's hard to take pictures this time of year 
between the short days and lack of sunlight.

I love all the different background wools.

I'm so happy with it. 
I'll be putting it away for next winter - but it will be a nice surprise to pull it out all finished then.

I love the brushed flannel that I chose for the the backing and the brushed cotton binding with a subtle stripe.

And here is Mom's version that I shared last year. 
She finished hers in about a month rather than 6 years lol!

Leia had to bring her toy Lambchop over right away to see my finish.

When I asked if she could please move, she ran right over to her brother for a snuggle 

and a nap.

I'm glad I picked a smaller project to finish up for February. :)

Teach me your ways, Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
        let me wholeheartedly revere your name.
~Psalm 86:11

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Stitch from my Stash ~ February Projects

My February Stitch from my Stash projects are ready to go!
I kitted and started this Blackbird Designs project several years ago, but then it was lost in the shuffle.
It will be finished this month :)

This kit was a Nashville exclusive release by Stacy Nash last year.
Let's see if I can get it done before all the great Nashville releases this year.

I think these two would be a good accomplishment for the short month of February, 
but then I came across this:

"Sweetheart Pincushion"
also by Blackbird Designs in their book "My Dear Hearts"
I had kitted this up at The Attic on a trip to Mesa, Arizona for Cubs spring training two years ago.
I better start stitching fast!

I did pick one wool applique kit from my stash.
It's a small one as I haven't finished January's project yet and am determined to do so before I start February's project:  

This was a class by Rebekah L. Smith for the From Our Hands Retreat last spring.

I have a good start on it, so I think I can finish rather quickly...
(Don't worry, I have another project on tap in case I have extra time lol!
Not from my stash, but a new project - "Cozy Heart Coasters" 

Wish me luck on having lots of finishes in this short month of February!

All the nations that you have established will come and worship you, my Lord.
        They will honor your name.
For you are great, and you are doing awesome things;
      you alone are God.
~Psalm 86:9-10

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Second Stitch From My Stash Finish!

"Snow Day"
by Prairie Schooler
Book #177 January

 I finished it up as a little pillow.
I tweaked the pups a bit to look like Peanut & Leia.
And I added a soft flannel binding along the edge of the pillow.

 When I focus on the cross stitch, it is hard to see the fabric trim.
The lighting this time of year is hard to work with.

It looks washed out here, but it is a soft flannel buffalo check.

On to February #stitchfrommystash projects!

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    attend to my prayer of supplication.
In my troubled times I will call on you,
    for you will answer me.
No one can compare with you among the gods, Lord;
    No one can accomplish your work.
~Psalm 86:6-8

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Winter Textile Antiques

I do love winter, but I think that I may be ready for a break.
Between all the snow that we have gotten this year and now the record breaking cold, I am ready to move on. I thought I would share a few antiques before I pack them away for another year.

I think that I have shared this punch rug before, but I love it so.

Last year I bought this large hooked rug at an estate sale.
It was rather dirty and dusty, so I used the snow technique to clean it.
With fresh frozen snow, cover it and gently rub it in. I let it sit for about an hour and then used a whisk broom to brush all the snow off. It works wonderfully and the rug never gets wet.

I love how it looks over the couch in our home office.
This stays out all year.
I don't have the heart to pack it away :)

I bought this punch needle at a different estate sale and also cleaned it in the snow.
It's still a bit stained, but I don't mind.

My last piece isn't a textile, but a sweet oil painting. 
What you can't tell from this picture is its diminutive size

So precious at only 4 by 6 inches.

*sigh* maybe I'm not ready for Winter to go after all, it's hard to pack these treasures away ;)
Your servant rejoices,
    because, Lord, I set my hope on you.
Indeed you, Lord, are kind and forgiving,
    overflowing with gracious love to everyone who calls on you.
~Psalm 86:4-5

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winter Wool Applique from Years Past

This polar vortex has been rough!
We were without internet, tv and our landline for almost 48 hours!
You don't realize how much you rely on them until you can't use them ;)

This is a sweet Maggie Bonanomi design from several years ago - 
part of the Maggie Club with Country Sampler.  

I think that this was also a Maggie Club kit with the Country Sampler

I smile when I pull them out each winter.

I love the graphics of this pillow.

I have to share the sweet snowman that my sister-in-law, Joy made.
Thank you for your continued prayers as Joy continues her chemo treatment.
She always says that crafting is the best therapy and I agree! 

Joy's daughter (and my niece), Dana, made this great snowflake sign!
I love it! You should see the fabulous Christmas tree that she made, but I packed it away before I took a picture - darn! You will definitely see it next Christmas.

I've been working away on "Snowy Days" by Heart to Hand.
My #stitchfrommystash project for January.

I finished this block on my surprise *cold* day of from work.
Wind chills were at -55!

Now I am stitching my blocks together.
I know that tomorrow is February 1st, but I am so close that I want to finish this one up.
I have picked my February #stitchfrommystash projects, but they will have to wait for another day...

Lord, listen and answer me,
    for I am afflicted and needy.
Protect me, for I am faithful;
    My God, deliver your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me Lord,
    for I call on you all day long.
~Psalm 86:1-3

Blessings, Patti