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

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