Quiet and Relaxation

I'm glad you could visit. My stitching brings me joy and is a source of relaxation. Visit often and feel free to leave comments.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Progress & a finish

The first is an ornament that I had started quite some time ago and found when going through my ornament issues, so I finished him up.
Ewe & I & Friends
over 1 on linen
Here is my start on LK's mystery sampler. I'm doing it over 2 on a fabric that scanned in it's color but isn't showing here in my preview(hope it shows up as yellow and sparkly as it really is....it looks great with the sparkles and the colors called for.
Lizzie Kate
Hearts & Holly Mystery sampler
over 2 on Newcastle 40ct opal polished brass

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A bit of catch up and show n tell

First, a wonderful Christmas wish list was started, I was able to grant a wish and my wish was granted 5 fold. I wished for any one of the parts of Lizzie Kate Hearts and Holly mystery sampler....I received from Leslie all 3 parts and 2 pieces of her wonderful hand dyed fabric to try. Under the Sea Fabrics is her site for these yummy colors and many more. 1 piece is 32 Belfast and one is 36 Edinburgh.

Next up is a finish. It is from a past JCS ornament issue. 
Drawn Thread
Miniature Bellpull ornament
over 1 on linen
 And last but NOT least....Christmas eve I received the redwork blocks I stitched finished as a quilt(wall hanging) all pieced and hand quilted by my Mom. I'm going to try and get a better photo of it and see if I can't get one to show the wonderful quilting on it and show it in a later post. You can click on any pictures to see them closer up.
Crabapple Hill
Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 20, 2013

A finish- sort of

This is a finish for me except for personalizing. The designer was originally going to make it a wedding sampler which is an idea that I liked. She ended up making it a memory sampler of her childhood. I left off the motifs that mean something to her and decided I will put in the names and date for a wedding day. That part has to be charted out yet and stitched but otherwise the piece is done. This is all that I would show anyway as I'd block out the names so here she is. 

Stacy Nash
Tribute to Summer sampler
over 2 using Gast on 36 ct. Meadow Rue

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ta da

This is one of the projects I started on our snowy day this weekend. I am on an over 1 kick for a while. This is on 28ct. evenweave.

Little House Needleworks
Faith, Hope, Love

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Our first significant snow of the season. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A finish and a delivery

Delivered SL Purple Passion to it's owner. They loved it as much as I do.  Itching to start Bruce's Brilliant Blue but have to wait for some anchor colors to come to me and the fabric. Didn't have a large enough antique white for it and I think it needs to be on the light color.

Here is a finish for an RR I'm in.
Yellow flag

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Presenting Purple Passion

I didn't take the time to scan in the finish 2 pages ago....the last 4 pages were minimal stitching so here she is fully completed and ready to go to her new home. With railroading and using Anchor(which is supposed to be thicker) there isn't as much coverage in some areas that I'd like. But I won't be examining it up close like when stitching and hopefully it's admirers won't either. Kind of like 'if you see my dust you came to my house for the wrong purpose'. ;)
Silver Lining
Purple passion
2 over 2 on 32 ct.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Finish Finishes

Here are some ornaments I've just finished putting together....I need to look a couple of them up to see the designer and pattern name. All are from past JCS ornament issues. Some are for Christmas exchanges
Blue Ribbon Designs ?

Hands to work

This one is for me...past ornament kit exchange and we put them together

Fresh Fallen snow
This on Christi received/stole in gift exchange(rob your neighbor)

Full Circle
This one Christi received at our club Christmas party
I will soon have another 2 pages done on the Silver Lining to show you...these next showings are 2 pages at a time because the pages are very little stitching each....2 sets of them and it will be finished and ready to go to it's recipient to frame as she chooses.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

more done

I finished the 4th page, each page is getting smaller so I'm very close to being done. This is a very enjoyable stitch.
Silver Lining
Purple Passion
over 2 on 32ct. linen

Here is my first Silver Lining done in 2005.
Silver Lining
Genie's Blue Blast
over 2 on 28 ct. evenweave

Monday, November 25, 2013

SLPP progress

3rd page is done and a start on the 4th page.
Silver Lining
Purple Passion

Saturday, November 23, 2013


I have updated my sale tab/page here. Many more items at my photobucket page.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New week update

Here is my 2nd page done ( in 2 weeks). There are 8 pages in total and I started with the fullest coverage pages first. Several have just a tiny bit of stitching on them, so it won't be 8 weeks on this piece.
Silver Lining
Purple Passion

Monday, November 18, 2013

Purple Passion

Here is my progress after finishing 1 page.
Silver Lining
Purple Passion
over 2 on 32 ct. linen

Friday, November 15, 2013

WIPs update

I don't have a finish to show...I did stitch up a model for a designer but can't show it. I thought I would post my progress on several WIPS and a couple of new additions. Two of these don't have much more to show than the last time for them but there is SOME new stitching in them. LOL
Moira Blackburn
Three things sampler
40ct. linen over 2
Rosewood Manor
Spring Quakers
over 1 on Valor fabric

Silver Lining
Purple Passion

Stacy Nash
Tribute to Summer Sampler

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween past revisited

We aren't doing Halloween here tonight...we had Trunk or Treat on Sunday night and there aren't trick or treaters here in our subdivision anyway.
So to put a little bit of Halloween to the day, here are some Halloween pieces I've had done and are ones that are actually finished in some form....reminds me I need to sit down and do a bunch of finishing to be able to show off others finished.
Blackbird Designs
Pumpkin Farm
Waxing Moon
Witches Garden
Stitcher's Hands
Stars in their eyes
Halloween Fairy
Sweetheart Tree
Happy Halloween
Judith Kirby
Victorian House #9
Sweetheart Tree
Sweetheart Tree
Trick or Treat

Monday, October 21, 2013

Carving a Pumpkin

This was a fun stitch. I've had the chart for years and had fabric pulled for it....glad I waited because I'm in my over 1 phase again and I'm glad I did it over 1. It's the backside of a chart.
Curtis Boehringer
All Hallow's eve
over 1 on 28 ct.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This was the adorable ornament I received from Ginger in our Fall ornament exchange.

I also received some yummy candycorn/peanut mix....guess I will have to share that with the family. ;)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Whipping up the WIPS

I finished up another short term wip. This will be made into an ornament in the next few weeks.

Christmas night

Monday, September 30, 2013

Love Blackbird and over one

I just finished up this Blackbird piece. I did it over 1 on 28 ct. and am ready to continue pieces over 1 for a while. It sure makes it possible to display more when most pieces end up being tiny. This one measures almost 4 x 8 which isn't really tiny but it was charted to be 7 x 15.

Blackbird Designs
Happy Birthday
over 1 on 28 ct. linen

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Exchange

Here is my ornament for my fall exchange that I'm sending out tomorrow. It's a Prairie Schooler piece.
Prairie Schooler
Fall ornament exchange
St. Louis Stitcher's group

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don't forget to floss

Just finished up this quick stitch. I needed some more instant gratification. I have several large projects going and love doing them all but just needed a quick start to finish.
Bent Creek
32ct. evenweave
DMC , Weeks, Gast

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Progress on a WIP

I have finished page 5. I have 4 more full pages and 3 1/2 small pages and this baby will be finished. At this point I will be finishing up my 2nd full skein of SNC Acorn Woods after having started with a partial skein...I have 3 more to use so I think I will be fine on skein count.
By Gone Stitches
Quaker Virtues
40ct. hand dyed
1 over 2 with SNC Acorn Woods, Rusty Amber

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A finish

Just put the last stitches in this a few minutes ago. Lots of frogging on the house...two colors were too similar so it didn't have the patchwork look it was supposed to have. Left the L-P row as is...see, it's close to the Q-U color. Guess it was just my dye lots.  Not sure if I like the 'a' on weathered. I first thought it was a misspelling...may go back and change that.

Bent Creek
The Weathered Garden
DMC on 28ct.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

More fall

 Here is my finish from over the weekend. The leaflet shows the individual ones centered on a fabric pumpkin but I think I am going to try that with the 4 square. I left off the outer border and switched out the purple on 2 squares as I ran out after the first purple border.
Lizzie Kate
Fall crazy 4 square
Weeks and Gast
graziano linen

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall WAS in the air

We had an unusually cool July-first part of August but we are now full swing into summer with 90's and 100's. I love fall but I wasn't ready for it to be here yet as I dislike Winter so much.

Here is a finish that fit right in. I did it over 1 on 28 ct. so it is @ 2.5" square.
Bent Creek
Weeks and Gast
1 over 1 on handdyed 28 ct. linen

Friday, August 16, 2013

a finish and progress

I received this piece partially stitched and decided to finish it up. I think it will get framed and go into next year's youth group auction to fund our mission trip.
Barbara Baatz
Amazing Grace
DMC on linen

Here is my progress for this month. I think I will stop for now(almost did all of page 5) and pick it back up next month. 3 full pages and 4 partials to go.
By Gone Stitches
Quaker Virtues

Monday, August 12, 2013


It's been a little over a month so it's time to show my progress on By Gone Stitches Quaker Virtues.
By Gone Stitches
Quaker Virtues
SNC Acorn Woods, Rusty Amber

I haven't been stitching near as much as usual....but I'm sure once the weather isn't so nice my stitching time will pick up.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pooh Bear

Winnie the Pooh has always been a favorite in our household. A friend was getting rid of some things and this kit was among them. She had intended to do or have it done at some point but gave up....I stitched it up for her (finished at 12:20 this am) and she can frame or make it into a pillow as she chooses.
Pooh and bee

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Just a little bit ago I put the last stitches into this piece. It was so much fun to stitch. I was drawn to part 2 after a friend stitched it a year or so ago and I didn't know at the time it was a 3 parter. Was so glad to be able to get all 3 parts to stitch it up in a SAL.
Jardin Prive Sampler au bouquet parts 1-3
Dmc over 2 on 40ct. hand dyed linen

Friday, July 26, 2013

So close

I am so close to finishing Jardin Prive's Sampler Au bouquet 3 charts. Most likely today or tomorrow. Empty nest this weekend so I will get a lot of stitching done. I've missed stitching this last month but life does take precedence sometimes.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

No stitching....

No stitching for me last week from Sunday till Sunday. I went as one of the adults with our teens to Moore/Norman Oklahoma on a misson trip. It was VERY Hot but much less humid than here in the mid-Midwest. The work was hard but very fulfilling. So sad to see so much devastation.
I spent about 5 minutes this past Sunday and an hour or so Monday night stitching, that's it. Have too many things to do to catch up. I hope to get a bit of stitching in tonight.
Also, I've inventoried but not scanned in some stash for a lady that wants to sell her mom's things as she no longer can stitch due to macular degeneration. If you would like to see the list, let me know. All fabric is gone, but there are skeins of floss, boxes of carded floss(very organized) and lots of leaflets well loved.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Progress from last week and a half

Here are the progress pictures on my two active WIPS.

By Gone Stitches
Quaker Virtues
40ct. over 2
SNC Acorn Woods & Rusty Amber

Jardin Prive
Sampler au bouquet
40ct. over 2