Hello Everyone! I hope your week is going well. We enjoyed a few cool days over the weekend, but we will be back to normal by the end of the week. I am ready for some cooler temperatures and college football! Virginia Tech starts off their season against Boston College on Saturday. Go Hokies!
When we returned from Virginia last week, I felt like I just needed to do a little sewing. I haven’t done much piecing lately and I wanted to enjoy that rhythm of chain piecing, pressing, trimming and repeat. So I finished these blocks:
I finished the three Swoon blocks that I started in early April. I worked on them for a few days then and got the flying geese units and half square triangles made. Only the flying geese had been trimmed, so I still had a lot to do on them. I was able to finish them in two afternoons. Very satisfying. I only have two more Swoon blocks to make and I’ll be able to piece the top together. My goal is to get the top finished by the end of the year.
Now for some Cross-Stitch haul (purchases). If you follow me on IG, you’ve seen all these, but I can give you some more details here.
This first group I didn’t purchase, but got from my mom.
I’ve seen a few Flosstubers talk about getting P. Buckley Moss charts and how much they are selling for on Ebay. I looked and I saw some for $30. I asked my mom to hold on to hers and I would take them. I’m not planning on selling them, but I didn’t want them to get away either.
My mom stitched all of them, and I would like to stitch three of them. They are very large however. I think Mom stitched them on 14 ct. Aida and by the time they are framed, most are in the 17″ – 20″ length range. I was thinking that if I stitched these on a 25 or 28 ct evenweave and stitch one over one, that would cut the size down by half. I would like to do them as a grouping, so I think the ones I will do are the church, the skater and the geese. They seem to go together. I really like the cat, too.
While we were in Williamsburg, I went to the cross-stitch shop Haus Tirol. The owner has lots of beautiful samples to look at. The first thing I saw when I walked in was a beautifully finished and framed Chatelaine. I have seen several Flosstubers working on them but seeing that one made me realize just how much work there is in one. The shop also carries a very nice selection of threads and fabric.
These are my fabrics I picked up, some linen and a couple pieces of Lugana, too.
I also picked up these two charts. I’ve seen several Flosstubers working on both of these, too. The stars in Cinnamon Stars are all variations of quilted stars.
I was really drawn to the two bottom charts by JBW Designs. There was a finishing kit that included the cotton fabric and trim, but not the red linen and the shop was out of it. As I continued to shop, I found the Peace on Earth chart as a full kit on sale. It was last years ornament, so I bought it, too. The linen is 28 ct, so I think I will make these one over one and may have enough linen to make all three. I have several other ornaments from JBW Designs and she always gives the size for making them one over one which will put them under 3″ square.
When I got home, there was a package waiting for me from 123 Stitch. I had placed a fabric order and had to pick up a couple of charts from there, too.
I wanted some Lugana to work on a couple of Prairie Schoolers I want to start. I think it’s just a little easier to stitch with.
While I was shopping, I just had to look at the charts, too. I’ve always liked the PS July and have plans for that like my November one I’m working on. And when I saw the turkey on Teresa Kogut’s Give Thanks, I thought it was the prettiest turkey I’ve seen in cross-stitch. I went ahead a got the floss to go with it, too.
Speaking of Prairie Schooler November, I was able to get quite a bit of stitching in while we were on our trip.
Since it was so hot, we didn’t get out and about like we usually do. We sat and visited and I stitched. Where the pumpkin is in the lower right side, there is supposed to be a turkey. The pumpkin is part of the small chart that comes with the pattern and I like it there, more mid fall instead of late fall.
I have a busy rest of the week, especially on the computer. The next block for the Happy Little Things BOM will be released on Monday and I have a new project and tutorial for you. I’ve edited all the photos, but still need to write up the tutorial. I’m also making some project bags for my shop. I hope to get those finished today and listed tomorrow. There’s a couple of cute Halloween bags this time, too. And I want to cut out fabric for something new. I have several to chose from, and I’ll keep you posted on what I chose.
Thanks for stopping by!