Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count - More Details

This week I’ve added a spider web with silver metallic thread – spider to come soon; sun rays with gold metallic thread; a tiny butterfly with blue kreinik braid; chimney smoke with #5 perle; bee trail with gold metallic; rose bush with #5 perle; and two cats in the yard.

I’ll have a few more details next week.
Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Miniature Preview

I just started working on this month’s miniature for the Smalls Stitch-A-Long. I hope I can finish it by the end of the month!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Painted Quilt Mystery Quilt-A-Long Part 1

While reading other blogs, I came across a quilt-a-long, designed by Kaaren at the Painted Quilt,  that uses small bits of fabric.  As I have a lot of small bits of fabric, I thought I would join in.  Here is what I came up with for Part 1. This section should be 29½” x 33½”.  I think mine is pretty close.


Part 2 has already been posted, so I hope to get to work on it soon.  You can see Kaaren’s Part 1 here.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Non-Birthday Dinner

One of our friends here isn’t keen on celebrating birthdays, so his wife organized a non-birthday get together with friends at Bombay Blue, his favorite local restaurant.  We enjoyed getting together with friends, even if we weren’t officially celebrating.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Work In Progress Wednesday - Arizona

I finished Arizona and worked in New Mexico a bit.  I finished a few more of the state names in the inner border.  I started stitching the country's border in the north east, but made a counting mistake around Maine that will have to be unstitched and fixed, unfortunately. 

I really like this piece and am glad I pulled it out again to work on after two years in the drawer.  Here is a small section of the chart to show that the cross stitches are not always lined up on top of each other and sometimes they are two threads by two threads, sometimes one by two or two by one, or quarter and three quarter stitches.  It does take a bit of concentration with the small details (it is so easy to make a mistake), but it is very interesting.
QueeniePatch posted a reminder that today is World Embroidery Day. How are you going to celebrate embroidery today?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015 Smalls Stitch A Long - Miniature Christmas Tablecloth

Stitched on 28 count linen, with one strand of cotton floss for the cross stitch and two strands for the blanket stitch. The size is six inches by seven and a half inches.  I don't have a table, but I think this will be the proper size to drape down over the edges.   I wanted to make some matching napkins, but I ran out of time.  Maybe I’ll make them later.

Linking up with Heather of Stitching Lotus, the hostess of the stitch-a-long.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Take a Stitch Tuesday - #2 The Buttonhole Stitch

Here are my buttonhole samples - with the bugle beads and in sets of three and one.

You can join TAST at anytime. Check out Sharon B’s stitch instructions and see the samples of other stitchers here.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count - A Few More Leaves and Some Flowers

(I've added a page to my blog, showing all my epp projects. Check out English Paper Piecing Projects to see how much I'm fun having with this!)

I added a few more leaves to the tree (individual chain stitches with two strands of cotton floss). 

I did a few flowers with yo-yos and buttons.

On one of the orange pattern fabrics, I made flowers with lazy daisy stitch (crewel wool) and French knots (#12 perle cotton).

I added some pink seed beads and a bee button.

I have many more ideas and hope to have the time to work on some of them this next week.

 Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts and Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Festival Parade and Fireworks

Our town held its annual summer festival and we went to see the parade with our friend Alicia. We had great street side seats.   It’s a very colorful affair with many beautiful yukata wearing residents.

Two nights later we took our folding fish chairs to our garden area at the edge of town to watch the fireworks.

We are fortunate to be able to enjoy so many festivals in Japan!