Spring sprung

Finished!!!   I finished it into a banner.


I haven’t seen a finish like this.  I did make one for Valentine’s Day a long time ago, but it was quilted, not cross stitched.

After ironing the finished pieces, I made “sandwiches” of the stitching, quilt batting, and cotton fabric.  I sewed these together by attaching wide double-fold bias binding, spaced them 3″ apart between wide quilt binding, and sewed the quilt binding closed.  I left 15″ spare binding on each end in case I want to hang it someplace else sometime.

My phone camera washed out the S and P in this early afternoon light.  (It’s supposed to be mostly sunny all day, but it’s been mostly cloudy.)

I wish I could tell you that the dental woes are over, but they are just beginning.  I am thinking of selling off some finished, framed pieces to pay some of my dental bill.  (I have Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome, and besides dry eyes, dry mouth, and nerve damage, it has decimated my teeth and gums.)  😦  Trying to decide which pieces to part with is not easy.  Maybe seasonal ones that are only out sometimes?  Ones that none of my children have claimed for their own?  It’s so hard to decide.

I finished pesky Abigail Adams and have made progress on the other two.  Not fun, but I am plodding along.

Have you seen the Nashville Market previews?  I don’t see anything that is a must-stitch for me, and that is usually how it goes.  It’s a good thing because I may have to sell off some new patterns too.  😦

I’m going to keep smiling anyway!

Happy stitching!


R and I

The sun was out long enough this morning for me to take better pictures of the letter I and my just-finished letter R.


The fabric is more purple in real life.  On a cloudier day indoors, the pictures made the fabric look white.  I dyed this one myself the other day.  Dyeing fabric might be more fun than cross stitching!  This is 28-count Cashel linen.


Another piece of 28-count Cashel linen that I dyed the other day.

I was hoping to finish one letter a day then work on the Early Americans, but yesterday I didn’t have as much time (DENTIST AGAIN!) and didn’t finish the R until late this morning.

Today I will start the letter P on hand-dyed pink Cashel when I have a chance.  Hopefully this project will be finished soon.  I am so bored with the Early Americans series that I need to just plod through it as much as I can to get it over with — not a good feeling.  I hope I have finally learned my lesson to NEVER sign up for automatics on a series that I can’t see.  If I knew it was going to be 80% boring bland houses, I would have passed on this one.  😦  I am so NOT enjoying it that I am rewarding myself with these letters in between sessions.  Whatever works, right?

I hope your stitching is not boring to you, and that the sun is shining wherever you are.  (It’s been close to 90 degrees every day for about a week and a half… too warm for February!)  Be happy, and stitch the FUN stuff first!  😉



Paul Revere at last!  The Muddy Puddle floss came and I was able to finish him!  Abigail Adams is nearly finished, too.


The letter G… stitched on blue 28 count evenweave.20180221_180953_Burst01_resized

The letter S, stitched on 28 count Watercress Jobelan.

I have the letter “I” finished too, but the picture was not good.  I need daylight to capture the color of the fabric.

The letters are from the Cricket Collection pattern, “Spring.”  I am stitching each letter individually on different colored fabric because I have a finishing idea for them.  🙂

I’ve been down with tooth trouble, which means more time to stitch.  I just wish the tooth trouble was all in the past.  Let’s just say I had NO trouble until I went to the dentist.  They made it bad on the first visit, excruciating on the 2nd, and worse than bad on the 3rd.  $1700 later, and I have a lot of pain.  I had NO pain when I first went.  Not happy… but I am stitching!

Until next time… happy stitching!

Midwinter Stitching

A little progress (and I do mean a LITTLE.)


Quaker Gone Tropic.  On the left is the latest update.  You can see that I didn’t really get much done on this one.  There was an error in the green section on the right, and I ripped that back and re-stitched it.  The county fair is coming up this month and this was to be my entry.   That isn’t happening this year!

It is still a fun project to work on.  I just haven’t been stitching much.  I’ve had a subluxated wrist and a bout of tendonitis in my left wrist, and I am a lefty stitcher.


Heartland Sampler, updated version on the right.

There is definitely some improvement there.  It’s encouraging at least!


Paul Revere, updated version on the right.

With 29 stitches to go for the finish…  I ran out of floss in that color.  Of course it is overdyed, and I don’t have a shop nearby.  Thankfully my order with Stitches n Things has not been completed as of now, so Deb was able to add the skein of Muddy Puddle.  Hopefully one skein is enough to finish the whole project.


Mary Burgess.  A little progress here too!  🙂  Somewhat embarrassing to show you how little I have done this year, but I’m human, and definitely NOT perfect.

I had burned through (or sold off) my entire yarn stash, minus one skein of cotton for dishcloths and two for a shawl (someday.)  I picked up a big skein of baby yarn in white to make these for charity.


These are burial sets for babies and one burial blanket by itself.  I have made hundreds of these sets over the past ten years (though not many at all for the last six years or so.)

I also tried some of the scrubby yarn and made a scrubbie for my kitchen.  I am not too happy with how it turned out.  The pattern was designed for regular cotton yarn.  Mine is very hard where I sewed in the ends.  I knit the scrubbie, and I knit continental style.  My first two fingers are missing some skin because of it.  I had to switch to English-style knitting which is painfully slow.  The yarn was hard to work with too (due to the nature of the construction) so I won’t be making any more for a while.  Too many wrist and finger problems here to want to struggle with that.  Been there, done that, and ended up in wrist braces for 6 – 8 weeks, sometimes longer.  The crocheting also triggered the carpal tunnel I have in both wrists.  My wrists and hands are just so bad!  I have to take it easy because I want to be able to stitch for the rest of my life.

Plans?  Uh…  I guess I will plod along on UFOs/WIPs for a while.  I would really like a finish!  I contemplated starting something smaller, but do I really want another project hanging around?  I won’t be knitting or crocheting for a little while until the tingling/pain/tendonitis calms down.  I still can cross stitch as long as I use a bigger needle (26 or 24.)  I am thankful for that.  I have only a few projects using that needle size going right now.

My UFO/WIP list currently:

Heartland Sampler, 40 ct lambswool linen  (13″ x 7.25″)

Quaker Gone Tropic, 32 count lemon whip lugana  (11.5″ x 28″)

Loara Standish, 35 ct linen (11.5″ x 33.5″)

Cardinal Points, 18 ct Aida (12.5″ square)

Emmanuel’s Song, 32 ct linen  (4.5″ x 18.5″)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 28 ct jobelan (11″ x 15″)

Paul Revere, 32 ct lambswool linen

Mary Burgess reproduction sampler, 35 ct linen (7.5″ x 17.5″)

Samplers, 36 ct linen  (4″ x 11″)

Betsy, 36 ct linen  (4.5″ x 12.5″)

A Right Spirit, 35 ct linen

Hopefully I’ll finish SOMEthing soon!

Wishing you happy, pain-free, mistake-free stitching!