Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Oh no, I did it again!!!!!

I will save that information till the bottom. Aren't I a tease? lol

I received the most wonderful gift in the mail recently from Carolien. She sent along a set of Dutch tea towels and some Dutch candies and cookies. She said "If you don't like the cookies you don't have to eat them." They were the first thing to disappear - especially the wafer ones. Carolien is such a sweet person and I truly appreciate her gift. 

My fingers and Ginghers have been busy this past week.

Here is the flannel quilt I finished and sold the first of the week.

It went to a relative of a friend for their 1 year old son. I hope it keeps him snuggly warm.

I bought this fabric and the pattern for a bread basket liner while I was in Texas.

Sat down and whipped this up in a short time. I think I see more of these in my future - great Christmas gift in a basket with fresh biscuits!

I picked up "Royal Holiday" and paid it some serious attention. You can see the before and after.
I have made some  progress on the beiges in her dress. I'm really getting so I dislike the dresses on these queens. They go on forever!!! I decided to stitch this one from the middle down because of "Winter Queen". When I stitched her I did her face and body first and it took me years (and I mean years) to finish her dress.

And the Oh, no I did it again part. I am so embarrassed to write this.I haven't even told my stitching sisters I am doing this one! Do you remember when I offered to stitch Noddy for a friend's daughter? It took me two long years and a lot of grumping and complaining on my part and you all had to listen to me each and every time.

Well, I've done it again. And it's on AIDA again.
This time it is prestamped piece that you embellish with stitches. The pattern is horrible - it is just a general suggestion and they say use the photo for help.
It also includes this huge bag of filament and most of the threads are combined with this awful stuff!

Oh, how do I get myself into these predicaments!!!!! 
A friend suggested that I just pull one strand of 6, stitch till it's gone and put it aside till the next time. I am going to try that. I am doing it for a friend who has had a very rough year with the loss of several  family members and she is not a stitcher. I am hoping to get through this one without kicking myself in the butt too many times.

And here is a photo of the visitor we had the other afternoon when we were sitting on the deck - a red fox. Apparently, the entire family has a den nearby.

He/she was very unconcerned about humans around.

If you are interested in the draw for some dog/cat collection booklets, please see the post below. Draw is open until June 7th.

And the fun part - I am off to a stitching weekend in Georgian Bay with 12 other stitching sisters. Oh, won't that be fun! I can hardly wait. Dani, Christin and I are starting the weekend early by spending Thursday night at Beatrice (even though Beatrice lives 5 mins away I'm staying overnight too!!) And my dear sweet husband just doesn't get it!

Until next time keep those fingers and scissors flying!


Anna van Schurman said...

Were the wafer cookies stroopwafel? Who could not like stoopwafel. They may be the best cookie in the entire world!

Patty C. said...

Good Luck with the stitch work :)

Judy S. said...

Your Royal Holiday is gorgeous...looks very difficult though! Have a fun stitchy weekend.

Carolyn NC said...

Your weekend sounds like it'll be a ton of fun! Love the pic of the red fox. Your blanket, basket and stitching look phenomenal! And yes, you are a glutton for punishment to stitch that again under these circumstance, and thus you have a heart of gold. :)

Christina said...

I'm totally with you on the Mirabilia ladies - when I was stitching Rose of Sharon and Damask Roses, the dresses went on FOREVER! The only one I really enjoyed stitching was The Fairy Moon. So much so, I stitched it 3 times!

Carolien said...

Hi Kathy,

I hope you will all have a great weekend together.
You're a brave woman with that new and complicated project for your friend ... good luck!!!

Hugs, Carolien
P.S. That quilt is so sweet!

Deb said...

You are a brave woman to work on that piece for your friend, but I totally understand why you're doing it. I hope that it doesn't drive you too batty. And love the progress on your Queen. Those dresses do seem to go forever, but when they're finished they are just wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I love love love the bread cover! Was it hard to make? Would you be willing to share how to make one? Could a beginner make it? Hope you have a wonderful trip. Can't wait to hear about it.

Anonymous said...

The Mira ladies do have dresses that go on forever, but it is so worth it in the end! You made some fantastic progress.

I like the idea of one thread at a time for the embellished piece. Its the best way to eat an elephant. You can do it!

Katrina said...

Cute little finishes and I love your Mirabilia lady.

Ummm the answer to your predicament, either say no or pick what you will stitch yourself :-). Hopefully it will go quickly.

Have a fun stitching weekend.

Kathy A. said...

Oh I love the comment about eating an elephant! Thanks Christine!
To anonymous - please email me

Hazel said...

Goodness me I don't think I could stitch on preprinted stuff - it's just not.... well.... stitching! Good on you for taking on a huge task. Wonderful progress on your wip and quilts look fab. x

Jenny said...

Wow, lots of good progress on Royal Holiday - it is looking awesome! :)

Niina said...

Royal Holiday looks great! And trust me, I know what you are meaning that I did it AGAIN part...I promised to my mum to stitch her favourite painting...And what I get? A needlework on canvas, preprinted and has to be stitched with wool...

Carol said...

Royal Holiday is looking just lovely, Kathy. How nice of you to tackle that large project for your friend. I'm afraid that blending filament would be the end of me--I have never been good at stitching with it.

Love the little red fox (as long as he is not too close by that is!)...

Rachel S said...

You have been BUSY! I have that same frustration with embellished kits. I have a really pretty one of Saratoga track, and it's confusing and annoying. They should make more no-count, that is at least tolerable.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Royal Holiday is looking g wonderful you have made great progress. I hope you enjoy your time away with your stitchy sisters, I totally understand staying at Beatrice's over night.

Maxine said...

Hi Kathy. you've made some good progress on your Mira lady. I wish you lots of luck in getting that printed design stitched and can totally understand the reason why you said you'd do it :)

Anonymous said...

Royal Holiday's dress looks fabulous! Keep going - you will get there and she will be worth it.

OMG you have definitely got yourself into it with that one. It looks like it's going to be horrendous to work on. Good luck with it.

Lynn said...

As much as you may hate stitching it, I love that dress in Royal Holiday. It's gorgeous!!
As for the other piece, you just don't learn do you, lol? Oh well, I do understand why you're choosing to do this and we'll support you all the way!

mainely stitching said...

Oh my gosh, that fox is stunning!

You are a nut job, but such a sweet person, getting into another one of "those" situations. Good luck with your strand-by-strand technique!!

Suzanne said...

Lovely gift from Carolien. I love the quilt you stitched.

Great progress on Royal Holiday. Good luck with the Angel.