Sunday, 3 April 2011

TUSAL, I Spy and other stitches

First of all, thank you so much to everyone for your wonderful compliments on the lighthouses. I really appreciated each and all. I smiled all week.

Today is TUSAL and here is my martini glass with a few less but just as inebriated threads.


Most are from the Lighthouse RR, several are from Snowflake Serenade ( also known as The Rip and reStitch piece) some from the latest Mirabilia RR and some from my "UFO to finish" project - Fairies at the bottom of the Garden.
Here is my larger ort container.


This is 3 months worth of stitches. I will add what few I accumulate in the next two weeks and then will start a new container. We are heading back to Canada on April 17th and so for the next 6 months I will accumulate my threads there. Let's hope that along with the threads I leave the blasted frogs behind.
My pathetic attempt at Snowflake Serenade is below.


I stitched the entire bottom section - lovely branches and needles only to be out 1/2 stitch. So most of my time was spent ripping and restitching. I don't know what it is with this piece. I think it may be the fabric. I just cannot seem to count down without missing either 1/2 or a full stitch. Hopefully, next week will be better.
 Now that the lighthouses are complete I have picked up my next focus piece.

This is poor, neglected "Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden". I will work on this one until it is finished.

Before:

After:


Umm, I did not stitch that much in the past week. There must be another before photo somewhere. I did finish the top left leaf, add the fairy and butterfly, yellow flowers and join the two sides together.
My plan is to work on Snowflake on Mondays, the latest Mirabilia RR on Tuesday and Wednesday and then Fairies the rest of the week until it is done.

And when I got tired of stitching, I quilted. Here is the quilt top for one of my grandsons.

This is called "I Spy with a Twist". It was great fun to put together. Now to make a second one for my other grandson.

Until next time, keep those stitches crossed and orts drunk in a martini glass ROFL.

23 comments:

Lorrie said...

Love your grandson's quilt. I am sure that it will be a treasured item.

Terrie - The Stitch Store said...

Kathy I love your pics. I know what you mean about frogging. I'm been frogging on my Nora Corbett Orchid Fairy. Count twice, stitch once...yea, right!

Bonnie Brown said...

Fairies is coming along really well!
Sorry to hear about your grog troubles :(
Your orts look great
Can't wait to see you when you get home!
Bonnie

Myra said...

Wonderful WIP pics - fairies is going to be beautiful. Your drunken orts are just (burp) lovely. :o)

Deb said...

I really like your pics and love your ORTs in the martini glass. You've made some wonderful progress on your Fairies. It really is a beautiful piece.

Beth said...

I am so glad you clarified the amount you stitched on the Fairies - I about choked when I saw the difference - LOL! It is looking very pretty. I hope Snowflake goes better for you, I really like the design.

That I Spy quilt is fantastic - both my DGS and my DGD would love it!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow Kathy that's an insane amount of ORTS! You are a machine!!

That quilt looks great!

Carolyn NC said...

Wonderful progress on your stitching. I do feel your pain on the RAS (new sound that frog makes!). Been there and done that too many times, and always on the same piece. Wonder why that is! Orts are cool - have a safe trip!

Annemarie said...

Awww, the Fairie piece is so so cute! I love it. Also, your Lighthouse RR: WOW! Congratulations, Kathy, it's stunning!

Love your orts 'jar'! Its contents look far more impressive than mine :o)

Ruth said...

Love all your WIP's pic's. Can't wait to see more.

Karen said...

Sorry to hear about the counting errors. I'm sure the frogs will stay behind when you leave to come back to Canada.

You've made wonderful progress on Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden and your quilt top looks great!

I hope you have a safe trip back to Canada. Hopefully, I'll finish that Eastern Seaboard Sampler and be able to get it to you before you leave for Arizona next year lol! I can be such a slow stitcher! ;)

geeky Heather said...

Goodness, you made great progress on the fairies! The quilt top is beautiful!

Daffycat said...

*faints* That is an incredible pile of ORTs in three months! I am sooo impressed, Kathy!

Shelleen said...

great progress and love the martini glass for your orts.

Suzanne said...

I can sympathise with you on the counting. At the moment I can't count threads to save myself. Almost everthying I touch has to be frogged out.

I love your Fairy piece you are working on, you certainly have stitched a lot on it.

I love the quilt top.

Crazee4books said...

Hiya Kathy!!

I've just seen your finished
Lighthouse RR all washed, pressed
and ready for framing and it is
stunning!! What a lot of work has
gone into this piece. Every one
of those lighthouses is as detailed
in appearance as a photograph. And
your choice of border is a perfect
finish to the whole RR. Although
I don't know how you managed to
stitch all those sailboats and
stay sane.

Sorry to hear that the frogs
continue to plague your attempts
to stitch Snowflake Serenade.
How frustrating. For what it's
worth the parts that you have
stitched so far look very nice.
:)

I'm delighted to see that you
have been stitching on Fairies
In the Garden some more because
I really like this one. It's
just so pretty with the flowers
and the sweet little fairies.

The quilt you're working on for
one of your grandsons is pretty
amazing with those ring shapes
all interconnected and the
different fabrics they frame.

Saw Dani and Claire and Fran
and a few other ladies from
around your area at the
Needleworker's Market put on
by Gitta's last Saturday. We
had lots of fun buying stash
and chatting with other
stitchers. It was sunny and
would have been warmer if only
the wind hadn't been so
annoyingly strong. It snowed
again this weekend too. It's
all melted away again but the
darn stuff just won't stay
away!!

This is Spring????

Cheers!

Judy S. said...

LOVE those fairies! Great quilt; I Spy ones are sure to be treasured.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching! Your grandson's quilt is fantastic.

Bette said...

The fairies are so pretty. And I love the quilt. Very neat design!

Lynn said...

I feel like an underachiever when I see the amount of orts in your glass! Wow, your needles must be smoking.
Sorry the frogs have been dropping by lately. They seem to have a thing for white stitches. It never fails that they drop in when I'm using white floss.
Fairies looks fantastic!

Franny said...

You have been busy as your orts can testify. Looking forward to seeing you when you get back. Your fairies look awesome.

marylin said...

absolument merveilleux !
bises marylin

Always smiling said...

I love that 'Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden'It is so pretty, I think its the foxgloves that make it so...

And the quilt is super for your GS, nice to make another for your other one too. I try to be fair with pressies too!

Hugs Chris x