Sunday, August 10, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I know, it is only August 10, but last week we had our annual Stitching Retreat and our theme this year was "Christmas". It was a condensed one this year, just Wednesday and Thursday, but it was still lots of fun!

At last years retreat, I said that I would make floss tags for us for this year. Here is what I made.


They are from the Blackbird Designs stocking series, with a little tweaking on the toe! These were alot of fun to stitch and I think they turned out great!

Unfortunately I did not take pictures of all of our goodies before I put them away once I got home. You can go over to MamaJoans blog as she has posted pictures.

Since the theme was Christmas, I decided to work on some ornaments. I recently received Lizzie Kate's Santa '14 and the new Tiny Tidings. I completed the Santa '14 and part of the ornament with the elf. I worked on them this weekend and have fininshed stitching all of them.




These pictures aren't the greatest. I did iron my linen before I put the beads and charms on but they got a little wrinkled again. These will go in my "finishing" box for my upcoming finishing day.

I have been a bad blogger once again. I started out the year with great intentions and life just got in the way.

I have "unearthed" the Fair and Square Exchange our 2nd exchange is just underway. The first exchange was a Patriotic Exchange and my partner was the great Marie P. Here are the squares she sent me.


I was thrilled to get these! Thank you Marie!

Here are the squares I sent to Marie.

I have more to share. Maybe later this week, I will be back.
Thanks for visiting.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Monday, January 20, 2014

Back in the Groove

So my plan for the new year is going well, except, I have not been blogging as I had hoped. My plan is to update at least weekly.

After I finished my ornament for January, I pulled out a project I actually started last New Years Day but did not get very far.


Yup, this is And They Sinned. My goal is to stitch 1 pattern page every 3 months. I am not going to push this one real hard as it is intense! I finished the 1st page last week and here is where it stands now.


The background of this section gets filled in, but I am going to wait until the very end. I might change this up a bit.

So, out of my bags of many, came out another WIP.


This is Patches of Life Sampler. As you can see, I started this in 2012. Yikes! I love it and am anxious to finish it. I have been working on it now and here is where I am at.


I am going to work on this one for awhile now. I have been collecting ornament patterns so I am ready to go come the 1st of February. I am excited about my plan.

I have to share one more photo. My Kirby. He is always by me, wherever I am.


He is my secret service...literally.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

JillMN

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014 Ornament

So, day 1 of my new plan for this year went perfectly. I started and finished a Christmas ornament. I chose one from the 2013 JCS Christmas ornament issue.

It is called "Roly Poly Santa". Isn't he cute? During the finishing process, you attached a string to each of his hands which they attached 3 felt stars. The picture on the right is from the magazine. I am going to look for something else...maybe jingle bells, lights, hmmm? He is stitched on 30ct. Putty with the DMC as charted.

Now I can choose from one of my WIPs to concentrate on! Yippee!

Have a great day!

JillMN

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Two Stitches for 2013

This was my 18th year in making a Christmas ornament for my godson, Jacob. He is a senior in high school now and was the captain of his cross country team. I tweaked a Prairie Schooler, "Eleven Lords a Leaping" pattern to make a running Santa. I was very happy with how it turned out and Jacob loved it.


I also have been making an ornament for my son. This one I just finished today. I never thought I would stitch on perforated paper again, but it was actually fun. I really enjoyed it. The best part about it is the finishing. It doesn't require much.


Foxwood Crossings
RFD Sledding


For quite a few years, I have been starting a new project on New Year's Day. I have decided to try something different this year. I am going to stitch an ornament on the 1st of every month and work on WIPs in between. Maybe an occasional new start, but I have quite a few WIPs that I really would like to finish.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

JillMN

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mary's Sampler...parts 3-5

This is week 5 of the Plum Street Sampler's, Mystery Sampler already. I have been keeping up but not been a good blogger.

Here is week 3 and 4's addition. Apparently I didn't take a picture after week 3.



And here is today's installment, week 5.


I really like the smallness of this sampler. The pictures I have seen of it stitched on the charcoal/black linen, look very interesting. I might have to do one that way also.


I had a message that my background was going to disappear this week so I had to change it.Kind of an odd message I was thinking. Either that blog is closing down or they are not "free" anymore.

Oh well. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mary's Sampler...Part 2

Today's pattern was sent bright and early this morning so I got right to it.


This is so darn cute! Love it! I was a little worried that the fabric is a little too dark, but I am using what was called for. We'll see.


Yesterday I went to Joann's for a little therapy. I ran across this.


I quickly realized that I have not received mine in the mail yet as I am a subscriber. Since I had it in my hand and had a coupon, it was a no brainer. I haven't looked through it yet, hopefully I will get to it today.

Today I am just planning on stitching. What is everyone else up to today?

JillMN

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I Still Do Stitch!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I did work on very late birthday gift. I finally got it mailed out and it was received just this past week.

Jackie celebrated a monumental birthday back in June (just a little late, I am!). My summer was kind of a blur with being so busy at work. I just said yesterday, we never grilled and I still have not had any corn on the cob, which is probably too late now! Anyway, Here is what I sent her.

 Instead of wrapping it in paper, I wrapped it in some 28ct. overdyed evenweave.


It is a scissor/needle/trinket box. The hardanger motif was taken from a freebie fob pattern of the Victoria Sampler. I used some waterlilies that I had that was not labelled.

And here is the inside. Felted bottom and magnets for scissors and needles. Jackie sent me a voice mail and an e-mail and she loves it! That makes me happy! Happy Birthday Jackie!

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Is anyone out there participating in this? I could not resist. I was sick all weekend and didn't have the right fabric right away so I finally completed my part 1.


This is a 9 part Sunday Mystery Sample that Plum Street Samplers is doing. The Sampler's theme is the birth of Christ and it is called Mary's Sampler. I am so excited to do this. I think my friend, Jackie, should do this also!

I am still plugging away at my Patches of Life Sampler and should have an update this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Sunday, September 22, 2013

On to Part 3!

I finally finished the 2nd part of the Patches of Life Sampler. Now onto part 3. I have really been trying to work on it as much as I can, however, that hasn't been a whole lot. I did take some time out to work up a late birthday present however, which I will share next time.



Have you seen this yet? Plum Street Samplers is going to do a Sunday Mystery Sampler for the next 9 Sundays. It is not very big at all so it sounds very doable, even for me! I love mystery samplers and the theme for this one, the birth of Christ, really interests me. It would be so fun to get a group to do this together? Any takers out there? MamaJoan? Jackie? Lorus?

On a non-stitching note, I am finally the owner of an iPhone. I got one of the brand new iPhone5c's in this luscious color:


I have been having so much fun getting to know this thing. This is my first ever iPhone.

Well, I am going to get on to my Part 3.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Four Months?

Well I see that it is been nearly 4 months since I last posted. Yikes! I have been a bad stitcher, bad blogger and probably even a bad friend at times. I have become so involved in my job that I wasn't even having any time to stitch. I am really trying to change that.

Last week we had our annual retreat, and I quickly realized how much I needed it! This retreat, Fiesta, was our most relaxing retreats. Maybe because for 3 solid days, we did not go anywhere. No Joanns, no stitching store, no nothing...just stitched!

We had our usual, food yummies and meals and exchanged our gifties. And now I must admit, I am a bad photographer too. I brought my camera, but didn't even take it out of my tote. We did manage to get a group shot with our new official "Stitching Squad" shirts on.


I just love this picture of us. We all look so happy, and we were. It was a great retreat!

This is what I worked on, Jeannette Douglas' Strawberry Stitches. I started this about a year ago. The picture isn't the best, but I will post again once I get the charm and frame it. There are a ton of different stitches in this piece...very time consuming.


There are so many things that I want to stitch. However, after much contemplating, I decided to pull out a UFO instead of starting another new project.

I pulled out, Patches of Life. I still really like this piece so I am going to work on it for awhile.


During our retreat, we watched a few "Breaking Bad" episodes...now I am hooked. I just have about 10 left to be caught up this the current season, which happens to be its last season.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Productive Weekend

My weekend started early Friday morning when I received the call that we were having a "snow day". YAY! I told myself right away that I was going to get some stitching done.

I had started a knitted sweater for my new great-goddaughter earlier in the week. I had 1 sleeve done and 1/2 of the second. I quickly finished the 2nd sleeve only to find out that I didn't have the right needles to continue.  Aarrgghh! I surely wasn't going out in the snowy mess. I decided to move on to something else.

I started going through my "nest" and came across this.


I figured I could probably get this done and got started. Here is my stitched piece.


On Saturday, I got up and ran to Joann's to get the needles I needed for the sweater. I decided to continue on the it when I came home. It was going so fast I decided not to quit. Except for sewing in the ends, I finished it this afternoon.


I love it! I just need to get 2 buttons. I then went back to my thimble purse and started the finishing process. I didn't realize it requires a special jewelry type glue/cement so mine is done except for glueing it into the hardware. I am going to just attached hemp for the necklace.


It is so cute! I can't wait to wear it!

Now I can move on once again. I loved how much crafting time I got this weekend.
I think I need to start working on retreat things...it is only about 3-1/2 months away!

Happy Stitching!

JillMN