Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Heaven and Earth Cross Stitch Design

A Heaven and Earth Design also known as a HAED is a counted cross stitch that is done typically on a cloth that has lots of threads within one inch or the thread count.  An HAED is typically stiched across one thread as opposed to across two threads.

So, I joined this Facebook group where all these crazy people were working on these HAEDs and so I decided I would start the one that I got a little over a year ago right after Cecil the lion was killed by the crumb-bum American dentist (you can read about Cecil HERE) in a cruel and inhuman way.

Heaven and Earth Design offered this gorgeous counted cross stitch as a tribute to Cecil ~

Now the design is 14" wide by 10" high and will consist of 92,050 stiches when complete!!

Here is what I have gotten done so far ~

I am doing mine on 26 ct even weave and this is 100 stitches.  It measures about 3/8" x 3/8" (You can click on the picture to get a closer look).  My goal is to have this done by my 70th birthday!!

This will either keep me young or drive me crazy!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

November Hexie Flowers . . .

for Lin T. in France.  Lin wanted dark blue petals and light blue centers.  I am hoping that the one center is light enough!!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday . . .

and some sewing and some laundry and some sewing and some eating leftovers and some sewing, you know, the important things in life!!  Enjoy the day, everyone!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

May We All Be Blessed All Over The World!!

to all of us here in the United States!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Package Testing . . .

This is what I am sending to Chiska for the Giveaway.  What do you think of the packaging?  Too plain? Ok?

Monday, November 21, 2016

First of Many . . .

bins was broken into today.  Luckily, there was mostly fabric ~

But there were two projects inside and so one of these projects will be completed before I can open another bin.

This is a baby quilt that was started probably 4-5 years ago!!  I think I have enough blocks to make a crib size quilt for a little boy.

There was also this Counted-Cross stitch that I had made for a shaker box top for my Mom probably about 35-40 years ago, yes, that's years!!  I took it off the box because it was so dirty and I need to think about what to do with it now since it is a circle.  Any ideas?

Ok, so here is the bin now - ready to add some fabric from the next bin, labeled and put away ~

This is kinda fun!!

Update on my Giveaway - I am going to be sending some fun Scottie dogs to Chiska over at Closet Quilters!!  Thank you to everyone for your great feedback!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tryin' Something New . . .

Ever since my dream bubble was delayed - who knows, my dream of living near the beach may still happen - I have had very little motiviation to get much done.  So, I decided to play a game with myself.

Years ago, I used to put each of my house chores on a piece of paper and put them into a big bowl.  I would pick one out, set the time for 30 minutes and work on that chore.  Then onto the next 30 minute chore.  Well, it worked for me.  I think these days there is a name for that kind of behavior: ADHD.  :-)) Whatever!!

So, I have decided to incorporate that idea into a new game!!  I am going to randomly pull out one of my many, many, many, many bins and containers and see what is inside.  If it is a project (one or more), I have to finish one of the projects before moving onto a new bin or container .  If it is a container full of fabric or patterns, etc., I will put the contents into appropriate places or leave them in that container and LABEl the container - no ADHD stuff going on here!!

This is my first try at it today ~

I cleaned out the basket on my livingroom table, put some of the projects into some empty containers and decided I was going to use up this Scrubby ball of fibers.  So, while watching Mars Attacks, funny, funny irreverent movie, and a couple of HGTV episodes, I completed the ball and made 3 kitchen scrubbies!!

Hey, this idea is working!  Well, at least for one day so far, but who knows . . . . ?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I Got Me a New Toy and a Giveaway!!

Hi Everyone!!

I am looking for some help if you would be kind enough to leave a comment with your thoughts!!

I just got a new toy - the Accuquilt - and I would like to see if there is an audience for pre-cut shapes with a fusible on the back to make appliquéing easier and lots of fun.

So, here are my questions:

 1. Would you purchase pre-cut shapes - I have shown the Christmas Tree here - that already have the fusing on the back?

 2. If yes, how much would you pay, say, per shape?  This is a critical answer here, please!!

 3. Would you rather have a set of matching trees (or other shapes) or would you rather have the set consist of the same fabric?

 4. How many should be in a set?

 I would sure appreciate your help and if you leave a comment with answers to all the above questions, I will put your name in a pot and randomly pick out a winner to get a set of pre-cut shapes!!
This is back side showing the fusing


Look how cute, I just made these:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is It June 2016 Yet?

Well, just barely so here are my Flowers for Molly in Texas in the Inchy Hexagon Flower swap ~

I was on hiatus for several months, so it is nice getting to make these little cuties again.  Molly did not care what her petals were but she wanted yellow centers!!  Yellow centers it is!!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day!!

This holiday is especially poignant to me because my older brother served 2 tours in Vietnam.  He thankfully came home in one piece but with time he started having lots of problems including diabetes, blindness, 9 stents in his heart, a pacemaker, a defibulator and neuropathy from his knees down to his feet all due to Agent Orange.

I so pray that the new President-elect will keep his promise to the Veterans of this amazing Country and do more for the Veterans who sacrifice long periods of their lives and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in this Country with all our freedoms!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Another Finish - Another Gift . . .

If you follow my posts, you know that I bought a cute little fixer-upper house in Bandon, Oregon this past summer contingent upon the sell of my home here in Logan.  Well, you also know that the dream went poof! and I am staying here for the duration.

But the darling Realtor in Oregon put a lot of time and energy into the transaction and ended up with a big goose egg!!  And it makes me so sad, because this would have been her very first sale!!

So, I decided I would make her a quilt.  I called to make conversation with her one day and found out that she is not the typical Oregon coast quilter who loves and adores batiks - no, she still loved the "calicos!!"  Yikes, I am not really sure what makes a fabric a calico except that I know flowers are involved.

For years I have been working on these vanishing 9-patch blocks, kind of like a leader-ender quilt scenario, and thought, "Well, I know these are 1930's reproduction fabrics but look, lots of flowers!!"  So, I finished up the remaining blocks, put it together with a flowery border and added flowers as the backing and the binding.  My rendition of a calico quilt!!  Very old fashion-ish!!

I look at this quilt and it makes me smile!!  I hope Anne feels the same way!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Closer and Closer . . .

Ok, now this is really turning out to be a labor of love!!  See the fairly small pile of strings on top of the rug?  Those strings took almost three hours to prepare and there is probably only enough of them to go around the perimeter maybe twice!!  Yikes!!

But always remember ~

Image from the Internet

Saturday, November 5, 2016