Thursday, August 29, 2013

Quilt Square 50

Did some more work on the American Flag Quilt!

This latest block is Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. It joined the union on February 14, 1912, making it the 48th state - only TWO left!

I know the row is done and you're all wondering where the last two states are going to go. Because I had a fabric sizing mishap back at the beginning, I've had to move things around. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with the last row, but that's a problem for another day.

Thanks for all your good thoughts about my job interview! It went well, I think, but now is the most difficult part - waiting for them to get back to me! Yikes.

Huge amounts of love,

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quilt Square 49

Now that the excitement of the traveling pattern is over, I've had time to pick the American Flag Quilt back up!

Ooh, so close to the end now! This newest block is New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment (pretty name, right?) was admitted to the union on January 6, 1912, making it the 47th state.

Only three more states! I've got quite a bit of other stitching to do too, though, before it's done. Looking forward to it - I love stitching on this piece!

In other news, I've managed to get a job interview for tomorrow morning with Berlitz, a worldwide language learning center. I'm really excited about this opportunity, and fingers crossed that the interview goes really well! Here's a video of a commercial they did a few years ago:

Wish me luck!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Traveling Pattern Moving On!

Thank you all for entering the draw for the Summer Garden traveling pattern! I thought I'd first show you how I finished it off:

I put together a little WIP bag! I needed something to put my WIPs in when I'm traveling. The little sandwich bag I've been using was getting tired.

I backed it with the purple fabric I bought with the white stars, and lined it inside with the same fabric. I sewed on some wooden buttons to the back so I could close it easily.

I don't know, this is one of those finishes that I'm doubtful of. It's the first cross-stitched bag I've ever made, and I guess it needs to grow on me. 

This little cutie is on its way to its next home! I had the draw open until this morning, and my lovely husband asked if he could pick out the winner. Without further ado, the winner of the draw is.......

Isabella from Get Crafty Now!

Yay! Congrats, Isabella. I'll contact you for your mailing address.

To everyone else, thanks for participating! Keep tracking the traveling pattern - you never know, you might get it next time. :D

Big stitchy kisses,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Traveling Pattern Ready to Roll!

But, before that! I went by the post office yesterday and found a beautifully wrapped package from Steph - I won her giveaway a couple of weeks ago!

The giveaway was for the beautiful hand-made brooch, but Steph also sent a "Free Hug" mini cushion, some cute beads, and one of her infamous Wee Witchy cards. :D Love it all, Steph, thank you so much!

I fully intended to work on the American Flag Quilt this week, but something about the Summer Garden traveling pattern called out to me, so I picked it up and couldn't put it down until I finished it! It's sooooo cute. And I loved the colors I picked out, too - really soft and muted, with a really dark brown for the tree and the ground.

I personalized it a little too. Instead of stitching "Summer" Garden, I stitched "Sarah's" Garden. Why not, right? :D

This was stitched on one of the new fabrics I received in the mail last week, a 28-count dark cream evenweave, which was so soft and lovely to work on. These were all DMC floss colors, except the words, which were stitched with Chameleon over-dyed floss called Hydrangea.

I'll work on the finishing in the next few days, but I might as well sent it along its merry way now and give someone else the chance to stitch this cutie! Here's some background:

1st - Myra, the lovely lady who started it all, lives in North Carolina (coincidentally, that's where my mother is from!)

2nd - Mouse in South Yorkshire, UK

3rd - Kaye in Victoria, Australia

4th - Me! In Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

Who'll be the next stop for Summer Garden? If you're interested, comment on this post and I'll draw a winner in a few days. Remember, the rule with this traveling pattern is that you must pick your backing fabric before you choose the floss colors!

Looking forward to sending it on its next adventure,

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some Mail Goodies!

I managed to find some time yesterday to go by the post office, and some goodies have arrived for me!

This is a pile of linens I bought at a really good price on eBay. I love surfing eBay looking for craft supplies, so I was thrilled when I found these! They are 28-count cream,  28-count dark blue, and 32-count pale blue/grey.

And this little pile of floss is NPI silks for a couple of La D Da charts I've had in my stash for months and have finally decided to start. I've never worked with NPI silks before, so I'm really looking forward to this! Although I think they're going to stay stashed for a little while longer, because the last package I received was...

The Traveling Pattern from Kaye! This is Summer Garden by Little House Needleworks. I won it from her before I left to Yemen. She also sent me a sweet little bundle of goodies:

Two Threadworx threads, Mary Arden of England tapestry needles, and a beautiful card! It was so lovely to open up the package and see all of these beautiful things. Thanks, Kaye!

Now, the point of this Traveling Pattern is to pick out the backing fabric first, and then decide on the floss colors. I fully intended to choose a floral fabric, but then I saw this beauty and changed my mind:

Isn't it cute?! It's a dark purple, and has little white stars on it. I looked through my stash and realized that I had a Chameleon overdyed floss called "Hydrangea" and a faded green ribbon that would go perfectly with it. I have a rough idea of how I want to finish this off, but that will have to wait until a lot later. The rest of the floss is DMC.

I can't wait to start Summer Garden, but I'm itching to pick up the American Flag Quilt again, so I may have to spend a little time with that first. Once I do finish Summer Garden, I'll have a draw to decide who it goes to next.

Lots of love,

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back Home, and a Little Gift

Hi folks! I'm back! It feels SO good to be back home. The couple of weeks in Yemen were interesting, exciting, refreshing, but it's always nice to be back home among your own things, isn't it? I'm still exhausted from the trip and I need to unpack and do piles of laundry and clean the house, but I wanted to show you all something that I sent before I left:

A while ago, Kerry from Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict asked me to send her a postcard from Dubai to add to her collection. I took this as an opportunity to spoil her a little. So I made her a tiny, itsy-bitsy biscornu:

That's the same biscornu! I stitched the two sides on 14-count beige Aida with completely different designs, in DMC 4200 and 4025, respectively. Here's the package with her:

I added a couple of charts, some Madeira floss and quilting thread, some tapestry needles, and, of course, the postcards. I'm so glad she liked it all!

Big hugs,