Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New York, New York

No stitching to share with you; I've been traveling a little bit...

Made a quick trip to New York for work. Was there less than 24 hours. Stayed at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square. My room had a great view!

We had a little extra time to check out Times Square...

And then we walked down to Rockefeller Center to see the giant Christmas tree and the ice rink (it's not as large as it seems when you see pictures on TV. The tree had scaffolding all around it, so no pictures.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art...

Walked past Radio City Music Hall...

And one more look at Times Square....in just a few weeks this area will be packed with people ready to watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year!

After our work event, we enjoyed "The View" from the top of the Marriott. The restaurant/lounge revolves for a 360 degree view of the city!

It was fun to visit New York again, even though we were there such a short time!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hardanger Finish

For the past year or so this has been my traveling project. I would work on it in places where I knew the light wasn't going to be particularly good. Or I would take it with if I thought there was going to be lots of good conversation - with this project I didn't have to concentrate so closely on my stitching.

Now it is finished...

Hidden Charm from Satin Stitches

Making soup for tomorrow and stroganoff for tonight's supper. We're expecting a major winter storm tomorrow. Our first of the season!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ukrainian Whitework

Earlier this year I took a Ukrainian Whitework class with Terri Bay of Terri Bay Needlework Designs. This week I stitched the backside of the ornament and finished it up. The design is called St. Paul Snowdrift. Terri's instructions are so easy to follow. This was an enjoyable stitch.

The ornament will look stunning on this year's Christmas tree!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Bee Pouch

Here's my recent finish...The Bee Pouch designed by Barbara Jackson. This was one of the classes I took at Celebrations.

The back of the pouch is personalized. I need to point out to my friend Chris that both of these label's are finished with the nun's stitch. Ha!

Inside of the needlebook and backside of the scissors case. Dear Chris, the scissor's fob is edged in nun's stitch too! I'm not sure why Barbara put ecru cording on the needlebook and green cording on everything else, but as you can see, I followed her lead! I don't like to deviate!

And the entire set one more time.

All of the eyelets are stitched and my Hardanger piece is ready for class next Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 20, 2014


Not the most perfect picture, but you will get the idea....

I've been working on some pre-work for a Hardanger class that I will be taking in a couple of weeks. I still need to do my eyelet stitches. Looking forward to learning how to do a lacy edge!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quilt Show

Yesterday was a beautiful day and most of it was spent in the yard. My DH raked the front yard and I cleaned out our three raised beds that we use for vegetable gardening.

I did sneak away for a little while. At a nearby school one of the local quilt guilds was having a quilt show. It was a lot of fun viewing all of their beautiful finishes!

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the show...this one was a Dear Jane quilt...

This design is from Crabapple Hill. The designs are colored in with crayons and then embroidered.

Not sure what this one is called...I just liked it! The fabrics were civil war inspired colors.

Interesting challenge project. They each took a greeting card and then created a mini quilt that using the card as their inspiration.

This quilt used fabrics from this year's Minnesota Quilt Shop Hop. Participating shops each contributed a square.

Such inspiration!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Love Basting!

Well, not really. But I did really like Barbara Jackson, so I decided to take a second class with her. Once I saw the project in person, I just couldn't resist.

It's called The Shepherdess Tray and it is much smaller than you think. I think the finishing will be fairly easy too.

On Saturday morning, my mom and I drove to Kansas City. Why? Doesn't everyone go to Kansas City for fried chicken? Okay, maybe most people go for BBQ, but we drove four hours for fried chicken.

My mom wanted to eat fried chicken at Stroud's. Apparently the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at one time. Was the fried chicken good? You betcha!

Fried chicken livers and gizzards...not my preference, but my mom loved them!

Winner, winner chicken dinner!

After lunch we visited Old Mill Stitchery in Liberty, MO. Super nice shop!

Too bad that it all had to end. Looking forward to future excursions!

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