Thursday, August 27, 2020

Anniversaries of The Heart Progress

Another block is finished in my Anniversaries of the Heart series! This is Clara Ellen which I personalized with my daughters name, year of birth and the year she graduated high school.  I just love it! I let Allison chose the colors she wanted in her block and I think they really work well together! 
I've been trying to get better about showing my color conversion when I'm finished with each block(I have a few more blog posts to do for the other blocks I finish;)) Here are the colors that I changed ~

Called for CC Avacado - changed to CC Weeping Willow
Called for CC Gingersnap - changed to WDW Onyx
Called for CC Little Brown Hen - changed to WDW Raspberry
Called for CC Olive Branch - changed to DMC 3047 
Called for CC Peanut Brittle - changed to GAST Ohio Lemon Pie
Called for CC Stepping Stones - changed to GAST Fishermans Wharf
Called for CC Sunkissed - changed to a Limited Edition of GAST with no name

Border is stitched with GAST Grasshopper and CC Stepping Stones
2 of the Sunflowers were stitched with GAST Pumpkin Patch and Dark Chocolate the other Sunflowers were stitched with GAST Ohio Lemon Pie and Dark Chocolate

 Before I go, I thought I'd show an over all picture of my progress...One change I forgot to mentioned is that I stitched Allison's (Clara Ellen) block in place of Swan Lake (block 7)...I plan to stitch Swan Lake next..but just felt the need to switch those 2 blocks around!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Prim Pumpkin Jack

I've been trying to slowly adding prim decor to my home decor over the past few months..So this means lots of Pinterest browsing.  While browsing one day last week, I came upon this amazing pin that led me to an Etsy Shop called Prims By Denise.  While browsing through the wonderful selection of patterns, I found one called Grungy Pumpkin Jack SOL Sitter and fell in love! I purchased the pattern and the next day with Allison's help..we made one!
 Eek! I just love how he turned out so much!! I also picked up a few other patterns, so look for those in the days and weeks ahead!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Boo Pillow Finish

Over this past weekend I spent a little time fully finishing this little guy named simply..Boo! It was part of a much larger chart that is a freebie by La Comtesse and you can find the link HERE. I decided to only stitch the top part and make it into a little small pillow.  I'm trying to be better about making smalls to display around my home.  

I stitched Boo onto a piece of mystery linen with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, Blackbird.  Then I fully finished it with some Civil War Reproduction fabrics I had in my stash and added a small rusty safety pin just for fun!  I just love how it turned out!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Olga's Tart ~ A Finish!

I'm back! So this week I had two fun FFOs! This one is the second one..Olga's Tart by Plum Street Sampler!! I've had Olga finished for years and she has been hanging out in my box of finishes.  I think the main reason why it took me so long was because I wasn't sure how to finish her completely.  I stitched Olga on a piece of 28 count linen (I think) that I picked up from my local Michael's. I had only ever stitched on Aida, so stitching or buying linen for that matter was a brand new to me.  And to top it all off, I was also only just returning to the world of cross stitch after a 16 year absence.  So there was so much to learn!

I remember stitching Olga with the recommended DMC and a few weeks back I gave her a dip in some tea/coffee to age it up a bit. I finally decided to FFO her on a pedestal I picked up somewhere along the way! 
I cut out a piece of mat board and glued two layers of batting onto it, then I laced Olga into place...
Once she was finished...I mounted her onto the pedestal that I'd painted/antiqued earlier in the day...I attached some black mini pom poms around Olga and attached her to the top of the pedestal.  It's hard to get a perfect picture of the whole finish.  I love how she turned out and I'm excited to have her ready for my Halloween decor this year!
 Before I go..I thought I'd show you my beautiful Black Eye Susan bush that is growing in the front flower bed.  This is the second year for it and man is it gorgeous!  I just love it.  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Good Morning! It's been awhile...

I know it's been a wee bit since I've last done a blog post...all I can say is I blame it on life;) I decided about a week ago that I needed some small cross stitch finishes. Not only to help me feel more accomplished(since I seem to only like giant cross stitch projects ;)) but to make a few seasonal smalls to display around my house! The first one that called to me was Christmas Wishes by Tina Woltman!  I received the most amazing box of charts from Dora a few months back and this was one of them! I loved it the first time I saw it and wanted to stitch it!
So last week I grabbed a piece of mystery linen, some threads and began stitching! It stitched up super fast! I used a variety of floss Gentle Arts Apple Cider, Blackbird, Snowball, and Classic Colorworks Cherry Cobbler as well as some of the called for DMC. 
I finished it as a simple pillow with red ticking fabric, a prim style safety pin and added a double wrapped piece of jute that I then tied in a bow. I just love it! Simple and Prim!

Before I go, I thought I'd share the sunflowers that have grown over the past month..they are just gorgeous! My garden didn't do very well this year, I'm so bummed about it...but then the weather hasn't really been the greatest this summer.  So I'll start planning for next year and try again!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Constitution Quilt ~ Finish


Hello Friends! I know it's been a few weeks since my last post...I've been working on lots of stitchy goodies, but have forgotten to drop in and chat about it;) About a month ago, I started my Constitution Quilt by Primitive Gatherings out of the book Stars and Stripes Gathering. I bought it as a kit from Primitive Gatherings and all the fabric is from their fabric line Stars and Stripes Gathering. 
I worked on my Constitution Quilt in the evenings over several weeks...those log cabin blocks look super fast, but they take a bit of time to construct. 

I quilted it with a crazy all over motif once the top was finished!
I absolutely love how it turned out and it's the perfect quilt to have hung up throughout the summer!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Queen of Freedom Finish!!


Last week on Memorial Day I finished my Queen of Freedom by Mirabilla!! She was an absolute labor of love and I'm so excited to have her finished!! 
I stitched her on 32 count Vintage Sahara with the called for everything! Now I just have to get her framed! Originally I was going to hopefully have her framed by the 4th of July, but with everything still being shut down due to the virus...I think it'll most likely be later in the Summer before shes hung up on my wall.  

I just have to be a little more patient ;)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Quarantine Mystery Quilt Finish!!


Or Everything But The Kitchen Sink as I like to think of it! I finished it the day before yesterday..after many sweaty hours of unpicking...re-attaching..and then unpicking! But finally it was done! I did make one small change to the middle block..
I wasn't loving the finally mystery quilt block release. I just felt like with the one larger star motif in the middle, that mine needed something to stand out...so after flipping through all my quilt books, I found the perfect block in Lori Holt's Vintage Christmas Quilt book. 
I feel like the quilt is growing on me now that I've had a few days to ponder over it. I was really close to throwing it in the trash after the 400th time of unpicking a section...it wasn't my finest moment.  But I think once I have it quilted, the memory of those final moments will be a far memory, and I will fall in love with my quilt;)



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Pink Hill Manor ~ Finished!


I finally finished Pink Hill Manor by Black Bird Designs!! I absolutely love how it turned out! This is block four in the Anniversaries of the Heart Series and is dedicated to my maternal grandparents Roy and Evon. I'm stitching them all together on a piece of 35 count Sand Edinburgh linen with various threads. 

I get asked a lot for my thread conversion...I did use some of the called for threads, but the ones I changed, I'll list here:

Called for CC Cinnamon Toast - Used GAST Old Brick
Called for CC Jakey Brown - Used WDW Sanguine
Called for CC Onion Skin - Used WDW Pelican Grey
Called for CC Peanut Brittle - Used DMC 758
Called for CC Sunkissed - Used DMC 224  *Except for the house windows, these were done with DMC 3864
Called for GAST Portabella - Used DMC 645
Here are my sweet blocks all together! I just love how they look together!! Now I get to start the Farmhouse block #5 and begin the second row! Yay!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Still More Scrappy Blocks ~ Mystery Clue 12 & 13


The Mystery blocks continue onward with repeats on both clues 12 and 13.  I was able to dig down into my scrap bin and found some old fabrics...so that was a nice trip down memory lane.
Then this morning clue 13th released and, because I had lots of pieces already cut out from previous blocks the four that was required...went together super fast! We are down to the last few clues and there is talk in the group, that the final clues will be released quicker than they have been...I really hope that they do! I'm ready to put this one together and move onto my next project! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mystery Quilt Update ~ Clue 10 and 11


I meant to post my block updates a couple of days back! I got a little busy kitting up new cross stitch projects and adding binding to a few quilts.  
Clue #10 was a repeat of a previous clue, luckily though we only had to make four! I had about half of the HST squares already finished from an earlier clue, so finishing these was a snap!
Clue #11 was also a previous clue and we've done variations of the same block a few other times. I was running out of navy fabric and my bestie Reitha said she had some she could send my way.  So she did a porch drop! She left her scraps behind and took home a case of homemade canned goods from my garden! 

Clue #12 finally released this morning and it's also a repeat of a previous block...so I'll be back to show you when it's finished! (I think it'll go really fast, because I have a lot of leftover pieces from the early blocks)

We had an unexpected visitor this week arrive! This sweet hen has decided to hang out here on the farm.  My dad says she lives under his Lilac Tree.  She comes by twice a day and if there is no food out...she walks right up to the back door and peaks in! I hope she stays all summer!

Olivia xx

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Rainy Days are Perfect for Stitching!


I thought I'd just pop in and show my Pink Hill Manor house finish! I loved stitching that tiny pink house! I used Weeks Dye Works Sanguine and it gives it such a nice chic antique look. I still have a ways to go, but I'm hoping to have the full block finished the beginning of next week...it sure would be nice to move onto the Farmhouse block this month.   
Yesterday I planted our pumpkins! Last year I had to sacrifice them to save the tomato plants from the dreaded Caterpillar Beatles. It broke my heart not to have real pumpkins in the Fall for decorating and carving. But I know what to look for now and will keep my eyes on the plants as they grow...wish me luck! 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mystery Quilt Update ~ Clue #8 and #9


Good Morning Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! I thought I'd pop in and show my Mystery Quilt Blocks aka Everything But The Kitchen Sink Quilt! Clue #8 was a repeat of an earlier block. There are 16 of these now and I believe (based on pictures I've seen on fellow participants design walls) they will form a ring around the quilt.  
Just a little side view. It's been a lot of fun digging through my scrap bin and you would think it was starting to get less and less...but I actually feel like it's growing! 
I was late in working on my Clue #8 blocks and finished just as the 9th Clue was released! These went together really quickly...it also helped that I already had the HST leftover from an earlier clue! 
I couldn't leave without showing you my Snowball bush.  The blooms are gorgeous this year!