Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Signature RR Chart...

Hello Friends, I have some stitching to share with you. It is time for the rotation of the Halloween RR that I am participating in. This round was my turn to stitch on Carol's. Once again I used Prairie Schooler's When Witches Go Riding...this has surely become my signature pattern because I've stitched it on 3 of the RR's to date, I don't know what that says about me. Either - a.) lack of creativity OR b.) I'm a witch .... but anyway here it is in all it's glory:

Prairie Schooler ~ When Witches Go Riding
Carol's Witching for Stitching RR

If you have this chart...... you'll notice I stitched it backwards...she's supposed to be coming out the back side of the house on the left hand side. But since I was directed to start at the corner of the left hand side per Carol, I tranposed the chart so that she was exiting from the right side. Took some doing and some studying and counting, but it came out ok, I believe.

Here's a picture....of the whole RR...pretty cute Halloween Town.
We're trying to return....to normal around here, that is something that is very hard, but sweet faces like this are the reason enought to get out of bed in the morning:

FAT Tuesday....is today of course. The last day before the long 40 days of Lent. I have a special intention for my 40 days of Lent and when we come out the other side I hope to emerge on Easter Morning a better person, like a butterfly emerging from its chrysallis. We'll see....but until that time, in celebration of Fat Tuesday, I'm getting a Whopper! :o) Nothing like a little red meat to gird your spirit :o)

And Until Next time.....love and best wishes, as your count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours! XXXX

God is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence Him. Psalm 103:13


  1. I love this witching go riding pattern and don't tire of seeing you stitch it. Carol's RR looks spookily fabulous! Hope you have a lovely Fat Tuesday before the restrictions of Lent begins.

  2. I THINK YOUR WITCH IS very nice, but you're not a witch but a fairy.
    i hope you the best.

  3. That pattern is too cute and the RR is looking great! I'm glad that things are getting better for you.

  4. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Vonna; What a cute picture of your daughter! It's good to see that your family is healing. I know the past couple weeks have been rough. I love your witch, and think she is the perfect design for this corner! I want to thank you, too, for including the link for the Friendship Sampler RR. I joined this group and will be sending out my very first RR this week!
    God Bless,
    Cindy in Northern Indiana

  5. Darling pic of your little cutie! I pray for continued strength and healing for you all. Love the stitching on the RR. Good luck with Lent, too!

  6. Nice block for Carols RR.

    Enjoy your Fat Day, do you have Shrove Tuesday there or Pancake Day as we are having here today? They are yummy and I am about to do mine for DD and DS.
    Incase you don't know of them here is a link below. We like ours with lemon and sugar or golden treacle the best :-)


    Take care x

  7. I love the witch! And the RR is amazing!!

    I haven't decided what to do/sacrifice for Lent.
    I must admit it snuck up on me this year! But I do so look forward to this time of penance and reflection.

  8. P.S. Delia Smiths recipe for basic pancakes with lemon and sugar will be the best (link at the bottom of the aforementioned page)

  9. Enjoy your Whopper! That's the whole point of Fat Tuesday, is to take time to enjoy what you're giving up. I'm not Catholic, so I've never participated in Lent. But I like the idea of forcing yourself to appreciate the little pleasures in life.

    Cute witchy-stitching. Good job transposing - that's a daunting idea!

  10. Love your PS Witch. You did a wonderful job of changing it. Which only makes it more special. Love the photo of your little cutie. What gorgeous blue eyes she has!
    Enjoy your whopper.

  11. Perfect addition to Carol's RR. And transposed too - very clever and well done
    Wishing you days of love and healing

  12. I love it! And I love that fabric too--awesomely Halloweenie!

  13. I love your signature pattern! The RR is looking wonderful! Enjoy your Whopper! I plan to eat some meaty Lasagne for my FT meal! I hope you continue to heal and let your memories comfort you.

  14. A nice witch-y, whichever side she comes out! What a precious little one! (Nice sewing machine in the background, too). Love your sentiment - 'count your blessings and your stitches'.

  15. I love your witch Vonna - the RR looks great!
    Your little daughter is adorable!

  16. What a sweet picture of your baby, Vonna. I imagine seeing that smile (and those of your other three beasties) do help you through the rough spots.
    Your Halloweeny addition is just perfect!

    Hugs to you, dear friend.

  17. i like the RR, and your wonderful idea of switch the witch.

    sweet and cute face, an you are right,is a very good reason to get out and make all the work and effort to see day after the sweet face smile.

  18. The RR is looking gorgeous, congratulations

  19. You are so creative! I'd never figure out the reversing. Great job! I love PS designs!
    Hang in there!

  20. I love that witch, she's perfect for so many Halloween-y projects. She looks great on Carol's RR! I've stitched her once for an exchange and plan to stitch her at least once more for myself.

  21. Even though I live in California where there are no "real" seasons, it was nice to open your blog page and see SPRING colors and very renewed feeling of Yes! No more Winter. Let me tell you Vonna, your blog was a breath of fresh air today!
    I like your "When Witches Go Riding" You do it so nicely. It is cute.
    And speaking of cute. That baby girl of yours is just adorable! Those blue eyes...oh my!
    Hang in there, I am glad that you are slowly making your way back to normal...anything worth working towards is worth taking the time.

  22. This town is fabulous!!! And what a great idea to flip the witch backwards!!!

  23. You did a wonderful job transposing your witch, she is just darling!!!

  24. I *love* your new template!

    In Australia (where I grew up), the day before Ash Wednesday was called "Pancake Tuesday", and we always had pancakes (well, crepes really) for dinner. Yummy!

    I like your "signature" piece - I recently completely a RR where I had to transpose part of the chart - it was easier said than done!

  25. Lovely Halloween RR, v.clever to transpose, don't think I could do that!

    We have Pancake Day today or Shrove Tuesday, theory is you're supposed to use up fat and eggs which used to be restricted during Lent. I like golden syrup and lemon on mine :)

    Gorgeous photo, such a cutie, certainly made me smile :)


  26. OOOO what fabby is that RR on? I LOVE it! I did get your email honey I've just been swamped. I'll talk to you soon...

  27. Your daughter is a cutie patootie! I'm glad to see you posting. I know your heart is sore and that it will take a long time to find a new normal.

    I could seriously go for a Whopper right about now! We did Shrove Tuesday here as is the tradition--pancakes for dinner, which were actually crepes, and I could eat a young bull calf, I am so hungry. LOL

    Your witch looks wonderful!

  28. Love the witch. And a great big Mardi Gras thanks for my Ellie fix. I've missed seeing her.

  29. Your witch looks good no matter which way she faces. I've been thinking all day about what to give up for Lent, still can't make a decision.

  30. I'd say you've stitched the same pattern three times because you know a good thing when you see it! I've rotated patterns in the opposite direction as well, but I transposed it by sketching it out ahead of time by hand. Don't know if I'd be talented enough to do it on the fly.

    Goodness, Miss Ellie is looking quite cute and so much older! What a doll!!

  31. Vonna, it's so good to see you blogging again. I love the new "spring" look! Love the photo of that precious daughter of yours. So huggable! I also love your Halloween signature RR. Sending hugs!


  32. Wow!! What a fantastic job you did of transposing the witch - another display of your awesome stitching abilities!! (I'm still left behind in the "can't walk & chew gum" group) :)
    What a sweet little face you have to encourage you on during your difficult journey! Please know that you're still in my thoughts and prayers - hang in there...you've done a wonderful job of sharing Ben with all of us. Enjoy that whopper!!!!!!!!! :)

  33. Your witch looks fantastic. You did a great job transposing.

    My thoughts are with you while you move through this difficult time. And you're right, that little face (and the other bigger faces in your home) are more than enough inspiration to get through the day!

  34. Love the Witch! Isn't great when you find a chart you don't mind stitching over and over again! No, whopper here, but I did indulge in a brownie this afternoon. I have a feeling thursday will be my big meat day....will need it after ash wed. and the start of no meat on fri.'s. Sending you happy wishes for a wonderful week!

  35. Vonna,

    Ellie is a cutie! Who wouldn't smile looking into those beaiutiful eyes?

    My baby passed her driving test today! They do grow up quickly.

    There is a feature on photocopiers that will make a mirror image. It's a great feature for flipping patterns around.

  36. You're neither a witch nor lacking in creativity. It's just a fabulous design, well worth repeating!

    Great to see a post from you and to hear that you're coping. Kids are indeed a most amazing reason to continue on, no matter how difficult it gets at times. Sending, as always, hugs.

  37. The witch has come out great (again!), and Ellie is indeed adorable :) Enjoy your splurging on Fat Tuesday - and good luck with your plans for Lent (how early are you up that it's Tuesday with you and you're posting on your blog already?!?!?!)

  38. Great RR - your witch is lovely. You should have checked your printer software as you probably could have transposed the pattern to a mirror image! Next time eh?

    Sweet picture of your little girl - what a cutie!

    I love your new blog look!

  39. Anonymous7:15 AM

    Great new look!
    I already want my easter eggs here!
    Love the Prarie Schooler witch. It is just not a tradition here.
    Who can resist such a cute pretty face. It helps a lot in the middle of sorrow, I'm sure.
    Next week I will look in Paris for some other Prairie Schooler (I just found out that they have one for March, my month), not the witches!!!
    Thinking of all of you!!!

  40. Beautiful. I love these RRs.

  41. I love your witch, and she is quite a nice addition to the Halloween Town. I think it says that you like stitching this particular design.

    The song Unforgettable goes so well with the photo of your little sweetheart! Now doesn't that little smile make your heart melt!

    Thinking of you Vonna.

  42. Don't think of your "signature" chart as a lack of creativity ... consider it a personal tradition instead. I use and re-use three Halloween designs over and over again myself for round robins and exchanges: PS Halloween Designer Collections pumpkin and owl charts and Homespun Elegances freebie of the cat jumping over the pumpkin carved with a crescent. I love these designs and share them by stitching them for friends whenever possible. I see it as comparable to making a favorite meal or dessert and inviting friends to enjoy it with you.

  43. Vonna,

    Your witch is adorable!! Enjoy that Whopper.. I'm so jealous!

    I like your new blog look!


  44. Love that witch pattern too Vonna! Great job. If you ever want to reverse a pattern the easy way, make a copy onto a transparency. Then you flip the transparency and make a paper copy of it and Voila! - you have a complete reversal. I use the copier at work to do this but if you go to a place like Kinko's of course you have to use the self-service as they won't copy a copyrighted pattern for you. Making a personal use copy is okay in my little book of life's rules. :)

  45. Vonna, As you know I admire you stitching and finishing a great deal and I love the witch you have stitched plus if you go to my blog you will see that I have given you an award. So pleased to see that you are healing a bit. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  46. Dear, Dear Vonna! You have been in our (mom and mine) thoughts. We're hoping you're doing okay. Its hard to understand something like this, but I hope your memories bring your comfort.

    What joy it was to visit your blog today and see all the beautiful spring things. Its 72 here as I type this at 5:36, but snow flurries are predicted for Saturday.

    When you find something that works, stick with it. I love the PS witch.


  47. I love your signature stitch and you are definitely not a witch!! I love the way this RR is coming together.

    Ah yes, Fat Tuesday... our choir hosted the pancake supper and I was busy flipping pancakes from 4 until 7 last evening. It was a lot of fun but I don't think I want to see another pancake for some time,lol!
    It was so lovely to see your spring theme when I logged on tonight. It really lifted my mood!

  48. The RR is beautiful !

    Love the new look of your blog, so refreshing !

    Wishing you happy days ahead and sending hugs !

  49. Your Witchy-poo is just perfect for Carol's RR, Vonna! I so love 'When Witches go Riding'! And your stitching is as always, lovely!

    And what an adorably sweet photo of Ellie... she's just precious!

    Blessings and Love in Stitches, Sweetie... You and your family remain in my prayers! {{{Hugs}}}

  50. The Halloween neighbourhood looks terrific. I love your addition, Vonna, I mean the signature stitch, lol.

  51. I love the fabric on the witching pattern. And I think you did a fabulous job at switching directions on the witch ~ very clever YOU!!!

    Ellie has the brightest eyes I think I've seen. :D

  52. That's funny you've stitched it so many times! I think Katrina stitched it on mine! Hope you're doing well, I've been missing your blog and your sweet words.


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