Friday, October 01, 2010

Quaker Strawberry

TGIF my sweets!
TGIF! It's been one of "those kind" of weeks, if you catch my drift....and I'm joyous that the day of days is here!  :)

Now...
I'm sure some of my blog readers have noticed that I've been very absent of late. And I have...on blogging, on commenting and visiting blogs, just absent in general. Although I love to keep busy as it keeps me out of trouble, I am ready for a bit of a break and I've determined that this weekend is THE weekend for me to get some stitching in for myself.

Before...
I get on with Vonna's stitch in, I'd like to show you a little surprise that I stitched up for my dear friend Ann, who is a fellow Microbiolgist at the hospital where I work. Not only is Ann my collegue, she is really a true friend. She is one of those kind of people that should have wings and a halo. I love her with all my heart, I really do. Anyway, Ann turned 70 years young yesterday and today I surprised her with a little gift:


BBD Quaker Strawberry


BBD Quaker Strawberry 1

"Quaker Strawberry"
designed by: Blackbird Designs
Design published in: 2006 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue
Copyright 2006 Blackbird Designs
Stitched on 32 ct. antique ivory belfast
Stitched with: Strawberry Shortcake Belle Soie by Crescent Colours
(which I thought was appropriate!)

I'm going to be honest....
this was a breeze to stitch, the Belle Soie lovely to work with as always, but the finishing...bah humbug! Pretty fiddley....I think you have just seen the first and last Strawberry made by these two hands. :)

So...
now I get to stitch for myself and I am really close on something from the St. Charles Market....maybe tomorrow another finish?!

Until next time....
I'll be keeping my "hands to work and heart to God"!
Love and hugs,
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47 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Vonna - and it might have been fiddly, but it still turned out beautifully :)

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  2. Fiddly maybe, but you did a beautiful job on the strawberry and I bet your friend just adores it! Have a great weekend with as much stitching time as you can handle!

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  3. Your strawberry was worth the fiddliness, its beautiful

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  4. What a beautiful finish, Vonna! I'm sure your friend loved it. I hope you develop a full blown case of Stitch Ass. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. A beautiful finish. I'm sure your friend will treasure this!

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  6. SS is one of my favorite Belle Soie colors - it just pops! Love your berry finish.

    Tanya

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  7. Just beeutiful and we would never have known it was fiddly! You made it look easy and gorgeous!

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  8. I'm with you TGIF!!!!

    Your strawberry is exquisite. I'm sure your friend will treasure it always.

    Enjoy "your" stitching weekend! I hope you get lots done:))))

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Gorgeous stitching. If you had trouble finishing it than I know I would need a team of people to help me.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    HUGS

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  10. It's gorgeous Vonna!
    The ribbons are lovely as well.

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  11. You did a wonderful job. I have some strawberry emery kits that I haven't done yet. I really hope they aren't too fiddly. xx

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  12. It's beautiful Vonna. I know that Ann is just gong to love it. Hope that you have a wonderful weekend and get a ton of stitching in!!

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  13. What a lovely present for your friend Ann! Just beautifully done -- of course! TGIF indeed! Sorry it was one of those weeks.

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  14. Your blog is really lovely!
    I'll be back soon

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  15. Oh how beautiful I love these little strawberry's.
    Simply beautiful.
    Catherine

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  16. Is there no end to your greatness?! The strawberry is fabulous! Ann will love it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that you enjoy an iron butt competition with your stitching couch! May you be triumphant!

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  17. It's lovely Vonna and I know your friend will love it. Those strawberries can be "fiddly" for sure and we've got 1500 other XS projects waiting for us, right? LOL Have a great weekend with lots of family & stitching time. I am headed out on a day trip downstate with some friends to a sewing & craft festival and a stop at a LNS there - woohoo! I love my LNS dearly but it's so much fun to visit another one with different things!

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  18. Beautiful Strawberry! You did a wonderful job!

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  19. Ooooo...it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Smiles, DianeM :)

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  20. It's gorgeous Vonna! I'm sure Ann was thrilled. If it was fiddly for you then I'm steering clear of it, lol.
    Hope you get lots of stitches in this weekend.

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  21. Just lovely! Enjoy that stitch in--you are absolutely to order-in or eat out--NO foodprep or cleanup allowed! :D

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  22. It may have been a pain to finish, but its's so gorgeous it was worth the pain!

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  23. It's just adorable, despite the fiddliness. :)

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  24. The Strawberry is beautiful...I actually like finishing those Strawberries. :)

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  25. This turned out beautifully, Vonna!

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  26. A truly beautiful gift for your friend! She sounds very special.

    Enjoy your weekend filled with stitches!

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  27. I agree TGIF!!
    Love your finish Vonna! I've always wanted to try making one of those strawberries but figured they would be a PITA lol Some day :)
    I am sure your friend loved it!

    Have a great weekend!

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  28. Beautiful finish Vonna, definitely worth the fiddling! Enjoy your stitch-in!

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  29. What a lovely little strawberry! I'm sure your friend appreciated your gift.
    Enjoy your stitchin weekend

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  30. What a beautiful strawberry! I am sure that she will treasure this little beauty.

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  31. What a sweet, nicely made gift! If you make more, you'll get the hang of it!
    Happy stitching!

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  32. Enjoy your stitching time Vonna, you deserve it! The strawberry turned out beautifully! I'm sure your friend loved it!

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  33. Vonna, the strawberry is lovely. I love the 'leaves' you added to it. The fabric choice is beautiful and as always you really add your own personal gift of 'finishing'. Thanks for sharing the pics. :) Cathryn

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  34. I hope it helps you to really relax. The strawberry turned out great, but it's a very unique item this way...

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  35. Glad to see you back! And the strawberry is gorgeous! I was wondering what you have been up to now that you have that wonderful sunny room to stitch in! Stitch with a smile all weekend! hugs, pam

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  36. It is absolutely gorgeous Vonna :) I bet your friend loves it!

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  37. I've been horrible in both the posting and commenting part of blogging..although I have been reading and keeping up with all the blogs in my Google Reader!

    Love the strawberry...one of these days I'll make one. Sometime. Maybe soon, maybe not so soon...

    And I did want to mention...I have a better appreciation for what you do, after having taken Medical Microbiology this summer. Cool class, learned quite a bit, loved the prof...and I actually REMEMBER a lot of the stuff I learned! :D

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  38. Love your strawberry, it's so cute.

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  39. I LOVE this!! Beautiful finishing, as always, and how sweet you are to have made this for your friend!

    I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  40. It's beautiful, great job! I've made one strawberry in my life and I wonder why I haven't made another, LOL :)

    It's wonderful to have a friend like that at work! I'm sure she loved the gift. Have a very happy Sunday dear Vonna!

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  41. It's absolutely gorgeous!!! Too bad it wasn't as fun to finish as it was to stitch. Very cute!!

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  42. I think it looks lovely, Vonna. I'm sorry that the finishing was such a pain, though. :(

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  43. Very pretty! It turned out beautiful!

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  44. I see no fiddle before mine eyes. LOL. It turned out beautiful and Ann will certainly love it and appreciate it as much as you enjoyed stitching and fiddling over it.
    Jack...

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  45. Vonna, it is a beautiful finish !!! Won't you do a tutorial for us? Please....

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  46. It might have been fiddly but it looks lovely, congratulations

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  47. A beautiful gift for a friend.

    When you have time, please "gift" all your blogging friends with a tutorial.

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