Friday, November 23, 2018

A set of sweet vintage inspired designs....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
how are you on this day after Thanksgiving? Stuffed? 
😂

I have something very sweet to share with you today! Something that isn't Christmas related...yet...
I like to savor Christmas...
wait until December actually arrives before I dive neck deep into that season of sparkle and shine...

So today I bring your attention to something that you might not know about...
or perhaps haven't been exposed to...

Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designs the most sweet, vintage inspired quilts... and since I fell down the quilting rabbit hole last January and work in a quilt shop now, I have everyone of her patterns and templates. Use all of her suggested notions. Love everything she does!

She has also created, based on her quilts, a couple of cross stitch designs and she now carries her own line of "vintage" inspired cloth which is Zweigart based 10 ct. Aida (similar in feel to Tula for those of us old timers who remember that).

Here are the designs that are available NOW including a package of Lori's Vintage Fabric.


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Aren't they darling?
Of course if you are a quilter you will know that the Farm Girl cross stitch design is based on Lori's "Farm Girl Vintage" quilt pattern...which is so stinking CUTE! (and yes, I own the book 😆)

The Farm Girl Fall design is based off of Lori's "Autumn Love" quilt pattern (yep, got it too!).
I love her style and the whimsy, sweet, cuteness of her patterns, which is also translated into her cross stitch designs. 

As for the patterns, they are printed on heavy card stock (think original Prairie Schooler design booklets), they are in full color charts, glossy pages, clear, large print, easy to read.

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The designs are charted for Aurifloss and also converted into DMC colors. I do not have nor have ever seen the AuriFloss, but upon looking at here: Happy Farm Girl AuriFloss and Farm Girl Autumn Aurifloss  it appears that it is a 6-strand cotton, but does not appear the same thickness as a regular 6-strand DMC.  That is affirmed in the chart pack because it says that all 6 strands of the Aurifloss should be used if stitching with AuriFloss and only 4 strands of the DMC should be used if stitching the design with DMC. Of course this is charted for the 10 ct. vintage cloth and if you don't use that and are using your own cloth then your own rules would apply 😊 

The designs of course can all be purchased at Fat Quarter Shop. I have purchased multiple things from FQS and they have excellent service, fast shipping. I am going to stitch the sweet Autumn Love pattern so that I can be ahead for next year and I will be sharing my progress here and on my other platforms: Instagram (@vonnapfeiffer) and YouTube Channel (Vonna Pfeiffer)...so tune in 😉

I'm still finishing...
but nearing the end of my holiday finishes for clients and as I've spouted a lot of times, 2019 is going to find me slowing way down on my finishing business and gearing way up on my personal crafting. My blog, Instagram and YouTube channel will be sharing all of my 2019 work. I've missed creating for me.

Until Next time...
I'm going to be savoring the last days of Autumn, gearing up for decking my halls!
Hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Blessed Thanksgiving to you....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to my friends ~
for my US friends and readers....
it is my greatest wish that today you experience
blessings of hearth, home and family this day and every day.
Happy Thanksgiving!
VP_Heart in Hand Tom Turkey
stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha
using Classic Colorworks Almost Auburn
Finished into a tuck pillow with hand dyed ric rac and complimenting plaid gingham set on the bias as accents. 

Until next time,
hugs and love,
Vonna xxxx

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

November...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to my friends ~
I'm in the middle of cooking supper for my family and have a few minutes as everything sits and flavors evolve that I thought I'd swing in and share with you all what is going on in my little part of the world.

I'm stitching just a small Halloween piece that seems to be taking forever...
ha...really when you just have a scattered minute here and there to actually stitch for oneself, this is actually really great progress...

"Spirit and Spells"
by Brenda Gervais With Thy Needle and Thread

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I'm not "in" to spooky Halloween...in fact I'm not much into Halloween at all for no other reason than I'm just not in to spooky...but I do like to have a few cuties scattered around and I think Brenda does the CUTEST little witches :) they just always make smile.

So a few more stitches to go on this little cutie and I'll be all done. 

What else has been going on?...
Finishing of course, here's what I've accomplished in the last 7 days.


AM_PS Annual Santas NS_HOD Chalk Christmas Ornaments NS_HOD White Christmas NS_Quaker Pumpkin NS_Santa Pillow NS_SD July AW_BB Bride Tree 1 AW_BB Brides Tree 2 AW_BB Brides Tree 3 AW_BB Brides Tree 3 AW_BB Brides Tree 4 AW_BB Brides Tree 5 AW_BB Brides Tree 6 AW_BB Brides Tree Set JL_SB Slater Stocking WH_PS Santa WH_SB Anna Stocking BK_DW Santa and Kitten BK_Up and Away Stocking

What do I have to look forward to in the next few days?
A retreat!!!!!
Yes...you read that right, I am going away for 4 luxurious days to Amish Country in Ohio for a stitching retreat with a lovely needlework shop there. I cannot wait. 
I. Need. A. Break.
both of the mental/spiritual kind and of the work kind.

I can return rested and relaxed and ready to tackle the last of my holiday finishing.

Until next time...
Hugs and Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx