Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Blessed Thanksgiving...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you, my friends ~

I wanted to swing in one last time before the blog becomes Christmas oriented to share with you my finishing of an Autumn Quilt that I just got done sewing the binding on today!

"Charms on Point" by Missouri Star Quilt. I used "Autumn Road" fabric line byWilmington Fabrics. Such a cute line of fabrics :)

Fall Quilt 2019


The back is by "Maple Island" by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics

Fall Quilt 2019-back

I did edge to edge quilting myself on this smallish quilt - 60 x 60 so a generous  lap size - using my Baby Lock Unity sewing/embroidery machine. The quilting is in Oak Leaves and Acorns with swirls all around, the outer boarder I just did a blown out zig zag stitch. I'm really proud of my quilting on this one!

I also did my own embroidered Quilt Label and I always "sign" my quilts too... for an added personal touch for when I'm dead and gone, just a little reminder of me. 
Fall Quilt 2019 Tag

Here is my Fall Hearth with my newly created quilt snuggled in the venue too
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2019 Fall Hearth

May I take this opportunity to share my many blessings and my most unending gratitude to you all ~ I sometimes do not get on here as frequently as I would like. I often do not get to share on this forum as often as I care to do...but I want you all - who still follow me in this way here on this blog - that I love you all. Am thankful for you all and every night I pray for those who touch my life in so many ways through needlework and/or quilting. God has been most gracious to grant me many, many people in my life to encourage and lift me up - often times when I need it most - I hear from one of you through email, through cards and letters, through direct message.... I feel that most of the times I am not as thankful as I should be. So, please know that I am writing to each of you these heartfelt words. 
THANK YOU!
YOU have blessed my life beyond adequate words that I can express.
I am so lucky to be a part of clan of needle enthusiasts. I am so honored that in some small way I may have inspired one of you. 
THANK YOU!

Tomorrow....
may you have a blessed Thanksgiving day, no matter what you do, how you celebrate it (or not) and know that my thanksgiving for blessings this year will certainly include you all.
My family....
is un-traditional in the fact that we do not do turkey and dressing and fancy china...
we do pajamas and tacos, movies and enjoying each other...with a few desserts thrown in and a nod to the season as one of the desserts being Pumpkin Pie. I am hopeful one day that my future grandchildren (if we are so blessed) will know me as the "cool" granny that has tacos on Thanksgiving Day! 
HA HA HA....something to aspire to!

My thanksgiving and prayers for you:
Vonna xxxx

Friday, November 22, 2019

Two in one day? OMG....

YooHoo! It's me again...
This deserved a posting all it's own. As my close followers will know:
I am the frequent co-host on Fiber Talk with Gary Parr.
Gary and I have a certain rapport that just works and makes me laugh and most anyone that listens or now watches us 
😂😂😂😂

So...Gary and I decided that every Friday night...(minus the Friday nights that we have life happening) - we will be doing LIVE YouTube shows starting at:
 8 pm Eastern/ 7 pm Central/ 6 pm Mountain/ 4 pm Pacific (if I messed that up excuse me)

so why don't you join us tonight?! 
(and every Friday night!)
we have a really great time!

Fiber Talk LIVE

Follow us on:
Fiber Talk Website: HERE
Fiber Talk on YouTube: HERE
Fiber Talk on Instagram: @fibertalk

me on Instagram: @vonnapfeiffer


Long time - lotsa stuff....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to all ~
well I've been MIA on this little piece of blogosphere for some time.
As you can imagine I have been in "full tilt" for the last what...close to 3 months? I cannot wrap my head around how fast time flies and how much I run from pillar to post.

Here's a breakdown (and it won't be quick) of what I've been doing over the past days fast flown....

October...
I had the distinct pleasure of going to Sassy Jacks in Weaverville, NC to attend The Bristol Sampler Weekend with Claudia Dutcher Kistler of Dutch Treat Designs
I was SO EXCITED!!! I'll talk more about why I was later...

Here we are on our way to Asheville:

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We ate at Mayfel's which is a Louisiana style food diner. Here is Ellie trying her very first green fried tomato!
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Ellie walking the streets of Asheville: 

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On our way to the Arts District (yes we walked .... about 4 miles round trip) there was this beautiful iron gate that I had to take a picture of:

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After the arts district we made the drive to Sassy Jacks in Weaverville to drop off cookies I had made for the weekend courtesy of Fiber Talk. On the way to Sassy Jacks we saw this local honey store and I thought it was so darling: 

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Here are the cookies we dropped off (when they were in production of course)...
I delivered 100 individually wrapped iced and decorated sugar cookies for the first day of classes and about 150 individually wrapped chocolate chip cookies for the second day of classes.

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The Bristol Class began on Friday afternoon and went all the way through to Sunday early afternoon. Oh my word! It was fantastic!! Claudia is not only a historian, but she has worked closely with the George Mueller Trust to catalogue the Bristol Orphanage samplers they have in their possession, so she is VERY well acquainted with the styles and history of these simple samplers made by the hands of young orphans in the Ashley Downs, Bristol orphanages ran by George Mueller.

Here is Claudia:
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Here are some gorgeous, ORIGINAL, Bristol Orphan Samplers:

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The Original Harriet Salt that is in Claudia's personal collection that was reproduced by:
Hands Across the Sea Samplers and is still available for purchase!

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While I was in class...my family - Keith and Ellie - were touring the sights of Asheville and surrounding area....
here are a few snaps of them enjoying their time together...they did tour Biltmore, go hiking and swimming and driving all around ;)

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I couldn't go to Sassy Jacks without some great money spending! Here is some loot from my 3 glorious days at Sassy Jacks and the Bristol Weekend:
Hardwicke Manor Fanny Stand and some of Claudia's Bristol Reproductions


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Class Projects!!
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And finally my Bristol Sampler Collection!
(some of these I had prior to my trip to Sassy Jacks)

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Finally I urge interested parties to take a look at Claudia's website. I stumbled across Bristol's last fall. In January I started researching them. Which led me to Claudia's website...which led me to look for books on the subject in particular George Mueller biography books. Fascinating man, fascinating story, these Bristol Orphan Samplers have become a VERY dear thing to my heart.
Here is Claudia's Website: BRISTOL SAMPLERS

I spent largely the rest of October recovering from my star struck fun at Sassy Jacks and working either at the quilt shop or at home finishing....

November....
started with a bang again because it was my bi-annual trip to Berlin, Ohio where I meet my friends Renee and Christy for the weekend of stitching and good fun. In November it is at Camp Gotta Stitch which is through the Needlework Shop: Cross My Heart LTD 

I love Berlin, Ohio: 

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Here was my table mates:
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and my good friends the day we were departing:

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Golly what a good fun time we all had! LOVE IT!! Can't wait until I get to go back!

Now that you are caught up with my personal stitching life...
here's what I've been stitching on: 
The Queen Sampler
Here is how it stood October 18, 2019

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I am going to be honest...I was struggling with it.
 I had made a counting error is Row 2, then I used it to count off on Row 3, which compounded the error because I used Row 3 to count off for Row 4....
compounding errors along the way - it just got bigger and bigger.
I emailed the above photo to my friend and mentor: Gary Parr (who is also stitching The Queen) and after a 5 second turn around of "yes he in fact did see my errors" and a circle around the obvious error, in row 4...I decided to: 

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I washed the linen (by hand, of course) dried and re-started - I am NOT going to let this project beat me. Here is a progression of my restart with appropriate dates.


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I haven't worked on it since November 16.

Information about The Queen's Sampler is:
Original Design by: The Needle's Prayse: Darlene O'Steen

I am following her pattern using the stitch guide by: Needlemade Designs: Linda Vinson

I am stitching on 37 ct. Russian Tea Cake by Access Commodities with A Ver A Soie 

I am stitching mine fully reversible. I will be framing it with plexiglass on the back so the backside can be seen.

The stitches I have used so far in this sampler is:
reversible cross stitch
double back stitch
double back stitch variation
satin stitch
montenegrin stitch 
running back stitch
I have also set up one grape for the spiral trellis stitch

I do not regret picking the entire sampler out and restarting (although many people thought me nuts) I feel great about it, I feel great about the amount of lessons I've learned, the stitches I've learned, how my stitches lay, the tension on them...and I can say with perfect assurance that as it stands now...there are ZERO mistakes! HURRAY!

I also have been stitching on: 

Early Americans Sampler by Little House Needleworks
(28 ct. evenweave, using MY bake and basted method - search bar on sidebar will get you to tutorial)
Here is how the whole sampler stands:
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Sarah Brazier by Hands Across the Sea Samplers
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and a small Bristol "treat" I'm making for someone special using MH Smith by Dutch Treat Designs

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I've also been quilting:


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Are you tired yet? I sure am...
I also have been finishing out of the WAZOO...definitely not as high as numbers as last year because I had to slow down due to my hand doctor's orders, but as of last night I had finished my 425th item of 2019 for clients. Whew. However I AM DONE with deadline 2019 finishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That means no deadlines for the rest of the  year and smooth sailing. I still have packages lined up her to work on, but I'm going to slow down a little and 2020 will see me accepting less finishing and doing more for Vonna. Life is short. I want to create every day, but more for me and not everyone else....again my hand doctor orders me to slow it down or face severe, hand mobility issues. I can't live my life without the use of my hands. They are precious to me. So cutting back is the only  option.

I've been getting emails about -
The 25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher....
am I going to do it?
YES!!! of course! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

This year is going to see some differences though...I'm going to at least post a picture of something I'm doing that day and maybe a little commentary....
I'll have days with memories and things I hold dear in my heart still...
but the big change will be:
I am going to start working on a sampler December 1st and try to finish it by Christmas Day - and if not finished by then, hopefully by January 1st!

Would you like to know what the Sampler is?
It is this one: 
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I saw this in the Country Sampler - Spring Green Wisconsin Newsletter and flipped out. So much so that I went IMMEDIATELY to their webshop and purchased it. The colors are different in the top photo because it is one of Jeanne's fabulous conversions. I cannot give the conversion because you have to buy the kit from Spring Green to get it. FANTASTIC colors and I am SO in  love with this. 
I will be starting Dec. 1 and daily will upload my progress to the 25 days posts. 
Wanna join me? The more the merrier, I say! Here is a link to the webshop at Spring Green Country Sampler: Jane Stanwix Sampler KIT

So until December 1st and the start of the 25 Days of Christmas with me...
I wish you and yours a most blessed, thankful, Thanksgiving...no matter how  you spend it - we are doing PJs and Tacos because who says you have to eat turkey? or get dressed up? LOL!

May your blessings be many and your troubles few...
Love and Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx