Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you all ~

The New Year is well and truly underway....
and I'm trying very hard to stay on top of all my commitments to myself and others.
I'm trying to continue to exercise daily...(I'll admit I've been hit or miss...)
Eat on my diet....(again admission of some failures here too...)
Create daily....(can check this one off with a big check mark!)
Stay up to date with my Stitch-A-Longs I've signed up for...(so far so good...)

Here is what I have accomplished creating wise the last week:

I have signed up for two stitch-a-longs...the first one is by iStitch Designs and is the 2020 Burgandy Band Sampler. I'm stitching mine over 1 thread on the called for banding using Classic Colorworks Cherry Cobbler. 
1-17_2020 iStitch_Burgandy Band

Then I fell in love with Jacob's 2020 Modern Folk Embroider SAL It's called The Family Quaker Sampler and well I just loved it. Here is the first month's work so far....I still have much to go...but isn't it looking gorgeous?
I am stitching on: 32 count Zweigart Charcoal using DMC floche in BLANC. 


Wondering what floche is????
Yeah. I did too until a few months ago when I was reading a surface embroidery pattern and saw that it recommended padding dimensional satin stitches with: floche. Floche? What is floche? 
Well I brought the topic up on Fiber Talk one Wednesday Chat and according to the vast majority of comments...many people didn't know about it either. Of course I know that many others already knew about it...and of course we got a comment or two - to boil it all down - indicating that any serious stitcher knew about floche and well....let your imagination fill in the blanks.  ~ Thank you! ~
although floche is used primarily for surface embroidery...Gary posed the question what it would be like stitching with it. So I jumped in. The above is on 32 count dark fabric and look at that coverage! ONE STRAND...and it is mercerized so a beautiful sheen. Loosely woven so a very soft thread to work with and when you lay it on the linen it spreads. Beautiful. The stitches just spring off the linen and I love my stitches to pop like that. Stunning. Want to know more? Well Mary Corbet talks at length about it here: HERE and if on her site your search for floche or just google floche and Mary Corbet it will list all the places she's referred or talked about it. Mary, Mary...what a knowledgeable, encyclopedic needlewoman. 

I also used motifs from Little House Needleworks ~ "A Little Snow" to create an ornament sized project for the 2020 Little House and Country Cottage Stitching Group on Facebook, where I have organized a monthly ornament stitch-a-long. 
This gem is stitched on 32 ct. Slate by Hand dyed by Stephanie
using called for Classic Colorworks. Isn't it sweet :)

Little Snow_LHN

so that does it for stitching this week...I did work a night or two on The Queen's Sampler, but I un-stitched more than I stitched so...it's a wash on that.

In Quilting this week....
My Quilt Guild is having a 2020 Block of the Month so I did January's block.
I'm using 1930's reproduction fabrics that I've collected over the past couple of years. 

Guild BOM Jan 2020

Then I have been saving all my scraps and decided to try the Scrappy Stars String Quilt.
This was held as a class (6 times) at the shop I work at, however...I never could fit it in my schedule.
so....I looked and looked at the display model and figured out how it could be done. Since that time someone told me that it was on pinterest as a tutorial. Silly me could have saved myself some time.
anyway...here it is:

VP_scrap stars_1 VP_scrap stars_2

Scrap Stars Jan 18

slow and steady wins the race, right? I'm trying to just throw blocks in every now and then. If I get a block or three done each week...well that's a quilt by fall ;)

In my finishing service, I am back in the saddle...

Then I decided to finish for myself...
VP_LHN Snow Globe

Snow Globe Ornament - I also made a tutorial to share: HERE

On Fiber Talk...
It was my Wednesday to co-host the mid-week chat: HERE

and instead of a Friday Night LIVE... we did a Saturday LIVE finish with Vonna: HERE

So.... there you be...everywhere I've been this week. Today is a busy day as I work at the shop...
tonight I have quilt guild...so...
I need to fuel up with another cup of java.
Get my face and hair fixed.
And race to work.

I've been grumpy the last couple of months. 
I really have. I don't know what the deal is, but I suspect it may be "the change". Anyhow...
I saw this in one of my devotions/inspirational readings this week and thought I'd share:

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." 
- Leo Buscaglia 

Important words....read them and think hard about them...because often when I feel down, someone, somewhere will do one of the above things and changes my whole day, my whole demeanor. Be that someone to someone else today and every day. The world is a hostile place. Make it better.

Until next time...
hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Friday, January 17, 2020

SATURDAY - January 18, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

I'm burning up Christmas 2020....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you ~
Running by to say "HELLO" and hope you all are doing well

This week was a busy one...
I had another funeral luncheon to cook and serve. May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.
This time I had very little help, but a little help is better than zero help and sometimes that is the case for funeral luncheons, it turns out to be me and my spatula. It was a very nice affair and the mourners seemed to enjoy the home-cooked meal and cozy atmosphere to share their memories of their passed loved one. It's a beautiful ministry and one, sadly, that is being lost in many churches. If you belong to a church I urge you to inquire about their bereavement luncheons and help out if at all possible.
It is a corporal act of mercy to give aid to the mourning.

I also am here to tell you that...
I am burning up Christmas 2020 (HA HA!)
I have long admired: mmmcrafts
Finally on January 1st I decided to jump in with both feet (as I am wont to do with most things I decide to do.)

I think you all know how I feel about Santa Claus....
I love that jolly old soul. And when I saw MMMCRAFTS SANTA
well be still my heart!

So I purchased the pattern - WHICH is impeccably written by the way!
I began collecting "all" the things I'd need to craft one.
AND....I jumped in.
I am so proud to share with you my Santa I finished this past Wednesday!

TTNBC_Santa_VP_2020 TTNBC_Santa back_vp

Isn't he a darling?! Oh my word I love him...
So I got out all of my wool felt and my kids picked their colors and off I am to make 4 more...sometime throughout the year. 

Hands Across the Sea Samplers....
I also would like to bring you attention to this beautiful sampler reproduction chart up for sale to help the plight of the fire brigades in Australia: 
Hands Across the Sea Samplers has sent a large amount of money to the fire brigades and every day more and more money is being sent to help our brothers, sisters and wildlife in Australia. Please consider donating and in return obtaining this beautiful reproduction of a young Australian school girl. 

Today is Vonna's Day of rest...
I'm going to go down to the cave and set up tomorrow's work day, then I'm coming back upstairs putting my nightgown on and I'm done for the day and stitching my heart out!

Until next time...
keep a smile on your face and one in your heart and you just can't go wrong!
Hugs and Love in Stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Sunday, January 05, 2020

New Year is here....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
and a wish for your 2020 to be filled with health, a wealth of stitching and a big ol' dollop of happiness!
May it be so for each of us!

Every year this time....
I tend to get a little blue. The holidays seem to fly by and before I know it we are back to the grind. I always snap out of it, but today as I have cleaned my cave (back to work for me tomorrow finishing) I have been a little blue. But the cave is all clean (what a job) and I'm ready to get back in the saddle (I guess).

I wanted to swing back in here and catch you up with what has been going on in my neck of the woods. I have packed Christmas away - thanks to my family for their help....
and I have set out a little wintery mix of goodies. I like warm and welcoming, soft and cozy....
so here are some shots of my home:




yesterday I went to the quilt shop (where I work) and took a class with my Babylock Unity, affectionately named Eunice. Together we made this: 


I am moderator over at Little House and Country Cottage Needleworks Stitching Group on Facebook and this year I am hosting Sampler Sundays the entire year so 52 Sundays of stitching samplers of your choice as long as it is Little House or Country Cottage Needlework designs. 
I chose to pull out my Early Americans Sampler...I started on Molly Pitcher's House last week and got a pretty nice start for one day of stitching. I haven't stitched yet today, but am hopeful I can sneak in a few stitches later tonight.


Note on my Early Americans: The border is mine and available at the tabs above (links to my Flickr album) No there is no hard copies, you must read it from a tablet or computer to stitch it. Sorry.

The middle square is mine that I also designed using elements from Diane's "America" so I cannot share it with anyone as that is a copyright infringement. Sorry.

I am on board with iStitch Designs 2020 Burgundy Sampler...I am stitching mine red, though...using Classic Colorworks Cherry Cobbler (my favorite color). I finished week 1 last night!


That pretty much catches you up on everything that went on this last weekend. I did have a large funeral luncheon to host this week and it was a lot of work, and my legs and back always aches after such a long day with a whole lot of work included but my heart always feels good about what I do.

One last thing that I always offer up each January.
I have a prayer journal. I put special intentions inside it and close it and then pray over it each day. (or at least I try to...but I am human and some days I don't pray because of laziness...just want you to know I'm human and lack good judgement and wise use of time sometimes.)
For several years I have offered to pray for those people who would like me to, with some special intention or situation that they have weighing on their hearts and souls.
If you would like me to include you in my prayers, please email me (listed on sidebar under mailbox) and I will write your intention in my book, close it, never breathe a word about it to anyone except the Lord. My prayer life is important to me and so many have helped me have an active and focused one through their intentions. Thank you.

Until next time, my dear friends...
may your heart be filled to the brim with happiness and well being...
may your fingers be nimble and your stitches plentiful!
My love, 
Vonna xxxx