Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fractal White Tiger November 2016 Update

563 stitches were added to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross stitch in November. 

Almost all of the stitches I added were the same color, so I managed this progress in less than 2 hours this morning. (It's been a crazier than normal month...)

Most of those stitches were also a shade of white, making them difficult to spot.

This was my progress last month. 

The colors in this photo are more true. (This winter lighting makes it difficult to get a good picture!)

I am linking with A New Stitchy Start.

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Twilight Duel Update 15 November 2016

The 2nd Monday of November has arrived. There will only be one more update on this piece this year. I hope to have more progress by then, but it seems very unlikely with my schedule the way it is.

Here is my bit of progress on the Heaven and Earth Designs chart of Ruth Thompson's "Twilight Duel" artwork.

Just over 200 stitches were added to page 3 in October and I have barely had time to touch a needle this month. 

(If you look REALLY closely, you might note the blue along the far left edge filled in a tiny bit.)

Percent Complete:
Project: 22.06%  (It was 21.91%)
Page 1: 100%
Page 2: 100%
Page 3: 16%        (It was 14.14%)
Page 4: 100%
Page 5: 1.83%     (Same)
Page 6: 0%
Page 7: 7.08%     (Same)
Page 8: 100%
Page 9: 2.08%     (Same)
Page 10: 0.25%   (Same)
Page 14: 2.9%     (It was 1.83%)

I am linking up with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #84 at Super Mom - No Cape!

Please stop by to see the free vintage Christmas embroidery patterns and to see what others are sharing today. 

If you do hand embroidery and have a blog, I encourage you to link up!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fractal White Tiger October 2016 Update

This month I added less than 500 stitches to the Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger piece I am stitching for my eldest son. The artwork is by Ricky Barnard.

The colors in this top photo are accurate. Last month, I had a hard time getting a good picture.

This is how it looked last month. I filled in some of the white and finished most of the third stripe on the right.

This piece is a joy to work on. 

I am linking up with A New Stitchy Start.

I am also linking up with Stitchery Link Party #82 at Super Mom - No Cape.

I spent the day making Halloween treats for my youngest son and his friends. 

Pinterest came to my rescue with their last minute plans to watch movies at our house and give out candy to trick-or-treaters. I am so blessed that my boys are friends with such great kids.

Two of my favorite treats of the day were the Oreo pudding dirt cups with tombstones and Purple People Eaters. For the dirt cups, I used the recipe from this pin on Pinterest, but added the tombstones after seeing them in other photos. 

The recipe for Purple People Eaters may be found through this pin on Pinterest. (Due to lack of time, my cups were not as fancy as the one shared with recipe.)

I think the kids enjoyed themselves. I know I did!  Happy Halloween.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 28, 2016

1 Christmas Item a Month October 2016

If you are stopping by for the Eerie Nights Blog Hop, you will find my creations here. Today is the last day of the hop. The full schedule may be found here.

Can you believe November will be here next week?! I really wish I knew where the time went!

I apologize for the photo quality. My camera did not want to cooperate with the gray daylight we have had recently.

Using the "Christmas Spirit" fabric by Geoff Allen I had in my stash, I made a second fabric postcard. 
I just love this fabric!

Making fabric postcards is so much fun! 

My backs backs and edges still need some practice...

I had one more finish this month, but I mailed it out early and it has not reached its destination. I will share it with you next month!

If you are interested in making a fabric postcard the links below may be helpful.

Earlier this year, I shared a tutorial on how to make crazy quilted fabric postcards on the Crazy Quilting International Blog.

My 2 favorite fabric postcard tutorials are found at Patchwork Posse (this post has loads of great information and ideas) and at Quilted Delights (I love to use the finishing method shared in this tutorial to finish the edges of my postcards.)

I do hope you will stop by the 1 X-mas Item a Month blog to see what others have made this year.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Eerie Nights Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome to the fifth day of the Eerie Nights Blog Hop!
If you are new to my blog, welcome!

Special thanks to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing
and to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting the hop.

I also want to thank the sponsors of the blog hop:

I fell in love with these Timeless Treasures fabrics:
Glow Webs by Gail Cadden, Glow Ghosts and Dark Clouds.

I decided I needed them for the blog hop.
I just love fabrics that glow in the dark.

I began crazy quilting in May of 2012. 

This was the very first block I crazy quilted. 
It has been safely tucked away for more than 4 years.

Loosely following this tutorial I found on Pinterest, I turned the block into a pocket on a tote bag. 

I used Dark Clouds fabric for the exterior, black cotton for the interior and the Glow Webs for the inside pocket.

I have wanted to try making a zipper pouch for over a year.
A couple of blogs I follow have shared this zipper pouch video on YouTube by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They looked like so much fun to make, but the idea of cutting a zipper intimidated me. 
It was SEW much easier than I thought it would be!

Before you try making one, let me warn you, they are addictive!

I made a second zipper pouch using the Glow Ghosts fabric on the exterior and the Glow Webs inside.

This time, I put pockets inside using a spider print from my stash.
I also added an optional wristlet strap, using the wristlet instructions found in step 2 of this tutorial.

For the tissue-pack cover, I loosely followed the tutorial I discovered through this Pinterest pin.

I must confess...
I was thrilled to see the zipper pouch glow in the dark. 

Seriously. It is the little things in life... 
Picture me finding my 16-year-old and 19-year old sons in the kitchen and insisting they follow me. 
Into the hall bathroom, of course! 
There is not a window in there. 

We squeezed into the small half bathroom. I closed the door, turned off the lights and clapped my hands with delight. 
When I turned the lights back on, my boys were shaking their heads and trying not to laugh.

I have another confession. 
I needed to make a second tissue-pack cover. 


It's a little embarrassing, but last year I realized one of my bags did not have a good place to keep my license, debit card, gift cards, Safeway card, Fred Meyer card, library card, etc. 
Out of necessity, I pulled the tissues out of my tissue-pack cover and stuffed the cards in there.

It was perfect. 
There was plenty of space for the thick pile of cards.

Now I have one tissue cover for my cards and one for tissues.

I have read great things about Aurifil thread on other blogs.
Out of curiosity, I decided to try some. 
I really liked it!

I used the variegated yellow/orange Aurifil thread 
with this Halloween print from my stash to make a glasses case. 

To make this case, I loosely followed the tutorial 
I discovered through this pin on Pinterest
(I cut my fabric 3.5-inches by 8-inches to make it smaller 
so my smaller framed glasses would not keep falling out.)

To say I am thrilled to have a Halloween themed bag and accessories is probably an understatement.

(Did I mention some of it glows in the dark?!)

For next year, I may add another (smaller) zipper pouch 
to hold my coins and a second glasses case. 
(I do not want my sunglasses to get jealous.)

For the blog hop, we were asked to share something we already have that we like to use at Halloween. Every October these two tealight holders add some candlelight to our home. 

I do hope you will visit the other blogs participating today!

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Do not forget to enter the drawings!
(Please note: some of the prizes will only ship 
within the United States.)

Today's giveaway is from Aurifil.

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Wishing you all a Spooktacular Halloween.
Thank you for stopping by!