Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday Stitchery and Joyful Embellishments
Those of you that have been following my blog know I had hoped to finish my work on one of Mary's under-the-sea blocks to share today. Last Wednesday night, I wondered what I had been thinking?! Time crept up on me again and the trip we had planned to take to Lincoln City had nearly arrived. Thursday was filled with chores and Friday with packing and driving.
We thought it would be fun to take a trip with the grandparents and cousins before my eldest heads off to college this fall. We left on Friday and returned home yesterday. It was a bit windy and chilly, but the sun was out and the company was wonderful. It was a perfect weekend at the coast.
We rented a house with an ocean view (translate this to read 'with 3 flights of stairs') and within walking distance of the beach. The house had a hot tub on the deck and a game room featuring a poker table, a pool table and a projector movie system. Basically, we were pretty spoiled. We were also within walking distance of Highway 101. We took the teens on a walk and this Prehistoric shop was so popular that we had to stop on our way to the Candyland store and on the way back to the house.
Last night, it was very clear I would not have time to stitch enough to share with you on Mary's under-the-sea block. What to share, what to share? It was a perfect opportunity to start on a new goal... (My second new project in 2 weeks, and my friend at Magpie's Mumblings and I were just discussing how I was NOT going to start anything new. I caved, what can I say...)
At the beginning of the year, Valerie Bothell started a group on Facebook called Joyful Embellishments. Every Monday through Friday she introduces a new stitch combination that may be used to embellish a crazy quilt. This morning, Valerie introduced stitch #116.
I joined the group last month, but had not decided if I wanted to put all the stitches onto crazy quilt blocks or if I wanted to create a booklet of stitches like the one Annet at Fat-Quarter created with her Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitches. (Here is a link to her completed booklet. I love it!) Last night, I decided on making a booklet of stitches. Valerie has a Joyful Embellishments Pinterest page that makes it super easy to find the stitches in order.
Using 2 strands of DMC 701 for the feather stitch and 2 strands of DMC 223 for the lazy daisy (also called a detached chain stitch), I completed Stitch 1 on 28-count Monaco evenweave.
I am linking with the Monday Stitchery Link Party #10 at Super Mom - No Cape. If you do any hand stitching, I encourage you to join in the fun. There is another great free pattern available today, too!
Thank you for stopping by!