Sunday, May 3, 2015

Have you noticed......

That I'm having trouble making up my mind what my blog should look like?  I go from reds to browns, purples, pinks and even greens.  I just can't make up my mind.   

Maybe I should just turn everything white and use my imagination while looking at it....nah....that's no fun.....but I bet everyone of you is tired of seeing all the changes.  Sorry but it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind.   At least that's what I've heard.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

I want to share something with you ladies that I found out today.  I purchased the new Drawn Thread design called Free and Brave.  I always make a working copy because sometimes I mark my paper and I don't want to do that to the original.  Mostly because I sometimes sell my patterns and I don't want to sell a pattern that's all marked up.  It's just my way.  Well this is what I found when I made my working copy today......

This makes me very angry with this designer.  I realize that they must protect themselves from dishonest copiers but I'm sure designers are going to hurt themselves more by doing this.  I will no longer purchase any of The Drawn Thread's designs and I love her designs.  But if I can't make a working copy, why should I bother. 
The paper the pattern is printed on looks normal but it's a grey in color and when you make a copy the above shows up.   I'm just wondering what ya'll think of this and if you think I'm being harsh by not purchasing anymore of her designs.

Blessings, Barbara

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I've been as busy as a bee....pun intended....and was able to finish up "The Queen of the Bees" by The Little Stitcher.  This was a pretty fast stitch since it was smaller than the spinners.  I do love the colors in this one alot.

The Queen of the Bees
The Little Stitcher
The Queen of the Bees
The Little Stitcher
 Then I made the mistake of going to my LNS, Needle Orts, today but I did come away with some goodies.  First up is "Stitch Every Day" by Hands on Design.  I love how Cathy has turned this long design into a pincushion and that's how I will finish it.  My shop even had the lolly pop pin that goes with it.  I'll start this after vacation.
Stitch Every Day
Hands On Design
Misc. Fabrics
For Halloween and Christmas Ornies
 My next project is Pomegranate Pocket and Pincushion by Hands On Design.  I absolutely love the color of linen Cathy stitched this on and my shop had some so I got lucky there.  I contacted Cathy about the fabric she used to finish her pocket and she told me it was from the Moda French General Collection.  I didn't have that particular one but I'm going to sew together some 5 inch squares till I get the size I need and make the pocket quilted.  This will be my project to start now and to take on vacation.
Pomegranate Pocket
Hands On Design
A French Fry
The Purple Thread

The little glass bottle holds fabric, fibers and 3 designs for you to stitch over 1 thread and then wrap around the bottle and when finished you have a needle case.  Cute....right?

If I don't get to post again before we leave on our trip....

Have a Blessed Time, Barbara

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Last nite was a nite filled with stitching time and I was able to finish Taby's Needle Cushion and then do the finishing part today during the race.  I love the color used in this pincushion....not something I would usually use.
Taby's Needle Cushion
by Priscilla's Pocket
I filled it with crushed corn cob for a nice primitive feel to it.  I want to try and find or make some matching pins to go with it.  I'm going to go and do some looking at shank buttons at Sewing Studio.  Wish me luck.
I have this pattern in my store for sale and I've included a piece of the WDW Wool so you don't have to go searching for it.  If you're looking for a quick stitch....this is it.

I have started "Queen of the Bee's by The Little Stitcher and I'm loving the colors....golds, green and browns.  It looks like it might be a tad smaller than The Three Stitchers but that's okay with me.

Has anyone tried the BBD way of covering boxes with fabric?  I was reading how they do it here and it seems pretty straightforward and not too hard.  I'm gonna give it a try soon so I'll let you know how it turns out.

Blessings to all, Barbara

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's been a busy week but I've been able to get in some stitching time.  I went up to my LNS "Needle Orts" and came away with my next project.  I mean come on.....I'm standing there looking at this pattern and off to the side I see that Debbie has the WDW Wool that goes with the pattern.  What's a girl to do?  Buy it!!!!
Taby's Needle Cushion
by Priscilla's Pocket
 I was able to finish "The Three Spinners and I love it.  Ya'll know that I never stitch a pattern twice, so if you're interested in purchasing this, it's in my store.
The Three Spinners
The Three Spinners
 Then I mentioned the  other day that I like to collect needle minders.  Here are some that I have.  Sorry for the lousy pictures.
Dog, Jeweled Acorn and
Wooden Needle Orts 
Metal Folk Star, Paris
and Wooden Needle Orts
Jeweled Acorn, Bumblebee,
Halloween Cat
 Then of all things I get an email from Fat Quarter Shop saying their Charm Packs are on sale so of course I had to purchase some.  
Autumn Lily (BBD), Faded Splendor
and World of Romance
We have all the plans made for our trip to Pa. but the closer the time gets the more anxious I become.  I haven't been home since my father passed away in 2006 and it's going to really hurt to see that they aren't there anymore.  As long as I've stayed down here in Florida, you can play tricks with your mind and pretend everything is the same.  I know I'm nuts but I also know I'll be okay once we get there.
Kathy Barrick
I almost forgot to mention Rebecca.  Is she not the cutest rabbit!!!  Can't wait to get a needle into her.

Blessings for a perfect weekend, Barbara

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Good Sunday to all of you ladies.  I've been working quite steadily on The Three Spinners and I thought I'd share what I have finished so far.
The Three Spinners

I also found out that Laura, who is located in Italy, has an Etsy store.  It's called "LitleStitcherShop" and here's the link to it.  I purchased one of her patterns from her shop and received in it record time.  I thought it would make a great companion piece for The Three Spinners.  It's called "The Queen of Bees".
The Queen of the Bees

Needless to say, I'll be going Wednesday to get the threads for this beautiful design.

I'm beginning to think the weathermen know absolutely nothing about the weather.  On Friday, they said we were to have an 80 per cent chance of rain today.  I look outside and the sun is shining brightly and there's hardly a cloud in the sky.  I'm thinking they just spin a wheel and whatever it lands on, that's their report for that day.

Wherever you are, I hope your having a Blessed Sunday,