Spring Really Is Here

Well, the warm days finally arrived here in Chicago after a mild winter, but cold days.  It sure feels nice to sit on my back porch and gaze at my perennial garden.  Everything is slow to grow, but it IS coming.

I want to take the time to thank all my blog followers and let you know how much I appreciate your stopping in to view the lovely work of so many of my stitching friends!  And, of course, I love to have everyone peruse the finishing I have done.  I can’t show all the finishes because some people use their items as gifts and it is obviously a SECRET!  Alas I must say that MY stitching and MY quilting have suffered due to not much time left after finishing.  But I will be sure to show you something of mine occasionally!  A heartfelt thanks again to all you who view my blog each post!  Oh…and see my 2 new pages above… Finishes for 2015 and 2016.

Southpaw Stitcher did this soft, lovely ode to Spring!  Need I say more?  Love the soft colors.  So many of my clients are loving the “flat fold finish” for their seasonal projects.




Cheryl gave me some beautiful purple and teal batiks to use for finishing her box lid.  I added some tiny cross-stitches across the top and bottom and added some hand made purple cording.  What a lovely tribute to friends everywhere!


Pat will be attending a wedding shower soon and stitched this beautiful keepsake for the wedding couple.  All those little dots are gorgeous glass beads that she added.  Such a lovely gift.



Judy had fun stitching this elegant leprechaun with his lovely shamrock and cute gold buttons.  I added some super Celtic fabric.  She has a BIG head start for next year’s St. Patty’s Day!



And speaking of head starts…Pat (who did the wedding pillow above) also stitched this scary Halloween wall hanging.  She gave me the spooky black eye fabric and I couldn’t resist adding a silver spider web and a creepy spider to go along with it!



Becky is also well ahead of time with her adorable “Elf on the Shelf” ornament.  I think some lucky children will simply adore this one!  Golly, I wish I were ready for the holidays for 2016 already??!!



That’s all I can show right now.  I hope you enjoyed today’s photo gallery.  Tis a busy season for everyone…gardening, family celebrations, graduations, Mother’s Day nearly here, vacation planning.  I hope each one of you is truly enjoying beautiful warm and sunny days.  After the long winter I am feeling renewed for sure.

I hope to have some photos next time of a stitching retreat I will be attending at Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI.  Can’t wait!

Until next time, amities, Averyclaire





17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Southpaw Stitcher
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 22:29:09

    I love all the finishing that you do–mine especially! You are a treasure to our stitching community. Hope you have time for some of your own stitching / quilting very soon.


  2. averyclaire
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 23:25:07

    Thank you so much! It’s a very creative thing to do…and thank you for encouraging me to begin this journey!


  3. Carmen
    Apr 22, 2016 @ 01:16:38

    Me encantan todos los trabajos, son preciosos!!Bss


  4. Elizabeth Janzen
    Apr 22, 2016 @ 18:41:45

    Aside from your meticulous finishes to all of these beautiful embroidered pieces, I love the charming little details you add to the projects, like the cross-stitch finish and the spider in a web. you help create beautiful keepsakes that will be treasured for many years.


  5. Annie
    Apr 22, 2016 @ 19:48:42

    So many gorgeous finishes! Love those little x’es on the box lid. I’ll have to remember that technique and ‘steal’ it from you at some point!


    • averyclaire
      Apr 22, 2016 @ 19:54:04

      Feel free to use any techniques you see. I feel that it’s often the small touches that make something special. Although many pieces are able to stand alone. I like trying to think up different ways to embellish.


  6. Jackie
    Apr 22, 2016 @ 20:12:48

    I always love seeing your parade of finishes! You are such a talent! I hope you get some time to stitch and sew your own things. Everything in balance!


  7. Barbara Lilian
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 03:23:47

    I really like the idea of the flat fold way to show off the finished work. April showers & the cute Lepricorn are my favorite . All so beautifully, stylishly finished by you.


    • averyclaire
      Apr 23, 2016 @ 03:32:28

      Thank you for the kind words. It seems that the flat fold is a favorite among my clients. I do a LOT of these especially for seasonal pieces, as it is so easy to store away. LOVE your garden…it is gorgeous…and a LOT of work I know, as I have a small perennial garden here. Happy Spring!


  8. barbaralilian
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 03:28:15

    Such a lovely idea to use a fold stand to display the your clients hard work. All so nice but my favorite is April showers & the cute Lepricorn .


  9. Margaret
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 18:36:31

    Everything is beautiful! Your finishing work is wonderful!


  10. Brigitte
    Apr 24, 2016 @ 04:32:09

    Lovely, lovely, lovely, all this finishing for your clients. I particularly love the flat folds with the cording all around. I love using this finishing for my stitching as well.


  11. Carol
    Apr 28, 2016 @ 18:28:11

    Such gorgeous finish, as always!! I always love visiting to see what you have done for your clients. I think my favorite this time is the little leprechaun–so cute!

    Hope you are having better weather than we are–it is cool and rainy here and not looking good for the weekend. Oh well, better than a lot of place in the U.S!

    Enjoy these last few days of April 🙂


  12. Sheryl
    May 13, 2016 @ 12:02:17

    I enjoy seeing all these different finishes and such pretty work too. My favourite is the flat fold.


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