Sophia’s Sampler

It’s been a busy couple of weeks….but in the evenings I managed to get this sampler completed. It’s called Sophia’s Sampler by Cedar Hill.   (I had to have it because my granddaughter’s name is Sophia.)    I chose 32 ct. Lamb’s Wool Linen and modified the sampler by leaving out a design area I did not want in order to make it a perfect square.    I love the colors of the flowers at the top.

Now I am sewing daily on an art quilt.   It’s taking ALL of my free time.      I would love to tell you that it will be finished by my next post, but I doubt it!!!     Tomorrow we are going to celebrate Father’s Day here.    Both of our father’s have long since passed, but I have a son and son-in-law nearby who are fathers….as well as my DH…..so I will do the cooking and celebrate with all of them.

Amities…….Averyclaire

Canvas Work

We’ve been away in our RV for a little rest and relaxation, but here’s another one to add to the “need to be finished” list. It is a canvas work piece that I did last month with my new needlework group. It is meant to be placed in the lid of a wooden box. I do not have the box yet, nor do I have a frame for it….so it will have to wait. One could continue on with more designs around the edges, but I stopped at this point because this is what will fit into the box I am hoping to purchase.

It has been many years since I have done any type of canvas work. And now I have decided that I did not enjoy the canvas work because the “see thru” canvas distorts my vision. I found this to be hard on my eyes and very tiring. I think I like cross-stitch and other types of embroidery much better.

After requesting advice on finishing in my last post, it appears that most people are in the same position as me….”procrastinators.” I think I enjoy too many things. I love my needlework. Really enjoy working in my garden now that the weather is lovely. I am in the middle of a HUGE quilt that is already two years late for my son’s wedding gift. I have upholstery fabric to make armchair covers, antimacassars and a footstool cover for my two wing back chairs. I have upholstery fabric to make pillows and two chair covers for our RV. I have upholstery fabric to cover my husband’s footstool to match the Morris Chair he made (which I upholstered)…..the list goes on and on and on!!!!! Not to mention I have committed to make some things for my quilt group’s boutique sale which will take place on the first weekend in November. Ahhhhh….to have my “projects” completed and be free to do what I wish. One day this will happen. Do you all have projects like this as well???? I guess I don’t want to think that I am the only idiot who bites off more than she can chew at any given time!!!! I would love to be secretly involved in making surprise gifts for all my friends.

Amities, Averyclaire

Now I Just Need to Do the Finishing

My days have been filled with either office work or working on THE quilt…and my evenings have been spent doing needlework in front of the television. I don’t have any photos yet of the quilt…although progress IS being made. I am bound and determined to complete it before mid-summer…it’s my goal.

But I did complete some needlework. However, I am really bad at getting the final finishing completed. One reason is that the framing costs SO much money. But I don’t have any excuses for the last three ornaments I made and still haven’t done the “finishing.”

Here is my Eiffel Tower from Jardin Prive. I did change a couple of the motifs…the major one being adding my “bee.” I also changed a few other items. Now I just need a frame.

Here are a few photos of the 4th LHN ornament in the series. I have done the “finishing” on 1 and 2…but 3 and 4 are still waiting for the “finishing.” I already have 5 and 6 in the series waiting to be stitched….and number seven is coming out on May 25th!!!! Will I EVER get caught up? Maybe before Christmas? This is #4 called Snowy Pines. You can see them all or purchase one at Anita’s Little Stitches. I really like the colors and motifs in this one.

Does anyone else have trouble procrastinating with their “finishing”???     What’s the secret to getting it done?    Let me know.

In my next post, I’ll have photos of a project I did with my new needlework guild.

 Amities, Averyclaire

Another Gift

If you check my post of May 8th you will see a couple of gifts I received from my friend Maggy in an exchange. I received another gift from her for our exchange. It was really only supposed to be just one small item…but she made me not just those first two items, but another one now as well..!! I love this small book cover she did. I love sashiko stitching and hers is so tiny and exquisite. The pale blue fabric is lovely. And the fabric inside that lines the sashiko has the same clam shell motif….it’s perfect!!! The book inside has blank pages. This is just the kind of book I like to carry in my purse to jot down spontaneous notes when I am out. Thank you SO much Maggy.

Maggy knows that I really like the work of Marie-Therese St. Aubin. She also included in my surprise package, this book…”Papillons, coccinelles et aures bestioles.” Here are some photos of the book and a couple of the inside photos. It is such a beautiful book. It is surely on my list of projects now.

I just LOVE the snails!!!

And last, but not least, Maggy included for me some computer print-outs of French cross-stitch motifs….MORE for my list of projects…I just love them.

Thank you again Maggy….I adore ALL of my surprises. What an exchange!!!!

In my next post I’ll show you the needlework that I have completed in the last few weeks. Amities, Averyclaire

Update on Eiffel Tower

Here is the latest photo of my Eiffel Tower in progress.  I really do love working on this.  I am planning a few moderations to the original pattern…not because hers is not lovely…but I have a couple of motifs I’d like to add to mine and need the space to add them.   I saved a couple of empty areas which will hold the motifs that I am working on right now.   It is fun to make it really my own this way.

Also in progress is another stitching I have been working on for some time. It is a gift for a special friend and I can’t show the whole thing until she has received it. Here is a sneak peak. It needs to be in the mail VERY SOON!!!

And a note for my friend Pat…if you are out there reading my blog while you are frolicking around London and Paris for two months, please remember your dear friends here at home and send us an email note with all your adventures!   I do not have an email address for you!!

Amities, Averyclaire

Another Finish

Here’s just a little sampling of what I have been working on the past couple of weeks.  I have finally finished my “Fir Tree Bienvenue.”  It seemed like all I did was stitch trees and snow… but it was fun.  It was done on 32 ct. Smoky Pearl Linen.  Now I just need to frame it.  

And here is a bit more of my Eiffel Tower.   This one is being stitched on 40ct. cream linen.   It’s a bit more strenuous on the eyes, but I like the delicacy of the 40ct on this one.   My DH chose the antique blue thread I am using on it.

I am nearly finished with another something….but it is a surprise and I shall have to save it for next time.   I am longing to begin something for Spring, but haven’t found just the right thing yet.    Guess I’ll just continue my stitching “out of season.”

Amities,  Averyclaire

For Renewing the Heart

Just a bit more snow and a few more stitches.   Here in Chicago we didn’t have as much snow as all of you had on the east coast of the USA, but we did have some good snow.   I love the silent beauty of the new fallen snow in my yard …

or at the office…

and at home I tried to keep my mind focused on lovely things and did a bit of stitching….

and worked on another project hopefully to be finished soon…

and enjoyed some indoor beauty as well…

(Those are my three lovely grown children hiding behind my Amaryllis.)

I think I’ll just set the stitching aside and go to bed early.  Tomorrow I plan some more heart renewal with a trip to an antique fair with some good friends and a lovely lunch as well.

Amities, Averyclaire

L’Adieu

Here is just a TINY beginning on my Marie Therese St. Aubin piece entitled “L’Adieu.” While perhaps Guillaume Appollinaire’s life might not have been to my choosing, his poem in this piece speaks of a long love. My DH and I have been married for 43 years (we married when we were two…SMILE) and I still adore him. Marie Therese St. Aubin does lovely work and I hope mine will be as beautiful. Amities, Averyclaire

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In just a few days it will be Valentine’s Day.   I’ve always wanted to do a small stitching and I found one last year when I was in Colorado…of course, I only worked on it this week.   It was done on an Irish Linen 26 count over one thread with DMC and Weeks Dye Works Begonia.  The delicate lacy look attracted me to this  JBW pattern called French Country Love.

And then I completed stitching a couple of more ornaments I was working on….”He’s a Flake”…the third in the LHN series for this year.   The ornaments are completed, but not “finished.”  I guess I’d better get to that this weekend.

And without an additional photo, I did complete another “Peace and Joy” Santa ornament from the Drawn Thread.  (You can see the first one on my side bar.)  I gave this first one away to my very special sister-in-law for Christmas.  I loved it so much I had to make another.

It has been busy at the office.  I gave notice to work only two days per week rather than five days per week as of the end of March.   I hope this will relieve a lot of stress I have been under this past year.   In addition, after the health problems my DH and I had recently, I think it is time to spend a LOT more time together rather than at the office.   Life is just too short…I want to live it to the fullest!

Happy Valentines Day to ALL!    Amities, Averyclaire

Pear Tree

Don’t know why I undertook this series of ornaments. I am working on the two year’s too late wedding quilt now as well. But…with the bitter cold winter wind blowing outside….it’s nice to be warm and cozy in the house with my needlework in the evening after working at the office all day.

Here is the second in the series of LHN ornaments for the year 2010. This is January’s ornament….Pear Tree. I made two of them both on 36 ct. linen. One as a traditional ornament to save for my tree next year and one made into a needlebook for my dear friend, Maggy, who just had a birthday.

A jute-type braid was chosen for the trim. Makes it look simple, yet pretty. The backing is a dark green wool. Easy to finish as well.

Here is the needlebook. I like the needlebook idea. This pattern just called for something like this with the mini-sampler theme. I think Maggy liked it as much as I did.

Just love needlebooks…use them all the time.

Just received in the mail LHN February ornament snowman pattern from Anita’s Little Stitches (a very nice shop with a very nice owner). WOW…hope I don’t get behind. Next post I will show you a couple of special gifts I received in the mail recently.     A bientot, Averyclaire

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