.....it all began with one thread....

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This one just seemed to take forever! It has plenty of bling, that's for sure!

(Picture is a bit dark on one side, sorry!)

The Sleigh by Mirabilia Designs

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Walla Walla

Yep ~ that's this kitty's name - Walla Wall Kitty...part of a Garden Kitty series...
This is my first attempt at fusible applique...the kitty is ready to have all his pieces stitched permanently to the fabric. I purchased the fabric kit for the pattern from Bears Paw fabrics. I'm pretty happy with my results, so far! Now to get him stitched down!

I know...I know...more quilting...but I guess I did not realize how much I missed it.;)
This is all in preparation for a gorgeous applique quilt by McKenna Ryan called Forest Hollow. I just absolutely love all the owls, squirrels and mice...(and I am not a nature-type person, per se)... Forest Hollow
Now~tell me that is not gorgeous! And McKenna Ryan designs her own fabrics for these quilts!

What? Cross stitch?

I know, I know...I have been totally involved in quilting stuff. Once those pincushions were finished, I picked up my cross stitch again. See?? Of course, I can hear you say...what the heck is that? Sort of looks like a letter L...maybe...but it really is the letter K. ;)

K for Kelly, that is. Letters from Nora Corbett...this is part of the "garland" she is holding. Not too bad for a night's stitching. Much prettier than I thought it would be from the picture on the chart.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Last two....

I had promised to stitch three pincushions for Bears Paw Fabrics (a quilt shop). I finished up the last one this morning...the little bunny. I finished the squirrel yesterday. I'm still wondering why she has an apron, but she does look cute! Take a peek.

Can you believe that this little bunny is the fifth one I have made? ;)

Forgot to say that these designs are also by Bunny Hill Designs. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Itty Bitty Dog

Isn't she cute? This is the Itty Bitty Dog Pincushion from Bunny Hill Designs. I have already made four (yep, four....of the Itty Bitty Bunny). I am doing this one as a shop model. I am also going to stitch the Itty Bitty Squirrel and...another bunny for the shop (Bears Paw Fabrics - in Maryland).
There are a couple more patterns in the Itty Bitty Pincushion series such as a bird and a cat.

Friday, May 22, 2009


....Athough it is a bit wrinkled (sorry), here is an update on my Mirabilia Sleigh. I'd say it's about 2/3 done at this point.

The Sleigh WIP(p)

Working on the Sleigh may see like it came out of nowhere...but I have an ulterior motive....it's still related to quilting! I had planned on making a quilt out of my reindeer, my Winter White Santa and the Sleigh. Original plan - maybe for this Christmas....at the rate I am going, it might happen by next Christmas! :)

But that won't stop me from looking at fabrics, you think? ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Castles in the Sky

I think that this is such a nice name for a design...cannot wait to see if there really are going to be "castles." Here's a picture of my WIP for Part 2....

Part 2 WIP(b)

Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoy reading what everyone has to say. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"L" Leigh

My letter "L" (Leigh) from Nora Corbett's Letters from Nora:


Lots of sparklies on this one!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Block #8

I think this is one of my favorite blocks, so far. Not to mention that it was a smaller block than some of the others.

Block #7

OK... I am totally addicted to these little bunnies right now...just a few more blocks and the main portion of the quilt is done.....

I started Block #8 yesterday evening....halfway done already....:))

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lots of bunnies

I put together the last row that I had completed and attached it to the whole quilt yesterday.
Not quite sure what is the best way to get a picture of a quilt. Next time I will try hanging it and taking one.

Thanks everyone for coming by and leaving me such nice comments!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Block #6

Rabbits Prefer Chocolate, Block #6. :)) It looks as though one of my sunflower buttons is crooked, but it is really the way the fabric is positioned on the table. I did cut off one of the leaves to the right of the flower stem in my picture, but this was a looong block. Another row of blocks completed. Time to put them all together. My little bunny colony is growing! ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


That's what it looks like this little pouch (well not really this one....) is going to cost you on most of the On-Line Needlework Shops sites. I thought, darn, that is just too simple. I did buy the last little pouch for the Little House design. I already have the rose design shown by Little House, so the brain cells started working (rather early for that this morning!) and came up with this:

and here's the inside:

The way I figure, out of two fat quarters you will be able to get four (4), that's right, four of these! Plus, it took me less than an hour to make! Now to hunt up some pretty crystals and a nice teardrop for the flap!

Isabelle ~ look! It will match my little pincushion you made for me!


Done, done, completely done! Mini Mandala Mystery IV! I put all those beads on yesterday, as well as filled in any missing stitches. I added gold braid fan stitches for the four inner corners. This is where the crystal cubes where supposed to go, but they just seemed "not right" to me. Take a peek:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Long time - no see! But after working on it all last night, I can finally say...the stitching on this one is done, done, done! Lots of beads to attach around the border and some parts in the middle, but I will try and get those done sometime today or so.


Maybe a Happy Dance tomorrow!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, everyone! I hope your presents include lots of stitching stash!

Here's an update on my Cuban Mansion Mandala. I finally got all those black outlines to line up!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Can you believe it?? Two years! Today is my 2 year Blogoversary.

Who'da thought? I, for one, would have never thought I could stick with it for two years!

A little happy dance is in order!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I am weak....so weak...

yes....I know....how many more can she have, you say? WIP's, that is.....

I have been wanting to work on a sampler by Brenda Keyes (The Sampler Company) for a long time. Well, yesterday I got a little push....yep...started another one. The Plymouth Sampler:

WIP 50609

I pulled the threads for it (changing most of the DMC colors to NPI's) and I had a piece of 32 count Lakeside Linen in Maritime White that was just the perfect size. I decided to only use one thread of NPI to give it a more delicate look.

Not too much to show yet...but I wanted to work from the top center down to give myself some areas to work outward. You can see the year 1620 in Roman numerals. :) I'll finish crossing those stitches in the border once I get a little more of the alphabet done.

Plus - a little quilting update:

Not the best picture or angle, but I was trying to hurry before the batteries died on my camera.

Thanks for coming by! :O)

Monday, May 4, 2009

And another bunny. . .

Here's the second part of the fifth block for the Rabbits Prefer Chocolate quilt.

Onto Block #6! :))

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Roses and Chocolate

No, no, it's not an anniversary or anything. This is the incredible design and finishing piece that Isabelle sent to me. It is a stitcher's case. Now the name - Roses (she used Dried Roses thread) and Chocolate (chocolate colored fabric for the finishing). How gorgeous is this? The finishing is totally unique, too!

Here's the inside with the needle page and the pinkeep:


The case has a little secret, too! I almost missed it:

Isabelle's stitching is fabulous! Her finishing is impeccable! Lucky, lucky me!!! I have it sitting out right in front of me wherever I am, so that I can constantly admire her piece of perfection!

Again, Isabelle, wondrous, amazing and gorgeous! I am forever grateful for your generosity!

Block #5

Well -- half of what is noted as block #5 on the pattern, that is. It is the same block, just done twice , but used in separate areas of the quilt. I still have the second one to put together. (Those dar areas around the chick are just where the fabric is damp from removing the washable marker.)

Isabelle had told me she was going to send me a couple of fabrics for my Rabbits quilt, to add to the collection I had. This was so I would have plenty to choose from for all the different applique pieces. This is definitely not what I would call a "couple." Thank you so much, Isabelle!