Sunday, June 18, 2017

Oh carp... I don't believe I did that...

but I did!!!!   So I've been moving right along on my Lizzie Kate Christmas Jingles piece... excuse the wrinkles...

starting on the 9th chart... 3 more to go...when I realize that there doesn't seem to be a lot of linen left on this piece... so I pull out the charts that are left and add up the stitch count and then count the linen and  THERE IS NOT ENOUGH LINEN LEFT!!!!! arghhh........... Only then did I remember that last December when I started this piece  I realized after I stitched the 2nd chart that this cut of linen was too short... you know I have horrible math skills and I still don't know why I mis-counted or mis-measured but I did. I told myself then I'd have to start over... and in my memory I thought I had started this piece over on a new cut of linen... but I didn't... so I blithely picked this back up a couple of weeks ago thinking I'd restarted when I didn't.... no one to blame but me....

So after bad words were said and there was weeping and gnashing of teeth I took a  deep breath and realized this does not have to include all 12 charts... it will still look lovely with only 10 of the little designs and that is exactly what is going to happen.  I will finish the Love chart today and stitch the cute little owl that says Silent Night and then I'll add the border rows that Lizzie Kate included on Jingles and I will call it done... my version... and I am happy with that. The last two charts included a bell and a mitten with a Let it Snow tag line... I can live without them... I'll stitch them as ornaments someday...

Here's a closer look at what I've done in the past 2 weeks...

that section with merry took quite a while...lots of solid stitching... this is a cute piece and I look forward to it being framed and hanging by my front door for the 2107 Christmas season.

On a brighter note, I did some finishing of my own on my Lizzie Kate Summer piece...

I got my inspiration from Priscilla's blog again. The cross stitch is mounted on sticky board and the background piece is two cuts of a cotton that was left over from a quilt I recently made... they were sitting on my cutting table. At first I was just going to use the rose-y color fabric at the bottom but the piece was too short so I added the blue on the top and I like it even better!!  The ribbon was in my stash as was the little package of buttons you can cover yourself.  The whole thing is clipped to a little stand I got at Micheals last year.

Here's how it looks in the 3 tier tray...

I changed out the orange-y hydrangeas for these dusty plum ones but didn't touch the rest of the decorations, and hung my favorite  Petunia Stack N Whack quilt behind it.

A nice cool look for a hot summer day... well I'm taking it easy dinner to cook ... I think I'll stitch tonight as I watch my PBS shows... Grantchester is back... I enjoy that one.

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape on Monday... I hope to have a quiet week... right now there is very little on my calendar... I like that A LOT!!!  Hope to get some sewing done. I have a table runner cut out and  need to fix one more seam (a long one) on a top I've been working on. I'm behind on several other BOM and BOTW projects... maybe I can catch up.

Hope your week if filled with whatever it is you want to do...

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Your tiered tray looks super and cheerful along with the quilt behind it. I look forward to seeing your completed LK Jingles. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  2. Oh no! It does look lovely without the bottom of the design, but that last part of the pattern was really cute. Oh well, you will have your own unique version!

  3. I love Lizzie Kate designs and that Christmas one is very cute. I'm sure no one but us will know it was originally charted for 12 designs. Promise not to tell...

  4. Glad you came up with a great solution. No viewer will ever know. You little piece on the tiered tray is adorable. I still love that petunia quilt - it's so so pretty.

  5. Your summer cross stitch piece is so cute! I love how you finished it and have it displayed in the three tiered tray. We stitchers do need to be flexible at times. The Christmas piece is coming along nicely.

  6. Oh dear. I would be very disappointed also, but move on like you. It truly is going to look great with 10!! Really. :D
    Your display is fabulous!

  7. Your Lizzie Kate pieces look one will ever know you had to omit some. Your quilts, as usual, are so joyful!
    Have a great and productive week!

  8. Ugh, that's so frustrating, but now you'll be done sooner? So there's a bright side I suppose. Nice finishing as well.

  9. That is one amazing quilt Carol!! I love the way it almost seems to move. Now, on to the stitching. How frustrating! I am so happy you figured out a way to salvage a huge problem. Plus it will look like that is the way it was intended. Great thinking!! I love that little summer piece. I also read Priscilla's blog. She manages to be quite an inspiration. She does so many things.

  10. Congrats on your finish and lovely framing job on the sampler!

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