I'm not sure when I started this piece but it has to have been many months ago...maybe as much as a year as the name of this piece is Bittersweet September by Blackbird Designs.
I got this as a kit from Dyeing to Stitch, it is from their Ladies Prim Society and was a release from 2013. The pattern, fabric, threads, backing fabric and rickrack were all included. They made it into a little pillow but I think I'm going to frame it. This has been a great club and I've done it for two years now. This club is featuring designs from Blackbird Designs and Threadwork Primitives. The charts for these clubs haven't been release to the general public. I assume they will be at a later date but so far I haven't seen any on the retail sites. I LOVE this piece - it has my trifecta of things I want in a sampler - a house, an alphabet and an interesting border. I really like that the top is different from the sides and the bottom.
Now the over one stuff always takes me a lot of time. I did stitch the C and the N in a different floss color - those are the initials of my boys. I wasn't paying attention when I stitched the S and the T - they are a different color too but I didn't do that on purpose and I wasn't going to frog it.
So a finish always leads to a new start right? Shake your head up an down, up and down -LOL! I couldn't wait to finish Bittersweet September so I could start on this 2014 release from Dyeing to Stitch's Ladies Prim Society called Bittersweet Lane.
I LOVE EVERYTHING about this piece - it has a house, it has a gorgeous border and it has a pumpkin with a quilt block on it! So many things I love to stitch squeezed into a dainty 6" X 6" square. I was in such a hurry to start Bittersweet Lane that I neglected to read ALL of the instructions. I had 2 sides of the border stitched when I realized I was already running low on one color of floss. Hmmmm... that's never happened before, they always include ample amount of thread...unless you didn't read the line that says "Cross stitch with 1 strand of floss over 2 thread of linen." Arghhhh...well, I checked my stash of threads and have most of these colors so I'm continuing on with 2 strands over 2 threads. I preferred the more solid look of 2 strands to the more delicate look of one strand of floss.
Here's a peek at what I've done so far. It is a gorgeous border - reminds me of a filigree bracelet.
So I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching - go here and check out what others have been up to!
Thanks for all of you who commiserated with my tale of plumbing woe - I do appreciate it - send good thoughts my way as another plumbing problem has reared its ugly head. I hope to get someone here tomorrow to address the nasty smell that comes and goes in one area of the basement. Our drop in temperature these last two days seems to have made it worse. I talked to the plumber last week and a couple of my neighbors who had this problem in the past and have a bad bad feeling that I have a cracked pipe somewhere that is letting this smell come out. My fear is the pipe is behind a finished wall which will require demolition, repair and the reconstruction. Again I see dollar bills flying out of my house - not a pretty sight. Big sigh!
I'm off to do a bit of stitching - I have a couple of projects going that I can't share yet as they are Christmas presents and I need to work on them. As of there are 52 days till Christmas !!! Now that is a scary thought too.