Sunday, September 19, 2021

Many many things I want to do... and this is all IG's fault... on a Slow Sunday...

 Hello - time flies... now sure what season it is... temperatures and humidity say it is still  Summer but I broke out my Fall decor anyway... I'll share a bit of what I've done today, that is if the internet cooperates and coughs up my pictures... small rant... some weeks the pictures I send from my phone show up immediately on my computer so I can put them on the blog... other days, like today, they disappear somewhere ...grrrr!!! So I'm going to start typing here and hope that eventually you can see what I'm talking about.  PS - I know you don't care but it took over 4 hours for my pictures to appear... it drives me nuts... and I know that's a short  distance...LOL


There is so many many things I want to do right now... I'm blaming it all on Instagram because no one takes any responsibility for their actions anymore, so why should I? (and yes that was a rant on the behavior of modern day society)... cross stitch, decorating, knitting, quilting... I've been sucked into many many projects because of IG... and I will be honest... what I need is more self control and less screen time...gosh being honest with myself is awful sometimes... 

Okay, let's leave that thought behind and start with the decorating... this is the small shelf display on my sunroom porch... I am still so happy that I painted it that shade of green... it seems to be perfect no matter what the season... and for now it displays pumpkins, trucks and cross stitch.


This is an old old piece from Ewe & Eye & Friend called Simply 855... I think that was the DMC or Anchor number the model was stitched in... I used some variegated floss. As I look at this piece I do think I did very good job on the this one... one over one stitching on the alphabet, an Algerian eye on the flower and the satin stitch border... there is a lot packed into a small space here.



The larger piece is Autumn Tree from Barbara Ana Designs I stitched on some linen I dyed with  Rit apple green... I think it pairs nicely will all those little green pumpkins... 


In the living room nook I have a newly finished quilt keeping company with another display... 


The quilt top is old old old ... so old that it has never appeared on this blog which means I made it over 10 years ago. The fabrics are the  Basic Grey collection  called  Urban Couture... and I think the pattern came from an Anka's Treasure booklet... somehow that thought just popped into my head... I could go downstairs and look to see if I can find the pattern, but I'm lazy. Anyway I just got this back from my long armer Delinda... she did a great job on this... and the colors are perfect for this room... taupe and yellow with touches of brick and lavender... and I made this top years before I had this house and this room color and those taupe and yellow chairs which were the starting point for decorating the whole room.  It was meant to be!!

As for the display I have my Welcome Autumn piece from The Drawn Thread, again stitched on linen I dyed... I do love all the decorative stitches on this piece... and I have another mini-quilt on that stand I re-discovered a month or so ago... I like this arrangement... I think that pumpkin is from  Pattern Basket...scrappy white pumpkin...

A small Lizzie Kate piece with that wagon full of pumpkins...that's one of my favorite Fall knickknacks...

Below more Lizzie Kate on a wood caddy from Target (probably 2 years ago and again painted with Rit dye...that stuff is great... you can use it on way more than fabric)...  and the little sampler is by Wendy Peatross of From the Heart Needleart... check out her Etsy shop here... it is called the Flower Pot Sampler and I remember stitching it when I broke my wrist ... I had to stitch in a frame on a stand versus my preferred in hand style but I still got to stitch... isn't it amazing how hand work brings back memories of years past... but I'm not sure what I had for lunch yesterday... and I still love that Longaberger pumpkin basket...another blast from the past that makes me happy!!


Downstairs I have my acorn quilt bound and hung... another great quilting job from Delinda...

I like how the leaf panto looks like the leaves are floating over the acorns...

And I have lots of acorns to display... next Fall I'd like to have a cross stitch piece to add to this vignette...something with squirrels or MORE acorns...LOL



And speaking of cross stitch...nice segue... I'm working on this piece from Threadwork Primitives called Ever so Grateful...


I think it qualifies for the IG hashtag #samplerseptember2021... and I really really really want to start this piece from Blackbird Designs Feliz Navidad...



This is my take on an arty shot with the flosses all fanned out...LOL... I dyed some linen with the Rit Apple Green again... it really is more of an olive green... maybe I'll get a couple of stitches in it today... I didn't realize till I got the chart that it is actually a reproduction of a vintage sampler, but Alma Adams added her initials so I'm going put mine in also... and I think I'll tag it in IG's #septembersamplersoiree2021 which is for reproduction samplers. 

And I've done quite a bit of knitting lately... I've completed a couple of pairs of socks which I can't show yet because they are going to be presents, but I did start a pair for me last Wednesday... scrappy monster socks...


I haven't made pair like this for a while but I was  pulled in by another  IG hashtag  #monstersockkal2021...



These are all Opal scraps... I did try a bit of helical knitting for those individual striped parts...had trouble ending those sections with out a bumpy part...need to work on that...

And I had to have this skein of yarn... Madelinetosh Fire Opal ... just doing a simple shawl... Easy goes it...you can see it here ... it is a free pattern.



And yesterday was Sew a Jelly Roll Day... and I got out the one I started last year for this event and made a few more blocks...


The pattern is Jelly Roll Whirl and you can find it here...another freebie... and I found several more Jelly Roll patterns I'd like to play with... again, temptation I'm going to blame on IG... hey they have broad shoulders...

So today I hope to do a little more cross stitching and knitting... I'm taking my son to the Ohio Renaissance Festival... I'll be waiting in the car while he strolls around with some friends... it is a lovely day so I don't mind sitting in the sun and doing handwork...and probably napping too... 

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts and depending on my wifi connection maybe I can look at some blogs on my phone... not a bad way to spend the day... and if I have wifi I can find more stuff in IG to get me into trouble... good trouble...LOL

Hope you have a good week ahead... at the moment I can only think of 2 things I have to do... dinner on Monday and babysitting on Tuesday....oh wait ...on Friday we are going to see the LUME exhibit in Indianapolis... I've been looking forward to that since I saw on IG...see more IG temptation...take care...

happy stitching-

carol fun 



9 comments:

  1. So many beautiful things to see! I love the acorn quilt with the display and squirrel... so perfect for the season.

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  2. Another fun post--thanks for always making me smile!

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  3. Such pretty displays! Love the acorn quilt...love it all!

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  4. Good displays of all your stuff! Sorry about the WiFi trouble. I email my photos to myself from my phone and then upload to the photo program. Two steps longer but it works.

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  5. Love all the fall decorations and projects. The snowball quilt is so full of colour and happiness.

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  6. Love that acorn quilt! Looks like fall: my favorite!

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  7. Okay don't get me going about the internet. LOL I already typed this once and and a glitch just wiped it out. Don't those people understand us quilter, crafters, etc like to share.
    I love your fall décor. I love the quilts too. Have an awesome week.

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  9. Love your projects! I am late to the game, but came across your Anniversaries of the Heart Sampler. Could you share the linen count you used and how many threads you stitched over? It looks like 2. I am trying to decide on how much fabric to purchase.

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