Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Challenged

This is what happens when someone challenges me. I joined in the fun on the Great Pumpkin Challenge on Becky's blog .
This way definitely a motivator for me since I seemed to have lost my stitching mojo and just didn't feel like stitching a thing. Stitch pumpkins you say? Well I do love fall and anything to do with it. Throw in the opportunity to win a prize package and voila! My pin pillow Peekin' Tom by Homespun Elegance. This pattern was charted for stitching on 10ct fabric which would have made a lovely large pillow but I decided to give it a try on 28ct. I used some Antique Ivory linen I found in my stash and since I didn't have the required Weeks floss, I substituted with some GAST from my stash. The little lace trim I found at the dollar store. I'm really pleased with the results especially since I don't consider myself much of a sewer. The pillow could possibly have used a little more polyfill but I'm learning as I go along. I also need some practice on my whip stitching.
Now I'm off to search for my next pumpkin stitch. This is fun!

Stitching continues on my Halloween Cove although I haven't much more progress to show at this point. As you can see, I got a little sidetracked. I did manage to complete my LHN Red House In Winter ornament, finally. I thought I'd never get that one done. I can't figure what took me so long either. In any case finished it is. I had to change the floss colour for the snow since it didn't show up at all on the fabric I was using. The white doesn't exactly stand out either but it is a heck of a lot better than what it looked like before. I find that it stands out much better IRL than in the picture I took.

Yesterday was a day off for me and it was a gorgeous day! Since my DH was also off we decided to go on a little jaunt to Ogdensburg, NY where we would make a pit stop at JoAnn's Fabrics for supplies. Gotta tell you, there's not a heck of a lot to see in Ogdensburg but the fall foliage alone made it worth our while. We found a small local cafe specializing in homemade sandwiches and soups where we stopped for lunch. It was a really cosy little spot and after filling our bellies with some awesome food we continued on our tour. The architecture in some of the older homes near the river was spectacular. I wish I'd had my camera with me. After driving through most of the town and checking it out, we headed over to JoAnn's where I purchased fabric, quilt batting and polyfill. Can you tell I'm going to give this finishing business more of a workout in the near future? Once I've retired from work in the spring I intend to slowly try to empty that drawer of unfinished stitches. Wish me luck!


I ran into a dear friend this week who used to teach me decorative painting many years ago. She's now teaching quilting and asked if I wanted to join in. Can I really afford another outlet for stash? I think not. I'd be broke if I was involved in both crafts, lol! In any case she did mention a quilt SAL which takes place every Wednesday evening at her home and has encouraged me to bring along my cross stitch and join them. Since it's practically just around the corner I just might do that. I'm having to step back from many of my extracurricular activites right now due to work commitments. I find I'm just too tired when I return home to head off into Ottawa which is where much of this takes place. I've already done one commute to work. So until I retire I've bowed out of the church choir and I more than likely will not be joining in on my Tuesday night stitching group as often as I have in the past. A walk around the corner is much less tiring. Living out in the country does have its disadvantages in this respect.
Speaking of our Tuesday night group, we have had to change location for our get togethers. In the past our dear stitching friend Sally had opened the doors of her bookstore to us after hours so that we could meet. However this past week her store has announced its closing. The bigger stores like Chapters and sites such as Amazon have made it too difficult to compete as a privately owned store. I shall miss their store very much. It was one place I always paid a visit to when in Ottawa long before I even knew Sally.
So instead, one of the members of the group has found that St. Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church is welcoming us to their church where we can have the use of the church hall on Tuesday evenings. It also opens the door to new members for us. Recently we had to discontinue allowing
new members because we'd run out of room at the store. Now we'll have a larger space which will accomodate more people. I'm looking forward to meeting new stitchers!

Okay so I've taken a lunch break during this post and during that time I've come up with a new project. Grateful Hearts is designed by Cecilia Turner of Heart in Hand Needleart. It's from the December 1999 issue of Just Crosstitch. It's already kitted up and ready to go. I may have accumulated a lot of stash but I really love it when I can just pick out exactly what I'm looking for and have the fabric and floss on hand to boot. I'm excited to get started on this one so I'll leave you now and hope that your able to cross an x or two this week!

17 comments:

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lynn you did a beautiful job with that pillow. I think you've got a level head on those shoulders bowing out of some of your extra commitments until you retire in the spring (yeah!) then you'll be able to give those things you love your 100% attention!

Kajsa said...

Your 2 finishes looks great! I loved stitching Grateful Hearts, I pull it out every fall (it's finished as a pillow).

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Lynn, the pillow is perfect. Glad you had a nice lunch on your day trip, that seems to make the entire day worth while.

I agree also on the stepping out of extracurricular activities and to me anything other than stitching is just that...

Our Stitching Sisters decided that our group has grown beyond meetings at any of our homes and so we looked at a church hall,,, but all TOTALLY agreed that a Community Hall might not fall in on us.
Be always in stitches.

Deborah said...

Love your pillow! The fabric is gorgeous. One of my stitching groups meets at a really nice coffee shop. They have comfy furniture and food and drinks.They have been wonderful to us. We have 9 nine women so we out grew our houses as well.

Patty C. said...

Great finishing :)

Zoe said...

The pumpkin pillow looks lovely- good job with the finishing. I am jealous of you stitch a long group. I used to have one with some of my friends but they moved away. Good luck with the new project!

Bekca said...

Great finishes Lynn, I've stitched my first pumpkin piece but it is not yet finished. Your pillow is adorable! Good luck on your upcoming finishing spree, I look forward to seeing them all come spring :) Happy stitching.

Karen said...

Your finished pillow is so cute! I'm sure you're looking forward to your retirement in the spring when you will be able to put more time into your hobbies. It is nice to just grab something all kitted up and ready to go. I really like Grateful Hearts!

Blu said...

Cute finish!

Jane said...

Hi Lynn
Just found you via Angela's blog so popped over to take a peek ~ love your blog and reading all your stitchy news and seeing your photos.
Your pin pillow is gorgeous, the colours are so perfect and love the pumpkin fabric to match and I can't wait to see more of Halloween Cove!
Sadly no stitching club for me here in England ~ I'm a lone stitcher but blogging land makes up for it!!!
(Buttons & Stitches x x x)

Siobhan said...

Such nice autumn-y stitching, Lynn! I love your pumpkin finish. Sorry to hear about your friend's store closing. It's always a shame when the chain stores kill off the local businesses.

Carol said...

Your little pumpkin pillow turned out just great, Lynn! I joined the pumpkin challenge, too, and need to get busy! I'll be lucky if I get even one pumpkin piece stitched with the amount of time CatHRH is taking up!

I'll look forward to seeing your progress on your new Thanksgiving WIP--it is so cute :)

Angela P said...

I love your Pumpkin pillow finish, to me it looks wonderful! I joined the challenge too and signed my Mom up as well. We both have one finish and I'm on my second one now.

Judy S. said...

Love your fall piece and the way you finished it, Lynn! Cute kitty photo, too.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your pillow turned out beautifully. What a shame that the little book store has to close, at least now there is room for growth for your group.

Daffycat said...

Oh wow that is the cutest pillow. I love that funny kitty. Your finishing is great too and that pumpkin fabric is just darling!

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