Monday, 20 June 2011

Springing to a finish



With spring coming to a close and summer fast upon us it was only fitting that on Friday morning I put in the final stitches on Spring Quakers. I ran out of floss for the backstitching on the final word, Hyacinth, and had to do a bit of improvisation. I cut sections out of the other two green floss which was similar to the dark green and using some last small cuts of floss from the original, I was able to piece all the colours together so that it looked similar to the other backstitches. I wanted this to be complete by next Tuesday since our framer and stretcher John will be dropping by at our stitch night so I'm happy I made my deadline.
This design has been a true joy to stitch!  I love the Valdani floss and will definitely use it again.  Below are a some pics of the different motifs within the design.









I have yet to decide what will fill the void left by this one. The Canadian postal strike will postpone my start on Sixteen Birds since everything I've ordered is in mid-transit, stuck somewhere in postal land.
In the meantime I needed a small, easily portable stitch . I have wanted to stitch a small patriotic Canadian design for some time now. There are very few of them out there. Most of the Canadian designers have larger designs available but I want to make some smaller designs which I can turn into pin pillows. I put out a request on my last post and Karen sent me the link to this VeeandCo freebie called O Canada. I started it on Saturday and managed to get this far.       
I worked on it again yesterday and I'm actually very close to a finish on it now. I have a little bit of backstitching and beading left. While I was in Ottawa on Saturday I went on a little side trip to Fabricland in the hopes of finding some patriotic fabric to finish it off with. Imagine how pleased I was when I found out that not only did they have 5 or 6 different prints to choose from but they had an inventory sale going on as well! I chose 3 different prints at 50% off and also picked up some Warm and Natural quilt batting at 3 for the price of one!

Just prior to the postal strike I had ordered two larger patriotic designs from 123 Stitch.  They're also stuck somewhere out in postal land so I got thinking. I have a copy in my stash of Little House Needleworks America. I dug it out and had a look at it to see if I could do a conversion of the design to a Canadian one. Things looked fairly simple so I then emailed Diane Williams of LHN and asked her permission to make the changes and substitutions. She replied and very graciously told me to go ahead with my changes and enjoy! Friday afternoon was spent graphing the necessary changes such as the Canadian flag for the U.S. one.  A check of my stash found the fabric and floss needed so I'm hoping to get started on this one later in the week.

I've had a productive morning sorting through piles of winter and summer clothing and designating what can go to Goodwill as well as cleaning out my bedroom dresser drawers. As a reward I'm now off to spend a couple of hours stitching on my Wedding Sampler. I need to start putting in more time on this one since the wedding is coming up the latter part of August. Our trip to the cottage is a little less than three weeks away now so I expect I'll be stitching on this one out on the deck at the lake. I'll also take the LHN design with me and Their Song. Now that I'm retired and my vacation time is not limited we've booked two weeks in Muskoka instead of just one. The weather here has been sublime with warm days, cool nights and little rain. I hope it follows us to the lake!

24 comments:

BrendaS said...

Love your Spring Quakers finish. Just gorgeous:)))

Enjoy your upcoming vacation and hope you get lots of stitching time in at the dock!

Deborah said...

Spring Quakers is gorgeous! Look forward to your LHN design with your changes.

Bonnie Brown said...

Spring quakers looks great!

leslie said...

It looks fabulous Lynn...too bad I can't make it tomorrow night to stitching to see it in person!

natalyK said...

What a beautiful garden you have stitched. I love the colors, they are vibrant and cheerful.

Brigitte said...

Ohhhhh, this is wonderful. I can easily see why you enjoyed stitching it so much. Congratualtions on that finish.
Your conversion looks great.

Elaine said...

Beautiful finish Lynn!

Carol said...

What a stunning finish, Lynn--congratulations. So glad you were able to piece the threads together and make everything work so well :)

Sure hope that postal strike gets settled soon--that has to be very frustrating waiting for your items for so long. Looking forward to seeing the Canadian rendition of LHN's America :)

Karen said...

Spring Quakers is stunning! You did a great job at improvising "Hyacinth."

I can't wait to see your LHN with the Canadian Flag.

mdgtjulie said...

Grats on the finish. The colors in that are just lovely!! Have fun with your patriotic piece. It's looking good. And have fun with your new start! Hope the good weather follows you to the lake. Lakeside is always a little cooler than the rest of the state as the breeze off the water is generally cooler. I hope you have a fabulous two weeks!

Tatkis said...

Congratulations with your BIG finish, Lynn! It's really so beautiful!
And I see that you have many plans for stitching :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Anonymous said...

It looks lovely!! Quite a number of our Thursday stitchers are stitching this as well.
Judie

Nancy said...

Such a beautiful finish!! Can't wait to see your LHN stitch with the changes!

Beth said...

I love your Spring Quaker!! I am so glad that you found some Canadian pieces to stitch. Gosh, I must live in as fog - I didn't even know about the Postal Strike up there - so sorry about that!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on your finish! Due to seeing you working on this I've asked Ann to order it and the threads in for me! I guess that'll be dependant on the postal strike too!

It looks fantastic!

Andrea said...

A gorgeous finish.

Gabi said...

What a beautiful finish. Love it. Reminds me that I have it here kitted up and should start it.
Love your Canadian flag too.
Crossing fingers that the postal strike is soon over and you'll get your supplies asap. :)

Patty C. said...

GORGEOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Anne said...

Love the quaker spring! Gorgeous finish Lynn! Also loving that Canadian flag! Thanks for the link! I won't have time to stitch it before July 1st but maybe I'll stitch it for next year. Glad to hear Diane was gracious to allow you to change the flag. Maybe this will give her an idea to design some more Canadian designs?!?!

BlackCat said...

What a beautiful work of art.

Vinniey said...

Congratulations on your finish! Spring Quakers is so colorful and gorgeous.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog on the birth of Felix.

Congratulations on finishing Spring Quaker. You have done such a beautiful job of this piece. I really love the colour combination.

Quiltsmiles said...

Beautiful finish- Love the Spring quaker, first time I've seen that one and it's stunning. Jane

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on finish Spring Quaker, it it gorgeous. I have this in my stash and I think the threads will be ordered with the next lot of stash that I get. It sounds like you are having wonderful weather at the moment, hope it continues for you when you are at the cottage.

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