Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Spring Quaker resurfaces

Isn't it great? It's 7:30pm, the sun hasn't set yet and I'm sitting here listening to the cardinals call to one another. I love it! Today I was out looking at a new gazebo for the garden where I can soon sit and stitch while I enjoy these evenings.

After completing Cast All Your Cares for my friend I felt I could once more spend some time with Spring Quakers. Saturday I packed up my stitching and spent a good portion of the day stitching with some friends. I wanted to give my full attention to SQ but my fingers seemed to be as tired as the rest of my body and my progress was minimal. The frogs also found it necessary to make my life miserable after I found a counting error which didn't help matters much. The result is only 2 more motifs completed after several hours of stitching. I intend to concentrate on this one for the next few evenings after work.

Sweet Little Berries is coming along as well. Most of the work on this one was completed last week. It's such a darling little piece and I like to take it to work with me to pass the time during lunch and breaks. Reminds me of all those sweet berries that will be ripe for the picking in a couple of months.

My fatigue level has been pretty high lately which is why I didn't spend much time stitching or blogging last week. There were several evenings when I didn't go anywhere near the computer. When I finally did I couldn't believe all the blog posts waiting to be read. There are not enough hours in the day to catch up and comment on everything so if I failed to comment on any of your recent posts please forgive me. I am reading them but when I get so far behind I don't leave too many comments lest I have no time for stitching. No stitching means one miserable woman here! After all stitching is my means of releasing stress and trust me, you don't want to see me when I'm too wound up!

One thing that did brighten up my week was the arrival of my giveaway winnings from Alisa's generous giveaway. I met Alisa through another blogging friend Judy and was thrilled to learn that Alisa also resided in Ontario here in Canada and quite possibly we will get a chance to meet in person during several SALs that take place in our neck of the woods.

I jumped at the chance to enter into her wonderful giveaway and was thrilled to find out I'd won.

Here's a couple pics of my winnings including the fabulous stitched card that accompanied everything.

Isn't that hummingbird adorable? The package of buttons on the far left of the group picture is full of all kinds of tiny bug buttons.... dragonflies, bees, ladybugs, etc. They'll be perfect to adorn summer stitches. It's hard to tell from this picture but that fabric is a lovely piece of cashel linen that will come in very handy for numerous samplers. Thank you so much Alisa for your generous gifts!! I promise I will put everything to good use.

I've given myself until the weekend to stitch on SQ and then I have to put some time in on my Wedding Sampler. I started this last week and as I mentioned on a previous post, I decided to stitch this in the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses. The chosen colour was tangerine and although it's a lovely colour for the dresses it hasn't suited this particular design. The colour is more of a neon shade when seen in real life. After getting a few second opinions, I've spoken to the bride's mom (also know as my cousin, Sheryl) and have decided to start over with another colour choice. Which one that is remains to be seen. I'll do a floss toss next week and make a decision. Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted. I was thinking of an overdye floss. The original design was done all in metallics and that would not be my first choice! I can go with another shade of fabric if necessary. I'm using a 32ct Lambswool.

That's it for now from my village hideaway. I hope Spring is paying a visit to your doorstep and you are soaking up some of that fresh air!


CalamityJr said...

I'm not always a fan of Quaker designs, but this one is beautiful - must be your stitching! Take care, and don't get run down!

Karen said...

Those darned frogs! Sorry to hear about your counting error. On the bright side, Spring Quaker is looking fabulous! My favourite thing about this design is that it is multi-coloured.

Don't wear yourself out. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and commenting. It happens to all of us. Take care of yourself and get that stitching time in for your relaxation/de-stresser. :)

As for the wedding piece you are doing, maybe the thread could be an overdyed, but a little more rustic. Maybe something that would still have that orange tone. The lambswool linen is such a lovely neutral shade that I think just about anything would match it.

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

Spring Quaker is looking wonderful Lynn, and as far as the Wedding Sampler goes, stitch with what ever colour makes you think of the Bride and Groom. That way you will always like working on the piece and they will always think of you when they look at their special gift. I hope you get some OOTDS time, it really does wonders for the soul.
Be always in stitches.

Patty C. said...

Spring Quaker is progressing nicely !
Congratulations on you winnings ;)

Alisa said...

Your spring quaker is looking gorgeous! I just love the colours!!

I hope you feel more rested soon, sometimes you need to force yourself to take it easy and give your body a chance to catch up...our minds always seems to go faster!!

I'm glad you received your goodies...always nice to get something in the mail that isn't a bill to be paid. :)

For the Wedding Sampler...how about something in a nice cheerful green tone...like Eve's Leaves from Crescent Colours? I just used that one in my LHN Acorn Hill and thought it was a really lovely shade of green.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I just love spring quaker!!! Alyssa and Judy will be coming to my stitching day in May (you did get my e-mail with this summer's "schedule?") If you can make it you'll get to meet them in person!

Kathy Ellen said...

Oh Lynn....your "Quaker Spring" piece is coming along so beautifully! I absolutely love Rosewood Manor designs and think that I might need to purchase this one too! Just love that darling "Kitty Easter Bunny"! How precious! I was just reading your blog and describing the photos to my son, who called from PA. He thought it sounded just great too!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Lynn,

One of the best things about the
spring/summer time is the long
hours of daylight which allows
for outdoor activities even on
weeknights after work. I look
forward to sitting outside and
stitching in the natural light
instead of by Ott lite indoors.
And Phil is going out to work
in the garden after dinner now,
taking advantage of the extra

In spite of the infernal frogs
frustrating your progress on
it on Saturday your Spring
Quaker is coming along nicely
and looks fabulous!! Those
thread colors are amazing in
the photos so I can only
imagine how dazzling they
must be in real life.

And I love Sweet Little Berries!
The basket piled high with ripe,
juicy berries is adorable. Have
you seen the newest LHN design
featured on Diane's blog yet??
The Inn at Fox River Mill. I
think it's a keeper.

Alisa sent you some great
stuff for stitching didn't
she? And that Hummingbird
card is brilliant. I really
really hope you can make it
to Dani's gathering in May
but if not we will find
another date this summer to
meet up. I'm determined!!

Uh, yeah ... that tangerine
thread is a bit overwhelming
isn't it??? Too bad. An
overdyed floss for the new
start of this design is a
great idea. Do you know
what the bride's home decor
is like and what colors she
has used for furnishings
and trims?? That might
help you decide on a color
or color range for the


Carol said...

I never get tired of seeing your Spring Quaker, Lynn--it really has some of the most luscious colors in it, doesn't it?

Sorry you have to start your wedding sampler over. I'm with you, I'd avoid metallics at all costs (they don't like me either!!)... Good luck with the color choice.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful work on your Quaker piece and a great win.

Take care of yourself and make sure that you rest.

BlackCat said...

Quaker Spring is so pretty.

Bekca said...

That sounds like a perfect Spring evening to me, I hope you enjoy many more of them. Do remember to take for yourself Lynn, you deserve it :) Great stitching too, keep it up!

Siobhan said...

Ugh, sorry to hear about the frogs! Everything is so pretty, though. Good luck with the wedding sampler. Maybe look at it as something for them to always display, so do it in a decor-friendly color, rather than matching the dresses? It's hard to tell with something like that, it's such a personal gift yet you want to enjoy the process of creating it, too.

Judy S. said...

Love that Spring Quaker! It's going to be gorgeous when you finish it. Hope you figure out a good color for the wedding sampler; it's hard to stitch on something unless your like it!

szaberka65 said...

Hi! I've just finished RM Spring Quakers; I loved it and the Valdani threads too! Nice to meet them in your blog:)
Your works are fabulous...I think I become a follower :)

Nick said...

Spring Quaker looks great, Lynn! I can't wait to see it finished. :) Sweet Little Berries looks wonderful as well. I had the same feeling last week while working on Biff, I would stitch a couple dozen stitches, have to frog 1/2 of them, stitch a couple dozen more and then loose the drive to do any more.

I love that it doesn't get dark until just after 8PM now! Spring is still struggling to find it's way back here though, we had tons of rain & some snow last week and over the weekend. In fact it was snowing this morning.

Happy stitching! Nick

Aussie Stitcher said...

Spring Quaker is looking amazing, I love the colors. I might have mentioned that I have this in my stash and you are really making me want to order the threads. Take care of yourself, and make sure that you gets lots of x's crossed, I also stitch for relaxation. Caitlyn just saw me reading your blog and laughed at the picture of the cat with the rabbit ears. I then showed her a picture of Clarisse and she picked up Puddles and let him look at her also. LOL. She said that she wishes that they could meet in real life and have babies.

California county jails said...

Spring is just around the corner, this is what my house looks like right now.