25 March 2014

Signs of Spring

The early spring sunshine has found Tiger Lily.

The hosta is finally peeking through the earth.

The tree outside my sewing room window is putting out its little red buds.

The day lilies are awake.

Aaaaaaaand... it's snowing.


22 March 2014


The best days are the days when the mailman brings stash, especially when two orders come on the same day, and when you've been waiting for one of them for two months! Here are the new charts that came today.  Notice there are some more of Cathy Jean's little baby critters in there!

And here's the fabric I'll be using for Brooke Nolan's Advent Animals. It's 28 ct. Cashel Blue Whisper. Much prettier than the picture. It's a very soft, mottled blue.

So today I've been pulling colors for the first animal in that freebie series, Katie Kitty, and also for my next quilt square for Cole's Quilts. A couple of months ago, Linda Z (who makes all the beautiful quilts) said she was foregoing the deadlines for a while because she was somewhat behind getting the quilts made, but she still needed stitchers for about 20 children. In a moment of madness, I signed up to stitch for six kids. Six. What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking, "Hey, no deadlines!" I figured surely I could finish one per month. I got February's square for Ava finished, but I haven't even started March's square for Logan. Today I pulled colors for his green dinosaur. The chart is for a blue dinosaur, but he liked green, so a green dinosaur it will be. I hope to finish it before the end of the month so I can triumphantly claim I'm still on schedule... at least for my Cole's Quilts commitment.

Here's the Stitchy Supervisor helping choose greens that coordinate with the light sea green Aida I'm using.

It's a gorgeous spring day out there...

17 March 2014

SnowPatrick's Day

We have 7-8" of new snow on the ground. Spring starts on Thursday.  Allegedly.

So I haven't picked up a needle in almost two weeks, which is why my little blog has been so quiet. I'm really far behind with this month's stitching goals but I do have one little finish to show off. Here's the Button Up Birdies Cardinal. I have two birds left in this series and I'll be caught up. Two. T-w-o. Two. 

And now that I have the end of this series in sight, what am I about to begin? Guess.

Yup. Another series. Have you seen Brooke Nolan's Advent Animals series? So, so cute... and even better... free! And fits in perfectly with my Christmas year. It began this month and runs until October 2015. One--sometimes two--critters a month, for a total of 25 little Christmas animals. Twenty-five. I think it's safe to say that if I fall behind with these I might never catch up! Stay tuned to follow my progress, and chime in if you'll be stitching them, too.

03 March 2014

SAL Update: The High Seas

I'm all the way down to the waterline! Putting the whitecaps on the waves, then on to the keel.

01 March 2014

In Which I Defy Winter...

...and dress up my blog for spring, even though we have another winter storm staring us in the face. *sigh*

We're ready to come out of hibernation.

Correction: Some of us are ready to come out of hibernation.