Monday, February 20, 2012

Baby Sampler & Holiday Ornament

Those Jazzercise instructors of mine keep popping out babies, and they always seem to be boys. As a stitcher, I always hope for girls because there are so many cute designs that really are only appropriate for a girl baby. I have to look harder to find boy designs. Kind of a sexist attitude, but I feel it's safer to have that attitude when you are giving a gift. The design I picked is the "Too Tiny Alphabet" by Drawn Thread, stiched on 28ct Light Mocha Cashel. I like the striped mattress ticking type of border. It gave it a kind of airy feeling. I've had that little bear button in my stash for ages, and I thought it looked kind of cute on this as well.

While I was waiting to receive some fabric I ordered, I was going through old magazines, cutting out pages I wanted to keep and throwing out the rest. I really needed to make space. I came across this little ornament from the Jul/Aug JCS 2011 issue. I never noticed this the first time around. It's so kooky and adorable, I just had to stitch it. Perfect little piece that filled out the rest of the time til my other fabric arrived. This is called "Holiday Hootie" by Fresh Threads Studio, stitched on a scrap of 36ct Rue Green Edinburgh linen, with some red rick-rack for the edging.

And finally, the winner of the "Queen of Hearts" chart, selected by the time-honored "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" method, is Margaret! As soon as I get a snail mail address, I'll send it right out.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Queen of Hearts

Not too much crafting happening lately. I started this piece sometime in December and began to think I'd never finish it. I'm generally a one-piece-at-a-time stitcher so that was rather unusual for me. But it's all done now. The design is "Queen of Hearts" by Prairie Moon. I may have selected a fabric that's just a bit too dark, Zweigart 36 count Dirty Linen, but I like it anyway. I used a mish-mash of various pink flosses that I had in my stash. I think that queen is so cool, especially the teeny feet! I've turned it into another mini-quilt for AAQI.

I made a teeny cross-stitch label for the back. Next time I try that, I'll make it a bit bigger.

And in honor of Valentine's Day, I'd like to give away the chart to someone who would like to stitch it. Just note in a comment that you are interested, and I'll do a drawing if there is more than one person who would like to have it.