Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stitching Pretty

I love when I find stitcher-tunities to do feminine, pretty designs.  The last couple of weeks presented me with just the right occasions to use some.  The World of Charity Stitching group is doing a Fruits and Berries quilt (not sure why berries are different from fruits, but whatever).  Of course most people did a standard apple, pear, etc.  But I remembered this lovely Strawberry House design, "Maisonnette aux Fraise", from Le Chalet des Pérelles.  I added the top strawberry and roses to increase the size a little.  This was so much fun to stitch.  It's on 25-ct bone lugana over two.  So relaxing to work on lower count fabric and the design shows up nicely for a quilt square.




I have been invited to an engagement party for a cousin of mine.  Trying to figure out what kind of gift is appropriate to bring.  Not sure what the etiquette is for this.  But meanwhile, I made this card to go along with whatever gift I pick out.  This is one of the free Gift Of Stitching heart designs. This is done on linen and I used a little interfacing to stiffen it.  I think Aida really makes better cards.  I used DMC Ruby Red color variations and I think that worked out pretty well.    The color scheme might be a bit too patriotic for an engagement card, but so what.



Finally, I made this birthday card from another of  the little cuties from Le Chalet des Perelles.  This is  actually called "Un peu d'Amour et d'Amitié",  meaning "A little Love and Friendship". I wanted it to have more of a birthday greeting and I struggled to find a sentiment that was appropriate and would fit in the space.  But I think I succeeded.  This was on another piece of linen that was a little floppy for the card, but the old-fashioned feel worked well here.



30 comments:

Jackie said...

Beautiful projects! The strawberry one is perfect for the group quilt. You definitely succeeded in finding a great sentiment for a birthday card in the bottom project and you can never go wrong with a heart for an engagement! Success all around!

Daffycat said...

Beautiful stitching! I especially like the strawberry quilt square...just lovely! Perfect additions to adapt the design.

Margaret said...

Wow, I really love everything you've stitched! Just wonderful!

Anne said...

Beautiful work Annie! Love the strawberry stitch especially. Will be a great addition to the quilt. The birthday card is very cute! :)

Anne said...

Thanks to you too Annie for the hint on the sizing of the quilt piece for WOCS. I am adding some design to mine as well which makes sense since they are small. Thank you very much!

Loopylou said...

All very pretty, but I love the strawberry one, colour and design are perfect

Palkó said...

They are very nice works, I love it!... and thank you for the links! :)

Lois said...

What lovely finishes Annie!

Vickie said...

Very, very nice work. I like the verse you chose on the birthday card. http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Mii Stitch said...

Plenty of lovely work, well done! My favourite is Maisonette aux fraises, yumm!!

ArchangelDecker said...

Very pretty finishes. The Strawberry house is my favorite. It turned out soooooo pretty! :)

blue star stitcher said...

Love the pinks and reds of your strawberry finish.

Annette said...

You have been busy!
You stitched three wonderfull design, and finished them off so wonderfull to.
Great job.
I can imagine that they wher happy to receive it!!
Berry's and fruit... hihi.. I also think it's the same.. lol

Mylene said...

Such lovely designs you've stitched, Annie. Love them all!

barbara said...

Oh, Annie - what lovely finishes you've shared!!

Kissy said...

Lovely work. The house design looks even better with your additions!
Kirsten

Rachel S-H said...

Very cute!

Deb said...

All three of them are wonderful. The heart is perfect for an engagement card!

Carol said...

Wow! You've been very busy lately, Annie... I really love teh wording change on the last card--just perfect for a birthday! And your cousin's engagement card turned out great, too--that Ruby Red color is so pretty... Did you come up with a gift idea yet?

Having stitched the strawberry house myself, I know what fun it was--and your addition of the border to enlarge it looks perfect...I'll bet yours will be the prettiest of the fruit-themed blocks :)

Hope you're having a nice week so far!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Three beautiful designs. I love the Strawberry Cottage. I have the GoS heart too, in my very large pile of freebie charts! It looks great stitched up in that thread.

Vinniey said...

Beautiful stitched engagement card for your cousin and nice birthday card! I love the Strawberry Cottage with your addition! Very lovely and sweet! Happy stitching!

Nicky said...

Beautiful! I love the way you've put your own stamp on the Strawberry House piece. The verse you came up with for the birthday card is perfect. Lovely finishes!

Anne said...

Stitcher-tunities!! Great word!! Love the Maisonnette design and how you adjusted the height. I started this one too in the summer but never finished it. Seeing yours reminded me to get on it! Lovely heart card and I think it's perfect for the couple. I really love those French designs too. Something so charming and lovely about them!

Brigitte said...

Strawberry House is such a little gem, very beautiful. And I also love the two cards you finished. Great projects.

Sally said...

Hello

This is my first visit to your blog.
Your finishes are lovely.
Thank you for sharing the link with us.
Happy stitching!

Zora said...

Such nice works, I fell in love with the Strawberry House design, it is beautiful!

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching - I love the quilt square!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Its all lovely girlie stitching!!!

Tammy said...

Oh, just gorgeous stitching!

Sandra said...

Love that maisonnette! I know what you mean about fruits and berries, in Spanish we call the pears and such frutas and the berries frutillas, which is like very small fruits... Go figure.

I like the engagement card, and maybe they're a patriotic couple, so, no problem with the color scheme. The thread is gorgeous!

You're the queen of adaptations, the design fits perfectly with the sentiment, and completely appropriate for a birthday.