First up is this adorable four seasons freebie design from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. She gave this to the members of the FB Primitive Stitchers Society. The original had red and white striped candy canes for winter, but I substituted a teacup with steam rising from it. That little motif is courtesy of one of the Little Stitcher's designs. I decided to try and bind this in an octagon shape. I almost ruined the piece in the process, but did manage to rescue it. I had planned on a much wider border originally. The backing is the same as the border fabric and there is a layer of quilt batting for the sandwich. This may be the last octagon I ever attempt. It's basically coaster size now and I rest my glasses on it when I take them off. The fabric is 36 ct Edinburgh Dirty Linen.
I recently discovered an adorable Italian designer who goes by the name of Cassandra FairyWool and sells her designs on Etsy in the "FairyWool in the Wood" shop. Her designs are primitive style that show-off her quirky, humorous side. I fell in love with one of her recent designs called "Rabbit and Ghosts". The rabbit looks very much like her real-live pet rabbit. He's digging up carrots from the garden while ghost carrots are flying all around him. I stitched it up and made a pouch for my newest wooden hoop. It's stitched on 36 ct HDF linen. That's a little wooden heart button in the bottom right corner, added for symmetry.
The finishing urge struck me and I completed the final five (count 'em, 5!) pages of the Joyful World Calendar SAL. So all done now and nothing to do but wait for each month to 'turn the virtual pages'. Each used a different fabric, all from my stash. Here are the final five:
And here are the ensemble photos: