Sunday June 27, 2020

Free & Brave

Goodness June seems to be flying by – can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the month.

I got a bit of a start last night on Free & Brave – the chart I showed yesterday. The fabric is a bit darker than it’s showing in the photo so the white of the house really is more distinctive. The fabric is Picture This Plus 16 ct Oaken. I also changed the red and blue floss because I didn’t have the called for colors.


I also plan to pull the fabric and threads to start on Happy Birthday America – a cute little pin drum that uses a little paper mache box to shape the “cake” and the lid is painted for the “cake stand” with a wooden piece that gets painted for the leg of the cake stand. The printed linen with the alphabet on the sides of the cake came with the pattern.

On to Sunday Pattern Adoption stuff – patterns that I am done with are offered free of charge for adoption by a new stitcher who wants to stitch that chart themself. All you have to do is leave a comment with the required word in it listed below on this blog post, have a US mailing address, and check back next Sunday to see if you’ve won. If you name is picked by the random number generator, you need to email me PRIVATELY (email address is on blog page below my photo). If the person chosen to adopt the pattern does not claim it by the next weekend following the announcement on their name – it will go back into the rotation for a future drawing.

Last week’s chart for adoption – one of the Farmhouse Christmas series called Pinewood Farm, has been adopted by Carol Denning. Carol – no need to email me your address – I have it from the last time you won. ūüôā

DSCN0861Catherine Dickenson 1840 by Scattered Seed Samplers, which I just finished, is the chart for adoption this week.¬† If you’d like to stitch this yourself, please leave a comment with the word Scattered in it.

Why do I do it?

or in this case, why don’t I do it?¬† ¬†I told myself after finishing each stitching project I would get all my flosses back on the rings they belong on, grouped by type of floss, in alphabetical order.¬† So much easier if they are kept that way when going to pull floss for a new project or see if I have the ones I want.¬† ¬†Well, for some projects I do that and for some I just toss them to the side in a basket.¬† Plus I ordered floss for some upcoming projects so had new stuff tossed in that basket too.¬† Well I do know why I don’t do it – I’m too excited to get on to the next project – I’ve always been that way with sewing, quilting, knitting.

So this afternoon I cleaned up all the cross stitching stuff and got it all put back in it’s proper place, project bags emptied of floss no longer need, and all back in alphabetical order BEFORE deciding on what my next project will be (which it turns out was none of the potential ones I showed in my prior post).

This is my laptop table covered with the Weeks floss that has been sorted into piles according to the first letter of the name.



The brand of the most hand dyed flosses I have is Weeks Dye Works.  I keep them on rings alphabetically but I had put some back in the wrong order and I had them broken down by ring Рlike A thru M on one ring and O thru Z on another but that definitely need to be broken down into more rings since they were too full.  Plus,  most of the new stuff I had ordered was Weeks.  So each group the put in alphabetical order on the rings and a tag added to the front of the ring with what letters are on it like A thru C so then I also know where the beginning of alphabetical arrangement is in case things get topsy turvey on the ring.  The rest of the other flosses were all put back too so all is tidy in my floss world.

Leftover Aida pieces cut off from framing, etc.¬† were put back in their bags with the labels as to what they are and put back in the box that holds them by count and table next to my chair cleared off.¬† Only bad thing was in my craziness to get all the floss alphabetized, I took apart a floss ring of random colors that I was using for a long term project.¬† Oh well, I was just picking project for each motif as I went and there’s just a little bit I will likely pull out since I have no clue what color it was done in and it needs to all be the same.¬† There’s only one color that I’m keeping consistent through out and I found that one back and stuck it in the project bag.¬† Crisis averted!¬†

Seems like I just did all this not long ago (and I hate doing it) so may be I’ll remember next time and it will be incentive to take care of it right away after each project (or not) ūüôā

I decided to start a new patriotic piece since the 4th of July is coming up and since July is my birthday month I tend to gravitate towards patriotic red/white/blue stuff.¬† It’s called Free & Brave by The Drawn Thread.

Free & Brave

It has some satin stitch leaves and an interesting looking interwoven satin stitch (or at least that is what I would call it) for the flowers.¬† ¬†Lots of times specialty stitches don’t work on Aida but I think these might and if not I’ll just switch them to something else.¬† My flosses are pulled and I just need to decide what fabric I want to use.

Catherine Dickenson 1840 Stitching Finished

Catherine Dickenson 1840

This is such a sweet little (as far as samplers go) stitch.¬† The stitched area is 7.25″ x 8.75″ on the 18 count Aida I used.¬† After I finished off this one last night I worked a bit on the border of Farmhouse Christmas, in between digging through charts and fabric to see what I might want to start next.

At the moment it’s a toss up between these charts:

  • Winter Rose Manor by Brenda GervaisWINTERROSEMANOR
  • Little Deeds Sampler by The Scarlett House¬† – another small sampler¬† LITTLE DEEDS
  • Early Morning Read – Blackbird DesignsEarlyMorningRead-Weekend Quilts & Projects book

I remembered I had a quilt book or two by Blackbird Designs and that their quilt books alot of times have a cross stitch project and rug hook project in them in addition to the quilt designs.  This one is in Weekend Quilts and Projects book which came out in 2011 but is still available. It has quite the fancy lettering in it with all kinds of little doodads on them.


  • or Coming to American – The Women of the Mayflower

coming to america

I plan to do a modified version of this one – leaving out all the names in the middle but including the other wording – but need to do some figuring to see how many stitches long it will be in my version.

But I’ll mull over those ideas which I’m doing some other things today¬† and probably go check the pattern basket to see what else is in there before making a final decision.

Yesterday I got my replacement frame (they originally sent me the wrong size – not what I ordered – but let me keep that frame for free and sent me the correct one) for Farmhouse Christmas which really makes me want to get that project done soon.¬† I still have¬† two more blocks and border work to do yet and I think I’ll wait until next month (Christmas in July) to work on the next block and more of the border).¬†

I also got the frame for Walk Beside so I may get that one framed later today and try out my new  Point Driver Gun (similar to a staple gun but inserts framing points in the the back of frames to hold your work in place).  The point driver should make doing that part of framing so much easier.

It’s a gray overcast rainy – really humid! – day here and has been for the past couple days and looks like that trend will continue a few more.¬† We need the rain but it feels like good mosquito hatching weather out there – I haven’t seen any yet but I think they may be showing up soon.¬†

Friday 6-25-21 update


Just a quick picture of what I started Рand finished Рthis week in between working on the border lines for the Catherine Dickerson sampler (I should finish those borders tonight).  When I saw this pattern I fell in love with that gold house and the way they colored the sky/lower sky around the house Рso pretty.  Plus I like the multicolored letters.  This is small Рstitched area is about 4.5 x 5 on 14 count fabric.   I have a hornbook board ordered to mount this on and I think it will be a housewarming gift for my sister.

Two items framed



This afternoon I got two more projects framed – or nearly completely framed.¬† They are attached to the foam core board but I’m waiting for a point driver gun to come, which should arrive tomorrow to completely finish them off.¬† ¬†Once the stitching is on the foam core, you use glazier points to hold them in the frame.¬† I have a really hard time using those and getting them pushed in place – some of the wood on the frames is just too hard and trying to slide them in place with a screw driver pushing them and having to pull against the opposite side of the frame to get leverage – well it just wasn’t working and I could just see the screwdriver slipping out of the list notch and gouging a hole in my hand/arm — nope that would not be a good thing.

So the point driver gun is sort of like a staple gun.¬† It inserts those little back kind of points that you get on a lot of store brought picture fames – the flexible ones that you can bend up to change what’s in the frame and then bend back down to hold it in place again – and it will also do the rigid kind that don’t bend.

These photos are not great since it’s now raining and I had to take them inside (and I took them on top of a dark surface) so they aren’t showing the true frame colors but¬† I will take final photos once the points and the dust cover is attached to the back.

VF frame 

These photos are not great since it’s now raining and I had to take them inside (and I took them on top of a dark surface) so they aren’t showing the true frame colors but¬† I will take final photos once the points and the dust cover is attached to the back.


I may need to go see what else is in the “to be framed” pile since these two went pretty quickly.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad! Since I showed a past birthday wall hanging I had made him, here’s one of the Father’s Day gifts I made him in the past- one of my favorites called Heads or Tails.


I won’t show you another progress photo of my current cross stitch project – if you scroll down to the past several posts you can see it and I have finished the large middle flower (after ripping out one group¬† of flowers on a stem because I had them placed wrong).¬† I’ll wait to show it when it’s done.¬† ¬† I am already planning my next stitch of course.¬† Leading contenders are the¬† Coming to America Women of the Mayflower chart that friend Judy enabled me to buy.¬† It’s been¬† sitting next to my stitching chair and it is calling to me.¬† But Little Deeds is also a possibility.¬† Also Peace Be To This House – I love the colors used in this little design.¬† And it is little – charted for 14 ct and it’s small on that size.¬† If I do it on 18ct, the stitched area would only be 3″ x 3.5″ – very petite.¬†¬†But I have a few days before I have to decide what’s next because when I get done with the current stitch, I will stitch on the next block for Farmhouse Christmas.

Yesterday I put together two of the frames I had ordered from Custom Frame Solutions that didn’t come preassembled.¬† Easy to assemble and I had them done in no time.¬† ¬†One of them was the frame I had ordered for Vintage Flowers.¬† I had previously showed a frame with that design that I had ordered for a different project but they sent me the wrong size – not the size I ordered (they are letting me keep the wrong size frame free of charge and sending me the correct size I ordered).¬† ¬†Anyway both frames look good but I think I am going to go with my original plan – the top photo.¬† The bottom photo is the free frame – that’s the style frame I will be using on my Farmhouse Christmas.¬† ¬†Now I just need to remember what I ordered the other little frame I put together for ….

vintage flowers frame

VF frame

It’s chart adoption day and last week’s chart to be adopted, Easter Peeps Parade, goes to Karen Seitz.
block6This week’s chart up for adoption is¬† Pinewood Farm – one of the Farmhouse Christmas block charts.¬† If you are interested in adopting it, leave a comment with the word Farm in it.¬† Remember, you must have a US address and you must check back next Sunday to see if you were chosen and, if so, send me a private email with your mailing address (do not post your address in the comments section).¬† My email address can be found in the blog sidebar under my photo.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is Dad’s 85th birthday!¬† ¬†Below is a birthday wall hanging I made him for his 70th birthday.

dads birthday quilr

That was a very fun project to make – finding just the right fabrics.¬† Angel Food cake was always the family birthday cakes for a fabric mottled with a darker tan like angel food cakes get around the edges where it touches the pan,¬† raspberry print, blueberry print and a brown batik for the three scoop ice cream dish which has three banana slice printed fabrics added to the edge of the bowl, and the border with birthday gifts, birthday hats and balloons on it.¬† A really fun project which I think they still pull out and hang over the back of a chair each year at birthday time.¬† Mom’s birthday follows in just a couple days so June is the birthday month at their house.¬† I will finally get to visit them in person next month – I haven’t seen them since the very end of 2019 I think.¬† Early 2020 I broke my arm so it was before that¬† and then Covid happened so it’s been a long time since I last saw them.

And a quick update on my stitching project.   I still have the lines between the letters to add and border but I started working on the bottom motifs last night.


Alphabets and initials are done


This seems to be moving along quite quickly.  My progress as of last night.  I have all the lettering done.  

I did in fact use three initials for my immediate family (with one exception – one of my grandmother’s gets three initials because¬† my grandfather died and she remarried so she has both my grandfather’s last name initials with her first name initial)¬† so in the first initial row I have my Mom, my sister, the next two are grandmothers and last in that row is my Aunt (Mom’s sister).¬† Next row is my Dad, my two brothers, my three uncles (Dad’s brothers).¬† Last row is of course my name and then my three grandfathers.¬† ¬†I was lucky because I just winged it.¬† I knew I wanted to put all all the ladies initials on one line and then all the gents and it worked out beautifully.¬† ¬†There are dividing lines between each line of alphabet/initials – I have started to add one.¬† and borders all around but I wanted to make sure I was going to be able to stay within the charted border with the text and it ended perfectly.¬† I’ll add all those border lines in but first I want to get the bottom line in so that I can work on some of the fun motifs at the bottom in between adding in the lines.¬†¬†

I did have to rip out one of the “H’s” because I got carried away¬† adding stitches to it and now that I look at the photo I see one of the H’s is missing one stitch in the middle so I need to go fix that.¬† ¬† Yes, there are three sets of HR initials in the family.¬† ¬†Just like in quilting, I find the mistakes or omissions in cross stitch are more easy to pick up looking at a photo than the project you have in your hands.¬† ¬†Now to go fix that H.

Catherine Dickenson 1840 Chart – progress

I love doing alphabets – they seem to move along so quickly and its more interesting when every two letters is a different color.¬† ¬†That “just two more letters, just two more letters….” syndrome sets in and I end up stitching later than I had intended.


Again, here’s what the chart looks like.¬† I have the first three rows of letters completed and the next two rows are initials – initials of Catherine Dickenson’s family members.¬† Those two lines will be replaced with initials of my family members.¬† My plan is to use all three initials of my immediate family members – parents, sister and 2 brothers – and then only first and last initials for grandparents and I think I will have room to add my mother’s sister and dad’s three brothers.¬† One of my grandmothers I will use three initials for – my “first” grandfather died when I was a baby so I don’t remember him but she remarried so I’ll use her first name initialr, her first married initial and then her last married initial.¬† I’m going to use the style alphabet that is in the first line and a half of the chart – all capital letters.

I ended up using all the called for threads except for the gold color – my called-for gold was too brown and there’s already two shades of brown in the letters so I picked a brighter gold.

Here’s my progress as of last night.

cd progress

What’s next, you ask??

I know you are just waiting to hear what I’m going to be stitching on next.¬† ūüôā Well after I went digging through the smaller frames to see if I had something to fit Walk Beside (I don’t, it’s an odd size – I need a 7″ x 10″ frame so that has been ordered along with another small one), I pulled out the basket of charts and decided upon a lovely little sampler.¬† I like small or smallish samplers.¬† While there are many large ones that are just beautiful, I know me and I know I would get bored stitching them and the ones I do really like are charted for linen so that rules them out for me..¬† So far I have been really good finishing what I start.¬† I do have Farmhouse Christmas – but that was planned as year long project which I will get finished by the end of the year if not sooner.¬† I also have the Dog Declaration and that is a large project – which I have been working on in between projects and that I hadn’t planned to get done until early next year.¬† So unlike my knitting and quilting projects – I do not have lots of WIPS (works in progress).¬† And my plan is to keep it that way.

One of the projects I had contemplated working on next was Vintage Birds – sort of a companion piece to Vintage Flowers.¬† But I would have had to order the pattern and I’ve cut myself off from pattern and fabric ordering (of course that was after friend Judy showed Coming to America.)¬† I actually had also been searching for that chart so do have that one coming still and I think there is a back ordered pattern I’m still waiting for.¬† But I have a lovely little collection of patterns to choose from which will keep me happy for quite some time.

Okay – rambling – what chart is it I have picked – It’s a reproduction sampler, Catharine Dickenson 1840.DSCN0861

The two “buds” on the center floral motif are 1 over 1 – I think what they call “buds” are those two striped sections near the bottom of the stem – and I will just change that so it works for me.¬† I know many people stitch reproduction samplers exactly as they are charted and there are debates about whether or not you should change the name in the sampler to your own if the original stitcher’s name is in the chart.¬† I’m not going to open that up for debate here¬† – but I likely won’t be putting her name on the sampler but will include mine instead.


Here’s the fabric and threads I’ll be using.¬† It’s 16 count, hand dyed Aida and the color is Regency.¬† It has a slightly greenish gray mottled look to it.¬† I had most of the called for threads but I may change just a few.¬† The gold is brighter than called for since the called for overdyed floss was more brown in the skein I had – there’s a lot of different shades of brown so I wanted the gold to stand out a bit more.¬† ¬†I may also switch one of the browns to a darker gray but will wait to see when I get to it. I also chose a lighter shade of gray.¬† The stitched area will end up being about 8.5″ square.

This afternoon I picked up one of the perforated paper sled pieces I had previously started and finished one off and got a small start on the next since I had room on the same piece of paper to add one more.


And I don’t think I had previously shown this elf one holding a package which I finished about two weeks ago.