One more for the framing marathon

As I was updating the 2021 Finishes page (see link at top of blog main page) I realized I hadn’t finished framing Ever So Grateful.  So quickly got that one framed today as well.


Whew! a good day’s work of framing – five projects in total.  And now since I forgot to start dinner earlier, I just placed an order for delivery since I don’t feel like cooking at this point. 🙂

So now everything that is to be framed, has been framed, with the exception of two small winter projects.  I just didn’t feel like doing those today.  There’s still some smalls and that one to go on the hornbook to finish but all the actual framing is caught up for a while.

So not counting all the Amish themed projects that I really didn’t stitch in 2021, I still have  21 projects that I have started and finished in 2021 so far – most are small but I’m amazed myself as I was gathering all the photos.  So check out the 2021 – All the Finishes page to see them all.

Now to go get some stitching time in while I wait for my dinner.

Saturday Framing Marathon

Well I posted in my prior post today the fully finished Amish themed stitch The Harvest – part of a series I started long ago.  And said that I had two more that I might try to get framed this weekend.   Well since I had all the framing supplies out, I decided I might as well continue and the the other two done today.   Then, when I was digging thru the stuff piled on the sewing room table (yes piled!) I found the third one I needed to frame too.

The sewing room is now a bigger mess due to pulling out Warm and Natural Scraps to cut pieces to put between my stitchery and the foam core board, tossing pieces aside that weren’t big enough – yeah I’m not so tidy in the midst of a project but figured since I know that room needs a thorough cleaning, make the mess now and then I can put all the batting, extra frames, etc. back all at once.  So here they are – all Told in a Garden Designs – and all stitched in 1997.

Schoolhouse Sampler. Love all the little detains in this one – the trees in the distance, the white boys and girls outhouses on either side of the school along the back fence line, the swing set, water pump, but I love the colors of all the boys and girls standing by the fence or sitting on it and the different colors of their clothing.


The Song of a People


Love the barn with the quilt on it and I really like the design of the house with the flower beds around it.

And lastly, The Quilting.  The chart  just says “The Quilting” on it but I added the word “Bee” to the end.

The Quilting Bee

I love the ladies on either side of the quilt they are quilting on and that little girl sitting on the bench at the end.  The other thing I really liked about these patterns, in an era where lots of backstitching was the norm when I was originally stitching these projects, these have very little backstitching – just swing set ropes or parts of buggies but no outlining around other things which of course adds to the simplicity of the look.

I previously had three framed that have been hanging on my bedroom wall.  They had glass in them. I removed the glass from one, and I just need to remove the glass from the other two.  One of those frames has an issue so I may  have to reframe it if I can’t fix it.  But once those are set to rehang, I will have a total of 9 framed pieces of this series done. YES NINE!!!   And I have decided nine is enough.  I decided these will hang on my bedroom wall, not the living room, since they are of a different feel than what I am stitching on now.  Of course that means I want to move where my bed is to a different wall, which entails all the normal hassle of moving a bed in a not huge room trying to avoid the other furniture in it, and plus it’s up on bed risers so having to move those and take out the under-bed storage containers.   And if I’m going to have to move the bed – best to move the sections completely out of that room so I can clean the carpet in there while I’m at it before putting everything back.  Yep – don’t expect to see these on the wall in the immediate future – all that sounds like a winter project.

But, I think I have 3 or 4 charts in the stash that I had saved  for “someday” when I want to finish this series that I won’t be stitching so those will get added to tomorrow’s Sunday Chart Adoption day offerings.

The Harvest — Framed

This is one of those projects that I had stitched long ago before I stopped cross stitching and moved on to quilting so it’s been waiting since 2005 to be framed.  After I got this one all framed I realized I had the wrong year stitched in it!    I had two  that I had finished long ago that I hadn’t stitched the year in so was adding those last night since I wanted to remember to put the year on before I ever framed them.    I knew when they were both finished but when I actually stitched the year I reversed them and put them on the opposite project they should be on.  DUH – I’m not going to take this all apart and  change it.   But too funny because The Harvest chart wasn’t even available the year on my project.

It was also a pistol to frame because way back when I had spilled something on it and had soaked it.  Whatever I had spilled came out but that made the fabric sort of shrink or the floss shrink so it was sort of skewing the fabric where the more dense stitching was.  But I finally got it straightened out.

The frame I ordered had a goldish/copper inner edging and was distressed looking with scratches on it where that gold/copper showed through the black so I was really hoping it would look good with the gold and gold/green colors in the tree.   I think it’s perfect!

harvest frame 

My favorite parts of this are the woman canning on the porch, the pie in the window, and the tree with the swing on it.  And of course the quilt hanging on the line – all charts in this series have one or more quilts in them.  My least favorite – all the color changes/counting involved when doing that big bed of plants/flowers on the left.

the harvest

I have two more from this series lined up to finish the framing on either today or tomorrow so stay tuned…..