Sunday, April 29, 2012

I am still here - thanks for hanging in there - waiting.

What a mess...what a long time since I have been able to sit in my sewing studio:  uninterrupted, guilt-free, stress-free...some of you know what I'm saying.  The piles on the left of the table - that's for a quilt - my first quilt class ever.  A couple years ago I took a class from my friend, Tina.  It's called Nancy's Fancy.  I love it, still, but need to carve out some time to do this! 
This pile to the right - actually two piles, finished   --    just not finish/finished.  And the bagin the back - it's my son's quilt all kitted up and ready to go.  This past fall, bought the flannel to supplement some I had in my stash and hit a good sale for the backing. 
 It's finished - adding to the basket of finished items awaiting a finish-finish (not shown on the table shot above - it is actually under the table and full) Wild Lilies by BBD.  This was a fun, fast and pretty easy stitch and the colors - too awesome for words.  Didn't change a thing - something I find hard not to do.
 Yes, I opened it before showing you all, I ordered a couple items from The Attic.  Always a pleasure to get a package from them...pretty tissue, nicely wrapped just like a little 'ole present - for me!  What was in the tissue?  A freebie, the one with the strawberries, below (center) by Needlework Press Summer.  I also picked up I Wait for the Lord by Hands To Work.  I have the fabric picked out for that one but need to tea or coffee dye it and then settle on fibers.  The Summer freebie fabric and a couple of choices for the silk are gathered...can't wait to start.  Maybe tonight?
 The newest issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework  hit my mailbox - always a welcome sight!  And I picked up the newest Loose Feather Mary Ann Blackburn from Blackbird Designs.  What's under the strawberries, you may be wondering - well, you are going to have to wait.  It's a Christmas gift I had ordered and need to start soon - maybe tonight?
Bent Creek's Snowmen - Photobooth sits in my basket near my chair.  I pulled it out to work on something quick the other night after my BBD finish.  I haven't done much on this one but the second snowbuddy was stitched a scarf and a nose...maybe some snow tonight?

 I continue to  plug away at Elizabeth Mary Gandey and have finally started on the church.  I absolutely love the trees along the steps up to the church.  
The carnations are awesome - the border is beautiful.  I am so in love with this sampler.  The colors, the fabric, the pace, everything.  So in love, so in love.  This is one I will be sad to have finished - but glad to have finished.  La-D-Da's Mary Cottam; although I am not putting in her name, obviously, as I put my name in instead.  I have to figure out what to put to the right and left of my name. 

I have had several people ask, sending me emails and whatnot - my mom is recovering well.  She came home Easter weekend and she is slowly building up her stamina.  She was able to move to the soft collar from the neck surgery last week and is able to now drive.   She is working on following up on the heart and lung issues.  Lots of work and care to go, but she is getting better.

I am gaining back some of what I lost while helping mom.  It will be one year from my surgery tomorrow.  What a long way I have come, what a gift it is to be well, to walk, to have recovered as far as I have.   I have a bit further to go, but the doctors indicated it could be up to 18 months before I was as good as it will get.

I have been reading up a storm.  I have read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Game series - awesome,all three!  Also quite good Heaven is Real by Todd Burpo.  Rhonda Janzen's Mennonite In A Little Black Dress a quick, fun readI also read a series by Marie Bostwick:  A Thread of Truth, A Single Thread, A Thread So Thin and  Threading the Needle.  The next one has come out this week - on request from the library.  All quite good; I recommend any and all of them.

Well, if I want to stitch, I better get to it.  I had a couple of "maybe tonights" above and need to get cracking.  Hi to my new followers, hello to the rest!  I appreciate seeing you there, reading your blogs.  I finally caught up on that this morning...sure was a nice way to start my Sunday!  What a wonderful group we are, us stitchers.

Stitch lots, needle to what makes you happy!


  1. Oh my! So much to admire and drool over!! I really enjoyed seeing what you've been up to and what's on your table to work on. Elizabeth Mary Gandey is my big temptation. I just love how it's coming out -- sooooo gorgeous! I've been trying to resist getting that one. lol! Glad to hear your mother is recovering well, and that you are as well. Thanks for the fun post!

  2. I don't know where to start. All your projects are awesome and your stitching beautiful. Liking the BBD as well as the Hunger Games series! And yes, the carnations are awesome. Hope some of your maybe nights turn into stitching nights.

  3. Wonderful stash. Love the BBD finish. Mary Cottam is beautiful. I love the border. Glad that you mother is doing better.

  4. Wow!!! Great stitching and yummy stash~~~ Now about that finishing pile....Sounds like you need a good finisher to help you with some of those smalls....hmmmm.. perhaps you need to email me!!

    Take care, Faye

  5. Hey Sherry! Glad to hear that your Mom is better.
    Mary Cottham is beautiful. I can see why you are enjoying stitching this one. Great new stash too :)

  6. You sure do have a lot going on! I am so glad your mom is recovering and getting better every day and the same goes for you, too! You really have made an amazing recovery and we're all proud of you!

    Great projects! Your BBD finish is wonderful - is there one that's not wonderful? Your new stash is great and I really love the samplers - Elizabeth is coming along and I LOVE Mary Cottam. I have her kitted and ready to go for guild (I think she is a January start) so we'll use yours for inspiration! Bring it on Sunday to show off; I'd love to see it!

    See you Sunday!

  7. You have been one busy girl! I'm glad that your mom is recovering well!!

    All your projects are wonderful. I didn't may much attention to Elizabeth when it came out, but I think that it's one I'm going to have to add to the stash pile! And I love Mary Cottam too. I didn't know if I would stitch it with the Guild, but after seeing yours I think that I have to!!

    Hope to see you at one of the Guild meetings - probably not until July! :o(

  8. Hello

    I'm new to your lovely blog.
    You have so many beautiful projects
    Your BBD finish is great, I love the colours.
    Happy stitching (or quilting)!

  9. Your wips are looking lovely and your desk looks a lot like mine!

    Glad your Mum is doing better


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