Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Somebody Shoot that Groundhog

I survived the Snowpocalypse. Stillwater got about 10 inches of snow in blizzard conditions. Rick was a sweetie and took me to work yesterday and today. People were getting stuck in the snow left & right! Jessie & Matt got her car stuck trying to get her to work and she ended up calling in. Today it's just bitter cold and sunny. Tomorrow morning it's supposed to be -5 degrees! I can't remember having temperatures that low before. Just for comparison...last Friday it was nearly 75. It's so not fair. Now, the dratted Groundhog has seen his shadow and that means another six weeks of winter.

I'm glad now I recently stitched a bit of spring! Way back in November, I had a blogoversary giveaway and Ma Teakettle of The Teakettle Corner was one of my winners. I promised a bit of stitching but couldn't promise it would be soon. January came and I finally got all my deadline obligations out of the way so I could concentrate on stitching my prizes. Tired of winter and ready for some spring colors I decided to stitch Karyn a design I'd had in my stash for ages. Once it was finished I sewed it into a pretty pink paisley pillow, suitable to decorate a chair or the guest room bed.


Design ~ ABC à la Ferme
Designer ~ L' R de rien
Fabric ~ 28 count mystery tea-dyed by Daffycat
Fiber ~ DMC as charted
Finish ~ Large pillow


The photo above probably has the most correct colors. I'm really pleased with my sewing here. It's becoming easier every time I do it. Still nerve wracking though...

Yes, I am aware the "W" is missing. It's a French design so there isn't one! I did stitch the "K" and the "S" in a pretty purple, just to make it special. Karyn has let me know how much she likes my little present and I hope she knows how much I enjoyed making it for her!



Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox


59 comments:

Penny said...

We have the snow too a foot of the stuff. Darn I cant remember the last time it was 75 degrees here. Probably last September. I want spring. Our ground hog didn't see his shadow we are suppose to have an early spring. Yeah Like I believe that. I really hate those ground hogs

Nan said...

What a frightful storm that swept across the midwest. We were on the very southern end of it and only got a little ice in the northern part of our county. So glad you made it through the storm.
Your pillow is lovely. Karyn is a lucky girl.
I feel the same about sewing. I'm definitely not a seamstress so when I do sew it makes me nervous :0)

Shpinelka said...

Beautiful pillow :-))
Hope it will make you feel better :-)) - 2011 Groundhog's Day Results: "The world’s most famous weather predicting groundhog, Phil, did NOT see his shadow this morning, so according to the folklore, good bye winter, hello early spring!"

Dee said...

Phil DIDN'T see his shadow in Pennsylvania. So Phil says it will be an early spring. Listen to Phil.

Not sure what General Beauregard in Atlanta saw. If he was in Orlando, he wouldn't see his shadow.

Which groundhog do you have?

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

Beautiful stitching! But I think Mr Groundhog did not see his shadow.
http://www.groundhog.org/ ;)

valerie said...

Gosh...I swear the news over here said that there would be an early spring. I must have got it wrong.

The pillow is totally cute! Love it! Great job!

Daffycat said...

Hmmmm, all our local news was saying he predicted more winter. Maybe they were going by the sunshine we are having today instead of the official groundhog forecast?

Myra said...

Cute, cute, cute. Dratted groundhog! Harumph!

Hazel said...

Yukk we had our ration of snow and I hope it doesn't come back any time soon. Love the pillow .It is fab! x

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish.

Pumpkin said...

ROFL!!!! The groundhog in NB wouldn't even come out of his house. Don't blame him ;o)

Superb job on your adorable pillow Sharon!

Susan in SC said...

Your pillow is simply adorable! I just love it and know that Karyn will too!!!

Tammy said...

Our groundhogs didn't see there shadow so go by ours heehee.

Abby Rogers said...

What lovely stitching! I am envious :)

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My Life In Stitches said...

Love the pillow. Very springy too. Can't wait for spring this year. I do love the snow but I am already over it this year.
happy stitching,
Annette

Meadows08 said...

Beautiful pillow! Your choice of the paisley fabric is perfect :)

Margaret said...

I love the pillow! It's so pretty -- the fabric is perfect with it!

Bec said...

Gorgeous pillow! I love the fabric :)

Glad to hear you survived the storm.

Kathy said...

Adorable finish! Ma is one lucky lady to get this one. I think we all need some spring even if it is only stitching.

Cathy B said...

Hear, hear! We have had enough of winter.

CJ said...

Love the pillow. It is so darn cold here, good stitching weather. I posted my New Moon TUSAL. Look forward to seeing your post. BTW - Do you know how to fix problems with the Followers on Blogger? My labels is there but the friends do no show up. Tried looking a Blogger for helpo, but I got lost. Boo Hoo. Oh well, time for IDOL!!

Stay Warm.

CJ

Chars said...

The prise cushion is simply stunning - congratulations :)

If you are sentenced to 6 more weeks of winter does that mean we have 6 more of summer? Ewww!

Lizy said...

Hi,
That little pillow came out really pretty!!!! I hope the weather gets better !!!

Rachel said...

Im gonna have to stick with Phil - he didnt see his shadow :)

Beautiful finish!

Sharon said...

This is oh so pretty!! What a lovely stitch and finish! I love your personal touch of stitching her initials in purple - makes it extra-special! :)
Stay warm!!!!!

Ziggyeor said...

Love the pillow, such a cute finish. I might have to consider a pillow for the little thing I'm stitching right now .

I'm in TN and the snow hasn't got here yet. I've had enough all ready.

awikkidwomanswords said...

What a gorgeous finish. I am utterly useless with a sewing machine, but am hoping that once I buy one I'll master it (eventually)

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Beautiful!

Karen said...

That is so cute!!! Sorry you aren't enjoying spring like weather at the moment but hopefully it will be warm soon!


You did a great job on the little pillow...your finising is great!

Hope you are staying warm....

Kathy A. said...

Oh dear. I hope that is the end of the winter for ou! We have not had great weather here but I don't dare complain.
What a lovely gift for Karyn. I love the colors and yes, a touch of spring is important for all of us these days.

Cole said...

Ours says 6 more weeks too... It's been a crazy winter, more snow than I ever remember! And drastic temperature changes, going from -30C to +5C in less than 48 hours!

Great job on your blogoversary prize, it's a beautiful pillow :)

CATHI said...

Wonderful pillow! The motive remembers us that Spring isn't that far away! :o)

Cathi

Michelle said...

Gorgeous finish! Love the finishing fabric.

I also wish the seasons would change - it is scorching in Cape Town and I hate the heat! I would love to exchange some of our heat for your cold :)

Annette said...

Wow how beautifull!!
What a great design, and so beautifull sewed!
She will love it

Shelley said...

Gorgeous pillow.. its just lovely!

Carol said...

I hope our lovely PA groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, is right and that there will be an early spring. I can't believe all this crazy weather around the country. We've been so, so lucky here in the Pittsburgh region (knock on wood!!)--have escaped all the major storms so far.

Gorgeous pillow for your blogoversary winner, Sharon! Love those little birds :)

Rhona said...

What a lovely finish. Unfortunately I'm not brave enough to attempt a pillow although I do seem to be walking past the sewing machines in JoAnn's more often these days! lol

I'm so fed up of the snow - we got about twelve inches yesterday. Roll on spring!

Carolyn NC said...

You did such a great job! I love this pillow!

Beth said...

It does seem like the weather has gotten crazier over the years.

I love your pillow. I learned something I didn't know - French alphabets don't have a W. Shows I haven't stitched many French samplers - LOL!!

Lynn said...

Wiarton Willie here in Canada says it will be an early spring. I'm hoping he's right. Our snow dump amounted to around 10 inches as well.
I just spotted your pillow on Karyn's blog. It's absolutely gorgeous!! I love the fabric you chose.

Ma Teakettle said...

I love love love my beautiful pillow ;) and you!
Thank you, Daff :)
XOXOXO
Ma

P. G. said...

Your pillow turned out awesome! I love the paisley fabric, she's a lucky person *grin*

Pam

Christine said...

We don't have groundhogs in Britain, spring seems to arrive OK without them :)
Love the pillow you made

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Love your pillow and it is wonderful to think of spring. I live in the south so all we got was rain from this latest storm thank goodness.
Have a great weekend.

Sandy

Rachel S said...

That storm just missed us. I hope everything melts really quick for you--we have ice now from all the snowmelt yesterday.

Your pillow is so pretty. It is very springy and fresh--love it!

Melanie said...

It's darling and very springy. :)

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Ha,ha,ha I had to laugh at the title of your post! Why couldn't someone "put a Bag" over the Groundhogs head, so he couldn't see! LOL
Don't shoot him.
Your pillow is lovely!
Hugs

Patty C. said...

This turned out beautifully - Congrats on a lovely finish !!!

Karyn should treasure it always :)

Colorado Stitcher said...

Very pretty. I like it. Nice finishing too.

Sadie said...

Oh how pretty! Beautiful stitching and your finishing is so good!

Julie said...

Love the pillow!

Lei B. said...

Oh I just love your pillow. The design is just too cute. I have never heard of L' R de rien. Is there a good place to look on the web for designs like this one?

Glad that you made it through the storm OK. I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring. Have a good weekend.

Suzanne said...

You guys have the excessive snow and we have the excessive hot weather!

Love the pillow, very cute!

Denise said...

Nice pillow. I always thought it was another 6-8 weeks of winter whether he saw his shadow or not.

Brigitte said...

Oh yeah, stitching spring is the motto now. I have just finsied a little design with at least 5 bunnies in it, lol.
Love your little spring pillow!

Cindy F. said...

OK, that is about the cutest darn pillow I've seen!! LOVE IT!! Good job girl!

Solstitches said...

What a lovely little pillow!
Great finishing job - the fabric you chose is just perfect.
Margaret

Lisa said...

What a lovely finish, I'm not surprised Karen loves it. I've been doing some spring stitching as well as I'm so sick of winter.

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish! I love those designs.