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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shop Hop Complete!

Dash and I finished the Road to Oklahoma Shop Hop! Our third day out we managed to hit 8 of the 10 shops we needed to visit! Dash is an excellent shop hop planner!

I almost couldn't fit all the 3rd-day goodies in one picture! We traveled about 475 miles that day, made it to the first shop just after it opened and that eighth shop a half hour before they closed. Whew!

Our fourth day we only need to visit two shops and both of those fairly close to home. Still, we traveled 168 miles but we did take a detour to stop for fried chicken at a popular bar, Eichen's. Seriously good fried chicken and okra.

Here is my passport before we turned it in. The shop told us we were the first to turn in completed passports! All totaled, we traveled 1,595 miles over the four days. Great fun and I told Dash I hoped he wins one of the prizes instead of me, 'cause then they will take his photo and not mine!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Totally Useless Sneak Up

Whoa! I was distracted by Shop Hopping and didn't realize it was the New Moon! The Totally Useless Stitch A Long snuck up on me...It's a good thing I glanced at the calendar while answering emails! Is your ORT jar shined up for display? My year-to-date threads are just getting stuffed:

It's another new start too, kitted up in a hurry as I had finished Ho Ho Ho Santa (below) and had nothing ready for my Monday stay at Dad's house.

Not very much finishing ORTs and zero quilting ORTs.

Last week, I took this to Dad's and had to read instead because I forgot to grab my thread bundle! I was very glad of that library card and kindle that day! I bet I check my supplies better from now on...


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your June TUSAL post so we can come to visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shop Hopping

Dash and I decided to do the Road to Oklahoma shop hop this year and we started on Friday. If you've never done a shop hop here is how it works...you get a "passport" that tells you which shops to visit and when you visit the shops, they give you a stamp, a free quilt block pattern (or you can purchase their block kit) and often there is a little token gift or free fat quarter. If you fill in all the shops or even just one region, you are entered for different prize drawings. This one is all in Oklahoma and runs the entire month of June. We have 23 shops to visit!

We were able to get 13 of the shops this weekend and traveled 950 miles! We each bought a fat quarter at most shops (one shop didn't sell them!) and yes, Dash is playing along! 

Our "loot" from the first day, purchases, and freebies. 

The second day was just as good and I even found some charm packs I've been wanting.

We planned the second day's route so we could breakfast at Hugo's in Claremore, Oklahoma...a favorite of ours even if it's an hour and a half drive. Their bacon is heavenly...I got 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, German potatoes, biscuit, and gravy. It was delicious and no way could I finish it all! 

We have 10 shops left and another 3 weeks to do them in. I think Dash is having fun, as he's planning our routes down to the last detail, lol! Give a man a challenge! 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Stars of Freedom

I finished this patriotic small into another firecracker. I'm thinking these tall ones will be cute tuck pillows for the back row of a basket. 

Design ~ Stars of Freedom
Designer ~ Erica Michaels
Fabric ~ Daffycat Dyed Scrap
Fiber ~ DMC

My double twisted "fuse" turned out much nicer this time. I (yet again) used those cute buttons I found at the quilt shop. This design is a freebie by Rainbow Gallery, click that for the link. I converted the colors to DMC and changed even more by using yellow instead of one of the reds. Best of all, the perfect finishing fabric was in my stash! This was a really enjoyable design to stitch once I had the thread colors picked out. I used 312, 728, 304, and 3865.

Adding on...apparently, RG doesn't have the 2002 freebies listed, it is shareable so email me and I can get it to you.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Bah! 13 days since my last post...I am a terrible blogger! I made a resolution this year to blog more. I have already done much, much better than the past five or six years but I can't slack off like I just did!

This is the fault of my latest slack-off:

Really, not just reading Stephen King's latest, The Outsider (set in Oklahoma too) but mid-May, I got myself a library card and have gone to town! Along with the book pictured above, I've read six e-books, two books on CD and one audiobook. I haven't read so much since I can remember. Side note:  I do forgive Mr. King for having his characters refer to Oklahoma City as "Okie City", self-respecting Oklahomans call it "OKC" or simply "The City."

I have been stitching but need some to do some finishing.

Partridge and Pears

Woodland Joy
Did I stitch this on a small enough scrap?

Ho Ho Ho Santa
My current WIP, much farther along than this.
Too lazy to bother taking another photo.

I'll update you with the particulars when I FFO them! I will also have another patriotic finish to share with you soon. My evening is free and I plan to spend every minute in my studio tonight!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thread Keeper

Our sweet Mouse celebrated her blogoversary with giveaway prizes and I was one of the very lucky winners! Just look what arrived in my mailbox:

Mouse (knowing how much I love my ORTs) stitched this lovely design and sewed it into a fabric bowl thread keeper for me. I opened it up so you could see. I also received these great finishing goodies and a pretty piece of pale purple fabric.

Thank you, Mouse! Happy blogoversary and wishing you many more to come!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018


I fished a waiting-to-be-finished piece out of my box and started playing. I even went shopping for more patriotic fabrics to be sure I had a good selection. Then I started sewing! Once I had it together and it was getting stuffed I thought it looked an awful lot like a firecracker. I measured a length of DMC and double twisted it, tied a knot in the bottom and with a giant-eyed needle pulled it through the top seam a voilà! One cute fuze to turn it into a firecracker!

Design ~ Pop!
Designer ~ Bent Creek
Fabric ~ 32 count Lugana, tea dyed
Fiber ~ DMC

I embellished the design with more of those star buttons I purchased a while back. At this rate, maybe I should go get another package! I hope to have a bunch of tuck pillows for a darling patriotic basket finished this year! Already working on another...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Totally Useless Update Wait

When you turn on your computer to write your ORT report and this happens:

Then the black screen mirrors your desk and looks cool so you have to take a picture.

It is the New Moon again and time for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long! My ORTs are awesome! I had lots of stitchy ORTs from ornaments, shown here with a new finish and a new start that is nearly done!

My quilting ORTs got buried with finishing ORTs but that's okay! I like finishing ORTs!

I wonder why all these patriotic fabrics are out??? There is even some in the ORT pile! Hmmm, more on that later, I promise!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your May TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Quilt for My Mama

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I made my Mama a little quilt. I chose soft colors and low volume in fabrics that reminded me of her and a simple square block I could quilt myself. 

I used bits of leftovers for a scrappy binding.

The quilting is all straight lines on either side of each seam. This was the most fun I've had quilting, ever. I will use this again as it was such a pleasure and so relaxing.

I took the quilt to my parent's house and used their pretty brick wall for some photos.

You can see the soft, butter yellow backing fabric.

It is a very little quilt, only 42 x 60 after washing.

It might be small but it's perfect for my Mama.

Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Plaid Greetings

I saw someone on Facebook posted a picture of their finish of this design and I had to stitch it myself. When I went to kit it up, I found I didn't have any blue 32 count fabric. What? So 9:30 pm found me pouring royal blue RIT dye, salt and boiling water into the kitchen sink...all trying to be quiet because Dash was already in bed asleep! A quick 30-second dip and a good washing with laundry detergent gave me the perfect sky-blue shade. I ironed it dry so I could start right away!

Design ~ Plaid Greetings
Designer ~ Ladybug Lane Designs
2009 JCS Ornament Issue
Fabric ~ 32 count Daffycat Dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ DMC

I used one of the buttons I bought for the "Joy" ornament and the called for Mill Hill gold beads. I had never done the rice stitches called for in the border and found them to be a lot of fun. After futzing around with all kinds of bows and trims I settled for the simple ribbon hanger.

Have any projects had you dying fabric (or something similar) late at night after everyone else was abed? 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Bee Keeper

I was bored last night so I started a new project...and finished it! (Surprise! It isn't a Christmas ornament!!!) A sweet, tiny scissor fob with a charming bumblebee. This is an old Drawn Thread freebie, still available: click here

Design ~ Bee Keeper
Designer ~ The Drawn Thread
Fabric ~ 32 count tea-dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ DMC

Isn't that the cutest fob? Best of all, you can finish it in an evening. I, the Queen of Slow Stitching, was able to complete it during breaks from house cleaning. I stuffed mine with crushed walnut shells and fiberfill. 

Have you stitched this one? Want to?

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Two Red Birds

The first red bird is this cutie decorating his house for the season. White bows blow ALL the light back in your face when you take a snap. I love how the birdhouse has an actual smoking chimney. Not that birds decorate for Christmas either, right? SIGH, I was sewing on the last of the cording when I realized I had forgotten to stitch all the falling snowflakes...

Design ~ Waiting for Santa, 2008 freebie
Designer ~ Helga Mandl Designs
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ DMC

Our second red bird is so sweet! This isn't a Christmas design at all. This is Bent Creek's Plum Berry Sampler! I stitched the bird in red and added a topknot, the charted bird is bald and blue. If you look close, I stitched my initials in green. Stitched 1 over 1, I stitched the little sampler bands only in Smyrna stitches. 

Design ~ Plum Berry Sampler, modified
Designer ~ Bent Creek
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Monaco
Fiber ~ DMC

The teeny tiny micro buttons rock this design. I can't wait to decorate my Christmas tree this year!

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

An Unexpected Visitor

We had a visitor the other night a 3:54 am. He triggered our Ring Doorbell. We didn't open the door because we don't answer the door that early in the morning, even if you are a cute cat. 

The cat is staring at a birdhouse that is hanging on the wall next to the door. Currently, the birdhouse is full of sparrows and they must have been rustling around...

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Can't Keep Up!

I'm running about 12 days behind on my blog reader. I've only made four posts so far this month. I haven't finished or finished-finished either of the two cross stitch pieces I showed you on Tuesday. My studio is in disarray, as happens when I create. Dash and I spent hours at the Apple Store getting the batteries in our phones and my iPad replaced. They broke my phone when they were working on it so I got a brand new one and a new iPad as well since they don't replace the batteries in those on site. This had me spending hours getting everything set back up, remembering passwords and waiting for updates and all that. I got to have lunch with a friend last week and we sat in Olive Garden for four hours talking! I get a little ahead on some things and way behind in others!

I did get the little quilt basted:

I set up my 8-foot folding table in the front room, clamp everything tight and pin the layers together. The quilt gets shifted to pin the sides, careful to not get the layers wonky.  A little quilt like this doesn't take long at all. The tool you see helps close the pins. Lots of people hate basting. I don't mind it at all. I've quilted all the ups and downs on the long rows and I'm ready to do the short ones, maybe today.

Miss Molly is still ornery as ever. Sometimes I stay up late and craft and Molly keeps me company. She will happily chew her bones or nap. Unlike while watching TV she's pestering constantly to play fetch! But often, late at night as I'm stitching and it's quiet, Molly lets out a long, low, snarling growl behind me for possibly thinking of stealing her bone! OMG! You crazy dog!

Mom! Stop coveting my bones!

I get a couple years of life scared out of me at least twice a week.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Yesterday Was Totally Useless

I missed our Totally Useless Stitch A Long yesterday because I spend most Mondays at my parent's house. This gives my dad a chance to mow the lawn or run errands without leaving my mother alone. My sister goes on Saturdays and my daughter on Thursdays. I wish we lived closer so I could go every day. But it was the New Moon and I have ORTs to share!

All these Christmas ornaments are really filling up my ORT jar! I am having to pack them down. 

See? Such a full jar! I have one completed ornament and another started. I'll get you all the design info when I get them finished. 

Lots of sewing/quilting/finishing ORTs in my leaf bowl too. This is a sneak peek at the quilt I've been working on. Working on this has slowed down my ornament stitching but as long as I'm creating I'm happy!

A day trip on Saturday, antique mall shopping, netted me some quilting book stash! The book on top, Scrap Quilts has a lovely pattern to make a quilt called Cathedral Window, I'm dying to try. It doesn't have batting or backing as the blocks you make create it all at once. A king size quilt calls for 35 yards of backing fabric. 35! Those of you that don't quilt...that is an astronomical amount of fabric! Oh, but the construction of the quilt is amazing and I'm longing to give it a go!

Does anything have you stirred up to give it a go right now?


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your April TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Don't let my title throw you, spring is still here even though we keep warming up, then falling back into cold winter. It's been lovely here this week and I'm sitting at my desk drinking Lady Gray tea after a nice lunch.

I thought my lunch was pretty so I snapped a pic. My dinnerware has seen better days though. Is it cheating making your tea by popping a tea bag into a reusable K-cup and running it through the Keurig? Oh, how lazy!

But I didn't title this post Pretty Lunch and Cheaters Tea, did I? Here is Merry Christmas:

Design ~ Merry Christmas
Designer ~ Nancy Boyarsky of Glory Bee
design from the JCS 10th Anniversary Collection book
Fabric ~ 32 count Lugana, tea dyed
Fiber ~ DMC

I did something different when finishing this, after I sewed it up I thought it looked awfully nice, just the way it was. Instead of stuffing it, I added a piece of cotton quilt batting that I put iron-on interfacing on both sides of to stiffen and trimmed to fit inside. I hand-sewed the turning space and trimmed the seams with cording to match.

The result was this flat, but still soft ornament. I probably won't make many of these because usually I need to stuff them to hide imperfections, but this one looked great. I love everything about this ornament, the design, with the crammed together "MAS" to make it fit and the smyrna stitches in the border and I love the unusual finish. 

I leave you with a picture of Molly and her tongue tip poked out. She goes about like this ever since she lost those three little front teeth, it's much worse when she sleeps, an inch or more. My conclusion is those three teeth were a key component of the tongue retention system...


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Chickadee Dee Dee

Chickadees are one of my favorite birds. You can imagine my glee a couple years ago, when a pair nested in the box on my front porch! When I took this quick clip, they were starting to fledge, calling back and forth to the parent birds, "Chick-A-Dee-Dee-Dee!" Before the day was over they were gone from the nest but I was able to watch the parents teach the babies sunflower-seed-cracking-skills at my feeder for a few weeks.

Design ~ Snowy Garden
Designer ~Susan Penny
Design from the book "Cross Stitch Greeting Cards"
Fabric ~ 28 count glass blue monaco
Fiber ~ DMC

I love how this one turned out! I may need to swap the bow for blue in later years when the white is dingy but I think it's adorable. Yet another Christmas ornament this year. Are y'all getting tired of Christmas ornament posts from me yet?

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Warm Hands, Warm Heart

A happy Easter evening! We spent a quiet holiday. Dash happily colored eggs, I happily munched egg salad sandwiches!

I stopped by a local quilt shop (yesterday) and found this charm pack:

Here are the prints in the package of five inch squares:

Thanks to The Fat Quarter Shop for the image! You can buy the fabrics in the line here.

Aren't those fun prints? When I saw them, I knew they'd be perfect for backing smaller Ornaments like this:

Design ~ Warm Hands, Warm Heart
Designer ~ The Little Stitcher
Fabric ~ 28 count black Jobelan
Fiber ~ DMC

This is such a darling design! I changed the colors to brighter ones since I stitched it on black fabric. You can find this one in the Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornaments 2017 issue.

Why do you only see the giant red fuzzy stuck right in the middle after you took the photos, transferred them to the computer, and your blog post is written? Whhyyyy? 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Just Can't Stop

Design ~ Joy
Designer ~ Kay Hanson Cavnar, Lilybet Designs
Fabric ~ 28 count black Jobelan
Fiber ~ DMC

I am on a Christmas Ornament Fest and I just can't stop! These things are as bad as potato chips. I was shopping in a quilt shop and came across a package of buttons just the right size for my little "Joy" ornament. Yippee! Trying to justify spending money on more stash just to cover shipping on a $1.40 button was beyond me. Don't get me wrong. I love stash. I am not in dire need of it just the now!

Just for the record, this is my seventh Christmas ornament finished since December last year. I have another on the go and two more kitted up and a pile of patterns at the ready. I won't forget the big box of finishes, though! When inspiration strikes, I'll pull one out and have at it.

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