Monday, January 19, 2009

Warning - Very long post!

I went stitching Saturday at Amy's and had a blast! We talked and stitched and talked some more! We have so much in common - it's so nice to meet someone like that! Anyway, while there Amy somehow convinced me to join the "Quaker Virtues" SAL with her, Vonna and Terry, which starts in February. It didn't take much convincing because the project is gorgeous and I had already been drooling over this one stitched by Dianne's mom. It was settled when Amy pulled out the fabric she is going to use. A gorgeous 40 ct. linen. She must know my weakness for linen! So my next dilemma was what color thread to use. I pulled out all my hand-dyed and DMC. I knew I wanted a pinky-red for the motifs and a green for the letters. I'm sort of copying Dianne's mom here. I finally decided on these after stitching a little swatch...

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Crescent Colours Wild Berries and Weeping Willow. And to really make sure I really liked them I stitched a little bit on the linen I was going to use, which I dyed with a little bit of tan Rit Dye just to give it an antique appearance.

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I think I'm going to like it! So now I will put it away until the actual start date and try to get caught up on some other things like "Sea to Shining Sea." I worked on this some at Amy's and yesterday...

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Along with the "Quaker Virtues" chart and linen (this is what it looked like before I dyed it) here is the other stash I got from Down Sunshine Lane...

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I got the newest Lizzie Kate Giggle Boxer, which is totally me (it says "Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?") and the newest Sea to Shining Sea "Midwest" thread pack.

Last but not least I had a package waiting for me on Saturday. It's a scrap caddy that I ordered from this Etsy Shop. I originally saw it on Danielle's blog and thought it was so cute!

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Well, I think that's all I have to share for now! I'm going to try to get some stitching done while my baby's taking a nap! Write soon! :)

29 comments:

  1. WOW, Good luck with Quaker Virtues. I love the threads you picked out and the fabric you dyed turned out great too. Your LHN piece looks great too.

    Thanks for the link to the Etsy shop. I'm going there now.

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  2. Very pretty colors for the quaker virtues! How big is your piece of fabric? I know my mom had to use a fat half!

    Out of curiosity...what is the white background that you use in your pics?

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  3. Quaker Virtues looks great, and I love the colors that you chose!

    Sea to Shining Sea is looking great, too!

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  4. QV will be gorgeous with your fabric and floss choices! Love your LHN too~~it's looking great!

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  5. Quaker Virtues is going to be gorgeous!!!! You chose wonderful floss & fabric!!!!
    The LHN looks great as well. I love the fabric choice. I will have to look back & see if I see what it is. I am 'collecting' the charts, for future use!!

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  6. Quaker Virtues looks great and I love your blog!

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  7. Oh Nicole, QV going to be TERRIFIC! Love your color choices.

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  8. Your choices for QV look great. And your thread catcher is fantastic! What great fabric! I hope I have brought that person lots of business for them.

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  9. La la la la la la... I'm going to go into the corner and rock and hum and pretend that I didn't see any of these pictures or read any of your fun post because DANG! I want to start everything you have posted! Oh my gosh. QV will be incredible--a masterpiece--and I just love the colors that you chose for it. Your From Sea To Shining Sea is fabulous & I want to stitch it every time you show a pic of it. Everything is wonderful. Agh. I'm glad you had a fun, stitchy day. There's nothing better than sharing some time with a like-minded friend, is there?! Okay, now off to the corner...

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  10. Hi Nicole: I am so glad that you had a good time at Amy's! Your stash is gorgeous and I love the colors that you have selected. I ordered midwest block for sea to shining sea from Amy on Friday. I did finally get SB Family Sampler but I had to end up going up to 38.00 since a lady tried to outbid me but I am so glad that I got it. Yours is really pretty! I hope to get some stitching done today.

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  11. Wow, beautiful start on Quaker Virtues. I have admired this pattern for awhile, and I love your color choices.

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  12. Love your floss colours and the fabric you dyed in readiness for Quaker Virtues. Can't wait to see WIP!

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  13. I love your posts!!

    I also purchased a thread catcher from that etsy user, this is mine: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18698807

    I love it!! They are made so well!!

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  14. Looks like there is goinf to be more wonderful finishes coming soon!!

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  15. The colors will look great for your Quaker Virtues! I'm looking forward to see the progress of it. Also the "sea to shining" one is really great!
    Have lots of stitching fun.

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  16. looks like I'm going to have to go shopping again..I would love to do that Quaker Virtues picture ;D

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  17. Those are lovely colours you've chosen for Quaker Virtues. Diane's moms is gorgeous!

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  18. Love the color combination for Quaker Virtues. That is going to look stunning on that fabric with those threads. I also love Sea to Shining Sea and the blue fabric you are stitching it on. Every time I see your updates, it makes me want to stitch it, but so far, I have resisted. :)

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  19. I'm glad you had a good time Nicole, I did as well! We DO have a lot in common... cool isn't it!? ;-) I love your QV choices... can't wait to see your progess! Come back soon, it was a great way to spend the day! :-)
    Hugs!!

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  20. ooohhh, I love those 2 colors together; that's going to be so pretty. I want to stitch "sea to shining sea" also; I LOVE That pattern!!!

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  21. Quaker Virtues is such a beautiful piece. I love the colours you have chosen, they go together so beautifully. Your stitching is great and so inspirational, thank you.

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  22. Love your fabric, the RIT made it perfect :)
    Looking forward to the start! :)

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  23. Both of your pieces look great. I am looking forward to seeing more of Quaker Virtues. You picked such lovely colors.

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  24. Les couleurs du premier ouvrage sont fantastiques ! Il est très prometteur !!!

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  25. I love it all.

    You have an award, please visit my blog to see it.

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  26. Hi Nicole, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such sweet comments. I have to confess that I read your blog all the time. You are an amazing stitcher. Great choice of colors (my two favorite) for Quaker Virtues. Can't wait to see your progress.

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  27. Nicole, you have such a talent for selecting fabrics and floss colors.
    Your choices for Quaker Virtues are beautiful. It's going to be gorgeous!
    Your Sea to Shining Sea is perfect on your blue fabric too.
    Cute L*K and scrap caddy! (I ordered a caddy last week too!)
    Have a great day:)

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  28. Love your threads and fabric! Can't wait to see it come to life!

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  29. I love these! I've been looking for years here for something like this. Thanks for the link, Nicole. :)

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