Highlights

I have so much to show you today! First with the finishes…

I finally finished my block on Judith’s Neighborhood RR, albeit a week late. Judith chose to have us stitch Maryse’s monthly freebie houses, which was such a cute idea. Since my birthday month was already chosen (August), I decided to stitch December. I’m already getting into the Christmas groove, so this block was a lot of fun to stitch. And I just love the fabric Judith chose – it’s so fabulous…almost like an aged papyrus color.

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Judith’s Neighborhood for Neighborhood Round Robin – Round 8
Maryse’s December Maison
DMC on some gorgeous fabric
Finished 11/23/08

Here’s her whole neighborhood so far. It is on its way to Erin and then I believe it goes home to Judith. I hope she is as happy with it as I am!

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Secondly, after finishing up Judith’s RR, I pulled out a little piece I’ve been working on for awhile. I actually started this back in April of this year. It is heading to my finisher today, along with Peace to be magically transformed into something wonderful.

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Snow Bunnies
Little House Needleworks
From the JCS Ornament Issue 2007
DMC on 28ct Smoky Blue Lugana by Silkweaver
Finished 11/23/08

And, I was thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, and wanted a project to bring along with me to my parents’ house. Sometimes stitching isn’t the best answer, since I can’t count and talk at the same time. So, I decided to bring something relatively mindless with me. I got my Kimono quilt back from the quilter a few weeks ago, so on Saturday, I cut my binding and sewed it on, so that I could do the hand sewing part of attaching it on Thursday. I also prepped my label for the back, but I need embroidery thread to match my backing fabric, so the actual embroidery has to wait (and the attaching of the label too). And, since this is going to be a wall-hanging in our dining room, I made myself a sleeve for the back of the quilt for the hanging rod to slide through. It will have to be attached by hand, so I have that to do too. So, I am all set for Thursday, and hopefully by next weekend I will have another finished quilt to share!

Let’s see, what else. Oh yes… last weekend I finally lived up to my end of the SAL bargain, and I pulled out Mermaids of the Deep Blue to stitch on. She now has highlights in her hair. I was inspired by Missy’s progress on her Bluebeard’s Princess. Here’s a look back at how she looked before. I think Anna and I will be continuing our Mermaid SAL in 2009, and hopefully we will both have finishes before you know it!

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And, I have some goodies to share…

I won a giveaway on Nancy’s blog for her chart of Mercy Me. Look at her great finish!!

Mercy Me by Notforgotten Farm

Nancy also snuck in these gorgeous Hand Dyed Fibers silks. Thank you so much, Nancy!! I am one spoiled girl!

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I also purchased the quilt fabric from Jane Timmers to use for the Martha’s Sewing Basket set. I was really wanting to do it in the red colorway, so I’m happy Jane still had a set left! I purchased the charts through my guild and can’t wait to get started on these. It’s a huswif, a pocket and a basket liner. They’re just lovely!

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And finally, my automatic of the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers came from Elegant Stitch. Since, this piece is stitched in silks rather than the regular Weeks or GAST threads, Lois did something I think is great to try to cut down on the cost. She sent half skeins of each of the silks, which will give you more than you need, but still keep the cost down. Since I am on automatics for the chart, fabric and thread – that was a big help! Such a pretty set. It looks like I’ll be going to Hobby Lobby in search of the box soon too!

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Thanks so much for checking in, I hope you didn’t mind all the lovely things I wanted to share today. And if you’re curious what else I did this weekend…

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Until next time…

I am grateful for Muse.

30 thoughts on “Highlights”

  1. Anna van Schurman

    Your mermaid is going to have some beautiful hair. Love the snow bunnies! 🙂

    Okay, the word verification is “undead”–how strange is that??

  2. Anna van Schurman

    Your mermaid is going to have some beautiful hair. Love the snow bunnies! 🙂

    Okay, the word verification is “undead”–how strange is that??

  3. Hi Michelle! You are so inspiring with all your lovely things and stitching. I really do need to stitch those beautiful little houses. I think 2009 is in for some serious stitching! I can’t wait to see your quilt. Enjoy Mercy Me! and the silk thread. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Hi Michelle! You are so inspiring with all your lovely things and stitching. I really do need to stitch those beautiful little houses. I think 2009 is in for some serious stitching! I can’t wait to see your quilt. Enjoy Mercy Me! and the silk thread. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. I do enjoy popping in on you to now and then to see what you’ve been up to and I always enjoy my visits! What great eye candy is here. Love, love, love the fabrics for the basket and huswif set. xx

  6. I do enjoy popping in on you to now and then to see what you’ve been up to and I always enjoy my visits! What great eye candy is here. Love, love, love the fabrics for the basket and huswif set. xx

  7. Isn’t Judith’s RR wonderful~~love it! All of your stitching and goodies look wonderful Michelle! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  8. Isn’t Judith’s RR wonderful~~love it! All of your stitching and goodies look wonderful Michelle! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  9. What did you think of Twilight? I saw the midnight showing last Wednesday. Haven’t mentioned it on my blog because, well, I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone

  10. What did you think of Twilight? I saw the midnight showing last Wednesday. Haven’t mentioned it on my blog because, well, I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone

  11. Love all your pictures! And the fabric shot really has me hooked – I’m going to have to look up a picture of the sewing set!

  12. Love all your pictures! And the fabric shot really has me hooked – I’m going to have to look up a picture of the sewing set!

  13. Wondeful progress on everything Michelle – I just love those little houses by Maryse – have them all saved off but not stitched yet of course. 🙂 What a nice thing Lois at Elegant Stitch did – silks are really becoming quite the expense. With several of them over $6 a skein, kitting up a project is a major investment these days!

  14. Wondeful progress on everything Michelle – I just love those little houses by Maryse – have them all saved off but not stitched yet of course. 🙂 What a nice thing Lois at Elegant Stitch did – silks are really becoming quite the expense. With several of them over $6 a skein, kitting up a project is a major investment these days!

  15. So many pretties in this post Michelle. I can’t wait to see what your finisher does with Peace and Snow Bunnies.

    My BBD Loose Feathers is on it’s way and I can’t wait to see it. I didn’t order the threads so will do it in DMC.

  16. So many pretties in this post Michelle. I can’t wait to see what your finisher does with Peace and Snow Bunnies.

    My BBD Loose Feathers is on it’s way and I can’t wait to see it. I didn’t order the threads so will do it in DMC.

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