Last Row

Baby Garden 111807

It was a busy weekend! I hope you all had a great one. My boss is on vacation this week, and since I only have to work through Wednesday (Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday we have off too), I am hoping for a quiet week at work. Friday night I was able to finish up the next to last row on Baby Garden, which was cause for a small celebration. I have made good progress so far on the last row. I am stitching all of the picket fence first, and then will go back and add in the flowers and critters. Underneath the fence are some specialty stitches – and then it will be done, finito! I have set myself the deadline of finishing this by the end of the month, but truth be told – I would really like to have it done this week. I am SOOOO ready to stitch on something else! I have two other Christmas stitching things that I need to finish also – my 2nd day ornament for Eric (which has a small start), and my last two Shepherd’s Bush ornaments (the first of which has a small start). So, everyone send me that good stitching mojo so that I can finish this thing up this week.

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Saturday, I got the call that my last thread I needed for my SB ornaments had come in, so I went by Aidaworks to pick it up. And of course, one cannot leave with thread alone, so…I made a small chart purchase as well. I did not buy the chart plus accessory pack, but just the chart. Frankly, I am a little shocked that an “accessory pack” would cause the chart to be $50 more. But, whatever. Maybe when all is said and done, I may wish I had dropped the extra cash. Cute chart though, so I had to have it.

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I then went over to Quilt Country to pick up one of my quilts which was already finished! I couldn’t believe how quickly she got to it. I am so so happy that this is quilted! Here’s a little sneak peek, but it still needs binding and a label. She has one more quilt of mine to do, so I’ll be happy to see that one finished as well.

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From there, I went over to the place where I purchased my sewing machine to take a class on how to use the embroidery functions on my machine. I have a feeling I am really going to have fun playing with the embroidery. This is a little practice piece I did in class. I didn’t snip the jump threads, since we were just playing. I’ll now be able to embroider my own quilt labels, which is fabulous. I used to take them to have the embroidered, since I love the look of an embroidered label. But, now I can make my own! I am also thinking of doing a block in our wedding quilt embroidered with our names and wedding date possibly. Now, I can do that too! I feel so high-tech.

Sunday was Eric’s sister’s birthday, so we did some celebrating with her and his family. Sunday is also my cleaning and laundry day, so I had my fill of that. Plus, we went out and Eric bought me some new clothes for our NY trip (sweater, a new pair of pants, that sort of thing). We also did a little Christmas shopping. So, all in all, it was a productive weekend.

Now, for some enabling…

Have you seen these new Mirabilia’s? Dasher and Donner. Love them!

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Mirabilia0NC114DonnerChristmasEveCouriersCollection1100

I bet they are all sparkly in person. You’d think I was a bird – as attracted to the sparkly as I am!

Walk to Rivendell: Camp in eastern Chetwood. Come out of the Chetwood. (Total miles walked: 172.75)

I am grateful for having my quilt quilted! It’s beautiful!!

34 thoughts on “Last Row”

  1. Your quilt is gorgeous, from what I could see of it 🙂 I love Quilt Country! And Aida Works! Always go to both whenever I head over that way 🙂

  2. Your quilt is gorgeous, from what I could see of it 🙂 I love Quilt Country! And Aida Works! Always go to both whenever I head over that way 🙂

  3. Hi Michelle:

    Oh your baby garden is just beautiful!! I love your new stash!! I want to do that Victoria’s Sampler Christmas Village too one day! It is the companion piece to Harbour Village! Thank you for youe nice comment in my blog! I am so glad to have this done for now. It could have been much worse. I had no pain at all! Glad I live here instead of Idaho with all the high tech medicine here. I want to learn to do quilting so much someday!! I also love your machine embroidery!

  4. Hi Michelle:

    Oh your baby garden is just beautiful!! I love your new stash!! I want to do that Victoria’s Sampler Christmas Village too one day! It is the companion piece to Harbour Village! Thank you for youe nice comment in my blog! I am so glad to have this done for now. It could have been much worse. I had no pain at all! Glad I live here instead of Idaho with all the high tech medicine here. I want to learn to do quilting so much someday!! I also love your machine embroidery!

  5. Baby Garden is looking fabulous – and you’re nearly done! WOW!

    I pick up the VS accessory packs on eBay at a great discount when they show up. I don’t have any for these big samplers, but I do have most of the ones for the primitive birds. Nordic Needle occassionally has them marked down, too. 😉

  6. Baby Garden is looking fabulous – and you’re nearly done! WOW!

    I pick up the VS accessory packs on eBay at a great discount when they show up. I don’t have any for these big samplers, but I do have most of the ones for the primitive birds. Nordic Needle occassionally has them marked down, too. 😉

  7. You have a lovely Quilt there ..can’t wait to see it finished.
    The label looks great. You’ll have fun with your machine.
    Don’t get too caught up in it and forget to cross stitch!!lol
    Your baby garden is pretty.

  8. You have a lovely Quilt there ..can’t wait to see it finished.
    The label looks great. You’ll have fun with your machine.
    Don’t get too caught up in it and forget to cross stitch!!lol
    Your baby garden is pretty.

  9. Baby Garden is really coming…so close to finishing now! And I love the Christmas Village design but I agree the accessory packs are a huge price!

  10. Baby Garden is really coming…so close to finishing now! And I love the Christmas Village design but I agree the accessory packs are a huge price!

  11. Love the VS chart…I got it and the accessory pack last year as a X-mas gift to myself…haven’t put one stitch in it….
    BG is looking good! Almost finished 🙂
    And your quilt is gorgeous!

  12. Love the VS chart…I got it and the accessory pack last year as a X-mas gift to myself…haven’t put one stitch in it….
    BG is looking good! Almost finished 🙂
    And your quilt is gorgeous!

  13. You can have all the stitching mojo I have, but I don’t think you’ll need it. Baby Garden is beautiful. As is the quilt. Nice work!

  14. You can have all the stitching mojo I have, but I don’t think you’ll need it. Baby Garden is beautiful. As is the quilt. Nice work!

  15. Love the bright colors on your quilt! It looks really nice 🙂
    Baby Garden looks great, I think you’ll be ble to finish it this week..good luck!

  16. Love the bright colors on your quilt! It looks really nice 🙂
    Baby Garden looks great, I think you’ll be ble to finish it this week..good luck!

  17. Hi–I hemmed and hawed before I bought the chart pack for Harbor Village (actually there are two of them–the ones with the colors and the beads, and the black and white ones). The LNS folks told me that if I were to buy the thread separately, it’d cost a lot more since I’d need X-number of white and black silk alone, but I’m not entirely convinced. I bought them, but I felt…fleeced really. Such a small amount of stuff for such a huge price, really–it makes me feel piggy to buy them all at once, rather than be able to stock up a little at a time before I do the project as I do with a lot of my things! Right now I’m buying NPI silks for a project, and every time I go into the store, I get five or six more, where purchasing them all at once would give me sticker shock. Dumb, I know, since I’ll wind up spending the same amount, but better psychologically for me, and perhaps spreading it out through my budget really is better. Nice sewing machine work!

  18. Hi–I hemmed and hawed before I bought the chart pack for Harbor Village (actually there are two of them–the ones with the colors and the beads, and the black and white ones). The LNS folks told me that if I were to buy the thread separately, it’d cost a lot more since I’d need X-number of white and black silk alone, but I’m not entirely convinced. I bought them, but I felt…fleeced really. Such a small amount of stuff for such a huge price, really–it makes me feel piggy to buy them all at once, rather than be able to stock up a little at a time before I do the project as I do with a lot of my things! Right now I’m buying NPI silks for a project, and every time I go into the store, I get five or six more, where purchasing them all at once would give me sticker shock. Dumb, I know, since I’ll wind up spending the same amount, but better psychologically for me, and perhaps spreading it out through my budget really is better. Nice sewing machine work!

  19. Baby Garden is looking great!! Spending you lots of stitching mojo!

    Is that some Laurel Burch fabric in our quilt??

    Ohhhhh don’t you love those reindeer!!! I’m a reindeer addict and sooo want them .. but I’m not sure I would ever stitch them .. I’ve never stitched any Mirabilia’s .. hmmmmmmm

    what fun playing with your new sewing machine 🙂

  20. Baby Garden is looking great!! Spending you lots of stitching mojo!

    Is that some Laurel Burch fabric in our quilt??

    Ohhhhh don’t you love those reindeer!!! I’m a reindeer addict and sooo want them .. but I’m not sure I would ever stitch them .. I’ve never stitched any Mirabilia’s .. hmmmmmmm

    what fun playing with your new sewing machine 🙂

  21. You are so close on Baby Garden. Stitch on! Your quilt looks great; you’ll have to take a picture of the whole thing, if you get a chance. I hate the price of the acc. packs for Victoria Sampler, as well, but the prices are high because she uses all silks. It seemed a lot better when the US dollar was worth something in comparison to the Canadian dollar. I hope our economy comes out of the toilet soon!

  22. You are so close on Baby Garden. Stitch on! Your quilt looks great; you’ll have to take a picture of the whole thing, if you get a chance. I hate the price of the acc. packs for Victoria Sampler, as well, but the prices are high because she uses all silks. It seemed a lot better when the US dollar was worth something in comparison to the Canadian dollar. I hope our economy comes out of the toilet soon!

  23. I love the colours in your quilt. Do you have someone nearby to machine quilt? I wish I did. I have some good few quilt tops but am too scared to machine quilt and too busy to hand quilt!
    Love that Christmas Village pattern too.

  24. I love the colours in your quilt. Do you have someone nearby to machine quilt? I wish I did. I have some good few quilt tops but am too scared to machine quilt and too busy to hand quilt!
    Love that Christmas Village pattern too.

  25. Baby Garden is looking wonderful Michelle!

    Oh the VC sampler is lovely. That would look very nice hung next to my Jingle Bells Tree Farm but the price of the accessory pack really puts me off! Those new Mirabilia’s are so cute:)

  26. Baby Garden is looking wonderful Michelle!

    Oh the VC sampler is lovely. That would look very nice hung next to my Jingle Bells Tree Farm but the price of the accessory pack really puts me off! Those new Mirabilia’s are so cute:)

  27. Looking forward to seeing your quilts finished. The one you are showing looks gorgeous. I like the embroidery function on your sewing machine. It looks great.

  28. Looking forward to seeing your quilts finished. The one you are showing looks gorgeous. I like the embroidery function on your sewing machine. It looks great.

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