On to September

The last of the birthday weekend finishes…

Happy Birthday Stocking
Happy Birthday Stocking
Blackbird Designs
Weeks, Crescent Colors & GAST on 30ct Irish Cream by R&R
Finished 8/20/09
February's Violet Stocking
February’s Violet Stocking
Blackbird Designs
GAST & Crescent Colors on 30ct Irish Cream by R&R
Finished 8/26/09

For my birthday, I usually have a new start. This year, I decided to just start something little. I’d been wanting to stitch up some of the BBD stockings, and the Happy Birthday stocking seemed like a perfect choice for birthday stitching. My grandmother’s birthday is near mine too, and when she was alive we always celebrated our birthdays together. She used to grow African violets, so stitching February’s Violet was a natural choice once I finished my birthday stocking. I had a piece of Irish Cream linen cut big enough for two stockings, and that’s what these both called for in the pattern. Fortuitous, no? So, that’s the last of what I got done on or near my birthday weekend of stitching fun. And let me just say, for the record, the more I stitch with them the more I love Crescent Colors threads. They are so pretty and squishy and I love them.

Oh, and I also meant to share with you a little finishing tip. The thing I stumbled upon that made the finishing on my peacock piece so much easier – a curved needle. I’ve never used one before, but that thing was the best! Usually, I am fighting with a straight needle to stitch something down, but that curved needle was the absolute best. I found a package of them at Jo-anne’s with the sewing tools. Just thought I’d pass it along!

And having finished up stitching both those little stockings, I went back to stitching on Simple Things. I’ve finished the flowers (except for that bud in the corner), and have moved on to leaves. There are a ton of leaves, but I’m stitching with thread called “Guacamole”, so how can I complain?

Simple Things 083009

I think adding the Red Pear (pink) in there, made all the difference. The colors on this really work together now. I didn’t stitch at all yesterday, even though I was hoping to get a lot of stitching in. I did go to the quilt shop and pick up some fabric for the baby quilt. I think I’m going to use some 30s repro fabric with muslin. I love that combination for baby quilts. I think I’ve got a pattern picked out too. But, yesterday my allergies were getting the better of me, so I wasn’t feeling so hot. I really just wanted to spend the day curled up under my quilt reading my book. Which, I did primarily. So, no stitching.

Tomorrow night is guild night (has it really been a month?), and we are having our annual stash sale. I spent some time yesterday going through my stash and pulling out and pricing stuff to sell. Funny how our tastes change over time, huh? Anyway, I pulled a bunch of charts and some fabric to sell. Anything that doesn’t go, I’ll post for sale/trade here. But here’s hoping I come home empty-handed.

I am grateful for lemon meringue pie.

50 thoughts on “On to September”

  1. Oh I love your stockings!! The colors are so bright and pretty! Good choices with your grandmother and all. Your WIP looks great too! Good luck selling your stash!

  2. Oh I love your stockings!! The colors are so bright and pretty! Good choices with your grandmother and all. Your WIP looks great too! Good luck selling your stash!

  3. Simple Things will be such a pretty sampler, and I really love your stockings! I’m collecting all of those booklets, and I hope I can get started on them this year. You did a beautiful job, as always!

  4. Simple Things will be such a pretty sampler, and I really love your stockings! I’m collecting all of those booklets, and I hope I can get started on them this year. You did a beautiful job, as always!

  5. Love your stockings! They are so cute and I especially like how you chose which ones to stitch :-).

    Can’t wait to see the baby quilt.

  6. Love your stockings! They are so cute and I especially like how you chose which ones to stitch :-).

    Can’t wait to see the baby quilt.

  7. Lovely stockings! And your WIP is coming along beautifully! Hope your stash sells! I wish we had something like that around here.

  8. Lovely stockings! And your WIP is coming along beautifully! Hope your stash sells! I wish we had something like that around here.

  9. Michelle your stockings are great!! Do these get finished like an ornie would, with the other side being linen too and stitching them together by hand? You know, I have a few of these books and need to get them out. If that’s the case, I need to do them right away (whenever that is, lol). I saw the Halloween book today but was a bit pricey for me right now–awesome little stockings though! Your flower basket is gorgeous too, and the color combo is fabu! And I agree with CC threads being the best-love them!

  10. Michelle your stockings are great!! Do these get finished like an ornie would, with the other side being linen too and stitching them together by hand? You know, I have a few of these books and need to get them out. If that’s the case, I need to do them right away (whenever that is, lol). I saw the Halloween book today but was a bit pricey for me right now–awesome little stockings though! Your flower basket is gorgeous too, and the color combo is fabu! And I agree with CC threads being the best-love them!

  11. Love your pincushion. Your finishing techniques are great. Glad you enjoyed stitching it. Also your stockings are wonderful too!

  12. Love your pincushion. Your finishing techniques are great. Glad you enjoyed stitching it. Also your stockings are wonderful too!

  13. OH the stockings are adorable, Michelle!! Great job stitching them, and I love your BBD progress too!

    Can’t wait to see your finished baby blanket.

  14. OH the stockings are adorable, Michelle!! Great job stitching them, and I love your BBD progress too!

    Can’t wait to see your finished baby blanket.

  15. The stockings are beautiful. But I do admit at first I was “huh?” that design is lop sided something fierce. Then I actually read the stocking part and was “duh”. lol

  16. The stockings are beautiful. But I do admit at first I was “huh?” that design is lop sided something fierce. Then I actually read the stocking part and was “duh”. lol

  17. Congratulations on your stockings… they really are lovely. I can’t wait to see the fabric and pattern for your baby quilt.

  18. Congratulations on your stockings… they really are lovely. I can’t wait to see the fabric and pattern for your baby quilt.

  19. The stockings are so pretty, and Simple Things is gorgeous already! Well done so far.

    Hehe, I used a curved needle on the Peacock Pinkeep too (got that one from a Judy Odell finishing class). Wonderful invention isn’t it, even surgeons use them to re-assemble US 🙂

  20. The stockings are so pretty, and Simple Things is gorgeous already! Well done so far.

    Hehe, I used a curved needle on the Peacock Pinkeep too (got that one from a Judy Odell finishing class). Wonderful invention isn’t it, even surgeons use them to re-assemble US 🙂

  21. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday weekend. You got some lovely stitching done.
    Will have to try that curved needle. Thanks for the idea.

  22. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday weekend. You got some lovely stitching done.
    Will have to try that curved needle. Thanks for the idea.

  23. What a neat idea for birthday stitching, Michelle! I love the stockings. Yours is nice in that it incorporates your birthday and the stocking in honor of your grandmother–how cool. I really need to get working on mine! I love your Simple Things, too. I have to get working on mine.

  24. What a neat idea for birthday stitching, Michelle! I love the stockings. Yours is nice in that it incorporates your birthday and the stocking in honor of your grandmother–how cool. I really need to get working on mine! I love your Simple Things, too. I have to get working on mine.

  25. The Scarlett House

    Oooohhhh, I love the one with violets. So, glad to hear that you enjoyed your birthday time off. You were really productive…good for you!

  26. The Scarlett House

    Oooohhhh, I love the one with violets. So, glad to hear that you enjoyed your birthday time off. You were really productive…good for you!

  27. Great finishes Michelle…love that birthday stocking. Curious to see the completed baby quilt…love your description of it!

  28. Great finishes Michelle…love that birthday stocking. Curious to see the completed baby quilt…love your description of it!

  29. Your stockings are gorgeous – great stitching! 😀 I’m with you with Crescent Colours threads, I just love them to bits!! They’re right up there with Needle Necessities (aka Threadworx now) in my eyes! Looking forward to seeing your kitchen project coming along 🙂

  30. Your stockings are gorgeous – great stitching! 😀 I’m with you with Crescent Colours threads, I just love them to bits!! They’re right up there with Needle Necessities (aka Threadworx now) in my eyes! Looking forward to seeing your kitchen project coming along 🙂

  31. The stockings are really cute. The violets are my favorite, of course. 🙂 I can’t wait to see them finished up! *hint-hint* 😉

  32. The stockings are really cute. The violets are my favorite, of course. 🙂 I can’t wait to see them finished up! *hint-hint* 😉

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