The Last of Summer

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It hardly seems possible that Labor Day is now behind us and it’s September.  I’ve been working on a little project as sort of a last hurrah of summer.  It’s Chessie & Me’s Glory House.  Sweet little thing, isn’t it?

And you may be wondering what I’ve been up to, since I haven’t blogged in a bit?  Well, I had a birthday.  And my birthday was full of fun celebrations with friends and family.  You can see a little recap in photos over on the other blog.  But I just had to share a few of the wonderful gifts I received.

Sylvia made me this sweet stitching wallet.  I am in love with the Paris fabric!

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Here’s a peek at the inside…

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And she must have gotten tired of me bugging her about the fabulous fingerless gloves with owls on them that she made for her daughter a while back.  So she made some for me!!!!  I LOVE THEM! (And in case you’re wondering…I’m modeling them with my blue moon manicure in honor of the blue moon that was on August 31st).

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I was also treated to a day of wonderful food, laughter, stitching and a little Downton Abbey by some friends.  One of them stitched this sweet Needlework Press piece for me.  I am in love with the color thread she used.

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A little closeup…

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I have lots more to show you, but I’m attempting to not overload you with photos!  So, here’s a quick peek at what I’ve been working on. I’ve found it difficult to settle in and stitch lately, but I’ve been working a little bit on my John Reed sampler.  I’m working my way across the top border.  I love love love how the AVAS silks are popping on that Confederate Grey linen.

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It’s been awhile since I showed you ATS too.  Not a lot of progress.  I stitched that strawberry band and have started on the alphabet.

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Tuesday night I picked up the pre-stitching for a class I’m taking in October with Betsy Morgan of Willing Hands. I’m excited about this one.

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It’s Betsy’s Elizabethan Casket Etui. Here’s a look at the full project.

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That’s it for me today.  I’ll post again soon with some other birthday pretties I received, a new quilt start, and hopefully some more stitching progress!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  I really appreciate it!

I am grateful for another amazing year.

32 thoughts on “The Last of Summer”

  1. Wonderful gifts! I love them all, especially the fingerless mitts as I enjoy making & wearing them every winter. ATS is looking great and your class piece seems to be fun, too. I’m so glad to see out long summer is almost over now…

  2. Wonderful gifts! I love them all, especially the fingerless mitts as I enjoy making & wearing them every winter. ATS is looking great and your class piece seems to be fun, too. I’m so glad to see out long summer is almost over now…

  3. You received some wonderful gifts. Love those mittens, and that stitching wallet is made out of the cutest fabric. Your little finish is adorable too.

  4. You received some wonderful gifts. Love those mittens, and that stitching wallet is made out of the cutest fabric. Your little finish is adorable too.

  5. I grabbed some of that Paris fabric some time ago – so cute! That’s a lovely wallet Sylvia made you, and the mittens are just smashing. Nice going on your stitching projects too 🙂

  6. I grabbed some of that Paris fabric some time ago – so cute! That’s a lovely wallet Sylvia made you, and the mittens are just smashing. Nice going on your stitching projects too 🙂

  7. Happy, happy birthday, Michelle! I’m so curious to see more progress on John Reed. He’s been on my waiting list for far too long. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Your gifties – and your firends – are the very best!

  8. Happy, happy birthday, Michelle! I’m so curious to see more progress on John Reed. He’s been on my waiting list for far too long. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Your gifties – and your firends – are the very best!

  9. Wonderful gifts from Sylvia. The Chessie & Me design is sweet. I enjoyed seeing all lovely stitching projects you’re working on lately.

  10. Wonderful gifts from Sylvia. The Chessie & Me design is sweet. I enjoyed seeing all lovely stitching projects you’re working on lately.

  11. Love all your goodies. I stitched Glory House this summer and instead of my initials I stitched 1776. Had it framed in a cool blue frame that matched the blue of the house. I love it!

  12. Love all your goodies. I stitched Glory House this summer and instead of my initials I stitched 1776. Had it framed in a cool blue frame that matched the blue of the house. I love it!

  13. Happy Birthday Michelle!
    What lovely gifts. The fingerless gloves look amazing with your blue moon manicure.
    Great stitching progress. I love the Chessie and me piece.

  14. Happy Birthday Michelle!
    What lovely gifts. The fingerless gloves look amazing with your blue moon manicure.
    Great stitching progress. I love the Chessie and me piece.

  15. Happy belated birthday, Michelle! Love the fingerless owl gloves – too cute.

    Don’t remind me that we are coming to the end of summer – it doesn’t feel like it with temperatures in the triple digits over the weekend!

  16. Happy belated birthday, Michelle! Love the fingerless owl gloves – too cute.

    Don’t remind me that we are coming to the end of summer – it doesn’t feel like it with temperatures in the triple digits over the weekend!

  17. Great post! Happy Birthday ~ belated! Love all of your goodies and stitches! I need to find someone to make me a pair of those gloves ~ they would be great for the late fall and early spring baseball games, keeping my hands warm while still leaving my fingers out to work my camera!!

  18. Great post! Happy Birthday ~ belated! Love all of your goodies and stitches! I need to find someone to make me a pair of those gloves ~ they would be great for the late fall and early spring baseball games, keeping my hands warm while still leaving my fingers out to work my camera!!

  19. Wow, what fantastic gifts!! I love that stitching wallet fabric. I’m using the map fabric as a background fabric for my basket blocks, which has my younger DD asking if I can have the quilt when I pop my clogs. LOL Your nails look great, btw!

  20. Wow, what fantastic gifts!! I love that stitching wallet fabric. I’m using the map fabric as a background fabric for my basket blocks, which has my younger DD asking if I can have the quilt when I pop my clogs. LOL Your nails look great, btw!

  21. Wonderful gifts from Sylvia! Love the stitching wallet and fingerless gloves. I need to figure out how to knit myself a pair of those for winter! 🙂 Great progress on ATS!

  22. Wonderful gifts from Sylvia! Love the stitching wallet and fingerless gloves. I need to figure out how to knit myself a pair of those for winter! 🙂 Great progress on ATS!

  23. So many cute things you are showing us, Michelle. I love Sylvia’s gloves and the fabric on the wallet !! I keep seeing ATS all over Blog land, so I really feel like starting mine too 🙂

  24. So many cute things you are showing us, Michelle. I love Sylvia’s gloves and the fabric on the wallet !! I keep seeing ATS all over Blog land, so I really feel like starting mine too 🙂

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