Variations on a Theme

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Thanks for all the compliments on the quilt. I’m so glad to finally have it finished. And I’ve pulled out the next WIP that needs some attention at the sewing machine. I did manage to cut fabric for it on Saturday, but that’s as far as I got.

On the stitching side of the house, I haven’t been very productive there either. It was a rough week and so not a lot of desire to stitch. But, I did work on ATS last Sunday, as is the usual schedule. I came pretty close to finishing the sun, so on Monday I decided to continue on. I think Sunday through Wednesday I worked on ATS. Tuesday night I only accomplished half of that crown. Sad! But, I was glad this one got some extended attention. I’ll need to get back to that Peacock-colored bird next time. I do love that heart though, and I’m glad I had that to share today.

Thursday night there was no stitching, due to unforseen circumstances. But Friday I decided to pick up Valentine Rose (Anniversaries of the Heart) and spend some more time on that border.

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By yesterday afternoon, I think I’d made pretty good progress. I decided to take a photo before I lost my light and had to drag out the lightbox. So, it does look as if I am stitching a fireplace rather than a house. I rectified that quickly though, and have all the bricks done on the lower half of the house now. And I have a confession to make, I love stitching bricks. I really do. There is something so soothing to me about stitching bricks. And I needed mindless and soothing this weekend, for sure. (Remember those Rhodes Stitch bricks on Midi Mystery 1? So much fun!!)

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And bricks with variegated thread – awesome. Anyway, so I’ve been enjoying my bricks.

I will probably spend some more time this week on Valentine Rose, I need something rather uncomplicated, so I don’t dare pull out Mystery9 (especially since I have re-stitching to do and possibly more unstitching).

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day, and always remember to be your own sweetheart too – it’s good for the soul.

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I am grateful for snuggles from my Valentine miracle and a husband who continually shows me how much he loves me.

48 thoughts on “Variations on a Theme”

  1. Lovely stitching, glad you found something to soothe your soul. I am creeping along with January but am much encouraged by all the lovely work I am seeing!

  2. Lovely stitching, glad you found something to soothe your soul. I am creeping along with January but am much encouraged by all the lovely work I am seeing!

  3. Your ATS is looking grand! Yay for being done with that cloud! Love your Valentine Rose too! I so agree that stitching is soothing. It’s a must for my soul! I hope Mr. O is doing better now.

  4. Your ATS is looking grand! Yay for being done with that cloud! Love your Valentine Rose too! I so agree that stitching is soothing. It’s a must for my soul! I hope Mr. O is doing better now.

  5. Excellent progress on ATS! The colors are fabulous. Great idea to work on it every week– at least you feel like you are making progress 🙂

  6. Excellent progress on ATS! The colors are fabulous. Great idea to work on it every week– at least you feel like you are making progress 🙂

  7. Love your ATS progress, that crown/heart motif is very pretty 🙂 Glad you enjoy stitching bricks; me, I’m not so keen LOL. One reason why I don’t think I’ll be stitching that particularly BBD piece 😉

    Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your DH 🙂

  8. Love your ATS progress, that crown/heart motif is very pretty 🙂 Glad you enjoy stitching bricks; me, I’m not so keen LOL. One reason why I don’t think I’ll be stitching that particularly BBD piece 😉

    Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your DH 🙂

  9. You are kicking butt on that ATS – you will have caught me in now time!! And your Valentine Rose – she is so pretty!! Give that Valentine Kitty a pet from me.

  10. You are kicking butt on that ATS – you will have caught me in now time!! And your Valentine Rose – she is so pretty!! Give that Valentine Kitty a pet from me.

  11. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    ATS is looking so pretty, Michelle! Getting past that boring cloud is a monumental achievement!

    Valentine Rose is also looking great – that really is a pretty series!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  12. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    ATS is looking so pretty, Michelle! Getting past that boring cloud is a monumental achievement!

    Valentine Rose is also looking great – that really is a pretty series!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. Great stitching! Your ATS motifs look fun and great progress on VR. I’m almost done with mine but need to figure out how to do chain stitches. Yikes! Happy Valentine’s Day…

  14. Great stitching! Your ATS motifs look fun and great progress on VR. I’m almost done with mine but need to figure out how to do chain stitches. Yikes! Happy Valentine’s Day…

  15. I thought you were referring to Theme of Pagannini, with your post title. 🙂
    Beautiful work, Michelle!! Oh my..love the colors.
    What WIP exactly are you needing the machine for?

  16. I thought you were referring to Theme of Pagannini, with your post title. 🙂
    Beautiful work, Michelle!! Oh my..love the colors.
    What WIP exactly are you needing the machine for?

  17. I hope this week will be a good one for you Michelle. You’re making progress on ATS and AotH…. YGG… looking good.
    Love the Valentine’s table runner from your previous post.

  18. I hope this week will be a good one for you Michelle. You’re making progress on ATS and AotH…. YGG… looking good.
    Love the Valentine’s table runner from your previous post.

  19. Great progress on your WIPs, and I absolutely hear you on bricks – I love doing them too, for exactly the same reason. There’s a “bricky” house in Autumn at HRH which I can’t wait to reach.

  20. Great progress on your WIPs, and I absolutely hear you on bricks – I love doing them too, for exactly the same reason. There’s a “bricky” house in Autumn at HRH which I can’t wait to reach.

  21. The Scarlett House

    Well Michelle, you might not be making as much progress as you’d like, but progress is progress! I know that you’d had poor Othello on your mind this week and I sure hope he’s improving.

  22. The Scarlett House

    Well Michelle, you might not be making as much progress as you’d like, but progress is progress! I know that you’d had poor Othello on your mind this week and I sure hope he’s improving.

  23. Moving right along on your ATS, Michelle! Very pretty.

    I love your Valentine’s Day picture and the grateful statement about your husband – it’s very sweet.

    Give Othello a hug from me.

  24. Moving right along on your ATS, Michelle! Very pretty.

    I love your Valentine’s Day picture and the grateful statement about your husband – it’s very sweet.

    Give Othello a hug from me.

  25. ATS looking good. How is Othello doing? I am a bit behind, but catching up.

    Love the Candy box table topper – just perfect.

    Have a great week.

  26. ATS looking good. How is Othello doing? I am a bit behind, but catching up.

    Love the Candy box table topper – just perfect.

    Have a great week.

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