Thursday, March 3, 2016

Five Finishes (that I can show today!!)... and more...

I told Kaye that I was surprised to find that I also had five finishes in February! But actually it is SEVEN! (Two are presents, winging their way to my Birthday Twin, Justine in the UK!) In spite of all the stressful time, I actually got stuff done! I am proud of that! So, let us begin...

First of all, I finished a Christmas ornament from the 2015 JCS Ornament issue, called Decked for the Holidays by the Workbasket. I will finish-finish it later on...



Next is a Trilogy cutie, called Cromwell the Snowman.



And I did the February LHN Little Sheep Virtue piece, which is the Love one... I will be finishing them as the little pillows are pictured by the designer, just haven't started yet.



And then there is the little Lizzie Kate one I had a whim to do... called Remember Me...



And finally, to remind me that Spring IS coming... I did this fun design by Glory Bee, called Spring, of course! This will be my next cube finish! (My camera is beginning to give me problems, tho it is possibly operator error... sorry for the icky picture!



THEN, my stitching buddy, Sheryl, has been making items for an auction to raise money for hospital bills for her niece, who has been in the hospital for over a month. I finished her pieces for her... and then some...

This is a Prairie Schooler piece... made it a standup piece...

Used a velvety fall fabric and some soft brown chenille.

Next up is a LHN piece called North Pole Express.

Made it into another standup, with fluffy white chenille trim...

This one is by Hands on Design... Sheryl and I intend to also stitch this for ourselves!

Made a flatfold, with a perky pink multi colored fabric, some off-white rick rack and coordinating pins around the edges, plus cute pink buttons instead of daisies.

This cute one that I intend to stitch for myself also, is by Heart in Hand, called 4th of July Bird... there are several in this series, all so very cute... I made a 'cube' finish but unfortunately, forgot to snap a picture of the back. You can just see the coordinating stars fabric on the edges...



And here is another patriotic one, from the JCS magazine... tho I haven't got any more details. By now, something has gone wrong with my camera, and it is taking craptastic pictures. But it is a cute little pillow, stuffed with walnut shells.

I decided to also contribute to the auction, so made three table runners. I love them all...and wish I had bought more fabric of each!



Since I was in the mood, I continued finishing some pieces that were languishing...

This is Signs of Winter by Bent Creek...

Made into a pillow...filled with crushed walnuts...

And this is a Lizzie Kate Boxer... finished as a framed, stuffed pillow... sitting on my dresser in my bedroom... Makes me smile every time I see it!

So, Justine and I share a birthday on the 8th of February. I discovered we were Birthday Twins from Nancy's blog, when she started a monthly Birthday Giveaway at the beginning of the year. Justine sent me a birthday package while I was still working on stitching for her! So without further ado, here is what I received:

This is my FIRST ever stitched card! I really like it! So cute! Notice the BIRD theme to it!

Next, she stitched this Lizzie Kate piece called Collect Moments. I have this one, to be stitched, in my stash... Now, it will be a gift for someone in the future...

The back has this silky fabric...

And, she also gave me two of these charts by Lizzie Kate called Cold Hands and Warm Hearts, along with the Weeks threads to do them! She was very attentive to my likes and dislikes... and I love it all!

IF you are still with me... at the end of January, June did a post, sharing her ribbon and trims stash... and invited her readers to share their trim stash too. So... I took pictures of mine, and here they are!

This is my chenille trim stash...

And this is my rick rack stash... which includes some that I dyed myself...

And here is the bigger container, filled with ribbons and laces... LOTS of them!

Side view...

So, that is all... While I was in the midst of all the sewing for finishing, my sewing machine quit working! Don't know what is wrong, and was not happy! Sheryl loaned me hers to use until I get mine fixed... Phew! And now it seems my camera is messed up... Hmpf! When it rains it pours apparently. I will see what can be done about them both... At least my needle stock is good, and no worries about my stash!

Thanks for sticking with me for this kinda long post... I didn't realize I had so much to report!

Hugs,

Maggee

22 comments:

cucki said...

Wow i love all your stitches so much
Beautiful finishes and stitching x

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

So many darling finishes, Maggee! I love chenille trim and it looks like you've got quite a nice collection. I hope the fundraiser goes well it was so nice of you to make so many things for it.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a wonderful post to read, Maggee! I enjoyed viewing all your finishes and those you finished for your friend. Hope the sewing machine and camera are easy fixes. Thinking of you!

Linda said...

What an awesome post Maggee. Congrats on all of the absolutely gorgeous finishes. Lovely gifts from Justine.

Linda

marly said...

Great finishing. So neat and tidy! Hope you find someone to fix your machine. I'm finding as the older craftsmen pass away, there is no one willing to learn. We now have none locally so I will check with the only remaining quilt shop out of town. You've accomplished a LOT.

Barb said...

Wow! You have been very busy. I am so impressed that not only did you do all the beautiful stitching, you also did the finishing!! I have a big pile to be finished!! UG!

Beth said...

My goodness, but you have been BUSY Maggee! What a darling reindeer and I really like the buttons you used on Cromwell. You have some great coordinating fabrics for your finishes - I'll bet you are really pleased, and so you should be!

Teresa S. said...

Great post, Maggee!
Man, you have been busy! Lovely stitching!

Heather said...

Awesome finishes! You got so much done! They all look beautiful :)

Justine said...

What beautiful stitches by you and Sheryl. I love Cromwell and the Spring design, so bright and pretty. I wish you could send some of that finishing mood to me!

Vickie said...

WoW! I wish I had those kind of finishing moods!!! Fabulous work! And what a good thing to do for your friend Maggee. Justine made you lovely gifts.

Katie said...

Wow what a beautiful filled post!!! So many amazing things. I will just comment with I love each and every piece.

Angela said...

Every single finish is gorgeous :) Love them all!

Andrea said...

Wow a post overload! :) What an array of beautiful finishes along with the ones you finished for Sheryl. Lovely gifts from Justine too.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your finishes are awesome! Can you come to my house? Love the turkey

Carol said...

Oh, my goodness, Maggee!! You have been on a roll--not only with your stitching, but your finishing for both your friend and yourself!! I love each of your finishes and I hope the items you finish for Sheryl fetch some high prices at the auction. That is so very sweet of you to help out--especially with all you have been dealing with in your own family.

Hope your machine is fixable! I live in fear that my 40 year old one will conk out at any moment :)

Penny said...

Wow! Your finishes and finishing work are just beautiful! And what a great birthday package. You have a great selection of finishing items ~ wish mine were as well organized as yours. :) Hope the fixes for your sewing machine and camera are easy ones.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Ah Maggee, I loved every word of it! It's always so fun to see other people's finishes. How fun to "meet" a birthday twin too! I'm lucky that mine happens to be in my guild. We make a big deal out of it. It's fun! Hope your camera rights itself. Have a good week!

Tiffstitch said...

Lots going on and some beautiful work! I hope your sewing machine and camera are back in working order soon.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Maggee, this post has so much eye candy. And you were busy, busy, busy. I love your stitchy finishes very much, they are so different in style that it must have been lot of fun to stitch them. I also love to alternate designers and styles, so it never gets boring. And your finishing is just awesome, great fabrics that you chose for the backing.

The little stitched card from Justine is so lovely, and so are all the other goodies she sent. Enjoy!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Oh my goodness, you have been so busy! So many lovely smalls and different finishes.
I love the swirly buttons on the snowman.
How nice to have a Birthday twin. I haven't found one yet, but two blogger share their Birthday with my blogaversary!

Kaisievic said...

Maggee, great post - I love all of your finishes - too hard to choose a favourite, I am afraid. I also love the LK patterns which Justine sent to you - very cute!