Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lots of Stitching, because of Stitch Maynia 2018 and just because!!

April was a VERY busy month because it's the start of Warbler migration, so I was out and about lots and lots! Then I would get home, eat and start stitching... Usually, during that busy time, I fell asleep too! So, I got more stitching done after dinner than in the afternoon. And I made plans for joining the madness of Stitch Maynia...I decided I would stitch Freebies... and only 18, for 2018. So, I pored through the stacks, picked them, and kitted them up... Yeah, that took quite a bit of time... May was the same scenario, tho birding fell off because it rained so MUCH that we couldn't go out, or the roads on the places we went were washed out, and so on... So, I stitched like crazy! Well. That about covers what I have been doing for the past two months! On to the pictures!! Of course, there are finishes, WIPs, and a thrifting find... the usual... Just where to begin...?

Luckily, I can go back to Instagram and kind of piece it together chronologically. Some of you are on there, and have seen a lot of this already... But, blogging is a good way of keeping track for me, so I will still do it.

First, I have worked a little on the Jan Houtman Quaker piece. I decided on a medium blue (DMC 932) and a medium brown (3790), as that is a favorite combination of mine. My floor stand set up was OK, but... not the best. So... I took the plunge and got a set of Rolaframes! What a difference! Wow! The biggest plus is the way the dowels 'grab' the fabric... I am in LOVE! In fact, I am waiting on a SECOND set, somewhat smaller, that I can start another BAP on! It will either be a Cardinal piece or a Chickadee piece. Can't wait! So, without further ado... here's where I left off, before starting Maynia :

I finished my Jane Austen piece, by the Sampler Girl, called Sense and Sensibility Sampler. I love it and will find a frame or make one (well, hubby will make it!) . I had to take some of these pictures today, because tho they are on IG, I don't know how to get them off onto my computer. I've tried, but you can't 'save image'... only a webpage!

This is 'Giving Thanks' by Little House Needleworks. It is all ready to be finished, just have to take the time! Love it too... Stitched on 32-count Vintage Country Mocha, which I intend to get more of, cause it is wonderful!!

This is Redbird, a Nashville Market release this year, by Heart in Hand Needleart. I did a bit of finishing once Maynia ended for me on the 18th... was kind of tired of stitching! It's a magnetic one...that can be swapped out... My stitching buddy and I both stitched this piece, but I used 32-count Weathered Rose Belfast linen. She used the called fors... They both turned out well.  I made hers into a cube finish... which she loved. But, no pics.

This one is called Spring Robin, and is by Widgets and Wool. It was in my stash for many years... finally got it done and finished this year! And it is stitched on 32-count Vintage Smokey Belfast linen, yet another color I want to get more of soon! I finished it as a magnet one too... this is MY board. The Redbird above is on my buddy's board, which has yet to be used.... so I grabbed it for the picture! Spring Robin is up on a wall in my living room, but will be switched out soon for Redbird, cause it seems that Summer is upon us... it is HOT! 

Here is another Little House Needleworks that I stitched just before Maynia, and finished just after Maynia. I LOVE THIS! I can't say that enough!! It was a perfect finish for this vintage frame that I found when I was in PA last fall... oh, it is my favorite! So perfectly shabby and dainty. It's actually my second try at stitching it, because my first attempt was on a different fabric, and one of the pinks was not showing well... so... tossed it and started over. It is called Rose Sampler, stitched on 32-count Flax linen... one of my faves.

Now, comes the MAYNIA stitching stuff... I finished-finished just a few of the ones I stitched. And I finished stitching all but three... Not bad... The three I did not yet finish, I was really struggling... lost interest, and wanted to do other things, of course! To start it off, I made a list of the 18, then 15, new projects, and randomly generated which ones to do each day. So, lets get to them! (Remember these are all Freebies!)

 Day One: "Home Again' by Stone Street Stitches... stitched on a scrap of old Aida that I tested dyeing some blues on... It's a pretty quick one! Just used two called for DMC colors. Framed in a Thrift store frame... They are a fairly new designer, and this can be easily found online.

 Day Two is a Freebie by Kissy Kross (or Kirsten Schmidt)... using an older piece of Flax that was in my stash, with GA Lavender Potpourri and Weeks Scuppernong. I finished-finished it after Maynia was over... This WAS a black metal display thingy... we painted it white. Got it on Sale for $1.25 at Hobby Lobby! Actually, got three!! Got them all!! Perfect to switch out small finishes... and, uh, I think I have a few of those now!!

Day Three is 'Checkerboard Bunny' by Waxing Moon Designs. I put this one down and never came back to it. It has a pretty long list of threads and is pretty detailed, so I wasn't ever in the mood to pick it back up! I shall this week, along with the others...

Day Four: Joyful by By the Bay Needleart. One of a series of  'word' freebies she offered last year. I intend to do many more of them! Again, stitched on a scrap of Aida that I practiced dyeing. I love the effect, and didn't throw it away! In fact, I have a little collection... :)

Day Five is an abbreviated version of a Freebie by Gentle Art called 'Flowers for Spring'. This is the part that drew me in, so that's what I stitched! It's stitched on a piece of 40-count linen, and I used the called-for GA threads, of course! It is pretty small, so pondering how to finish it! 

This is the next project I selected to stitch for Day 6. However, I didn't like how it was coming along on a random scrap of grey high-count fabric over two... so, I tossed that part, and started it again with ONE thread. Nope! Didn't like that either. Realized it was the fabric, so put it aside for a while...

This was my Day 7 project. It was so tiny, I finished it that day. I have since finish-finished it, and gave it to my Stitching Buddy. It is called 'Kaschen in der Grube' by Ulrike M. Stickvirus. It is charted for one color, but I decided to change things around a bit! It is stitched on a scrap of 36-count fabric, using three randomly picked cotton threads, and light yellow-y beads for a pop!

This is Day 8, and I also love this one!! I know it's kinda close in the frame, but it really is cute to me! It is called 'Tweet' by Kincavel Crosses, and stitched on a really stiff piece of cream fabric, with randomly chosen DMC threads. One of my favorites that is already on display!

Day Nine is 'Hare's Another Rabbit' by Mosey 'n Me, on 32-count Flax linen (can you tell I was using up stash??), and using GA Highland Heather and DMC 3790. I is an abbreviated version, as there is more to the border, but I decided not to go that route! 

This is Day 10, by Modern Folk Embroidery. I love many of his designs, but wanted to start small, so found this one. Stitched on R&R Beach Brew, using GA Cranberry. Much as I love Quakers, this is one of the yet-to-be-finished ones... ? 

Day 11 was started and finished on the same day (must have rained!)! It is so tiny... those are regular embroidery scissors... what four inches? Anyway, this is by Prairie Schooler, think it is called 'ABC'. I used a scrap of 36-count linen and just random DMC. However, it is so so tiny, I haven't come up with a finish idea yet!

Day 12 is a Freebie by Hands On Design, called 'Tulip Time'. I originally started it on a piece of really soft, 32-count linen that is not my favorite (wasn't labeled but this scrap is about the end of the piece I originally purchased... yay!!) Anyway, it was barely pink, and I wasn't too enthused about the combinations. So, as I was contemplating this, my eye fell upon my 'Welcome Spring' on the purple fabric that I dyed, and I decided to experiment. So I went from one light pink extreme to the other extreme of dark pink. Meh... I like it. I used the called for colors at least! No finish in mind yet.

Day 13 is called "The Simple Things' by La Contesse @ Le Point de Croix. I used part of my last scrap of specially dyed 16-count Aida (by R&R for my Rosemarkie), and I used a little bit of GA Presidential Blue. Easy peasy... It had more little flowers and such through the design, but they weren't appealing to me. I may go back and sew on some buttons... depends on the finishing.  But, no finish in mind yet!

 Day 14 is a Freebie by Bent Creek called 'Robin on an Egg' and it is another teeny tiny piece. I used a scrap of 36-count mystery linen and the called-for threads. It is really cute, and I look forward to finishing it... sometime soon! This was the day I changed from 18 projects to 15... I was not enjoying it anymore.

And... the Final Project...!!!

Day 15 is "Spring Thyme' by Waxing Moon Designs. It's kind of funky. I need to find a 'Sun' button to fit over the sun that is stitch, cause it is just not working for me! I'm lookin... Anyway, used 32-count 'Vintage Sahara' Belfast linen, and the DMC alternate colors except for the sun's yellow, which is GA Daisy... IF I don't find a button or charm, I will frog the Daisy out and pick another color... We shall see!


 After Stitch Maynia was finished for ME, I started on an Ink Circles design, gifted to me, called 'Blue Morpho'. I finished it yesterday... finally!! Phew! It's somewhat tedious, but the end result is certainly worth it! Now to find a frame... I don't have one in my stash... sad face!

 And one last finishing project to share... I finished  LHN's older 'Summer Sampler' in coordinating colored ruffling, and magnetized it so it can be swapped out. It is already hanging up, even tho, technically, it is not yet Summer. Tell that to the atmosphere!

I have LOTS more to share... thrifting scores! But, this is plenty long... so I am going to close for today, and finish up tomorrow... However, here is one piece that I love! I hadn't put it outside yet... Not sure that is a good idea.... someone could steal it! :(   Think I will just hang it on my wall!

I will post again tomorrow... Be sure to come back and see my 'finds'!!

Thanks so much for visiting!




Denise said...

Holy Smokes! You've done more stitching in a month than I have in the last year! They look awesome! You go!

Vickie said...

wOw! So many pieces I love!!Tweet is precious in that round frame like that!! Where do I find the Robin on an Egg freebie?

Vicki said...

Wow - you accomplished a lot in May! They all look terrific.

Robin in Virginia said...

Well done on your Stitch Maynia projects! I enjoyed seeing your selections. The bird you stitched and put in the round frame is adorable. What a super catch up post!

Barb said...

You have done so much beautiful stitching. I am very impressed!!!

Linda said...

Wow!!! Maggee. Congrats on all of the gorgeous stitching and absolutely gorgeous finishes. I so wish I could do finishes. I'm really impressed. Looking forward to seeing your "finds:


diamondc said...

Maggee: Your post put me out of breath, you have such wonderful designs going, the finish finished projects are wonderful.
It is always fun to see what other bloggers are working on.


Alissa said...

So happy to find a fellow stitchy blogger! Your stitching and finishing is beautiful. I especially love your robin FFO! ����

Tiffstitch said...

Wow! What a ton of stitching and lovely finishes when you could as well.

Beth said...

Wow! You were super organized finding all the freebie patterns and then getting them all kitted up! I am super impressed - you found some great patterns and your choices of threads and fabric are spot on. I've been house sitting / cat sitting for the past 10 days so not much birding - hope to get back to it and stitching once again. Wonderful that your husband is able to build frames for you.

Katie said...

I just love all your stitching and your finishes. Perfect. Your finishing techniques are just fantastic. Love them. Your angel is beautiful and I don't blame you for not wanting to put it outside. My friends had a kayak stolen from right behind their house. The nerve people have amaze me.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Maggee, what a great stitchy post this is. Such a variety of projects, And not only the freebies you chose for Stitchmaynia but also the projects you stitched before and after Stitchmaynia. I also love it when my projects are all so different in style and size and from many different designers. So I always have the choice what suits me best. And I have seen that there are many birds in the designs you chose. I love that, too :)))

Carol said...

Oh, you've had one busy, busy month, Maggee! Good for you for completing the Maynia starts. And I so love your finishes, especially that sweet robin and the pretty Rose Sampler in the shabby chic frame--just perfect!

I can't wait to see your thrift shop purchases. I really need to start haunting Goodwill, etc., too :)

Rai Rai's Stitches said...

Oh wow, you totally put me to shame. So many lovely, LOVELY projects finished.

Go you!