Saturday, February 29, 2020

Saturday Stitching

The last day of February...will March come in like a lamb or a lion? I am voting for Lamb and that we will have some spring weather here in Alabama.

Sister Leta found this piece of cross stitch while decluttering. She kindly gifted it to me to make a pillow for my Grimmwood Dough Bowl. She says she cannot even remember doing this little stitch. It must have been the 90s because look at all that back stitching. I have to admit that I am glad back stitching is seldom found in charts these days.

It is stitched so neatly and her back looks as good as the front.  Most of my pieces are business in the front and party in the back. As long as no one sees my backs, they think I am a fine stitcher.:)

On Wednesday I had my six month dental cleaning and check in Huntsville so I rewarded myself with a trip to Patches and Stitches.   This shop is a combination quilt/ cross stitch shop and on Wednesdays they put their fat quarters on sale....20% off for each one.

I found this cute print to add to Leta's stitch to make a little pillow.

Here are the  fat quarters I picked up....

I will be using them for future projects. I just love the blue stripe with he pink flowers.

I picked up two pieces of fabric for stitching....

I will probably use this one for a Christmas ornament. Plans could change.

Speaking of changing plans. My Very Prairie Year took a detour last week. I have completed three monthly projects and as I was looking at my spring plans I had a change of heart. I think I was a bit unrealistic about my Prairie Stitching. So my April May and June stitch will be Summer Breeze .

I found some lovely soft Aida at Patches and Stitches and I will use it for this piece. I think Prairie Schooler pieces just look better on Aida.  It will give my eyes a bit of a break as well.

I have three finishes....

Forest Snowfall....what a fun stitch. I did change some of the colors as well as the front door style.

My March Prairie Schooler piece.  It will be a small pillow as well. Going to Grimmwood.

I also finished up my October Word had been in Time Out because I just got tired of stitching on it.  I managed to get these two pieces laced up and ready to FFO.

Oh and one more bunny I forgot to share on Wednesday.

He is living on the kitchen hutch until after Easter.

The Admin of the Prairie Schooler facebook page shared this inspiration.

Happy Stitching!


Sandy said...

Yes, that piece from Leita definitely looks like the 90s. It reminds me that Aida is still a wonderful choice too. I think I forget that too much. All your finishes are very pretty and the fat quarters are pretty too. There is a quilt store down the road. I drop in their often and look in their sale basket. I have found lots of cute options. Pretty stuff!!!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a lovely piece Leta gifted you and it will make a good addition to the dough bowl. When I saw the backstitching, my first thought was late 80s or very early 90s. I am glad things are overly backstitched these days. Your finishes look super. What blue did you use for the Forest piece, Arlene? I like your PS pick for April, May and June! If you are looking for soft to the touch/hand aida, you might try from Picture This Plus. Lovely fat quarters you picked up! Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

Georgia said...

Hi Arlene, I love your Saturday Stitching. You really brought a smile to my day. I know what you mean about back stitching. I look at some of the beautiful patterns I have now and see the quarter stitch, half stitch and back stitching, and I cringe. Isn't it amazing how designers have created so many lovely patterns without using these stitches. As for aida, I have a ton of it from 18 ct to 11 ct and you are so right the PS patterns are perfect for aida. A lot of this fabric I had bought for my mother, i.e. 11 count. As for fat quarters...we have friends and family that live in Albuquerque, NM and when we visit there is a quilt shop that just has a ton of fat quarters on sale. I love to visit there because I can find patterns and designs I cannot find locally. And last but not least...I love how you ended with the picture of the lady stitching, that frame she is using is amazing. Yep I think I will let the housework go another day:) Have a very blessed weekend and week and I will be looking forward to you next Saturday Post:)

Barbara said...

You made me laugh with the last graphic! Thanks for that!

I've got a piece I stitched in 1988 that may have been adapted from the pattern your sister stitched and then gifted to you. I'll send you a photo of it via email.

You've probably told me this before, but kindly repeat yourself. Do you use any magnifying devices for your stitching? That taupe and white plaid fabric you bought is great. What stitch count is that? I just cannot handle anything smaller than 18 count these days with my regular glasses.

Love love love all your finishes. You always inspire me to do better with your photos.

Sue said...

All are so lovely,

Terri D said...

You do such good work! I am not a stitcher but I know what I like and your projects are all just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

Meg said...

Haha... yes, you can usually tell a design came out of the 1990s by the backstitching, and you can tell that it came out of the 1980s if it includes teddy bears and/or geese! I did a ton of stitching in the 1990s, and my husband would always ooh and aah as I did the backstitching and the project came to life. I loved the way it made the colors pop, and I actually enjoyed it. Once in a while I will pull out a book from my 1990s stash and do some "old school" stitching with backstitching.

It took me a long time to get used to stitching without outlines, or the primitive look. Back then, I did not care for the primitive look at all. Funny how our tastes change. I know a lot of people really enjoy the photo-realistic designs such as Heaven and Earth Designs, but to me, if I'm going to cross stitch, I want it to look like cross stitch, not a photograph. That is just my perspective/preference.

You're on a roll with the finishing! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Arlene, that little chickens sampler is so sweet! Love the business in the front and party in the back! I think mine would be disaster in the front and disaster in the back! The little bunny one is perfect! ♥

Carol said...

It's so funny how all of the old stitching from the 80s and 90s used backstitching, isn't it? I sure don't miss it at all :) Amazing how many pieces you finished up this week, Arlene--I love how you finished that sweet bunny riding the chick. The fabrics are so springy and pretty. I'm hoping for a lamb-like March! We deserve it after the grey cool days of the past two month. Hope it's a great one for you down south, too ♥

Dewilla Hooper said...

I really like Leta's little piece. I love that type of picture. What part has the back stitches? I cannot remember what those are. The ducks are so cute!

Mari said...

I remember all that back stitching! I love your work. So many cute things!

Mary said...

Arlene, Business in the front and party in the back is too funny!!! I'm going to remember that saying! I try to keep my backs really neat but does it really matter?

The calico print is perfect for Leta's stitch and will be a sweet addition to your dough bowl. Love your fat quarters you picked up. I am going to a quilt show in May and although I don't need to add to my stash I'm sure I will find fabrics that I have to have!
I love the gingham fabric. When I first started stitching I tried it and I thought it was so difficult that I sent the fabric to RJ. I think I might try it again.
I will look forward to seeing your Summer Breeze in July!
The winter stitch in the soft colors is so lovely. Congrats on pulling out Oct word play. I just love that series.

Now, how on earth could you have forgotten that sweet bunny?? I just love how you finished him. He sits so sweetly in the tray with ruffles!

Angela S. said...

Ditto on the back stitching! Whoever dreamed it up should be needled to death! My backs look awful too but as I told a smarty pants years ago "that is why we frame them", sniff. I get my finishing fabric at Patches too but I had no idea about Wednesdays, I'll try to remember to go then. Thanks for the tip!