Thursday, February 28, 2013

End of Feb round up.

Hi everyone, Just a quick post to show what I've been working on over the past few weeks. In spite of it being a short month I've managed to keep on top of my various SAL's. The February project for Chookyblue's Stitch-A-Long was finished just in time. Fabrics used are Rouenneries by French General for Moda I also made a basket using Tilda fabrics. There are six baskets made up of small hexagons appliqued to the front and back of the basket. The inside lining is sectioned off into nine pockets each with a Grandmother's Flower applique. This basket was a lot of work but it's very pretty and the big size will be very useful. On to the cross stitch I have finished my 1905 JHA SAMPLER sal which is a free design on this blog Stitched on 36ct Antique White Zweigart linen using Vikki Clayton Garnet silk. I had a bit of a trauma with this when I ran out of the silk thread. It all ended well. Many thanks to all the friends who tried to help :) I've made some progress with my Margaret Gibson 1839 sampler which I'm doing as part of Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year. I have managed one small finishing job on this little pillow. Design is Crows in the Pumpkin Patch from the Autumn Splendor design set by Brenda Gervais. I used mostly recommended threads on unknown 36ct linen. Finally a lovely surprise gift from Carol of iStitch Designs. It's a long time since I added anything to my mermaid collection so I was thrilled to open the package to find this pretty little mermaid scissor magnet and a lovely gift card using one of Carol's own designs. Thank you so much Carol I really love my gift :) By the way there is a brand new iStitch design out as of yesterday. I am hoping to start stitching mine tonight. I'm not sure why my formatting seems to be all over the place with this post. Each sentence seems to run into the next even though it looks fine in draft form. Anyone have any ideas? I think that's it for this time. Welcome to new followers and, as ever, a big thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments. Margaret

45 comments:

Grit said...

Wow, so fantastische Taschen. Die sind ganz, ganz toll. Und auch die Stickerei ist sehr schön.

Liebe Grüße Grit

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Margaret. WOW what absolutely Beautiful Gorgeous bags. I fabrics you used are truly stunning and I specially love the ones with the Bird flying. Lovely. You always create such fantastic creations. I hope you are enjoying lovely weather here in My World the weather is dreadful. Fingers crossed for Spring to arrive soon... Hugs Judy

Margaret said...

Oh my! A treat for the eyes as always! I love both bags you made -- the flower basket one is just wonderful! Margaret Gibson is so beautiful! I so need to stitch her! I'm so glad you got that garnet you needed to finish off your piece. I love that mermaid present from Carol too!

Cindy said...

Very lovely finishes! I especially like that basket with all the hexagons. Have a great day!

Siobhán said...

What fabulous finishes! I love your bags. The French General bag--oh my goodness. Swoon! Your stitching is fantastic, too. I love your Margaret Gibson.

Vickie said...

Wow! The baskets are fabulous. The Tilda one is really, really fab.
Love the pumpkin backing material. =)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lots more beautiful work this month Margaret. :)
I really, really love the basket, it is sooooo gorgeous!
Happy stitching for March! (Can you believe March)!!!
V xxx

Giovanna said...

Beautiful bags, and great stitching - well done!

Beertje Zonn said...

Beautiful bags!

Sonnja

Marsha said...

Your bags are wonderful. That basket is just amazing. Really nicely done. I love the fabric on the back of the autimn piece. Nice gift from Carol. I just got her initial quaker pattern and have great plans for using it.

Stephanie said...

Always such a pretty place to visit. Oh my goodness the hexie baskets on the basket is adorable and amazing.

Kay said...

Gorgeous Tilda basket, i am so impressed with the work that went into this.

Nancy said...

Everything looks lovely Margaret. I love the mermaid Carol sent you!

Melody said...

What beautiful baskets you have made!! I have a love of purses, totes and baskets, and yours are beautiful!

Your stitching finish is beautiful as well.

cucki said...

Wow the bags are so sweet..everything is so beautiful..
Big hugs x

Caz said...

Love both of those bags,, brilliant work on the Scarlet letter!

Sheila said...

Love, love, LOVE everything...as always! The bag and basket are fantabulous!!! And I love the pumpkin fabric you used for the backing.
As for that mermaid scissor holder... I am off to search for one myself :)

Roberta said...

Wow Margaret you have gotten lots done this past month. Love the basket and the fabric. the mermaid is darling that Carol sent along. Margaret Gibson is coming along beautifully.

Everything looks so nice.

Terri said...

Beautiful finished! French General is a favorite fabric line of mine. I love, love, love your hexi baskets!

Mary said...

As usual, so many beautiful projects Margaret, but my favorite would have to be the French General one - just love the colours in that fabric.
You certainly have had a varied month, and your new stitching is looking very pretty too.
Mary,

Christine said...

Your Red Home bag is beautiful .. my favourite fabrics. Love your Tilda basket too ... very pretty. And as always I love your wonderful cross-stitch projects.

Ellen said...

Wow, gorgeous! I especially love that basket!

Margaret Gibson is progressing well, so beautiful!

That mermaid scissor magnet is so unique, love it! Looking forward to more beautiful works this month!

Hugs,

Mouse said...

ohhhhh mouse like drool over the key board ... just LOVE those basket/bags :)
great stitching as well and cute finishes ... and isn't nice to get goodies in the post :) love mouse xxxxx

Barb said...

You have finished some beautiful projects! I do love those fabrics.

Michelle said...

Oh Margaret your work is always amazing I love each piece xx

Manuela said...

The bags are very fantastic.
The stitching is perfect.

Greetings Manuela

Yvonne W said...

I love both the bag and the basket-- The basket is fantastic with all the pockets and a lovely finish with the binding at the top edge. You must be pleased with the results. The cross stitches are lovely too.

Lili said...

Lovely sewing projects!!
Beautiful stitchig!! Great progress on the big sampler!!

Hugs x

Mii Stitch said...

Wow Margaret, I love love love loooove that basket you've made!!! It has the CK colours look & would be per-fect to put my wips :D Well done sweetie x

Carol said...

Your bags are always so lovely, Margaret--that one made up of the little hexagon baskets is especially adorable! And of course, I think your little pillow finish is so sweet--you know me and little pillows :)

Hope your March is off to a wonderful start, Margaret--please send some sun across the Atlantic (more snow here today!)...

angelasweby said...

Margaret, what a lot of lovely things to look at. Both your bags are stunning in their own individual ways. What a lot of work went into both of them. Your skills just keep getting better and better with everything you make.
Well done on keeping up with all your SAL's. The JHA SAL finish is lovely as is your progress on SL. What an unusual mermaid magnet. Such a thoughtful gift from Carol. Pretty card too.
Angela xx

Chookyblue...... said...

always love to see what you have been making.....esp the SAL bag........

Lesleyanne said...

I love your bags, they are gorgeous. Your stitching is lovely and a beautiful gift from Carol.

Nicola said...

Oh Margaret you have been so productive. I adore your bags and baskets. I have never seen these baskets before and I now want one.

Karen said...

The bag and basket are gorgeous, the things you make are always perfection! You have some lovely cross stitch projects going, too, I'm going to check out the link you provided.

VALIE said...

As usual, your finished projects are wonderful. Lazy me cannot even start imagining the hard work that goes into each beautiful bag.
What a thoughtful present from Carol - I have a mermaid for you at home, I must rescue her before she drowns...
Warm wishes, Val

Karoline said...

Your finishes are looking gorgeous especially the basket

Nice progress on Margaret, she's looking gorgeous

Patrizia said...

Sei bravissima !
Salutoni,
Pat

Merlettieco

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!!!!
Françoise

Tatkis said...

The bag is fantastic, and the basket is so cute!

Love all your cross stitching processes!

Hugs,
Tatyana

lyn briggs said...

I love all of your beautiful work - as usual. The redwork bag is especially nice but the outstanding work for me is that sampler you are working on. It's going to be a masterpiece when it's finished!

Bella said...

Hello

You have a lovely blog.
Your stitching is just beautiful!
I enjoyed my visit.

Hannah said...

Hello,
What a beautiful bag, I love the French General fabrics you've used!
The Tilda basket is very pretty as well, I've always loved Tilda's fabrics and love the way you've used them.
Hannah :o)

Anne said...

Oh dear, I am LATE with a response! Those baskets are amazing Margaret! They are perfectly made and I love the fabric choices!! Mary is looking lovely and I adore your little pumpkin finish too!

Brigitte said...

Each time I see a bag from you I fall in love with it. And these two is no exception.I particularly love the Rouennerie fabrics. Wonderful! So, you are up-to-date with your SAL. I'm already looking forward to seeing what your March contribution will be.
And oh, such lovely and beautifully finished stitched pieces. And Margaret Gibson looks fabulous. Great colours.