Saturday, February 6, 2010

Just catching up..........

Hi everyone,
I'm finally getting around to sharing what has been keeping me busy over the past few weeks.
I don't know if anyone can bear to look at Christmas stuff in February so I'll quickly get these three ornaments out of the way first.
Yes, they were meant to be finished in time for Christmas but somehow I ran out of time so the stitching was done but the finishing was not.
This is the Blackbird Designs Love Letters from the Joyeaux Noel book.
I finished it as an ornament rather than a token box although I'd like to do the box one of these days.
Stitched on 40 ct flax linen using the recommended threads. I forgot to take a picture of the back but I took one of the little flower motifs and stitched it again on the back and also added the year.

Next is My Little Christmas Gift from the 1999 Just Cross Stitch ornament special. It is stiched on 34ct Weddigen linen with the recommended DMC threads

Backing fabric Peace on Earth by Moda

This one is Merry Christmas by La D Da
Stitched on 36ct linen with DMC threads

Now to show you a little pinkeep which I love. Well, I would wouldn't I because it has a mermaid on it :)
This is Brightneedle freebie One Blue Moon stitched one over one on 28ct evenweave and finished into a dinky little pinkeep.

What would a blog post be without a few bag pictures?
I can't take all the credit for this one because a friend and I made it between us for a mutual friend who is going through a tough time.
The pattern is the Charm Party Tote by Quilts Illustrated. It's one I've already made three times before and it always turns out great.
This one is made using a charm pack and fabric from the Moda Simplicity line.

I made a matching pincushion and we filled the bag with all kinds of quilting goodies which we hope will bring a little sunshine to our friend.

Another bag - this one is Nellie's Sewing Bag by Rosalie Quinlan.
It's a square shaped bag with a different quilt block pattern on each of the four sides.

I made my favourite pincushion from the Petite Gateaux pattern by Fig Tree Quilts to go with it

and a cute needlecase from the Angel Story book by Hatched and Patched

the fourth side of the bag

Loads of inside pockets for all those stitching necessities

When my daughter saw the needlecase stitchery design she fell in love with it and wanted to stitch it too. She likes to add lots of bling to her stitching so she used beads in place of french knots. It looks great doesn't it?
I did the needlecase finishing for her and made the pincushion to go with.

I've been dying to show off the gifts I received for Christmas/my birthday from my lovely friend Pat in the USA.
Just look at this primitive doll which is actually a needlework bag!

I just love the fact that Pat "dressed" her in the same Blackbird Designs Beach House fabric that I used to finish the Flowers for Sarah needlecase that I showed a few posts back.

Here's a close up of her face. Don't you just love those button ear rings?

even her arms and legs are stitched

the ribbons on her dress are untied to show the lovely sampler print fabric lining the bag and tucked inside the doll was this lovely pincushion that Pat stitched from a Shepherd's Bush pattern

I also received this lovely journal cover that Pat stitched from a Stacy Nash pattern as well as lots of other goodies

Phew! It has taken me a couple of hours to get this post together but I think that's it for now. Thanks so much for your visits and your friendship which are what make it all worthwhile.
Until next time,


corinna said...

fantastic everything
love the little hand for a friend pillow

Katherine said...

Oh, everything is so lovely! I especially like your Joyeux Noel ornament. I love your pieces and wish you would blog more often - but then, you wouldn't have time to stitch, would you?

Daffycat said...

You always have the best photos, Margaret! Your stitching is divine!

Margaret said...

I always love seeing your photos! Wonderful pieces and great presents! I especially love that 4 sided bag. Enough that I'm willing to try the pattern out! lol!

Irene said...

Everything is lovely ! I really like the bags.

hazel c UK said...

Oh I am so pleased Margaret I had a quick visit to your blog before I went to bed. I love them all especially the little pin cushions, the four sided bag and the bag you have made for your friend I am sure it cheered her up no end to receive something lovely from you. I know how I was lifted when I received the little Noel ornament from your last post recently.
Thank you so much for sharing such goodies and I am now of to have sweet dreams about the lovely projects you have showed us and only wish I was as talented as you.
Hazel (UK)

Lynn B said...

Wow Margaret,you have been busy!

I love everything you have made, they are absolutely gorgeous.


Danielle said...

All gorgeous--even the Christmas designs (though I can't wait until spring now). I especially love that mermaid--it's so hard to tell what freebies will look like sometimes. Nice work.

Nancy said...

I'm stitching Christmas all year long, as you know, so I enjoyed looking at the ornaments you stitched! They are beautiful - everything in this post is beautiful as always! I love all the bags, and the angel, and the mermaid pinkeep, and Dee's version of the angel is fantastic! The gift your friend made is truly a treasure. She does beautiful work! Thanks for sharing everything Margaret!

Dolores said...

Oh my, those are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Sandra said...

As always Margaret you make such beautiful things and I love my BBD designs ornament which I still have hanging up even though Christmas is long gone. The bags and pincushions you have made are just wonderful, if only I had the patience with my sewing machine.

jane said...

What a lovely post Margaret - such a treat to see all your beautiful stitching and as for the bags well, they are fantastic. I hope your friend enjoyed her gift - such a lovely thing to do. Already looking forward to seeing what you have for us next time!!

Dovilė said...

a lot of wonderful works, Margaret:)congrats

Françoise said...

Extraordinary!!! Merveillous!!!
Fantastic like always

Anonymous said...

WOW...what eye candy you gave us today with all those lovely pictures. I love the needlebook and matching pincushion. and the new ornaments are lovely. Your sewing is so nice!!!

Suburban Stitcher said...

Lovely lovely projects! Petite Gateaux is also one of my favorites! It's amazing how different it can look depending on what type of fabric you finish it with :)

Carolien said...

You made me sigh again, Margaret, it all looks so lovely and perfectly made! Big compliments!

Hugs, Carolien

Deb said...

Wow, I don't even know where to start with all your wonderful pictures. I really love everything, but especially love the four sided bag and the pincushion. I think I have to have them! LOL

Sheila said...

Great photos of all your gorgeous bags, pincushions etc...and I was lucky enough to receive a lovely christmas hanging - thank you :)

Julia said...

No matter it's February, it's still nice to see your Christmas ornies.

Love the 'My Pins' pincushion .... maybe that's because I stitched it one too - last year:0)

Patricia Lessell said...

Oh boy Margaret when you share you sure do share. You are such a fantastic stitcher and a great quilter and bag maker too. One day I might be half as good as you at quilting.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Stina Blomgren said...

Ahhh... Beauiful...everything... both your work and Pats...:o)
Love the fig tree pincushions... they are really really nice ones..:o) ANd the bag ...big love..but that you already knew..:o)

Chookyblue...... said...

always love to see what your up many more beautiful goodies.......

Anonymous said...

Margaret, Your posts are always full of goodies, it makes me dizzy !

Sherri said...

What a fun post, thanks!! You've made and received such wonderful things. I especially like the square shaped bag.

Gladys Creativa said...


Thanks alot por let me a comment in my blog!
I have visit to you, and your works are amazing, congratulations!

Andrea said... don't do things by halves. :) Beautiful finishes. I love the square bag, an unusual closure.

angelasweby said...

Margaret, I always like to put aside half a day when I see a blog update from you :>)Bu then, often even half a day isn't enough.
Your selection of Christmas ornaments is just stunning. I love them all EVEN Father Christmas :>)
I love the BN mermaid design. You've finished it perfectly with the sea blue ribbon and pins.

What can I say about your bags that hasn't already been said. Honestly they are a dream come true. Each one has your own characteristic style and perfect finish. The colours of the Charm Party tote are fabulous. Filling it with quilting goodies and sending it to a friend who needs cheering up is such a sweet and thoughtful thing for you and your friend to do.

Nellie's sewing bag is lovely. Your finish, of course makes it all look so easy but I'm sure it's a real puzzle to put together. I love the accessories especially the little needlecase . :>) Not surprised Dee loved it!

The bag and goodies you received from Pat are just out of this world. What a fabulous doll/bag - so clever. What lovely surprises it held too.
Angela xx

Pat said...

I love my bag and all my goodies. Thank you again Margaret.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE everything you make!! It is beautiful. I have read through your blog and am so impressed with your work. I haven't written you before, I don't think--but should have. I have you in my favorites and like to come visit now and again. Thank you for going through the work to display your own and your friend's and your daughter's work. I so enjoy it. Very talented people you are. I like how your daughter embellishes with beads. Have a great week!
Beverly in WA state USA

Sally said...

Oh wow, Margaret, I love your ornament finishes. They are just gorgeous! Everything else is lovely too!


Hello Margaret, Wow sooooo very many things to look at. Your stitching is always "Fantastic". Of course your bags and accessories are always beautiful. Love the Doll what a great Christmas pressie.

I just posted on my blog about an online international exhibition I enter. It is my first entry ever. It is called Winter Wonderland and my peice is called Bavaria Winter Wonderland. Please have a look and I would love to hear what you think. Hugs Judy

Jeanne said...

I so enjoyed your post and all the lovely photos - congratulations on all your finishes. I am crazy about bags and pincushions myself. I have made the Charm Party bag 3 times - and you are right, it always turns out great. And no we're not tired of looking at Christmas things!

Brigitte said...

Visiting your blog is always a treat. And who minds seeing Christmas ornaments when they are the recipient of one of them? Thank you so much, Margaret, I'm so pleased with it.
The bags you made are terrific. I always admire the lovely fabrics you use for them. And the creative way of finishing. Gorgeous!
Your gift from Pat is such a special treat. I can't get enough looking at these pictures.

Marsha said...

All your ornaments are great. I love to make purses and bags too. The one you made for your friend is really fresh and happy looking. I got the squrare sewing bag in a swap with one side embroidered and just love it. You are a lovely sewer/stitcher. I love everything.

GardenOfDaisies said...

All of your cross-stitch and patchwork projects are beautiful!!

Michelle said...

As always, beautiful things ....and a most enjoyable blog..cheers Michelle

Catherine de l'Atelier des dix doigts said...

All is beautiful and I can bear looking at Christmas things, there are so magnificient.
Well done

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I love it all.. thank you for sharing....

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MysteryKnitter said...

Those items your world calls tote bags are awesome!