Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finishes for May

Hi everyone,
I'm just back from a short visit to UK where it rained a lot. I enjoyed seeing my family and I did a bit of shopping but there was no time for stitching or sewing.
However, I always have a few things in reserve that have not previously been seen on the blog so at least there is still something I can show you.

This is The Fancy Brown Sewing Pouch by Stacy Nash

I really enjoyed stitching and sewing this and would like to make more in this style.
Stitched on 28ct linen using the recommended DMC threads.
Fabric used for finishing is Sturbridge Village Harvest by Judie Rothermel

Next is Leanne Beasley's Couch Companion
which I have made a couple of times before. I decided to use linen for the stitchery this time and I like the way it looks.

Here's a close up of the stitchery. As you can see I used buttons for some of the flower stems.
You should be able to click on any of the pictures for a better view if you wish.

Plenty of pockets and a pincushion inside

The fabrics used are Rouenneries by French General for Moda

Next up is Our Hearts Pin Cushion which is a kit by Shepherd's Bush. I loved stitching and finishing this and want to stitch it at least once more

It is almost as pretty on the back as it is on the front

Still with Shepherd's Bush here's another little pillow

and here is how it looks on the back

I stitched this pillow for my lovely friend Pat who has a May birthday.

It is one of Dany's designs and seemed just perfect for Pat as she loves Lily of the Valley.
I had the perfect piece of fabric in my stash to use on the back too

The wording says
A best friend is like a four leaf clover.
Hard to find and lucky to have.

I'm sure we all can relate to that.

One last thing is this little bunny which is another of Dany's designs.

This took very little time to stitch although the making up was a bit fiddly. This was something else I had stitched for Pat and I found it very hard to part with.
However, a few days after mailing it I received a bunny stitched for me by friend Angela :) I'll show a picture of that one next time.

So that's it for now. Thanks to everyone who visits my blog and welcome to new followers. It hardly seems a minute since I did a giveaway for 200 followers but it looks as though the numbers are creeping up to 300 so there will soon be another one.
I am way behind on my blog reading and commenting but hope to catch up with all of you soon.


Caz said...

I love all your work Margaret! and what a cute Bunny!

Melissa said...

Margaret, I love all your stitching! I am so in admiration of your finishing skills too - beautiful work! The couch companion is something I haven't seen before - nice!

Hope you are getting more sunshine now that you are home.

Lesley said...

Love seeing all your projects! Your work is just so pretty!

jane said...

Lovely work Margaret, they are all so pretty, seeing your pictures is such a treat.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

All your projects are so pretty. I especially like the second small pillow with the lavender back!

Margaret said...

So many gorgeous finishes! I love them all -- you are always making such wonderful things. Glad you got to visit with family too.

angelasweby said...

Margaret welcome back home :-) Gosh that trip came and went really quickly. Hope you had a lovely visit with the family.
I'm still in Cyprus but still stalking your blog as you see. Sorry England didn't treat you to some of it's better weather - we've had rain here too.
I love your gorgeous SN little pouch and the floery companion is beautiful. Your talents are endless. The May pincushion for Pat is exquisite. I love that pattern of Dany's and will stitch it too one day.
Love the bunny, hope my gift to you makes up for you having to part with it :-)
Angela xx

Sheila said...

As ever, lots of lovely pictures of lots of lovely things.
Love the SB ones - oh, I love everything :)

Carolyn said...

WOW Margaret! Your stitching and finishing is just gorgeous! I love each and every one of them. You are always such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your pretties with us! :0)

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous stitching. Hope you had a lovely trip, sorry about the weather.

Unknown said...

I love the pillow you made for Pat, what a lucky lady she is!!!! Just found your blog and will be following your love for stitching!!
Chris :o)

Kaisievic said...

Margaret, your stitching is exquisite as always. I love the lilac fabric on the back of one of the little cushions and that bunny is too adorable for words.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous stitching and finishing! I especially love the SB's pillow!

You inspire me to do more finishings, ha ha!


Karen said...

What a beautiful selection of finishes, they are absolutely gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Welcome home Margaret, and I know you had a wonderful time in UK!

I say it every time, but everything looks so beautiful! I think the more you stitch and sew, the more beautiful things you create. I enjoyed seeing everything.

marly said...

My goodness what fabulous projects! My favorite is the Nash but they are all really special. Beautiful fabrics!

Bertie said...

Beautiful stitching, the bag is just lovely and the rest too, eye candy!!
You must be glad to be back, it's still autumn here!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching Margaret and I so love my SB piece from you. Glad you had a safe trip xx

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes, congrats!


Hello Margaret, Your stitching project are always so beautiful and I especially love that bunny. Despite the rain in the UK I am sure you had a lovely time visiting with your family. Hugs Judy

Tatkis said...

Wow, Margaret, so many adorable finishes! I love the pouch, and the bunny is so sweet!


lenna said...

Margaret ~ One could learn from you, your presentation is so refreshing and pleasing to the eye. Your stitching is gorgeous but your finishing is perfect. It is so nice coming to visit your blog and look at all your wonderful finished pieces. I will be back! I know your friends are made happy by all your hard work.
Love your gorgeous pieces ~
God Bless ~

Carol said...

It sounds like you had a fun trip to the UK, Margaret--you must really miss your family...

All of your stitching is just delightful as always! I especially love the Couch Companion--how adorable all those stitched flowers are.

And, of course, I love the bunny--too cute!! Sad that you had to part with it, but glad a replacement bunny arrived :)

Have a lovely weekend...

Lili said...

Very pretty works!!
The bunny is so cute!

Penny said...

Beautiful finishing! All of the details complement the stitching wonderfully! I'm glad you had an enjoyable trip. :)

Jenn M said...

Beautiful finishes!

Abby and Stephanie said...

One of the prettiest places I visit. I adore the cattails!!!

Rosa said...

all are absolutely wonderful.Love,love.Congratulations!!

sajuki said...

adorable bag :D

Anonymous said...

Another feast of goodies Margaret, I love them all and the little bunny is so sweet no wonder you did not want to part with it.
Hope you enjoyed your stay with the family and everyone was okay. Our weather has really changed now and we have been basking in sunshine for a few days.
Take care my friend,
Love Hazel c (uk)

Karoline said...

Gorgeous finishes as always, congratulations

Susan said...

Your work is amazing. thank you so much for sharing I may just have to get out my cross stitch and start up again. You are truly inspiring.
I found your blog thru Liz

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Magaret,
your handcrafts are so-o-o beautiful,
lover your armchaircaddy.
Liebe Grüße

millefeuilles said...

Such timeless beauties! I love the combination of blue and pale green and that bunny rabbit is adorable.

I am your newest follower and I love cross stitching too ;-)


Pat said...

Margaret, I love all of your May goodies. Most of them came to my house to live with me and I love each and everyone of them. Your work is absoultly georgeous. I am so glad that Angela replaced your bunny. It is so cute. Thank you again my friend. Take care. I hope that you are feeling better.

Brigitte said...

Everything you make is such a beauty. I do love the little sewing pouch, it has this pretty shape that I see on some of the primitive projects and that I think is so beautiful.
And that couch companion is just wonderful. You couldn't have found better fabrics than the French Rouenneries, they are fantastic.

Nadia said...

Beautiful work! I love them!