Thursday, January 21, 2016

Missing but Not Lost

  It's hard to believe it is nearly the end of January already.  I know it has been a while since I last posted but it isn't because I have lost interest, I just can't seem to keep track of the time.  My grandmother used to say that time went by faster as you got older  and I, of course, just thought she was giving me the business.  I was young and bored and probably whining at the time.  But it sure is true and my blog postings, or lack there of, are proof of it!
  So, we had a lovely Christmas and I used the week after to get organized and stitch.  I don't take down the decorations until 12th Night so I am pretty much doing as little as possible during that time and getting a lot of stitching done.
   I was still working on Christmas stitching and I managed to get a first finish of the new year during that time.  Behold, One Starry Christmas Eve by With My Needle and Thread in all its glory!

Stitched on 40 ct. Weeks Aztec Red with my own cotton conversion.  Love this one!!  It is currently at the framer and I can't wait to get it back.  It will be on loan to my LNS for a while but I already have a spot picked out for it in my house for next Christmas.
  I have been investigating some of my UFOs recently and I have plans to finish off some of those in the coming year but I am trying not to be too hard on myself  or have anything written in stone about those.  I love them all and will finish them eventually but I tend to put pressure on myself and stitching becomes like work.  Then I beat myself up over the things I haven't accomplished and I don't want to stitch at all!  So, the list is loose and I hope to get a lot more pieces finished this year then I did last.
    My current WIP is about half finished now.  It is a piece I've had in my stash for quite a while and I thought it would be a fun, quick, stitch and it has been.  I've made only minimal color changes and I have enjoyed every stitch.  If we get the big storm we are supposed to get this weekend, I may have it finished by Monday!

40 ct. Lakeside Woodsmoke
(the original not the current permutation!)
with mostly the listed colors

This one is Quaker Addict by a mon ami Pierre, a lovely little company that was driven out of business by internet piracy.   Too bad since she really had some lovely designs.  I was able to buy some of her designs directly from her as PDF files before she closed up shop and I came across them recently while searching for something else on my computer.  I have several others that will reach the top of the pile eventually but for now, I am loving this one.
  I have several other pieces going right now but none that are far enough along for posting.  (Those Facebook groups are so enabling!) I will save those for next time and hope to have more to show by then.  Until then,  hope you are enjoying your stitching as much as I am!  



  1. I so love your Quaker piece. I too have lots to complete and hope to feel inspired to do so this year. Quite a lot of mine is packed away while putting down new carpet,which has now been done. :) Happy Stitching.

  2. Love both of your stitching projects

  3. The Santa is very pretty on the red fabric.
    The Quaker is so pretty, love all of the colors.

  4. I love the Christmas Eve design. It is beautiful stitched on the red fabric. I enjoy stitching Quaker designs and that is very pretty. Too bad she gave up her business but I know things like that get so discouraging!

  5. One Starry Christmas Eve is stunning. The design/thread colors really pop on the Aztec red linen.

  6. Laura, congratulations on your finish. There are so many elements in that design that I really like. Your Quaker WIP is looking fabulous. It truly is a shame that internet piracy caused her to close up her design business. Be safe and stay warm this weekend.

  7. Very pretty finish Laura ! Hope to see it framed once it comes home. Yes very sad about AMAP - I have some of her designs. I've been in a quaker mood lately but I'm pulling from things long stashed that I have wanted to do. Started M Quertier with the SL FB SAL group. All black - not nearly as colorful as yours. Cheers and happiness in the new year - Mel

  8. Your Christmas Eve piece is outstanding! I really look forward to seeing it framed... I may get up to your LNS next month, so maybe I will see it there! I loved AMAP designs! It is a shame she went out of business. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! The red fabric the Christmas Eve project is stitched on really makes the design vibrant! A shot of color so much needed in the winter! :)

  10. Hi Laura! Maybe just a tiny bit of pressure on yourself this weekend to get your lovely Quaker piece finished up? It's just charming and I love the bold colors. Waiting eagerly for an updated!

  11. Gorgeous WTNT..stunning! But then again I think I'm in love with just about everything you put needle and thread through :)
    I love AMAP too..and it is so sad that she closed shop...if people just understood the ramifications! But I suppose most don't care.

  12. So beautiful your WTNT finish! I love it! And I like the AMAP wip too, I hope to see your progress.


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