Sunday, 29 January 2012


Happy Sunday afternoon everyone ~ hope your weekend is going well?

I can now show you what I was 'itching to finish' in my last post.
Lurking back in the depths of my craft cupboard was my first unfinished attempt at a patchwork wall hanging and this is the sorry state it had been left in . . .

I'm embarrassed to say I bought this to do back in 2005 and progressed with it really well so why it got hidden away I'm not sure?  I just had to finish making the binding strips for the edging, hand-sew them on and then add buttons to each heart SO two afternoons of stitching last week gave me my first patchwork Happy Dance!
(Am I allowed to add it to my Happy Dance list even though it's not Christmas or cross-stitch? ~ I think Yes, as it is a finish and was from my stash ~ oh please!!!)

DH is, at this very moment, staining some wooden dowelling for me so that I can add some tabs to the top and have it on display next to the fireplace ~ I love the country feel it gives!

'Country Heart' Wall Hanging made with homespun fabrics and finished with buttons

As I was in the mood for 'finishing' I let the sewing machine out for its monthly outing and got 'Such Delight' sewn up and finished . . .

Keeping with the country feel, I added gingham fabric, ric rac and added a cream star button ~ I'm pleased with this one and think it might have to stay out on display for the foreseeable future!

So full steam ahead ~ what's the next choice from the stash list?

'Snowy Morn' kit by Shepherds Bush

My stitching needle was smoking on this until last night!  The design is stitched 1 over 2 on 32-count~ fine except the star in the top left hand corner is stitched over ONE and boy did that cause chaos to my eyes with the added visit of the odd frog or two!
Midnight saw me complete that first star BUT there's one more to do in each corner yet so I'm thinking that my 'smoking needle' will be more like a wet firework tonight!
There's some other interesting stitches to this design too but I'm not brave enough to think ahead to those at the moment ~ one step, hurdle, mountain at a time!

Thanks for stopping by


Teresa said...

Love, love, love your heart finish. It is amazing what we start and never finish.
All your stitching is looking wonderful.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Catherine said... all of your projects! Your husband is very handy!

Catherine's Sewing Corner said...

Just been having a look around your blog and you have some lovely stitching. I have become your newest follower and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Lesleyanne said...

Your patchwork is lovely. I absolutely love your cushion - can I ask how you attach the rik rak? Great progress on your SB - good luck with the stars.

Maggee said...

Your homespun country quilt is so beautiful! If I saw it in a store I would be considering buying it for myself!! Lovely job on the SB piece and the finishing on your Santa pillow! Hugs!

butterfly said...

Beautiful stitching, love the Santa pillow thats just me.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The heart quilt is adorable and the Santa pillow came out perfectly! Your SB project looks great, too! Good luck with the rest of the over one!

Pumpkin said...

Lovely Jane!

Congrats on your beautiful pillow finish :o)

Ohhhh, I like this! Hopefully that's all the over one you have left.

Sarah said...

Beautiful finishes, your hearts will looks lovely on the wall. I think it definitely counts as a finish :)

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What wonderful finishes you have! I really like the SB kit you started, too. It's going to be so pretty!

Cath said...

Great finishes . Such Delight looks fantastic , you need to show it off .x

Mouse said...

ohhhhh your hanging is adorable :) can't see why you put it away as it too no time at all to finish .... love your cushion too *sigh you have finishes and yes I will count it as a finish ;)
and what other interesting stitches has the sb design got ??? need a paw ??? love mouse xxxx


Hi--I love all those projects you have done or are working on--great job! I have managed to do some cross stitch everyday this month, except for today so far--but today is not over yet!!! I am really a quilter so this cross stitching has been a nice fun time and meeting some of you has been a treasure.

Colleen said...

Jane, my dear...your homespun, quiltie, wall hanging is Awesome. I love it. So glad you finished it. Of course the SB Stitching is wonderful. My favorite designers. I'm with you, 1 over 1, not too much at one time. Can't wait to see your finish.

Lois said...

Love your heart quilt! Great finish with the HE and Snowy Morn is one of my favourites from SB. Those over one corner motifs are a pain but so worth it in the end.

Barb said...

Hi Jane,
Oh nice wall hanging there, and well done on a first patchwork finish. Bed size next????
Oh another SB design ,they are gorgeous arent they look forward to seeing more of that one.
Absolutely adore that cushion finish you are so clever at the putting together bit.
Right now I have drooled over this keyboard I am off to find a tissue!
Hugs to you and T&O.

Vickie Niggemann said...

Very nice stitching. I like the binding a lot. :)

Sally said...

Oh Jane your wall hanging is gorgeous!

Love how you finished Such Delight and lovely start on your SB.

Kate said...

Lovely wall hanging - I'm a sucker for most things "heart"
Great finish on Such A Delight - the fabric suits it perfectly. Liking the SB piece, will look forward to seeing it progress.

FIONA said...


cucki said...

Hello dear,it's me cucki your new friend and follower from south Africa :)
Love your blog and stitching so much..
Keep well
Hugs cucki xxx