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  03:39:00 am, by Airycat   , 465 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book

Blocks 15, 16 & 17

Page 1 is done!

Block 15, Blessing 10 (position 9) Books!
Back stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch



Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a bibliophile. The reason I stitched the books like that is because that's how they actually look on my shelves I am grateful to be able to have as many books as I want... more than I'll probably ever get read, sadly. I always have something to read, though. Something to look forward to.

I tried different things for the books. The best seemed to be the back stitch outline with satin stitch fill and a little straight stitch or two across the satin stitch. I tried a chain stitch for the writing. It worked well for the red book, but not as well for the light green book. Some books have either gold or holographic "writing" on them.

Block 16, Blessing 11 (position 13) Rainbow
Chain stitch


Rainbows are beautiful. They mean the sun is out again. (Yeah, that's a theme with me!) They also mean hope. I am so grateful that we have hope.

This block needs something more. Maybe a bit of blue sky and clouds on top and some green mountains below.

Block 17, Blessing 12 (position 15) Education
Satin stitch, padded satin stitch


This is something I know that many people, more women, are not able to have. I know that my education has improved my life. Certainly my husband's education has. This also means non-school education, because I have always been fortunate to be able to continue to learn when I haven't been able to attend school. (see blessing 10) I've heard about those who lose their faith when they learn, but it has had the opposite effect on me. The more I learn, the more I stand in awe of God.

I had fun stitching this one! I haven't finished college yet (I'm a senior -- on break again! -- don't know when I'll go back again), so I chose my high school colors. The tassel is just a little bit of floss. The degree is a bit of Christmas ribbon rolled up. To keep it from unrolling I stitched through it and then tied the floss into a bow. The knot is way overdone, but it kept untying. There's a gold/yellow bead where the tassel is attached.

So, here's page one of my little Blessings book:


This week I want to spend more time working on my fairy quilt. Although I have several projects going at once, I tend to work on one thing for a while and then switch back again, so I probably won't get a lot of blessings stitching done. Of course, if I do get any done, I'll post it here asap. I'll be posting updates for the fairy quilt on my NeedleArts blog (link above), if anyone is interested.


  03:57:00 pm, by Airycat   , 283 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book

Blocks 13 & 14

I find it rather amazing that I like higher math and actually did well at it in school. I can't seem to do the basic math at all! I just went back and renumbered the blocks in my posts since I had them wrong.

Block 13, Blessing 9 (position 10) Rain
French knots, beads, running stitch


I probably complain too much about rain. That's just because of SAD, though. And it rains so much here in Oregon! However, there are days when I appreciate and even enjoy rain. Mostly, though, it's a blessing because it's so necessary. Anyone who's lived through a drought or in an arid place is very aware of the importance of rain. Our drinking water is only one result of rain. I lived in Colorado, where it's more sunny than not (very nice!), but it's also more barren and brown -- not green like here in Oregon. That's both food and aesthetics.

I intentionally made the French knots loose for the clouds. I added some running stitches for "wetness" at the bottom. It might want more. ??

Block 14, Practice stitching (position 11)
Buttonhole, French knot, straight stitch


This book I borrowed from my sister (Elegant Stitches: An Illustrated Stitch Guide & Source Book of Inspiration) has a section in the back with combined stitches for crazy quilting. This is just what I need until I become more familiar with all of the stitches. I enjoyed doing this. The space is a bit cramped, but using the diagonal helped. The line of it is not as straight as in the book, but I like how this looks


All Blocks to Date


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If I have the rest of today uninterrupted, I will finish the page by tonight.

  12:10:00 am, by Airycat   , 43 words  
Categories: Chitchat

A Contest

I saw this contest and it looks so good, I decided to enter.


Sheesh! I had to remove "blogspot.com" from the banned list. (Not my list, but from b2evolution.) I hope it wasn't preventing people from commenting on my blogs. What a pain!


  03:18:00 pm, by Airycat   , 151 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Knitting, Blessings Stitched Fabric Book

Page One, So Far...


I did not think this out enough in advance for it to be as aesthetically pleasing as I would like, but on the whole, I'm happy with it. It decidedly will be a record of my blessings.

I'd like to get this page done this weekend and then move on to the next. It will remain fairly random. I'm jotting down blessings as I think of them. I'm also planning the cover and an index (or contents -- I haven't decided) so that when my granddaughter inherits this, she'll know what it's about.

Does anyone else doing this project have to fight super self criticism? I see everything that's not perfect. It's only the magnitude of the project that keeps me from redoing everything more than I already have. I suspect that's the reason behind the math errors that made this as big as it is... 320 squares and an index and covers.

  04:26:00 am, by Airycat   , 73 words  
Categories: Needlework, Chitchat


I've been stitching. Really! I have been. See here


The weather is so dull around here. Rain, rain, rain! No sunshine. Too soggy to work in the garden. So I've been alternating between catching up online and stitching... but really the stitching is getting more attention. LOL partly because I need my daylight lamp and that's also my "sunshine." Keeps me from going insane.

Anyway, now I need to go to bed.


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