Monday, December 29, 2014

My last Post for 2014

Good Morning Everyone!
My My My the time does fly by!
 And this Chick has not felt the blogging mood for a long time!
I have still been reading a lot of blogs and enjoying all the eye candy you all are showing.
My goal for 2015 is to do better with the blogging but have found that I get more done around the house and stitching if I keep the computer time to a minimum. 

Here are some of the things I have been stitching on for the last couple of months:

for some reason un-be-known to me I can't get it turned correctly. But they are a couple of fall finishes

My new addition to my stitching area is this 6 drawer stand. Each drawer is big enough for a project that I am working on.  I just love it!

My new addition to my kitchen
My old refrigerator died on me and I have been wanting one of these with the freezer on the bottom for a very long time.

The week before Thanksgiving my sister came up from NM for a visit and we drove down to my niece's for her son's baptism. We had a wonderful weekend and an early thanksgiving dinner with them on Sunday.

I am still working on this little guys birth sampler. I am not done with it yet because his mother keeps telling me it ok to work on other projects. But here is an update so far.
Sorry about the wrinkles but I won't press it until I am finished with it.
I am working on the hedgehog at the moment. aren't those little critters the cutest!

 when we got home from Iowa and our visit I stitched this little ornament up for my niece for her Christmas tree.
Its Called One More Stitch by Victoria Sampler and can be found in the 2014 Christmas ornament magazine.
And here is the back side
I put her initials on it. She also stitches but with 2 little ones her stitching time is limited. I remember those days.

Last but not least
I finished this little ornament up yesterday.
Perfect Gift
Full Circle Design 
from the 2004 Christmas ornament magazine.
started - 12-15-14 
finished 12-28-14

So with that ornament finished its back to some of my WIP's for a little while.

It's been a busy last couple of months with my sister coming home, harvest here on the farm. Christmas programs, shopping, working a few more hours. I am hoping for a little more me time after the first of the year.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas
and that you have a 
Blessed New Year!

Happy Stitching and see you all next year!!!!!
Denise














Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stitching Retreat at Lake Shetek

Good Morning Everyone!

I got back for Lake Shetek on Sunday afternoon and I am just now getting things put away. I didn't have to work at the Post Office yesterday so I chose to spend it with my grandchildren. We had a great time, we went out for lunch, and then hung out at the shop. 

The boys sprayed out the beans and cleaned out the combine for grandpa.
And my granddaughter took a nap.
Well now on to the stitching stuff.

Jill and I packed up and left after she got off work on Wednesday night. 
Thursday morning we woke up to this beautiful sight!
Thursday Morning

Saturday Morning


American Flag Quilt Sampler
Finished backstitching Mississippi and completed Illinois
Here is We Three Kings before and after
I put in about 540 stitches
Sunflower Dishtowel
This towel I started a very long time ago. So this weekend I
worked on it and backstitched the flowers . 

And last but not least
Woodland Folk
I finished back stitching the little fox and got the squirrel done 
A picture from where I was sitting and working

This was the deck right out side our work area - there are 2
squirrels playing on it.

And these are the towels that my daughter made for me to hang on my stove.
Aren't they cute.
Well there are a lot more pictures and stories to show and tell but I need to get to work so off I go for now.
Happy Stitching
Denise


Friday, October 3, 2014

It's about TIME!

Good Morning Everyone!
Wow I haven't posted since July 28th and boy have I been busy. 
Get comfortable and enjoy my update.

I had a small finish on the 6th of August
Winter's Eve
Country Cottage Needleworks
JCS Christmas Ornaments 2006
Started 8/1/14
Completed 8/6/14
Finished size 4x4
Isn't it the cutest little ornament!

Next we had family visit from CO. So we had a full house!

The kids always want to sleep at our house and the parent are up at my in-laws house. It is so much fun spending time with them!

Sitting on the deck visiting

During July and Aug are our busy time with truck pulls. We had one just about every weekend .
We ended in Aug with our big family camping trip to Prairie Village and several nights of tractor and truck pulls.  Here are some pictures from our weekend.
Kay and her girls
SIL, DIL, and my Son and I can't quite tell who is laying on the ground
And we had a fire in the Pulling Truck
Lots of excitement there!
The 6th of Sept was my oldest grandsons birthday. OMG he turned 12 this year, I can't believe how the time has just flown by. That was a busy Saturday - First we went and watched the birthday boy and his brother play football (there first game of the season)
This is the birthday boy, he is the one with his hand on the football
I won't bore you with any more pics of the football game, lets just say I took a lot of pics of my two grandsons. Then we went to my daughter's house and had cake and ice cream and watched Trey open his gifts.
My husband & I Left from there and headed to Milbank, SD to attend a wedding of friends of ours. It was far enough away that we stay overnight and came back on Sunday. We had a great time !
The happy couple entering the reception hall.

Two weeks later we attended another wedding in Storm Lake, Iowa. Sorry no pics of the happy couple because I forgot to pack my camera. But again we had a great time!

We have one more wedding coming up but my husband will be going to that one by himself because I will be attending an annual weekend stitching retreat at Lake Shetek. My oldest daughter Jill will be going also. We are so looking forward to this get away!!!

The following pictures are of some of the things I have been working on and have not finished yet.
Another Christmas Block (only 8 more to go)

This small table runner I started last year and made a mistake
on one of the end pieces. I finally took it apart and resewed
it. It is now quilted and ready for the binding.
I have the top done of this round Christmas table topper.

 Last but not least is a birth sampler that I am working on for my great nephew
It is called Woodland Folk
There will be 6 little creatures sitting on the log when I get it done. 

Well there you have it in a nut shell!
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Happy Stitching
Denise



Monday, July 28, 2014

American Flag Quilt Sampler update

Good Morning Everyone!
This past weekend was spent working on American Flag Quilt Sampler. I have not worked on this piece since March 25th. Here is what I got done.
Indiana is complete and Mississippi just needs to be back-stitched.

I intend to finish the back-stitching on Mississippi then it will be put away so that I can work on Woodland folks for the rest of the week.

Here is what AFQS looks like at this point.


Well that's about all for me this chilly Monday morning!
Happy Stitching
Denise

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Thread the Needle Day!


Did you know that today was Thread the Needle Day? Yep I looked it up and it truly is!

And here is my happy dance - look what I finished last night while watching TV.

Yep finished the last 3 corners last night, it already to be framed.

Well I am off to get groceries and calf feed (sounds like fun don't it) this morning before it gets hot this afternoon
Happy Stitching
Denise

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update, Ebay, and Camping

Good Morning Everyone!
The weather here in my part of the world has been great! A few hot days but nothing unbearable. Today we have sun and a slight breeze, so I am sitting on the deck with my coffee as I work on this post.

First off to update you on what I have  been stitching the past couple of weeks.
Prairie Gardens
Remember in my last post I was frogging because I miss counted
And now I have restitched  and completed that square and
started another one
Woodland Folks
This was as of July 12

And I have a little bit more dark brown completed 

And a new start and almost finish is 
hip hip Hurrah by
Bent Creek

I saw this on someone else's blog and loved it, I googled it, found one on ebay. I was the only person that bid on it so I won it and it came in the mail on Thursday (July 17th) and I started on Friday.
All I have left to do is the 3 corners and it will be done. It was an easy stitch!! Love Love Love it!!!

I also have been cleaning up my stitching room and decided to part with some of my patterns that I know that I will never stitch or have stitch but won't stitch again. I have listed over 50 patterns on ebay and plan to go through more of my stuff and list them as well. So if you are interested you can check my stuff out HERE.


One Last picture for you, This was taken last weekend while we were camping. 
This was in the morning after we woke them up so we could head home. A few of them still look a little bit sleepy, but I got a few smiles for the camera. 

Well I am off to get ready for an afternoon at the Post Office.
Everyone have a great day
Happy Stitching
Denise

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Good Evening Everyone!
Today was a warm one so I was inside most of this afternoon. I got my mowing done this morning while it was still comfortable outside.
In my last post I told you all about our medical stuff going on and I am happy to report that everyone is on the mend and feeling much better. My husband and grandson still have some healing to do but they are doing great.
Our 4th of July was spent at a small town celebration - we have attended this celebration for about 10 years. And our whole family usually attends 
getting a ride before the pull starts

Sharlee showing off her new swimming suit.
sitting in the shade before the pull started

making it down the track

one of the tractors that is pulling

Now on to some of my stitching projects that I have worked on.
I worked on Woodland folks a little bit and then decided I needed to enlarge the chart so I could see it better. But here is a picture of my progress so far.
all the grass is done

started on the wooden log

While I was waiting to get the chart enlarged I worked on Prairie Gardens
 
As you can see I had a lot more completed on this square but miscounted and I just could not make it work with out pulling out all the stitches and start over on it. I have it all frogged and started over, this time I started on the bottom of the square. That seems to work the best for me.

The other thing that I worked on was some Christmas Wreaths & Stars Quilt blocks
January, February, & March Blocks

January - Bear Paw Wreath
February - Snowflake Star
March - Pinwheel Wreath
Well that is about it for me tonight - time to get ready for bed
I hope everyone enjoys there Sunday!
Happy Stitching
Denise

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