Monday, March 22, 2010

WIP, framing, an award, and etc

I seem to be posting more often than usual recently.  No worries, I'll slow down now.  lol!  But I thought you might like to see my Catherine Maudsley.  Got that border done.  The next tedious part is the verse over one.  But that's coming along.  Sort of.


I just love that border!  And it was much easier than I thought it would be.  After doing it so many times, I had it memorized.  lol!



Next up, Kathy, Nancy (no blogs) and I went to our LNS today to drop off some framing and pick some up.   Don always does such an amazing job.  He has a wonderful eye -- I usually end up going with whatever he suggests.  And recently, it's always been "how about this?"  and the first time it's perfect!  Anyway, here is my Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers.


And here is a closeup of the frame.  I wish I could get the colors to be more accurate.  The fillet (or whatever it's called) on the inside matches the colors in the piece perfectly!


And here is my Sarah Esh by Carriage House Samplings.


Here's the frame closeup -- it's perfect for the piece!


I now have 4 pieces on my Adam and Eve wall.  Two more are with Don waiting for framing.  I'm so psyched!

I got an award from Sherry!   Thank you so much, Sherry!  It means so much to me that you have become my blogging friend.


I had such a hard time last time choosing just 7 blogs to pass an award on to.  I'm going to pass this one on to all my blogging friends.  There are so many of you whose friendship I enjoy and whose blogs I love!  So consider yourself awarded!

Finally, Deb over at the Thread Gatherer blog has a great giveaway!


I hope I win!!!  I've wanted a beautiful flower frog forever!  Deb, if I don't win, can I commission you to buy me one?  lol!  Anyway, go check out her giveaway, and her blog.

In other news, the girl child is back at college after a week of Spring/midterm break.  It was nice having her home, but it's also nice having her back at college.  lol!  The boy child had a wonderful birthday on Saturday from the sound of it.  He spent most of his day with his friends as opposed to the old people at home.  I guess that's what happens when they start growing up!

The boy child will have his Spring break next week.  The one thing I'm really hoping is that by the time his Spring break is over, we won't be waking up in the dark anymore.  Have I told you how much I hate the time change being this early?  Well, I really really really hate it!!!!!!!!! 

I got the fabrics for my next Tessellations BOM quilt block in the mail today.  So pretty!  I'm going to have to work on that soon.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi, everyone!  I hope you all have a great week!

43 comments:

LiahonaGirl said...

Margaret: Your work is exquisite! I love all of the A&E pieces, but especially Paradise Lost.
Nancy

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Catherine Maudsley is stunning. I love that border - absolutely love it!!! Your framed pieces are gorgeous. Blessings to you - kelley secrest

Melissa said...

CM is beautiful. It's always interesting how a design shows up so much better as you see someone stitch it up!

Lovely framed pieces! Can't wait to see that A&E wall!

The Scarlett House said...

I have one word...FANTASTIC! I especially love the frame for Sarah Esh. Woohoo, you must be thrilled with them both.

Catherine said...

Wow! The border on Catherine Maudsley is stunning!

And your framed pieces are stunning as well! You'll have to share a pic of your Adam & Eve wall!

Kathy said...

OMG> All the stitching is stunning. I love that border in the wip and the framed pieces. Just perfect.

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on Catherine Margaret!! You'll have it done in no time! I also love Paradise Lost and Sarah Esh - their frames are perfect!!!

Julie M said...

Love the border on the Catherine piece Margaret. Beautiful!! Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway.

doris said...

Seeing your pictures makes me want to run right upstairs and finish Sarah Esh tonight! If only. Both framed pieces are wonderful.

Bertie said...

Keep my fingers crossed you win the Frog Margaret!!

The border of this sampler you are in progress of is quite stunning, have not seen anything like it.

Love your A&E's and maybe soon a peak of your wall??

KarenV said...

Wonderful progress on Catherine, Margaret, she's really coming along!

Both of your framed pieces turned out gorgeous - great choice of frames!

Siobhan said...

Margaret, I love your framing!! Wow, wow, wow. I don't think you could have chosen a better frame for PL! I have a very similar frame on my Sarah Esh, if memory serves me correctly! Love the way Catherine is looking, too. Congrats on the award!

Cari-in-VA said...

Congratulations on your award - you are so deserving of it! It's always such a pleasure to visit your blog.

Love your framed pieces - both frames are just perfect and set off each piece beautifully. Can't wait to see your A&E Wall.

CM is coming nicely - that border looks tedious to stitch but is quite lovely.

I hope your son enjoys his Spring Break. I just finished mine and it was a wonderful, much needed break.

Enjoy your evening, Margaret

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your frame choices are great. They show off your beautiful samplers to perfection.

Love your Catherine Maudsley... the border is gorgeous and different.

Congrats on the award... but I'm hoping that I'm the lucky winner of that frog!

April Mechelle said...

Catherine is beautiful !! I love the colors in the border. Both framed pieces are beautiful !!! I sarah Esh in my stack to stitch.

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness! You framing is spectacular! I love the moldings that you chose. I can't wait to see your A&E wall.
Your WIP is looking wonderful too!
Hugs!

mainely stitching said...

Wow, that is some utterly superb framing! Stunning!!!

Ranae said...

Wowza! Two beautiful pieces to cherish. The frames are awesome for the colors. Great taste! girl!
CM is looking great.

Cari said...

Once again Margaret...your work has me in total AWE!! I love Catherine Maudsley...the piece is something else girl. And I love your framed pieces. The Paradise Lost frame is PERFECT.. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs and happy stitching!!

Jackie said...

I'm still loving your WIP. It's just gorgeous. The framed pieces are wonderful too. An excellent framer is a wonderful thing and you're fortunate to have such a good one.

I'm hoping the frog will come my way instead of yours! :)

Nancy said...

Catherine Maudsley is gorgeous, and I love the border too! It is stunning!

Your framed pieces are gorgeous! I agree the frames are just perfect.

corinna said...

all the samplers finished and
wip are stunning,
and framed even more so.

oh you make me laugh,
regarding-happy to have them home and then happy to wave them back to their new lives..... ;0)

i so get that!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
I just want to tell you that your current work is exquisite and the frames that you and Don chose are simply stunning. He does such a wonderful with your work and takes them from the stunning stage to the exquisite.
Catherine Maudsley is looking so lovely. That boarder is so beautiful. I look forward to seeing this one framed soon. I wonder what frame he will pick for this one.
BTW I'm finally on my own and I am enjoying pottering around doing my thing. - Sandra.

valerie said...

That CM border is amazing! I can't believe you're all done with that part. Love your framed Paradise Lost...wow! They did such a great job with it! The frame for Sarah Esh fits it perfectly!

How does Deb find all these flower frogs!? Isn't it amazing? =)

Sylvia said...

Margaret, as usual your stitching is fantastic. Catherine Maudsley is looking so nice, your two framed pieces are absolutely lovely. I would love to have a framer who's taste I like and who will just frame stuff for me. I find picking out a frame really excruciating. Anywhoo, I just drool over your work, as usual. Take care.

Alice said...

Catherine Maudsley sure looks pretty already. I bet stitching the verse over one is tedious. Your framing came out just beautiful. That must be the most gratifying part. Now all that is left to do is to hang those lovely samplers and enjoy them.
Alice

Marion said...

Oh my!!!! Stunning, just stunning! They look so perfect with those frames!!! Oh my......Paradise Lost...wow!!!!!
Take care....I too HATE waking up in the dark!! Actually my youngest gets ON the bus in the dark right now!! Thankfully it's only at our driveway!!

Marion

Giovanna said...

Ooooh, what beautiful framing! I really should start my PL soon, it's so gorgeous. And great progress on CM, love her too.

mary said...

Your Catherine is coming along nicely, makes me want to pull mine out and get started on it. Your framed pieces are wonderful, too. Thanks for the inspiring post!

Mary

Sharon said...

Oh Margaret, CM is just gorgeous, the border is so beautiful. Your framed pieces are incredible, you always stitch the prettiest things. Congratulations on the new car too. WHOOHOO!! XOXOXOXO

Michelle Palmer said...

Good Morning, Margaret~
Your work is gorgeous! Beautiful!
Love your post about your boy and his bass... our teen daughter plays the trumpet and bass guitar. She would LOVE to play the double bass (? as she calls it) She cannot fit everything in~ our son is a percussionist... but has taught himself (enough to play a bit) Oboe, sax, flute, piano and a little folk guitar. Hubby is a drummer... I draw. ha! ha!
LOVE when there is music in the house... loud~ but fun!

Best wishes~ Michelle

Erica said...

Margaret! I am in absolute awe of your stitching! You are so quick too! I stitch every day and my projects seem to take forever!
Catherine Maudsley is looking fantastic!

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Hazel said...

Wow the Catherine Maudsley is amazing! Love your framed peices too. You are right. They are perfect. x

Katrina said...

Catherine is gorgeous and I love your framed pieces. Can't wait to see your A&E wall.

Michelle said...

Catherine is really coming along. That border is STUNNING! And wow - your framed pieces are incredible. You must be thrilled - I especially love PL. So pretty!

Karoline said...

Catherine is looking gorgeous and all the framing is looking stunning.

La Comtesse said...

This blog is very attractive!
The sampler are very beautiful!
Hi, from Italy...
Loredana

Brigitte said...

Oh Margaret, your new DT piece is just stunning. I love everythingnon it, the colours, the fabric, the motifs, just everything. It must be so much fun to stitch it.
Great frames that you chose for your finished pieces.

Kajsa said...

Your framed pieces are so pretty! The frame for Sarah Esh is really wonderful!

Littlebit said...

OH, Margaret..absolutely beautiful pieces. I think your frames are perfect. You amaze me how much you get done.

Karen said...

You are an amazing stitcher. I love seeing the pieces that are in your header photo. You must have done a lot of samplers.

Suzanne said...

Catherine is looking beautiful. I really love the flower border. Your frmaed A&E pieces are gorgeous.