Monday, July 26, 2010

Ho hum.....

Not much to show this week.  I seem to be in a stitchy/sewy slump.  My clamshell quilt doesn't look very different from last time.  Just one more row of the pretty fabrics and one more row of the plain.


I have to admit, I think at least one culprit is my new toy.  I've been spending time reading books and watching things on my iPad.  Has anyone watched Desperate Romantics?  The first season is out finally in the US (it's a BBC series).  It was fun, all about the pre-Raphaelites and their wild lives.   I'm looking forward to the next season.  It's not for kids though!  A bit raunchy.  :D

This past week, I received a nice package in the mail.  I won a giveaway from Jan of Only One Ewe and Tree of Life Samplings!  I won one of her newest designs, The Sparrow, along with the fabric and fibers to stitch it. 


It's such a pretty design!  In fact, all of Jan's designs are pretty!  Thank you, Jan, I'm so thrilled to have won!

I've been trying to decide what to show for my greatest hits this week.  Let's see what I come up with.


Oh, this is a nice one!  Do you know what it is?



A few years ago, I took a couple of classes from Merry Cox down in NJ.  I finished both the pieces that I took too!  This is one of the pieces, A Beautiful Day in Williamsburg.  It is a beautiful tray that you can use to hold all your stitching materials.  It has pockets for some scissors and a ruler and a needlebook.  I of course personalized it with my own information.  I left Williamsburg up at the top though.  I love Williamsburg -- my mom loved it as well.  And I have fond memories of visiting Williamsburg when the kids were small -- the boy child spent the whole time climbing any steps he could find (he was in the cruising-right-before-walking stage of life).

Maybe next time I'll show off my other class project.  :D

In other news -- well, there's not much other news.  It's just full throttle summer mode around here.  The boy child is officially topsy turvy sleepwise.  I discovered him Sunday morning at 6am saying he couldn't sleep so he was taking a walk.  By 9am, he was crashing on my bed.  He slept till 4pm.  Ahem.  Hopefully he'll get un-topsied  today.  He has something to do in the middle of the day today.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  It always makes my day to read your comments and visit with you all.  Have a great week!

40 comments:

Michele said...

Pretty quilt! I might have to check that series out. We started watching Pillars of the Earth this weekend a miniseries about the building of cathedrals in England during the wars of Matilda and Stephen. That is a beautiful cross stitch!

Marjorie said...

Beautiful piece! I loved visiting Williamsburg--haven't been there since I was a kid. My parents were teachers so we had all summer to goof off and used to tent camp all up and down the East coast.

Sherry said...

I never can sew curves so I really admire your work on this quilt! Beautiful colors too. Congratulations on winning the chart! I love this design and her new one too! I have to get them! Your Williamsburg piece is just stunning!

littlebit said...

Oh, Margaret! Your quilt is coming along beautifully. It's going to be stunning.

Glenna said...

The quilt is lovely! Makes me want to sew, although a quilt is beyond me at this point. Does the topsy-turviness of the Boy Child create tension or do you figure "eh, might as well let it go until it's time to go back to school/go off to college?" I've read that teenagers are wired to sleep that way. But in fact, I'm wired that way. I am sort of an early bird, but I was happiest when I had a night job and could stay up until 3 or so, then sleep until 11 and get on with my day. When I'm on vacation, I stay up very late stitching and reading, then sleep late-ish. Happy summer!

Funny, even though we live fairly close to Wmsburg (3 hours), we don't go very often. We like it, but during the summer it's sort of overrun.

Hazel said...

Beautiful quilt and gorgeous samplers. x

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Congrats on your win Margaret. Your tray is gorgeous, kudos on your finish:)

Marjo said...

Quilt is so colorful, I love it. I like that new chart you got as well, the colors are pretty nice with that. I took that Merry Cox class in Arizona and haven't hardly put a stitch in it. It is languishing in my WIP pile. I love all the accessories you got to go with yours. It is another I would love to finish. SO much to stitch, so little time. Have a great day.

Cari said...

Your quilt is coming right along Margaret. It's beautiful!! And your Mary Cox piece is lovely. Her designs are simply over the top aren't they? You did a wonderful job! BIG HUGS

Berit said...

It beautiful! I can see why you call it a "greatest hit". :D

We've been getting off with our sleeping around here, too. Too many late nights playing monster hunter (videogame) online with our friends while I stitch, lol!

Melanie said...

Quilt is looking great!!!! I'm in awe of your curvy sewing skills!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Margaret, the quilt is so lovely and it will be done before you know it. I love Williamsburg, one of my favorite places to visit - though it has changed quite abit!

I love Merry Cox designs and this one you did is stunning - nice work!

Roberta

woolwoman said...

Margaret - your Merry Cox piece is probably one of my favorite pieces she's done. Glad you showed it again. Glad to hear you're enjoying your new toy. A friend who has one showed me an app called Blogshelf - very cool - do you have it ? Mel

Jackie said...

I love your Merry Cox piece. I think projects are even more special when you personalize them.

I don't mind the differing schedules between me and my 20 year old. He's on time for work and generally gets the things done that he needs to get done.

Sherry said...

the clams are really coming along - they are so neat. Love the Merry Cox piece!

Karen said...

Your quilt is so pretty! Good for you for managing to be productive even if the mojo isn't quite there.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your Merry Cox Williamsburg piece. I think your life will become more exciting soon.....

Melissa said...

Oh you are so funny, Margaret! "Ho-hum" is it? I would never call your 'throughput' ho-hum at all. The pace at which your stitchy talent goes is wayyyyy behind me.

Your quilt is looking lovely. I just think of "all that work"!!! And I love the Mary Cox piece, very pretty!

I laughed about your son in summer. Yup, that's pretty typical and it won't get better for years! lol!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me another lovely comment. It just makes my day! :-)

Jan said...

Two beautiful pieces to show off, your Merry Cox and that lovely clamshell quilt!!!

Enjoy the design and the fibers and fabric, thanks for commenting, as always!!

Katrina said...

Everything is gorgeous!!! Your quilt is amazing :-). Love the Merry Cox piece too.

SilkLover said...

A couple more rows of clamming is 2 more than you had before! Love those clams.

I am not buying your age listed on your sampler in 2007! No way. You 'sound' much younger, Margaret! "smiles"

Enjoy the summer!

Giovanna said...

I knew the Merry Cox piece was lovely, but I can see now from your wonderful picture that it's absolutely gorgeous, wow! What great stitching. Love your quilt too.

Bertie said...

Love your new style blog Margaret, very pretty.

Desperate Romantics was fantastic, glad to hear the US got it too, wild living indeed.

Lovely chart you won, you probably finish it in no time!!

Love your Merry Cox, this Williamsburg Tray is wonderful. I did 5 workshops in one week with her in the US in 2006, just had to make the most of it! LOL.

Kajsa said...

That quilt is so pretty and the sampler too of course!

Nancy said...

Your calm shell quilt is so beautiful! I'll look at pictures of it anytime regardless of how much more you have done!

Sylvia said...

Yeah, I know how you feel - I am kinda there too. Maybe it was the heat or the really good book I was reading... I read "The Passage" by Justin Cronin. I know you said you thought about it and could not do the Vampire thing - its really not so much about them than about a group of people and their quest. I really liked it and tore through it in 7 days - I am usually a really slow reader since I only do it right before bed - so I last about 5 minutes...

Now I have to get back to the regularly scheduled program and makes some progress on all my stitchy projects - although I am getting the itch to knit... you know how it is.....LOL

Cathy Lloyd said...

I'm in a little bit of a stitchy ditch myself...my problem was this...big mistakes twice on a sampler! GAH and ARGH! Finally, yesterday did the frogging and got on with it! Can't wait to see what I mess up next! Good luck with the clam digging! It is a lovely quilt Margaret! I have the BDIW piece...haven't touched it since the class in AZ several years ago...oh..yes I have touched it...shuffeling from place to place when I try to reorganize! Maybe I'll get it out and fondle it again! Have a great week GF! And yes! Get your $$ in for our Swan projects...they are so fun!

Karoline said...

Your Williamsburg tray is gorgeous, thanks for sharing and the quilt is looking lovely

Michelle Palmer said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L quilt! I love how you positioned the fabric designs... the sweetest touches.
Hope you have a nice evening~
Michelle

jean said...

your clamshell quilt is looking lovely.
I would be very interested to see your other Merry Cox project sometime. I have always admired her work

Michelle said...

Your clamshell quilt is gorgeous. I am so in love with it!! And your Williamsburg is stunning. What a beautiful piece!

yvonne said...

prachtig gaat het worden !!!

groetjes yvonne

The French Bear said...

Love your quilt, and all the beautiful colors!!! You lucky girl, what a prize, oh my how fun is that!!!!! I am in love with you antique sampler you made, that is just stunning!!!!
Thanks for the comments you always leave, I love to visit you and I adore your work, in answer to the question about my blog book, yes it was fun and it was so exciting to get it...although I may be the only person that thought that!!!! You should do it, I didn't print my comments in the first book, but I don't know if I should redo it or just add them to the next one....
Hugs,
Margaret B

mainely stitching said...

That is a stunning tray. I love her designs. :)

Summer is in full throttle here, too. Isn't it fabulous??!

Cindy F. said...

I am LOVING your quilt!! I've only made one quilt, so I can really appreciate the work you're putting into this gorgeous piece!

Congrats on that wonderful giveaway!

Your Merry Cox piece is truly a treasure! Beautifully finished!!

Dot said...

The work of needle and thread by hand is never very quick. I find that is the joy of it. I think your clamshell is growing quickly. (smile)

Margaret, I just love your stitching. What a beautiful sampler this is. Every time I visit your blog, I remind myself of all the cross stitch I have stashed away and I need to get back and do a little more. Oh to find the time (sigh).

How are you liking your iPad? You know I'm green with envy. In a good way though. LOL!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your clam quilt is something to behold, Margaret! I love it - the colors are just spectacular.

Your Williamsburg piece is a true beauty! How many of us take classes and never finish!? Good for you - it's a treasure.

Lois said...

It is going to such a pretty quilt.

Loved the Williamsburg piece. I've visited there once, would LOVE to go back for one of their stitching events ...... some day!!

Congrats on winning Jan's giveaway. That is such a nice chart.

Teenagers and topsy-turvey sleeping habits - ugh!!!!

Brigitte said...

Oh Margaret, I *love* the Merry Cox piece. It's fantastic.
And your quilt is coming along great.
In your last post I've just admired the HRH pieces in their frames. They look wonderful.
I'm not in a stitchy mood either. Still have to re-discover my stitching mojo. In spite of stitching I'm reading which is also one of my favourite pastimes.

Suzanne said...

Your Merry Cox piece is amazing. I love this design and all the beautiful stitching accessories.