Monday, January 14, 2013

TUSAL

I'm doing a late TUSAL post.  In case you're wondering, TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch Along.  And it's fun and easy.  Feel free to join in -- details are here on Daffycat's blog.


I decided to do things differently this year.  I'm using an egg cup from my Nicholas Mosse collection to hold my ORTs for each month, and I'll empty them into my big ORT jar after each TUSAL post.


I like my egg cup.


Here's my emptied ORT jar alongside the ORTs from 2012.  I've been putting the ORTs for each year in a glass  ball ornament and writing the year on each.


Oh, and if you're wondering about that fabric pack behind my ORTs, here it is again.  It's a fabric kit from Temecula Quilt Company of Jo Morton fabrics to make these quilts.  I hope I actually make them.

If you're wondering why I'm not showing any stitching, there's a very good reason.  I'm finally back to model stitching.  It's a very large reproduction sampler that Needlework Press will be releasing at Nashville.  So I am doing my best to get it done in time.  Had a long wait for the rest of the chart but I'm finally happily stitching away.  Sorry, I can't show it off.  I will show it when it is released at market.  I bet you'll like it!  I love it!

My two babies have been happy together.



The boy child will be going back to college this coming weekend.  I'm dreading the empty nest again.  Poor Mia won't like it either.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  It's Australian Open time again!  Yay!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.


56 comments:

Laurie in Iowa said...

The Mosse egg cup is lovely... such a pretty container for your orts. I do like the fabric you got and the little quilts are great.
Enjoy the rest of the week with your boy child and the Australian Open.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a great way to enjoy your lovely egg cup every day! I've been using those ornaments for several years as ort containers - soon they can have a tree of their own :-). Have fun with the bc for the rest of the week. The empty nest will be a tiny bit easier this time for you and Mia, too. She will know that he'll be back. Hugs!

Lene said...

I had not realized how big Mia has gotten! She is not a kitten anymore. Looking forward to seeing the model, and good luck with the little quilts:)

HollyXSing said...

I love your new ort container! A looker!

I can't wait to see your model stitching...any hints?

Continue to enjoy having your son home!

-Holly

anniebeez said...

Took my 3rd kid back to college yesterday, and even though I still have 1 at home she is the quiet one. I miss my 3rd already, he is the boisterous artsy conversationalist! Can't wait to see your model!!!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The egg cup is so much prettier but I do like your idea of using the glass ornament. I look forward to seeing your model when it's finished - I love being kept in suspense. Mia and your son make me smile every time I see them together - they remind me of Poppy and my son who have a similar relationship.

Vickie said...

Mia could not look more content! ;)
I love your egg cup. I have two egg cups. Guess what they are?.....Yup! Poodle egg cups from England. Yippee for me! ;)

cucki said...

Awe the egg cup is so cute....I love your new ort container...
Enjoy having your son home..
Hugs x

Miss Pants said...

When my fellow bloggers post that they are stitching models...it's always such a tease! Now we have to wait until April. I am no good at waiting.

Myriam said...

Joli coquetier! J'ai hâte de voir ton travail en quilting. Adoraaaaaaaaaables tes deux bébés!!!!!

TamTam said...

Hi I'm tamtamlee from swap bot. The egg cup is beautiful

Deb said...

What a great idea of putting your orts into an ornament and putting the year on it!! I have a few of those ornaments that I put golden straw into, but never thought of putting the ORTs in them. Of course the way I'm going it would take me two years to fill one of them.

Enjoy your time remaining with Eli and I'll look forward to seeing your little quilts! :o)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Good luck on the model. I'm sure you'll speed right through it. I'm glad you are having fun. Enjoy the time with boy child this week. Hugs

valerie said...

Great little ort cup Margaret. And I love that you put your orts in a glass ornie. Maybe I should do that. Right now, I just have my old orts in baggies on the coffee table waiting for me to finish an ornie and use it for stuffing. Those orts may be sitting on the table for a while! Can't wait to see the model stitching reveal at market.

Erica said...

I love those fabric collections. I got two packages of Civil War repros for Christmas.
Needless to say, I was very happy with them.
I used to make huge King size quilts, but I think my next one will be a lap-size. Of course I have 2 King size WIPS that I should finish first LOL! The list goes on and on!

Annie said...

Cute little egg cup for the Orts.

Sorry that your baby boy will be leaving you again. At least you have Mia and the sampler project!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

adorables vos photos !
bisous bisous de FRANCE

barbara said...

Can't wait to see your model stitching, Margaret!

Nicola said...

Your model stitching is going to be amazing and if you like I know I will too.

Mia looks so content. You will all miss the boy child when he goes back. Such a shame that our babies have to grow up and leave the nest.

Have a great week Margaret.

Linda said...

Love your ort container Margaret. Mia and the boy child look content. Great new fabric. Can't wait to see the model your stitching.

Linda

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, how's the tennis going. Heard that Leyton was bundled out.

Love your ort container. I don't have any Mosse pieces, but l do have some Emma Bridgewater.

I have about 3 years worth of Orts, would you believe they stuffed 2 large strawberries l made at Christmas time. They make good stuffing.

Looking forward to see what you are working on - sandra

llknbillburg said...

I have been really looking forward to the open as well. Premium stitching time!! laura

Kim said...

Love the egg cup!! is really cool!! The ornament is so cool!! Can't wait to see the model. Can't imagine the empty nest, my is 16, I know I will miss him terribly some day...

Mary Ann said...

I love your egg cup ort container! I look forward to seeing the model stitch--and the quilt--very pretty fabrics!!

Our nest emptied yesterday for another semester. It sure is quiet here.

marly said...

Love the egg cup! I can't believe how Mia can fit and balance on his shoulder.

Mouse said...

ohhh that's a lovely egg cup ... and well done on the model stitching again ... looking forward to when we can see it :)
awwww poor mia won't be happy will she , Master Bentley is fast a sleep under the computer desk at the moment ;)
take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Cari said...

Love your ort collector. I love using different items to hold those threads in...makes stitching even more fun. I love the pic of Mia on your sons shoulder !!! Too cute. Yes it will be way too quiet when the BC goes back to school. Enjoy your stitching time !! Hugs

Mary said...

The egg cup is a perfect little spot for your thread bits, Great choice! Can't wait to see the big reveal!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a darling little egg cup! Love the pictures of Mia and her boy!

Jean said...

Beautiful little cup, have fun with your TUSAL, Mia is so happy to have her boy home.

Melissa said...

Awww, it is always nice to see your two babies reunited! ;-)

I like that egg cup!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Love the Jo Morton fabric

Mia has most definitely missed the boy child!

Penny said...

The egg cup is pretty! I love your idea for putting your orts in the ornament. Love the quilts - I look forward to seeing yours! A boy and his cat - sweet. :) Enjoy the Australian Open.

Gabi said...

Love your egg cup. Lovely pictures of your son and cat. What a pity that he has to leave so soon again.
Looking forward to see your model stitching.

Love to Stitch said...

Isn't it fun to have treats along your stitching?? Love the egg cup- very classy. Looking forward to seeing what you are stitching on for the Needlework Press Gals-- No doubt it is going to be a stunner!!!!

Lizzie said...

Enjoy the open, it's hot again here so I don't envy them on that big blue court..!!
Lizzie
xxx

Siobhán said...

Oooh, I love that pottery cup! I can't wait to see what you do with those quilt fabrics!

Chris said...

I like your egg cup too.
It looks like you have been having a great January with your son home.
Hugs to you and Mia!!

Escargopotte bordados said...

hi all well? more pleasant than pictures!! Cat having fun! good, I really enjoyed the sampler from the previous post, it's really beautiful. congratulations
kiss from Paris

Carol said...

Knowing you, you'll have your model sampler stitched in record time, Margaret, and will soon be back to stitching for yourself :)

Glad Mia has enjoyed your son's homecoming--hope she can handle it when he leaves again. I remember our cat walked around for days after "his human" (my middle son) left for college :)

Dona said...

I love the pictures of your son and Mia! Mia sure does enjoy hanging out with him.

Good idea about the orts ornaments! I like your egg cup, too. It's so pretty and you will enjoy using it.

Evelyne said...

I like the eggcup too! Good idea to put the threads in a Christmas ball.
I did mine in a pincushion what i made for Christmas.
Lovely fabrics and i love the quilts you going to make.
Enjoy the time with the boy child.

Melanie said...

Ooooo, those are mighty nifty colors in that fabric bunch! I hope you do the quilt too so I can watch the progress on it. (Closest I'm going to get to making one myself. Heh.)

Happy stitching with your new model! Sounds like fun. :)

Dot said...

Everything you post on your blog is always so beautiful, including your gorgeous egg cup.

I'm also enjoying the Australian Open. It's traditionally a good time for stitching for me. ;o)

Veronica said...

That's the cutest egg cup I've ever seen. Lovely fabrics. I look forward to seeing your WiP of the quilt and of course, the mystery sampler you're currently stitching ^.^

Hugs,
Veronica.

Karoline said...

The egg cup is lovely, hope your model stitching goes well.

You and Mia enjoy the rest of the holiday with your DS

Loraine said...

Hi Margaret. Sorry I'm so late reading your post. I love your egg cup that is holding your orts and ends. Wonderful Jo Morton fabrics too! I hope you get some quilts done soon too. Wonderful seeing your son home! I bet you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Catherine said...

Love your egg cup and those fabrics!
Aaawww....Mia and her boy!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love the Mosse egg cup...that's a wonderful collection you have! Poor Mia will surely be a bit confused...missing her boy big time!
Robyn

Kathy Ellen said...

How lovely to use such a pretty egg cup for your threads.

Mia looks very happy with her Boy at home. She will certainly miss him when he returns to school.

I know all too well, just how it feels when the nest empties out after holidays at home. My thoughts will be with you.

Blessings!

Dawn said...

Love your Temecula Quilt Bundle - a few 'littles' in your future? a few samplers in mine.
Not much worse than the end of college break, than when they get jobs and have even less time...
Thanks for sharing all your projects, and I look forward to the reveal.

Krista said...

Finally catching up on my blog reader! What a cute idea for your ORTs. I have to find a new jar here, mine are wadded up in a ball on the table beside me, lol! Looking forward to seeing your model work. Glad to see the BC and Mia are having so much fun. I am looking forward to the long weekend, and hopefully seeing some tennis too!

Sherry :o) said...

I am checking out a Jo Morton Little Women Club next week at a LQS. Boy, Mia is getting big - no longer a kitty, but a cat.

Hope things go well with your son's return to school - for all of you! I will be thinking of you, Margaret.

Can't wait to see your model stitching.

Sherry :o)

Anne said...

Love your little egg cup you are using! What a great way to display your yearly orts! In an ornament ball! Oooh, those quilt fabrics are wonderful! I hope to try my hand at quilting this year too...I might need to take a course though since I'm a bit chicken to do it on my own! Aww, love the photos of your boychild and Mia. Just think that spring break is around the corner and you will have him back again with you! Hugs!!

Suzanne said...

Neat way of displaying your orts. I have been collecting mine for years in a decorative wine bottle, when it starts looking full I push it all down with a chopstick and compress it as much as I can.

I love the quilt fabric, such a beautiful collection if colours. I can't wait to see what you have been stitching.

Marie said...

I like your idea for putting the threads into a glass ball ornament, I just might do that with mine.

As a quilter I enjoyed the fabric bundle. I actually made the star quilt like the one pictured on the far right...It's easy, you shouldn't have any problem.