Monday, January 13, 2014

Finish, new starts, and NYC!

I finished my Crown Sampler!

1837 Crown Sampler by Plum Street Antiques
50/62ct unevenweave vintage lt. examplar line by Lakeside
Tudor Silk conversion from the Attic
This one was a pleasure to stitch.


I did change a couple of colors on the flower pots at the bottom, the two farthest out.  I needed some more color, so I used the bright red and blue instead of what was called for in the flowers.

I was a week behind on the new Fussy Cut Fridays from Temecula Quilt Company, so I made two stars to catch up (one star a week).  English Paper Piecing is so much fun!  (I used Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics from my stash for these two.)



And thanks to Deb of the Threadgatherer blog, I had the yarns to start the Wiggle Wrap!


I have a feeling this one will be about my speed.  Although I've heard it's been called the endless wrap.

Sunday, we got a surprise call from a certain girl we know.


And the next thing we knew, we were off to New York City!


We went to Brooklyn for a chocolate fix.



And ended up at a consignment shop down the street that had great bargains with great designer names.  (The boys went to a toy shop down the other direction so the boy child could pick up a Lego set on sale with his Christmas money.)

Bored boys waiting for the girls.

My haul -- an Eileen Fisher felted wool vest for $16!!  Sleeveless blouse $14, sneakers $18.  Love my color palette.  :D

Then we headed off for a tour of the famous work place.


Lego cafe, complete with Lego to play with.

Ladder for employees only, plus more Lego in the background.

The father type in his Noogler cap.  Which of course, he no longer is.

Then we headed off to Bareburger to have dinner.  So yummy!

Love that chandelier!

Then it was time to head home and say goodbye to the girl child.  We were tired but happy and full.


And a certain furry someone was very very happy to have us home again!


She and the boy child stayed in this position for a record amount of time.  lolol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

(Aussie Open!!!!  Hooray!!!!)

52 comments:

Cari said...

Great post Margaret. Of course I've been stalking you on Instagram so I enjoyed your trip to NYC yesterday!! Your Crown Sampler is beautiful. It's one of my favorites from Paulette. Hugs to you and sweet Mia. Have a great week and stay warm !!

llknbillburg said...

Such a great day with the family! And your finish is wonderful. I am chomping at the bit to start that one but am holding myself back until I have another WIP finished!! Laura

Vickie said...

Crown Sampler is just beautiful. Love your new clothes. Good for you!

Busy Lizzie said...

gorgeous gorgeous sampler,
lovely pics

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, I'm not sure what was the best part of your post, Margaret...the gorgeous sampler finish or your exciting trip to the city! And your designer haul...what a great deal!! Loved catching up with you...and a big hug to Ms Mia!

Edgar said...

What a super post and a great finish!! Congrats!!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the finish! Lovely! Looks like you had a good visit and trip to the city. Have a good week!

Vera said...

Great post Margaret and gorgeous finish of Crown. Love your bargain finds. What a great trip to NYC...my husband and I need to head up there one of these days...so close...

Melody said...

Great finish! Looks like you had a great day out in the big city!

Vicki said...

Your sampler is gorgeous! So glad you had a fun getaway in NYC.

Melissa said...

What a great post full of delights! Congrats on the Crown Sampler - it is just beautiful and is on my to-stitch list! I like the blue stars for your quilt - very pretty fabrics!

What a fun outing and I love what you bought!

Teresa S. said...

Don't you love spontaneous days? I really do and it looks like yours turned out so fun! Your stitching was so speedy on the Crown Sampler. Congrats on another beautiful finish!

Erica said...

Congrats on the Crown Sampler! Beautiful! Love the colors.

What a fun time you had in NYC. I think those of us who live in the "burbs" often forget how much NY has to offer.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What an interesting post Margaret. I enjoyed tagging along on your trip - great fun. What is it with men and Lego, my son is just as bad. No post would be complete without Mia - she looks so content.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Awesome finish love the fussy cuts wish I were brave enough to try. Fun times with family

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Crown Sampler = GORGEOUS and STUPENDOUS!

You and your daughter are twins!

And I love your trips :) and Father type makes me laugh and smile and think golly I wish he were my Dad ;)

and that sweet boy and his kitty!

Annette-California said...

Congratulations! Crown sampler is stunning and gorgeous Margaret. WOW! Love the colors you used for the flowers when you ran out of thread. Fantastic day in NY. LOVED your post and what fun you all had. New clothes and shoes? Perfect day:)
love Annette

Linda said...

Your stitching is truly amazing Margaret. I can't even imagine stitching on something so small. Love the family pics. Sounds like a fun time.

Linda

Annie said...

Congrats on the sampler finish.. it's a beauty!

You are so talented. Paper piecing always looks impossible to me and yet you think it's so much fun. Doesn't compute! ;-)

What a fun trip to the Big Apple. Boys and their Legos --- another great mystery to me!

valerie said...

Congratulations on your Crown Sampler finish! she looks magnificent! Sounds like you had a fun spontaneous day in the city. I am dying to go back to NY for some fun. You got some great finds from the secondhand shop.

I think it's funny to see DH in his Noogler hat. I just saw The Internship this Friday. Did you two see it? I thought it would be a snoozer but it was a great movie! I am so glad I saw it.

samplerlover said...

Big congratulations on finishing your Crown Sampler. It's really lovely and reminds me so much of Hannah Pepper.

Looks like you had a wonderful time in NY. Lovely photo of your daughter. She has grown into a really lovely young lady. I know that you are very proud of her and the Boy Child :).

Ohh I know that you have been eagerly waiting for the Australian Open. A lot of hot weather is coming their way. I think that it's going to be 42 degrees C today which converts to about 107 degrees F. Wednesday is going to be even hotter. The Hewitt/Rafter doubles game should be a good one.

marly said...

Amazing piece of needlework! Really enjoyed the fun post and your great finds. Tried not to stare at the chocolate stuff for too long.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on finishing the Crown Sampler... it looks fabulous! Loved seeing all the photos from your day in NYC. I miss the city so much.
DH...sandals... really??? My feet would have been so cold.

Mary said...

A lovely post Margaret. Your sampler looks so beautiful - absolutely amazed at the count though!
What a great day out you had - such interesting places to visit (wow, to the Father Type's work place!!!!), and your new clothes were an amazing bargain. So lovely to have these family days to share.
Mary

BrendaS said...

Crown Sampler looks beautiful Margaret. Love the Attic's conversion.

Looks like you had a great trip to NYC. Your daughter is a beautiful young woman.

Have a great week.

Jackie said...

Love your finish! What's up next?

Thank goodness for friends encouraging us to start something new! What yarn are you using?

Legos in the workplace? Love an employer who wants their associates to have FUN!

Kim said...

Love your Crown Sampler! So pretty! So it looks like it would be YOU that I need to dial up if I ever find myself in NYC for a tour of the cool places! Scores on the clothes and I DO love your color palette!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Your sampler is so, so gorgeous! Your speed never ceases to amaze me! Ahhh NYC...love it!
Have a great week,
Robyn

Wanda said...

Margaret, your Crown Sampler is stunning! It sounds like you had a great time in NYC. Great clothes at amazing prices!Your paper pieced stars are beautiful. I will be excited to see your shawl. Mia is just too adorable. Have a great week!

Miss Pants said...

Everything is just so pretty! I really wish I could knit. That wrap looks like it will be gorgeous! So jealous.

Looks like a fun day out with the family, good food and good shopping. :)

Anna van Schurman said...

Love your fussy cut quilt! It's going to be gorgeous.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the sampler, it's awesome. And lovely quilting, such pretty fabrics.

Brigitte said...

Oh Margaret, this sampler is quite simply beautiful. Gorgeous stitching. And quilting.
It must have been a great family day in NYC. The colour of your new clothes is awesome, I do love this colour but can't wear it. On you it must look great!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
Your crown sampler is lovely. Everything you do is gorgeous! I'm sure you know how blessed you are that your adult daughter wants to spend the day with you...poor Mia, she thought she was abandoned! If I go to the grocery store, my fur babies act like they are so traumatized!
Melinda

Mary said...

A very fun post, all the way from your beautiful finish to the exciting visit to the big city! You've always got so much going on all the time.

Paulette said...

I love love love the picture of you and your sweet girl, and I'm laughing at the fact that your son is wearing a winter hat while Father Type is wearing... Birckenstocks? Lol!

Paulette
P.S. Your color changes on the Crown Sampler are gorgeous!!

mainelystitching said...

Man, I LOVED this post! Thanks for the cool shopping trip and hanging with the family!

Beth said...

How fun to spend the day in NYC with you. Love your new clothes - such great deals you found...and chocolate too. Your newest finish is lovely. I confess though, that I am STUNNED by the blues you are using (Liberty prints, right?!) oh gosh are those ever glorious!

Penny said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Love the blues in your quilt blocks and can't wait to see your Wiggle Wrap progress. What a great day in the city - love your new wardrobe additions. :) Enjoy the Australian Open!

Carol said...

Congratulations on another lovely sampler finish, Margaret--I'm in awe of how quickly you crank these finishes out!!

What fun to visit with your daughter in NYC. Does she work there? My middle son would love that Lego store--he'd love working at Google, too :) Nice new clothes--that's something I really need to go shopping for...

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Lovely finish! I enjoyed the trip with you!

Melanie said...

*bows to the Master*
It's a fabulous, fabulous sampler. I will never *NOT* be amazed at the wonderful samplers you manage to finish on a regular basis. It's awe inspiring.

Looks like a great trip to the city! I totally would have gone for the orange stuff too. Heh. :)

What? No dinner in the fabled 'cafeteria' inside the Googles?

Karoline said...

Your Crown Sampler is stunning, congratulations and great start on the Wiggle wrap.

Looked like you all had a great time in the city

Charlene ♥ SC said...

That's a lovely finish! On to the next PSS? LoL. See your priorities - chocolates before dinner! Nice finds, too. Sure you enjoyed the family time with a great visit to NYC!

Jean said...

Good time had by all, love your finish its stunning!

Suzanne said...

Great post! Beautiful finish with the crown sampler, must add this to my 'to do' list. Love the pictures at Google.

Sally said...

What a fantastic finish Margaret.

Looks like you had a great trip to NYC.

Kaisievic said...

Fantastic post, Margaret. I love New York! Is it your daughter who works at Google? Your Crown Sampler is so beautiful.

Marie said...

Congratulations on the completion of Crown Sampler, it is truly gorgeous!!! Very impressive.

Enjoyed the tour of NY. My son lives in NYC ~ need to have him take me to Brooklyn.

I love English paper piecing. Thanks so much for the link to the fussy cut tutorial. I NEED to do this.

Loraine said...

What a fun trip! Those surprise ones are the best ones I think. It was so fun to see your husbands workplace. It looks like he loves it, and I don't blame him. Who wouldn't love a Lego cafe? That is just cool!
Okay I think I am going to break down and do the Temecula Quilt Co. Star quilt with you. It's going to be amazing when it's finished! I have another paper piecing quilt going right now, so I'll have to ramp up my pace on it, and fit this one in.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Oh, and I can't forget, your finish is spectacular! I love it! Another beauty for your sampler wall.

Chris said...

Gorgeous sampler finish!! What a fabulous day in the city! Thanks for taking me along :) I love your orange clothes, I have been loving this color the last year too!

Catherine said...

Congrats on your beautiful finish!!! Such fun times in NY!