Monday, September 8, 2014

stitchin' while watchin' tennis

The US Open makes for good stitching time.  Here is my Hornbook Bestiary as of now.


As you can see, I've finished another row, and I've gotten Mr. Mick Jagger outlined and am filling him in.  Mick Jagger, you ask?  That's what Lisa of The Inspired Stitcher  blog named the fish in the W block when she was stitching him.  lol!  I think it's perfect and I've thought of him that way ever since!  (Can you see why it's the perfect name?)

Anyway, here are more pics of the hornbook.





I finished the second side of my hexie purse.  I just need to make the bottom, and then I get to figure out how to make it into a purse!


And here's my fussy cut star for this week.  I used a fabric from the Blue and White collection by Michael Miller.


Been watching the US Open tennis as much as possible.  I still can't believe the men's final will not have any of the top 4 men in it!  I was expecting a Djokovic versus Federer match.  It will be interesting to see who wins!  I'm loving the coaches involved -- I watched all of them when they were at their primes.  So much fun to see the influence they've each had on their charges.

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


32 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

Love your star! Can't wait to see them all come together.

Kaisievic said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Cari said...

Love your Mick Jagger…and yes I can see why he's named that !! LOL I love your hexie purse. The fabrics are simply over-the-top beautiful. Hugs to sweet Mia who appears to be 'in the pink' and hugs to you too. Have a great week.

crosstitchcottage said...

Margaret, your stitching is absolutely exquisite! I love seeing this SL piece grow... so inspiring!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

So many tiny, tiny stitches--the hornbook is nearing the finish line.

Mia by the light of the laptop--reminds me of Miss Callie Mae

Melody said...

Lovely progress on your hornbook! Also the star is beautiful. It will be fun to see what you do with them all. Also, cool idea on purse made of hexies!

Vickie said...

Yes!I think of Mick with that fish too. ;)
Let's hope the purse is easy to put together.
Is Mia on my blog? She is glowing pink. ;) ha!

Erica said...

The Beastiary is coming along beautifully! Your stitching is just flawless!
I have this one in my stash somewhere. Think I might be taking a little break from samplers after The Knox Family, that is if I ever finish it!
I am looking to doing some knitting or quilting for a while.

Krista said...

Love the hornbook and yes, as a Mick Jagger fan I can see the resemblence! LOL Been loving the Open. What a surprise for the final today. I love seeing the underdog prevail. I hope they give a good match today!! Looks like Mia is watching too!

Melissa said...

Looks like Mia is mesmerized by tennis too?

The reference to Mike Jagger is funny. I can see why Lisa named him that - perfect!

The hexis are coming along! Gosh that must be a big purse! Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Mia looks fascinated by whatever it is she's watching. Lovely progress on the hornbook, you know how much I'm enjoying this one. Andy Murray's mum was on our televisions last night as she is set to take part in Strictly Come Dancing - a hugely popular show over here.

Giovanna said...

You're doing fabulously on the Hornbook - love the blue background as well as everything else. Great going!
[... pssst: the Beatle-aping vultures were in Jungle Book :-)...]

Linda said...

I so love that hornbook piece Margaret.

Linda

Vera said...

Wow! Can't believe you are drawing in on the finish of the Hornbook! mazing and so beautiful (even Mick the fish - lol). Can't wait to see the hexi purse -- that will be so cool.

Miss Pants said...

You are getting so close on the Hornbook. It looks great!

cucki said...

I love the sweet hornbook piece so much
Sweet hugs x

Annie said...

Nothing like a good tennis match for a background to stitching!

I'd know those lips anywhere! Great progress on all your pieces. All are getting pretty close to done. Seems like you've made a ton of stars so far!

P.J. said...

You are cruisin' on your hornbook. Very nice! Bright star. I like Mia in pink. ;)

Wanda said...

Wow, Margaret, The Beastiary is just gorgeous!In addition to A&E samplers, samplers with a saying and house, ornaments, halloween stitching, I just love alphabet samplers (sounds like there is not much cross stitch I don't love doesn't it? lol)
Your star is gorgeous as is your hexi purse!
Hope you and Mia continue o enjoy the tennis and happy stitching!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret, Your hornbook bestiary is just gorgeous!! I need to start something new, and every time I see yours I want to do it. I already have the chart. Your purse and quilt block are pretty too. Have a nice week!
Melinda

Jackie said...

Which is your favorite block? I think mine is the mermaid. It's a gorgeous project!

Mia looks odd with a pink face!

Beth said...

Mia is SO attentive! Chipmunk videos on the computer? Your hexy purse is going to be something special. You are a woman who is not afraid of color! I saw this video and immediately thought of you Margaret and your love of tennis. Take a look:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uxgiB6oEQA
Or Google "Stella Artois + hawk" if the link does not work.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Your hornbook is coming along nicely...such perfect stitches. We were a bit surprised about the Open, as well...we didn't know the finals players at all!
Have a great week,
Robyn

woolwoman said...

good tennis does make for good stitching progress. it sure is coming along. YGG on your hexie purse. what no knitting? isn't it cooling off up there? Jared's new Wool Book is just out today - did you see it?? Won't be able to resist the Shelter/Loft much longer. Cheers Mel

Annette-California said...

LOL Mick Jagger! Your sampler is so beautiful. Mia is glowing pink:) what a darling. love Annette

Brigitte said...

Oh yes, it's definitely him, Mr Mick Jagger. So great to see this piece getting bigger and bigger. There isn't a lot of cases left now. And I'm so curious to see how your will continue with your hexies purse. An interesting project indeed.

Dawn said...

The beautiful of your stitches close up is awesome!
Love Mia at the laptop :-)

Sally said...

Wow your hornbook is really coming along and it looks amazing!

Mia looks like she's watching something very interesting on your laptop!

Carol said...

Love those fish lips--too funny about the Mick resemblance!! And I love your newest star, Margaret--I'm really enjoying seeing these each week and I can't wait to see all of them together :)

Melanie said...

Ha! Too funny. Very apt name for that fish though. Makes me wonder what other rock star names we can come up with for some of the other animals. lol

Karoline said...

Your hornbook is looking stunning, not far to go now. Your other projects are looking lovely

Xstitch Judith said...

An amazing finish, love it