Monday, August 10, 2015

Stitching? Just a bit.... also framing!

Yes, there has been a tiny bit of stitching.  Not much though.  I started the Small Girl 1863 sampler by the Essamplaire.  I couldn't find it on the website anymore so I don't know if it's still being sold.  Here's my start on it.


And of course, I've been working on my mitered square blanket.  I've finished 2 rows now -- 24 squares per row.  There are Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Madeline Tosh and Rhichard Devrieze yarns in the blanket so far.


And since I know people will ask, no, I didn't make the hooked rug pillow, and yes, I did make the Tumbling Blocks quilt.  lol!

I also picked up some framing -- finally!  Here is my His Eye is on the Sparrow (by Heartstring Samplerary).


And here is my Hornbook Bestiary (by the Scarlet Letter).  I got a custom hornbook frame made by Valley House Primitives -- and I love it!  It's hard to see the marbling on the frame, but it's perfect!


The father type and I got to go to the last of U2's concerts at Madison Square Garden on July 31st.  It was quite the experience.




They had this cool, huge screen thing that the guys could actually be inside of -- this is the group inside the screen.  It also showed anything in giant size that they wanted.  Very cool.


And Bruce Springsteen came onstage for part of the encore too.


A very fun concert!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.




37 comments:

Vickie said...

So nice to see you stitching a bit.
Wow! His Eye is on the Sparrow is so magnificent! Love the custom frame for your hornbook. Cool.
What an awesome Mitred Square Blanket Margaret. Love the look.
U2! Now that would be great!

Anna van Schurman said...

Your framed pieces look g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! The concert looks like big fun, and Bruuuuuuce! How can that be bad?

Happiness is Stitching said...

beautiful colors on the new start. Gorgeous framing!!

Elizabeth said...

Love your framed work. I am jealous of your concert experience - Bruce and Bono what more could a girl want

Robin said...

What gorgeous framed pieces you shared! Nice start on Small Girl! Glad you had a fabulous time at the concert!

Robin in Virginia

Vera said...

Hi Margaret - that must have been an amazing concert! Stitching? What's that? Only joking...I've been toying with different pieces to start...not sure what it will be but definitely something smaller than a Scarlet Letter piece - lol. But, of course, seeing your blanket start has me itching to maybe make one. I'm almost done my second sock so some progress is being made. And Slope is coming along...though it is slow going using fine cotton yarn.

Vicki said...

Well, I was going to comment by saying I love this piece or that piece, but the truth is they're all awesome! Beautiful framings, gorgeous mitered square blanket. The colors are so vibrant!

Pamela Tasker said...

Hello ! Wow beautiful stitching ! I would like to ask what floss you are using with your Small Girl 1863 ? it looks lovely. Thank you. Pinckney, MI

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your framing is beautiful! Love the hornbook. Yesterday was stitch day for a small group of six--Cathy is working on His Eye is on the Sparrow and its a beautiful design

purple24 said...

His Eye is on the Sparrow is absolutely beautiful in that frame. :)

Linda said...

Your framed pieces are stunning Margaret.

Linda

Annie said...

So your new sampler will be a mystery to me. Should be fun to watch the progress since I don't know what it will look like in the end.

The mitered squares are looking good. Nice alternative to a granny square afghan!

Beautiful framing on your pieces. So glad you found a good source for the hornbook frame.

Aren't you lucky to go to that concert! And what surprise to see Springsteen.

averyclaire.org said...

You sure have been busy! You framed pieces are exquisite. Love both of them. Both seemed to have taken a LOT of stitching. Like seeing your tumbling block quilt in the background and love your mitered square blanket that you are knitting. Makes me wish I was still knitting. Too much else to do. I am not a concert goer, but it sure looks fun. Hope you have a lovely "rest of the summer" as it is almost done. Neighborhood kids here already going back to school!!!

Beth said...

Hornbook Frame is PERFECT! What size did "His Eye" turn out to be after it was framed? I every time I look at His Eye I see something new. Bright colors on your newest stitch. And what a fun concert!

Angie said...

Mia, sweet Mia, she looks like she's getting ready to hibernate:) I love everything you ever do Margaret...the colorful blanket, the beautiful His Eye Is On The Sparrow. I'm really taken by the great colors in your hornbook. I love the blue background!

Brenda in WI said...

Beautiful work Margaret - your Eye on the Sparrow is one I need to stitch some day. Your Afgan is great - love the colors and YES, I was wondering if you hooked that pillow. You read my mind. I am a hooker - so that is why I was wondering. Mia is such a sweet kittie. Love seeing pictures of her.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Perfect framing Margaret, enjoy both pieces. What a great concert to go to - it looks like it was a lot of fun.
Say Hi to Mia, I've missed her of late.

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness Margaret, I don't know where to start! Your blog just sings to me with stitching, quilting, knitting, cats and family!
His Eye is on the Sparrow is beyond gorgeous!! What an incredible picture and frame. The Beastiary is also gorgeous and what an amazing frame!
Your mitered square blanket is incredible. I was laughing as you anticipated questions re the Tumbling Block quilt and the rug hooked pillow. Three friends and I recently took a rug hooking class at a beautiful century farm and we got to have our class outside. I am not sure if it is for me but I certainly had fun (and definitely do not need one more hobby!)
Mia is so precious! I had today off and spent the day quilting and had so my 'help' from Elsie and Jer-Bear :)

Jackie said...

Your new stitching project looks colorful! Perfect for summer. Love, love, love your framing choices. I like the size of what you picked for HIs Eye as well. You really make great framing choices! Where are you hanging them?

U2 and Bruce in Madison Square Garden - WOW!

CathieJ said...

Beautiful frame choices. His Eye looks quite large. It is gorgeous. I really like the hornbook also. I can see the marbling.

Mary Ann said...

A wonderful new stitching start, I LOVE the mitered square blanket, and your framed pieces are GORGEOUS!!!

Dawn said...

Your framed pieces took my breath away - wow!! So beautiful.
As always, your work I progress is lovely too.
Nice you are having a fun summer.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Margaret, I have gone back (and back and back) to your "His Eye is on the Sparrow" posts for months now. Has it been months?! I think it has...anyhoooo....I love it. And yours was the first one that I truly really followed and watched as you progressed. Wanna know what just landed in my mailbox?
Thank you for enabling! And with this perfectly framed beauty...now I'm salivating even more!

marly said...

WOW. The hornbook frame is fabulous and the stitching is amazing in it. The HEIOTS sampler is gorgeous too. Never saw your newest project so I'm anxious to see progress.

Mary said...

Funny thing Margaret, I was just yesterday wondering if you'd ever framed youe Eye on the Sparrow....and sure enough!! Love it and the Hornbook as well. Such a clever framing idea.

I'm completely green with envy that you guys had a date with U2! They might just be the coolest band ever. No wait, there's the Stones. Or the Who. Or Crosby Still and Nash. Or the Beatles.........Awesome!

Éva said...

Hello, I'm a new follower :)
Your samplers are beautiful!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Your hornbook and HEIOTS are beautiful! HEIOTS is quite an extraordinary sampler and the frame just enhances it in such a special way. Well done on both, Margaret! I love the mitered square blanket. How awesome to see U2! I've never had a chance to see them but would certainly be in line for tix if they get to Detroit! We're going to see Bozz Scaggs tonight - not quite the same but still a night out listening to music is a good night out!

Carol said...

Oh, how stunning both of your framed pieces are, Margaret. I do believe that Hornbook Bestiary is one of my favorite finishes ever--just love everything about it :) And I'm glad to see that itch to stitch again is slowly returning! I'm in a funk, too--just too much travel and no down time lately...

U2 AND Bruce Springsteen?! You are one lucky girl :)

woolwoman said...

OMG I am so excited for you to get to see U2 - what a wonderful show I bet they put on. LOVE LOVE your framing - OMGosh - how lovely is that frame on Sparrow and the custom made hornbook is just smashing ! I love how your mitered afghan is coming out. A little stitching is a good thing. Hope your week is going good - Mel

Kaisievic said...

I love the way you have to tell us about the hooked rug and the quilt! U2 must have been quite amazing, so cool that you live so close to NYC and I love all of your finished stitching - so beautiful, Margaret.

Christine said...

The Eye of the Sparrow is absolutely stunning! You do such beautiful work!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Your Eye of the Sparrow leaves me breathless. I envy your accomplishment.

Melody said...

Hi Margaret. Your framed finishes are beautiful!! I love each of the frames. They compliment the pieces very nicely. Your mitered knitting is so pretty too, the yarns are fabulous colors! I am glad you are stitching something again. The concert looked like a great event!! What fun!

Brigitte said...

Wow, absolutely great, your two framed pieces. They just look fantastic in these frames. Great progress on your knitting.

Wow again, what a concert. U2 are great and when Bruce appears on stage it even gets better. You are lucky to live in NYC and to be able to go to Madison Square Garden. But I hope that Springsteen will come to Europe again and then my son and I will be there as well.

Teresa S. said...

Both of those frames look wonderful, Margaret.

Krista said...

Yay! Stitching! :) Looks great so far. Always love your knitting and yes, I was about to ask if you hooked that pillow haha! Your Sparrow sampler is GORGEOUS!!!!

Jean said...

Beautiful pieces, love "His eye is on the Sparrow". An lucky you going to a U@ concert, wow. Remember Madison Garden for Rangers and Islanders Hockey, also saw Chicago there.