Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It's Official.....

...I'm not as young as I used to be! I had such a fantastic time with family yesterday, but boy, did it wear me out!! The cleaning, the cooking, the yardwork..but it was so-o-o worth it. We had the traditional, all-American menu: BBQ beef and BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, etc. etc. etc. Desserts o'plenty. After we gorged ourselves to an embarrassing state, we watched neighborhood fireworks till almost 11 PM--way past my bedtime, LOL! But I do so love family gatherings. The postcards pictured are from an online swap. The beach scene is one I sent to a quilter in North Carolina. The yummy strawberry basket one came to me from Nebraska. Such fun! We'll do another one in July.
These three stitchery photos are from my current "Go To" project (one I keep ready to grab and go) called Journey Of the Ark. It is from a kit I mentioned a few posts back. I saw the finished quilt in a local quilt shop and really liked it. There will be nine blocks in all, stitched in olive DMC 934 floss. Then each block is trimmed and framed in a light olive print. The sashing and borders are in a delightful Whimsicals dark olive and barn red floral with small barn red Ohio star cornerstones. I love mindless work like this embroidery. Once I had the patterns all transferred to the background, it was just sit and stitch!! My only problem is... saving it for car time or dentist office time or mini-group time!!! I just want to stitch on it all the time! I think I will need to re-visit the quilt shop where I bought the kit and take a look at how it was quilted. Hope everyone had a little time to enjoy and appreciate their families over the Fourth. Now it's back to the ole' grindstone!

20 comments:

quiltpixie said...

what a wonderful set of embroderies you're working on. They'll look lovely all worked up.

Hanne said...

Lovely stitchery and very cute postcards :-)

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Those are adorable embroideries - I can understand why you would want to work on them all time. I can't wait to your progress. The finishing sounds great too.

Esteemarlu said...

Beautiful postcards.I would like to participate in an ATC swap someday.I can relate to feeling tired after cooking.Yesterday I cooked potatoe salad, rice,beans and bake chicken and I felt so tired afterwards.It feels like I spend weeks instead of a couple of hours.Then my hip started hurting with the rain.I'm falling apart.

Mrs. Moody said...

Those are really neat blocks and postcards. Looks like a great grab and go project.

Shelina said...

Those are beautiful postcards. I want to make some more, but I am trying to finish projects on my goals list and not start anyting else, even if they are small projects.

ForestJane said...

My sister in law would love the squarish cows. :)

She's a cow collector.

The Calico Cat said...

I love that embroidery project, please do share the shop name or patter information!

Fiona said...

Love those postcards - the beach scene is really fun.

Karen said...

So that's what you saw in the quilt shop; it's wonderful. The pattern name doesn't show up on Google; could it be their own pattern? Can't wait to see more of the stitchery blocks.

Judy said...

What wonderful blocks! Green work I'd call it. I can imagine how you would get excited to get stitchin'.

Laura said...

Great postcards!

I love the stitcherys. The background fabric looks fabulous with the green thread! Neat!

Simonetta said...

Very beautiful the embroidery and the Postcards are adorable:)))
Is so cute!

Bonnie said...

Love those whimiscal animals you are stitching.

And the postcards are such fun.

Glad you had a good time with family. What better way to spend a holiday weekend?

Maureen said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration! Hope you got some rest. Your stitchery projects are adorable....I love the name "Journey of the Ark". I can see why you can't wait to stitch them!

cher said...

I say buy some more embroderies and keep having fun! these look so great. the postcards are wonderful as well-welcome to stash ring!

Tracey said...

Okay...I've done some searching and come up with NOTHING. I *love* the embroidery!! Do you have any other info to share on them...pattern company name, etc? The cows are just TOO adorable!

Mary said...

I like the embroidery but always worry about how to quilt the finished product. I'd hate to quilt into the picture but usually they are too large to not have any quilting in them.

The post cards are cute too.

Passionate Quilter said...

cute, whimsical stitcheries! It's nice to have on hand so you never sit without something to do!

Dawn said...

Love those stitchery blocks! You do such fun things!