Saturday, 26 July 2014

Madame Muriel's Latest Adventures

Madame Muriel and I need to have a chat. She reprimanded me after my last post. She and her previous hostess Erin spent time picking out the perfect gift for me and I forgot to post it.

This is the lovely bag that they chose. Erin knows that I am a lighthouse collector.

To make up for my earlier neglect, I have kept Madame Muriel very busy the last few days.

My BFF Beatrice came for a quilt afternoon. We included Muriel in our afternoon.

She seems to like our finished block. My block will be one of many that will be put together to make a raffle quilt. My quilt group raffles a quilt at our annual quilt show and the funds are donated to local charities. Last year, we raised $1100 that went to Amberley's Place (battered people shelter) and Crossroads Mission.

The next day, I took Muriel to my stitching group. We get together every Thursday either at one of our houses or Knowledge and Needles.

Here is Muriel with the group.

Muriel stitching with us and beside her is an ort holder.

Muriel informs me that she had quite the educational afternoon. She learned about orts, Gingher scissors and their compatriots, Halloween and Christmas Ornament magazines that all seem to be hunting for and quilt blocks for a special series of quilts.

Myself and several other Canadian stitchers are stitching blocks for quilts that will be made and donated to the families of the 3 RCMP officers that were killed a short time ago. If you are interested in contributing you can contact Ann at Knowledge and Needles. This is my contribution from a DMC freebie chart.

She oohed and ahhed over my finished Joan Elliot Swirling Peacock stitched on 32 count Lugana called Silvermist from Stephanie at Steph's Fabbys.

And this lovely ? I was talking about the fabric for my finished Bent Creek Stitching Row.

The fabric is called Chocolate Vanilla Swirl and Madame Muriel thought it was ice cream ROFL!

Then she and I went off to Knowledge and Needles. I had to pick up a chart that I had won. She had a browse around the shop and met our lovely owner Ann.

She had her picture taken on top of the sign. Now don't you think I didn't hear about that one. "What do you think you are doing perching me way up here!"

This morning Madame Muriel and I are all packed up for our trip to the cottage. There is no phone or internet there so posting will not happen again until our return on August 10th.

In the meantime, please take care. Offer up a little prayer for me that I can keep Madame Muriel happy on our next adventure.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Muriel Arlene Myrtle Ethel Adelaine "Flat Flossie" St. Claire, the travelling Grandma comes to visit.

What a long time it has taken me to get back to my blog. Life is just soooo busy these days and it seems much simpler to post to Facebook.

I am returning with a wonderful new guest.

Please say hello to Madame Muriel, the Stitching Granny. Madame Muriel is a world traveller and Erin from Fairy Tales and French Knots has sent her to me.  For the next few months she will be travelling throughout my home area and country. Madame Muriel comes with a journal in which to write of her adventures. She will be posting to this blog on occasion to fill you in on her stay. I will let her speak for herself.


Hello to all my fellow stitchers. After a very uncomfortable trip stuffed in a plastic container and a cardboard box, I have arrived in Canada. Now, I don't know much about this country so I am hoping to learn lots. My new hostess brought me out of the box, plunked me down on her sewing machine and started snapping pictures. I gather that is the Canadian flag that I am holding. It is bigger then me. After taking the photos, she plunked me back in the plastic container and promptly forgot about me. Apparently, she was busy entertaining guests. I did see a lot of beer cans, wine bottles and a great deal of laughter. This morning she finally remembered I am here and is now introducing me to you. I understand we are leaving on Friday for a 2 week trip to the "cottage". I'm not sure what that entails but I will fill you in. I hope I am better treated from here on in.

Hmm, I can see that Madame Muriel is going to be a demanding guest. I will try to be a better hostess from here on.

I do have a couple of finishes to show you.

Bent Creek's Stitching Row on Zweigart's 32 count Lugana -Vanilla Chocolate Swirl. This was a quick stitch and I am very happy with it. I will make it into a small roll pillow later.

My next finish is Joan Elliott's Swirling Peacock on 32 Count Lugana - Silvermist (custom dyed paler) from Stephanie  Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. I loved this one. It is so sparkly and there were lots of beads and Kreinik. The entire moon is Kreinik! I will finish this into a pillow. I will be on the hunt for some peacock feather fabric to use.

A fellow stitcher stitched this lovely piece - Nora Corbett's Letter M. She is not a beading fan and she sent it to me and I beaded it for her. She was so happy she added my initials to the piece when she had it framed. I was thrilled.

My BFF Beatrice and I quilted these fun wallhangings together. 

I will be posting much more now that Madame Muriel is visiting. I am sure she will keep me motivated. LOL

Until then, keep those needles smoking and be sure to stay "frog free".

Monday, 13 January 2014

A new Round Robin.

Oh my goodness, you all blew me away with your kind words. Thank you so much for all the lovely posts about the mermaid.

I have been stitching but cannot show much. I worked on a secret stitch that has been passed on now.

I stitched a block for my newest Band Sampler RR. I really struggled with a theme for this RR and then ran across these charts in my search.

These are blocks from SanMan 2006. I decided to stretch the rules a bit and consider 3 rows of 4 bands lol.
I stitched August because it is my birth month and it has lighthouses! I loved this stitch.

I sent and received a package for the Winter Exchange on the Stitch Create Exchange blog.

Here is the gift I sent

And here is the lovely package I received from Janet. The little mouse is so very sweet!

I am currently working on a Valentine stitch for that exchange so photos will have to wait there too.

I am trying, really trying to revive my blog. I hope to do better this year. I was surprised when I saw that I had only done 14 posts last year.I also found that I did not keep a very good record of the pieces I stitched last year. I have been hunting for several days to try and find the photos and information. Hopefully, it will come together soon.

And good news! I am off to Las Vegas for 4 days for a stitching get together. My BFF Beatrice is flying to Phoenix and we will meet and then head to Vegas. Looking forward to some quality time with some fellow stitchers.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Why have I been so quiet?

I haven't blogged. I haven't Facebooked. I haven't "chatted". I have barely stuck my nose out the door of my house.
Every spare minute I have had for the last few weeks I have been beading. And here's what it is all about.

Passione Ricamo 2013 Mystery on 32 count Mermaid's Sea lugana from Under the Sea Fabrics. I think there are almost 2000 beads on this piece and I didn't do them until all the stitching was done. My hands and elbows are very sore. But, SHE IS DONE!

 I hope to have a review of this years finishes in my next post.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases and the Happiest New Year in 2014

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Nutcracker shopping and ornament X2 and a wonderful giveaway!

I did a little shopping. I am a big fan of Stitch and Frog and their wonderful service.

Here are my new goodies.

I received a PM from Kathleen Guillory letting me know she had these little treasures for sale. How could I say no?

I did an ornament exchange just before I left Canada for the winter.

 Here is the ornament I stitched from the 2013 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue.

And here is the ornament I received from Bernie!

That was just too funny! I loved the design when I stitched it and am thrilled that I do not have to stitch it for myself.

I am just wrapping up a Christmas exchange and am working steadily at my PR mermaid. I hope to have her finished in the next few weeks. This is a photo from last week. The photo is not the greatest and the color is not very good. When I am done I will work to get the best photo. I have made some progress but the frogs came to visit last night and that caused some headache.

And speaking of mermaid. I met a lady online from the Passione Ricamo mystery who is from Yuma. YEAH!

Her name is Edie and I went stitching with her and two other ladies last week. They meet the first and third Wednesday of every month. I will certainly be joining them again!

And Nancy at is having a wonderful giveaway. Check it out and let her know I sent you!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Adriana Valks

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I write this post.

My dearest friend and stitching teacher Adriana Valks has died at the age of 97.
Adriana was at stitching Thursday stitching away on a piece and three weeks later she is gone. My head is spinning and I am so very, very sad. I loved her so much. Here she is smiling, sitting at my dining room table with Christin and Judie during a stitching get together.

The very first piece of stitching that I ever attempted was Lavender and Lace Nantucket Rose. It was beyond my capabilities at that time. Adriana said to me "Give it to me and I will stitch it for you. But I will not stitch another. I will teach you to stitch." And she did.

Here is Nantucket Rose.

We have stitched and shared our lives for many, many years.

She and her husband Martine were part of my early life with my first husband. Martine had cancer at the same time as my husband and he was so very sad that he was going to live and my husband was not. My husband was 22 and Martine was in his 60s.They consoled me many times as I dealt with the sickness and death of my husband. We drifted apart.
Several years later I met them again and they introduced me to my BFF Beatrice (Their daughter).Beatrice and I have been best friends for 33 years and I could not imagine my life without her. What a gift her parents gave me!
Adriana and I have stayed good friends and we have shared much these past years. But, most of all, we shared our love of cross stitch. We have stitched and stitched and talked forever. She has become like a second mother to me. I will never put a stitch into a piece of fabric without thinking of her and thanking her for her precious gift.This is one of her very recent stitched pieces.

I hope the good Lord has a large stash of fabric, charts and threads because Adriana is going to burn through it all.I am sure she is in Heaven teaching the angels to stitch.

I will miss her terribly.