A trio of pillows from Cheryl

What arrived in my mailbox:



Valentines Exchange from Cheryl, originally uploaded by nkuelbs.

In the same Valentines exchange, I received these wonderful SB pillows from Cheryl. I love SB’s heart designs, and these were beautifully finished by Kathy. I love how the fabrics all coordinate together.

Valentines Exchange for Jen

Hearts abound!



Valentines Exchange for Jen, originally uploaded by nkuelbs.

I participated in a Valentines exchange with my Yahoo group, and this is the pinkeep I stitched for Jen. It is a design from a French blog, and I love the swirls and extra hearts.

Stitching Quakers

I’ve lead a Quaker exchange, and we are currently on our 15th exchange! So many lovely Quaker smalls have been stitched through this exchange, and it has been such a great exchange to be a part of.

QQX15 Quaker bag for Linda

My partner was Linda, and I stitched and finished this drawstring bag for her. I fell in love with Vikki Clayton’s Baneberry, and went in search of a design that I felt would work really well with what I was seeing in my mind! I used VC’s scarlet for the flowers, and I’m really happy with how this turned out

Exchanges are so much fun

I love stitching for other stitchers, and I love getting packages in the mail – therefore exchanges have wonderful appeal to me.

Here is what I received for a Bird themed exchange from Marie P:

PS Prairie Fairie fob stitched over one on 40 ct!

I lead a summer house exchange, and received this wonderful fob from Katrina D:

Blackbird Designs Pink House stitched over one

Another exchange I participated in had a finishing theme for a mattress pincushion, and this is the marvelous piece I received from Tuula from Finland:

Mattress, side one

And here is side two:

Side two

Time for a walk – the day is already heating up!

More stitchings

Okay, it seems I might just have a handle on posting pictures – it seems my camera has a special feature to make a smaller picture of what I’ve taken built in. This allows me to start with a picture that takes up less space, which seems to be what has prevented me in the past.

That being the case, I want to share the biscornu I stitched for the pin exchange mentioned in the last post:

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I’ll share more later. It’s hot here – the dog days have arrived in the company of monsoonal moisture up from Mexico. The air isn’t moving, the windows are open wide, and we’ve no air. We only get a few days that are unbearable, and I know I would be a wimp if we did have air, using it more that I want to pay for. This is set to last through Labor Day, and we should be returning to our wonderful So Cal weather after that.

Pin exchange

The mailman brought me the most wonderful exchange today – what an imaginative finish! I love samplers and alphabets, and the blue/purple color is one of my favorites.

From the side:
Sampler Chicken

And from the rear:
Sampler Chicken, read

A break in the routine

I realized it’s been way too long since I posted, so I am here to remedy that!

This week is a school break for my kids, and as a result it’s one for me, too, as I work for the school district. I’m looking forward to getting things done this time around, as dh is also off. There are plenty of projects needing attention, and this week will hopefully see the successful stripping and prepping for stain a cedar chest my neighbor passed on to me. Dh also picked up 12 bare root rose bushes, and we plan to set them in our side bank for color – roses are the one plant that I find hard to kill as gardener I am not LOL! I hope to get at least one sewing project started and completed, and have two exchanges to that will be mailed this week, one of which I am working on the stitching, the other waiting just for finishing. Pictures to follow on those, once mailed and received.

Here is a picture of a recent exchange I sent, it was for a Needlework Smalls exchange. It is a free design from Needle Maid Designs, and I finished it into a needlebook using a previous exchange I received as inspiration (thank you Linda N!):
This is the exchange I received, a most lovely pinkeep from Su – we had each other’s names for this exchange! She stitched PS carnations – and I love them! Notice the chocolate in the foreground, a most important stitching accessory!
I lead the Quaker Quarterly exchange on the Legacy Embroiderers Guild, and we are completely our 12th exchange (I’ve only lead since the 10th exchange, but have participated since the beginning). This is the exchange I sent to my partner – it is the CHS ornament in the 2006 JCS ornament issue, and I finished it into a pendibule. Our theme was ‘New’ to celebrate the new year, and this finish was a new one for me. I also used the new DMC variegated floss for this, which was a first time also. I thought I had a picture of the Quaker I received waiting to go, but it is still in my camera, so I will add that tonight! Carolyn sent me the most wonderful Quaker pinkeep, and I want to share it. Check back later!
And I wanted to share the stitchery that began this cross stitch passion for me. It was stitched for dh and I for our wedding by my sil, and it inspired me to try cross stitch, from which I’ve never looked back!
Well, light is failing, and I must get my walk in before the sun is completely gone. I’ll be back with more pictures!