Saturday, February 26, 2011

Part 9 of Baroque is complete

I have finished part 9 of Baroque just in time for Part 10 at the beginning of the month.

Firstly an overall piccie

I love this design with all its detail.  Martina puts so much work into researching and creating her designs.  The botanical illustrations she uses for the flower or plant panels were painted using plants from the actual castle garden, the castle being Schloss Gottorf and date from the 1600's.  Here are the original paintings and the over one panels.  The collection of illustrations is the Gottorfer Codex.

I found the panels accidentally while googling for illustrations of the fritillaria to see what it really looked like.

Partridge is framed

I have just picked up my first day of Christmas from my framer.

Nice and simple and I love it.  Wish it were closer to Christmas!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Over ones done!

I have finished the plant in the second panel of Part 9 of Baroque Gardens.  Lots of scattered stitches to do to finish.  24 DMC colours for this panel and most of them were shades of green.

I will do the frame and back stitching tomorrow and hopefully the rest of the border lines and be ready for part 10 at the beginning of the week.

My reward for finishing will be more over one stitching on hummingbird.  I would like to finish my second hummer.  Let's see what happens!

A Birthday Quilt

While I mostly stitch I have become more interested in quilting.  I love the wonderful variety of fabrics available and I have to admit to now having a bit of a stash of quilting fabrics.

These photos are of the only quilt I have finished so far and I made this for my mother for one of those significant birthdays.  The fabric is Posh from Moda and this was a Jelly Roll quilt with some extra fabric for the borders and the cream squares.

I quilted it myself and was very happy with how it turned out.  I have done a couple of machine quilting classes.  It is backed in a green fabric.

The following photos show some of the quilting detail

I have 3 other quilt tops completed but have not got around to quilting them yet. 

I get to collect partridge from the framer's tomorrow and will drop off 2 turtle doves at the same time.

I have a goal this year to get everything that I have collected (stitching or otherwise) framed and displayed.

Happy stitching

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Roses

My roses (new this year and being carefully nutured) have just started their late summer blooming.  These are Delbard roses and are some of the painter series, named after famous artists.

I love the colours with the variegation, and they change as they open up.

Baroque has grown and the new panel is looking more like a plant and less like a blob.

Not perfect flower photos as it is sunny this morning.  

Happy stitching and for my Northern Hemisphere friends spring is coming

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The end of the weekend

This stitching hermit did not get quite as much done as she would have liked.  Work, life in general and a headache got in the way a little bit.

I did, however, stick to my stitching plan.  It really has been an 'over one' weekend.  I worked on Baroque yesterday but the flower doesn't quite look like anything yet so I have not photographed it.

I have been working on Hummingbird today and I did not quite get my second hummer finished, but it is nice to be stitching this one again (been out of rotation a bit long)

I hope everyone else had a good stitching weekend

As always, happy stitching

Friday, February 18, 2011

On the second day

I have just finished 2 turtles doves (the second of the 12 days of christmas by Nora Corbett)

I came home from work and decided to make a start on being a stitching hermit (International hermit and stitching weekend) and finished this one.

Lots of sparkles

Unfortunately I have a meeting at work tomorrow morning but my hermit plans are to do some work on Baroque Gardens tomorrow on the second panel of part 9 and then stitch some of Hummingbird garden on Sunday.  

Here is where I am up to with Hummingbird

I am stitching this on Royal Purple double dyed 32 count linen from Stitches and Spice.  I would like to finish my second hummingbird.

This weekend is such a good excuse for sitting and stitching!  Resistance is futile

Happy stitching

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baroque progress - fritillaria is done

Here is the first panel of two for part 9 of Baroque.  Did not quite finish yesterday as planned.  Still need to do the surrounding border-lines.  I like the fact that it almost has a 3 dimensional appearance when viewed from a bit of a distance.  This is the left side panel.

Now the other panel and some lines await.

Happy stitching

Sunday, February 13, 2011



I have done a little bit more of 2 turtle doves.  I have decided to put beads on as I complete sections of this one rather than doing them all at the end.  My turtle doves now have their beautiful gilded cage.

I have also been doing some of Baroque Gardens.  Learning point - check DMC numbers carefully before doing over 1 stitching!  503 is NOT the same as 3053 and I hate frogging at the best of times, but taking out over one stitching is such a pain!

I would like to have the first panel done by the end of the weekend

Happy stitching.

My weeds beckon now!!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

A start on Two Turtle Doves

Ok, I sat and started the second day of Christmas (Nora Corbett) tonight.  This was not quite what I intended to do tonight.

I like the little turtle doves.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My second finish for 2011

Partridge in a Pear Tree (Nora Corbett) is finished!

It is very sparkly!

However, beware large beads - I wonder how many more I will find on the floor - just a little accident.

Back to Baroque now.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Partridge progress

Here is my progress on Partridge.

I have been adding some beads tonight

Some more beads and a few stitches and I will be finished

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A week and a bit and my internet access has been restored

A week and a bit passes, mostly without my internet access! Luckily this has been resolved and hopefully it will stayed fixed.

I have almost finished the first day of Christmas and have started part 9 of Baroque garden - another set of over one floral panels.  Almost half the first panel done.

Have also been getting all my supplies for two turtles doves.

Must post photos, but time for sleep now