Thursday, May 6, 2010

Framing and Stuff

Happy Thursday everyone!  Hope that it's a great day where you are.  Our weather has been wonderful around here, 80 yesterday and in the 60's with sun today.  You just have to love spring!  Although rain is forecast for this weekend.  It seems like we've been getting a lot of that lately.

I am so tickled because I finally got some of my framing done.  I figured it was about time because I've had those Adam and Eve pieces sitting around and I won't have an A&E wall if I don't get them framed.  So I took in the two oldest finishes (all pictures are clickable):

The Evil Serpent Sampler
The Goode Huswife
32 count Vintage Country Mocha
GAST Threads

This was such a fun one because it was so different from A&E's that you usually see.  And then my favorite - or just about:

Adam Alone
Sheepish Designs
40 count Vintage Meadowrue
DMC Threads

I'm just tickled with how these came out.  I know that a lot of people complain about Joanne's/Michaels, but I have a couple wonderful framers at my two stores (they're both men, do you think that helps?).  

As far as stitchy/quilty time, I haven't had a lot of that once again.  Weeks and weekends are busy.  DD had dance recitals all last weekend and more this weekend, but then we're done.  But I thought I'd post a picture of her tap costume:

The picture of her in her ballet costume looks better, but for some reason it won't upload (I'll try to put it in next time).  She looks like an angel.  Quite a difference from seeing her run track.  Which, since I need to brag for a bit, she's never been involved in track before and came in second in the 100 m. dash.  I was impressed!  Where was my camera during this momentous event?  At home!  

I did manage to get a little bit more quilting done before the weekend arrived last week.  I'm trying to keep up with Kim on the Farmer's Wife quilt, but she's a speed demon with these little blocks:

These are so much fun to work on, but I've got a lot of catching up to do.  I think we just got Month Five of our Block of the Month, and I haven't even started cutting out Month Two!  UGH!  So anyway, here are the first six blocks out of 111 blocks!  A long way to go!!  Probably would have helped if I had stayed home yesterday instead of celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a friend of mine and having one too many margaritas!  LOL

Progress on Ann has been rather slow, but she's a great piece to work on with all the fill in.  I know, who likes fill in?  I certainly don't!!!  But by the time I hit the stitching chair the thought that I don't have to count, at least right now, is a good thing:

Last week's progress:

This week's progress:

Now that I look at the two pictures, I guess I've gotten quite a bit done.  Plus I've gone through almost two skeins of blue floss already for this background!!!  My hope is to have this section finished this weekend, but I highly doubt that I'm going to make it with recitals, etc.  I am just chomping at the bit to get to the next section.

Well, that's all I have to shout about around here - I'll keep this post short and sweet.    I have to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments you made to my last post.  I love reading all of them and they all really brighten my day.  I hope that everyone has a very Happy Mother's Day, that you're treated extra special, and can maybe have a little added stitching time thrown in too!!!


Kim said...

Deb your framed pieces are fabulous! LOVE those!! You're must have great framers at Joanns/Michaels! They look great. And WOW! You did get lots done on Ann! I'm going to have to search for that Evil Serpent chart now. Love the funky colors in that one!!! And your blocks look great!!

BeckySC said...

Oh Deb...your framing is just perfect! WOW!! GREAT choices! Oh, I love them!!! DROOOOOOLING :)

Your progress is simply amazing and you are so very talented with all you do-the quilt blocks look so good! I'm jealous :)

Annie said...

Your A&E's look wonderful. Great framing job.

I'm a long time tapper too (although not for some years now) and I love your tapper flapper!

Great progress on the quilting too.

Cole said...

Love your framed pieces!! I can't wait to see them & more hung on your A&E wall :)

I love tap costumes! Of all of them, they're the most classic (& so much fun!). Tap is one of my most favorite dance styles, I'm kinda sad my DD is giving it up next year... If only I could convince her brother or sister... :)

Alice said...

Nice frames! Ann is looking lovely.

Bobbie said...

Beautiful, Deb! I am so anxious to see your A & E wall! Love the frames you have chosen. I think I need to go to the Michaels by your house! They look awesome..

Your daughter looks so cute! Cant' wait for my grand daughter's recital next month..she's only 4..ought to be fun!

Cari-in-VA said...

What wonderful framed pieces - the frames are wonderful!

Your daughter is such a beauty! How fun to be so involved in school activities and dance classes! I missed all of that as a kid because we were moving around so much.

Hooray for Ann - you are making great progress.

Hope your week slows down soon.

valerie said...

Wow, do you cram in so much in a week. Your framed A&E's looks gorgeous! The funky colors in the GH one makes me laugh and I like the verse in the second. Awesome progress on Ann...that's a lot of blue!

Your daughter is so cute in her tap outfit. I was a tap kid when I was younger too.

Catherine said...

Great stitching - the framed pieces look great!

Your daughter looks so cute - hopefully you can get the other picture up!

Annemarie said...

Wowzer! Your progress on Ann is rather amazing, actually! Darn, she's gorgeous...

You picked the perfect frames for these Adams and Eves :o)

KarenV said...

Gorgeous framing Deb! I particularly like the frame for the first one, it really sets off the piece well.

Love your daughter's costume too!

Ranae said...

Wow!Oh!Wow!Deb! Those frames are gorgeous, just right to set off the beautiful stitching.
I love the ballet skirt, though I am a little too old, lol
You made fantastic progress, keep it up.
I am soooo jealous of those quilt squares, great job.

Maggie said...

Love your framed peices, they did a wonderful job! Looks like your got lots of stitching in on Ann too!

Your daughter looks great in her tap costume :-)

WoolenSails said...

It looks like you got a lot done this week and still time for your family. Love your framed pieces. I do my own and need to get out so I can get some mounting board. Worked on painting today and now I need to work on finishing my adam and eve piece.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Beautiful framing, Deb! I love both pieces! Where are you going to hang them - will they go by ATS?

OMG, Catie is just darling - she's getting so old and prettier by the minute!!

Your quilt squares are just fabulous and I can't wait to see more.

I've been on travel all week - just got back and have tons of work to do (go figure!). TTYS, I hope!

Loraine said...

Hey cute thing! I love, love, double love, your framing! Both pieces are wonderful. I hope to see your wall soon!
You Ann is looking great, and your daughter...oh my she is darling. My DD can't stop talking about her costume. I do have a son about her age you know. (I think I've mentioned this before!):D
Hope your week is great.

Elaine said...

Your framed pieces are gorgeous and fab progress on Ann.
Lovely picture of your daughter in her outfit. Hope you can upload the ballet one too.
Beautiful quilt squares.

Nicky said...

Love the new framing, no wonder you are pleased with it, it looks fab. You have been a very busy girl, so has your clever daughter. That is a very cool costume.

Teresa S. said...

Those frames are gorgeous! And Adam Alone is more impressive done than on a chart. :)

Nancy said...

I think you have made wonderful progress on Ann! This is going to be beautiful!

Your framed samplers look amazing, and I love your choice of frames. I have been so tempted to try Michael's with one of their framing coupons.

Your daughter looks so cute!

Margaret said...

Beautiful! Love the framed pieces -- those frames are perfect! Love your Farmer's Wife blocks too! I still haven't touched mine -- and I got month 2 in the mail today! Uh oh! Ann Medd is looking great -- you've gotten a lot done! And your daughter looks so cute! Reminds me of my daughter's dance recitals. :D

Vilma aka Examplar Dame said...

Deb, Thank you for your nice comment, I really appreciated that. WOW look at you, love your
A&E framed, Sheepish Designs A&E looks gorgeous and look at Ann Medd
WOW again you are almost finish.

Whenever you want to maybe you can
share a picture for my blog of The
Evil Serpent, also I am so happy to
hear you are going to stitch Temptation. I will keep looking.


Myra said...

Deb, your finished pieces are gorgeous in those frames. I think you chose the perfect moldings for both of them. I loved seeing your quilt blocks too. I really need to find some time for a bit of quilting.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous framed pieces!!!! Love them. I thought The Evil Serpent was such a fun stitch.

Your DD is so pretty :-).

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your frames! Gorgeous! I think framing is my favorite part of the whole process.

Your quilt squares are lovely. I love to quilt, but I haven't done it in years. I also don't have a sewing machine anymore, so that doesn't help!

You have done a lot on Ann- all that blue must get tiresome after awhile, but it's so pretty...with the flying penguins and all! ha!

Mel said...

The frames look just awesome!

DD looks great too. :)

Barb said...

Beautiful beautiful work! The colors are so striking on all the stitchery. And great frames. Good job!

Bre said...

just ran across your page and that key on your banner is absolutely awesome! i must find one!

Andrea said...

Your framed pieces are just gorgeous Deb!! Congratulations on picking such perfect frames!

You've made a LOT of progress on Ann, it's looking so beautiful!

Love your new header picture, i's just lovely :-)


Karen said...

Your framed pieces are beautiful! You have to be pleased as punch!

Love your WIP too...the colors are so vibrant..can't wait to see more.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Deb ~
I love the mouldings you have chosen. They really set off the samplers.
DD is gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing!
Pug hugs :)

Berit said...

The fill-in!! I am in awe!! The framing and DD are also eye-catchers! You must be so proud of her Track achievement. :D

Nancy M said...

Great progress on filling in! Your daugher is cute in her costume and congrats to her on her achievement in track. Awesome framing, they will look great on your "wall" of A&E.

Cari said...

Your framed pieces are beautiful!! Good job. And your progress on the WIP is amazing. YOU GO GIRL! Your daughter is darling. Her outfit is waaaayy cute! You have a wonderful Mother's Day too.

JOLENE said...

Oh Deb, your framed A&E's are f-u-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!!!! Love the Evil Serpent, I must stitch this one. Your farmers quilt blocks are turning out great, too! Ann is awesome, you have made alot of progress, way to go.

Your DD looks adorable in her polka dotted ballet costume. How fun it would be to have a daughter. Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy.....

Sylvia said...

Both pieces are lovely, you picked great frames for them. Love the pic of your daughter - she sure is a cutie.

Lois said...

Your framed piece are gorgeous!! Loved the pic of your daughter -she's so cute! Great progress on Ann! Loved your quilt blocks.

Sherry said...

Your framed pieces are wonderful! I can't wait to see your A&E wall when you get it started! Ann is looking beautiful and you have done quite a bit on her! Love your quilt blocks.

Nicole said...

Oh wow Deb!! Your framed pieces are beautiful!! As are your quilt blocks and Ann Medd! Everything is just gorgeous!! :)

Giovanna said...

Beautiful framing, congrats! And great progress on AM!

Brigitte said...

Ahhh, I love to see how you add those blocks for the Farmer's Wife quilt. Is there a finished version to see somewhere? It muct be a gorgeous quilt.
Your two framed samplers look terrific. Great choice of frames.
Lovely picture of your daughter.

Nick said...

Those framed pieces look amazing! I love the frames, especially the brown one on Adam Alone. The quilt blocks are great as well, I really like the broken dishes block.

Karoline said...

Your framed A&E's look gorgeous. Great progress on Ann and your quilt blocks.

Cute photo of your daughter

Marie-P said...

It always feels great when we receive our pieces back from the framer...yours look beuatiful!

Such a talented, cute daughter with a big beautiful smile.

I enjoy seeing all of your WIPS; you are one busy lady!

Happy Mother's Day~

Alice said...

I said it before and I will say it again. Framing is the cherry on the cake! Both samplers look lovely in their respective frames. I have always loved tap dancing. I still have a pair of tap shoes upstairs but never learned to tap. Your daughter looks great in her costume. Goodness, that is a lot of blocks to finish for the farmer's quilt. What a project!!
Great progress on Ann. The filling in is very time consuming but sometimes it's good therapy. It's a very refreshing blue. Have a lovely Mother's day Debbie. Hope you get spoiled big time. : )

Missy Ann said...

Love it all!! Great frames & those quilt blocks. *swoon*

Anonymous said...


Happy Mother's Day to you too!

My goodness - you have been super productive with all your WIP's. The stitching and quilt blocks are looking great.

The framed pieces are lovely - I like the frames you have picked out.

And your daughter is a beauty!!!!

Have a blessed weekend.

Isadarena said...

Deb, your both framded Samplers are just gorgeous : many congratulations to you on such beautiful works :-)

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh!! I can't believe how much progress you've made on Ann. You go girl!! She looks fantastic. Love the quilt blocks, too. Your framing turned out SO nicely! You must be thrilled with everything. :) Most of all, thrilled with that cutie patootie of yours. She's a beauty--love that tap costume!

Carol said...

Great job on your framing choices, Deb--they really complement your stitching.

I can't imagine all of that solid stitching in Ann--you REALLY made great progress this week.

Loved seeing your daughter in her tap costume--having all boys I never got to enjoy that part of being a mom! Happy Mother's Day to you :)

marylin & poussy said...

Hello, what beautiful works of sewing! Which patience I am admiring in front of your blog
Best regards of France

Mylene said...

WOW! Those framed pieces looks gorgeous!!
Your daughter picture's lovely.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Anonymous said...

You sure do get a LOT done. You will have an Adam and Eve wall before you know it. Love the DD costume. My granddaughter is in dance and I love all dance costumes. Super!

Kajsa said...

They did a good job on the framing! It looks so nice! And Ann is turning out to be soo pretty!

Karen said...

The frames look wonderful and finish off your stitchery ever so nicely. And, look at you go with your Farmer's Wife blocks. Looking good!

Sherry said...

oh yea - love the quilt blocks - bring them to K.S. sometime so I can see them in person (if you want) as they are sooo pretty!

Suzanne said...

Your framer did an excellent job with both pieces.

Love your quilt blocks and Ann is coming along nicely.

Your daughter looks lovely in that tap costume.

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb, your framed A&E's looked wonderful. They did a good job on them.
Your quilt squares look good and I look forward to seeing them progress.
What a lovely photo of your DD. She looks lovely in her tap clothes. I can see why she keeps you on the run with dance recitals and track meets.
Ann is also progressing. Every stitch is a step closer to finishing. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day - Sandra.

Michelle said...

The framing is fabulous!!! And I am in love with your quilt blocks. Gorgeous. Ann is really coming along. Sometimes fill in is welcome, especially when you don't want to think anymore!

Littlebit said...

Oh my, you have been one busy lady! Your framed pieces are fabulous!! And I love me some good fill-in work for when I want to listen to a good movie. The colors are beautiful.
Congrats to your daughter in the 100-m dash! Quite impressive.

Vinniey said...

All your frame pieces are so gorgeous, especially the first one. Your daughter looks so sweet, pretty and gorgeous! I loved your quilt blocks too. :)

The Scarlett House said...

Oh Deb, where do I begin? Your framed pieces are fabulous. Love the frame choices. I get about 99% of my frames from JoAnns, too. You can't beat the coupon savings.
You are my hero for even getting this far on Ann Medd.
Cute picture of your daughter.

Sonnja said...

The framed are fabulous and a lovely photo from your daughter.
And thanks that you visit my blog!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn

Moonpie primitives said...

Hi Deb: Your work is beautiful, and so is your daughter!!!! There is nothing better than having a new treasures for your walls. I love your framed pieces!!!! Thanks so much for reading my blog.... I'm new to blog land and it's so exciting to get a comment from some body new...Happy stitching. Nancy

Kathy said...

Your framed pieces are simply gorgeous! And I just LOVE the colors in your current work.

Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Let's try this again (I tried to comment via my phone but for some reason couldn't... weird.)...

Love your frames!! I've never had any issues at Joann's - they've always done a great job! And, they've got a pretty good frame selection, soo...

LOVING your quilt blocks!! I think your progress pics might be part of the reason I've got quilt fever right now, lol!!

Your daughter is so cute!! Love that flapper outfit! Did you make it? I really hop you can get the ballet one loaded. I know I'd love to see it, and I KNOW Leah would, too!

Ann Medd is coming along very nicely. I'm a nut job b/c I adore fill in. :)

Have a great weekend!

woolwoman said...

Deb I'm behind on blog reading but had to comment on your wonderful framed A&E's and your progress on Ann Medd - it is GORGEOUS! What a finish that will be. I have got to take a chance some time on having Michael's or Joann's do a frame. Your little girl is growing up and looking precious in that costume - I used to love recital time when I was a kid. I took ballet until I was 16 then started showing dogs. Enjoy your weekend - Mel

Lynn B said...

Hello Deb,

Your finished works are amazing, I just love them!
The photo of your daughter is lovely, it reminds me of my ballet and tap dancing days, it was such a joy in my life and I have wonderful memories of that time.

Lynn B

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow your two framed pieces are beautiful!

You've gotten so much done on your WIP!!!

Jackie said...

Your framed pieces are fantastic - you made wonderful frame choices!

Your daughter is just adorable! I always wish I was involved in some type of dance growing up. Maybe I would have developed some rhythm if I had!

Can't wait to see your A&E wall.

Stitch By Stitch said...

Your framed pieces are great! I'm like you and have great luck with Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Your daughter is just adorable in her tap costume!

Heidi said...

Everything is beautiful Deb including your sweet daughter! I love the frames you picked. My mother just framed one of her pieces with a frame she got at Joanne's and said the girls there were really great helping. We are doing the Farmer's Wife Sampler as next year's quilt theme. I am going to give the ladies choices on what they use so each one can create her own special sampler from the blocks.

Hugs from Holland ~

Bertie said...

Love GH A&E, the frame is lovely and it is a nice feeling when the frame is on.

Ann is coming along nicely, all that filling!! but will be a stunner when finished.

Your DD looks great in her costume, she must be very fit to do track & tap.

Sherry said...

nice framing, Deb! And love the BBD. A similar thing happened with a sleeping tiger on a balcony to my son and I in FL this spring. We went back to see if it was had been moved, slightly, so we pulled closer and went to take a pic and I saw a tag on the seam...we watched (it was near my mom's place) and lots of people stopped and the owners must move it slightly to make it appear real. LOL How fun you are meeting Robin...I love her blog - now that you and Terri made me addicted, I have lots of blogs that I love to read...hence up at 11:35 when I should be sleeping - 5:30 comes very early tomorrow. Have a great weekend!