Thursday, May 20, 2010

Framing, Finishing and Frogging (Lots of Pics)

Hello dear friends!  Wow, two weeks have gone by since I lasted posted - I honestly don't know where the time goes sometimes.  I hate always using the word "busy", but that is what it's been around here (again - *sigh*).  I'm going to have to come up with a new excuse, don't you think?

I picked up another piece of framing this week:

Mary Corey
The Goode Huswife
30 ct. Apple Brown Bitty
DMC Threads and Walnut Ink Stain

I just love the frame for this with the bits of red in it.  I thought it went well with the little bit of red in the piece.  Another one down for the sampler wall.  Speaking of which - a lot of people have asked me about the sampler wall.  It's going to be awhile.  Reason being is that Ann Medd is an integral part to the wall.  All my A&E Samplers are going to go up a stairway with an L-bend.  ATS is currently on one wall, Ann Medd is going on the adjoining wall, and the rest placed around the two.  So no pictures of the sampler wall as of yet.  Plus there are still three more to be framed.  But once Ann is finished, and hopefully the other three finishes framed, then it will be time to party.  I would love to put some of them up now, but my DH is so anal about the walls that he gets massive headaches when he sees me with a hammer!  I figure I'll wait until Ann is done and start pounding - if I had to rearrange pieces his eye would definitely zero in on that small pinhole if I moved one.

Speaking of Ann, there was a bit of frogging going on with this woman, and it hampered what little progress I could make on her.

Last post:

This week:

You have to bear with me.  I like to see my before and after picks when I post.  I use it as incentive to not stop working on her.  Anyway, not tons of progress, but some.  But frogging involved that pink thing (flower) and the leaves below it and the leaves on the other side of what is to be the river.  I couldn't seem to get them placed right!  UGH.  I was hoping that I would have all the area around the sheep filled in and his outlining done, but that didn't happen.  I'm still loving this thing so much, but that fill-in can really be a killer!!!

I did manage to have some finishes in the past two weeks.  I managed to get seven more blocks done on the Farmer's Wife Quilt (well, almost done - there is a handle to sew on the basket block):

I'm just loving this quilt.  I had this crazy thought that before I started in on sewing, I would cut all four of the months that I had remaining and then sew.  So that was mainly what I did when I had time - cut out four months' worth of blocks.  All that cutting was just trashing my craft room (when I get on a tear, fabric flies all over the place) and I thought that I would trash it all at once and clean it and could sew in a nice clean area.  Anyway, I just love working on this quilt!!  But I'm going to have to put pedal to the metal because the next installment will probably be here next week!

With all those fabrics, I've been left with a bunch of selvages.  I have seen a lot of quilting blogs talking about selvages and using them in quilts, pin tuffets, purses, etc., so I decided to start saving them.  Thelma posted her selvages that she keeps in a large jar, so I thought that I would post mine.  I think the sizes that these are would make great pin tuffets:

I found this snifter at Walmart a few weeks ago, and thought it would be the perfect place to store these little pieces of fabric until I had time to get around to making something out of them.  You have to love the cashier at Walmart - she asked me if I was going to make a big drink - and she was serious!  I chuckled over that one all day.  But after cutting out all those quilt blocks, I seriously thought about having a drink - although that size would have killed me for sure!

Another finish I had this week was actually a little piece that I worked on while DD was dancing for those two weekends.  There is not much for a backstage mom really to do but make sure that the kids don't do silly things like eating or acting crazy (you know how teenagers can be), so I stitched:

Blackbird Designs
Buttons & Blooms for The Cure

This was such a fun stitch and quick!  Right up my alley.  I was so happy with this one, I pulled out a couple other smaller pieces that I've had laying around.  Have I started them yet?  Of course not, but I hope to soon.

And then there are more pincushions.  At the rate that I'm going - first it was the frogs and now pincushions, I'm going to need two sewing rooms!  I found these and I wasn't even looking for them (and I did find some frogs, but I'll post those another time - forgot to take a picture of them). 

The small one in the very front was a gift from my Sampler Guild, Kindred Spirits, for helping out at their annual auction.  The other two I picked up in a little antique store that I went by one day on an errand run.  I just love, love the little chair, and I was happy to find the globe as I had seen one when Terri and I were out a while ago, but that one was not in very good shape.   

I managed to get a couple more pics of DD while she was in her dance costumes.  Not the best because the weather was horrible and I had to reply on those ugly painted block walls in the school as a backdrop:

Okay, this picture is a little dark, but DD decided to be funny and wear her UGG Boots.  Not quite the look I was hoping for.  I managed to convince her that I needed a better picture.  Ballerinas don't go on stage with UGG Boots:

Okay, that's better dear!

And one in her Jazz costume.  She is my sweetie!!

One other thing that was kind of funny the past couple of weeks was that one day I was driving out of my subdivision and saw this:

A coyote!  I was floored.  But as I found out, this was a decoy that the people who owned the property put out there to keep the geese out of their yard.  For a week or so, you would not have believed the number of people who were gullible (like Moi) and slowed down, took pictures, etc.  A couple days later I went out for a walk only to observe a man pulling up to the curb, getting out of his car and slowly sneaking up on the thing, ready to run if the coyote went towards him.  You would have laughed if you had seen him.  All the while, his wife was in the car taking a video of the whole thing.  I was getting a real chuckle out of it.  When the man realized that it was fake, he looked so dejected.  Now I'm wondering, would it have been more fun for the man if the coyote was real and took after him?  Like what was he hoping for?  Makes you wonder, doesn't it?  Would have made a good piece for America's Funniest Videos, I think!  LOL

Well, that's it in my part of the world.  I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week and will have a wonderful weekend!  And thank you so much again for all your wonderful comments.  I truly love reading each and every one of them.  It's so nice to know that there are kindred spirits out in blogging land and that friendships are made.  Speaking of which, next weekend a dear blogging friend,  Robin is coming into town to visit her mother who lives near me.  Terri and I are going to take her out and fill her full of antique/quilt store goodness.  She'll never be the same!  I'm really looking forward it.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Teresa S. said...

You are a busy lady! The BBD finish is just precious.

Parsley said...

Your finished project is awesome. I especially love the frame.

A dancing beauty.

KarenV said...

Your daughter looks so elegant in her dancing costumes :)

Love your framed finish - the frame is the perfect choice. Your little BBD is so cute too, wonderful finish!

Sharlotte said...

Good to see a post from you today Deb! Love the frame, wow! I love those soda can chairs don't you? My grandfather used to make them and the little end tables to go with them.Love the quilt blocks. I have a hard time parting with my selvedges, I don't know why . Here is a blog that has an idea as to what to do with them: . Scroll down to the May 17th post of the little purse. Your daughter looks fabulous!!!

Kim said...

Gorgeous daughter! Gorgeous Mary Corey finish!!! Lovely pincushions!! And love your blocks!!!!

Annie said...

Love your finishes. The framing is just perfect.
My brandy snifter still has all the matchbooks in it that I collected back in the day when restaurants gave them out more often. You idea is much better!

Your daughter is precious!

Siobhan said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! Dang, you go girl!! You might be busy, but your needles are flying. Fantastic job on everything, from the BBD small to the framing, with little ol' Ann in between. ;) Sorry to hear about the frogging, but you still made nice progress.

Your daughter is beautiful! I miss those dancing days with my older daughter.

I'm laughing at the image of the guy sneaking up on the coyote! LOL Too funny. Last week I was driving out of the neighborhood (20 homes total) and saw a fox trotting across one of my neighbors' lawns. I couldn't believe it. I've seen foxes run by in the distance and there are fox hunts on the surrounding farm lands, but to see one up close & personal freaked me out a bit. Then I thought maybe I should stitch a fox in honor of it, LOL.

I'll e you soon!! xoxox

Catherine said...

Wow you have been busy!! Your daughter is a beautiful girl - still laughing about the UGG boots!

I love the BBD piece - so pretty.

How funny about the guy sneaking up on the coyote!!

valerie said...

Mary Corey looks wonderful and your Ann is coming along really well!

I like the idea of fabric snips landing in that huge sister did that with matchbooks way back in the day!

Your daughter looks lovely in her "costumes". What a beautiful ballerina!

I can't believe people were sneaking up on the coyote! What if is had been real?!

Cari-in-VA said...

I want to go antiquing with you guys - it sounds like a perfect day! I can't wait to see what you guys find on your outing.

Love the coyote what a hilarious story.

Oh Deb, your framed piece is beautiful - love that frame! And Ann is looking quite lovely.

What wonderful pictures of your daughter - she looks beautiful in her dancing outfits (and the boots). Is school almost over for her?

Can't wait to see your new frogs - have a great week.

Bertie said...

Gorgeous frame on Mary Corey.
You are a fast stitcher, love the bear and so neat too.

The pincushions are to die for, very unusual and the chair is so cute.

Great idea to put the bias on the bbd, looks lovely.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your Sampler Wall sounds like its going to be fantastic! Your WIP is sure moving along in leaps and bounds!

What a cute little finish!

Margaret said...

Nice header pic! You always have so much news that I never know what to say. lol! I love your framed Mary Corey, love Ann Medd (have to resist her!!), love times a hundred your Farmer's Wife blocks (have to get to mine!), love those pin cushions!!! And your daughter's dance pictures -- wonderful! Brings back memories of my daughter's days of dance. That coyote -- pretty funny! It does look real!

Berit said...

Love it all! That's a great holder for the selvage, and the BBD finish is just the thing. :D I still think you made good progress on that BAP; frogging and all!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

WoW! Where to begin, Deb? Mary Corey is fabulous - you pick a perfect frame and Ann is just coming along so beautifully. There are going to be a lot of stitch envy women out in the world when you finish her (including ME)! Your quilt squares are just wonderful - what great colors and patterns. Love the BBD pillow - it couldn't be cuter or more expertly finished!
And what can I say about Miss C except she is just a doll! Give her a big hug from me! Love the pic in the Uggs but boy - on point - ouch!
Looking so forward to next weekend with you and Robin- it's going to be so much fun!

Mylene said...

The framed piece looks gorgeous! I especially the frame you have chosen for it.

Lovely BBD pincushion finish and all those quilt blocks looks wonderful.

Great pictures of your daughter in her costumes.

WoolenSails said...

You have gotten a lot done. Love how you framed it.
I do have one like that, so might use it for a piece. I watch for sales at the home store, they carry really nice ones. You daughter looks wonderful in her outfit.


Elaine said...

Mary Corey is gorgeous, the frame is just perfect and your wip is sure coming along.
Lovely pictures of your daughter, the ugg boots and the coyote story too funny!
The quilt blocks are really pretty too.

Jules said...

Wow! A lot of neat stuff going on in this post! I love that coyote at the end...too funny. Your DD is beautiful. I love her jazz outfit!!

Jennifer said...

I need a drink in that glass........onward to Walmart! LOL

Marie-P said...

Best question of the entire week is the one asked by the Walmart lady, what a riot!
More lovely pictures of your beautiful daughter, she looks sweet.
That Farmer's Wife quilt was very tempting but I did not give in. Your blocks are soooooo nice.
Can't get over the pic of the coyote...I thought it was real. I am surprised your local police dept. isn't getting tons of calls on that.

Karen said...

You have been busy! Love your framed piece...beautiful with that frame. Love the BBD finish too...too cute!

Great progress on your WIP...keep on stitching!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Your daughter is adorable in her dance costumes! (Even with the UGG boots).

I also enjoyed seeing your newest needleworks. Lovely, and you do exceptional work (Even looking at the back!) I'm impressed, my dear.

Have a nice evening.

Nancy said...

A fun post to read!

I love all of your stitching - both in gorgeous frame and in progress! Your "drinking" glass looks so pretty holding your leftover pieces of fabric.

Your daughter is such a cute girl! Looks like she was really having fun.

Kaaren said...

Your daughter is gorgeous, Debbie. When I was a little gal I always wanted to be a ballerina but what little girl doesn't, huh?

I can't wait to see your sampler wall. My next stitching project is going to be an A & E. They just 'speak' to me.

Love your quilt blocks as well. My goodness you've been busy. Thanks for the inspiration!

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb, love the story of the coyote. Still laughing about it. You tell the best stories sometimes.
Mary looks lovely. Love the frame and Ann is looking wonderful. Doing backgrounds are killers right. Tell me about it lol.
Beautiful pin keeps and the photos of your DD are really lovely.
BTW 2 computers came back yesterday and one has to go back. Talk about a lemon. Hopefully updating with the other one on my Monday. - Sandra.

Cathy B said...

Your sampler is gorgeous - love the frame with the red accents. Wish I could quilt like you; someday maybe.

The coyote story was quite funny; it does kind of look real!

Your DD is beautiful!

Melissa said...

Oh, Deb, you've been busy! I love the framed Mary Corey - perfect frame!

Your stitching is coming along nicely. I love the pincushions - another new thing to lust after!

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Deb, Your cross stitch is amazing and I love the frame you chose for the first one. I saw the Farmers Wife Book at the AQC and nearly bought, now I'm kicking myself that I didn't, your blocks look lovely. Love the Ugg Boots and I am still laughing over the Coyote decoy!!!

Cari said...

Where or where to start? Your framing selections are just over-the-top. EXCELLENT Your work is lovely and your quilt blocks are to die for....good job. Love the pics of your darling daughter!! She's a doll. The coyote decoy is a great idea...with some pretty funny outcomes!! Hugs and have a great week!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow, you've been one very busy lady. Your framed Mary Corey looks fabulous. All the FW blocks looks fabulous too. Love your pin cushion finds. I think you've made a lot of progress on AM.

Moonpie primitives said...

Hi Debbie: Wow you have been busy.... I have had girls that dance. Just keeping up with your daughter would have killed me. On top of that you stitched and made quilt blocks. Not to mention Coyote watching. I think you are amazing. Take care, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Very fun post! I LOVE your framing. Gor. geous.

We live out in, shall we say, the nature, and we see coyotes all the time. I never get tired of it- it's always exciting to me!

Kathy said...

You found the perfect frame for Mary Corey! It is lovely.
Your quilt blocks are beautiful. I wish I had the patience to quilt.
Beautiful pictures of your daughter, too.

Isadarena said...

Hi Deb, your new finished project is really beautiful and the framing perfect for it :-)
Your new quilt blocks are also beautiful !!
My God, your Daughter is just a pretty young lady and how she is elegant in her dance costum :-)
Have a great and sunny week-end ,

Lois said...

Love the framing on Mary Corey, it's perfect! All that filling in on Ann but you're getting there. Great finishing on your BBD pincushion and loved your other pincushions too!

Lovely pics of your daughter, loved the one with the Ugg boots!

That coyote does look real!

Carol said...

Wow, Deb, you sure HAVE been busy over the past two weeks. Your framed piece is just great as are your quilt blocks. At times I wish I had learned to quilt, but I love watching others' quilts come to life...

Had to laugh at your "backdrop" of the lovely concrete blocks comment--we have plenty of those in our photo albums, too. Your daughter is so pretty and you are so lucky to have a girl to share things like dance with. Does she do any stitching?

Have a wonderful weekend...

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Deb I had to laugh about your coyote story. You are certainly a busy lady, love the quilt you are working on and the Ann Medd piece is truly an interesting stitch.

I also save my salvage edges, but I use them for tying up my plants and vines in the yard.

Love the dance pictures of your daughter, I remember those days!!

Have a great weekend -- Roberta

Quilt Hollow said... much going on here! First I have to say how much I LOVE that pin cushion! It is adorable!! Job well done you! I had always envisioned that when I had girls they would be doing fun girly things like yours....well that didn't happened as the lord blessed me with two boys instead. They are now 20 and 16....and doubtful I could get them to dance. Hee!

Giovanna said...

Beautiful work, all of it! Loved the fake coyote story, lol!

Anonymous said...


That framed piece is BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the fabric you used.

And those quilt blocks are cute... and you have made such a great stride on your stitching too!

Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

Your DD looks so sweet in her dance outfits! So pretty. You have beautiful stitching.

woolwoman said...

WOW - where to start - so much beauty in this great post! Love your framed Mary - love Ann - love Farmers Wife - Love the BBD pin pillow - Love the beautiful glass piece for displaying the fabric extras - Love hearing all your news! Mel

Patti said...

Busy your sure have been that. Sorry I haven't posted on here earlier but I'm still not well. I hate not well even more than you hate busy. I love Ann Med (is she really called that?) and your BBD finish and oh just everything you stitch but I really really love your quilting. It is all just superb.
Patti xxx

Karen said...

Wonderful post! So many goodies.

Sherry said...

Okay, I'll try again. I have flubbed up the comment a couple times. First of all - love the framing and the piece - you do beautiful stitching! The BBD is sweeeet! And can't wait to see your frogs - I am still on the look out...not much (any)luck yet-but I have faith!

Cool dance pics - 'specially love the dance in boots shot.

And how lucky for you, to hang out with Robin. You guys will have such good fun - I love, with a capital L, her blog! Such talent! You know, you and Terri never told me who addicting this blogging is - and I mean, addicting. Have you seen how many I am following? I know, not as many as come, but...good thing I do a lot of my reading at lunch... See you soon - tell Robin I admire her blog and love her stitching!

Sylvia said...

Your finished are beautiful, but I am intrigued by that hug brandy snifter... I cannot believe that the cashier thought you bought it to drink out of... great story. Your daughter looks like a lovely, talented young lady.

Alice said...

I sure am looking forward to your sampler wall. It would be great to see all your framed pieces together, like fitting the pieces of a puzzle. Frogging is such a pain but you still made incredible progress. Those blocks from the Farmer's Wife Quilt looks good enough to eat. Such yummy colours. Cool snifter. ; ) It will be great for buttons too. I really LOVE those pincushions. Maybe I will take time out this summer to sniff out some vintage pincushions myself. That would be fun to collect. What is a mother without a daughter? Cool costumes. Did you have to make them? The decoy coyote story was real funny. Those are the moments to have your camera ready. We are having a long weekend in France and sunshine has arrived as if ordered. I think I just picked up a mean tan out there exposing my skin to the sun. I really need the Vit D before it clouds over again. Have a lovely weekend too. : )

Sherry said...

Your daughter is lovely (even with the boots)! I love the framing on Mary Corey. I am thinking of starting her soon. Your quilt blocks are lovely and that is another thing I need to start on. I love your stitching and your new pin cushions too.

Katrina said...

Fun post!!!! Love the frame, quilt blocks and finishes. And your DD's dancing pictures are so sweet.

Too funny about the coyote statue :-).

Missy Ann said...

lol, love the coyote story.

Great idea for the selvages. And those blocks - magnificent.

Ann's coming along, once that sky is finished it should just fly along.

Did you do the finishing on the BBD pillow? Looks like piping around the edge? The finishing is beautiful.

Andrea said...

What gorgeous eye candy!! I love everything! The frame is so perfect and beautiful for that sampler! And your BBD finish is adorable, I really love it.
Your daughter is so pretty and talented too!
Wow, that coyote would've scared me, big time! Good thing it wasn't real, guess it's doin' it's job then, huh? LOL!
That brandy sniffer is perfect for those fabric leftovers! I remember back in the day when those were really popular, but for actually drinking brandy out of, lol! Of course, I was waaaaay too young for that, but thought my mother and her friends were so elegant looking. Funny!

Visiting your blog is always such a pleasure Deb, thanks for your posts :-)


Suzanne said...

Such a great post. Full of beautiful projects. Lovely photos of your daughter dancing.

The Scarlett House said...

Hey Deb, I am so behind in blog reading, and here I am bringing up the rear in commenting. Fun, fun post! Your framing choice is superb once again. I can see why you are a proud momma...your dh is a cutie. Maybe I could borrow your brandy snifter for a glass of my wine, lol?

Jackie said...

Your daughter is just gorgeous!

You've been so busy. What wonderful thing you're showing us!

It looks like the coyote is doing a good job of keeping people away from the lake too!

MyLifesAStitch said...


SO glad you posted the pics of your DD!! Leah & I both LOVE them! Sooo pretty!!!! And "en pointe" and everything, too??!! She must be one very talented girl!! :)

Your frame on Mary Corey is fantastic - I love the red highlights, just perfect!

Sorry about the frogging on Ann Medd... that can be a real mojo killer, can't it? It still looks like you've made some pretty good progress, though!

And the quilting - ooohhh the quilting!! You do realize I'm blaming (or crediting) mostly you (& Fat Quarter Shop, and Siobhan's last post, too...) for this latest kick I'm on, don't you? :) So... when it's done being pieced, do you hand quilt, machine quilt, or send it out to a long arm quilter? Inquiring minds want to know!

I CANNOT wait for Saturday to arrive!!! How long have we been talking about this? I think we brought it up initially this time last year, after my trip up there, and then... can't remember when we "really" started talking about it, but it's been a long time coming. :) It's going to be AWESOME!!

Have a great evening!

Anonymous said...

The frame is lovely but your stitching is exquisite!

Love seeing the Farmer's Wife blocks. Gorgeous. Can't wait to see them all together in the quilt.

Loraine said...

Oh my girl! Where do I begin. Love our finish. The frame is perfect! I understand about having to finish your Ann sampler first. I'm amazed at your ability to wait so long! It does give one incentive to keep on making little x's.
Love your DD's pictures. She is darling. And the decoy...What a funny joke. I can just imagine how people react.
Your quilt blocks are wonderful. I really need to get busy! The colors are perfect.
I'm going to be so happy when this week is over!
Love the selvage quilt idea. I just met a lady at quilt market that quilted a selvage quilt. What a cool idea. Also, many designers were using selvages on their designs. Purses and things.
Anyhow, I can't wait to see what you do.
Love the pincushions. I have a small collection of antique ones. I love collecting them. Your chair is really cute!
Take care, and many hugs.

Hazel said...

Wow what a great post! I love your finishes and your wips. So inspiring. That frame is awesome as well. I wish I could find frames liek that. Beautiful ballerina! x

Sally said...

Wow fantastic finishes and WIPs. Love Mary Corey framed!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog. IKEA just got in the new line of furniture that my cupboard was from. There are many country pieces in this line...items for the dining room, kitchen, living room, and bed room. It was my favorite style of furniture that they carry!! It comes is different finishes too.
Have a great rest of the week.

Nicola said...

Love your framing! Despite the frog you've managed to get quite a lot done on "Ann" The BBD finish is really lovely.

Michelle said...

You have gotten a ton done on Ann!! And I love the framing on Mary too - fabulous. Such fun things you've been up to, even if you were busy!!

Sherri said...

Wow, you've been busy! Love the frame choice for mary Corey and your Buttons and Blooms finish is really cute.

Your daughter is adorable in her dance costumes!

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Brigitte said...

You found a wonderful frame for Mary. And you made some great progress on Ann. A great project.
Sine I saw the Framer's Wife Quilt on your blog for the first time I was enabled. I'm more and more inclined of doing this quilt as well - but first I'll have to find the time for it. I'm thinking about it.
The BBD pillow is so beautifully finished, and you even added a piped adge. Great!
Very cute pictures of your ballerina.

Raven/Missy said...

The frame for Mary Corey looks great with it. It definitely adds to the piece very well! I think your sampler wall sounds wonderful and I look forward to seeing it whenever it gets done.

Sorry to hear that you had a visit from the frog, but your progress still looks good!

The quilt blocks are beautiful and I love the selvage jar idea. Very neat!

The buttons and blooms for the cure is gorgeous! Well done!

The little pincushions are adorable! They look like doll house furniture, very neat!

Your DD looks very beautiful in her dancing costumes and on pointe. I used to do ballet when I was younger and I still have my pointe shoes as a keepsake! lol

I have never heard of a decoy coyote before. I wonder if it works to keep the geese out of their yard. Watching that guy being taped must have been hilarious. Very funny.

I hope you have a great time with Robin!

BeckySC said...

Deb, there is always such loveliness to see on your blog :) I LOVE the framed piece-what a perfect choice and your BBD turned out just perfect :)
What a pretty ballerina :)
Hope you have a lovely week!

Solstitches said...

The frame you chose is beautiful as is the stitched piece.
Lovely pics of your daughter.
Love those quilt blocks!


Kajsa said...

Wow, everything is just beautiful! Including your daughter!

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