"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Enjoying a finish...

Yes, my friends, I am a very happy person today since I am enjoying yet another finish!


The first of my Blue Ribbon Designs sayings is done. I stitched this on 34 count linen over one so the design is only 2-3/8 inches high.

I had purchased frames for these 5 sayings some time ago in a discount store here in Holland. It means playing with each design to make them fit. Answer to this dilemma? Why patchwork of course. I filled up some excess with little one inch squares from my scrap box. Unfortunately, I see in the photos that my frame is scratched on top. Funny that I did not notice them just sitting here looking at it but they show up in the photo. *sigh* I do need new glasses and this must be proof.

I want to give these an old fashioned country feeling and the patchwork works really well for that. And I already know exactly where I am going to hang the 5 framed pieces so I think I will have to consider pulling out the next one this weekend to get started on it.

In the meantime, I am back working on my Quaker Row. I want to get this project finished soon too. It feels huge compared to having stitched this saying since I am stitching it over two. What do you think? I am on a roll? *grins*

32 comments:

Nancy said...

This came out so nicely. I love the way you put the little patchwork on the side. It will be interesting to see what you do with the next one now.
Have a WONDERFUL birthday tomorrow, and I hope that stupid package gets there. I mailed it early so you would have it early, duhhhhhh, now not even ontime.
Have a good evening.
Love you, Mom

Harmien said...

Oooh, wat een goed idee!! En wat een mooie uitvoering!! Echt superleuk!

Elizabethd said...

They look just perfect with the patchwork. It adds to the country feel.
And its your birthday tomorrow?
Many happy returns!

Anonymous said...

Superbe!!!!
françoise

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

Your framed saying looks lovely! The patchwork next too it makes it even more lovely!!! And that frame fits in too, I wouldn't mind. It all looks old and sweet in my eyes ...

Have a very nice day tomorrow!!!
Hugs, Carolien

wendyytb said...

Very, very nice! And...happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

Great original idea!!! Happy Birthday To You!!! Jan

omashee aka Barb said...

Heidi, what a perfect finish to your beautifully stitched piece! The patchwork idea is genius!

Joni said...

So very pretty, Heidi. The patchwork is such a great way to fill up the frame. Once again, you are too creative for words!

mainely stitching said...

What's going on? Are you doing the equivalent of roller skating through these projects? Gosh, you're fast!

I love it, though, and I love the tiny patchwork beside it and the way you'll finish the series off in the same frames. So organized! :D

I just started an over-one project today and it feels so very nice and small. :D

Karen said...

I love your finishing with the quilting....very creative idea to fill the space! You are so creative!!!

Jackie said...

It's a gorgeous project. Your use of patchwork is just brilliant!

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a very special day.

Blu said...

Lovely finish! Love the patchwork on the size~

DonnaTN said...

What a pretty finish! I love the patch work on the end. I saw your new hairdo on your Mom's blog. It looks too cute! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Elly said...

Wat een leuke combinatie Heidi en zo fijntjes met die kleine steekjes en blokjes patchwork. Heel origineel.
Enandaag is je grote dag. Van harte gefeliciteerd. Hugs, Elly

Christine said...

Yes, you are definitely on a roll. The stitched motto looks wonderful and the patchwork sets it off perfectly

Annemarie said...

That is an absolutely lovely finish, Heidi. Where do you come up with all these ideas?

Is there still snow in Amersfoort? I can barely get out of the woods!

Saskia said...

Hiep, Hiep Hoera!! 6 years already.
where does the time go....
I do like the daying, and the thread you used for it. lovely.
And it's a original Heidi. crosstitch and patchwork. A perfect combination.
Big hugs from me, a doggy kiss from Rover.
For you and Jos, hopes he gets ride of those painfull stones.
Saskia

Saskia said...

haha, somehow the time goes in the wrong way. I put my comment on at 11.47, not 02.47.....
i'm a early bird, but not that early!

Brigitte said...

This finish is just wonderful. A very special finishing, combining quilting and stitching.
Enjoy a very Happy Birthday today!

Sonja said...

Wat een mooie combinatie van twee mooie hobby's !
En..... Happy Birthday!!!!

onlymehere said...

Love it and the saying too! I didn't even notice a scratch in the pictures I'm seeing. I was just at your mom's blog and wanted to stop by and wish you a happy birthday! Love the new haircut too. You're braver than me. My head is sooooo round (think Charlie Brown) and nothing looks good on it so I keep it shoulder length. Oh to have courage like you, lol! Anyway, enjoy your day today!

Kaaren said...

Heidi, the scratch has dented the wood and in my eyes makes it look more "time warn" and vintage-looking. I's lovely, especially with the pieced blocks off setting it.

May you have the happiest of birthdays tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

Heidi,
The Canton Repository just announced applications are available for the 2010 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Queen pagent are available.
If you weren't so old you could enter. Ha-Ha, Love you anyway.

Jeanne said...

It's been some time since I stopped in Heidi so I had to go back a ways to see what you have been doing. Love your Mary Poppins sampler - I still know all the songs too. :) Your idea about filling in those extra frame spaces with patchwork is brilliant - I have gotten rid of frames before thinking I'd have no use for them but now I will have second thoughts! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Teri said...

Way to go Heidi! What a great finish; the addition of patchwork is just perfect!! I look forward to seeing the entire series.

Siobhan said...

Great job, Heidi! I love the frame, too, it works great wth the piece.

anneke said...

Love the stitching, but I love the finish too. It's a great idea to combine the stitching with patchwork, it turns out great.

Jo said...

I LOVE your finishing on this piece - the patchwork looks perfect. I couldn't see the scratches...

Tam said...

Gorgeous, very nice finish Heidi!
Hugs!

Pondside said...

Finishing something brings such a lovely feeling! I've got two pieces of knitting on the go, as well as a cross stitch - I'll have to get busy and finish one of these projects, as there are another one or two on the sidelines.

Scattered Threads said...

Heidi,
I just love it, love it, love it. It turned out absolutely gorgeous.