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

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In the pink of the season...

I have been a bad girl. I was home on Friday evening and had a finish on the weekend but no blog entry. I just for some reason have been too busy with my needle and thread to pick up the computer. I have only visited a handful of blogs and not stopped by to say hello. But here it is...drum roll please...

My French Abecedaire sampler is finished if only a year late. As my regular readers know, I put this aside last year when I became too ill. I had not planned on letting it sit as a UFO for so long as I really do love it. I stitched it 1/1 on 28 count using DMC 3787, 3721 and 223. I found a frame that was perfect for it at a shop here in Holland called Action. It was a steal at only 1,49 euro.

I want to thank Gazette94 for a wonderful SAL sampler!

Our vacation was very wet and cold but we enjoyed exploring the Harz is Germany. We stayed in Quedlinburg but, thanks to Anita, made a pitt stop in Braunschweig on the way there to visit a quilt shop. Yes, I broke my stash diet. I am excited to start on some projects soon with these...

On my return home, I had my second part of the new SAL from Sophie waiting in my inbox so I had to start on it right then and there.

And to celebrate the finish and framing of my sampler, I have the winner of my next surprise giveaway. I went back to this post and the random number generator gave me comment number 12. How about another drumroll...

The winner is Christine. I made her a fob using various green beads since it is almost summer time and added a sewing charm of a measuring tape. Congratulations Christine and can you email me through my profile page Christine so I can put your scissor fob in the mail to you?

I hope you are having a great week. It is hard to believe that this is the last week of May! I will be sharing another framed finish before long. Two finished in one month feels really good...

Happy stitching!

38 comments:

Patty C. said...

Beautiful
Well worth the wait :)

Sharlotte said...

A beautiful sampler! Great job! I love those fabrics too!

Annemarie said...

What? That gorgeous frame from Action? NEVER! I'm going there right now!
Oh, but the stitching... you know how much I adore this sampler and have done since I saw it IRL. The colours you used are so beautiful together!

Liefs :o)

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Your finish is divine, color choices are stunning, frame is perfect too, great find. Nice fabby stash. TFS:)

Carolien said...

Hello Heidi,

I am glad you had a good time in Germany despite the weather conditions. I guess we had the better part of that ...
Your finished sampler is beautiful in that frame. It looks great and my, another finish!
Congratulations to Christine :)

Have a nice day, hugs en groetjes,
Carolien

MrsB said...

I love the Abecedaire Sampler! It is on my To Do list...

Love the fabrics, too...

mainely stitching said...

I've been lucky enough to see this one IRL, and it's gorgeous. I can't believe the incredible frame you found for it, too! :D

I hope you're enjoying a fabulous end-of-May!

Jantine said...

I am happy to hear your holidays were great!
Love the sampler and LOL about the "expencive" frame!
And those fabris are great. I am sure you will match them up with some stash fabrics ;-) so no harm done!

Linda said...

Beautiful finish Heidi, and what a pretty frame you found. hugs, Linda

Hazel said...

Wow stunning finish! I love the fob you made too. x

Maggie said...

Congratulation Heidi on your ABC finish! it looks wonderful and the frame, what a find!:-)

Sounds like you had a good time on your trip despite the weather, pity we can never predict the weather!

Look forward to seeing your new finish, and congrats to Christine on winning your scissor fob!

Barb said...

Oh so beautiful Heidi, love the frame you got it suits it perfectly.

Congratulations to Christine I am sure she will be thrilled.
Look forward to seeing wip with your fabrics.

Just off to put on a cd to dance too ,are you ready one two three hop shall we do the polka lol.
Hugs

Jennifer said...

SOOOO beautiful! You really did frame that well too!
I LOVE pinks and this sampler is gorgeous.

Jennifer
Feathers in the Nest

Elly said...

Oooooooo wat is je sampler mooi geworden! Lieve kleurtjes en een mooie lijst. Je "duitse" lapjes zijn ook erg mooi. Heb je daar al een nieuw project voor in gedachten?
groetjes en hugs
Elly

Pondside said...

I love that sampler, Heidi. The frame really is perfect for it. What a lot of work, but worth every stitch!

Siobhan said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on the finish! Great job. Nice new stash, too!

Nancy said...

That is a beautiful finish. I love the letter Z and since it stands for Zoe, it is especially good.
The frame is a real find. Jos should never doubt that you would know it fit.
The fob is really nice, I like the tape measure on the end.
Have a good day and fun stitching your
project.
Love you, Mom

Kathy said...

Your samplar finish is just beauitful. I just love the color combination. It is well worth the time it took to finish it.

anneke said...

o, what a bad girl.... you're forgiven: you showed us such a beautiful sampler... my kids visit the Action regularly (the sweets are cheap too), but I don't come there very often. I should go more...

Lida said...

Beautiful! What a nice frame from Action, I will have a look for it, because I have also a beautiful sampler made by my daughter that needs a frame! I like your stitch work and am curious what your next finished object will be! Have fun, greetingd,
Lida

gazette94 said...

Hello Heidi !
What a good surprise for me ! You made such a wonderful sampler..It is never to late, I am glad you recover and get the motivation to finish this challenging pattern..The frame is perfect too !

Christine said...

Me???? I'm going to get that beautiful fob? Wow! Thank you so much, I'm thrilled!
Your alphabet sampler is gorgeous, and the bargain frame is just right for it.
I'm just off to email you my address now...

angelasweby said...

Heidi, your completed sampler is beautiful and looks perfect in that frame.
Congratulations to Christine,
Angela xx

DonnaTN said...

Your sampler finish is lovely! I printed out the parts last year, but I think I am missing part 6! Oh well, I have plenty of other charts to stitch. Glad your trip was nice even if the weather was not!

Rhonda said...

beautiful sampler!
I have also been bad about keeping up with all my friend blogs on a daily basis but I enjoy coming by and seeing several posts at once.

Jackie said...

Congratulations Christine! Heidi makes wonderful fobs.

Heidi, another beautiful finish. You do a wonderful job with any kind of needle.

In my opinion, stash diets are meant to be broken. :)

Karen said...

Very pretty finish!

Marsha said...

Your stitch along is wonderful. I love the colors - both the finished and the new one.

Ginny said...

What a lovely and unusual sampler! Love the colors and the design.

my day said...

Hoi Heidi,
oooh wat is het mooi geworden,zoiets wil ik ook ooit nog eens maken, vind de lijst ook prachtig.
Lieve groetjes, Ingrid.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Oh how pretty, what great colors

RoseLady said...

Ahhhh look at all that lovely pink and brown fabric!!!! Your sampler is just beautiful. Joan

Susan said...

Congratulations on finishing the ABC Sampler!!

You know how much I love those colours and am using them on my own sampler...because of you!!!

Love the frame too. Stores over here have gone right away from the "nicer" frames like that. Which is a real pity.

Regards,

Joni said...

Gorgeous, Heidi!! And your new SAL is really delicate and I love the colors. Great job, as always.

AnitaA said...

Ik hoop dat je heerlijke dagen hebt gehad in Duitsland ! Je bent goed geslaagd voor lapjes in Duitsland. Prachtige lapjes heb je gekocht, ik ben benieuwd wat je ervan gaat maken.
Wat is je borduur sampler prachtig geworden en wat heb je het snel afgemaakt !
Een fijn weekend en groetjes,
Anita.

Teri said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Lovely!!!

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on finishing your ABC Sampler. It is gorgeous and the frame is perfect. I thought I was the only one (not) who overloads themself with stitching projects and commitments LOL.

Julianne said...

Your sampler is just breathtaking! Your choice of colors is exquisite.