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

Friday, August 5, 2011

Remember my cat sampler wall?

Well, if you do, I bet you think I forgot? Here is the story of the beginnings of this project if you want to look back. I became discouraged and set everything aside but more about the reason in a moment. Here is what I have finished up to now...

With three done, I am going to start putting them up on the wall soon and just keep adding to it. I had finished this sampler but decided to add Dagi name to the bottom. His name is Adagio and we call him Dagi for short. I needed a good frame for it which I found about a month after I finished it but did not frame it until this week. Here creeps in that discouraged feeling again. I loved this sampler so it should have been framed right away along with this one I did.

I just have you clicking all over the place to read on past posts, don't I? *wink*

Anyway, what discouraged me you ask? It was this little design (photo below). I did not like it. I used overdyed threads I had in stash and went with softer colors than this design called Rosie had recommended. But it is just so different and I ended up hating it and put it aside. I had it almost finished too. I was disheartened and did not pick the samplers up again for months.

Fresh eyes can help as I opened the booklet from The Goode Housewife again this week to find this staring me in the face. I filled in the last fews areas thinking it was not all as bad as I thought. But Rosie will have to be called Bunny Honey now after a name of one of the threads I used. To fit Bunny Honey well in her frame, I added a piece of well matched quilt fabric to the bottom. Nice new girlfriend for Dagi. *grins*

Threads used:
The Gentle Arts - Brandy
Crescent Colours - Bunny Honey, Chocolate Cream Pie, Copper Penny and Whatley Woodlands

So time to flip through the book and pick out another sampler. This time I am making Chester. Since I once again will change the colors to be the color of Dagi himself, I will be calling this Dagi instead of Chester of course.

I tea dyed a piece of fabric and pulled my colors. Just look at this gorgeous pattern!!! Wonder if you would notice if I just framed the pattern and hung it instead? Yeah...you would, wouldn't you so I guess I had better start stitching.

Have a creative weekend!

23 comments:

Catherine said...

Love all your kitties!! They look great together on the wall!

Barbara J said...

Lovely cat samplers so far ... the more the merrier!

Cindy's Stitching said...

they look so nice. some pieces will discourage you, some I just dont finish if it is bringing me no job.

Elizabethd said...

I would love a 'cat wall', what a lovely idea. Maybe it was the colours in the odd one that you didnt like?

Melissa said...

I love your cat sampler wall! They look great and I want mine own cat sampler wall one day!

Have a lovely weekend!

Susan in SC said...

Of course I LOVE your kitty sampler wall. Are all these designs in one book?

mainely stitching said...

Oh, I want a cat wall too! :D

Quilt Hollow said...

I remember seeing the one before and loved it then...love them all together more!!

Siobhan said...

I think Bunny Honey is adorable!! Very pretty--the perfect gal pal for Dagi. ;) I love how you finished it off. Your cat sampler wall looks great!

Hazel said...

Your cat wall looks superb. We all have set backs but hey you have 3 up there now and one in process. It IS a cat wall. xx

Maggie said...

Love all your cats Heidi, can't wait to see more :-)

Have a good weekend

Jackie said...

I think Bunny Hunny works well with all the others! I think sometimes some projects need to just sit for a bit and then like you said, it's not so bad.

Jenny said...

Your cat wall is Purr-fect!...grins....As I sit here and type Patchie has wandered in and is meowing as we speak...you know what she is saying don't you?...I deserve my own kitty wall like Dagi. I love all of your samplers Heidi and I know what you mean about getting discouraged over a pattern. That has happened to me too and I usually find after putting it away for awhile it never looks as bad as I thought it did. I hope you have a great relaxing weekend and have a good time stitching!!!Hugs from CA.

Rhonda said...

I like your samplers, and I like that addition of fabric to the bottom of that one - nice effect!

Ginny said...

Can you believe I was thinking of your cat samplers not three weeks ago! I'm so glad you haven't abandoned the project. I think all stitchers - in fact, all creative types - come close to finishing a project only to realize they are not pleased with it. I'm glad you pulled your piece out again and can now appreciate it just as you stitched it. Can't wait to see the next cat!

Christine said...

They look wonderful. I do like the idea of framing the charts, that would save sooo much time!

Pondside said...

Thanks for the little bit of inspiration! Sometimes all it takes is a post like this to get me going again with my stitching.

angelasweby said...

Heidi, I absolutely love the cats all framed up and displayed so beautifully, and now it's Chester's turn. Where could you ever find a more telling expression on a cat's face!! Talk about the cat that got the cream...haha! Your stitching as always is lovely and I really like that tea dyed linen.
Angela xx

Annie said...

Yes, I remember your cat sampler wall and like a lot your idea ! All are beautiful ! I ask me always where you find so beautiful frames ! Bunny Honeyis quite pretty. i like her colours and the way you framed her .

Nancy said...

Well, Miss Kitty lover, these fit you to a teaaaaaaaa. hahahaha. Have fun stitching.
Love Mom
PS: Dagi has way too much attitude to have a girlfriend.

Barb said...

Not such a "catasrophe"after all Heidi, Love your cat wall and will be seeing Dagi in the not too distant future. Happy dancing with you.

Tina said...

What a lovely wall it's going to be,it's inspiring me to do my own Cat wall,i already have two finished,also thinking of doing a Cat ornament xmas tree.Love the pattern book your projects are from,do you know if it;s still available x

Brigitte said...

Although I'm not really a cat person, I love your cat sampler wall. All these cats are extraordinary.