Friday, March 20, 2009

Cross Stiching.....

I started x-stiching when I was 13. I have done alot of it, hours of it, and most of it is in a plastic rubber maid container (yes I know! it has to breathe!!) and I have framed quite a few too, but ..... I used to do this when the girls were little and it was my relax time. I moved in with my hubby doing crafts, so he got used to me doing it when we watched TV and when ever I could.

Anyways, I have not done it in a long time, not like I did. But, I did find a designer and I LOVE!!! her work!! Below is a link to her alphabet:

Her name is Margret Sherry, and her characters are just so bloody cute that I want all her graphs!!! Even just to look at them!!! This is what I got up a did today - x-stich. Then realized I should share these pattern with you. See where the 'z' is? Once you are at the site, the way I got the next letter, or the one I wanted, I would just change the 'z', put in the letter I wanted and it would show up. Tried it today, and ......didn't work. But, it might for you, so here is the link to the alphabet. this takes you from 'z' back to the letter 'l'.

My daugher, who never talks about having kids, when she saw these letters, told me that I have to make these for her kids - both of them!! They each need thier own, and she is having 2 you know..... uh, no I didn't!! Good to know!!! lol!!

And, guess who has not done what she said she would??? I started to make "Boxed Star" blks from Bonnie Hunter's site. It's all because of seeing this quilt when I was checking out everyones stashbusting and thought it was great!!!!

So, now I'm making my own version!!! I was only going to see how the blk worked and now, I almost have all the blks for a quilt!!! here is where I am at with this

I finally had to put the blk on my design wall just to see how many more I needed. And it was more than I though!! I was working on this the day my blender blew up and my counting was so off I thought I only needed to make 4 small blks (which makes one 12" blk) uh, no, try 13 more blks!! When I started this, I thought - make a blue/pink combination. Well, ends up that I don't really have enough pinks to make it work, so then I just pulled from my 2 1/2" strips, and these are what I made. Beautiful?? not!!!! But, I like scrappy - and this fits that bill!! I also use 'scrappy' as a way to get my skills honed (???) and keep myself occupied without feeling any pressure. And it's just fun!! Another car quilt?? Or camping?? Better yet, it can be moved to my cabin when I finally find it (or build it!!). Curled up on the deck or patio with a comfy quilt wrapped around you in the evening..... ahhhhhhh, yes, count me in!!!!

Am not sure what the sashing will be, the fabric I thought I would use, not enough of it..... but I will probably use blue..... or manbe not!! I will figure it out when I get there. And, because Bonnie uses scraps (and basically so did I!!) I have no idea how much fabric I've used for my report on Sunday!! Oh well.

Have a great weekend and see you Sunday!!!


  1. I'm loving your boxy stars and the stashbuster quilt you're working on. Boxy Stars is on my 'to do' list for one day too!
    I used to do a lot of x-stitch too. However, now I've discovered quilting most other crafts have faded into the background for me :)

  2. I love the box stars. It looks like it IS a good stash/scrap quilt. You look like you've accomplished a lot.

    When you build/find your cabin, I will come....LOL

    I used to cross-stitch before I quilted. I actually started with plastic canvas first and then started to cross-stitch. The quilting bug hit me and I gave all my cross-stitch stuff away.

    I've been trying to figure out what to work on today. I've procrastinated by watching a movie, surfing, and even sweeping. ugh! I just printed out some paper piecing patterns for a BOM so may be it will be the lucky project.

    Thanks for blogging today!

  3. Brenda,
    Thank you for the name for my calf. You and I must have some connection somewhere. But, I can't use "Chester" for my calf -- that was my father's name. How funny!
    Keep stitching and piecing and stay warm up there. I'll eat the next strawberry just for you.