March 25, 2013

A Little Hope and June Finishes

I have my first finishes for 2013. I haven't had a whole lot of time to get stitching done, since the majority of this year was taken up with the caregiving of my mother, who passed away on March 21st. She saw the beginning of June and also saw me struggle over trying to do "Hope" one over one on 32 count linen and finally give up in frustration. I know she would be proud of these finishes. I hope she can see what I've accomplished from her quilting room in heaven.

Little House Needleworks "Hope"

Country Cottage Needleworks "June"

Both of these finishes are part of year long stitch alongs. The Country Cottage SAL was started in 2012 and so I am a bit late, but at least I am halfway through the year. I am doing well with the Stitching the Flock stitch along, since I don't yet have the second "virtue" to stitch.

I am doing the flock on one piece of 30 count R&R Reproductions fabric (the color of which has now flown right out of my mind). I am planning on getting all of them stitched and then deciding whether to have them cut and made into little pillows, as Vonna is doing, or have the entire twelve months of virtues framed. I'm running out of wall space in my house. Since my mother passed away March 21st, I have even less wall space, as I brought home many quilts and wall hangings from her house. One of the quilts she left me was made by my great great grandmother in the 1850's and I am so fortunate that she left it to me. The only problem is what to do with it, as it is very fragile. Mom thought it would be a good idea to see if the Smithsonian would take it for their quilt exhibit and asked me to follow up with the person who is in charge of curating that exhibit. I am torn, because I want the quilt to stay in the family, but it's more important to follow my mother's wishes and how cool would it be to have a quilt in the Smithsonian that was made in your family? I'm just not quite ready to let anything of my mother's go yet.

Ben is planning on moving out when he graduates in May with his associates degree, which will free up a room upstairs. I had planned on moving Jamie to Ben's room (since I had promised it to him - it's a large room with a bathroom) and taking Jamie's room as my sewing room, but I am kind of enjoying using what used to be the dining room as my sewing/writing room. So we shall see what the upstairs turns into.

I am off to work on my Hardanger piece for my Wednesday group. I am very much behind after spending so much of the beginning of the year in South Carolina. I am finding stitching to be very therapeautic, although part of my grieving process seems to be falling asleep all the time. I think I've found the cure to insomnia. I don't think it's a bad thing to sleep your grief away until you can handle it.

Happy stitching and I hope to have a Hardanger update shortly!


March 10, 2013

More Than Time for an Update

I am not posting nearly as much as I would like and that comes from two reasons. As most of you know, my mother is in the end stages of cancer and I am back and forth between Virginia and South Carolina as we watch her decline. She is currently unconscious and non-responsive, so we are playing a waiting game. I have not gotten nearly as much stitching as I would like to get done (reason two for not posting), but I thought I would at least show you what I have worked on.

As you can imagine, I have been busy here in South Carolina helping my aunt clean out my mother's sewing room so that my father won't have to mess with it and it's been a large job. I also find it very hard to sit and concentrate long enough to get any stitching done. But here is what I have managed to get done.

This sampler is something I started working on seriously when I went to Camp Wannastitch in January and I still would very much like to get it out of my WIP pile and framed. It may end up being a gift for someone, as the colors are not really to my liking and it didn't occur to me until I got this far that I could actually choose my own colors and no one would be the wiser. It's taken me awhile to get out of the habit of just following the directions on the charts. You can guess what kind of student I was!

I am continuing to try to finish last year's SAL from Country Cottage Needleworks. I was trying desperately to finish June while I was here, but I got sick of it and decided I wanted to work on the Stitching the Flock 2013 SAL and why was I working on something that I was not enjoying at the moment? I did get very tired of the cottages and I don't know why that is, except that it's really the same design 12 times with different colors and themes.

This is the Little House Needleworks Stitching the Flock "Hope" virtue second beginning. I'm pretty sure one of my last blog entries was about trying to do this one over one and it ending up a disaster. I have switched to 30 count linen and am doing two over two and am much happier. I have a large piece of fabric I am using for this, as I want to frame all twelve together. I can decide later to cut them apart and do them as pillows, which is how Vonna intended them to be done. If I do that though, I will probably need to get one of the women in my EGA guild to finish them for me. I am not happy with my finishing abilities. We really need to have a finishing class as one of our programs and we may well have had that, since I have missed so many meetings with my mom's illness.

I haven't started this one yet, but I am anxious to get it out and get to work. I thought it was neat, since I had just joined the EGA last year. I don't know whether to leave the date of 1779 in there or change it to 2012, which is when our EGA was established, but I suspect I will leave it at 1779.

That's about it. We are in waiting mode right now and I am anxious to get home, but so, so sad that cancer is taking my mother from me. She had a lot more to give and wasn't ready to die and may be hanging on just to show the cancer that she's in charge. That wouldn't surprise me and would be in keeping with her liking to be in control of what's going on. I've been in SC for about 10 days now and I only brought a few changes of clothes, so I will be glad to get back to my own closet and not doing laundry every other day. Unfortunately, my going home rests on my mom's passing and that is a no win situation, no matter how you look at it.

I do miss Justin, my kids, and my furry people.

Happy stitching,