Monday, August 17, 2020

Yikes...130 sewing days until Christmas!

First order of business is to apologize for not replying to several of the comments left on my post about my mother's passing. I thought all comments were going to my email; however, that does not seem to be the case. Thank you to all of you who took your time to offer condolences. It means a lot to me and I will be more diligent in responding to comments in the future.  

Yes, isn't it surreal how fast this year has gone! 

However, lock down has me better prepared than ever for gifting this year.

Debbie Busby of Wooden Spools offered this kit during the Christmas Mystery Sew Along. I could not resist purchasing it as it was very reasonable and included that darling fabric, the charm and ric-rac. They are bowl fillers that will be stuffed when I get back to AZ.

I purchased this sampler many years ago from Vicki McCarty. The lettering intimidated me, so it was a WIP. I recently subscribed to Mary Corbet's Needle n' Thread. She showed the split backstitch, which has made my lettering much more acceptable to me. The edges of each block will get a pinked edge, again when we go home, and then placed on a red flannel background. 

I finished the wool applique on Bringing Home the Tree and have started the HST borders. I actually completed all the WIPs I brought with me. They are not all flimsies yet, but I need supplies I have at home to make them so. So to occupy myself for the next 3 weeks, I ordered a new collage self control! 

We have been very entertained and busy with this little girl. Aspen is so sweet. We tease that she is Ridley's puppy (Ridley is her big brother, actually her blood uncle.) And he loves his puppy! At first, he wasn't all that happy, but now he will not let her out of his sight. 

Hope you are making progress on your holiday sewing projects. As fast as time is flying by these days, it will be just around the corner.


  1. Such a sweet face. Is she a goldendoodle? What breeder did you get her from?

    1. Rosie, your email does not show up as a non-reply person. Hope you see this. Aspen is an Australian labradoodle, which means she has 6 different breeds in her. They were bred in Australia, hence the name. They do have lab and poodle, but also 4 others. The breeder is sundance labradoodles.

  2. Gosh, you are getting a good head start on those holiday projects. I'm going to give the split backstitch a try. I assume it makes the stitching more even looking and fuller.

  3. Those gingerbread themed bowl filler projects are so cute.
    And I really like the sampler blocks, too. I have never heard of the split backstitch, but am now curious to look it up. I bought an expensive "how to" embroidery book early last year and I don't think I have used it yet. Maybe it will teach me. :)
    What a sweet looking dog.


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