Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thank you dear friends.

Hold a true friend with both your hands.
Nigerian Proverb
I truly hold all of you with both my hands. Your comments on my last post have meant the world to me. How gracious you are to welcome me back after such a long absence.
I did do some stitching and sewing over the summer. It was my only way of keeping my sanity.
First I had a couple of pieces I had been working on for awhile but didn't really know how I wanted to finish them. I knew they would be for my daughter and she is the one who told me what she wanted.
Yes this piece is suppose to say "Reading, Writing, and Stitching". Well my daughter doesn't stitch but I wanted to do it for her because she is a teacher. OK sub trying to get a full time position.
This piece is a composition book cover.
She was very pleased with this one and asked if I could cover a binder for her. Well I had just the piece waiting for a home.

I started back in March this next piece. It was the piece Belinda at Blue Ribbon Designs taught at the first New England retreat. When I saw the piece I wished I had attended that class. I was so excited when the pattern was released with the shaker box. I finished the piece but never got around to finishing it. I couldn't get to a lot of working stash since I was in the process of getting it all out of my craft room making the room ready for Anna to have full time. Well this summer I finally got my supplies where I could find them and was determined to finish another project.

I just loved the saying "Hands to work, hearts to God".
I finished mine with a cording around the top.
It was a happy day to finally have it done.

I bought this pattern at the Tulsa retreat in April. It seemed to call out to me as we were right in the middle of not really knowing what the future was going to hold for us. This is my first piece I have finished filling with the crushed shells. I finished the back with a fabric frame around some wool to keep pins in. It sits on my chair arm next to me and I find myself playing with it. I think the crushed shells makes it my stress relief pillow, I find it comforting to just hold. It is sitting on my one year chronological bible. I am finding reading it this way is making so much more sense to me. I only have until Dec. 31 to finish reading it. It has also been nice because my daughter and I are reading it together and have enjoyed  our discussions.

Like I needed another chart with the many that I already had but when I saw this cute thimble purse from With Thy Needle I knew I had to have it. Mostly because she is holding a pair of scissors. Many of you know they are my addition.


It is lined with the same fabric it is sitting on. Of course mine does not hold a thimble, mine holds those tiny little scissors. This was a fun piece to make.

Lastly I stitched this little pillow for Pastor Appreciation Day. She has preached on this passage before so thought it would be a perfect little gift.

So that is what I have been up to. I will get some picture of the project my husband said "now you have lost it". I will keep you hanging with that.
Thank you again for all your wonderful comments. I am still trying hard to read blogs on a more regular basis.
Always keep love in your stitches,



pam said...

Even in crisis you are way too productive! :) They all look great.

butterfly said...

What wonderful work you have stitched , love it all you have so much talent , I am so happy that you are using your talent again.
The book cover for your daughter is just beautiful,
Thanks for sharing with us, hugs.

cucki said...

Wow I love all your finishes so much.. From my heart ..
All of them are so cute ..the little purse is so cute..I so much wanted to make one for myself too..
Bug hugs for you x

Cath said...

Wow beautiful stitches and finishes.

Mouse said...

goshhhhh .,.... what a lot of stitching and finishing you have been getting up too even with everything else going on :) gorgeous projects and so glad you DD likes them :) love your stress pillow
guess what I re found today ... the beginning of that letter I started to you in sept ... whoops better late than never hehehe
take care and squeak to you soon :) love mouse xxxxx

Nancy said...

All of your pieces are lovely! Glad to see you back posting again!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Beautiful, beautiful stitching Teresa. I love that shaker box... and the binder cover... and the scissors purse... well - all of them! I have the Do Not Worry piece 1/2 done on 28ct over 1 and now I'm on the filled in words on the top and having a horrible time wanting to finish it. Must.Keep.Going. It's too pretty to stop now!!

Glad you are able to stitch again. Hope all is going well!


Vickie said...

Oh my! I love your work. You have chosen such wonderful, wonderful patterns. I have not seen so many of them.
I find it absolutely fantastic that you and your daughter are reading the Bible together. HOORAY! I said to myself, I would very much like to do that with my daughter one day. =)

BRD Girl said...

Teresa - your Shaker box turned out WONDERFUL! You did a beautiful job - the cording looks great. All of your finishes are LOVELY... xoxo

Deborah said...

You have done some beautiful projects! I love the little pillow for your Pastor. I went to the retreat that Belinda did for the Shaker box and I have yet to put it together. After seeing yours, I must get to it soon. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Catherine said...

It is so good to see another post from you! Your projects are wonderful!! Love them all ~ and especially your stress pillow! I may have to make something similar for myself.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful work ;)

Sue N. said...

I am so glad that I decided to stop by your blog this morning to see if you were back! you have done some beautiful stitching lately. I especially love "Do Not Worry" and have had my eye on that pattern for a while now. Happy Thnaksgiving to you and yours!

Bekca said...

Such beautiful finishes! I have never seen a stitched covered binder before, what a wonderful idea.
I hope things have settled to a more relaxed pace for you Teresa :)
Best wishes.