"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, April 28, 2012

LARGE SCHNIBBLES HOT CROSS QUILT

In an earlier post, I shared photos of the small version of the Schnibbles Times Two Hot Cross Quilt that I was making for a cousin-in-law's daughter.  I have got that finished and now am working on the larger version, for the cousin.  She and her daughter will have lovely matching quilts.

I do not yet have the blocks in any sensible order on the wall, I've just been slapping them up there as I get them trimmed down to size.

On the smaller version, I had a bit of trouble in getting those corners to fall exactly in the middle of the X strips.  Either I've learned my lesson well, or it's easier on the larger quilt, because I think I've got these blocks trimmed as they should be.  


CROSS STITCH CATCH UP

Tomorrow there is an auction at our church, to benefit our youth mission team that travels to an orphanage in Colima, Mexico, every two years.  My husband is the leader, this is the fifth time he is traveling to the orphanage.  Even though I would love to, I cannot accompany the mission team due to the HOT climate (heat is murder for many MS peeps).  


Since I'm the devoted wife of the trip leader, I figured I'd best donate something to the auction.  I always have a stack of X Stitch waiting for frames and so went through those and chose two for the auction:


This one I stitched back in 2000 to hang near the kitchen table in our home.  Obviously, that never happened.  I thought perhaps a young family may find it appealing.  It is very different than the types of cross stitch I usually tackle, but I like the scene and the colors.  




This holiday X stitch is a Diane Arthurs design, I love her work.  I tea stained the aida:

While I was at it, I pulled two personal favorites out of the pile to frame for our home.  

First, The North Wind, which I completed last Fall in a stitch a long with three other blogging pals.  I love this piece of work and have no idea if it will hang here or be a gift.... I would find it very difficult to let it go.  
And, another Diane Arthurs design for the holidays.  I am especially pleased with the frame choice for this piece.  
There are many more in the pile, they'll get framed eventually.  Or not.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WALL TO WALL POPPY

Stretched out in the hall, wall to wall.  She is tall and sleek and long.  We call her "Slinky."