Sunday, July 10, 2022

July Summer Day

Enjoyable weather to sit outside and slow stitch.  Progress is being made on Augusta and hope to finish this week. Admittedly, I'm ready to be done and begin something new. Have you every felt that the same?


American patriotic pillow is completed. Due to its narrow shape, the blue star is not as visible as it wraps around the form it loses some effect. I should not be surprised as the star is only 6 x 6 inches.  Finishing the back was quick and easy - it's called the envelope style. Opps! I did not allow enough fabric for it to wrap around properly. For a seasonal pillow, it's good enough.



After I return from a local lavender farm (last year's photo), I shall be stitching along with talented stitchers at Kathy's! Have a good week, Jill


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Red White and Blue

When summer comes to Michigan, things happen fast! My lavender bloomed a bit early of which I quickly picked for drying.




­čŹôLocal strawberries were in season. If one blinks, they ripen and are gone. They are the sweetest and juiciest berries. So much so they are not available in a grocery store as they are too delicate for shipping. For a few short couple of weeks, they can be found at farmer’s stands - if they haven’t sold out for the day. Lucky for me there is an orchard nearby that has a strawberry patch for U-Pick which is what we did. Eat while you pick is perfectly acceptable ~ in fact almost required.






Before I knew it, here in the US, Independence Day also came up fast. A patriotic pillow is in process. The front is made from scraps. Since it’s a custom size, no pillow forms were available. Thus I’m making my own. It better get finished today since the 4th of July is tomorrow.


While proceeding at my normal slow stitching pace a few stitches get added to the Augusta needlepoint round. 


For today’s Slow Sunday Stitching by Kathy, I’ll be hand stitching a homemade pillow form closed.  Take care!


Jill