Tuesday, April 26, 2011


So did you think this pattern was complicated?

Creche background

Try this one....

Landing Pattern

I have been doing my homework in my two favorite subjects - putting in a LOT of hours and am actually happy with my progress. 

 I have completed enough of the creche background to put in the basting stitches so that the windows line up with the sky.  Even though Amy did the stitch guide I still believe like Ronald Reagan - "trust but verify".   So I counted from the sky down to the top window (and across).  One complete diamond is 21 intersection with one intersection in between.  The thread will cross over the empty intersection.  And you just keep going!

With the helicopter, it's ease your way down that red line to the ground and as Ron my teacher says 
"think it down".. Talk about trust.  If you pull too much collective too close to the ground you get those swirly wind vortices and THAT is not good.  Tomorrow up in the air!

Keep looking up!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Morning Joe

I love Morning Joe on MSNBC.  I love to listen to Joe, Mika, Willie and the gang talk politics.  I really do not think that they believe that "The Donald" is a serious candidate for President - do you?

Every day they close the show with "What have we learned today?".  So I am going to do my version of that for yesterday.  Yesterday I went down to Ocean Reef to meet the stitching group and this is what I learned:

Sally and Margie making cording

1.  Our helicopter has a very young fan (the only fan) who has named him (it)  Harold.

2.  When you live on an island - even a beautiful one like Key Largo, you need to be resourceful.  No running to the store every time you need thread (or cording).  MAKE YOUR OWN!

3.  It's good to have friends who stop stitching to help you.

Keep looking up!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Geisha #2

Geisha #2 obi

Maryann Barber with Geisha #2

Here is Maryann holding the FINISHED Geisha #2 in our 3 part series.  We started this class last Saturday but had a little hiccup on the way to finishing the orange obi.  (Necessitating taking it down to the orange foundation).  The stitch makes them look like little flowers!

After yesterday's intense study of the original we are back on track.  The last class on this Geisha for the embellishments will be next Saturday so this week we have to finish the dress and hopefully the hair.

And that is why I EXTENDED my taxes instead of finishing them!

Back to flying next week.  Have a Happy Palm Sunday.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Ceremonial First Stitch

Background Centered

I have taken the first stitches on the Creche background - which for me is the easy part - it's taking the last stitch that is tough!..
 I put the canvas on Evertites which for a canvas this size is a must!!  I used bars that exactly fit the canvas rather than trimming the canvas to fit the smaller ones I already had.  That way I have extra turning room for my needle- which will pay in the long run.

I measured the center of the canvas with a measuring tape rather than counting (and then of course I counted to make sure my math was right).

Upside down creche

Once I had the design started I flipped the whole thing over and was good to go.  Amy has refined the stitching path with the creche so it is even easier to stitch and not get lost in the pattern.

I have decided not to paint over the window of the creche, because when I looked out my window the other night at the house next door all I saw was black night- not the building.  So I am saving myself that step!

The helicopter is in the shop getting a new clock so I have time off to do my taxes and the background!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Visit to Bedecked and Beadazzled

Cherry Blossom Festival
Ruth in front of her new store

Last weekend we did a study hall class with Ruth Schmuff at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We are working on the Mystery classes - Mary and Frances are doing the Watering Can Girl, Jennifer is doing the Zecca bird and I am working on the black and white cat.  Lisa is contemplating the next "mystery"project.  Ruth says she is only 1 lesson ahead of everybody!

We flew to Washington and managed to drive through 3 states and 1 District to get to the shop and although it was raining and cold we had a great time!

Thanks to Ruth and Jennifer for putting up with us!
Frances and Mary paying attention!