Thursday, March 29, 2012

Red, White & Blue

Over the weekend, my husband and I took a small road trip-- which means 2-3 days.  Great!  What stitching projects should I bring along with me?!  Well, I started Amy Mitten last week........
So what else should I take along with me?  I cant just take 1 project!!!!  The horrors!!!  LOL.  I looked through the wips and I decided that much wouldnt get done with those, most being larger than normal :)
Checking the stash in the basement, I found (new from market this year), Chessie & Me Glory House.  A cute little piece that caught my attention a few weeks back.  It is a tiny kit-- Belle Soie silk, linen and pattern.  This is a perfect grab and go-- I'll take it!!
The reason for my purchase of this kit-- which I buy kits, but VERY RARELY.  I will by kits because that is the only way I can get the pattern-- but I will then change either the thread, or the linen.  Silly I know, but I never said I wasnt weird... OR silly!!!  LOL.
I digress, a reason that should be most obvious, is that the flag-- the red, white and blue......the colors that we are so used to seeing, and for me, not used to stitching.  I have several BBD flag designs, and I have picked up others here and there.  This is the kick off to my patriotic themed stitching.  Small, easy, and still primitive enough that it fits with the style of stitching I love.  I think I will have to order the flag design from ByGone Stitches-- One Nation and stitch it on 45ct (of course) to go along with these pieces I have been acquiring.  Last year I got Needlemade Designs flag pattern, fabulous :), I have a couple pair of flag scissors (fabulous!!!) and there was another flag design I like too-- but cant remember right now :(.  The collection is growing.  I will have to get a list together of must haves.  A friend of mine has a patriotic wall, as I know many of you do, but it was great to see so many different designs put together-- with yet 1 common theme.  Any patterns any of you might suggest that are must haves in the stash?!!!! 
So without much more rambling, I have started and finished this cute little piece over the weekend, and I am quite pleased.  With each stitch of the flag, I remembered what this flag represents: FREEDOM.  I know it is way worth still fighting for......  Times are super tough, super hard and it is easy to forget.......but, she still is STANDING TALL. 
I have added my initials to the bottom blank area-- but instead of first and last, I put in first middle and last.   The date is also done and she is put to the side to see how I will finish her.  I enjoy Chessie & me patterns and projects because of the stitches she uses in the mix.  How fun!!!!!  After finishing Weeping Tree with those stitches, it was easy when this pattern called for a few.  Tiny bird on the top is over 1-- stinkin cute.
After finishing Glory House, I went back to Amy Mitten and I am excited to see more progress, it is going to be a fabulous finish......But I have to get cracking on it already!  Now that I have more into it, I can see it is not going to be to long to get the main stitching done.  Tonight I will be back at it :)

Have a great day!!!!!!!!


  1. Love the Chessie and Me piece -- very nice! Love your Amy Mitten so far as well!

  2. Glory House is darling! I picture it sewn onto a piece of navy fabric with red & white stripe fabric to the right. Love the linen for your Amy design.

  3. Love the Chessie & Me piece! And Amy Mitten is moving along nicely!

  4. I love your Glory House. In fact I love most Chessie pieces, especially the ones with flags in them. I have an old pattern of hers that is a small flag done with different specialty stitches for each stripe of the flag. It would be a fun one to add to your patriotic collection.

    Love the Amy Miten piece as well!

  5. You made a lot of progress over the weekend. I'm so jealous!!! Grats on the finish, and a job well done.

  6. What a sweet little finish the Chessie and Me is!
    I too love patriotic themed pieces. The Amy Mitten piece is looking pretty. :)

  7. This is a wonderful little design. I love your finish. I have gotten to the point where I just take 1 travel project with me, I still have that impulse to over pack :)

  8. Nice post. Great projects. I have that little Chessie...really sweet...I'll have to get mine out one of these days.


  9. Do love the Chessie and Me piece. I wish I could get myself to stitch smaller pieces because then end up being so cute and such a quick finish.

  10. Love your little patriotic finish! And I'm excited to see we are both working on the Vierlande Winders' Keeper. I need to get back to mine - my supplies for the finishing just arrived! Eeeek!


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