Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrating the 4th....

First, I have to say thanks for all of your wonderful
comments about my recent finishes.   I especially
am glad to see many of you also appreciate a great
tomato sandwich!  I wish I could package them
up and treat the rest of you.  Maybe one day....

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Now for the stitching.  I wanted to
share a couple of finishes I was
able to get done just in time for the
July 4th celebration!

HE "Patriotic Crow"

I wanted to do some finishing this weekend but
refused to get out the sewing machine so
anything I did had to be no sew.

I was able to put my Big Kick to work again and
used a square template to cut my stitched piece
and the scallop to cut my background.   Thanks
to my hubby for picking the fabric colors...
I think he did well!

Aury "Patriotic Heart 2011"

I finished this little box last year using
scrapbook paper in anticipation of using
it for this stitched heart.  It only took a
year to get it stitched!  So glad to add
this one to my americana collection.

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I am also excited to show another
Crazy Challenge finish.

Goode Huswife "Three Crows"
stitched on coffee dyed 40ct linen

I have stitched this one off and on for 6 months
but just couldn't get into a groove with this one. 
I love this design so it was frustrating.  I decided
to pick it back up Sunday and it just fit like
an old glove!   I loved doing the satin stitch
even though it seemed to take forever. 

Unfortunately, I got off track and my border
didn't work out like the design so I had to
fudge a little on the right end.  Though my
crows aren't exactly centered, it will do!

I also had to do something about the fabric.  I
changed the called for colors to yellows and 
decided to use white linen.  Once done, it just
wasn't "right" so I gave it a nice, warm
coffee bath and that did the trick. 

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We have a very low key celebration planned for
the 4th and I hope it includes lots of stitching!


  1. Wonderful finishes, Karen! It's amazing what a tea or coffee or tan dye bath will do for a piece. It just kind of mellows and blends, doesn't it?

  2. I'm not sure what your fabric looked like before but it's GORGEOUS! Your hubby did a fantastic job selecting color and I like your crow piece. I didn't notice a centering issue until I read what you wrote. It wasn't the focus when I looked at it.

  3. Beautiful finishes! I love them all! I really love the crow piece. Looks great to me!

  4. Karen, everything is wonderful!! I especially love your crows!!!
    Happy 4th.

  5. Great finishes!! Your DH did a great job of picking out the colors!

  6. Wonderful finishes!Happy 4th.

  7. Enjoy your 4th of July -
    You've posted some wonderful work ;)

  8. Beautiful finishes. Your husband did a great job picking the fabric colours.

  9. Happy 4th of July!!!
    What a beautifull stitching!!!

  10. Happy 4th July!
    Love the flat ornament finish with the scalloped edge, superb

  11. Lovely finishes! Happy 4th of July!!

  12. Happy 4th Karen!
    I love your finishes and finishing!

  13. Such splendid finishes ... enjoy your 4th!

  14. Happy 4th! Hope your plans go off without a hitch! Your stitching is wonderful - way to go!

  15. I want to come and live in the USA I love your flag and all the lovely charts. You done a fantastic job of them all.
    Happy 4th July. hugs.

  16. Great job! I can't wait to see what you do with three crows. Happy Fourth! http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

  17. Love your stitching and the challenge piece is adorable!

  18. Happy 4th, Karen!! I hope you have a great day! Beautiful finishes! I'm all for no-sew! :)

  19. Great patriotic finishes! Happy 4th of July and I hope you do get to enjoy lots of stitching!

  20. waht great 4th of july pieces. hope you enjoyed your day.

  21. Love your finishes! They all turned out so nice. Hope you had a great 4th!

  22. Always love seeing your creative finishes, Karen!! I hope to stitch one of Aury's hearts this month myself :)

  23. great finishes! I need to breakout my cuddlebug and start cutting some fabric/felt pieces too. I still haven't even opened the box yet. LOL I have Three Crows as a wip and realized too far into the top border that it was suppose to be satin stitches. grrrr that would have gone much faster for me than regular stitches. LOL

  24. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful 4th celebration Karen! I love all of your recent finishes. Three Crows is wonderful!

  25. Oh our insides are great! Loving the crows and Americana!

  26. All your finishes turned out great! Love all the uses for the wonderful bean - and it wouldn't really be 'personal' if there wasn't a little fudge once in a while; right? Stay cool!

  27. Love all of your finishes ~ always a treat to see and so inspiring! Love the crows!!

  28. I love this but it looks too hard for me! I love the coffee bath - it is a perfect finish for the crows.


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