Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Stitching and Fun!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all having a great summer so far!  We have been lucky to get some relief from all that heat we had a couple weeks ago... it is almost bearable!  I am already counting the days until Autumn....only 56 days to go!!

After posting my last photo of my SDW Sampler progress I felt compelled to backtrack to the church band and get that completed before going forward.  

I have veered off from the pattern and made some of my own architectural details..... I made the doors brown and I used a 3 x 2 cross stitch on the roof which I think gives it features that are reminiscent of old European churches... dark, wooden doors and a tiled roof.  I also picked up the pattern in the berry trees to the right and left of the church and used it to give the windows a stained-glass effect....

SDW Sampler

So now I can keep marching forward....I feel a finish is not so far away now!

I also just finished reading a wonderful book.... The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  It came recommended by Marsha on the Scarlet Letter Year Blog, so when I saw it on the shelf at my library it was my new pick!  A wonderful story about an English Quaker girl who travels to America to live in Ohio in 1850.  It is a perfect book for a quilter, there is so much detail about the craft.  I found it so interesting to learn more about Quaker life and religion.   What I also enjoyed was the letters throughout the book that the main character writes back to her parents and friend in England.  Definitely two thumbs up!

I did get to a concert a few weeks ago.... I saw Lyle Lovett with his Acoustic Group.  Do any of you know Lyle Lovett's music?  Most know him from being married to Julia Roberts, lol!  I have seen him many times.  He is one of my favorites so when he is in town I am there!  He has a wonderful voice that I could listen to all day long.   He is great at storytelling and the stories are reflected in his music, kind of folksy, jazzy, country, a bit of everything.. with a pinch of humor too!  

Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett and Acoustic Group

I hope you are having a fun summer too!  

Have a great week!  Happy Stitching!!  xxxx



Penny said...

Every time I see SDW I want to drop everything and stitch it. :) So pretty! I've never read anything by that author - I will have to check it out. Glad you are enjoying some better weather. :)

Chris said...

Fabulous stitching progress. I love the changes that you made.
I will have to look for this book.
Keep having fun!!!

Margaret said...

I love the touches you put on the church in SDW. Very nice! Love that book too -- a good read. All her books are pretty wonderful -- a favorite author of mine.

Shirlee said...

I always admire people who can make such perfect changes to a stitching design ... colorwise or otherwise. Your SDW is coming along beautifully!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

The colors in your SDW are just beautiful! The changes that you made are a perfect fit!!! Just lovely, Krista!

Vickie said...

Oh Krista! I love how you changed it and made it your own. =)
Thank you for the book recommendation.

Dona said...

I love the changes you made to SDW! I think they really are perfect for the piece.

Lyle Lovett is one my favorites as well! Great music and I enjoy his sense of humor.

Good to know about The Last Runaway. It's on my list to read.

Elaine said...

Love your SDW Krista! Thanks for the book tip, I have read lots of her books, but not heard of this one, will have to look for it :)

Jenny said...

I love the changes you made to your SDW Krista. The windows are awesome! The book looks good too....Happy Stitching.

Melissa said...

Krista, I like the changes you made to SDW. The stain glass windows are wonderful and must've taken some time to do!

Thanks for the book recommendation. I think I'll check for an audio version at the library as I always love a good look to listen to while I stitch.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Krista,
Your stitches on SDW are exquisite! What beautiful work!
We are also having some relief from the heat wave, I just wish this gorgeous weather would last the rest of the summer!

Anonymous said...

Very nice progress on your sampler. It has so many gorgeous details that it's always a pleasure to see your progress.
Thanks for the book tip, I've added it to my wish list. Tracy Chevalier is one of my favourite authors.

Brigitte said...
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Brigitte said...

Very nice progress on your sampler. It has so many gorgeous details that it's always a pleasure to see it on your blog.
Thanks for the book tip. Tracey Chevalier is one of my favourite authors.

Parsley said...

What a STUNNING piece you are working on! Wow!!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh une pure merveille !!!
very beautiful

bisous from FRANCE