Creating a home by hand.

WIP Wednesday – Seeds of Friendship

Before I get to what’s happening in my sewing room this week, I want to thank everyone who linked up their projects for my new Stitchery Link Party being held in conjunction with Vintage Embroidery Monday.   The party is open until Sunday night at midnight so if you’ve got a project that you’d like to share, I’d love to have you come link up.

It doesn’t have to be something you’re working on right now.  It could be something you completed a while ago.

Or it could even be a project that you’ve remembered is tucked away in need of finishing.  Posting about it and linking up could be a great incentive to bringing it back to life and into use.

And don’t worry… if you don’t have something to link up this week, this is going to be a weekly party.  I’ve got ideas brewing for some themed stitchery parties and even some giveaways.

I know it will take time to build and get the word out.  So I also want to thank the sweet ladies who wrote blog posts to let their readers know about it.  I can’t tell you how much that touched my heart and was truly appreciated!

This “Seeds of Friendship” embroidery was completed on our trip back from spending the winter in Florida back in 2013.

Seeds of Friendship Bring Flowers of Joy embroidery

I tried something new at the time in that before leaving on our trip, I traced out a bunch of embroideries to work on while on the road and in hotel and then serged around the edges to keep the  fabric from fraying.   Kona cotton is my favorite fabric to embroider on but it does have the tendency to fray.  Serging the edges worked like a charm!

I’ve had the bolster pillow form it’s draped on for years.  It’s time to put both of them into use.

Yesterday I started hand-basting my Sampler Table Runner.

Sampler Table Runner being hand basted

I should have the basting finished by the end of today and be ready to start quilting.

And sometime this afternoon I need to remove the rings from these quarts of organic chicken vegetable soup Dave and I pressure canned yesterday.  The homemade stock for the soup simmered on the back burner of the stove all day Monday.

Quarts Jars of Homemade Organic Chicken Vegetable soup

The jars will get a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and dried before being taken down to the cold room.  They’ll make a nice quick lunch for us some rainy spring day.

What are you working on today?



  • Sandra
    April 15, 2015 11:43 am

    I’m working on my daughter’s graduation quilt! Spending the winter in Florida is never a bad thing…this is our third full winter and before that we’d spend Christmas and Spring and November breaks here. We are heading back home next week and I’d planned to handquilt a runner on the trip. I like your bolster idea too!

  • Linda
    April 15, 2015 12:55 pm

    Right now I’m (supposed to be) working on a sermon for my service this Sunday 🙂
    I have in the “works” – cutting out a shirt for my son for his September birthday, using my new GO BIG to cut up scraps – 6 totes worth!, and my duties as Communications Coordinator for the local 4-H association … AND preparing for knee replacement surgery in another month or so …

  • Christine B.
    April 15, 2015 12:19 pm

    I enjoyed your link up party and I will come again! Today I am working on a pillow for my daughter… she requested it before going back to university… it is nearly finished and then she will have it to remind of home in her room there! Love your sampler table runner! 🙂 x

  • Renee
    April 15, 2015 5:09 pm

    That embroidery is so sweet! The quilt you’re basting is a fun pattern, are you planning to hand quit it?

  • Kristen
    April 15, 2015 6:25 pm

    Wow, you have been busy! Do you only hand baste when you are hand quilting? I’ve never hand basted before but took a class on hand quilting with big stitches recently and did it there for the first time.

  • Nicky
    April 15, 2015 8:07 pm

    Cute runner almost finished by the looks of it. Love the stitching too – will make a great bolster. Thank you for joining us at #scraptastictuesday

  • Pat
    April 15, 2015 11:40 pm

    You are so busy and accomplished. Embroidery, patchwork, hand quilting, home canning … you are very inspiring … 🙂 Pat

  • Karen H
    April 16, 2015 8:01 am

    I always have some hand sewing at the ready so if we are going anywhere in the car I can just grab. Like you I finish the raw edges to minimize fraying. I don’t have a serger so I just use a zigzag stitch. The soup looks delicious!

  • MaryAnne
    April 16, 2015 8:59 am

    Your soup looks delicious! So glad to hear your linkie party is off to a good start.

  • Renee
    April 20, 2015 2:44 pm

    The Seeds of Friendship piece is gorgeous!

    I only began canning jam a couple of summers ago. Canning soup never occurred to me. Hmm… I may have to look into canning my husband’s chicken noodle soup. My boys just love it. Thanks for the idea!

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