Thursday, March 29, 2012

Silk Gauze Finish and a New Start

Spring by calendar standards has arrived.  Unfortunately, we have had a cold blast following last weeks unseasonably warm (summer like) weather.  We have had frosts every night and our fruit trees may be in jeopardy.  The next couple of weeks will give us a better indication but the blueberry and peach tree buds are so sensitive to the cold and last week's warm temps had them grow more rapidly than they should.  I hope we don't lose our fruit crop but it wouldn't be the first time.  Ah, the luxury of living in temperamental New England. 
Above is a picture of my first silk gauze piece.  Not perfect but definitely a learning curve.  Something you may not know about me is that using a magnifier makes me feel sick to my stomach so my eyes and good lighting are all I use.  With all of the sunny beautiful days last week  I was able to stitch this Erica Michaels piece -- Little Bits of Spring in natural daylight.  It moves rather quickly and now I am hooked.  I can't wait to start the next one.
The other new stitchy project that I worked on this week came in the mail Tuesday and I stitched it right up.  It is Diamond Quilt Squares by Handblessings.  The charts are released once a month and you receive them free with the purchase of fabric and floss.  I substituted the Bay Leaf Jobelan for 28ct Forest Mist and I love it.  Deb at Stitches 'n Things helped me out with that and I am patiently awaiting the next month's installment.

Now back to the stitching nest to unwind after a really long day.  Happy Stitching!

21 comments:

Shirlee said...

I am counting the days till fall ... lol! If we are lucky enough to sell our house this year then one of the New England states might be our destination : ) Your Spring stitching is so cheery & colorful & the quilt square stitching is just lovely : )

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Cute finish. Although it seems like something with that much detailed work should not be called cute. The Handblessings series sounds like fun and pretty so far. CJ in OK ;-)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your silk gauze piece is so pretty! I so admire you. I've not yet attempted one of Erica's pieces. I really like your Quilt Square. The colors are gorgeous!
Linda

gracie said...

I have never tried silk gauze stitching...your piece looks so pretty! Nice job...

Catherine said...

Wonderful projects!!

Veronica said...

Silk gauze looks interesting. Congrats on the cute finish. I love your Diamond Quilt Squares. Have never seen this one before. The colours are lovely.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Adria said...

Where can one get the diamond quilt series? It is something I would consider doing.

Thanks.
Adria

butterfly said...

Well done your stitching is looking beautiful.
I hope your fruit trees will be ok.
Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching Nataly.
What are you going to do with the stitched quilt blocks? are they stitched all on one piece?
Have a great weekend!

Sue N. said...

You are very brave to try silk gauze stitchery and with no magnification, no less! Love the colors in the Diamond Quilt Squares piece.

Maggee said...

Most everyone I know that stitches on the silk gauze needs some magnification assistance--kudos to you! Your piece is adorable! I never heard of Handblessings, so am off to look them up! Hope Spring comes to your area and rescues your fruit trees! Hugs!

Vickie said...

Very nice work as usual. Good for you on the silk gauze with no magnification. We seem to have the same weather system here in Wisconsin. :)

Danielle said...

I love this finish! Your post has spurred me to order this kit and try silk gauze for the first time.

Maureen said...

Love your diamond square - need to check this out!

Kate said...

Lovely spring finish. Great new start too.

Sally said...

Your silk gauze piece is so pretty. I don't think I could stitch on it!

Love your new start.

Barb said...

I have never tried silk gauze. Your project is quite lovely.

DonnaTN said...

Your silk gauze piece is so cute and I love the colors on your diamond quilt square.

Lesleyanne said...

Great finishes.

Mouse said...

oooo the silk gauze looks gorgeous .... not tried stitching on anything like that yet ....
and love your new start those colours are just yum :)
love mouse xxxxx

Myra said...

Your silk guaze piece is lovely. I have wondered how it would be stitching on that, might have to give it a try.