Monday, March 25, 2013

In Stitches Over Stitch Me Up

First, thanks for stopping by my stop on the Stitchin' Express. As usual, Mdm. Samm has put together a wonderful program, and our cheerleader Jane (from Jane's Fabrics) has been so great too! For those of you who may not be aware, the Stitch Me Up Blog Hop is sporting some fantastic designs. We got to choose from pages and pages of designs for all skill levels, which was great since I had never stitched a stitch in my life! 



When I saw the Stitch Me Up opportunity with Madame Samm I got really excited, which is odd in and of itself. I mean, its not like I had any interest whatsoever in embroidery. I hate sewing by hand... especially basting... and forget about binding by hand!

Why then did I take one of Madame Samm's super exclusive spots
in her embroidery hop are you asking? 

Well, I was getting ready to embark on the school's auction quilt where this year, unlike any other, we would be hand embroidering the whole thing. Having never done embroidery, I thought the hop would be a good exercise in learning some stitches before I worked on the monster quilt. All of this would have been great had I not been given the quilt squares to do before the hop pattern. Oops.


Here are three blocks from the school's auction quilt. All (thirty in all) of the blocks feature middle school artwork that was water-colored (by an awesome high school student) and then printed onto fabric. From there, they were hand embroidered by parents and staff at the school. Once the quilt is done I plan on putting together a detailed post on how it was created for those who are interested, so definitely stop back or become a follower!!






Well, I still had a lot of fun working on it. And I did get to try out some new stitches on it. I even bedazzled it a bit (check out the dog tag, the lady's ring, and an earring)! I haven't decided what I will use it for yet. I'm thinking once I have some time I may make a couple more ladies and put it into a quilt... or maybe make a bag... or maybe something else... I'm not totally sold on an idea. I'm up for suggestions if anyone has any.

A special thanks to Madame Samm and Jane. Now go take a look at my hop-mates!


MONDAY MARCH 25th

Beverly @That Other Blog

64 comments:

  1. Great job with your projects!

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  2. Love your "French Lady"! Beautiful stitching as well. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Well done I had thought to applique the clothes, but filling it in with stitches never occurred to me.

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  4. Great with all those stitches!

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  5. What a pretty French lady! And look at her ring and earring :) Thank you for sharing your horses too. You did a great job.

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  6. Your elegant lady is so awesome with a great job. Thanks for sharing

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  7. I love the colors of your beautiful lady.

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  8. Very fashionable lady. Wonderful color choices.

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  9. Looks like your lady turned out great!

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  10. Lovely stitched project. Love your colors you chose.

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  11. Love your colors.....you done wonderful

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  12. Your horses are gorgeous, lovely stitching!

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  13. Great projects - your lady with a dog is my favourite!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Those long and short stitches really look awesome on her clothing! Your block is fabulous!

    BTW: Your comment moderation is on...

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  15. I think you did a nice job. A nice choice of colors. It`s great!

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  16. a gorgeous block. I really like how you shaded her in

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  17. I love the colors in your block too.

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  18. Well, for someone who's never embroidered, I think you did an excellent job! Well done!

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  19. Fun stitchwork! Love the idea of using your bedazzler for some 'bling & sparkle'. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  20. love he way the top and skirt look like they are fringed, great work

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  21. Good on you for jumping in! I would never have guessed this was your 1st project... I'd say you are a natural stitcher.

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  22. WOW! I do love the bling. I think that would be perfect on a bag. Your stitching is great and I can't believe you took on an entire quilt. You are brave and talented!

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  23. You did a great job! I can't believe it was your first!

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  24. Wonderful job on your stitching ! Your word verification is on,,,just saying

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  25. AWESOME JOB! Your first project is wonderful! I love the school quilt too. I've done a few of these similar to that -- my DIL is a teacher and we make quilts in her class! Fun, Fun, Fun!

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  26. So surprised you have not embrodered before because your stitching is beautiful! The school quilt will be a hit I am sure, very creative.

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  27. She is lovely. It is so great to get kids involved in the art of sewing. The school project is a fabulous idea.

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  28. Your school quilt will be wonderful. and you! I love what you did. You stitching is beautiful and you embraced what these hops are all about trying new things. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Too too cute!!!
    What a great idea for a auction quilt!
    Good luck!

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  30. Your lady looks lovely and blinged out!

    I'm with you on hating to bind--my complaints about it are legendary. I can sit and embroider and cross stitch for hours! Yeah it is hand work but binding is just stopping me from getting started on the next project when my mind has moved on!

    The blocks for the auction turned out well too.

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  31. I love the hops because they get me out of my comfort zone to try new things....it looks like you shine at this embroidery thing! Beautiful!

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  32. I Love Your Dog Walking Lady! I Love the thick shiny threads you used. I especially like
    all the embellishments! They give it a Zing! Thanks for this Great Giveaway!

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  33. Looks to me like you've been stitching for long time! I love the way the stitches on her rear end make it look like it's sashaying to and fro! (spelling?) Great job!

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  34. I CAN NOT believe you've never embroidered before!!??? You stitch like a Pro!! Those different stitches are amazing. You should do more!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane
    Rule reminder: turn off word ID, my poor eyes had to try posting twice!

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  35. Well, I can only say, what a great job you have done for never emrodering before, nice stitching and I love the horse.

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  36. Your stitching is fabulous! I love what you added to the Parisienne lady!

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  37. Love your lady, the colors you used are perfect!

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  38. Great job. Even with my vision problems today I can see its pretty.







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  39. I love your stitcheries, they all look great!

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  40. What a great idea for a school auction project!

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  41. She is very well done. Love the bling. You might learn to love handstitching with work like this! That is going to be a great auction quilt too!

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  42. What a great idea for an auction quilt - using the kids' artwork was perfect. The design you chose is one of my favorites. Love the stitching on the skirt and top and the extra embellishments were lovely.

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  43. Very nice. That is going to be quite the auction quilt!!

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  44. Lovely stitching...you did a great job!

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  45. Wow! I love her! Great job.
    Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  46. You did a really nice job - that's a lot of stitching. Good luck with the auction quilt.

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  47. I love the creative way you stitched this fun design. Congratulations on being seleted

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  48. Wow - I love how you satin stitched the lady's skirt and top! For someone who doesn't like hand stitching, you have excelled. :)

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  49. I loved the stitches you used on Madame Samm's parisienne girl walking her dog. It is such a great design. Congrats on such nice work!!

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  50. wonderful job on your little lady.
    fun blocks for the school too.

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  51. Jamie...your embroidery is wonderful...luv the fill in stitches. That is something I'm going to have to try. Thanks for sharing! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  52. Your girl turned out great! The stitching looks superb!

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  53. Wow! For someone who never stitched before, you did a great job! Love the idea for the school quilt, it looks great too. looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing all of it. vickise at gmail dot com

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  54. beautiful lady! I love green and purple!

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  55. You did a fabulous job for a first time stitcher!! I hope your auction went well! Nice job!

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