05 July 2011

As promised, pictures

Before I get to the good stuff, I thought I would share some of the pictures I took yesterday. I am not a good photographer, but I wanted to share how pretty suburban Maryland can be.

This is the part of the towpath we walked. The actual canal would be off to the right of this photo. It is taken care of down-county, but up here, it's not. The towpath itself is beautiful. Very quiet and nice to walk down.

The Monacacy River as seen from the Monocacy Aqueduct. It's not as well known as the Potomac, but one of the best parts of growing up in a small country town is that we get exposed to stuff other people are too busy to enjoy.

And me in the woods.

Here are some of the things I have been working on.

Plum Street Samplers First Day from the JCS preview issue, with my color changes. A very quick stitch and I am looking forward to having it on the tree. It's probably going to be felt-backed unless I find some pretty coppery fabric in a holiday mood.

My newest WIP, Brave Hearts by Little House Needlework. Stitched with the CC cottons conversion, except I'm using Apple Fritter for the red. I liked how my skein went better with the other colors.

I love love love this chart. It's stitching up pretty quick, and the colors are luscious. Plus, not only is it patriotic, but it has a sheep. Please designers, get on the patriotic sheep bandwagon! We're a cult, but we're coming out in the open.

Before I share the pandas, I mean to fully share the quilt square I did. But, for some reason, the camera and computer are working together tonight and not behaving, and I'm too tired of fighting computers today. I will share the picture as soon as I can.

OK, so that out of the way, here are my finished Pollyanna Pickering pandas, from the chart "Bear Hug."

I think getting this done has been one of my proudest accomplishments of the year. Considering they were supposed to be a 2010 entry for the fair. There are a few mistakes, but, at some point, you gotta let it go, and so I did that with this chart. They were worth the PITA they turned out to be. They make me happy.

So, that's all for now. Thank you for bearing with me.


Vicky said...

The pandas are awesome, well done on the finish!!

riona said...

The pandas are just lovely ... so what if there are a few tiny errors in so large and so complex a piece! Whenever that happehns, I remind myself that the Navajo weavers always weave one small deliberate error into a rug so that the gods won't be jealous.

Kathy A. said...

What a wonderful job you did on those pandas. They are beautiful stitched. Perhaps you will enter them in this years fair?

Nancy said...

The pandas are gorgeous!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Congratulations on the Panda finish! A major accomplishment of which you should be very proud! Your wips look great, too and that's a cute pic of you.

country stitcher said...

Love your panda finish!!! Great job on your WIP's
Happy Stitching

Olive said...

It looks like a beautiful place to enjoy a walk.

The pandas look great! My mil has been known to tell me that they're not mistakes; they are an interpretation. It's a creative pursuit, so are they really mistakes?

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Beautiful stitching! And if I had a place like that to take a walk, I'd be walking a lot! Nice blog!

Carol said...

The pandas are so cute, Rachel--great job :)

I love Maryland--we lived there for a year in the late '80s and my youngest son was born in Silver Spring. Thanks for sharing your photos...

Lizy said...

The pictures you took are intersting to look at!!!! Your pandas came out so pretty I look at since the first day you started them!!!!

Elaine said...

Thanks for sharing the photos Rachel, it looks such a lovely place to walk.
Congratulations on those darling pandas. I;m happy dancing with you on such an awesome finish!!

Pumpkin said...

Great pictures Rachel. What a lovely area :o)

Love your finishes and congrats on completing the Pandas! WOOHOO! You should be proud!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls