I actually finished it on Thursday morning before we left on our ‘mini’ vacation to Syracuse, NY. In hindsight, perhaps that wasn’t such a great idea because the main reason why I wanted to go to Syracuse was to visit my very first needlework shop…but more on that in a future post.
My inspiration for learning how to x-stitch was a needle case that I fell in ♥ with from the book, Thank You, Sarah Tobias by Blackbird Designs.
I read as much as I could find about x-stitching on the internet and with some help and encouragement from my friends Siobhan in Ireland, Heidi in Holland and Pat in the US, I jumped in headfirst, which for those who know me, is par for the course. I completed three small-ish x-stitch projects last Fall then proceeded to work on Christmas gifts, FFF designs and the designing and creating of my Raggedy & Friends quilt. X-stitching was relegated to the back burner.
Immediately upon completing the Raggedy & Friends quilt, I went through a ‘betwixt and between’ stage…almost a mini burn-out. I made a string quilt and some string needle books for Stephanie’s challenge, but the BBD designs needle case kept ‘talking’ to me. I took the plunge and ordered the necessary supplies.
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It seemed like forever for the order to arrive from California. During that time I read and re-read the instructions to make sure that I knew what to do. I also started to read the Elm Creek series of novels by Jennifer Chiaverini, just to pass the time.
Four books later, the supplies finally arrived and I dove right in. I was nervous because I had never stitched on linen before. I stumbled a few times but it didn’t take too long for the rhythm to return. I thoroughly enjoyed every stitch, from the very first one on the 26th of February to the last one on March 31st.
Last Thursday morning, I started to assemble it. I layered the top, batting and backing and made the binding.
I then trimmed it to size.
My first fabric choice just didn’t do it for me. I chose a Civil War print from my stash and it looked too wussy. After all this work, I wasn’t going to complete it with a fabric that wasn’t just right.
Back to my stash I went. Eureka! I found just the perfect fabric from the Madiera collection by Moda. And the designers? Who else but the Blackbird Design gals themselves! So I re-cut the top and re-made the binding. The colors blended perfectly.
And the finished project…complete with vintage button…
I can’t believe I did it…and I’m in ♥…with my needle case!