Aug 15, 2012

A failed challenge

Hiya.  Thanks to everyone who has been so thoughtful to help me with the threads.  I've learned a lot and I appreciate your help!   I have another little finish to show.  Little.  Did you all see Lori's Notforgotten Farm's freebie challenge?  You can find it here.  As soon as I saw the design, I pictured it stitched on a tan linen and applied to (or bound) by a black/tan check homespun.  The finished piece would be sewn or safety pinned to a black t-shirt or sweatshirt.  I failed. 
I got through the 18 and thought - I don't have a black top (from years of yellow Labradors).  So I just finished the date and made it into a little pinkeep.  You know the odd shade of DMC's 830's, kind of brown with olive.  I was surprised to find a fabric that coordinated well even though the photo doesn't show it.  I told my husband that this is the reason to continually buy fat quarters of every color.  When I go to the quilt shop I'm worse than a kid in a candy store.  When he asked if I really needed 100 fat quarters just for a 3" x 4" piece, I knew he still didn't understand.  I asked him why he needs four sectioned storage boxes with plastic worms of every color, 6 hook sizes, split shots, sinkers, bobbers, lures, Mister Twisters, bobber stops, floating jig heads, and the sparkly chartreuse and orange crazy thing that doesn't even look like a known species, just to go fishing for a few hours.  And do you really need a complete set of irons for golf?   Buy one iron, hit it softer for close shots and harder for distance.  Get an average degree and turn the club face to compensate for loft.  Or bend a little more contorting your shoulder downward.  There's no reason to have a choice, right?  One should be enough? 
I have Fanny and Eunice ready and waiting for the trip to the framer, but Lucy.....that Lucy.  The design area is around 20 x 21 and I was very close to finishing her mounting when I realized one side was stretched too much (from stitching) and if I stretched the mount, it wouldn't leave enough to clear the rabbet.  There was just too much fabric and the other side was perfect.  So I took her apart, spritzed lightly with water, and threw her in the dryer.  I'll bet this makes some of you squeamish along with gluing seams shut!  I knew from all the dyeing I did that she would return to square or even shrink a little.  She did.  Both.  So I need to start over.  Joy has been helping me with tips and I found a YouTube video that instructs on lacing your needlework.  Lucy is way too big, I need to start with a smaller project.  If anyone is interested in watching this lacing method, the video is here.
The name drawn for Stella's chart was stitchinPeanut.  I visited her blog Peanut's Place for the first time and like it!

That's all folks.  Sucking down the Advil after periodontal surgery on one side and an extraction of the last molar.  Not as bad as I expected!   I just caught a glimpse of something - my deer is wanting her bread so she is looking in the side window!!  She must really be hungry!!   I have the heart box and tray packed and weighed and I will post the weights next time so you can figure the postage in case you are contemplating purchasing one.
Thanks for visiting - stay safe - talk to you soon.
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16 comments:

Viola di Nebbia said...

I'm sorry dear Marly for your project, but it's too funny to read about you and your husband! I really understand you! :D
A big hug!

Barb said...

You just proved that sometimes taking a risk is just the thing to do. Love your pin-keep. Husbands just don't get it. Mine still calls my cross stitch my knitting-I have never knitted anything in my life!

Peggy Lee said...

OHMIGOSH you have me holding my sides! You are too funny. I have to say though that my husband is very understanding and just keeps telling me "It's all about you". I love it when he says that. ;o)

You guessed right....I about choked on my tongue when I read about the spritzing and the dryer but I'm glad it turned out good for you in the end.

Love your peeping doe. So precious!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly,to funny, still giggeling. Men don`t get it, mine calls my rug hooking cross stitch, oh well. Blessings Francine.

Joy said...

You just brighten my day!!

So sorry you're not feeling well...dental issues!! No fun there!

When you run out of fabric for framing sew a piece of muslin on your linen:)

Feel better soon...

Margaret said...

Well I'd say the failed project came out pretty well in the end. Love how you reasoned with DH about your fat quarter stash. Makes perfect sense to me! Hope your mouth is feeling back to normal soon. So cute about the deer!

TheCrankyCrow said...

LOVVVEEE the challenge piece(let)....I saw when she posted it, and so want to do it, but figured I might get there a few years from now. Your little corner of it turned out wonderful. As for men....yeah, I'm not even going there! Congrats to Peanut....happy stitches! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

cucki said...

Aww me still giggling too...
Love your pin keep so much ..
Hugs xxx

Chris said...

Lovely pinkeep!
I am glad that your surgery went well.
Happy Thursday!

Annie said...

Cute pinkeep in the end, larger piece back in shape, so no failures here from what I can tell.

Too funny reading those comebacks to your DH. I assume he appreciates your sense of humor. Good thing he has collections too!

Hope the mouth is back to 'normal' soon.

Shirlee said...

A lovely stitching job, as always : ) So glad you are making it through the gum surgery/extraction having to rely only on Advil. I would love to have been in your house when that deer was peeking in the window! So cute! Maybe there wasn't a selfish motive there at all. Maybe she was just concerned how you were doing after your dental visit.

Vickie said...

Oh Marly! Thank goodness the Advil is working. I was worried about you. It was a gum graft my husband had years ago. That was major and that is why the pain was horrible. So glad you do NOT have that going on. Sweet finish. :)

Jeanne said...

love your pinkeep! I too am stitching Lori's freebie...Hope you're feeling better soon.

Sherry said...

Marly, sorry your challenge failed but you still will have a lovely pinkeep! Hope you feel better soon. Been busy here getting DH ready for surgery next week.

Bertie said...

Gorgeous pinkeep Marly!! In fact I love it without the funny head lol.
Good for you to put your case so strongly on the FQ, same here, to many bolts and nuts in the garage!
Good to hear the surgery went well and wish you a speedy recovery!
Have a fabulous weekend:))

Bertie said...

Gorgeous pinkeep Marly!! In fact I love it without the funny head lol.
Good for you to put your case so strongly on the FQ, same here, to many bolts and nuts in the garage!
Good to hear the surgery went well and wish you a speedy recovery!
Have a fabulous weekend:))

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