Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Stitching on limited time tonight...

I had really limited stitching time tonight, and you can be sure I still tried to motor my way around the fourth corner of Medieval Town Mandala. Why limited time? My husband just had to, for some reason, buy a new car today and I had to go and sign paperwork at the dealership. No matter where you live, you know that takes time to do. Unfortunately, this purchase ultimately entails his selling of the car that he just had to have that I bought for him for his birthday last June. This really, really bugs me. I am not fond of the one he bought today, not at all. I guess it is supposed to be a good car, but you can't go by anything they say at the dealership - they just want to make a sale. Oh well, I tried to do the right thing back in June, and I guess today I just feel disappointed. So... long story short, I do hope I can get this dratted Medieval Town Mandala done soon!
Since my fabric for this sampler came in yesterday, I brought it to work and started the Papillon Mystery Sampler which begins in the current issue of The Gift of Stitching. I am loving this already! It will be a fun and quick stitch - although I have to keep waiting each month for the next installment of the chart... five in all. I am using the Vikki Clayton Hand-Dyed Fibers for it. The colors are amazing! My fabric is Silkweaver Sandcastle Belfast linen.

Some have asked how I handle using the large Q-Snap... I really don't have an answer for you... it is the only thing I can even think to use if stitching a large project. I guess I pretty much balance it in my hands/on my lap somehow. My left hand sure gets crampy, though, no matter what size Q-Snap I use.

I got an email from Vikki Clayton about the conversion I am using for Garden Spot Sampler. She let me know that the conversion has been revised to remove the baby blue and add bright turquoise like the original. She is sending me the replacement skein, and I have decided to remove the baby blue and fix it with the bright blue. I think I will like the sampler much better that way. Fortunately, the baby blue has not been used much yet!!

**Due to the car shopping trip, I am way behind with email and blogs today. So sorry! I will try to catch up on all of those tomorrow!

Stitched on today: Papillon Mystery Sampler (at work) and Medieval Town Mandala

22 comments:

BeckySC said...

Oooh, that looks lovely already! WOW!! Perfect choices of fabric and fiber!

Your GSS is as gorgeous as always!

hugs!

KarenV said...

Oooh, that looks really pretty! The colours just glow on that fabric.

Looking forward to seeing your progress on this one.

Carina said...

Wow! Those fibers look so yummy on that fabric! I wasn't "that" tempted by the mystery sampler project when I first looked through the Gift of Stitching issue, but I sure am now!!!

Shelleen said...

It looks great Carol :-)

Jenn said...

Oh what pretty colors. I espically like the red you used for the 'A'.

Anne said...

You seem to manage your time very well with stitching and work commitments, I really do not know how you do it, "go girl". I wondered what stitching method you use, the danish method or x one stitch at a time. Happy Stitching Anne L

Bine said...

Though you were busy yesterday, you did a lot of wonderful stitching. I like the new sampler. Can't wait to see more of it :-)

Judith said...

Some nice progress on the sampler already and those colors just look gorgeous.
You are getting there with MTM, you will be finished soon and than can go on with the next part as it is coming in less than a week.
I am trying to get some wips out of the way before I start the LTD sal and it is working.

Christine said...

Your medieval town mandala is beautiful ! keep it hided !

Annemarie said...

I love your Papillon Mystery Sampler, Carol. It makes me want to forget about all my RRs and SAL, and just start this one myself!

Karen's Blog said...

Carol,

MM is looking fabulous!!!

Interesting news about Mike's car. Bren can't belive he is selling that amazing car we saw last June!!!

bunnyhead said...

That Mandala is so pretty! My DH isn't so much into cars, but he has his 'has to have it' moments too. It's always something! Men are certainly not practical.

Sylvie said...

It looks lovely!

Kathy said...

Wow what lovely work hun, you have been working hard.

hugs xxxxx

Bea said...

Great progresses, Carol. I'm trying to catch up on all the blogs I usually read too. I was busy during the past days but I saw all your most recent pictures and they're lovely.

Glenna said...

Men and their toys! And then they can't figure out why we need all that stash!

Jenny said...

Your Medieval Town Mandala is looking just fantastic! :)

Shelleen said...

your progresses look great. I would be very mad if DH traded in a car I bought for him and not only that but did it without discussing it with me. That is a big purchase to be discussed by both parties. What did you buy him last year and what did he just buy?

Dawn said...

That is really pretty! I love the colors.

AnneS said...

Hmmmm, I reckon you should send that hubby of yours over to Aussie, so I can slap him a bit myself - a bit thoughtless, perhaps ... but I'm starting to realise from my own relationships that it seems to be a male genetic disorder that they all have ;) Hope you've managed to forgive him ... or will soon ;) As for your Papillon sampler - it didn't really interest me, but now I'm seeing yours stitched up, I think I could be persuaded to think otherwise ... the "A" just glows, it's so rich and scrummy - looks like it's a fun stitch ... trying to stay strong and looking away now! :D

Robin said...

Men! Of course Carol this could be a good thing. Your stash purchases are nothing compared to a new car! ;) That would hurt my feelings too! I hope you feel better about it soon. Men are sometimes so thoughtless. Even the most wonderful guys are missing that empathy gene sometimes.
Your projects are coming right along. I love the sampler too!
Have a great day!
Robin

tkdchick said...

Carol I can understand how disappointed you are! He may have wanted another car but in essence its taking a present and returning it no matter how you look at it. Anyways who would want to give up a Corvette????