Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Miss Mary Mack cross stitch and Folk Art Quilt are finished."


Miss Mary Mack is finally finished.

 I used DMC  5283 Light Effects  for the word Silver. I was planning to use another brand but found it really was a lot of hard work so ended up using the DMC thread.

Another cross stitch to take to the framers one day.

The Folk Art quilt was finished at the start of the month.

 I used a variety of designs for the quilting. Brother Country threads were used for the quilting.

 I added the tea dyed calico and homespun border and had enough of the fabric left over to use for the binding.

I used this fabric for the backing. One day when I was in Good Sammy;s the lady told me about a bundle of fabric, nearly five metres of it for only $1.00. Of course I said yes, it was 100% cotton so just perfect for backing fabric.

We received some much needed rain last week, so have been busy preparing and planting the Winter vegies. Plus the Olives are ready for picking. I did some yesterday, it takes time as I have to prick each olive several times and soak them for a few days before adding salt to the water and changing it each day for the next 10 to 12 days.It is nice to have our own produce to eat when we want though.

I have started a cross stitch that has been waiting to be done for sometime. Roses is the theme for this one. Hopefully I will have a bud or two to show next time.

Happy days.
Bev C


Dolores said...

The cross stitch is adorable and really does deserve a frame. I love your backing fabric for your quilt. what a great buy too.

Karen S said...

Great work on the cross stitch and the quilt. Both are wonderful finishes.
I agree about how wonderful it is to have your own produce.

marina said...

gorgeous cross stitch, love it!
well done on your quilt finish too, it looks great.
Well done with making your own olives, Hub did some a few years ago, it was well worth the work he put in. He is even looking at making some this year, must have forgotten how much work it was last time lol.
Happy cross stitching!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great work! Love your cross stitch. I always loved that game as a child.
Enjoy your olives.
Michelle x

Petra said...

Hello Bev, I like your miss Mary Mack it's lovely you did a good job. Have a nice day, enjoy your autumn time, here is spring beginning and the last view day's were lovely and tomorrow a lovely sunny day I hoops they are right.
Take care greetings Petra

Rosie said...

WOW what gorgeous projects. I love the x stitch, but it looks too complicated for me!

Fiona said...

I love the crosss stitch and the quilt.... the words on the cross stitch are so fun and you found the perfect backing fabric... such a bargain.... lovely to have a bit of rain...

Clare-Aimetu said...

Beautiful quilt Bev and Miss Mary Mack looks lovely, great work :-)

Lin said...

Two lovely finishes Bev. Miss Mary is super. Great bargain buy. xx

Mrs Knitaddict said...

Oh dear! every time I visit you Bev I leave with the head about to explode. So many inspirations.
Your Cross stich is so beautiful, your quilts with something magic in them and your garden always pack with flowers and fruits. I can 't believe you are collecting your own olives!
Jimmy went green of envy when I read that to him.
Congratulations and a big hug,

Binsa said...

Hi Bev, enjoyed seeing Miss Mary Mack.Regards, Lyn

Mylene said...

Lovely cross stitch finish as well as the quilt.
Happy days!!

Jeanette said...

Love your cross stitch. Just beautiful. Lovely quilt too. Hugs,xx

Kim said...

Miss Mary Mack is very cool....love it. Wow...you grow olives...I am impressed! Your new roses cross stitch sounds lovely...you will have it budding in next to no time.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Oh Bev,
What a cute cross stitch and your folk art quilt is amazing. wow! Rain, I wish we had more her. That is Southern California. We are a desert here and would be if we did not have the water pumped in. We did have some over the weekend but only for a few hours. A nice down pour. Most of this week will be nice and sunny.
Hope you will maybe show a photo of your olives. Olives are another beautiful tree. It is neat to hear that you have and use them too.
Have a lovely day. : )