Thursday, February 11, 2021

Daily Stitching and Threads

 I like doing my own challenge because I can change the rules anytime I want. So, I have decided not to give myself any restrictions, but just do what  feel like that day. Having said that, I did find myself doing variations of the chain stitch for five of my squares this week.

Half Lazy Daisies 

More half Lazy Daises. I think they look like a firefly or butterfly frenzy.

Just plain old French Knots with straight stitches

Long Tailed Chain Stitch


Lazy Daisy with Chain Stitch

Zig-Zag Chan Stitch. I think it looks like rickrack.

What's up on the wall as of this morning, just put up randomly. I had to take them all down to photograph a quilt and I did give a little thought as to color, but this will not be the final placement. 

I decided that I really like working with size 8 Perle cotton. It is about the equivalent to 2 or 3 strands of  floss. I found it to be a pain in the neck to have to separate the floss and I would end up with a big mess of partial floss skeins. With the Perle cotton, it's just cut your length and go. 

I went on Amazon and found what I thought to be a good deal plus free shipping. I had ordered from DMC before. They do have a gazillion colors, but you do pay shipping and what I had ordered the last time took forever to come. Joanne's only has it in a very few colors, so Amazon was by best choice.
They came in sets of 12.


Coral Reef



I talked about my 80th birthday last week. It was very special because of all the cards and postcards after my  birthday project of giving $80 to 80 people and asking them to pay it forward.

But that wasn't all that made it so special. I have a group of friends who go out to dinner regularly in normal times and go out for a lunch at a fancy restaurant on big birthdays. Claire tried to convince me to have small gathering at her house wearing masks, but I declined. My walking buddy called me in the morning to see what time I wanted to walk. I told her I had an appointment at the lawyers to sign a paper at 12:45 and we could walk after that.

When I pulled into my driveway there were signs all over the lawn and snow piles saying Happy 80th Birthday in many different ways. There were wrapped gifts, balloons, and flowers on the porch. I was flabbergasted. Then the garage door opened and inside were all my friends (with masks on) holding glasses of champagne. Not everyone is in this picture, but it is the best one I have. We moved out to the driveway and had my safely distanced, mask wearing birthday party. It was fabulous! I couldn't have been more surprised. It was my Best. Birthday. Ever!

I  am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.


The Inside Stori said...

Everthing about this post made me smile……again Happy Birthday girlfriend!!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Congratulations Norma - it sounds like a wonderful party. Happy belated birthday. I really love your chain stitch variations and am keeping them in mind for my traveller's blanket. Thanks and take care.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Wow, what a fun, surprising birthday bash! Love the colorful boxes of thread! And your various stitches are just so much fun!!!

Frédérique said...

I love your Half Lazy Daisies, they really look like fireflies! Great surprise for your birthday ;)

Sherrie Spangler said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! What a fabulous surprise!