Saturday, April 2, 2011

TUSAL and 1st 2011 New Challenge finish!

Happy dancing going on in Alabama today! The sun is shining; I wore capris and flip-flops out today, and I got the buttons sewed on my big finish. A word here first, though. When I signed up for both Minna's new challenge and Jayne's wip challenge I listed this one on the wip side. Truth is, I had to start over (why I never got past the few stitches in 2008 was because of the mistake in it) DJ invited me to join her in a Monday stitch-along on it so that's what I did. DJ has been sick as most of us know and my prayer time for her was always special on Mondays. Then this last week she had so much medical stuff facing her and decisions and fearful news and I couldn't seem to put it down. I just kept stitching and thinking of her and praying for her and waiting for her to share how the week went. Until this morning I found myself sewing the buttons on.




But, first, here is my TUSAL for tomorrow in case I forget since it's on Sunday. A lot of frogging going on in March.














And here it is! Little House Needleworks Heart of America complete with a few changes. America replaced one date. "1776" replaced another date, and 2011 is at the bottom. It is stitched on 30 ct. Creek Bed Brown, using Crescent Colors floss. Buttons are from Just Another Button company...lamb, acorn, blackbird and three stars at bottom.

I saw a wall hanging the other day that I'm thinking about doing, or I might take the easy way and let the framer do her magic.
Well, that's my big
finish!

Happy Stitching!

Babs

19 comments:

Jackie said...

I love it, love it, love it. Are you for hire? LOL. I have a blank slate of that pattern. LOL.
You did a fantabulous jobby on it. Bravo and congratulations for the lady in Alabama on her finish. LOL.
So sorry to hear about your friend DJ. I hope all will be well with her and I will say a prayer for.
Congrats on the finish.
Hugs.
Jackie.

Vicky L said...

Congratulations on the lovely finish! It is very beautiful and patriotic. I want to stitch this piece someday. I am sorry to hear of DJ's illness and hope she is better soon.

Karen said...

Congrats on a Challenge finish! Very pretty.... hope your SAL buddy is doing okay!

happy stitching....

blueladie said...

Beautiful finish and I love the 'peek' of your scissors. TFS the pic. :) Cathryn

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a. Pretty finish. My dad, retired army, would love this. Sending a prayer for your friend.

Nancy said...

Heart of America is a beautiful finish! Sorry your friend isn't well - she is lucky to have you for a friend.

Joy said...

Babs...it is beautiful!!! You have such a warm and dear heart...DJ is lucky to have you. Please convey to her that another stitcher has her in prayer...that's what we do! :-) Looking at yours has me thinking that I may have to add this to the stash...Bama Enabler! LOL Love ya Babs!

stitchin' girl said...

Your sampler is beautiful! I love the jars your TUSAL is in :o)

Nancy in IL said...

Babs, congratulations on a beautiful challenge piece!!! You did a wonderful job, and I love your buttons. You really made an original with your changes. This is truly a gorgeous job, and I really love your scissors too.

Ruth said...

Beautiful finish, congratulations on finishing your first challenge piece, hope your sal buddy is doing ok.

Petites xxx et Cie ! Mon petit coin de Paradis said...

Congrats! It's just perfect.
Bisxxx
Françoise

Daffycat said...

An absolutely gorgeous finish. I really like America's birthdate being there!

Lovely ORTs. Much better than my measly offering!

Sharyn said...

It's beautiful, Babs! What an accomplishment! Congrats on the finish!
What's up next?

Sharyn :-)

Tricia said...

This is so gorgeous!!! You did such a beautiful job. I just read your story about your daughter being your secret pal and it made me cry. What a precious gift that was. And your stitching and praying for DJ is just as special. I'm thinking your daughter learned a lot from you.

Have a blessed week!

DJ said...

Hi Babs! Thank you for praying for me, and thank you to the other ladies who have been praying for me too. Your HoA is just beautiful!! You've put me to shame, and now I need to get my act together and get it finished! I value our friendship over the miles, even though we've never met face to face I feel like we are kindred spirits in many ways. I've been so encouraged by your compassion, your lovely e-mails and messages that always say the perfect thing at the perfect time, I know your prayers have carried me through so many tough days. Thank you, Babs!! One day we HAVE to see each other and collect on all the hugs! *Hugs*

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome finish!

Maria said...

Your work is very beautiful! I like it very much. We are waiting for the spring,the weather is cool and foggy. We have lots of snow, hope the warm weather will be here soon..

Milly~ said...

Heart of America is awesome! Just love how it turned out. Congrats on the lovely finish.

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Oh Babs, I am loving that finish!! What a beauty!!

Thank you for the sweet birthday greetings you left me on my blog last week...sorry I haven't said so sooner!

Happy Stitchin'
Terri