Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's ALMOST Summer......

I was really looking forward to participating in "Tammy 4 All Seasons" and got an early start in mid-December with pauses for holiday commitments.  Not to worry...plenty of time to finish well before my "due date".

Enter Murphy's Law:  If anything can go wrong, it will.  On New Year's Day, my mother fell and broke her hip.  Since she can no longer live alone, we started the grueling process of moving her belongings to my sister's house.  This involved multiple trips for me driving from my home to mother's apartment, to sister's home, to the nursing home, and back to my home....330 mile round trip.  I have logged over 1500 miles in the last two weeks, with more to come.

And, somewhere in this saga, I have damaged a retina!  So I am showing you my failure at finishing this project.


I chose Summer, but did not use vintage fabric...though the red on the bag is a 1930's copy print.  I ended up using 14 point white fabric for the stitching, which I normally shy away from.


I actually had two lovely 28 point fabrics..one an Irish Linen and a hand dyed fabric in a Queen Anne's Lace color that I was excited to try.  So, I began on the hand dyed while sitting in the hospital with my mother.  I just could NOT see well enough...even with my Beam and Read.


I may not have used vintage fabric, but I did try to use my vintage Beam and Read.  This is over 20 years old and sports a single, incandescent bulb.  It was no help.  I considered just throwing it out, but looks like the fault lies with my retinal problem, not my ancient stitching pal.  I am definitely looking for the new model, though.


After I switched to 14 point white fabric, the stitching went somewhat better, until the nurse told me it would be best to turn out the room lights to make it more restful for my mother.  So, I tried to stitch standing at the room window on a dark, cloudy day.  When I got home to bright sunlight reflecting off the lake outside my doors, I realized my grey outline stitches were not grey enough.



I chose to make a ruffle, rather than box pleats...again because I could do it at the hospital.


This was still fun, in spite of all my trials and tribulations.  As soon as I get my eyesight repaired, I intend finishing the project.

Please visit the rest of our "Tammy 4 All Seasons" participants.  You won't be disappointed in the quality of their work.

January 16, 2015

Julia Plunkett will post on Sewwequilt
It Seams To Be Sew

58 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your Mom, hope she is doing well now. Love your Tammy and the Pinny. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Well, in spite of your obstacles you did a great job with your stitching and pinny. They both look great.

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  3. I love the ruffles !!!! Just looking at how well your stitching is...I hope mine gets better!!! Prayers for you and your Mom...thank you for sharing. I really love your projects!!!!

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  4. Great Tammy Bag and Pinny; I am happy you managed to get them finished in spite of your obstacles. The ruffles are sew cute!

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  5. Your Tammy Bag and Pinny turned out very nice. I hope your Mom is doing a lot better now. Glad you were part of the hop.

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  6. Oh my, you really had a crazy busy time! I hope that your mother is getting better and that your eyes are getting better too!
    Your pinnie has a great effect with this ruffle fabric, wao!
    And I really like your Summer Tammy, it is fresh and the colour choice is very nice!

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  7. So sorry to hear about your mom. Family comes first always. In spite of all your tribulations, you did a great job on your Tammy bag. Your Pinny is adorable, too. Love the colors you chose. Great job!

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  8. What a difficult time for you. Sorry to hear of it, but you had your stitching to help occupy your sitting down time. Lovely start and I know it will be a lovely finish.

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  9. Sorry to hear about all your troubles; you did a great job in spite of the situation!

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  10. I so hope your mom is doing a lot better now. In spite of it all, you got a lot done.. the cross stitching is half the battle. Your Tammy and Pinny both are really pretty!

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  11. I love the fabric on your Pinny!

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  12. Now you my lady with all that in your travels, still managed to do your summer Tammy Bag....you did very well considering lack of lighting, less hours to stitch. ( cannot stitch while driving) lol. So proud of you for accomplishing what you did and i think your Tammy and pinny look very good...amazing....LOVE your tenacity! well noted..

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  13. Carol I'm amazed you got that much done with all that has happened! The pinny is perfect with that fabric and you're just a few hours away from finished the bag - amazing. What's the problem with the retina? What does the doctor say about it? blessings, marlene

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  14. Stress isn't easy but I am glad you made your project, give our best to Mom.

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  15. No failures here. Your bag and pinny look great. I love the bight colors you chose for the pinny. Prayers for you and your mom. Hugs...

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  16. You did a great job! I can't imagine trying to stitch under those conditions!
    I hope you and your mother continue to heal!

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  17. In spite of all the problems you encountered, your Tammy and Pinny both turned out great! I love the stripes you used on the ruffle.

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  18. Hope you get your eye repaired well, but I think your bag turned out fantastic, love the summer one the best.

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  19. Your bag is looking wonderful! So sorry you are having trouble, sometimes life hands us curves, and I admire you for keeping at it despite the obstacles. I really love your bird pinny. It is so colorful. Hope things start going better for you, ~Cori

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  20. What a start to the new year! I do hope your mother is doing better and that you and your sister are able to have some time to relax. We moved a relative into assisted living on New Year's Eve and that was hard in itself. I feel for you and all you have been through this year. And I am praying for a speedy recovery for your mother with her hip and for you with your eye.

    I am so impressed that your project is nearly complete, in spite of everything life has thrown your way. Your bag and your pinny look wonderful!

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  21. I am stunned that you managed to almost finish the bag. With all you have endured during the last couple of weeks, I was expecting a grocery bag with the supplies! I am amazed at how much you got done. It looks amazing. Well done!

    Hope your eye gets better soon and you and all your loved ones will have smooth sailing from now on.

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  22. You've done really well to produce such pretty work with everything you have on your plate.

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  23. I am sorry to hear about your mother. My aunt broke her hip a few years back (over Thanksgiving ) She moved in with us and my life changed drastically. I still wouldn't have changed a thing. Your bag turned at very pretty, a lot better than mine! I like you fabric and your decision for ruffles.

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  24. A beaufiful finish despite all the distractions. Your stitching is fabulous and I must say, the portability of cross stitching makes for a perfect way to make those hours tick away in the hospital. Sending best wishes to your mom and you.

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  25. Sorry to hear about your mother and hope things are going better. Love the fabric that you are using on your Tammy bag and your stitching is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Wow! Great work, you are dedicated. Sorry to hear of your troubles and I hope your mom will be better soon.

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  27. Love what you've done. Fabric choice works well with the bathing suit. Great idea to sew a ruffle.Hope both you and your mother are doing better.

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  28. Lovely work! I have concerns about my eyes and hands being up to this type of fine stitching but I am feeling so inspired by the beautiful creations in this hop. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

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  29. You've been through a lot lately. The stitching is lovely in spite of all the trials. Good job.

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  30. This could almost make me think summer really is coming. Beautiful stitching.

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  31. I think considering all you've been through you really accomplished a lot. It looks beautiful! I hope your mom is okay and you get that eye problem fixed soon.

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  32. You are amazing to have accomplished this beautiful bag and pinny with all your trials. When my mother died, we had to schedule her funeral around my brother's surgery for a detached retina. He was a high school principal and one of his special ed kids said "Mr. Cartwright has a detached rectum." We all had a great laugh about that. He and I each have double vision issues and the other brother does not. I had to have surgery on both my eyes in November 2013. I have prisms in both my lenses and I still have to move my head to be able to focus. I don't have to use my glasses to drive most of the time. I don't even have a restriction on my driver's license. Back to you - I am just blown away by the quality of your work and your tenacity to the projects. You amaze me that you have been able to accomplish all this with all that has come your way. You certainly are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for participating in the hop and sharing not only your work but also your story about the details behind the project. They say every quilt has a story - every project has a story and this one has a marvelous story about a wonderful lady with a great, loving spirit and lots of tenacity.

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  33. Sorry to hear of al your troubles,and hope that they are resolved soon! No failures here! All I see is a beautiful Summer Tammy!

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  34. Goodness, when it rains, it pours!! Hope things are getting back to normal and that the retinal thing is just temporary. Loved your brightly colored Tammy bag and the pinny. You accomplished lots for all that's been going on.

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  35. I'm amazed that you got anything at all done, given the month that you have had! What you have done so far is beautiful! I hope things are getting better for you and your family. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. How sad for your mother, and I know how difficult it was and will be for you and your sister. Your Tammy is adorable, and the pinny is just too cute. I love the rainbow effect of the ruffle. Very sweet set.

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  37. Your stitching and pinny is beautiful.

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  38. Your bag and pinny are beautiful. I opted for a regular ruffle as well. Only I just didn't have the patience for the other. I hope you and your mother recovery quickly. Hugs to you!

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  39. Love the colors,especially the red suit!

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  40. Your stitching is very summery and nice! I love the red bathing suit!

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  41. I think the bag is great. I'm sorry for all that went wrong. I hope you and your mother a speedy recovery. Thank you for sharing.

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  42. What a great stitch pattern! You did great work!

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  43. Despite all you've been through in such a short amount of time, look how close you are to finishing your bag. The bag and pinny are lovely! I hope your eye is healing well and your mom is recovering from her fall.

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  44. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for you and your Mum. Well done on your last fortnight and hope the next two weeks goes better.
    judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

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  45. Saying prayers for you and family. The bag turned out beautiful. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  46. so brave to do all that cross stitch! Just gorgeous! All the best to you and your Mum... time to heal!

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  47. Wow, you had quite a rough holiday. And still you managed to finish your bag! It's really cute! I hope your eye and vision are better, take a break for yourself after doing so much for others. Tammy for all Season sent me.....

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  48. I love the pops of red!! So pretty. Best of luck to your retina and your mother :)

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  49. I'm so sorry that you've had so much on your plate lately but you've done well with what you have accomplished.

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  50. Your bag looks great, hope all continues on a smooth path forward for you!

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  51. The summer cross stitch is possibly my favorite, maybe it's cause that bathing suit is just the neatest shape. I used to cross stitch a long time ago and am regretting not jumping in on this blog hop but I'm so happy I get to oogle all of your fabulous creations!

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  52. Yes, if stress burned calories, I would be a super model too. You are almost finished your Tammy and it is awesome!! I started with the summer too...you will love yours when it is finished...it won't take you much longer. It has been a fun hop. Sorry to hear about your mother...my husband has some serious health concerns at the moment...I'm taking one day at a time, when I'm exhausted I'm not very productive!! Just do what you can, when you can!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  53. Beautiful projects. Sending you and your mom warm hugs and healing wishes.

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  54. So sorry to hear about your mother's fall and all the related trouble. It can make even something you enjoy doing just added stress. I hope things settle down for you in the near future. You've made a nice start and I'm sure it will be a lovely finish. I hopped over from Tammy 4 all seasons blog. She said to say hello!

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  55. Those are just so cute! Great results under the circumstances - a damaged retina too? Beautiful work.

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  56. Your work is lovely -- thanks for sharing!

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