Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Midsummer, TIF and Settling In

Evening ladies... hope all is well in your world. My world has been rather busy, with not much going on in the way of stitching; however, I have done this:
Eskimo edging stitch
This is a variation on Elizabeth's Eskimo edging stitch. I really like this stitch and decided to play around with it on Block 7. Here it is in situ:
Block 7 - partial
The gray #8 perle cotton is the eskimo edging stitch and the white #12 perle cotton is just plain old straight stitch. I really like how it turned out and am tickled that it worked!

On the Take It Further Challenge front, I have reluctantly decided to bow out of the challenge in order to get some work done on my Midsummer CQ. Since I work full time, I just don't have copious amounts of spare time to devote to creative pursuits, hence the decision. I was really bummed about it this weekend, but have since realized it's for the best. When I told Glenn I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew in doing both the Midsummer CQ and the challenge, he said with a smile, "You always do." It's so true... I always try to do too much and then end up not doing either one well enough. Gosh, do ya' think I might be actually learning some things about myself? ;0) Anyway, I'll be watching everyone else and storing away ideas, concepts and techniques for future use, never fear! I will be finishing the luna moth, though... I just needed to get back to the Midsummer CQ after I made my decision; I think I needed to make sure I made the right choice!

Here's a peek at the office area after our trip to Ikea this weekend. We picked up some bookshelves to finish it off. We still didn't have room for all the books so I did some judicious and ruthless culling of my garden books (I had lots) and managed to fit everything in. There are still some minor touches, such as artwork or quilts on the wall and painting (maybe) later this spring, but it's coming together quite well, I think.

Here's the left side:
Left side
moving around to the right:
Desks 1
and then to the end of the room.
Both Desks
As a reminder, here's what it looked like when we bought it:
Window seat
It works much better for us this way, me likey!

Thanks for all your comments on the last post... it's nice to know I'm not boring! ;0) See ya' in a few!


Threadspider said...

It must have been a hard decision Marty, but I'm glad to see you have started on the Midsummer Night quilt again-its going to be so lovely if those pictures are an indication.

Allison Ann Aller said...

The Eskimo stitching is just could I have missed Elizabeth's blog before now?
I am glad you are concentrating on your Midsummer Night quilt this deserves your full attention.
And kudos on your organizational efforts!

Rian said...

Me likey too--nice space. The eskimo stitching is lovely, as is the whole piece. You just keep knockin our socks off, Miss Martypants!

Smart move to turn your focus to the Midsummer. Sometimes you just have to do that.

JANE said...

Ditto, you have to do what is best for you, Sometimes all our great intents just take us past our limits. I too look forward to seeing your Mid/Night stitching again.

Susan said...

I love your office. Did you take the arch out entirely, or just shorten it?

The stitching on your midnight block is great. I really like that, too. Thanks for sharing it. Elizabeth is really inspiring, isn't she?