When going on vacation, the first thing I plan is what I am going to bring for handwork. Sometimes it is an easy decision. Other times I have to come up with a new project. I gather all my materials along with my designs, thread, needlecase and scissors and put them in a zip lock baggie. It becomes difficult at this point to not start the project until I am on the road. It is especially difficult if I am very excited about it.
The road trip that I just completed was from Pennsylvania to Key West, Florida - a total of 1356 miles. We planned it over 2 1/2 days so that we could have a short visit with my sister-in-law. There was a bonus while visiting my SIL. She asked if I would like to go see this house covered with lights. I don't think she knew how much this Jewish girl loves Christmas lights - the more, the better. Check this out:
The whole yard was fenced in. Families were waiting for them to open the gates so the children could wander around. We didn't wait.
For my project, I prepared all the applique and fused it to the background. It measures about 16"x20".
I used 3 strands of floss to stitch everything down through only a piece of low loft batting.
I am not going to quilt it since I am placing it under a piece of glass. I like using the batting to prevent my stitches from puckering.
The project lasted me 2 days. I did run out of a tiny little bit of cotton floss.
I love my little country houses. It will be placed in a glass topped night table in the Poconos. But I won't be able to do that until after the winter. I'll keep you posted.
Today is also the last day of The Blog Hop Party. I thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog and my etsy shop to look at my dupioni silk. I have used a random number generator to pick the winner. The winner of a trio of silk is: Ariane. Congratulations! Your hydrangea colorway will be on its way as soon as I get your address. Look for my e-mail.
Also, to celebrate that I surpassed 200 Followers - yippeee! - I have chosen another winner that will receive one of my dupioni silk collections. The winner is: Peggy. Congratulations and what fun this has been.