1/20/15

Tammy For All Seasons - My Day! + Giveaway!

 The winner of the earrings is Rhonda D of Ozark Country Stitchin! Congratulations Rhonda!  
I will send you an email for your mailing info.

I still have 3 pair of Readers in each power if you would like for me to send you a pair.  Just scroll down to read the info at the bottom of the post and then comment if you would like a pair. 

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Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Sew We Stitch teamed up with Brooke Nolan of Brooke's Books Publishing and Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs to bring us yet again, another fabulous blog hop!  Enlisting the help of Mary of I Piece 2 Mary, she quickly got us all signed up and organized the hop to a tee!  
We have quite the host of sponsors to thank for this hop! We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for what you do for the quilting community as a whole!


Brooke Nolan of Brooke's Book Publishing designed 4 Vintage Fashion patterns for the hop and Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs designed 4 Pinny patterns for us as well.  Both designers designed these to be seasonable, -  spring, summer, fall and winter.  We all were to use Madame Samm's Tammy Bag pattern and incorporate our choice of one of the Vintage Fashion cross stitch patterns on the front.  We also were able to choose one of the Pinny patterns and create it to be complimentary to our Tammy Bag design.

Spring is my favorite season of all with the rebirth of everything... flowers blooming, birds singing... the whole earth comes awake in all it's glory once again! I just love Springtime!  I have my cereal on the front porch swing and the birds sing a melody for me every single morning!  So it was no doubt the Spring Vintage Fashion cross stitch pattern that I wanted to create my Tammy Bag with.  I chose the Summer Pinny as it had the cutest little bluebird on the front!  Without further adieu, here is my Tammy and the Pinny.



I used Monaco 14 ct Aida for the front of my Tammy Bag and stayed within Brooke's original color scheme.  I am not too savy when it comes to making too many changes.  I actually enjoyed this color scheme and thought the bag turned out very well.  The sides and back are a drapery fabric in just the right polka dot colors!
The inside lining is a 100% cotton fabric that has words on it that were perfect for the vintage feel of this bag.  Words like authentic, natural, timeless, fresh, true and pure... all relate back to vintage times to me.... slower paced times... times when we stopped to smell the roses more... maybe we should make that a priority in our lives more often. 


 For the Pinny I decided to go "rogue" as another hopper put it.. but I am not as rogue as she was by a long shot. lol...I wanted to bring a little bit of the "crazy quilter" side of me in to this design.   I had this beautiful piece of lace that had been hand dyed by my friend Nicki Seavey.....2 lovebirds in the perfect colors.  I stitched down a piece of tatting first and beaded around the outer edge of it and then stitched down the birds.  I also beaded a hanger for my Pinny so it would be easily attachable to the Tammy Bag.

 On the back I made some changes as well.  I could not get the little bag to come out right and after 3 tries and my fat fingers not cooperating, I chose to add a pocket all the way across the Pinny.  I sewed a line about 3/4 of the way over so I would have 2 sections in the pocket.  You can keep your scissors or extra needles in the larger area and the smaller area is perfect for your thimble. I did all of my sewing on the Pinny by hand so the front is blind stitched to the box pleated ruffle and so is the back.  It makes for a clean seamless finish.
 The beaded hanger makes it easy to take your Pinny along with you.  You can see the polka dot fabric very well in this photo. :)
I have something else to show you but first I want to show you the tools that I use when I cross stitch.  My Sparco stand, Q-Snap frames, cross stitch needles, DMC floss, a Mighty Bright Light that I found at Staples,  DMC 14 count Aida cloth, Stick With Me Magnet, thimble and readers.  The readers would have been very nice but I found out very quick that my astigmatism will not allow me to wear them.  So you will see my prescription glasses that I wear when I do close up work.... they are a MUST or I would do nothing at all.  I was hoping to be able to use the readers because they are SO hip looking! The sweet lady at Readers.com sent me more readers in different powers to try just on the off chance I would be able to use them but nothing worked.  So if you can use 2.50 power or 2.75 power, and would like for me to send the ones I have to you, please leave me a note in your comment.  I would hate for these to lay here and not be used.  Please only speak for them if you know for certain you can wear these powers. 2.50 and 2.75.
 When I cross stitched in the 80's and 980's, I had a book stand that I bought at a Bible store. It had a line identifier on it and made it so easy to keep up with your place.  I used it so much that the movable side arm broke off and I had not replaced it as I had quit cross stitching.  My eyes would not allow me to stitch as much as I wanted so I devoted my time to other things.  Fast forward 15 years and Madame Samm's way of getting us to learn new things or re-acquaint ourselves with things we used to enjoy, and I am simply loving cross stitching again.  These smaller projects are perfect for eyes like mine. Thank you Samm!

I found a new stand on Amazon made by Sparco that is almost identical to the one I had 20 years ago! Here is a close up of it.. along with Madame Samm's Stick With Me Magnet.  I use the magnet  for holding my needle when I take breaks or need to get more thread ready.  I am always losing my needle and this is perfect to help me keep it where it needs to be!
I said I had something else to show you... yes, I did.. I made another Tammy bag and cross stitched another one of Brooke Nolan's designs on the front.  She has a freebie area on her site and right now you can download her Advent Animals.  I may have changed the name of my blog but a little piece of Pig Tales and Quilts will find its way in to the new blog every once in a while.  And why not in the first hop of 2015!

I cross stitched the August Advent Design, Pearly Pig!!!  I could NOT resist!  I also made a matching Coin Purse, another of Madame Samm's designs! I had the perfect fabrics to compliment the colors in Pearly Pig! I love how this one came out and may have to tote it to town a few times. ha!
 The inside lining is from a fabric that was sent to me at the end of 2014 as a thank you from a friend for building a quilter's forum for the HGTV ladies. HGTV.com shut down their message forums so I took it upon myself to build us one on another server.  If you love to hang out with quilters come pay us a visit! Circle Of Friends Quilting and Needlework Forum.
I have also made another Pinny and was going to show it today but I have decided to wait.  As you can see on the photos above of my tools, I have started a new project.   I am now working on the Winter Vintage Fashion cross stitch pattern and the Pinny goes with it.  I will show them both when the Tammy bag is finished.  See, I told you I was hooked again!  :)

If you have stayed with me this long, as long winded as I was today, I have a giveaway for you.  I received these hand crcoheted earrings as a gift but I do not wear earrings.  I do not have holes in my ears for one thing. So one of you will be the lucky recipient to wear these this Spring!


I have to tell you a funny story... I had never had pierced ears...ever in my life.  In 2001 when I turned 31, my best friend Regina decided it was high time I had holes in my ears so she promptly took me to Walmart to have earrings put in my ears for my birthday.  As soon as the tech blasted that gun and made the first hole, I screamed and turned white as a ghost (Regina told me how white I became).  She thought I was about to faint and most likely I was!  The tech got the other hole put in the opposite ear but within 3 weeks time, I yanked those starter earrings out and let the holes grow back up.  They were getting on my nerves! ha!  I am too old fashioned! oh well, sue me. lol

Please leave me a comment if you would like your name in the pot for the earrings and remember to leave me a comment if you  need a pair of these readers.  There are 5 pair in the 2.50 strength and 5 pair in the 2.75 strength.  I did not ask for these,  she just wanted to try her best to get me in a pair but to no avail.  I will ask you to pay the actual small flat rate shipping of 5.95 to get them to you since there are so many. (International friends shipping will be higher)   They need to come in a box so they do not get broke.  These readers range from 16.95 to 22.95  so even with you paying the shipping, you are getting a great deal.  I just want someone to be able to put them to use.   I will pay the postage on the earrings since it is my blog giveaway item for the hop.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and taking part in the blog hop!  Now please go visit the other bloggers who share the day with me.  Please leave them some comment love!

January 20, 2015



52 comments:

  1. Your Spring Tammy and Pinny are fantastic! Love your Pearly Pig and coin purse. Thank you for sharing and joining the hop.

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  2. Gorgeous spring Tammy and Pinny! Your Pearly Pig and coin purse are awesome, too!

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  3. Beautiful stitching! Makes me long for Spring. Love the polka dot fabric on your Tammy, and the birds on your Pinny are gorgeous! I am so impressed you found the time to make another stitchery Tammy bag. (I just love Brooke's designs.)

    I would love the 250 strength readers if you still have them. My eyes aren't what they used to be. These days I need to use readers for any close-up work. Let me know.

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  4. I love, love the Summer time pinny with your extra beading and going all rogue :) The fabrics you chose for the spring time tammy are perfect and that Sparco frame, could have totally used one of those! Don't put me in the lot for the glasses (if I do more cross stitch I just might need them, lol, but not for my embroidery projects) or earrings ( I don't have holes either, after one to many pulls from my little baby boy they came out over 6 years ago)

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  5. I love your spring bag. It is gorgeous. And the adjustments you made to the pinny are just perfect! Don't put me in the draw for the earings or the reader! I am the same age you are.....and don't have pierced ears either....mmmm. Thank you for sharing your other gorgeous bags too. It all looks so pretty.

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  6. My goodness I love your pearly pig Tammy - too cute!

    Your Spring bag is beautiful - and your rogue penny! hee....hee

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  7. Wonderful job. I love your Tammys and your stories are always full of fun!

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  8. Oh wow. I just love both of your bags and your rogue pinnie. The pig design is just adorable.

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  9. Your bags are so pretty, and I really like your rogue pinny too! Your idea for the back of the pinny is a good one. (Please leave me out of the giveaways, thanks.)

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  10. Thearica like you I have gotten hooked on cross stitch again too. I loved it for a long time and am glad to be doing a little now as well. It won't replace other things I do but I will just add it to my list. :) I love the summer pattern and can't wait to do it but I've begun fall so it might be a little while. Your polka dot fabric is perfect with it. And that pig....adorable! blessings, marlene

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  11. Thearica, Your bags and pinny are so pretty. Love spring and can't wait for it to come.

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  12. You did a wonderful job on your bags and pinny! What an adorable little pig! Wow!

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  13. OK, back to losing my posts. so here goes again. Love both bags but the pig one speaks to me. I don't wear earrings any more either but they would look great on a cq block....just saying :).

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  14. I am thinking you could take those earrings apart and decorate one of those cute bags...love them! I use readers but try to keep to a 1.50 strength...you quickly get dependent on using them!
    Deb

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  15. Your bags look darling, Thearica. The color of the Spring Tammy is so pretty and I like the idea of the larger pocket on the back. Nice finishes.

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  16. OMG Thearica all your Tammys are wonderful....stitching, photos and fabrics are perfect. Awesome work!! I have to share my ear piercing story...I'll make it short....I did pass out just after I left the store. We were in our early teens, my younger sister had her years pierced and finally got up the nerve to get mine done. She went with me...we went to the ladies room and I made the mistake of looking in the mirror...I saw the blood and I was on the floor...my poor sister. A lady came to help my sister and after cold water on my face...and a bit of waiting till and color returned to my face, we headed to the bus stop and went home...I was soooooo embarassed and I still pass out at the sight of blood. I've got so many stories...I've embarassed myself sooo many times. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cross stitched treasures! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  17. Thearica, your Tammy Bag and Pinny definitely say "spring" - they're lovely! Pearly Pig looks adorable on the bag. :)

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  18. Looks like you have all the tools to be super successful & you were. Your purse and pinny are wonderful. Ear piecing, how not fun is that!

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  19. Everything is wonderful. I love love love the pig tammy. It is sew cute.

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  20. Pretty spring bag. Love you going rogue... can't imagine where you got that idea...;) I am sure your pinny is much more special now. I also love the pocket across the whole back. Great idea! My favorite is that Piggy Purse! LOVE it! and with a coin purse too? Brooke's patterns are so adorable. You did a great job on them. ~Cori

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  21. Love the polka dot fabric on to your spring tammy! And purse looks so cute!

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  22. Thearica, I am so glad to see you!! Sorry you had to go through an entire blog changeover at the most inconvenient time! Your Tammy bags are all so darling. How fun that you made a little Pearlie Pig purse and matching coin purse! Wow, great projects and stories today - I'll have to check out your book holder and your new quilter's forum. Whew, you are one busy gal!

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  23. Adorable, just as I knew it would be. I love how you changed your Pinny. Just that little tweek, perfect touch. I also like the handle on your Tammy bag. I only ever seen chains.

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  24. I'm so glad you're back up and running with your blog...crazy mess, wasn't it! Your bags are just beautiful and so is that cute pinny!

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  25. Love your bags especially the piggy. your pinny is also very sweet.

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  26. Your Tammy bags are just lovely! Love your spring pinny and how you did the back. I thought about getting readers but my husband pointed out to me that they won't work for because of my astigmatism. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. I love your Spring Tammy. The polka dot fabric was indeed perfect for it. And little Miss Pearly Pig is simply adorable. I would actually love to have a pair of readers and wouldn't mind paying shipping at all. 2.75 power is exactly what I wear. Its very generous of you to offer them. Thanks for sharing your projects. Can't wait to see the next one. :)

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  28. Your Spring Tammy Bag is darling! I love fabrics with word prints, so I fell in love with the interior too! Your pinny turned out darling. I love the tatting and NickiLee's lace is always lovely. The beaded hanger is fun touch. Your Pearly Pig Tammy Bag is SOOO cute! Love it! Beautiful work.

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  29. apologies for being late...I had an urgent appt this am .....but I am here .....
    Wow....love your piggie...love your Tammy (s) and your pinnies...oh you really showcased some gems

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  30. I love the addition of the tatting and birds to your pinny, as well as the larger pocket. Yo really made it yours. Spring tammy and Pearly Pig both turned out awesome. Love your coordinating fabrics. Great job.

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  31. Love your Tammy bags and Pinny. Great choice of fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.
    wigglypup2 at yahoo dot com

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  32. Your Tammy Bags and Pinny are beautiful. Pearly Pig is absolutely adorable.

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  33. Stunning! I am in awe of how beautifully you t itched these...and your photos!

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  34. Your Tammy bag was wonderful with polka dots - my fav. Loved your ideas for the pinny - the tatting, the beading, and the change in the back pocket were so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Thank you Thearica foe sharing the Cross Stitch link. Your Tammy Bags and Pinnys are beautiful. I appreciate you hopping. Creative Tammy Bliss...

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  36. Your piggy is adorable and love the beautiful pinny too.

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  37. Love both of your Tammy's and the Pinny too,especially with the polkadots! Thanks for sharing the link to the free patterns.

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  38. Your bags are the sweetest and I love the pinny with the lace birds. So creative you are. Polka dots are so great with the cross stitch. Lovely to look at your post with all this stitching goodness.

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  39. Love your spring Tammy, but the little piggy is my favorite. I have been working on those as well and haven't quite made it to her. Beautiful stitching, bags, and pinny.

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  40. Your work is so lovely, Thearica. I agree with you about the color scheme of the spring Tammy. It is beautiful. The polka dots are very cute, and I love the idea of a beaded hanging loop for the pinny. What a pretty lace design to put on the back of the pinny. You have talented friends. And your little piggy stitchery is just adorable. Well done.

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  41. Both Tammy Bags and Pinny's are so adorable, I'm sure you had fun making them all. That's what it's all about isn't it? As for the earrings, you could use them on a project like stick pins…. they're very cute! Have a beautiful day - happy stitching & sewing!

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  42. I love your bag and now I want to make a coin purse like yours. I will have to either get the pattern or resize the one I have. BTW, I didn't recognize you at your new blog...nice!!! I need to go work on finishing my stitching since I didn't finish due to being sick. I'm still fighting to make it thru each day but I'll get there soon enough.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  43. Your bag is lovely and I really like your idea for the pinny !

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  44. Your Tammy and Pinny turned out wonderful. Love you fabric choices. Thank you for being part of this great hop.

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