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On the Home Stretch

My embroidery "self portrait" is taking shape nicely.

Remember the 8 embroidery designs I chose from Aneela's book?

Well, there was a late entry - this sweet little cup of tea.  It's Irish Breakfast with a little milk & sugar, in case you were wondering.

It even has a little sprig of holly on it  ... which I love with all my heart (it's possible my daughter shares her name with this traditional Christmas flora).

The finished objet d'art is little so I decided to hand quilt it ...

... never mind that my finger now looks like hamburger meat. ;)

Three borders ...

I added a few pretty little accoutrements as well ... you know ... like when you're cooking without a recipe ... and you look thru the kitchen for stuff to throw into the pot.  Well I was looking thru all my pretty notions & trims & things that I bought "just because" and then never knew what to do with them.  Like this faux tape measure trim.  So cute.  (Believe me when I tell you I'm MUCH better at sewing without a pattern than cooking without a recipe!  LOL!) 

I'll show more during the big reveal.  'Cause that's how it works around here.

But to reward you for tolerating my teasing, there just might be a giveaway involved with the big reveal.

Fridays are a good day to have a giveaway, right? ;)

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Reader Comments (35)

Very sweet, as always. Can't wait to see the whole thing and find out where you are going to put it.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Hello Kristyne,
I want to let you know how much WE (myself and girlfriends, sisters!) LOVE you and your gorgeous work! It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring us to create beauty in our lives and share with others. I just pre-ordered your book and I can't wait! Honestly, I'm counting the days!
Love to you!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Absolutely!!! :)
V x

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns

Yes :) Friday's are the best days for giveaways. This project looks like it's shaping up lovely!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramber

Yes. I will tolerate teasing for a giveaway. I can handle that. ;)
And I'm SO glad you added that beautiful teacup! So very sweet!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly

You're such a teaser ... but I don't mind because it's always worth waiting for you! Ana a Good-Friday-Giveaway? Sounds like a great plan;-) Hildy

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHildy

Such an inspiring project! I adore tiny things, and to combine two of them, embroidery and little bits of pretty fabric, into one project? Perfection! Off to start a wee creation of my own... (and dream of giveaways :))

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Love your work. My hands won't let me do that kind of hand work much. I still do a little at a time but it takes a while and I love it. Love your cup of tea!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly Atkins

So cute! Can't wait to see the big reveal!


September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Russett

You big tease! ;)
So far it's lovely though. I wish I were as good at your version of cooking without a recipe. I'm a little better at the real cooking without a recipe and have to follow a sewing pattern. I'm too nervous about wasting precious fabric (that I'm already hesitant to cut into and hoard like it's the end of the world). Plus it never turns out how I envisioned it in my mind....

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I can just tell it will be beautiful! Great that you added that tape measure ribbon.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and how inspiring you are. You are so talented and I just love all that you do. Thanks for sharing it with me and the rest of blogland.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Hi Kristyne, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. It is looking so pretty.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M

Woohoo! I just saw that the Fat Quarter Shop is selling your patterns.....this is "big time" now, dear Kristyne!!!!!! You must be so proud, I know all of your followers are!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Very cute, love the little cup of tea,sweet!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdebbiequilter

Love the cup of tea. I just sat down with mine. Love the name. Just kissed my Holly.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervictoria

Just lovely! I can hardly wait to see the final!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara R

I adore the tea cup. Looks lovely. Very excited to see the finished project. I would never of thought to add the faux tape trim , really cool!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

So love the teasing you do... all your hard work and taking time to blog it is amazing to me! Thanks for sharing with us! Kathi

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathi

Friday works for me!!! Must be really gorgeous if you are hand quilting it! I just hate the long weekends without our Kristyne!!! I will check everyday just to be sure!!! I love added touches,waiting to have a better look!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist

Would love to know what the strawberry fabric is that you used for your border? I love it!
Just purchased your honey bee purse pattern...thinking about using strawberry fabrics!
I really enjoy your blog...look forward to it. You have so many great ideas.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

I love that little cup of tea.... and the name! :O) And I want some of that twill tape. Bad.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

ps - what thread do you use for your hand quilting? :o)

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

Those little stitcheries are darling. I can't wait to see the big reveal!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie

Such pretty colours. You just might inspire me to embroider something!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie-Anne

Beautiful work, I can't wait to see the reveal. Friday is a very good day for a giveaway...to me! :)

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

I love your little stichs piece... It brighten my afternoon yesterday as I working on a quilt and needed a little refreshing eye candy, your piece hit the spot!

Your site is also very, very nice...
Mindy Fawn
Fawn Meadow Designs

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMindy Fawn

I got Aneela's book from the library and love it! I'm using the squirrel design on a quilt I'm finishing up. The book is definitely one I have on my wish list. So many designs I'd like to do!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBaye

I can't wait for the grand reveal!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchie the wonder dog

oh pooh... I excitedly just checked in and realized that TOMORROW is Friday... not today... :O) HURRY!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

Is it Friday yet??? WAKE UP! WAKE UP!! ;p

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterina

Isn't it Friday in Canada YET?

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

I adore your work - it's so fresh and soooo pretty!!!
My favorite winter craft is still quilting, stitchery, knitting and sewing. Hmmm...favourite - well, okay, favorites! I could never stick to just one thing!!
Keep up the great work, it's really inspiring!!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Lovely! Very well done. I love it how brave you are for making up something like that AND make it! Very inspirational.

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarja

I really like how you show us bits and peaces of what you have been making so we can be wowed. I love it.

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiindy

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