Hello Stitching World ~ Long Time No See!

I've been quite the delinquent blogger of late. Last evening, I went out for a fun night of "Stitching at the Ford" sponsored by The Strawberry Sampler, and had fun meeting up with Anna VS and Dianne along with a bunch of other local stitchers. It inspired me to update my blog!
Dianne and I --we planned in advance to match our haircolor and fushia tops (not really)

Anna rocking the mystery shades whilst my left arm looks huge

Sadly, I don't have oodles to show you for the last couple of months. It has been a busy/strange/emotionally difficult summer; I experienced the deaths of three people I was close to, so have been doing a lot of grieving, but am also pregnant with my first, so of course have been joyful as well.

But how about some stitchery. I do have a couple of finishes and a work in progress:

WIP: Autumn Song by Blackbird Designs

Blackbird Designs Freebie -- for my grandmother, finished as a wall hanging

LHN Travelling Stitcher -- (stitching done, just need to attach these to the cute travel cases)

Until next time ... hopefully sooner than 2 months from now!


Lee said...

It's so nice to see you! You look wonderful!

Siobhan said...

It's so good to see an update from you! I have been thinking of you, hoping that all is well. You look radiant! Beautiful pregnancy pic of you in your sidebar. :)

I can't tell you how jealous I am of all of you guys that got to go Stitchin' at the Ford. I am soooooo insanely jealous. Looks like you all had a fabulous time.

Beautiful stitching progress!

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your loved ones. My father passed away when I was pregnant with my first baby and it was a very bittersweet time. Hugs to you.

Cathy B said...

It's great to hear from you Rachel! Glad you had a fun time getting together with your stitching buds!

Nancy said...

It's good to hear from you Rachel! I have been wondering how your pregnancy was going. You must be so excited! Your stitching is just beautiful. I'm sure your grandmother loves the piece you finished for her.

I'm so sorry you lost some people that you loved so much, but I hope the memories you have will make you smile eventually.

Take care of you and baby!

Michele B. said...

How nice to see a post from you. You have that pregnancy glow in your pictures. I'm sorry your happy time has been somewhat sobered by loss. Your stitching as always is beautiful - I always like what you choose to make. Thanks for your post on my blog - I actually first saw Home Sweet Home when you posted about it when it first came out. I'm setting it aside for now but will find the perfect floss eventually and go back to it. Hope you post again soon!

Sharon said...

Beautiful finishes Rachel!

Katrina said...

It's so nice to see you post on your stitching blog! Love your finishes :-).

Susan said...

Pregnancy definitely agrees with you, Rachel - you look lovely!

I'm sorry for the loss of your those close to you.

I love the Autumn Blackbird Designs piece - it's beautiful!

Meredith said...

So good to have an update from you! I am sorry for your losses this summer. You look fantastic - pregnancy definitely agrees with you :-) Your stitching is beautiful. I wish I could have done the Stitching at the Ford - I live just a slight touch too far away though (about 2 hours). Glad all is well and looking forward to hearing more soon! Meredith

Anna van Schurman said...

That is the first picture I've seen that really shows the color of the fabric for Mermaids Singing.

You've really done some beautiful stitching on your blog hiatus.

Of course, we all look lovely. (And it's usually me that's too close to the camera!) It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing you next month!

catgerenser said...


It was so nice to meet you Friday night! I as sitting to your left on the opposite side of the table - stitching on the birth sampler for my neighbor.

Your stitching is beautiful and I love how you finised the Blackbird freebie!

Hopefully I'll see you next month for the "Stitchin' in the Ford" event!

mainely stitching said...

WONDERFUL finishes!! And what fun that you were able to meet up with Dianne and Anna! :D

Andrea said...

You're looking well and blooming. :)

Great finishes and WIPs.

Dianne said...

You look cute in your photos-me, not so much. I swear I brought water with me too. ; )
You are such a neat stitcher too. I was happy to see your-perfect Autumn design in person.
It sure has been a unique summer for you-sad and of course happy. Neat to meet Anna too!

Hazel said...

Great to see you. You look fab! xx

Michelle said...

Love the photos of you all - that Anna is a hoot with her sunglasses! It looks like it was a fabulous time! Your stitching finishes are lovely - I really need to get that autumn BBD out and stitch it up. So sorry to hear about the loss of your loved ones, but glad to hear everything is going well with the pregnancy! I'm so excited for you!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy, what a blessing for you :) I love all of the stitching you have been doing, it's pretty. Sorry your summer has been difficult, I hope the rest of the year is more peaceful for you.

Deb said...

Great finishes - all of them. Glad to see you post and sorry for all that you've been through this summer. You look positively glowing in your picture on your sidebar.

Brigitte said...

Your finishes are so great. Congratulations! And your BBD is not very far from being finished. It looks fantastic and is a great project to get into an autumn mood.