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Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Post One

Styling with Stitches

What's Stitching
SAL reveal

We are FINALLY BACK and thrilled to be so.   It was a rough two months but we are working our way back to "blog form".   And, we will be visiting with all of you and seeing all that we missed.   We truly missed each of you.

June is our "Birds and Bees" month which is always a fun post.   For our Styling with Stitches post we have stitched Mrs. Maguire patterns.   We made them to be basket covers and we hope you like them.  Mrs. Maguire charts are primitive but they are whimsical and sweet too.

Hope you all have been well and had time to work in your gardens and enjoy the tweeting of the birds and the buzzing of the bees. We will have another post at the end of the month and it is our big give away so don't miss that one.  We are calling it "A Few of our Favorite Things" and they will relate to our favorite stitching items with a bird and bee theme.


Styling With Stitches

RJ's Mrs. Maguire

Mrs. Maguire's Garden was my first Pineberry stitch and I enjoyed it very much.  Our theme this month is birds and bees and this garden pattern had neither so I changed the top corner designs to bees and added a tiny bee button on one of the flowers.   I finished it with a soft brown background fabric with tiny white flowers with a golden yellow center.  It brought out all the colors in the stitch.  I also added a tiny brown check bow on the right corner with a beehive button. At the last minute I decided to put it on a vintage watering can instead of a basket.   I just added sunflowers to the watering can for a simple and prim finish.

I found this French watering can at a Flea Market in St. Louis.  It holds a casual gathering of sunflowers.

Mrs. Maguire is mighty prim and sweet watering her flowers!  Can you see the little bee button on the flower on the left?  I also added the stitched bees in the top corners and the bee hive button on the bow at top to fit our monthly theme.

Mrs. Maguire's Garden
by Pineberry Lane
40 ct. Country Mocha linen
matched over dyed threads to the called for DMC
buttons from 123 stitch


Mary's Mrs. Maguire

Mrs. Maguire-Bee Charmer certainly  gave me a new appreciation for the “prim style” of cross stitch.  I loved the simplicity and charm of this stitch so I wanted to keep the finish simple.  I tacked her onto a Sur-la-table basket that I found on clearance, added a double bow and some pretty flowers.  She now sits on my coffee table where  she will be spending the summer. 

Mrs. Maguire certainly charmed me!

Mrs. Maguire - Bee Charmer
by Pineberry Lane
36 ct. Edinburgh linen in flax
called for DMC threads


There is a third Mrs. Maguire in the series that we thought you might like to see.   We are seriously thinking of adding her to the other two.  The farm theme is so popular right now and this one fits in perfectly.  Has anyone stitched this pattern?
Should we get this one too???


What's Stitching

Mary and I have been shopping for new patterns that we will be stitching in the coming months. We are always anxious to get new ones.  It's like Christmas when they come in the mail.   There are so many fantastic designs out there so choosing is hard.   Luckily we always love the same ones.  Here are just a few of our new purchases:
Peppermint and Holly by With thy Needle and Thread

Snow Birds by With thy Needle and Thread

Lessons from Summer School House by With thy Needle and Thread
Basketful of Spring by With thy Needle and Thread

Basketful of Summer by With thy Needle and Thread

Hello Spring by Plum Street Samplers

Hello Summer by Plum Street Samplers

Hello Fall by With thy Needle and Thread

Hello Winter by With thy Needle and Thread


SAL Reveal

They are done !!!   We finished our first SAL together and we are in love with them.   It was truly a lot of fun working with Mary and the stitch was a joy to work on.   We loved stitching with silk threads and our first Kathy Barrick pattern.   Later, we will be getting them framed and we will show them again looking their very best.


And Heaven and Nature Sing
by Kathy Barrick
40 ct. Pecan butter linen
called for silk threads


Mary's SAL
30 ct. mocha linen
called for silk threads



We didn't want to forget about the bird part of this month's theme so we found a really pretty bird stitch for you.   It is by 123 Citrouille.

You will find this sweet pattern here 


Well it felt great to be back blogging after our long absence.  We sure missed it and all of you.   Can't wait to come visit all of you and see your newest stitching.   If you have a blog that we don't know about yet be sure and tell us. We will come by for a visit and add you to our sidebar. Next post is our big give away and we have lots of goodies for the winners.  So we hope to see you.

                                       The Girls from Stitching Friends 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May Update:

We have missed you all so very much but due to illness we have not been able to blog the past month. Most of all we miss not commenting on your blogs which we love to do.   Visiting your blogs and seeing what you are up to makes us one stitching family.   And, we are really anxious to get back to doing that.

Hopefully, we will be back blogging in June.   We had some neat projects to show in April and May so it makes us sad we were not able to share them with you.   But, we will hold them for next year. 

We also want to thank every one who was part of the birthday celebration. You all sent the most gorgeous photos of some of your favorite stitches.   This made our day so much fun and we appreciate each and every one of you so much.   We put all of your names in a bowl and picked four names out to say thank you.  We each picked a winner that will win a package of stitching items and another that will win a pattern.

Mary drew:
Justine for the pattern
Catherine for the package

RJ drew:
Lili for the pattern
Robin for the package

If you will send us your mailing addresses we will get your gifts out to you.   You can reach Mary at stitching and you can reach me at  

Keep stitching,
RJ and Mary

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April week one

One Year Birthday Party

Well we did it!   We made it to a full year of blogging and it has been fun!!!   We have learned so much about stitching, finishing and computers.   But the very best part is getting to know all of you that come by and visit with us.  We consider all of you our  "stitching friends".

Welcome!  Pull up a chair, make your favorite drink and enjoy a slice of our birthday cake!


Time to open gifts:
Below are the most beautiful birthday gifts we could have received...31 absolutely gorgeous stitches from the nicest group of ladies around. We've included everyone's blog link so you can visit all of them to find many, many more beautiful stitches, quilts and other crafts.  If a message was added with the photo, it has been included so you can read more about the stitch.  After every sixth or so stitch, we included a freebie for you...hope you like our choices. And there are some surprises at the very end of this post for some lucky participants!

Butterfly Wings

June has stitched Garden Pleasures by Little House Needleworks.   You can visit June here and see her lovely stitches, gifts she makes for friends and beautiful gardens.

June wrote :I was wondering what photo to send you , then I found this one that relates to me and my garden. Hugs, June.


Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles
Beth stitched Sweet Violets by Cedar Hill.  You can find Beth here and enjoy her garden strolls, wildlife and the best photos of many types of birds plus wonderful stitching.                       



Lesley has stitched Let's Read to Kids by Ursula Michael. You will find many fantastic stitches at her blog.   Hardanger and card making are among her loves.   She is a very talented knitter too.  Visit Lesley here


Mein - Allerei - Hobby
Martina stitched many patterns from the Hometown Holiday series by Little House Needleworks into a fabulous holiday quilt.  You can visit Martina here and find beautiful stitches and gorgeous quilting.   She also designs patterns that you will enjoy receiving.

Here is another lovely stitch that Martina sent to us It is called The Rose from Veronique Enginger


Manuelas Flowergarden
Manuela has stitched the gorgeous  Rose im Stanler.  Go see Manuela here and you will find beautiful stitches and amazing quilting projects.  She chooses great projects that will inspire.

Manuela also sent this detailed Elefant gerahmt .   What awesome detail.  


Aimetu's Stitches
Clare sent us a lovely stitch called March by Drawn Thread.   Visit Clare here and find very pretty stitching.  She bakes delicious treats too.  You will also enjoy her travel blog very much.


                                                                Freebie one  

Isn't this stitch perfect for all of us?   This is a great chart by My Big Toe and you can find the pattern here.   Big Toe offers many free charts to enjoy and stitch.


Live to Stitch
Meg has a great new blog.   Go see Meg  here and truly enjoy some lovely stitching and great framing.  Meg has begun to design some patterns too and they are fabulous.  Her gorgeous stitch below is called It's "Birth Announcement" by Teresa Wentzler. 

Meg wrote: I worked on it while I was pregnant with my son, Thomas, and finished it a few months after he was born. (I blurred out his birthday in the main photo to protect his privacy.)
I adore Teresa Wentzler's designs because they are so challenging! She often combines thread colors to create blended looks, and her designs often call for beads and metallic threads and specialty stitches. I usually learn something new each time I tackle one of her designs. And, she has lots of free patterns for ornaments and bookmarks on her site (
Happy blogging birthday! :-)  Meg


Stitches and Blessings with Susan
Susan chooses great patterns and turns them into wonderful projects that you will love. This stitch is called Endless Hearts by Threadwork Primitives and it is stitched on 28 ct. Tea-Dyed Monaco.  Visit Susan  here  


Independent Stitcher
Robin has chosen Thought of friends by Misty Hill Studio.  Her stitches are absolutely beautiful and she is a prolific stitcher.  Robin does not have a blog but we hope we can get her to share some more of her work with us.   She stitches such lovely pieces ...too lovely not to be seen.


Serendipitous Stitching
Jo is a very active stitcher that shows many beautiful projects.  She also puts together awesome and fun activities for other stitchers like hops.  And her blogger of the week is very popular.   You can find Jo here

Jo wrote:
Obviously it is impossible to choose just one piece from just one of my favourite designers. 
I thought a bit laterally instead.  Your blog is called Stitching With Friends and this is a piece I stitched with friends.  From 2011 to 2014 I took part in a number of round robins via the Yuku Boards.
This piece was part of the Joan Elliott RR.  I chose six of her Flower Fairy designs and six friends stitched a fairy each according to my instructions.
I designed and stitched the central flowers, taking one bloom from each of the six designs.   This is one of my favourite RR pieces and I display it every Spring so it seems appropriate to share for a Spring Birthday party with Stitching with Friends!


Stitching Basket
Lili stitches such lovely patterns and does beautiful finishes.  Her choices of patterns are always great.  She chose Enchanted by Carriage House Samplings for our party.  Don't miss visiting her here 
Lili wrote:
It's really hard to pick my favourite piece/designer...
So, since you and Mary are stitching a deer, here is my choice!
The design is by Carriage House Samplings - Enchanted. That's really pretty! :)
Happy One Year Blog Anniversary!



Stitching Dreams
Carol has a very popular and enjoyable blog that you probably are all familiar with.   But if not, you can visit her here  You will find beautiful stitches, finishes and great ideas.   She is another great baker too.     She chose Painted Egg by the Cricket Collection's Eggs...etera.(No. 109)booklet.

Carol wrote:
This is  one of my favorite designs by The Cricket Collection.  I've stitched it at least three times, but given every one away! Next time I stitch this, it will be for me :) 


Freebie Two
Here is a lovely chart from our friend Sub Rosa.   You can stitch this for Easter next year or leave off the letters and have a perfect Spring stitch too.   How sweet is the baby lamb.   You can find the chart here  There are lots of lovely charts on her blog site.


A Bend in the Road
Jenny has a personal blog that is beautifully written, very touching and close to my heart. There is love in every word.   You can visit her blog here  She also stitches some lovely samplers as you can see below.   This one is called A Place We Call Home by Country Cottage Needleworks.  

Jenny wrote:
I have stitched quite a few samplers from different designers but this sampler is one of my favorites. I love the message and of course the little house and to be honest it just describes my husband and I and how we are.  I changed some of the colors and the frame came from one of my favorite places .... Solvang...a little Danish town on highway 1 right here in Southern Ca. The sampler sits on my Grandmother’s hope chest in our living room and this sampler is one of the first ones family and friends see when they enter our home   Jenny


Arlene is not only a great stitcher but she is the "world's best Nana"   Go by and see her beautiful stitches and her gorgeous grandchildren.   She also has an awesome farm that is a pleasure to see.   You can visit with Arlene here  She chose Christmas Village by Prairie Schooler. 

Arlene wrote:
I stitched this years ago and it continues to be a favorite piece.   Arlene


A Stitcher's Story
Vickie stitches beautifully and is known for her love of pink, poodles (Murphy and Henry) and great reviews of the books she is reading.  She has excellent taste in books.  And everyone loves her poodle stitches that she is designing. You can visit her  here   Vickie chose I AM a Daughter of the Risen King by Little House Needleworks.

Vickie wrote:
LHN is not my favorite designer, but I love this pattern, even if it is a freebie!


Sewing After Seven
Sheryl has one of the prettiest blogs where you will find stitching, embroidery, quilting, tatting and many other simply beautiful crafts.   Her tags below are an example of her creative projects.   You can visit with her here


Pense'e et lavante
Marie Christine has a lovely blog that she shares with her daughter Celine.
They both are beautiful stitchers and quilters. She chose a pattern called Valentine Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.   You can find both of these lovely ladies here



Halland House Gifts
Judy chose Red House Sampler by Brenda Keyes.   She tackles difficult and beautiful patterns that have alot of stitches and does a wonderful job each and every time.   In fact she is one of the people that stitched And Heaven and Nature Sing and we knew we had to stitch it.  She is quite good at baking too.  Visit Judy here

Judy wrote:
It was not my first project on evenweave, but it was my first on linen.    My first evenweave was a reproduction by Brenda from one of her books.  I just couldn’t justify stitching a period piece on Aida.  A few years later I was finding myself feeling the same way but with linen, so off to Hobby Lobby I went.When I saw how see through the fabric was there was a little panic.  It was on this project that I learned how to be a very neat stitcher-no carried threads, none.  This project started my love affair with linen and I’ve never looked back.   Judy


                                                                  Freebie Three

What an awesome stitch by Hands on Design.  This was done for Cathy's anniversary.    You can find the free pattern here


Stoff und Nadel...Jutta's Blog
Jutta shared her lovely cross stitched holiday quilt with us.   Her patterns are called Santa's Village from Country Cottage Needleworks.   She does beautiful stitches and wonderful quilts that you will fall in love with. You can see many more crafts at her blog here


Bee - mused and Bee - stitching
Stasi sent us this gorgeous bee collection.   You can visit Stasi here and see many, many more difficult projects like this.  She is also an excellent seamstress and another awesome Grandma.
Stasi wrote:
This is probably the favorite piece I've ever stitched (though I have others that run a close second) and even won a blue ribbon for Blackwork at the Woodlawn Needlework show in 2013. It is called Regal Bee and the pattern is by Theresa Baird of Heart's Ease Examplar Workes. A friend kindly gifted me the chart(knowing how I loved bee motifs); it was quite a challenge because it didn't come with any finishing instructions. I drew on all the knowledge I had gleaned from finishing classes and "got 'er done". Looking forward to your birthday celebration.


Faithfully Stitching
Faith chose a beautiful stitch called Shades of Blue by Northern Expressions Needlework.      She has a fun blog with great stitches and awesome puzzles too.  We are both amazed at the complexity of the puzzles she completes.  She is a "master of the puzzle"!  You can visit Faith here

Faith wrote:
This is the photo of my most recent finish that I was excited  about.


The Copper Fox
Sara chose Christmas Gathering from the Just Cross Stitch magazine, December 2008.  She has a informative blog with beautiful stitches, great tips and awesome tutorials.  She also is a wonderful baker.   You will find this and much more here 

Sara wrote:
Thanks for the invite and happy blog birthday! 

Have a great day,


Orts, Splinters and Mulch
Deb sent us a wonderful stitching needle book with a very pretty stitch.   She does beautiful, difficult stitching that you will enjoy. She chose the pattern September Song to send.   You can find Deb here

Deb wrote:
The design is called September Song by Dancing Needle Designs and was a freebie in 2003 (though the link I had for it is no longer any good).  I stitched it as a Fall Freebie Exchange piece for Sarah in the UK and finished it as a needlebook with wool pages and a couple of pockets for scissors and small tools.  I changed some colors and added the swooshes and the lower line of acorns.  Stitched on 28ct Annabelle with DMC and WDW.


I Majored in Home Economics
Sandy has a lovely blog filled with great stitches, home life and the greatest dogs (Lemony and Gus) that you will fall in love with.   She chose Silent Night, Holy night by Stoney Creek Collection.  You can find Sandy here  

Sandy wrote:
Here is my most recent fave finish by Stoney Creek Collection.


Justine's Cross Stitch
Justine sent us the most perfect stitch for our party.  She chose Life is Better with Stitching Friends by Lizzie Kate. Is this not the truth?  She does beautiful stitches and is in the middle of an awesome stitching project right now.  You can see it and so much more at her blog here
Justine wrote:
I was hoping to find something fully finished but in the end I think this is more appropriate and fits perfectly how I feel about Stitching Friends blog 


Our newest friend and follower Mia is a multi crafter.   She loves many crafts like sewing, crochet and stitching.   She also paints, decoupages and makes jewelry, cosmetics and cards.  Enjoy all of her talents at Mia's blog here
We are so happy she is joining us for the party.    
Mia wrote:
Here is my photo for your birthday celebration. It is a stitched pendant (cross-stitch on wood). Hope you like it.  Kisses from Greece, Mia


                                                                 Freebie Four

Our fourth freebie is this sweet little chick perfect for Springtime.   You can find the free pattern here   There are many lovely free charts at Snowflower Diaries.


I Love to Stitch
Our friend Catherine does beautiful stitching and many difficult projects.   She is also a master with beads and makes gorgeous ornaments and jewelry.  The amazing project below is called a Victoria Sampler.  You can see much more at her blog here
Catherine wrote:
This is a Victoria Sampler Class I took a few years ago. I love this piece!


Kitten Stitching
Kaye from Kitten Stitching sent us this gorgeous stitch.   Can you imagine the hours that went into completing this beautiful piece.  It is called The Wind of Willows Sampler.  You can find many beautiful projects and fun activities when you visit Kaye here 
Kaye wrote:
This is a pic of my very favourite cross stitch that I have made and the one of which I am the most proud – The Wind in the Willows Sampler. It took me twelve years to complete and has the names and birth dates of all three of my children on it.  This is the best photo that I could take as it has very reflective glass on the front.


Busy Hands Crafts
Ele from Busy Hands Crafts sent us this fun stitch to celebrate our birthday.    Be sure and visit Ele at to see many wonderful stitches and other lovely crafts.  You will find her here


Birthday gifts for four lucky participants

To thank you all for being a part of our celebration we thought we would give four lucky participants a small thank you gift from us.  We will chose four names from a bowl.  Two will receive small boxes of stitching goodies and two others will receive a pattern in an envelope.  We will announce the four names in our next post.  Good luck!

Our annual big give away will be coming in June so make sure you sign up for that.  We are calling it "These are a few of our Favorite Things".   

Hope you all enjoyed our celebration.  We truly thank you for being a part of it.  It was a great year getting to know everyone that visits with us.  Here's to lots more stitching and many, many,  more good times.   We will be back with a new project in about ten days.  Hope to see you then.

                                    ⚜   The Girls from Stitching Friends Forever