Saturday, June 13, 2020

Finally Spring Quilt Tree is finished.

My day at work a few days ago started out a little rocky as a woman who wasn't wearing a mask came in and didn't want to wear the required mask and proceeded to get snarky with me when I informed her masks are required by the state and locally while you are in shops.  I was so exasperrated with this woman that I couldn't let her snarky comments go.  To me a rule is a rule.  If masks are required somewhere put the mask on.  I don't care if you have been tested (first it's your word you weren't tested in front of me.)  I don't care that you are tired of wearing them because so am I but I do it because I care enough about other people and the law.  She finally put it on, well not exactly it hung around her neck.  So again I said, you have to wear it properly covering your mouth and your nose.  So of course she said something snarky and pulled it up.  While part of me just wanted to let it go, I just couldn't.  I then said, if you don't wear the mask you must leave the shop.  She left wearing the mask.  Not 5 minutes later Patty Yergey walked in with charts.  At that point, thanks to Patty, my world returned to sanity.  It was so nice to see Patty again.  I miss the connection with other stitchers.  I have seen Judy and Kathy but I need others as well.  So my day got better than at 10 a.m. so now I can tell you about a finish.  Liz Mathews Summer Quilt Tree is now done and finished.  I watched her YouTube with instructions on assembling this piece and while I was leery of working with styrofoam I decided to give it a try.  It sounds so simple.  You make a slipcover of the stitched piece and slide it over the styrofoam tree you cut out.  The only styrofoam we had on hand was from appliance packaging.  Vernon brought me a big sheet of 1/2" styrofoam.  Liz said to cut it outside because it's messy and she was not exaggerating that.  I sat on my porch so I could contain the mess and it wouldn't blow all over the street. but that wasn't the hard part.  I had a proper utility knife as I stole it from Vernon when he was up here putting my new bathroom in.  (I felt guilty about doing it and ended up confessing to him-apparently I paid for it anyway through the hotel).  Moving on...I cut two trees out using a pattern I made from the stitched piece.  I then used double stick tape to glue them together so the insert would be at least 1".  While I believe Liz said to use 1 1/2" I decided to bring it down to 1".    But the tricky and really worse part of the job was shaping the sides so that they are tapered on the sides.  Because it was iffy and the styrofoam doesn't let you just shave the sides it was a pain in the butt.  I did the best job I could but was not thrilled with the result as it was uneven you can't get it to shave down properly.  I decided to cover the form with Warm and Natural and even that became a pain.  But I finally got it done and had it pinned in place and then sewed the linen and the backing together to make a slipcover.  First try-on allowed me to get perspective.  So I took it off and seamed it again as it was too big.  I seamed it a third time and then the top looked wrong so I rounded it instead of making it into a point.  Well that didn't look right so I went back to a point but a more tapered one.  Then one final taper seam on the side and I was closing in on the final look.  But with all the tapering the tree form was too large so I had to take all the warm and natural off to cut it down.  So once I got the warm and natural back on the form and the piece slipped back on I was satisfied with the finish except...it was like looking at a girl who is wearing Daisy duke shorts.  You end up seeing a hint of ass cheek where if she had just not cut the extra inch off it would be short but nothing would show.  Well, I was certain if I looked closely I could see the ass cheek of the tree.  Liz used Spanish Moss under her model, but I  didn't have any and wasn't sure if I wanted that.  So I settled om Lady Dot Storm Blue which is a little darker than the Dove shown on the piece, but I didn't mind that and I think it's the perfect thing to use around the edge of the bottom.  I then put pearl cotton, 932 DMC around the spool which comes close to the color of the rick rack and I'm now O.K. with the finish.  When I get into Hobby Lobby or Michael's I'm going to try to find a paint that will match the Pearl cotton and paint the edge of the bottom of the stand. and the spool ends.  But for now, it's going into the shop and I'm moving on.  But I'm going to do more of these trees and make them various heights for a display.  Love the trees LizMathews...thanks and I see where she's got 2 more about to hit the market.  Yippee, I say.  

I also want to thank everyone who sent me Happy Birthday wishes.  I had a lovely day and it ended with the entire family sitting down to dinner at the hotel.  Lovely, especially during these times when families aren't able to get together due to the virus.  We even had Michael and his girlfriend, Liz join us so it was a very festive ending to a wonderful day.  I do want to share a few stitchy gifts I received....first from Sara who rarely has time to stitch due to lack of assistance in the shops but she managed to give me this lovely pouch she made and the pocket watch with a rose insert.
She worked so hard to get it finished and get everything perfect right down to the 2 tassels on the cord.  I couldn't be more thrilled.  Wonderful gift.  Thank you Sara, it is perfection.  And then the cherry on the sundae was a gift from Stasi Buhrman which was a wonderful surprise and a fabulous gift, or should I say gifts:
This fabulous bag, blue my favorite color, is stitched on both sides and it's big so all my stitching and little bags holding needles, glasses, etc., can fit in it so I can use it to tote my stitching in.  And to add to the surprise, Stasi included a Peeps treat...
 
So cute with the 4 peeps and the fabric filled with peeps which Stasi purchased when we were in Nashville so it's a remembrance of our Nashville market days as well.  Can't thank you enough Stasi, I love my gifts and will treasure them always.  I also love the little tag on the back.  She and Debbie are the ones that got me to start tagging the back of my pillows.  We learn from each other, and I learn new things all the time even though I've been a needleworker since I was nine, 61 years.  You would think I knew it all by now, but I don't.  Never to late to learn though.  Anyway, it's Saturday today, I'm at home working with windows open because we have a lovely breeze and temperature is in the low 70's.  A great day.  I know states are all easing out of the pandemic restrictions, but please, be thoughtful of others and wear a mask inside at least.  It won't kill us to do that, and it might kill someone else if we don't.  We are not home free yet, but if we are careful we could get there.  Hope everyone can put a few stitches in their project today.  Talk to you soon.







Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Getting ready for Flag Day.....

Love patriotic stitching as it can be used for many different occasions....Memorial Day, FLag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day.. I finished my Brenda Gervais, Souvenir of the Heart's Star Spangled Spectacular and then West Side Frames made my favorite patriotic frame to finish it.  Love it.  The pattern called for over 1 on 28 ct. and of course, I completed missed that and began stitching over 2 on 28 ct. and by the time I realized something was off (it was too big to be a pincushion) I was too far along to rip out and begin again, so I just finished it as an over 2 stitch.  I also decided to do no embellishment on this, which we all know is strange for me since I love adding those little twists to my stitching.  I did do Smyrna Crosses in the bottom 3 motifs as it was killing me not to do something different.  This was a fun stitch and an easy stitch no matter whether it's done over 1 or over 2.  A great addition to your patriotic display.  Finished design size over 2 is approximately 5" x 6 1/4".  




As I said in an earlier post, I am currently working on a couple of other designs, so when I finished the Souvenir piece I should have gone back to one of those and worked on it, and that was my intention, however, the 3 drawer chest is sitting in my dining room reminding me I haven't done Token of Love by With Thy Needle & Thread, so of course I pulled it out and started it.  Again an over 1 piece, and I did read through the directions so I did start it on 28 ct. and stitching over 1 and it's coming along nicely.  
While the Token of Love is usually referring to partners, husbands, whatever...mine will have the initials of my 2 daughters, Sara and Mary, and their year of birth.   Well, now you know what's happening in my world.  And I've seen what several of you are working on as you share on Facebook and Instagram.  So keep it up, stitchers.  You inspire me and others every day with the beauty of your finishes.  Stay safe and mask up...it won't kill you and if you don't wear a mask while in stores or crowds that may kill you, or perhaps someone else.    It's a small price to pay to stay safe.  
  

Monday, June 1, 2020

Coming to America-Women of the Mayflower

Things are slowly returning as we begin to open.  Salty Yarns has now been open full time for a little over a week and it's so wonderful to see our stitchers once again.  While mail-order was a blessing for us during the shutdown, we missed seeing you in the store.  So we really are so grateful to be open once again, and we want to thank everyone who took the time to order from us...it was a blessing for us and we are so grateful.  Thank you so very much.   We are still only running the one shift, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and I'm not sure when that is going to change since many of our employees, both in the shops and the hotel, are still overseas with no word on whether they will be able to come to this country or not this year.  Hopefully, this will change as we move from one phase to another in this country, but in the meantime, we're just grateful to be open if even for one shift.  The big news right now is the introduction of the long-awaited Coming to America-Women of the Mayflower Sampler from Brenda Gervais.  Official registration for this sampler kit begins June 1st and lasts until June 15th.  There will be no other signup dates,  so mark your calendars now!  The sampler will be shipped and launched to start on September 6th and will last until November 9, 2020, for 66 days of stitching, commemorating the 66-day journey of the 18 married women aboard the Mayflower.  2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing in Cape Cod.  The kit includes the following: (1) Chart for the Sampler, stitch count is 125 x 422. (2) Self-adhesive sampler label to sign and date the finished sampler (3) Pilgrim Lady Needle Minder (4) Piece of cotton backing fabric.  The fabric is a reproduction of Mayflower passenger, William Bradford's handwritten journal, and was designed specifically for this project (5) Custom printed box to house the items.  This also doubles as a project box to keep all the goodies safe & secure while stitching the sampler. (6) Free bonus chart. The cost of this kit is $35.00 however it does not include the linen or the fibers to stitch the design.  We have the following options for those:

The model was stitched on 40ct. Vintage Country Mocha:
        Fabric-$16.00 (cut 12 x 27)
        Threads- $31.50 (includes 10 overdyed and 10 DMC)

36ct. Vintage Country Mocha:
        Fabric-$19.00 (cut 13 x 30)
        Threads-$32.15 (includes 10 overdyed and 11 DMC)

32ct. Vintage Country Mocha:
        Fabric-$23.00 (cut 14 x 33)
        Threads-$43.45 (includes 14 overdyed and 13 DMC)

Stitchers, please understand that the costs could adjust slightly as we are still waiting for Brenda's final announcement.  Please let me know what you decide by June 8!  








Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Opening full time is but 2 days away.....excitement mounts

I had to go to the office yesterday as Mary was having difficulty with a report, and while there I stopped in the shops to see what the plans are for Friday's opening.  John has put into place plexiglass shields at the front counters as you will see in many shops, restaurants, hotels as they start to re-open.  John made a stand for the front as you come in the door of Salty Yarns, which holds the sanitizer which is now required upon entering the store, signs in the window stating masks and sanitizer is a requirement and we are armed with sanitizer sprays for the constant wiping down we will have to do.  We have multiple pens ready and containers ready so when a pen is used it must go into it's own container and be sanitized before it can be used again.  Sara wants to have only 4 people at a time because she's unsure about the social distancing thing.  She was cutting fabric and without realizing people were getting really bunched together at the fabric table.  Because both shops are connected I've suggested we open only one door so we control the flow, but this is definitely a work in progress.    Mary has been so proactive she not only had the signs made, but she also had distancing markers made.  But if you've been in our shop you realize that we barely have the room, but we're looking into how we can utilize them.  Mary, of course, in the hotel won't have that problem, but so many more problems than we will have in the shops I'm grateful I'm only involved in the shops.  However, Friday is the day...we will be back in business however we are limiting customers in at any one time.  Mary noticed the Paradise Plaza, which opened last weekend is running full...apparently they are not concerned with social distancing but we're not filling up the hotel at any time this summer, or until things are more settled and the pandemic is handled.  But I'm sure we will have issues coming up daily as we get used to life now, so please bear with us.  I  got the 2nd piece done for the galvanized tin, the Quilting Bird by Hands on Design.  So it's now in place which means no matter how you look at the tote you will see stitching and supplies readily available.
As you can see I have not only added the Quilting Bird, but also the Salty Yarns needle nanny provided by Shiela Fitzhugh (thanks Shiela) as well as a pair of scissors to what was the back side of the tote last week.  But now you don't know which side is front and which side is back.   As I come across ...goodies I will be adding them with magnets so eventually, everything will be near when I need them.  My chart and q-snap can be inside the tote along with anything else that can't be attached by magnets.  Of course, once Quilting Birds was finished that meant I could start something new.  Because Memorial Weekend is upon us, and such a Patriotic occasion, I picked Brenda Gervais, Souvenirs of the Heart-Star Spangled Spectacular.   I love  Patriotic pieces, in fact, have a hallway wall at home that is dedicated to Patriotic stitching so this will definitely have a home there, once I get to take it home.  I was so anxious to start this I missed an important instruction, it's over 1 thread on 28 ct. and I started stitching it over 2 threads.  As it grew the first night I kept thinking it seemed a little large for a pincushion, but plowed on, until close to midnight when I again questioned the size.   Then I read the pattern and of course found the problem.   It only took me a minute to decide to carry on as I had gone too far.  And as most of you already know I really don't care about size on most things and switch fabric sizes from what the chart shows often.  While I normally don't show my work until it's finished, I'm breaking out of the box and showing you some...

 Pardon the wrinkles and the parked threads, but I think you can see what's going on.   I have definitely had issues of my own making.  I'll be honest, my eyes are having problems seeing some of the differences in codes and colors.  Of course, I knew the vines were going to be green so I used the Pine Needles but looking at the graph I didn't realize there was a change for the leaves so I kept right on stitching.  You can see it on the right.  I began to wonder why there were 2 greens on my ring so I checked the chart closely under the daylight and of course realized the vine was one color and the leaves another.  I just couldn't stand tearing out at that point so I moved to the other side.  There you can see the difference in the 2 greens.  You can also see this is going to be twice the size since it's over 2, (suppose to be a little over 2" x a little over 3".)  But that's O.K. with me because it's a cute design and I'll figure out a different finish with little or no problem.  I told you before I had started "For the Parlor" by Shakespeare Peddler.  Well, it was put on the back burner to finish the Quaker Bird and Souvenirs of the Heart but I'm going to get back to it as soon as I'm finished this.  However, it will be an ongoing project as there are 8 parts.  I'm working it on banding...again please excuse the wrinkles.
I just have to finish the two borders on the side and the first section will be history....yeah!
And then there is one more that I'm working on and have been very periodically but now will start working on it more often to hopefully have it done by July 4th...
Not quite 1/2 done on this one.  It' the Heritage Sampler from Plum Street Samplers.  I started this last June but quit working on it after July 4th to work on fall projects.  Brought it back out last month and started working on the pumpkin patch but will put more time on this now to get it finished in time.  I love Plum Street Sampler pieces and have the sister chart to this already in my todo bag so I really do need to speed up my stitching to get all of this completed.  Having so much fun with all that I've got going on, I just need to stay awake longer.  I felt a cold coming on last Saturday so I took some NyQuil and rested a little too much.  That stuff is like a sleeping pill for me.  I slept through the night woke up on Sunday feeling just a bit better so spent the day sleeping with the t.v. on and finally on Monday was over it, but I lost 2 days to sleep.  Trying to make up for that by staying up longer but that backfired when I tried to go to sleep Monday, couldn't get to sleep so finally stopped trying at 1:30am.got up started stitching and at 5:30 started working on the computer and didn't take a nap until noon.  So my sleeping is so screwed up time-wise.  But last night went to bed around 2 because I didn't want to put my stitching down and woke up at 7:45 just in time to get to Walmart to pick up my groceries.  Whew, too much sleep.  I still say if you can, stay home.  But if you can not please wear a mask and gloves to stay as safe as possible.  No one looks great in a mask and gloves, but it's better than taking a chance.  Will keep in touch.  Keep your needles moving.  Love seeing your projects on social media.  Keep it up....




Thursday, May 14, 2020

Reopening-May 22nd with Covid-19 rules in place....

Decisions have been made and now we have to figure out how to do that, putting into place a safe work environment and making it safe for our customers.  While the Mayor and Governor have declared things can open, including retail stores, this weekend, we will be closed for another week as we try to figure out how to implement the safety measures.  We are gloved and masked so we are ready, but it's figuring out the rest of it.  We can have 50% capacity....I'm not really sure how many that is.  6 feet between each customer, etc.  So it comes down to this...we may have to restrict how many come in at one time, but I'm afraid we are going to have to count on you, our customers, to keep the social distance to 6 feet.  The rockers will be out front so you can sit if you have to wait, but oh, my I'm too old for this.  Anyway, the news that I'll be back at work next week is O.K. as I can't complain after having been off since March 14th, but now I'm back to full time I think...oh, my have I mentioned I'm going to be 72 next month.  Is there a law I can't work?  I say let's implement that one.  No, I'm just kidding.  The only thing that gets a work out when I'm in Sea Trader is my mouth because I rarely get out of the chair, although since I'll be constantly sanitizing the shelves, etc., I may get quite a work out now.  Now that I have a goal of next Friday I've been working on the finishes and today I have another one.  Well, it's halfway done.  
The design is from a  Heart in Hand Wee One series and it's called Stitching Bird.  I got the galvanized tote it's shown on from Hobby Lobby.  I decided to attach it using magnets on the stitched piece and that way I can change it if I want to later.  After attaching it I thought it looked a little bare so I had the needle holder on a metal cart beside my stitching place so I added it above the bird and the fact that it shows a tomato pincushion was perfect, and then I started thinking about the things I would need while stitching and so I put a magnet next to the stitched piece and put my scissors on it, I took my threads which I already had on a metal 2" ring and attached that ring to the handle.   I'm sure before this makes it to the shop I will be adding things as I find them.  And with everything attached using magnets it's so easy.  And I stuck the piece I'm working on in there so now everything I need to stitch this piece is in this tote.    So easy to find when I need it.  This tote would be an excellent place to put all the needle nannies you collect.   Plenty of space here.  Anyway, I said it was 1/2 done because I'm in the process of stitching Quilting Bird which will be put on the opposite side so it won't matter which side you display.  You could do seasonal displays this way and if you attach using magnets you can easily move things on and off.  The Stitching Bird design is stitched on 32 ct. Ant. White linen using Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works, and Gentle Art fibers.  The only thing I changed is the spool you see on the design that's really a micro spool which I added thread to and it replaced the called for JABCO button because I didn't have the button home and didn't want to go down to the shop to get one.   I added a real needle to his beak, just because I didn't feel like stitching the one on the chart and added tiny pins to the pincushion because I like real next to the stitched and I had them.  It's a fast stitch too, which you know I love and need at times.  Yesterday I finished the Brenda Gervais "Project Quarantine-Stay Home and Stitch.  After I finished the stitching I first thought about framing it because I stitched it on 32 instead of 36 and thought it was a tad too large for a pincushion.  But after studying it for about 1/2 hr., I came to the conclusion it could be a drum.  I talked to Sara to get her thoughts and she agreed so a drum was born.  I used Weeks Dye Works wool for the top and bottom.  The drum was stitched using 32 ct. linen and the suggested threads.  It was also a fun stitch.  It didn't have much that I could embellish but I did put a real tapestry needle in place of the stitched one which has a loose thread in it, in the hand of the stitcher on the right hand side.  On the pincushions, I also used real pins.  
And that is going to be my stitched piece to remind me what we've been going through for the last
 3 months.  I have another finish to do tomorrow and I love the piece but the finishing I'm not so sure about.  In any event, I'm done work for the day so I'll end this and again please stay safe and if you can stay home.    And those who can't perhaps we will see you next weekend.







Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Finally finishing has begun

I'm happy to report that I finally got around to finishing something.  Honestly, I've about driven myself crazy with my lack of discipline that has come with the pandemic.  Before I was finishing each project as soon as I was done stitching, at least for the past year.    However, one of the projects I finished yesterday was from 2015 ... oops, but in my defense, I was having a terrible time understanding the directions.  Now the directions were very clear, typed out and any normal person could have put this together in a minute, I'm sure,  but I was not there.  Which is why I kept putting it back in the finishing tote unfinished.  But circumstances made me have to do it yesterday.  Sara's birthday was yesterday, May 12th.  I got notice that the items I ordered for her about 10 days ago, which would have been here in plenty of time prior to the Pandemic, would not be arriving until May 13.    At first, I panicked just a tad, it's not like I could go shopping,  So I thought I should finish a piece of stitching and make it her birthday gift and I could give her the things I purchased when they arrive.  Plus I had a couple of things I was saving for a goodie bag for her so at least she'd have something to open.  First let me say that I loved this project, in fact, Sara originally saw it being offered by a group, could have been Shining Needle, and asked me if I would like to have it.  I took one look and said, OMG yes!  I loved it from the start, loved stitching it and the bargello heart is a favorite of mine of all time.  The project is called Sweet Heart of Mine by Barbara Jackson.
This was such a wonderful stitch and I enjoyed everything about the design.  My finishing experience was of my own making.  Barbara's directions were clear, but for some reason, I was blocked from getting it.  So in the end, I had to just finish it the way I normally finish things and I'm pleased with the outcome.  FYI, the original version has the scissor sheath finished differently and while I was on the road to doing it separately, just like the needle book which is done as instructed, I liked it attached so changed that part of the finish.  The needlebook, etui were done as close to Barbara's instructions as I could personally understand.  In any event, done and gifted.  Because I was set up for finishing, I decided to finish Erica Michael's Needle Berry as well.  I have fallen in love with her berry designs and have a stack of them lined up to stitch.  I chose the Silk Berry patterns but instead of using the silk gauze, included with the pattern,  I stitch over one on linen.  I usually use 32 ct. linen as it's easier for me to see.  I would love to be able to stitch on 36 ct. over one, but that became too arduous for me so I backed it down to 32 and love that as well.  I choose the silk pattern charts because they are packed with more detail than the linen charts.    I didn't realize that at first until Stasi Buhrman and I both did the Scary berry last year.  Stasi did the silk version and when she brought it to me to see I was amazed at the amount of detail which mine did not have.  So now I always stitch the silk design on linen.  I stitched using the colors listed and love it.  
Today I move on to another finish, the Quarantine Project by Brenda Gervais.  I loved this the minute I saw it and thought, how appropriate that I have a stitched reminder of such a tumultuous time in our lives.  Anyway, I'll give you an update once I have it finished.    I started my next new project, Jenny Bean "For the Parlor" from Shakespeare Peddler.  The first section is almost completed and I'm loving doing this one.  I picked a banding which is approx. 8" wide to stitch and it fits beautifully.  Of course, I'm still working on about 5 other projects at the same time, and when I saw the new Plum Street charts I had to have My Peaceful Home and A New Constellation.  I am forcing myself not to start those until I get a couple more finishes out of what's already started.  Well, that's what's been happening in my nest.  Please stay safe and wear a mask when appropriate.  I want to see all of you when this is finally behind us.     

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What day is it?

I have lost all concept of time, most of the time have no idea what day it is or what time it is.  When Sara called me one Saturday and asked if the mailman had been at my house yet I informed her that the mailman doesn't deliver the mail on Sunday.  As you picture her rolling her eyes and thanking God I didn't live with her she said, "Mom, first of all, it's not Sunday, it's Saturday!"  I stopped listening after that and went back to the computer.  But I really can't tell morning from the afternoon, I'm no longer getting up at the crack of dawn, which frankly I don't like because I love the crack of dawn. But I'm sure many of you are feeling the same way so just know you are certainly not alone.   You would think I would get a lot of stitching in...and that would be wishful thinking on my part.  I started out devoting a few hours a day to getting new merchandise on the Salty Yarns web site.  Organize and set goals is what I told myself.  Initially, I was putting 10 items on the Salty Yarns site per day....for about 5 days and then I got bored and that number came down quite a bit.  I was also being distracted by my living room and dining room mess.  I stitch in the living room and I had just put stuff on every chair and 2 sofas in there and in the dining room where I work on my computer, I had dropped bags on each of those chairs.  In the kitchen, the grocery bags with cans and jars in them are still sitting on the floor.   It's distracting to have so much clutter sitting around.  So I decided to clean it up..dedicating one day to each room.  I started with the living room and spent a few hours, putting everything where it belonged and then dusted (first time in 2020).  It had something on every surface, even if it is stitching related. Now everything is put away and it's relaxing when I sit there with no clutter.  In going through the totes with stitching in them I did uncover a finished little Easter bunny from about 5 years ago.  So the next day I decided to get it finished since I've also just piled my finished pieces on the table and haven't been finishing anything.  When I don't have my usual Friday deadline to get models in the shop things just fall apart here.  But here it is...
It's from the Sue Hillis "Easter Parade."  The book has the cutest Easter ornaments (there are 5 different designs in the book), and I had picked this one to insert in a pocket watch to wear.  However, that idea was from 5 years ago.  While Nashville for the needlework market in March, I picked up this cute 3" pitcher and felt I would find something to attach to it.   This project was the perfect piece.  I attached it to the picture and added the rick rack to break up the white on white and it fits right into my Easter display.  I had kitted several projects for the Nashville trip and as usual, didn't do much stitching at all.  One of those projects was Mr. Bunn E. Tail.  It is a Brenda Gervais, With Thy Needle & Thread project and since it was already kitted, I pulled it out and proceeded to stitch it.  It was an easy stitch but I was concerned about the finishing but decided to worry about that after the stitching.  A couple of nights later it was done and joined the pile on the table.  I decided to pull it off the pile and do the finishing yesterday.  I'm thrilled to say it went together very easily, especially since I used my oval templates to get the correct size oval so he could be a stand-up.  Once he was sewn together, bottom sewn on it was time for his tail, whiskers and his nose.  In the finishing instructions, Brenda tells you to use the picture for the placement of the nose, easy, glue a cotton ball soaked in a coffee solution and dried in the oven.  I had some roving so I balled it up and sewed the tail on.  While I don't mind using glue and have done it frequently, I don't do it if I can sew something.  I didn't have any sisal rope fibers, but I find that carpet thread or button thread will work well since it is stiffer than regular thread and will stand up on its own.  Mrs.  Bunn E. Tail is definitely ready to move into the shop.  One more project off the table.
Mrs. Bunn E. Tail was worked on 36 ct. Winters Brew from R & R Reproduction and stitching using the called for fibers.  Button eye, whiskers made from carpet thread or button thread and a tail attached made out of roving.  Fun and fast project and easy finish.  
Last night I also finishing the stitching on the tomato pincushion, Thank God!  That almost did me in, so now I can pick out new projects, well I already started on Erica Michaels "The Needle Berry" and I really am enjoying the stitch.  I've got a couple of band sampler projects but have to get in the shop to get the banding since the width I brought home is too wide for one and too narrow for the other.  Oh, the trials of the stitcher's life.  To add to my list of "to-dos" is the governor's order for masks as of last Saturday.  So I spent one day just watching you tubes on making masks and finally picking one, then running back and forth for supplies, ironing, cutting, etc.  It's not that hard as many of you have found.  Getting elastic is the difficult part.  So I went to my stash and found the package I knew was somewhere, along with a couple of other packages, which I didn't know I had,  so I was good to go for a few masks.  I was more concerned for the girls as they are the ones who go grocery shopping.  Then it was on to the men and the children.  After getting everyone's masks the correct size I took a break and will make a few every few days until we have a surplus.  I'm so excited to be getting rid of some of my fabric, which I keep buying even though I haven't made a quilt in years.  Well, I'm off to start something, cleaning, dishes, laundry, who knows, but I do know stitching will be done sooner rather than later.  Hope you are getting plenty of stitching in while you are home.  It won't be too much longer stitchers, but please stay home.  It's better to be safe than sorry.