Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Patriotic Finish and new finish type for me!

Good morning and Happy 4th of July weekend!

I have a small finish to share! This is God Bless America by The Sampler Girl (I left off the flowers at the bottom of the design and changed to colors around to ones I had in my stash.) I finished this as a small pillow. My first finish with fabric on the front! I LOVE it!!! I got this idea from so many of your blogs (I'm not very good at thinking up new finishes but I'm pretty good at copying what I see - so THANK YOU very much for sharing your beautiful stitching and finishing with me!!!)
I'm not sure whether I like better with or without the bow. Thoughts?
I stitched this all by hand. I don't know how to use a sewing machine but I am itching to learn. I'm looking into classes a local fabric/decorating store. When you finish pieces this way do you hand stitch or use a sewing machine?

That's it for today. We are in the process of building a decorative retaining wall and patio in our backyard so that's what most of today will entail (once the rest of the house wakes up!) Today is my husband and my 11th Anniversary so we have a dinner/movie date (Eclipse - he must really love me ;-) planned for tonight. The 4th is my birthday so while we'll still work on the wall in the morning we'll have a relaxing afternoon with swimming and b-b-queing at my parents house.
Have a Happy 4th of July and God Bless America! Thanks for visiting!
Love, Meredith


  1. Happy birthday! Hope you don't have to work too hard this holiday weekend!

    Love you finish...I can't believe you did all this by hand! Your finishing is perfect. I like with or without the bow. Great job.

  2. Happy Birthday Meredith :) We have LOTS in common :) My birthday is the 5th but we have always celebrated it on the 4th. Happy I'm older :(

    LOVE your pillow very much! I use a sewing machine for all my sewing...I'm self taught, I think if you have one or would get one you'd figure it out...not so hard really, just tenacity. I love the pillow with the ribbon it sort of draws your eye to the design and then the stars on the bottom pop.

    Again my sincere wishes for a super birthday!

  3. You're a Yankee Doodle Dandy~~Happy Birthday!!! And Happy Anniversary to you and your Hubby...July is a very celebratory month for you :)

    I love your did a beautiful job with it. I like the ribbon, I think it adds that final extra touch :)

    Sadly I don't know how to use a sewing machine...been meaning to learn forever now. I have one, just need to get it out and make the attempt!

  4. Great pillow and I think the ribbon gives it a very nice touch. Happy birthday !

  5. I love your pillow, Meredith and I think the bow adds something special--I would keep it :)

    I use a sewing machine for this sort of finish--I'd love to take lessons and get better. Haven't had a "lesson" since back in the '70s (probably before you were born!!) when I was in high school!

    Happy to have found your blog :)