Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Hello Everyone,

I am so Happy to be back to Blogging. I have missed you all. 

You will see I have a new blog look and a New Blog Header.  My Dear Friend Shirley from
"Shirley's Twisted Threads" gave me detailed instructions on how to create the new header!!  Thank you Very Very Much Shirley. Shirley is a very creative and does extremely lovely stitching so please visit her blog.  

The Summer past so quickly and we went on several trips which I will share with you all soon. I will be visiting my blogging friends site starting today. I am very anxious to see what you all have been up too. 

The stitching project I have been working on just about every day since May is finally finished!!  I am very excited to share photos of it with you all.  
The pattern is called "Country Bucket" by In Your Bonnet and the designer of this very lovely pattern is Kerry Green who is from Utah. Please go to her website to see her Country Buckets. 

There are 8 blocks to the Country Bucket that makes up the side pockets where you can stuff all your goodies into. I pretty much added my own touches to every block and actually made up two of my own designs. Of course you all know that "Stitching" is my "Passion" and I could hardly stop stitching on these blocks. I used mostly all felted wools on this project.

Below is the Blue Bird & Tree Block.  This block I designed on my own.

 The Rabbit Block I added the flowers too.  I used velvet for his ears.

In the Flower Basket block I added my own kinds of flowers.

I did not change the Pineapple Block.

The Sheep &Tree block is unchanged except the apples I made into Peaches!! I used Brazilian Thread called Boucle to create the sheep.  I think it gave them a nice woolie look, what do you all think??

The Sunflower was my design in this next block. I used wool roving to create the stem of the Sunflower. I used the "Drizzle" stitch in the petals with silk chenille thread.

This block I call the Flower Tatted block which is also my own design. The tatting was a very lovely gift to me from Wendy in Singapore!  Please visit her wonderful blog called Umi & Tsuru  where you will find many beautiful tatted motifs to admire. I added velvet stems and wool roving for the grass. The wee dragonfly was also tatted by Wendy.

Dorset Buttons, Oh how I love them.  This Dorset Button I created just for the bucket from Valdani thread. I fell in love with these buttons a couple of years ago.  

I have bought two books where you can find patterns on how to create these buttons.

(1)  The "Dorset Feather Stitchery"  by Olivia Pass. I bought this book from the Dorset Federation of Woman's Institutes in the UK.

(2) The other book that has instructions is called,  50 Heirloom Buttons to Make by Nancy Nehring.  This book is out of print.   But if you google it I am sure it would turn up some where.

The purple Dorset Button was the first one I ever made.  Far from perfect but I felt it found its right place on my bucket.

The Spruce Tree and Cabin block. I totally changed the house block into a cabin in the woods. I added a blueberry bush,heart,cloud, flowers, a wee birdie and a stone path. For the Spruce Tree I used the "Drizzle Stitch" to create it.

Below you will find a photo of the inside of the Country Bucket. 

Below is the "Finished Country Bucket".  My Sweetie painted the wood handle green for me.  I also wet felted the egg and ball at the tips of the handle.

For me the construction of the country bucket was the most challenging.  I called Sherry twice to ask questions and she was very kind and helpful which really help me through this part of it. 

I absolutely LOVE My Country Bucket!! I am sure I will get many years of good use from it.  

Some of the different kinds of threads I used in my stitching is as follows: Many Valdani Pearl Cottons,  Lots of Silk Chenille by Thread Gatherer, Hand Dyed 100% Silk by the Thread Gatherer, Many kinds of Kreinik Metallic threads and Genziana Wool Thread. I also used Chenille Rick Rack!

The Purple Side of My Country Bucket.

On September 6th my sweet grand daughter started Kindergarten.  Below you will find two super photos of her before she started her first day of school. Looking at her photos makes me smile and warms my heart.  I love her sooooooooo very much. It is really great being a grandmother!!  VBG

Out the door, First Day of School.  That evening Chole called me and told me all about her day.  I ask her what her favorite part of the day was and she told me recess and we had two of them.  LOL

I hope you all have made it to the end of this posting. I would like to thank everyone for catching up with me again. 

I would really LOVE to heard which block you all like the best.  Thanks for leaving your lovely comments for me to read.  Much appreciated.

To celebrate 4 years of blogging I will be having a give away at the end of September.  I hope you all will come back and see what I have for a gift. VBG 

Hugs Judy  


Miss 376 said...

Glad to hear you had a good summer, and welcome back. Love the country bucket, the sheep are delightful

Carol said...

Your bucket is too cute. I especially like the texture stitches you did, as the pine tree and sheep.
It looks like it was a lot fun to do.

Suztats said...

Your bucket is beautiful! I love the sheep and the stitches you used for your textures, as well as your Dorset buttons. I was admiring them in your header and wondering about them. I hadn't heard of them before, but I do like them. I can't pick just one block....each has special elements I like.

sunny said...

How totally awesome! Glad you've come back to share with us. i love them all , the the sunflower is my favorite!

shirley said...

Hi Judy, Love the new look on your blog, and you did a wonderful job of the mosaic header. Your country bucket is gorgeous, each design is great. You have such a variety in the designs. Glad to be back and to have you back too.

Jane said...

Love this glad you had a nice summer... I'll catch up with you soon!

Jane said...

Hey Judy.. I love this... I'll be catching up with you soon... so glad to hear you had a nice summer!

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

Ooh I love your bucket, especially the sheep tree and sunflower. Love that you added your own touch to it. Your granddaughter is beautiful, I would love recess too.
Happy days.

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi there! I wonder'd where you've been. Love the bucket! Your stitchin' is very nice.

Dianne said...

Glad to have you back in blog world, Judy. Chloe is my kinda gal.Recess is the best time at school. She sure is a cutie too. You are so clever designing your own beautiful patterns for your bucket. Congratulations - it is stupendous!!! Each panel is a treasure. New header is gorgeous.

umintsuru said...

Hi Judy,

So nice to see you back. Hope you had a great summer. Your wonderful country bucket is beautiful. all those lovely stitches. I especially like the bunny, sheep and sunflower blocks but they are all beautiful. The drizzle stitch on the pine tree is amazing and I love what you have done with the tatted flowers.

Linda said...

So nice to hear you are back in blogging land again Judy. Love the bucket, what a cool idea. I think I'd have to say the sunflower is my favourite, but they all have something endearing about them. How lovely to see your grand daughter heading off to school too. I hope the winter won't be too harsh for you this year. I love the new header. These new collaged photos are taking on a life of their own, aren't they. Cheers.

Linda said...

Just me again, forgot to say how beautiful the dorset buttons are. I have the Olivia Pass book too, but to date have not used any of the information in it - shame on me!!

baukje said...

Your bucket is gorgeous. I also am a fan of woolwork, was in Italy with Sue Spargo this year!!!

shirley from oz said...

Hi Judy, welcome back to blogland we all missed you.

Your bucket is fabulous your designs are wonderful i like the fact that you have added your own personal touch to them. i dont have a favourite because I like them all, the textures, the colours and the designs.....and those dorset buttons are to die for. I have a book with some in as well.

Your little grandaughter is so cute and very pretty. I am sure she will get to like more than recess one day.

x shirley

Maureen said...

Good to see you back Judy, I've missed you being around!! I have to say your 'bucket' is just fantastic, you must be so pleased with it!! and I will say -WE ARE NOT HAVING SNOW THIS YEAR - ! hope!

Heather said...

Judy, you have indeed been busy this summer... lovely, lovely work... they are all so nice, of course, I like the sheep, but next are the bunny, the sunflower and the your own blue bird design. Hugs.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, Thanks sooo very much for leaving all your very lovely comments. I will try to get back with you all soon. Jane, What a lovely surprise to see your comment. YOU have been missed. Hugs Judy

West Michigan Quilter said...

Welcome back. Love your new header!

acornmoon said...

so many lovely things here but I do have a thing about those Dorset Buttons!

Nicki Lee said...

Hi Judy! Welcome home! I too was away most of the summer but am anxious to get back into the Bloggin world. I LOVE your bucket and honestly can't pick out a favorite...although I do have to say I love your house and pine tree - fabulous stitching! All the textures in your stitching really makes everything pop!

Jean Edmonds said...

Love your Country Bucket! It's beautiful.
Was interested in your stop in Mariemont and Madeira--We Lived in Madeira during the 70's. To have moved away form 'home' to a another place that was a great place to be--Loved the shops there.

Solstitches said...

Oh my goodness Judy you have blown me away with this bucket!
I've never seen anything quite like it and am sure I could spend hours just looking at all the different designs.
The blocks you designed yourself are fabulous.
I love the sunflower, the sheep - oh just everything LOL.
I honestly think you should be designing in your own name.

Cathy K said...

Welcome back to blogging! Between you being gone and me, I am just catching up on posts. And I`m way behind as you can tell! I love your bucket. Thanks for the link to Kelly Green. I have visited her blog and Etsy shop and hope to visit her in person sometime this fall or winter. She has darling patterns!

I guess my favorite is the sheep block. Boucle creates such wonderful texture, does’t it? That is just the cutest block!!

Take care; I am off to read the next post! Hugs, Cathy

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