Wednesday, February 3, 2010

An ABC-erific Finish!!

GR&DF your comments are so dear to me and warm my cold withered old heart!!! :) For some reason I am feeling the chilly weather this morning - I think it is because of the rain storms that are pressing down on us. These will be drenching the Bay area over the next few days. Since we have our rainy time now during the winter it does seem that the dampness and cold intensify as the weather worsens - oh well - nothing to do but enjoy the drops!!

I finished up Alphablocks last night and here is a crazy Batman shot........

my name just wouldn't fit and I pulled out and restitched that sucker a couple of times shifting it around - as you can see I just finally gave up and let the s touch the last 1/2 star - and here is a full on shot.....


Alphabet Sampler - The Whole Kit and Caboodle
by Carriage House Samplings
November 28, 2009 - February 2, 2010
Using mostly the recommended floss

I am really pleased with how this turned out. Sometimes I can visualize how it will look in the end and am not surprised, but with using the different coloured floss' for the box fill and re-charting the J and Q - I wasn't too sure. I am still thinking about some little additions here and there but at the moment it is complete as is. I have already ironed and readied all the supplies for the Memorial Sampler - so that will begin tonight.

Last night the flicker was "Amelia" - 2009 - starring Hillary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor. I wanted to see this film for a few reasons. I knew that it had gotten not so good reviews, I like Hillary swank, I am interested in Amelia Erhart and early aviation and I wanted to see the cool period aeroplanes. The basic premise of the film are the highlights of Amelia's flying career leading up to her flight around the world. I enjoyed the film and realize that not everything can be included in a bio-pick. I thought it was filmed beautifully and had a great look. It was not not a heavy hitting movie by any stretch of the imagination but very enjoyable. I liked Hillary much better in another period film - "The Affair of the Necklace" - 2001 - while many think she was miscast in the role of the Comtesse de la Motte I totally enjoyed her and this really beautiful film. I liked both films and would suggest them to anyone - give them a look.

In the comments yesterday Vonna asked about Rico - and yes, he is a Catholic and I have learned lots of Catholic things from him. He is also very helpful when we visit different Churches as I see them from an architectural or artist point of view while he sees them for what they were intended to be - houses of worship and contemplation.... and.... Ariadne mentioned a film I also enjoyed - "Memories of a Geisha" - 2005 - taken from the excellent book this beautifully conceived picture is really worth a look.

Also Ellen S has started a new Blog so lets all welcome another to our wonderful world of Blogging!!!

One last Batman shot......


That's about it for today sports fans!!
Thank you all for the super interest in my stash Trade stuff!! Do stop by again.

Take care,
edgar

72 comments:

Catherine said...

Wow! Your ABC's look fantastic! I love how the different colors in the boxes just make the piece pop!

Can't wait to see what's next!

Jennifer said...

Such a beautiful job! I love the tweeks that make it all your own.

Thanks for a wonderful, inspiring blog!

Stitchinowl said...

WOW, I am impressed! Thanks for sharing all the different "Batman" views LOL This piece deserves to be displayed in a special place in your home where it can be seen all the time. You will be happy whenever you see it.

Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Hi Edgar,

Your ABCs are wonderful! I had a thought about the name block. I don't know if you want to redo it yet again but you could always shift the star up to fill in the open space between your first name and last. It's a thougtht. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Lisa in Ohio

Nic said...

That's fabulous Edgar - I love it! you've done a superb job on it, and it's great how you've personalised it with the reworked blocks.

So, when are you coming to join us on the Prairie Schooler ABC? :o)

Melissa said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Edgar! Even without he batman shots I would've recognized it as stunning! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Edgar,

Congratulations on your ABC finish, I love it and have enjoyed watching your progress! I visit your blog every day to see what you have been up to. Have a great rest of the week!

Susan

stitcheranon said...

I have just had a close up look at your sampler (enlarged etc) and wow...there is a heck of a lot of detail in those little boxes! I cannot believe how quickly you stitched it. Well done, it looks fantastic!

Cole said...

ABC looks amazing!! I love the end result of the different color fills, it looks fantastic!

Evelyn said...

Edgar! These shots take my breath away. What a beautiful job you did on this piece!

Nicola said...

That's a wonderful finish Edgar!

Margie said...

That looks amazing! I'm so inspired - I've collected all the blocks and maybe looking at yours is what I need to get off my butt. And when I do, I'm going to totally copy your Q block - inspired! :-)

Loraine said...

Wow! Fantastic finish. I love the way it turned out. It looks perfect.
What's next?

CarolG said...

You sampler turned out beautifully! I really like your J and Q. Wonderful piece!

Danielle said...

Hi. I've come here by a rather circuitous route, but I had to leave a comment--I love your alphabet sampler--I have some of these and love seeing the different ways people stitch them. It makes me want to dig through my stash and see what I have on hand! Nice work!

Nancy said...

Edgar your finish is just beautiful! BIG congratulations to you. The colors you used to fill in the blocks make the entire sampler so pretty!

J Rae said...

It's gorgeous!!!

Marjorie said...

Didn't you just start this project recently? You put the rest of us to shame! Congrats, it looks beautiful1

Jules said...

AWESOME!

That's it. Nothing more to say about your finish.

Siobhan said...

Wow! You sure did zoom through that one. It is beautiful. I love the changes that you made. Congratulations!

Sherry said...

Just beautiful! And I know you are thrilled to have it finished! I love your Q change especially since I am such a quilt lover.

Also being Catholic, I have many rosaries but have never seen one that big.

Vonna said...

That is gorgeous Edgar, I think it is stupendous in fact :) YAY You ;o)

Colleen said...

Alpha is just beautiful!! I can't believe how quickly you completed it! I think you made the right decisions on making a few adjustments to the pattern. It looks wonderful :)

Thanks for the review on Amelia. I quequed it from Netflix and it should be coming shortly.

Wendy said...

Awesome, speedy finish, Edgar! I love your changes.. they really do personalize the piece and they are so clever.

Could you possibly move that half star up about 6 stitches? That way it would be in between your first and last name and wouldn't affect it at all. Not saying that you NEED to move it at all, but it's a thought if it bugs you.

Congrats!!!

Beth said...

Wow Edgar! You are a stitching machine! I am so impressed with the size, the quality and the speed of your accomplishment!

Beth said...

Edgar your ABC sampler is beautiful! I love it! I am a cross sticher and a quilter so of course I love the Q block. What a nice finish. I need to get mine out again and work on it.

Valerie said...

Beautiful finish! The ABC's are gorgeous and I think you name looks fine at the bottom!

I enjoy reading about your "flickers." My husband and I recently became members of Netflix and we LOVE it. I have added a few of your recommendations to our queue and look forward to seeing them.

I really enjoy reading your blog...always upbeat and full of interesting musings! Thanks again for sharing!

Valerie in VA

valerie said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Love all the Batman Views! :)

Mos Los Vagabondos said...

Wow, Edgar, you stitched this beauty so fast! A big congratulations.

Karen said...

I really like the color changes to the boxes you made! it really pops. great job!!

Bronny said...

Excellent stitching! I admire your colour choices and the individual changes you've made to make it yours.
Also how quickly it's stitched up - your needles must be smoking! Congratulations!

Sadie said...

Beautiful, beautiful finish Edgar! Congratulatons :-)

Kielrain said...

Wow! Your ABC block are fantastic. So wonderful. I love your changes to it as well.

Can't wait to see your next project.

Kathy said...

Oh my Edgar your ABC finish is just gorgeous! I love the different colors that you used for the fill. Congrats.

So what is up next?

Margaret said...

Beautiful! 'Nuff said. :D

Luned said...

Gorgeous stitching! I can't get over how quickly you work. I've seen this piece on other blogs, but yours is one that's made me want to stitch it myself - I think because of the lovely colours you've used in the boxes. Inspiring stuff once again.

Kelly said...

Your ABC piece is beautiful! A very ambitious project but well worth all the time. Enjoy a new start, you earned it.

Monsoon said...

OMG. Get OUT *with an Elaine-like shove* you did not just finish that! you stitch SOOO fast! I have this in my stash but i know it will take me at least a year of stitching. I am bookmarking this post for inspiration.

CC said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finish! I've been reading your blog for a while and you've inspired me to start my own! Someday I'll be brave enough to post my own stitching there too!!
Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog and stitching. It's really wonderful -CC

Gabi said...

Congrats on this fantastic finish Edgar. It's SO beautiful. Love it.

~Judy~ said...

WOW WOW WOW Just Beautiful!!! I can't get over how fast you stitched that. LOVE IT!!

ariadne said...

Oh Edgar I loved the way the ABC came out,a magnificent heirloom work of art!
I have a question(again).In S what is the small letter next to it,I mean it surely is a small s but what kind?And why needle has no N capital?Ariadne from Greece!

FayeRaye said...

You hit this one out of the park Edgar!!! Total winner!!

Littlebit said...

Oh my goodness..I am SO GREEN over how fast you finished that piece and how beautiful it turned out. Might I ask how much stitching time you get in each evening? And did you say Ewan McGregor? (smelling salts). Memoirs of a Geisha..GREAT book. I'm yammering..too much sugar? Littlebit

Myra said...

ABC-erific is right! I just love the colors you chose. It looks so fresh. :o)

Lynette said...

It looks amazing Edgar. I've not long been following your blog but I've watched this piece progress from the beginning. You did a great job and so quickly too!

Ellen said...

It's gorgeous! Love the different color fills in the boxes.

Hugs,

Lisa said...

What a stunning finish Edgar, cant wait to see it all framed up, its a beauty! I have just finished up Barrick Samplers "A Gilded Cage" and I soo enjoyed stitching it that I have been checking out what other Barrick or Carriage House design I can do next, they are such a delight to stitch.
LISA V.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Fantastic, Edgar! You did a wonderful job with your changes and I especially love your Q block! Oh yeah, love the "batman" shots!

Paisley said...

Simply gorgeous! Well done, Edgar!

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, Edgar, it's STUNNING!

Casa Pearl said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish. Your choices of colors for the fill areas is just wonderful and makes the piece so unique.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

That turned out just beautiful Edgar...wow...I love that pattern. I am going to be ordering that very soon myself. I can't wait til I get started on it.

Congratulations on your finish

Take care & Happy Stitching
Hugs from Very Cold Northern Indiana
Linda K, Railroad

Blu said...

ABCs looks amazing! Wonderful job~

Berit said...

OMG I am so blown away. I really am quite speechless, Edgar.

I secretly love your Batman shots. :D

April Mechelle said...

Hey Edgar !! Glad to hear you are starting the Memorial Sampler. I have pictures up on my blog. I am stitching it too !!
aprilmechelesdulllife@blogspot.com

Angela said...

WOW, Edgar this is a truly stunning finish! Huge congrats :)

CindyMae said...

What a stunning and gorgeous finish, Edgar! Congrats!

Анна - Зонт said...

Beautiful work! Congrats!!!

Lois said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish!

Carol R said...

Terrific finish Edgar and I love your 'batman' pictures!

ellenky said...

Thank you edgar!!! Please jump on over and register for my exchange!!!

Ellen S

Brigitte said...

Wow, what a finish. And in such a short time. Congratulations.

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

Your Alpha Blocks looks so nice. I still wish I could have gotten the chart...Oh well. I can't spend $30.00 for it so I guess I will just forget it and admire yours. I so love it. All of those colors and you did that really fast. Do you hand wash your dishes or do you have a dishwasher. I still wash mine by hand. Can't afford one and my kitchen is too small I think to have one even if I could afford one.
Again...LOve your Alpha Blocks.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Just simply gowjeous, DF.

Andrea said...

Fantastic finish. Congratulations!

Nadia said...

WooooooooooW! Great job!!
Wonderful blog dear friend, see you soon...
Hugs from Italy-Venice
Nadia

Sherri said...

CONGRATULATIONS! (Sorry for shouting, but finishes like this are always exciting.)

Lennu said...

Congratulations Edgar, it's really, really beautiful! You stitched it very quickly and it was great to watch your progress.

Srinity said...

Your ABC sampler looks amazing! Very beautiful.

Terri said...

Congrats on a great finish Edgar. It looks wonderful :)

Peg said...

I missed seeing this when you first posted it...I hate being away from home for work and not getting enough blog reading time! Anywho I just LOVE your finished ABC sampler! The colors you chose to use inside of the bands for each block are just perfect and it flows together very well. I am sure you are very pleased it's finished. Can't wait to see what your next larger piece will be and what you choose for the frame for this one. Congrats on the finish!