Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Easter Finish (and cow pies!)

Hello people!  I hope you are having a fantastic day.

I finished stitching Rejoice on Good Friday.  I decided to finish it in a flatfold.  So that meant refreshing my memory with Vonna. :)
Rejoice by Plum Street Samplers

I am hoping someone is appreciating these pictures I took yesterday morning,in the shade , in 38 degrees, with a very cold north wind blowing!

stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct cream Meran linen

I went off to the quilt shop to look for backing fabric.  My husband helped me decide on this very different one called Figgy Pudding by Moda.  It seems to work well with these colors.  This was a hard piece to find a good, pleasing match.  The husband says I am too picky.  I told him after I put so much into a piece I do not want to just schlup the finish together.

From dusk to dawn, from start to finish, from death to life, from cross to throne... Jesus is risen!

I am very happy with the results considering I finished it on Holy Saturday and on Easter Sunday in a narcotic induced trance.  Let me just say, I almost cried.  I almost destroyed the mounting completely.  Much prayer, chocolate and deep breathing saved it.  For fear you think I am a druggie, I tore and stretched ligaments in my left SI joint(hip joint) 7 years ago in a bad fall.  I have been living in pain every single day since.  I have tried many, many procedures, injections, physical therapy, gizmos, gadgets, creams, whatever!  I take two different meds to basically trick my body and nerves.  When I slip, trip, get bumped, or misstep, my pain level spikes.  Then I need the percocet.   Blech!  Let's not talk about it!

Okay, so, have you ever heard of Cow Pies?  I mean this kind.  My youngest brother gave each of us one of these on Easter day. :) Oooo! Yummy!

I finished the new book from the library, Barn Quilts.  I enjoyed it pretty much.  It was a bit of a document or it seemed a little like a research project.  The pictures were great.  There were also touching personal stories from farm families.

I just began reading Hush Now, Don't You Cry another new book, and another one by Rhys Bowen.  Two books ago I read  Naughty In Nice.  That was a good mystery in a different series by the same author.  This one I am beginning is from the Molly Murphy Mystery series.  Very good series.  I have been reading along through a few years here, since the beginning when Molly fled Ireland to come here to America.

Thank you for your comments.  I am so glad you are here. :)

stitching and praying,
Vickie

18 comments:

Beth said...

Rejoice is lovely - have not seen this one before. Your backing fabric is perfect too. Hope today is a pain-free day for you.

gracie said...

Very nice finish....and stitching!

Dana Baker said...

I love Rejoice! Makes me think of "This is the day that the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it."

You are a tropper, it has been freezing here too. I was able to go outside and take pictures on Monday when it was warm and sunny.

Paula Nunes Lima said...

It is so beatiful!! And the ones of us that love cross stitching very much, do appreciate your effort to make the best of your work and to endure cold and wind for the picture!
Be well!
Hugs

Patty C. said...

I love Rejoice - great finish ;)

butterfly said...

Your stitching looks wonderful and the finish.
Sorry you get on and off pain poor you,
Take care my friend, hugs June.

Catherine said...

Love your finish!!

Theresa said...

What a great finish!!!!! It looks perfect!!!! Totally worth all your effort!!!!

Krista said...

What a great new finish, and finishing technique too!

Trace4J said...

Beautiful Friend
I never heard of cow pies.
I wish..
Your in my prayers.
Hugs
Trace

www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Shirlee said...

I remember Cow Pies! I haven't had or even seen one in many years. They were really good as I recall : ) Your Rejoice finish looks great! So sorry to hear about the pain you are in : (

Ruth said...

I really love your Easter finish Vickie, its wonderful and I sure do appreciate your outside photos in the cold, me I'd have taken them indoors lol.
I just dind't quite know what to expect when I saw Cow Pies and am off to google some more on them lol.

Anne said...

Lovely finish Vickie!! The fabric is a perfect match! So sorry to hear you live with knee pain daily. My mother lives with back and knee pain daily and it's not pleasant at all.

Hugs

Anne

Carol said...

Such a pretty finish, Vickie--and well done on braving the elements for that perfect picture :) What stitchers won't do for a great shot to showcase their pieces, right!?

I can't imagine living with chronic pain--my husband deals with chronic foot pain and, like you, has gone to so many doctors, tried every treatment under the sun, and all kinds of medications--all to no avail. I'm glad the percocet helps at least a bit...

Kathy Ellen said...

What a very special piece....so perfect to celebrate Easter and our Risen Lord! I can't recall having seen this design, but love it!

Blessings for you this week, and praying that you will feel less discomfort in whatever you are doing.

Sally said...

What a beautiful finish Vickie.

I'm sorry to hear you are in pain so much.

Lynn said...

I love your Easter finish! You've done a fantastic job on the finishing too!

Melanie said...

Very nice finish! The backing fabric matches great.