Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Finish For Friday

Good Morning my friends! Welcome to my newest follower Julie.

Well, firstly, I decided not to make the bargello a scissor fob. The "V" I stitched for the reverse is on white linen. I don't think that works well with heavy usage. Also, that bargello took a looong time. I don't want that getting worn or fuzzy looking.
Secondly, I DID backstitch around both sides and whip stitch them together. I know this takes a lot more time than sewing a pillow up on the sewing machine, but I really wanted a perfect edge to the bargello.
This bargello pattern was a freebie that you can find here. This site has many lovely freebies.♥ I stitched it on 28ct evenweave with 6 different DMC colors.
 For the reverse side I chose a "V" from the Sajou alphabet. I do not have the exact pattern page, sorry. It might be pattern number 172. You can check out all the charts here.
I stitched this with DMC 720, 2 over 2 on 28ct white Meran linen. I am very happy with this little pillow. It measures less than 2 1/2 inches. So sweet.♥ It joins my other smalls in my big bread bowl. =)

I finished stitching up the reverse side to the scissor fob last night. I backstitched around both sides. Yep, I am going to whip stitch them together. ;)

Two days ago I forgot to give Mabel her muscle relaxant. So I gave it before bed, 4 hours later than I had been giving it. Twice a day, so I picked 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Turns out that was meant to be! She gets the most from that muscle relaxant when she is sleeping overnight. This has been the thing to help her in the mornings for two mornings now. I pray this keeps up. I will continue to give it at bedtime. She will hopefully wake up okay then. She had been waking up like a 15 year old poodle, shuffling along in pain. We are thinking she may never return to her "good old days". This may be her new normal. I am weaning her off the steroid. She could just remain on the two other meds with a pain pill as needed and be good. Kinda like her mama's set up with pain and pills! ;) We both just have to watch our activities, so as to not cause pain flare ups.

I hope you have a wonderful, stitchy weekend my friends.

Stitching and praying,


Sally said...

Your finish is beautiful Vickie. Such pretty colours.

I hope Mabel continues to improve.

Parsley said...

You know how much I love pinks and greens! Love this!

Poor Mabel. I hope she feels better soon. We do love our pups!

Giovanna said...

That's a very sweet and pretty finish - well done! A special pat to Mabel, I hope she continues to get better.

Sweet Sue said...

Lovely work and finish Vickie, just beautiful, congrats! Always loved this design, will enjoy stitchin this one up. Have a sweet weekend friend!

gracie said...

A lovely Bargello piece....

Margaret said...

The pillow came out beautifully! I love it! Poor Mabel. I hope the new normal is bearable for her and for you too.

Catherine said...

Beautiful finish! Sending gentle hugs and prayers for Mabel.

Mii Stitch said...

Your cushion is fab! Lovely neat finish with gorgeous colours. Have a lovely weekend!

Barb said...

Oh love the bargello Vickie, shall have to go look at that site, will I never learn I have too much to do already!
Hope Mabel is feeling a little better , poor girl. Know how that feels I do not do fast either any more.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I really like how this turned out. I really want to try bargello. Love the initial you used too.

cucki said...

it is looking so pretty..well done dear x

KimM said...

Gorgeous! I saw your blog on LynnB's Linky Party. Please take a peek at my blog wisdomwithneedleandthread.blogspot.com. I'd be honored if you'd become a follower.

Kind regards,

Shirlee said...

The project turned out beautifully! Great job!

Solstitches said...

A very unusual and lovely finish Vickie.
The Bargello work is so pretty in those colours.

Carol said...

Such a pretty finish, Vickie! And it was well worth the time to whip stitch the two sides together. I just did that on a beaded edging yesterday and, oh, it is so time consuming compared to sewing a pillow!

Glad to hear Mabel is on the right medication schedule to best relieve her pain--hope she continues to improve :)

Kathy Ellen said...

Your sweet little Bargello pillow is just beautiful, and I love the lovely letter 'V' you stitched on the back.

What a blessing that you gave Mabel her muscle relaxant accidently 4 hours later and that it helped her to sleep so well and wake up feeling better! Let's pray for that to continue.

Take good care of yourself and little Mabel! Meggie says 'woof-woof, and hope you feel better soon:)


Deborah said...

Great finish! Love the colors. I am glad Mabel is feeling better.

Deborah said...

Great finish! Love the colors. I am glad Mabel is feeling better.

Patrizia Valle said...

very good work !

moreofhim said...

Love your finished piece!! Thank you for the warm welcome as a follower. :) So glad I found your blog!

I'm so glad Mabel is doing better with her meds. It's hard to see our little friends getting older....

Blessings - Julie

Kate said...

Congrats on a sweet finish.
I hope Mabel is not in too much pain.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Beautifully finished. That's the method I always use because if I just sew the edges then stuff and finish the fourth edge it never looks as neat as the other three and I have different corners too!
Thanks for the links too.

Myra said...

That is so pretty Vickie - love the colors. I enjoyed reading about Mabel over on New York State of Mind - I hope she continues to heal.

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Vickie !
I send You an email to the adresse You have give to me in my blogcomments!?
I hope You have recieved it and answear to as soon as You have a good moment to do so :)

The bargello pinpillow with the Sajou alfabet V is very beautifully stitched ,You really did a good work with ithis pillow..
I am sure You will treasure it for ever..

I am still praying for You and your sweet little Pudel Mabel!

Be Blessed my new blogging friend Vickie ,
Maija from Finland

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

adorable ce petit coussin de gros bisous bisous et calins au petit caniche ! love xxx

Lumiruusu said...

Hello again Vickie !
Here is my email adresse


I will write you back soon because I really would love to know You better my Sister in Christ :)

Chris said...

Beautiful finish Vickie!
So glad that you and Mabel are well.

Anne said...

Gorgeous finish! Such an interesting pattern and it must have been fun to stitch. Good to hear that giving Mabel her meds at those times has been helping her out. Now we just need to be more pain free. Prayers to you my friend.

Melanie said...

Very nice little finish! I like the colors a lot. Always a fan of the pink and lime together.
Glad that Mabel is feeling a bit better. :)