Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons Blog Hop

Welcome to another day of Tammy Bags, applique, and cross stitching,
For today's hop I picked both summer patterns to showcase.
I couldn't pass up the Summer theme since it has two of my favorite things:
the beach and the color red.


I fell in love with cross stitching when I was 11.  I was at a youth church activity and one of the leaders gave me a red piece of gingham and some thread.  She told me to make x's in the white squares and gave me a heart pattern to cross stitch.  After that I was hooked and asked my mom, who has been cross stitching as long as I can remember, to get me started on more intricate designs.  


 As a teenager I was lucky enough to take some cross stitch classes from Pat Carson of Designs by Gloria and Pat. I learned a lot of great tips from her, several of those tips are the same that Mdm Samm has already mentioned at SewWeQuilt. A tip I remember the most is to make sure all your stitches on the back go either vertical or diagonal, never horizontal.  It was hard for me at first to concentrate on the direction of my stitches on the back but eventully I got use to making them only vertical or diagonal and over time my backs looked almost as good as the front and the back was less lumpy.


The pinny was fun to make, I choose to do raw edge applique and covered the edges with some embroidery floss. 

Thanks to Mary and Mdm Samm for hosting another fun hop.
Go check out the other hoppers sharing the day with me!

Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary


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53 comments:

  1. So sweet, Leah. Such a great red floral you picked. Looks so good with your summer stitchery.

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  2. Great job. Your bag is so pretty with the red fabric and blue flowers. Perfect with the cross stitch and I like how your pinny really is a hit with the bag. Come on summer time.

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  3. I love your red Tammy and Pinny! Red is my favorite color too. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Your Tammy Bag is so summery; love the red bathing suit! Cute Pinny!

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  5. Your Tammy bag is gorgeous. Love the red fabric. I am getting so jealous seeing all these amazing bags! I cannot cross stitch at all, but I do love the look of it. Amazing work!

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  6. Very pretty. I love the fabric you chose to go with it. A great job.

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  7. I really like the fabric you have used to make up your bag, it compliments the cross stitch design perfectly. x

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  8. So pretty! Your fabric choices were perfect with the colors of the cross stitch.

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  9. I absolutely love that fabric you chose! This is so cute and it looks like you used a smaller weave than I did - what a beautiful difference that makes! blessings, marlene

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  10. good day Leah...how pretty, your fabric choices, your stitching , your photo shoot....thanks for participating for our first hop of the year

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  11. Hi Leah...your summer Tammy is lovely, fabric, stitching and photos...nice to see you for our first tammy of the season..

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  12. Very pretty, Leah. I like the red, too. :)

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  13. So pretty, the cross stitch looks smaller than mine on your bag, really makes the design pop!

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  14. Great Tammy bag, Leah! Makes me dream for warmer weather with the sand and shells around it. :)

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  15. I love the summer one (I picked it too :) Love how yours turned out.

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  16. Your Tammy Bag looks ready for a day at the beach with all those shells around it and the fabric looks perfect with it...sweet! Great job on both the bag and the pinny!

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  17. Loving your Summer Tammy! The fabrics you chose to use for the designs are perfect!

    I would never dare show my backs... But as long as the front is ok, I am all good. :)

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  18. Nice bag and pinny. Yes, I picked summer too for almost the same reasons. I love summer, beaches, and red/white/blue and I figured by January we'd need a reminder of fun days ahead in this dreary winter weather.

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  19. I Really like your bag and pinny, my favorite color is red and you chose some really great fabric for your bag ! Two thumbs up !

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  20. I also did Summer, but yours is so much nicer! Great job!

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  21. It is so pretty and looks ready for summer! Your fabric choice is fabulous too.

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  22. I love your story and your Tammy, especially the turtle charm, since it is my totum.

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  23. Very cute - we have extremely similar tastes… ;-)

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  24. I love it... the water, the sand, the shells. Yes, you've got me in the mood for warmer weather. Beautiful Tammy and Pinny!

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  25. Your bag turned out lovely! Your fabric matches the cross-stitch colors perfectly. And your pinny is simply adorable. Lovely!

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  26. Wow, I forgot that I used to do cross stitch on gingham back in the day. Love your summer bag and pinny. Great stitching and great color choices.

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  27. Your bag is gorgeous. Your stitching is perfect with your fabric. Lovely photos too. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Your coinpurse is just precious! LOVE that sea turtle too! :)

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  29. I had to go out in the blustering cold for a CT scan this morning and your pictures make me ready for the beach and summer. The bright red fabric you chose is so cheery with the cross stitch. Your stitching is perfect.. I admire the ladies who dove in and tried it for the first time. Your "pinny" is divine. I love the raw edge applique. Your staging is wonderful for the pictures. Thanks you participating and giving us who are freezing a taste of warmth and beauty.

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  30. These were my favorite designs as well. Such cute bags!

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  31. Great job. I love your photos. The red really wows.Great backing fabric. I think your bag will be a joy to use.

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  32. Terrific job on the Tammy Bag and Pinny. Red is my favorite color too.

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  33. Delightful. I think summer is my favorite bag. Love the red fabric! Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  34. Great Tammy - loved your color choices. The buttons on the pinny were perfect. Way to go!!

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  35. great color choices - love that bathing suit!

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  36. Beautifully stitched Leah...love your fabric!! I am a new cross stitcher...my project back is lumpy. I will get better. I've done a lot of embrodery and my backs are almost as neat as the front...I can't say that about my cross stitching. I will stick with it...I can only get better. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  37. Love your red bag. It turned out wonderful! Thank you so much for the tip on keeping the back going in the same direction. I noticed that made a big difference as I was stitching. Your pinny turned out very cute. Love that idea of embroidering the edge. Hugs, ~Cori

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  38. Beautiful Tammy! I am loving all the Red! Your Pinny is sweet too!

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  39. Your tip about keeping the back going in the same direction reminded me what my grandmother and mother always told me, that my back should look as neat as the front. Great job on your Tammy bag!

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  40. Gorgeous Tammy and pinny! I love the fabric you picked. It's beautiful. Wish I could fit into a suit like that! Your set us just terrific.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  41. You do such beautiful work. Your stitching is incredible! Love the colors you used.

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  42. Great job on your Tammy Bag and Pinny. I love your color choice. The reds all go together so nicely. Thank you for being part of this great hop.

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  43. Love the red - such a super colour. Beautiful work!

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  44. Love the red - such a super colour. Beautiful!

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  45. What a lovely bag, I especially love your hardware!!! :)

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  46. I'm in love with it all!!!
    Gmama Jane

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  47. I love how you staged your photos. Those reds and blues really are beautiful with the cross stitch.

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  48. Leah, it is simply sweet! We did very close to the same color scheme. Love SUMMER!!

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  49. Very pretty and your fabric is gorgeous! ( I love red too) I agree your photos are very nice too.

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  50. Great job with your Tammy and pinny. Such lovely fabric your chose.

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  51. Very pretty and I love the Red.

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  52. Oh, those are a couple of my favorite things too - red and the beach! Your photos are wonderful. And thanks for the tip on cross-stitching!

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