Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 11

At long last, my Gameboard Sampler is looking more like a sampler in that the alphabets have finally emerged:


I try to squeeze in some stitching time everyday even though I would normally only get a few stitches in. But with every stitch I put in, I am one stitch closer to the finishing line! :) You can see that the neighborhood is sporting some new critters – a squirrel and a bumblebee:


When I get a few moments with my hands free, I have also been enjoying Book 3 of the Pemberley Chronicles, “Netherfield Park Revisited”. This book is mainly about Jonathan, the son of Charles and Jane Bingsley, and his purchase of Netherfield — the place that held sweet memories for his parents:


Have a productive day, everyone! I will catch up with you later.

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 10

I made a little bit of progress on the Gameboard Sampler last night:


You can see the construction of the fence around the neighborhood has begun:


On another note, I was able to check out Book 2 of The Pemberley Chronicles “The Women of Pemberley” from the library. I can’t wait to get started. This book picks up from where the first Chronicles book left off, and ushers us into the Victorian era. That’s as much as I know for now:


Have a Terrific Thursday, Everyone. I will catch up with you later!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 9

Hello Everyone, I hope your day is going well for you.

I thought I would start out my post with a few awards from recent months. Thank you ladies, for the gracious awards:

Missy gave me:

dishaholic-award(Missy is a talented photographer who is also a fellow dishaholic and heirloom seamstress)

I am passing on this award to two ladies that have the most interesting dish finds:



My new friend Rhondi gave me:

letsbefriends(Rhondi loves quilting and has blue/white dishes – a lady after my own heart!)

I am passing on this award to two ladies that do amazing work:



Caron gave me:

dardos(I love following Caron’s progress of her Dear Jane quilt)

I am passing this award to two ladies that always have eye candies on their blog:



Before I go, here are pictures to show my snail-paced progress on the gameboard sampler.


gameboard28Thanks again for stopping by!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 8

Happy Monday, Everyone! I had a bit of a time to squeeze in a few more stitches on The Sampler Gameboard:



I have a bit of a “bird’s nest” on this house — as I made a boo boo. So, I am in the process of un-stitchimg to rectify the situation:



Also, I have an update on “The Chronicles of Pemberley”. Some of you have asked me last week if I liked the book. I didn’t know the answer back then because I hadn’t read the book. I started on the book over the weekend, and found it to be a very delightful read. So far I am into about 80 pages — my summary of the pleasantly executed plot is that the happy ending of “Pride and Prejudice” just got happier. Chronicles mainly picks up from after the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth, and focuses on their lives thereafter. The usual suspects of the original Pride and Prejudice are woven into the story with mastery, with the addition of new characters. I have also enjoyed the snippets of life for the gentry class prior to pre-industrialization in Great Britain.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week got off a stupendous start!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 7

Would you take a quick stroll with me around the neighborhood?


These are new since we took our last walk:


My progress on the gameboard sampler hasn’t been as substantial as I would have liked, but I have been working on getting dozens of these sent out:


Have a great day, everyone!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 6

Hello Everyone, I hope you have had a good start to your week. Mine is crazy, but I remain thankful that I am able to enjoy moments of quietness and sanity. I was able to do some stitching last night, and was pleased with the progress (you may see my last progress report here):


I didn’t get to finish this square in time for the blog pictures — care to guess what this might be?


Have a great day, everyone!

(p.s. I will just tell you, it’s supposed to be a bird!)

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 5

Hello Everyone, I haven’t been able to blog for the last couple of weeks. I hope you are doing well. I hope to catch up with you in blogland very soon. Thank you for all the comments you have left. Please be sure that I will respond to each of you.

Meanwhile, I thought I would show you the progress on my Sampler Gameboard by The Drawn Thread. The neighborhood is really shaping up!




Have a Happy Monday, Everyone!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 4

Happy Monday, Everyone. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas week and weekend.

The neighborhood is starting to “fill out” a little more. A new house is completed (bottom right), and one is in the process of going up (top middle). I am pleased to announce that even though a pet lion roams the streets, this neighborhood actually does have normal creatures — a bird and a butterfly!




Thanks for stopping by! I will chat with you again tomorrow.

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 3

This was meant to be my Monday post, but time just dashed by me while I was taking care of a few other things. So, I am a little late…

But nothing much has been happening around the “neighborhood”. I got a few accents stitched for the Sampler Gameboard:


This neighborhood is full of botanical wonders, except it could be a bit scary when someone’s pet lion runs loose :)


I hope you had a great Monday. I have been busy decorating for Christmas over the weekend. I will show you snippets of my labor between now and Christmas. Meanwhile, have a superb week!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 2

Since I went back to working on meeting deadlines for the quilt magazines, I have experienced a construction slump on my “McMansions”. I did manage to add two more houses in the neighborhood. While I was at it, I also found some acorns around the neighborhood:



This is my overall progress so far:


Not much is going on at my end. I am currently working on getting the collars of the baby daygown finished. Will show pictures when I do get them attached to the gown. Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 1

I started stitching the Sampler Game Board by The Drawn Thread while I was busy getting things ready for Thanksgiving. This pattern features 32 salt box type Colonial houses which I have affectionately nicknamed “McMansions”. [For those who aren’t from America, the term “McMansions” was coined for “cookie cutter” mega big houses (i.e., mansions) that had been built during the construction boom. Often time, they are packed into subdivisions with not much extra land to speak of.]


This is a highly addictive project. First of all, it is just so cute and whimsical. Each square you see is only about 1 1/4″ inches. And second of all, one doesn’t have to stitch for ages to see the picture emerge. So, I have been totally charmed by these McMansions.



Which “mansion” would you like to claim as yours? Also, I would love to hear from you if you happen to be working on this project as well.

p.s. We got our first snow of the year on Sunday! Despite the cold, I did like to watch the flurrying flurries! And now that the Thanksgiving weekend is over, it’s back to the REAL world and REAL work for me where deadlines rule! I wish you a wonderful and productive week!!