I've been rather in a bit of a fog lately..... I tell myself that it must be the "heat of summer".  At least it sounds like a good reason to blame my lack of stitching and blogging:)

In the midst of working on "The Mystery Sampler", I decided that I needed to take a little break and work on something "small" for a change of pace.  I guess that I just wanted the satisfaction of being able to complete a piece of needlework in a few days.  This is my finished pincushion!
                                "Antique Locks and Keys"
                     (Shakespeare's Peddler)   
                                                 Pincushion Top Portion     
                                            Pincushion Bottom Portion
                    Fabric:  36 Ct. Fresco Linen (Picture This Plus)
                   Fibers:  Plush Plum Crescent Colours Belle Soie
         The "Mystery Sampler" is coming along, and I am now working on Part III, so it is in the "Home Stretch" mode, and I must admit that I really love it!  It is a very unique sampler.  The colours are wonderful and it has been lots of fun to stitch with the girls in my LNS stitching group.

Our stitching group is a wonderful group of ladies, all of whom share in our enthusiasm of stitching addiction, for sure!
This is Shirley, an incredible stitcher, who recently finished the "Anne Grant" Sampler.  It is stitched on 40 count linen.  Isn't it beautiful?

Here is Bev's gorgeous Flower Garden Sampler.  To really appreciate the fine work that Bev has done on each hand appliqued block here are a few of my favorite squares.

Wish that I could claim the fine stitching and quilting in these lovely squares.  I definitely have been feeling inspired to consider taking out my quilting again.  In fact, I have a queen sized quilt that I have never finished quilting, although it is completely basted and just waiting for the quilting to begin!  I think that I just need to take it out and have the quilting done so that it can go on one of our beds!

Oops!  Where does the time go?  My blogger photo mode has been giving me grief this afternoon as I have been trying to write this post.  Now it is almost time to prepare dinner, and our son, Ryan and his wife, Alissa, are coming for dinner!  Guess that I had better get going!  All for today,but hopefully I won't be away for as long since my last time blogging.  I miss all of my dear stitchy bloggy friends too much when I am away!

Blessings to you, dear friends!

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