Saturday, March 3, 2012


Thought you might be tired of looking at my last post with all the pictures that would only upload sideways, so I thought I would show you what I have been up to for the last week or so.

I am working on the borders for "Beyond the Cherry Trees".

I have traced the pattern on the bottom border.

Stitched all the cherries down (those have been made for months!).

Making enough vines to start my own vineyard.

Glue basted the vine down and my baggie of leaves will be ready to go once the vine is stitched down.

Of course, if that wasn't enough for me to do, I found a new (to me) yarn shop in Berkley, MI called  "....have you any wool?"

I bought this.

Three skeins of Firefly in the color called Venice (to me it's more of a raspberry which is what I was looking for to make the pictured eternity scarf).  The scarf pattern is called Jeweled Cowl by Knittimo and I believe I got it free on Ravelry.

Anyways, it calls for 728  seed beads, so I stopped at Aladda Beads which is a shop in, I believe, Clinton Twp., MI.  Well, 728 beads sounds like a lot of beads to me and I certainly didn't want to buy too many, so this is what I came home with.

Now mind you....I didn't want to over-buy.  I had about 15 of these tubes in my hands because you know, I like scrappy in quilts, so of course I am going to want a lot of coordinating colors of beads for my raspberry scarf.  Sooooo...I had the gal at the shop "count" how many beads were in one of the tubes.....but let me get back to that in a minute. 

The first tube is "chartreuse", a good opposite on the color wheel.
Second tube is called "flame red", which even though the yarn is raspberry, this matches well.
Third tube is "dark topaz" which picks up all the other colors.
Fourth tube is "dk coral lined crystal" which appears more pink and has lots of sparkle.
Fifth tube is "dk smoky amethsyt which is very complimentary.
Sixth tube is "emerald", but is more teal with some purple to it. 

Now back to my NOT wanting to over buy.  Remember, I only need 728 beads.  Welllllllll.....
I had 15 of these tubes in my hot little, color-loving, hands and when I found out that there are 800 beads in each tube, I put 11 of them back and now I have

4,800 beads!!!! 

I hope this scarf is easy to make because I may have to make  another one to sell so I can justify buying so many beads.  I guess I thought I would go into the bead shop and buy individual beads (how naive!!) and then I could get just the right mixture that I wanted.  Actually, I figured I would have to make 6 1/2 of these scarves to use up all these beads.  Oh well.....I guess I have started a "bead stash".

Happy quilting!


  1. Gorgeous! Happy stitching and Happy Knitting!

  2. You are ready to do some serious stitching! (AND knitting!) Love the bead colors. I think a bead stash is a great idea.

  3. The beads are like candy! Beautiful color of yarn and I sure like the looks of that scarf pattern.
    You were smart to make all those border cherries a head of time...guess what I am doing in the evening??

  4. the yarn is just beautiful and oh the beads , love those colors! you can always add some beads to your quilts :)
    have fun stitching your border....

  5. You could make a necklace to match your scarf!

  6. I love your Cherry quilt. It is so beautiful. And that scarf will be great!! I have to go look for the pattern!

  7. As usual I just love your choice of fabrics! This border is going to be gorgeous - like all your blocks!
    WOW that's a LOT of beads... but I love your yarn, bead & pattern selection. Can't wait to see the progress on this too!



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