Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Trio of New Patriotic Finishes

Hi, stitching friends!

Happy July! What are your plans for the month? For my American friends, are you doing anything fun for the Fourth of July? Are you taking part in "Jolly July" stitching?

While trying our best to stay safe and considerate of others, we are keeping our plans fairly low key. We are going to visit my husband's mom and my mom in central Idaho. The county they live in has 4,280 people and has had only 5 cases of coronavirus, so we feel pretty safe going there. We are going to keep our germs to ourselves, though, and wear our masks to keep others safe. (I hope you are doing the same.)

The town my mom lives in usually has the best small-town Fourth of July festivities - a breakfast at the Legion Hall, a big parade down Main Street, a free town barbecue at the city park, games for the little kids and fireworks set off above town by the local volunteer fire department.

This year, however, they are scaling things down to keep everyone safe. The parade and fireworks are still on because people can social distance and enjoy the show. In fact, the area where they set off the big fireworks is very close to my mom's house, so all we have to do is set up our lawn chairs in the front yard to watch them.

The photo above is yours truly (on the left) getting ready to compete in the "potato sack race" along with my little friend Lachelle. It was years and years and years ago (1970-something!). It must have been a chilly morning, with our little jackets on. (That, or my mom is going to email me and say, "That wasn't taken on the Fourth of July!") Anyway, the potato sack race was always one of my favorite events on the Fourth.

We are bringing my son's girlfriend with us and he is excited to show her all the amenities small-town Idaho has to offer. My husband's mom lives on a 1,000-acre cattle ranch so there are all sorts of adventures there. They might set up some aluminum cans and practice target shooting with a .22, or go for a ride with Dad into the forest to check on cows or fences. In my mom's town, there is a beautiful public golf course above town with a pond stocked with fish for kids, and there is a 2-1/2-mile paved walking path around the golf course that offers beautiful views of the entire valley. I'm looking forward to time with our moms.

On to the stitching!

Until this week, I had zero patriotic finishes, aside from my "July Cottage" from Country Cottage Needleworks. I'm happy to say that I now have three more! I featured these in my last blog post, but they weren't fully finished until now.

The first is "Pursuit of Booty" by Sue Hillis Designs. I finished it into a flat-fold using Vonna's wonderful tutorial at The Twisted Stitcher. I added handmade cording and I think it pops!

Pursuit of Booty by Sue Hillis Designs

The second is "Stars & Stripes" by Little House Needleworks. I bought this cute little birdhouse at Michael's last spring. I did my best to finish it "Priscilla & Chelsea" style, with lots of torn red-stripe ticking around the edges. It's a little busy in my opinion, and I don't think I will do this again, but I wanted to give it a shot. The stitched piece is attached to the birdhouse with a magnet so I can change out the stitching with the seasons.

Stars and Stripes by Little House Needleworks

And the third is "Old Glory" by Little House Needleworks. I painted a thrift-store frame and mounted the stitched piece onto some green fabric that Mary from Stitching Friends Forever sent me. I attached some lace that I found at a thrift store a couple of years ago to the back of the stitched piece. I really like how this cutie turned out. I love thrift-store finds, don't you?

Old Glory by Little House Needleworks

Here are all of my stitched pieces together on the cabinet in my foyer. I got the "Great American Sparklers" sign at Michael's a couple of years ago.

Getting to Know You

My friend Carol has started a "getting to know you" section on her blog, Stitching Dreams, and I really like it. I hope you don't mind, Carol, but I'm borrowing your idea!

What is your favorite summertime food? For me, it's grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. They remind me of camping and cookouts. As far as hot dogs go, I like mine charred over a campfire the best. I make homemade sweet relish that is out of this world. When I have a hamburger, I load it up with thick bread-and-butter pickle chips (sweet!), a thick slice of tomato, sliced avocado and leafy green lettuce. So messy and delightful.

What about you?

Until next time, friends, stay safe and be well. Thanks for stopping by to visit!


  1. I love how the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Booty turned out. Your table looks lovely with its patriotic decor. You were so cute in your potato sack race. I can believe you needed a jacket. We still remember the time we went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming on the 4th for vacation one year and had to wear jackets to watch the fireworks. Here you really just want to wear a swimsuit this time of year. Today was sweltering with high humidity.
    Summertime food...let's see watermelon and peaches are on the very top of the list. I love a good hamburger/hotdog cookout too. I can never decide which one I want:)
    Enjoy your time with the moms and family!!!

  2. Meg, you've finished these beautifully! I especially love Old Glory with that little bit of lace. Precious!

    I live in a big city and we are still having fireworks but in multiple places in the city where we can social distance. They're having some at a mall near our house so we will drive there and stay in our car and watch. I kinda like that idea! We will have AC. It's SO hot here!

    My favorite summertime food is watermelon. Living in Florida, we grill out year round but watermelon screams summer to me!

  3. Hello Meg,
    wonderful finishes. I love them very much.
    My favorite summertime food are strawberries with ice cream or yoghurt.
    Have a nice 4th of July.

  4. Great finishes Meg...and just in time for the 4th! My favorite summertime food is pasta shrimp salad...a nice cool meal! Happy Fourth!

  5. Meg, your patriotic finishes are all super. Well done on adding to your collection! It sounds like a fabulous adventure is ahead of you with visiting your Moms and family. Our fourth will be low key -- spent at home. I do plan on watching 'A Capitol Fourth' from 8 to 9:30 (they have pre-recorded everything, but the fireworks due to the virus).

    Favorite summertime food -- a grilled hot dog and watermelon!

  6. Meg, I'm so happy to see that you got some finishing done and spectacularly too!!! I love that lace you found, I would have snapped that up in a heartbeat! The finish came out adorable. Your cording came out perfect, I haven't mastered cord making. I hope to some day, love the 2 colors together. Love your display!!

    I have too many favorite foods in the summer but a big, juicy, homegrown tomato sandwich is on the top of my list, on toasted bread and smothered with Marie's blue cheese dressing!! Love it! I don't eat many hot dogs but on the grill with Mom's bbq sauce recipe is another favorite. Would you share you pickled recipe?

  7. Your patriotic display is fantastic Meg! I especially love Old Glory.
    I love nectarines and cherries and eat them all summer long! I love my burgers with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on top. I mix A-1, onions and worcestershire in with the hamburger meat. :)

  8. Corn on the cob and watermelon!

    Your finishes are so creative, love that added lace edge.

    To have a 1000 acre ranch is so much work, but what a treasure to own that much land. Enjoy time with the moms and hope to see some photos of the ranch. We've had fireworks blasting for a week and I know this weekend will be louder yet. All we had as kids were snakes and sparklers.

  9. Love your July pieces. You finished them off perfectly too and I love he idea of using a magnet to easily switch out the pieces.

    Hope you had a fun holiday. We stayed in the house because Arizona cases of rising like crazy; plus it is nice to just relax at home.

    My favorite summertime food is almost any kind of fresh fruits and vegetables and I love them cooked on the grill!

  10. Hi! New to your blog, and I love it. It is so nice to see someone blogging, so many have stopped and moved entirely to IG. Your patriotic finishes turned out great. I just got back into cross stitch a few months ago and the 4th was my first seasonal display of smalls. My summer favorite foods are peaches, watermelon and any kind of cookout. Take care!

  11. Awe, what a sweet photo of you and your friend! It sounds like they know how to celebrate in your Mom's town, like something out of the movies! I hope you had a fantastic time.
    I love your patriotic finishes, and how you'll change the birdhouse out.
    My favourite summertime food has to be all the fruit, yum!

  12. Such a cute photo.
    Your Patriotic designs are lovely.
    My favorite food for the fourth is hotdogs on the grill with lots of mustard relish and onions, that is the only time I eat hotdogs.


  13. Hello dear Meg...sorry it has been so long since I've been on the computer but I am so happy to see this lovely post. You are such an adorable little girl. I just love that photo.

    All of your patriotic stitches are wonderful but my very favorite is Old Glory. I love the finish you chose. Of course I think the birdhouse is really special too. Lets face it, I love them all!!!

    My very favorite summer food is fresh corn on the cob from New Jersey. They say it is the water but you can't find better corn anywhere. Corn season is already over here in goes by very quickly.

    Thinking of you. You are in my thoughts, prayers heart always. RJ

  14. Meg, I am just seeing this post. Love the stitches. Your finishing tips have helped me so much with getting my corners straight!! The pictures you sent me ages ago now, really helped me to see how to stitch those corners together. My favorite summer food is a hamburger cooked on a charcoal grill. Homemade ice cream is a close second. Thanks again for the tips about the new blogger platform. I tried your suggestion and it is how I plan to proceed.


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