Friday, April 17, 2009

Peach Tree Cottage Finished!

It's finished...finally!!! I put the final stitch in Peach Tree Cottage from LHN this afternoon! Dare I mention I started this project on May 31, 2008? But this one turned into a UFO and then Lady Bug came out into the world and made finishing this a marathon! But it's finally finished!

Peach Tree Cottage by Littlehouse Needleworks
Thread: Recommended Crescent Colors and DMC
Fabric: 28 ct Country French in Cashmere
Finished: 4/17/09

This one became a UFO during my pregnancy when I was just much too tired and much too distracted to work on anything bigger than a few square inches. Then I avoided it because the leaves were driving me crazy - they just seemed to go on forever! But I picked this up after I finished "Peace" and was determined to finish it! It wasn't without a few visits from the frog. And I actually put the final stitches in it (the first time) at 1am Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

And that's when I was finally convinced once and for all that there is an error in the chart. The window panes in the chart are a green-gray color and the shutters and trim around the door are a light mocha brown. But as I was stitching these parts, they seemed backwards to me. It seemed like the windows should have been the light brown and the shutters the green-gray. I decided to leave it and see how it looked at the end. But come Wednesday night/Thursday morning when I put in the final stitch, it still didn't seem right. So I inspected the picture of the sample again, and again I was thinking these were backward! I am fairly certain the picture on the chart has these colors flipped from how they are charted. I have toyed with the idea of emailing Diane about it. I googled it but couldn't find anything about anyone saying they had noticed the same thing. Maybe I'm completely wrong. Either way, I frogged the shutters and the window panes yesterday and spent last night and this morning (at any available opportunity) putting them back in with the colors reversed. And in my humble opinion, it looks right this way!

And I also got an email from Kendra that she received the little giveaway I made in honor of our sweet Lady Bug's birth! She said she loved it, so I am pleased! I was nervous to share my mediocre stitching with another stitcher, especially one as talented as Kendra! Thank you for being so kind Kendra! Here is the altoids tin I finished for her and the little extras I sent along - red and white print fabric , a ladybug button from JABCo, and "Ladybug" fibers from both WDW and CC.

And thank you everyone for your continued support and comments! I appreciate them all so much!!


staci said...

Peach Tree Cottage looks absolutely perfect with your changes...congrats on such a sweet finish!

And that tin you made is delightful! You look like an expert in the stitching and finishing dept to me!!!

PS. I had a complete memory loss until I saw Michele's post with her lovely I think I have you to thank~~so thank you for being so sweet and thinking of me :)

Suzanne said...

This is a lovely finish, I hear you about having stitching time. Since number two came along six months ago, I have very little time to stitch and every project becomes a marathon.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Kim, "Peach Tree" is lovely!! You did a fabulous job. Glad you rescued this one from the UFO pile.

I seem to find differences between model photos and charted colors on a fairly regular basis these days. You just have to trust what looks best to you.

Nicely done!

Michele said...

I love Peach Tree! Great finish!

and the tin is too cute :) nice work!!!

Lee said...

So pretty! I had the same issue with Spot of Coffee, but it was just that the chart symbols were so small and I made a mistake in reading them. Interestingly, I also had misread the window and shutter color.

Dawn said...

Great job on Peach looks perfect to me:)

I just love the little tin you made for Kendra. Expertly finished in my opinion!

Von said...

Good for you for changing the colors to the way that seemed right to you. And I think the designer would not mind one bit. :) It looks great!

Michele B. said...

You are the queen of the leaves - I bow down to you. The colors are beautiful. How will you frame it? I am in awe of your ladybug tin - all the finishing touches are perfect, and the ladybug threads are the perfect complement to the gift.

Sharon said...

Lovely finish! Kendra's tin is fabulous!

Siobhan said...

Your Peach Tree Cottage is wonderful! It looks great.

The tin you made--too too cute! Lucky Kendra! :)

Michelle said...

Your Peach Tree Cottage is wonderful - congrats on the finish! And I love the little ladybug tin - how cute!

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Peach Tree Cottage looks very nice. I absolutely love your give-away tin, your stitching and finishing is just perfect.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you rescued peach cottage from the ufo pile, it is gorgeous, I love the colours on that one. I do like the way you've done the windows/shutters.
The ladybug tin is adorable and so perfectly finished, I would never be able to do that
well done!

Michelle said...

Good Morning Kim!

Your PTC is just lovely! I think the longer it takes to finish a project, the happier the dance is when it is done.

And sooner or later you will have to forget the words mediocre and novice because my oh my you have become such an expert!!!

The ladybug altoids tin looks perfect!

And this weather, ugh! Some days even when I roll the curtains and hang them up on the the ends of the rods, you know to have a "bright" view of the outside, I see nothing but gloomy skies!
Do you know where we can "rally" for nice warm sunny weather? ^_^

Hugs to the little bugs!

Lelia said...

Congrats! The giveaway is lovely : ) Your peach tree cottage sampler is beautiful!!!

Tanya said...

I like the colors of your LHN Peachtree sampler. Very pretty.

Jan said...

It is beautiful! And it doesn't matter how long it takes for us to finish something, when it is done, it is still rewarding!!

mainely stitching said...

What a beautiful finish! Congratulations. :D

lena-lou said...

What a cute tin and your finish is lovely :)

Have a happy week !

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