Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bringing Spring in with Tammy

While living in Virginia,  our good friend gave me a beautiful Counted Cross Stitch picture of the Saturday Evening Post.  I always admired it for all the time and work that went into it.
Thank you Jeanette!!!



Each and every detail is beautifully done.  This is a big picture and will be cherished forever!


In November I signed up for this hop.  I picked Spring because well, I liked it.

I gathered all my stuff together, including my new Beam n' Read (which lighted everything up, just where I wanted it).  My husband even got me these cool clip on magnifier lens to go over my glasses.  (I could see every little hole now) 


At first all went well, I started with her dress and did all the blue first.  I learned quickly that I could not do more than a half hour at a time.  More then that and I would get a hurendious headach.   It was just too much strain on my eyes.  
BUT I did get her done....


I never made a Tammy bag before so I didn't  realize till after it was together, that I should have cut more off the top of the design and less off the bottom.  Hey, I know now for next time.


On the back I put a large pocket...but please, don't look too close, I sewed the handle on a little crooked.   I ripped it out 4 times, and sill crooked, ugh!  

Next cane my Penny....oh this was fun:


The front is, well just plain cute....


The back will hold your needles, sissors, and  a pocket for threads. 

I am proud to say my husband bought me a new (new to me) sewing machine for Christmas this year.   My Penny was the first thing I made on it and I promise that I will get lots of use put of both.



Here is both my Penny and Tammy bag....


Now when I was hunting for a handle I found this cute big handle.  Although it looks big, it is still the same diamiter.  So I decided to make another Tammy bag.  (Actually I should have made this one first so I knew what I was doing, oops.)  I want to share this one with you also:


I put a large pocket on the front.


Now, this one is not crooked, I just could not get it to stand up.  Seems as my big handle, even though the size was correct, is too heavy.   :(      

Seems as I can't win.  That is ok, I have plans for them both.


I want to thank 
for all their hard work with this hop.  I did have a lot of fun, learned a lot also.  I must admit I wanted to give up amany of times.  But my mother always said that can't should never be in my dictionary.  So I could not say "I can't  do it".  Hey, I did and I praise anyone who does counted cross stitch.  But I must admit, my eyes say it is not for me.  I think I will stick to quilting and my appliqué.   lol

Now, let's go see what others have made with their "Tammy for all Seasons".  

Leslie Schmidt will post to Ipiece2-Mary

Wishing you all a great hop...and

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE! ! ! 












49 comments:

Judy B said...

Your Tammys and Pinny turned out wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Anita said...

Lovely Tammy Bag and Pinny; the spring version has so delicate colors!

Charlene McCain said...

You did such a great job on both of your projects. Your colors are beautiful. Don't you just love those little Tammy bags?!

Baa. xxx said...

Wow! You did such a great job - especially only being able to do a little at a time. Your Spring looks lovely!

Kay said...

Looking good, I have never made a bag with a sewn in handle like this and think I might find it rather frustrating if it wasn't straight. x

Kay said...

Looking good, I have never made a bag with a sewn in handle like this and think I might find it rather frustrating if it wasn't straight. x

charlotte said...

Very nice job. Those handles can be tricky.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

You did a great job; I couldn't tell there was any issue with your handle!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Jane I absolutely love the Spring pattern and have decided I must make it too - yours looks so pretty. My Tammy bags won't sit up straight either until I fill them up, which I seem to do so easily! blessings, marlene

Thearica said...

oooohhh I love how you changed the colors to blues... So pretty!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Beautiful colours and very neat. If I lean to the right it doesn't even look crooked.

Mdm Samm said...

but Jane you did win, you know...you completed your project, you made a lovely spring bag, love your pinny too...and for future stuff the bag with tissue or paper towels to make it stand....when empty they collapse....wink....

tink's mom said...

Lovely Spring bag. The bag that tips because of the weight of the top just needs to have a quilting project inside and it will stand up with pride.

krislovesfabric said...

They both look beautiful to me and love your pinnie :)

Carol said...

I think your Tammy Bag looks perfect and beautiful in blue! Sweet pinny, too! Cross stitching is a little tough on the eyes, but it did help to have a stronger lens on my glasses.

Needled Mom said...

I think it looks beautiful and perfect. I love the pretty colors you used. You did a great job.

Linda said...

Your little Tammy Bag and pinny are so cute! I know what you mean about having trouble seeing those tiny holes! You appeared to do a good job regardless!!

Calicojoan said...

Great job. I feel your pain when it comes to seeing to cross stitch. Finally my eyes made friends with it! LOL! Where did your hubby find the magnafiers that clip on. I have looked all over for them. The readers that I have tried just do not work for me.

Leah said...

Beautiful job. Love your colors and fabrics!

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Your Tammy's and pinny's are just wonderful. So glad you didn't give up. I have to admit I can't do counted cross stitch as well as I use to. My eyes are much older and it seems I can't count in my old age either. lol

Kate said...

I think your spring tammy and pinny are quite lovely!

Corrie said...

Good job! I agree with the half hour tip. Those headaches are no fun.

Gmama Jane said...

Your Spring Tammy makes me yearn for nicer weather and tulips, daffodils, crocuses, etc... You did a wonderful job.
Gmama Jane

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful work! I love the soft spring colors. This really brightens my cold gray day. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

Lana said...

Jane! YOU DID SOOO GOOD!!! I think your Tammy bag and your other bag is LOVELY!

Britt-Inger said...

I love your Tammy and your Pinny, you have made a great job. Thanks for sharing and being part of this blog hop

Renee said...

Jane, both bags turned out lovely! I do so love the blue you used on the Spring bag. The pinny is cute, too.

Last year, I made my first attempts at sew-in-purse frames and also centered my embroidery too low. It seems I was the only one that noticed though. I do not think I would have noticed on yours if you had not mentioned it - it is absolutely lovely!

Lovelli Quilts said...

Very cute bags! I like the blue you chose for the spring bag.

Mary Ann said...

I think you did an awesome job. Can't believe its your first cross stitch and your first Tammy bag. Your spring is lovely and delicate and I love the big handle on the other. Thanks for sharing your journey and your projects.

Createology said...

Lovely Tammy Bags and Pinnie. Love your Cross Stitching for Spring. Thank you sew very much for hopping. Creative Tammy Bliss...

Julia Plunkett said...

Great job on your Tammy bags! Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Your Tammys and Pinny are jut lovely. Sometimes the handles never want to cooperate, I would have never thought you had any issues.

Janarama said...

You did a great job on your Tammy Bag and Pinny. Great choice of colors too!

Mary said...

Jane you did fine work on your Tammy and Pinny. It looks wonderful. Thank you for being part of this fun hop.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Jane, your bags turned out wonderful! Love your pinny too...just perfect for your bag! You did a great job. Have a wonderful day! ~Cori

LJ said...

What a hoot that cartoon was!! lol After doing some cs, that Sat. Eve. Post pic is even more outstanding. Love your Tammy purse and know you'll love using it.

Leslie Schmidt said...

Your Tammy and pinny are so sweet. I like the colors of fabric you chose. You do such a wonderful job with qppliqué. I also selected the handle clasp with the large ball top because it looked kind of funky. I hope mine looks as good as yours. Well done!

Leslie S. in MN

Judy said...

What a nice tammy, so fresh and full of spring! I love your pinny!
And your machine is wonderful, I have never seen such a new old machine here in Switzerland

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Good for you sticking with it. Love how your bags turned out.

evelyn said...

I love both bags. Also love your mothers saying. Great present from hubby.

Suze said...

Every time one of my daughters friends sees one of these types of problems, they send them to her - she is a math teacher. She just laughs and laughs. I was a math major and had a teacher certificate at one time and did a lot of teaching of alg I at home to her and then she'd teach her girlfriend. So, we just laugh and laugh together about them. Of course, the ones that do not have enough info make us really laugh, too. Thanks for the laugh.

Suze said...

Your Tammy bags are wonderful. I haven't measured my handles. I just bought the only ones they had at Joann and am praying they are the right size. Oh, my! I had surgery on both my eyes a little over a year ago and have prisms in both lens and I still had to get a magnifier to see. I started on the spring over 2 on 28 count and make a mistake and I think white is the most difficult with which to stitch anyhow. So, I went to summer over 1 on 14 and eventually got 'er done. So, I don't know what I'll do with the spring. I don't know if it'll go in the round file or if I'll rip out and eventually finish it. I'm thrilled that you stayed with it and finished. You are a great inspiration and your bags are absolutely over the moon. I hope you are as thrilled as you deserve to be. Thanks for all the inspiration in tenacity and the finished products.

CeLynn said...

Both of your Tammy's look wonderful! I also sewed my frame on crooked,even though I measured and marked the center. I also did not get my cross stitch centered properly before cutting it out…it was fun though!

Theresa said...

Your Tammy and pinny are pretty stitched in blue. Great job!

Michele said...

You did a great job!

Carla said...

You did a fine job on your tammys and your pinny. I love the spring design. Congrats on the new sewing machine.

Patty D from NC said...

Wonderful projects! Love your quilters math comic too!

Quilt n Queen said...

You are a winner Jane...your Tammys and pinnie are wonderful. I just love them!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Deonn said...

Jane, your Tammy bags turned out darling. Yep, I can relate to your handle issue. Way to perservere!