Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fancy Finishing

It is a gorgeous, sunshine-filled day here in Iowa...and before I get started on my work for the afternoon, I thought I would stop by for a visit. I was up early again today, got in a good training session (I'm training to hike the Grand Canyon in less than two weeks!), caught up on some correspondence, filled a couple Etsy orders, and even got a couple chores done before settling down at my desk. I am working on several large custom orders for my zippered pouches (28 bags total) and I am hoping to finish one of the large orders this morning, then start on the next this afternoon.

Today, I thought I would share some needlework finishing I recently completed. I have been doing limited custom needlework finishing for clients when my schedule allows...and I am blessed to have wonderful customers (you know who you are!) that send me projects that allow me to be creative and choose the materials and finishing touches with minimal direction (thank you!) - those projects are my favorites! I do all hand and sewing machine finishing and stay away from projects that require glue - even attaching twisted cord (that I make myself) with a needle and thread. Today's projects were all stitched by the same customer and I chose all the materials and embellishments for finishing...I was told the type of finish (such as flat-finish ornament or pin cushion or bowl filler), but other than that, I was able to take creative license - this is the type of work I enjoy the most!

Prairie Schooler - Santa 2005 - Quilting Santa

Misty Hill Studio - Patriotic Medley

Prairie Schooler - PS159 - Fall Fields

Blue Ribbon Designs - Friendship in Bloom

You can see more colorful needlework finishes in my Instagram feed ( I'll have more to show you soon, as I have received several finishing orders in the last couple weeks (with one more on the way).


  1. Lovely finishing Belinda ! lucky friend getting all these beauties in the mail. I love the patriotic ones but really all of them are awesome! Cheers Mel

  2. Each one is fabulously and meticulously finished. Thank you, dear friend!

  3. I love all of those pretty finishes.

  4. First of all, wishing you well with the hike here in Arizona. Wonderful pictures!

  5. Oh my gosh have fun hiking, be safe.
    Love your finishing, you have an eye for coordinating colors and fabric.


  6. Best of luck to you on your hike, what an experience.
    All of your finishing is so pretty.

  7. best of luck to you on your bike.
    all your finishes are so cute.
    love and smiles x

  8. Lovely finishes! Best wished on your Grand Canyon hike.

  9. Your work and finishes are really something special. Thanks for sharing

  10. So you're the one who did all the lovely finishes! Robin gifted me a few of these and I designed the patriotic ones for her (because I love her!). Absolutely beautiful work.

    You're "about me" sounds disturbingly familiar ... I possess almost every single one of those same traits. Except the sewing and quilting part - I can only cross Xs!