Friday, 14 July 2017

Barb from My Stitching Treasures

This week's Blogger of the Week is a "newer to me" blogger although she has been blogging for many years.  If you look through her blog you will see that she has stitched many animal pieces, she is definitely an animal lover.  For that reason I am quite relieved I do not live closer to her, she works at an cat shelter and I am sure she would make me adopt 100 kittens and cats!  Please welcome Barb from

1.  Please introduce yourself - name, where you are from, family, pets, etc.   

My name is Barb and I am from Muskegon, MI.  (On the shorelines of Lake Michigan).   I am single and have no children but have 13 nieces and nephews and 23 great nieces and nephews.    I have a pet cat named Saturn.

Liberty Bell stitched for a nephew

2.  How long have you been stitching and how did you start?   

My sister got me into stitching back in 1980.   It came slow at first but once I did my first piece I was addicted.

3.How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?   Is there a story behind your blog title?   

I started blogging in 2006.   I just saw other blogs and thought I would try it.

4. How would you describe your stitching style?  Are you a serial starter, a rotator, a OAAT (one at a time), highly organized, random and eclectic, etc?   

I tend to be a one at a time stitcher.   Although I have a pile of unfinished projects.

5. Do you have a favourite designer or style of designs you are drawn to?   

I am very drawn to Stoney Creek patterns, I also like Mystic Stitch, but sometimes I like to do easier projects.

Wildflowers of the South

6. What piece are you most proud of in your collection?  

I did a couple of pieces for my brother one of Brooklyn's View and another Mountain Sunset which I really am proud of but unfortunately don't have pictures on my computer so will choose this one.

Mountain Sunset

7.  What has been your worst stitching disaster?   

It had to be Bobcats, part of the Endangered Animals.   I had washed it once and decided to rewash it.   To my horror red stuff was all over the piece, must have been spaghetti sauce I thought had rinsed out of sink but apparently didn't.   Could not get the red stains off for anything.

8. Which new technique would you like to try, either stitching, finishing or another craft?  

I don't know Is there anything else besides Cross Stitching?

9.  Do you have a box of finished, but not fully finished pieces.   Or is everything FFO'd?  What your favourite way to fully finish a project and what do you do with them?   

Yes I have a box of  finished but not fully finished pieces.  I call it "my nieces will deal with after I'm dead" box.   My favorite way to get them fully finished, hand them to someone else and let them finish them the way they want.   I am unfinished challenged!

A Loving Heart

10.  Which of your projects most represents "you"?

It said   "Housework is a waste of good stitching time!

11. Tell us a secret about yourself.  

I volunteer at a cat shelter and if I could have more then one cat here I'd have a lot more.

12.  Anything else you would like to add.

It was an honor for me to do this, I love reading about everyone else.

Thank you, Barb and can I just say I totally agree with about the answer to number 10!


  1. What a fun post Barb! :) It was lovely to read more about you.

  2. Nice to meet you Barb!Lovely stitching.

  3. Beautiful stitching and I completely agree with #10.

  4. Lovely post Barb, and lots of beautiful stitching.

  5. I have enjoyed reading about you Barb and seeing your lovely stitching.The sunset piece is gorgeous.

  6. Very nice to meet you and learn all about you Barb. I love what you call your box of Not FFOs! You have done some beautiful stitching!

  7. I enjoyed learning a little more about you Barb. Lovely stitching.


  8. Lovely to read more about you Barb
    I agree with you about the housework!
    Mountain Sunset is a beautiful project, I'm sure your brother must enjoy having it.

  9. Totally have to agree about the housework and lovely to learn more about you!

  10. What a lovely post Barb - great to meet you! And I too agree with you about the housework x

  11. Nice to meet you, Barb! That washing incident with your bobcats sounds scary...good thing I always wash my stitching in the bathroom sink, not the kitchen. They are still really really cute, though!

  12. Hello Barb! I have been visiting your blog for quite some years now and have to say that you do such lovely stitching. I also love Stoney Creek designs a lot.
    Haha, I love your answer at #8. I would ask the same thing.

  13. Housework really is a waste of good stitching time! Lovely to learn more about you. The flowers are really pretty.

  14. So nice to learn more about you, I totally agree with the housework stitch! I love the Bobcats, they're adorable!

  15. I loved the Mountain Sunset!Nice to meet you!AriadnefromGreece!

  16. Lovely stitching, Barb - I have three cats - happy to share one of them for a while!

  17. Lovely to read more about you! I have 2 cats but could very easily have more!! I intend to be an old crazy cat lady in my dotage!! :)