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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The mystery is over!!!

Just a few minutes ago I put the finishing stitches in 'the mystery project' that I have been teasing you with over the past while.   A number of you tried to guess and nobody 'got it' and I'm sure you are going to be quite disappointed when you see what it actually is!


Finished measurement approx. 33 x 24"
(the brown around the outside in the photo is the carpet on the floor)

- Sometimes the most simple things are just what you need.  To see what I mean, have a look HERE!

- THIS artist does some amazing embroidery!!!

- HERE's another of those handy things that you didn't know you needed.

- There's a nice cross-stitched heart-themed band sampler pattern HERE.

- Maybe you might like to make a flock of THESE?

- HERE is another one of those simple hints.  And THIS is another one. 

- There's a link at the bottom of THIS post to a free PDF of a really pretty scarf pattern.

Another quote from an unknown source..."Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived"


  1. Very petty, shouldn't he or she have legs? I like the demention of the leaves too.

  2. Oh, Mary Anne! Your butterfly is gorgeous! Well done you!
    Not sure if I missed the measurements, but what size is it, being inquisitive!
    Barbara xx

  3. Anonymous6:44 PM

    wow Mary Anne this is gorgeous,love the colours,you are very clever my friend xx

  4. I did not guess! I LOVE your Butterfly and the colors are perfect. Interesting links as always dear. This quote fits me and I have laughed a lot, cared a lot and lived a lot! Butterfly Bliss Dear...xo

  5. I don't think anyone could be disappointed Mary Anne, your butterfly is just fabulous! Love it! Christine x

  6. Not what I expected at all. Very pretty and a really unique way to use CQ stitching. What are the measurements?

  7. Excellent use of your fancy stitching technique, and I especially love the 3-D leaves :)

  8. Oh, that's lovely! No disappointment here! Are some of those leaves at the top 3D. It all looks great.

  9. Disappointed? No way! That is terrific. I didn't even try to guess, but if I had I don't think I'd have come up with this. I love that you kept it a mystery until it was finished!!! The leaves are wonderful, too! Someone above asked how large this is. I'm curious as well.

  10. What a gorgeous butterfly! Disappointed? No way!! In fact, I probably got a new wrinkle from the smile that spread across my face when I first saw it. Beautiful work, Mary Anne!

  11. Yup, never thought it might be a butterfly. It's so pretty. More great links from you. The first one was one of those Why Didn't I Think Of That moments.
    xx, carol

  12. Congratulations!
    I have a weakness for butterflies, yours is beautiful.
    Great stitching!
    Thanks for the tips, the embroidered wren/snowdrops is amazing.
    Did she do all those birds?

  13. Fabulous MA. Background colour is perfect for the butterfly and the leaves are a joy to see hanging in the corner.

  14. A butterfly!! How very clever. I am not disappointed one iota. Lovely stitching, Mary Anne.

  15. This is beautiful! Wonderful work!

  16. Ahhhhhh!!!! SO beautiful! You really had me fooled - such beautiful contrast with the colors of fabric and the black stitching!

  17. Beautiful butterfly! Thanks for sharing.

  18. OOOOOH, it's gorgeous, my friend! I absolutely LOVE your sweet butterfly :) Thank you for sharing with us.

    And I must say I enjoyed seeing your beautiful button collection. Hugs to you!

  19. one weird fact about me, or interesting depending on your point of view is my fear of butterflies.....yes really....


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