Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

~The Last Stitch~

Hello, dear friends!
It will be a HOT ONE, here in AZ today.....
105 degrees!!

As you can imagine,
 I will be staying
 INSIDE
and KEEPING COOL!!!

Believe it or not, I have finally taken my LAST STITCH 
on my penny rug!!


I knew it was going to be a challenge, but somehow did not really realize
just what I was getting myself into!!

After burying the last knot in the back of the rug,
I sat back and took a DEEP BREATH!!

Then I got to thinking about the size and dimensions of this piece
and decided I would figure out all the particulars and share them with you!!



I started out with a diamond shaped piece of black cotton 
that was 59 inches long by 36 inches wide!

The total amount of pennies I cut out were 169 large 2 1/2 inch 
and 
169 small 1 1/2 inch in Black, Red, and Light Gold wool
totalling 338 pennies!!! 


Each large penny had approximately 27 blanket stitches
with a total of 4563 blanket stitches!

Each small penny had approximately 16 blanket stitches
with a total of  2704 blanket stitches!!

Add those together.......
7267 total blanket stitches!!!!
That sure it a LOT OF STITCHES!!!!

I also decided to add a back, as I wanted to protect all those stitches and so I cut another piece of fabric, pinned it in place, and stitched it on my machine!!



I left a space for turning and then ladder stitched the opening closed!!!!



Here is my finished penny rug!!!
The finished size is
56 1/2 inches long x 33 1/12 inches wide!


What do you think?



I am really happy with it and my hubby Jeff just keeps walking by,
 stopping and saying,
 "It's just beautiful, honey!"

That makes it ALL WORTHWHILE!!!



I love it with my old trencher in the center




filled with pears, crab apples, and dried pomegranates!



It was a real challenge to make this, 
but I had so much fun
 and now have a deep sense of satisfaction
 as I look at the final result!!
It was worth
EVERY STITCH!!

Sewing {TRULY} Mends the Soul!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for your interest and joining along with me!!
Your visits and comments are such an encouragement
and I appreciate each one!!!

Wishing you a day filled with the Simple Joys of a Single Stitch~

Julie 

29 comments:

HomeSpunPrims said...

Wow, Julie, your penny rug turned out so beautiful!! It looks perfect on your table with your trencher. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do one that large! That's A LOT of stitches my friend!!! Now you can sit back and enjoy your work of art. Low sixties here today. I think I'll take that over 105*! Stay cool. Big hugs, Lori

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks so much, dear friend!! I am really, really happy with it and it turned out better than I had originally hoped!! You just never know when you are trying something that large!! I really didn't think about how many stitches it was till the last day!! I know you make such beautiful quilts so truly believe yours would be perfect!! Please send me some of your 60 degree weather!!!
So thankful for AC!!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Vicki Jo said...

Julie - it is so so beautiful and it is the absolute perfect finishing touch to your room! I cannot imagine your room without that on your table! Just perfect. Congratulations on such a wonderful piece!

Linda said...

Your penny rug is just so beautiful a perfect finish for your pretty table It makes me laugh about counting the stitches but it sure will be a treasure now and for the future Thanks for sharing


linda m

Mugwump Woolies said...

Bravo! It is a real beauty and such an accomplishment! You counted all those stitches...did you count the hours you put in sewing it? That would be many for sure. We are hot here, but not really too bad yet...still in the eighties.
Well done!
Robyn

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie ~
Your penny rug is absolutely gorgeous!!! Perfect on your table topped with the trencher. I enjoyed reading the statistics!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Vicki Jo,
Thank you so much!! I'm so happy you love my penny rug! I feel like it found the perfect home!!! Thank you for following along and for your sweet words!!

Hi Linda,
I'm so happy my "stats" made you laugh!! Normally I don't think about numbers like that, but for some reason it just came to me!! Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!!

Hi Robyn,
I am so happy you love my penny rug!! I wish now that I would have written down how much time I spent each day, but I do know it was LOTS!!! I enjoyed each stitch and am so happy it turned out better than I even imagined!!
Thanks for your encouragement!!!

Hi Lauren,
Since I can't hook right now, making this rug seemed to be the next best thing!! I'm so happy you like it and I'm also happy you enjoyed my "stats!"
I love it with the trencher, too!!!

Hope you ALL have a great week and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!!!
Big Heart Hugs~
Julie

Higglersnotch said...

Julie,
This is absolutely stunning, a true labor of love and quite an accomplishment. That's a lot of stitches but well worth the effort. It looks gorgeous on your table with the trencher.
Can't wait to see what you do next!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marcia,
I'm so happy you like it and it truly was a joy to stitch!! It really IS a lot of stitches, but since I did it slowly, it seemed like it was not really that many!! I really how it turned out, too!! Thanks for your sweet words!!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!
Heart Hugs

Prims By The Water said...

Holy Moses that is a LOT of pennies, but as you say so worth it. It is a stunning piece and looks absolutely marvelous on your table! Not sure if I would have the patience to make one that big. Again wonderful job!!! Janice

old crow said...

Julie, your penny rug is stunning! Looks just beautiful on your table! Congrats on such a lovely keepsake! The weather here is beautiful, we finally have blue sky and 75*, the Majestic Mt.Rainier was out in it's full glory today!
Hugs, Mona

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Janice,
Your comment made me laugh! Yes, it IS a LOT of pennies as I found out, but I truly enjoyed each stitch and am so happy with how it turned out!! I really love it on my table with the trencher, too!! Thanks so much for your sweet words!!!

Hi Mona,
Thanks so much for your encouraging words about my rug! I am so happy that it turned out even better than I hoped it would!! So happy when a plan comes together!! I am soooo jealous of your lovely weather and can just picture Mt. Rainier like a floating Baked Alaska in the sky!! Sure do miss that beautiful view!!

Hope you both have a wonderful week, my friends!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

denise said...

beautiful

Fran Caswell said...

It is just beautiful.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

You are one amazing and talented lady. I am so impressed with how beautiful it looks on your table. Now, do I dare ask what your next challenge might be??? You surely deserve a long vaca after this one.
It is "OUTSTANDING" in every way.
It hit 99 here yesterday and will be in the welcome 80's today.
Keep Kool with Folk Art Hugs, Barb

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Denise,
Thank you so much!! My husband keeps saying that as well!!

Hi Fran,
Thank you so much!! I'm so happy you love it!!

Thank you both so much for your sweet words and for stopping by!!
Hope you both have a great week!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Barb,
High praise indeed, coming from you!!! Thank you so much, sweet friend!
I am actually working on another smaller penny rug, but this one will be made using pennies for the backing and then stitching them all together! I love making this type because they are much lighter and easier than using a large piece of fabric for the backing and then you can stitch each 4 penny stack individually! I will share more when I get more done!! My hands need to always have something to work on!! Sadly, our temps went up and it will be 107 today!
Took our walk very early to beat the heat!
Thanks again for your very kind words!!
Enjoy your week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Saundra said...

The penny rug IS totally awesome. I'm exhausted and head still spinning by the number of stitches you mentioned. What's more is the back is as tidy and pretty (almost) as the front. You have the patience of Job; I love the look but not high on the patience, lol.

moosecraft said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Enjoy it!

acorn hollow said...

I just love it! such a lot of work but how wonderful.
Cathy

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra,
I'm so glad you think my rug is totally awesome!! So honored, coming from you!
Since I can't hook right now, the rug was the perfect project and didn't put undue strain or pressure on my left shoulder and arm! Yes, it certainly was LOTS of stitches, but I enjoyed each one and am so happy with the results!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hi Sharon
I am really happy with how it turned out and each time I walk by the table and see it, it makes me smile!!! It was a joy to create and stitch, which is what ALL projects should be, right? Thanks so much for your visit!!

Hi Cathy,
I'm so happy you love my rug and even though it was a LOT of work, I am truly happy with it!! It was really a great project and I loved stitching it!! Thanks so much for your visit and kind words!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week, friends!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

basketsofwool said...

WOW, your penny rug is wonderful! I have not stitched any that big! I do admire all the work that goes into one! It looks great on your table! Thanks for sharing!
~Cammie

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Cammie,
I am so happy you stopped by for a visit!! Thanks so much for your sweet words! I have truly been enjoying it each day as I pass by!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Darlene said...

It,s perfect! You did a wonderful job.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Darlene,
I truly appreciate your kind words!! I really enjoyed making the penny rug and am so very happy with how it turned out....even better than I had hoped!!
It makes me smile each time I see it!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

annie said...

Julie, I read your post several nights ago, but have just now come back to comment.
I think it is gorgeous!
I love the colors, they are amazing!
It looks perfect with your table.
No wonder he loves It!
The amount of work would take some people many months,
You are fast ! 👋
So much enjoyed seeing it come together!
Blessings!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Annie,
I'm so happy you love my penny rug!! I smile each time I walk past it and am so thrilled it turned out even better than I hoped it would!!! Jeff always tells me he is my biggest fan!! Truly a keeper!! Thanks for your sweet words and I'm happy you enjoyed the process!!!
Hope you have a Blessed Memorial Day!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Barefoot Primitives said...

What a truly amazing piece. I love the wool penny rugs, runners, etc. This is stunning! Well done sweetie!
Blessings
Debbie

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Debbie,
Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! I have always loved penny rugs and have made a small number of them before, but never one this large!! It certainly won't be my last!!
Thanks so much for your visit and hope you have a wonderful week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie