Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Orange Beach Stitching Retreat

Cross Stitch Retreats
Katrina's Cross Stitch Retreat
This weekend, my sisters (Jennifer and Bridget) and our friend Lisha went to Orange Beach, AL for stitching retreat.  We had a great time.  We saw dolphins, a wedding on the beach, and the wave roll in.  I brought all of my WiPs with me (21 of them).  I worked on each one for 1 hour.  I shopped at Katrina's store (in the retreat), ate good food, and had a wonderful time meeting new people.

My sisters had several completions on this trip but I only had 1.  I completed Love Laundry by Raise the Roof.  I only had the man's shirt and the pole for the line left when I went to the retreat.  I wanted to finish it for Valentine's Day but I missed the deadline.  But, I did finish it the week of Valentine's Day; so I'm happy.

My goal this year is to knock out all of my WiPs.  That won't be easy because I have The Lady of the Flag - Mirabilia, Tigerlily - Nora Corbert, and Simply Sunflower - Paula Vaughn.  All of which have multiple color change and are large projects.

My march new start will be Little House Needlework's Little Sheep Virtues.  I want to stitch it like Julie M stitched it.  I think it is really cute.  I have all but one of the patterns.  I want to find a dark-ish brown fabric to stitch it on.  I think it will look good.  I will post a picture once I start it.

Well thanks for stopping by.  I will post more soon.


First of February

I worked on the Mill Hill Bead Owlet - Huey.  I finished him in one day.  Yes, I sat on my behind all day and watched Person of Interest, season 2.  I really like these little kits.  I have one more to complete which is Emma.  She is really cute.

I also worked on Raise the Roof's "Love Laundry".  As I was stitching it I put one x as 2 over 3 instead of 2 over 2.  Which made the pattern off.  You can't really tell that it is off. but I noticed it when I started stitching the laundry basket.  It is one thread up from the shoes but everything else lines up.  I'm not looking for the mistake.  As Theresa says "Work it in".  So I am.

This weekend is a long weekend for me.  I am going to prepare for my stitching retreat next weekend.  I am going to the stitching retreat in Orange Beach, AL with my sisters and friend. (We went last year).  I'm taking all of my WIPs (only 18 of them).  Also, I  going to get the February Man-of-the-month by Amy Bruecken.

My sisters and I have been going to stitching retreats for several years now.  We play this game of changing our project every hour.  It keeps it interesting; keeps you from getting bored or frustrated.  One year we identified 6 different projects that we were going to work on, then each hour we would randomly pick a number that would identify the project of the hour.  It was fun.  Some weekends I do this at my home so that I can make progress on several projects.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Finishes for January

Oops, sorry forgot to post this one.

Whoo hoo.  I have 2 finishes for January.  Well technically only 1 complete finish.  I finished my new start for January, Mill Hill Bead's Owlet - Violet.  I really like stitching on these.  I have completed 4 of the 6.  I will start on Huey next.  I am saving Emma for last (she is so cute).

The other completed project is the stitch-along, Amy Brueken's Man of the Month.  I completed the words in the middle and the January snowman.  I am stitching it as the pattern calls for the fabric and threads.  It is fun to work on and quick to stitch.

I have made progress on Raise the Roof's Loves Laundry.  I have completed the "little black dress" and the black heels.  I don't think I have it completed by Valentine's Day but I am trying.

I now have to pick a new start for February.  Maybe something love

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January - What are my goals?

If you haven't already figured it out, I am a planner.  I plan things.  I may not execute them but I do plan them.  My goal this year is to wipe out all of my WIPs (there are only 20 cross-stitch ones).  At the same time I plan on starting a new pattern each month.  So far I am achieving my goal.  As in my previous post, I finished 1 of the 20 WIPs and started a new project. 

Well, I was thinking this weekend about how I was going to accomplish this.  I have one project that is designed to complete a portion of it each month (Frosted Pumpkins - Happily Ever After). As you can see below, I have completed 1-1/2 of the 12 parts to the pattern. 
Frosted Pumpkins - Happily Ever After part 4
Then I was thinking how am I going to break up my kits.  So I decided to work on one of the large projects for the month (i.e. Tigerlily, Our Lady of the Flag, etc.) while trying to knock out the smaller ones (i.e. stained glass window bookmark, Frank 'n Boo, etc.)

Then I got a wild hair and signed up for a Stitch-A-Long of Amy Bruecken's Man of the Month.  I love Amy Bruecken's work and snowmen.  So I get the both in one project.  Of course, I started to do the project; got the pattern, got the fabric, went to get the threads....I don't have any of the colors.  So off to my sisters etsy store for the thread.  Maybe I will get to start it this weekend.

I haven't completed any of my projects this week but I am getting closer on a couple of them.  I will post pictures as soon as I complete them. 

Well I have to go and teach class.  Have a wonderful day and keep stitching.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Week 1 - Finishes and New Starts

So, each month I am going to have a new start.  But, at the same time, my goal is to complete as many WIPs as possible.  So this week, I finished one and started my new project for January.

I finished the "Be Spooktacular" for Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules.  My sisters, Jennifer and Bridget, and I did this as a round robin.  Jennifer finished her project before Halloween (of course).  Bridget actually finished her project before me in November.  But I finished the project this week.  I actually wanted to finish it before the new year.  But, then I thought, it will be a quick finish.  Better to use it as a finish in the new year since many of my projects are going to take some time. Here is a picture of the pattern that I completed along with the complete project.  I stitched it on _____ count fabric with DMC colors.

My January start is the Owlet: Violet by Mill Hill Beads.  I have stitched 3 of these (Finn, Kiwi, & Tango) and still have Emma & Huey to complete.  They are relatively quick to finish.  I don't know what I will do with them yet but I have them grouped together so I can decide.

I will begin working on Raise the Roof's Love's Laundry to try and finish it before Valentine's Day. I have all of the clothesline patterns.  I have completed Peter's Cotton Knit's

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018, Yippee!! New Year, New Possibilities

I know every year I start over with blogging but then peter out around the summer.  My goal this year is to make it to the end of the year.  So here we go.  My sister Jennifer talked me into completing 18 WIPs in 2018.  Below are the WIPs that I have for this year.  I have labelled each one with the Designer and name of the project.  Enjoy and thanks for coming by.

Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules
Stained Glass Window Bookmark

Mirabilia's Tigerlily
Mirabilia's Our Lady of the Flag

Little House Needlework's Blessed Are the Meek

Vicki Hasting's Wicked Patch
Little House Needlework's Robin Hood

Country Cottage Needlework's Main Street
Country Cottage Needlework's Summer Retreat

Raise the Roof's Sam's Socks...n Such

The Frosted Pumpkin's Happily Ever After
Carol Algie Higginbotham's Blackwork Roses

Art to Heart's Curious Owl
Bent Creek's Frank n Boo

Lizzie Kate's 6 Fat Men

Janlynn's Christmas Tree Whimsy
Just Nan's Gingham Christmas

JABC's Tuffet's Cupboard
Paula Vaughn's Simply Sunflower

Whiskeerkin's Lucky Cats

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

End of May - Lots of Pictures

Welcome back,

Here are pictures of all the projects that I have open at the moment.  I will sort them into groups: Stitch Maynia, Monthly New Starts, and WIPS.  This post will just be pictures showing the progress I have made.

I have 8 project bags (made from Vonna's pattern).  This month I am going to work on the projects in one bag each day.  Most bags have 3 or 4 projects.  I hope to finish many of the projects this month especially since most are small.

So here we go.

Stitch Maynia
Letters n Leaves
La Di Da

Holiday Sprinkles
Doodles for Leftovers
Autumn Biscornu
Barbara Ana

Blessed Are the Meek
Little House Needleworks
Carol Algie Higginbottham

Whiskerkins - Lucky Cats
Carolyn Manning Designs
Frank n Boo
Bent Creek

Whimsy Christmas Tree
Owlet - Finn
Mill Hill Beads

Summer Retreats
Country Cottage Needleworks

Stained Glass Window Bookmark
Textile Heritage (in Scotland)
Daisy Seed
Needle Magic, Inc

Uncle Sam Pillow
Shepherd's Bush

Gingham Christmas
Just Nan
Monthly New Starts:  Just a note that Gingham Christmas was also a monthly new start.
Curious Owl
Art to Heart

World of Colors
Bent Creek

Tuffet's Cupboard
Wicked Patch
Cricket Collection Special

Robin Hood
Little House Needleworks

Sam's Socks, Shorts - n - Such
Raise the Roof

6 Fat Men
Lizzie Kate

And finally, my major project that I started this year.
The Lady of the Flag

 I hope you enjoyed the picture show.  
Thanks for stopping by