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

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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.  
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Stitch Mania Week 2, Updates, and Finishes

New Starts:

This week I had 4 new starts.  They were Letters n' Leaves by La Di Da, Blackwork Roses by Carol Algie Higginbotham, Lucky Cats by Whiskerkins, and Stained Glass Window bookmark that I bought in Scotland.

The first is Letters n' Leaves by La Di Da.  It has only 2 colors.  It has double border of black squares.  My sister Jennifer has already completed this one.  I spent an hour on it and completed 1-1/2 sides.  It will be pretty simple.

The second was Lucky Cats by Whiskerkins. I decided to stitch it on Aida.  I have been a linen snob for about 10 years now but with my eyes...So, I had this Aida and thought it would look good on it.  I ran out of the border color for the cats and have to get some more.

The third new start was the stained glass window bookmark.  As you can see, I only spent an hour on it.  It is relatively complicated for such a small thing. 

The last is something I've been wanting to work on for a while, Roses by Carol Algie Higginbotham.I love blackwork.  This pattern has several different patterns on one project.  The last couple of years, I have gotten involved with Zentangles.  This Roses pattern reminds me of Zentangles.  It is beautiful.  I hope that I can complete it as beautifully as the pattern is.

Here is the Owlet - Tango.  I have completed more of the cross stitching.  Once I finish the cross stitching, I will then add the beads.  The stitching is over halfway completed.  I hope to complete it by the end of the week.

The second update is Tuffet's Cupboard.  There are 4 patterns, I have completed 1 and am in the middle of the 2nd pattern.  I finished the green mirror looking thing in the red box and the spools of thread in the yellow box.

Finally, I have completed the red block for the Bent Creek's World of Color.  I am starting the "orange" block.  As I stated before, I am doing the border as I work each block.

Now for Finishes: 
Mari's Project Bags
I made Vonna's Project Pouches for my stitching group last year for our stitching retreat.  My sister-in-law and mother wanted one also.  My sister-in-law bought her fabric.  I finished two for her, two for my mother, and two for me.  They are relatively easy but I have trouble with making a straight even spaced edge.
My Mother's Project Bags
(I stitched one of each for myself as well)

 The last finish that I have is the "Road to A Friend's House" by Sisters and Best Friends.  I didn't want to put the white squares in the border.  But, my sister Jen said I should.  She was right.  It turned out great.  As I was trying to photograph it for my blog, Pearl decided that she wanted to be involved.  It took 5 attempts to get a picture of the pattern.  I  don't know how I am going to finish it.  We will see.


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