Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness for August

Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching
has a wonderful SAL where we show works we received as gifts or that we are giving away. 
I thought I would have this finished, but I am disgusted with all the mistakes.
Here is what I showed last month:
 And here is Quaker Ghost almost finished:
The fabric is a lovely coloring, but is so loose that I had a terrible time making neat stitches. And I also found that I am one row off. I am not going to rip it and I am going to finish it. Hopefully before the end of the month!! I have another half of fabric and I think when i use it, I will starch it a bit to give it some body. Sigh. Live and learn, I guess.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Have Been Stitching...

But I can't show it to you!!!I am busy trying to finish that pilot class. I would really prefer to work on Reptiles, but feel like I need to get this task completed. Also, I made a HUGE mistake on the pilot piece. I put a motif in the wrong place and I don't think there is enough thread to redo the whole section. So I am ignoring it for now and doing the other sections. I am so glad I am stitching it. The colors are not my favorites, but the motifs are a blast to stitch.

My dd and I did some yard sales yesterday. I was looking for a rice maker and freezer for my oldest, but I struck out on those things. I did find a new coffee maker for myself-$2!!!!! and these beauties:

 Yes, that is dd under the tablecloths!
The center of the grey one is batttenburg lace, I do believe.
 The white one has lovely whitework:
And it is huge!
They really need a good wash.  My mom loves to entertain and I want to see if she wants them. I will attempt to clean them for her if she does. If not, I will wash them and dye them at the next dyeing workshop at the library.
 I also found these napkins:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Little Bling

Because of my ankle, I have to hold my frame in a strange position. I noticed that I was rubbing my linen on my Christmas stocking and knew that would bug me.  A quick post on Facebook and I received a recommendation:
 The cover was simple, but seems effective. It should keep my piece clean.
And she had pretty needle minders too, so I bought two and she sent the little pink one along with my package. Perfect!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reptiles-A few Stitches

I love Heaven and Earth Designs! Or HAED as they are called. But the confetti is insane!!!
I only stitched for 3 days on this piece, but I feel like some progress is better than none.

I bought myself a needle minder to brighten my piece up a bit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Totally Frustrated!

I knew I was running low on one of the blues so I finally ordered it from my LNS. I now know I will be short on two other blues. What a pain! Thank goodness I have a new pilot class to keep me busy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Progress Report

I did some math and if I did it correctly, I need to do 120 stitches for 360 days to finish this piece.

  Not happening!

 Above is where I left off last time and to the left is where I am today. I really need to do some back stitching!

I was talked into(quite easily, I may add) another pilot class. I hope it arrives soon as it has a quick turn around time. I also need to start another 2020 block. Tomorrow?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Block 1

I am definitely crazy as I decided to join Sharon B over at Pintangle and do the 2020 Challenge.
She has her rules posted, but I am going to modify them a bit or I will not complete the challenge. I am allowing myself to reuse stitches and count them as long as it is in a different color or fiber.
This block still needs beads which live in my basement. I could probably GET the beads, but finding the right ones and bringing them upstairs seems like too much work at this time.
 I made simple notes on what I did and put my scraps of fabric in my notebook.  I think I have 27 different threads and stitches on this block. I need at least 3 more things to finish this block. Beads and buttons, I think....
I should probably add my threads, but that seems like such a pain. I may regret that in a few months....I shouldn't be so lazy. Where is the tape dispenser?!?!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A New Project!

I was going to start one of the Wise Men from Mill Hill but realized I needed something for Gifted Gorgeousness. So I started this:
Can you see my stitching? The pattern was a gift from my local needlework shop and the fabric was ice dyed and given to me by a friend.  I plan on giving the piece away to another gal once I am done. What is it? Well, I will let you guess as I am too lazy to get up from the computer and roll over to find the pattern. (Truth be told, I fell off my scooter yesterday, jarred my ankle in a cast and bumped my knee and jammed my wrist. Moving hurts today!)
Today is a be quiet and stitch day, although if my wrist keeps hurting, it will be a sit still and read day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Stitching Spot

Normally I like to sit in a chair with my stand and stitch with both hands, but my foot has changed that. I have to keep my foot up and I cannot figure out how to get my stand in the correct position.
But I am stitching!
 I find this is fairly easy to work on and I can keep my foot elevated.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Circles- Done or Not Done?

My friend gave me this fabric to play with ages ago. Here is what it looked like in January:
 I have been stitching the circle shapes in different shades of pink.
Here it is today:
It is perfect for stitching while my foot is elevated. But now I need to decide: should I add more stitching? Hand it back to  my friend to see if she has some ideas? She is out of town for a few weeks, so I will move to another project until she returns.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ready for Beading

I have been stitching although I know I better not do anything too complicated as I am still on pain medicine. Great for pain but bad for counting!
This piece is ready for beads. Now I have to remember where I put the last three from this series so my daughter can find it in the basement.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Crazy 2020

I think I have a plan for this challenge. If you want to find the details, it is on Sharon B's blog Pintangle .
I think I will make around 72 postcard size blocks which means I will need about 20 different items on each. I am currently using some fabric I dyed in a class by Candied Fabrics . There were 8 squares of fabric per color so even if I used it twice in my block, I am only counting it once.
Here are the blocks I have made so far:

They are small so it only takes me 40 minutes per block. The squares of fabric are only 5" which is why I had to repeat fabric to finish a seam. The rectangles are not "square" so I will have trouble if I decide to make it into a quilt. But I think it would be more fun to mail them out in the end.
My next decision is:should I keep them monochromatic, or add more colors to each block with fibers, etc? I think if I keep them analogous, that might make them more interesting. Or split complimentary?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Smalls SAL-2 Finishes

Well, I couldn't find the frame for this, but it is done.

And I got this done over the last few days! It needs a few beads, but I am counting it done. My daughter does like it. I need to get it finished into a small pillow.

This is a SAL set up by Heather over at   Stitching Lotus
Now back to elevating my foot!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reptiles in June

Well, I finally managed to get a page done on my Heaven and Earth Design.
I did this pre-surgery. Now back to bed and elevating my foot.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A New Project-Kind of

I have been tired of stitching on large projects that require lots of colors, so I started this one from my Crazy List:
I changed the colors of the stripes as I didn't like the green that was included on the kit. I showed it to my daughter as she said she wanted me to stitch it for her and she looked less than thrilled. It could have been that she was nervous about her upcoming trip, but I have a feeling she doesn't like it any more. I may have to find this kitty a new home...Or maybe I could use it in the 2020 project. Just a thought.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Little Mill Hill Progress

 This is where I left off last month on Benjamin:
And now he is getting his lamb! I realized I only have 3 more of these kits and then I can hang them this year! So they are in my pile to do while recuperating from surgery.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Failure, Total Failure

Well,  Jo
    did a great job on stitching on the longest day of the year. I did some stitching, but not  much. I think it is because I am having foot surgery on Tuesday. I am trying to get meals ready for my family and get all the little stuff that needs to get done, DONE! I also wanted to have my stitching projects ready so I could do something besides sit and eat. Hopefully the doctor's office lied to me and I won't be in a cast for 6 weeks and no weight bearing for 8!!!!
Ok, enough whining for one post! Here is what I did accomplish over the past few days:

Sharon B over at Pintangle has a challenge going. It is to use 2020 different items/stitches in a crazy quilt. Well, you know me! I like challenges and I like crazy quilts, so I am thinking about this challenge constantly. Not that I don't have a lot of projects lurking in the basement....
My thought is that I can use fabric I have or get some from friends and make a rainbow quilt. But if I have 12 blocks and use a minimum of 12 fabrics, I still have to put 156 "items" on each block! And they each have to be unique/different! Not sure I can do that! But I do have 3 1/2 years....

The other big project I did was take the fabrics I had dyed a few years ago and cut small squares from them and put them in a folder as a reference. It cleared a box of fabric and it was fun looking through all the colors. But what to do with all the extra fabric?  I kept thinking they would make great crazy quilt postcards, so guess what I did?
They are going to be small-4" x 6"-and I did the math: 36 different colors of fabric x 8 pieces of fabric subtracted from 2020= 1731. Divide by 36 = 48 "items" per postcard. Too many for such a small space. Rats! Unless I use the other box I have of dyed squares. Not sure how many are in there or what color family they are.....I really think this is all a case of nerves!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Longest Day of the Year-Almost

I have decided to join Jo of Serendipitous Stitching on her SAL. I have to do it over two days or I won't get much stitching done.  My goal is to get some work done on a crazy quilt square. I also plan on kitting up some things and getting my basement room to look a little less like it exploded. We shall see.
Here is my work on Drawn Thread Sampler:

I have almost finished another row! And I managed to finish all the 4 sided stitch on one set of little squares.
My plan is to pull Reptiles and stitch on it a little over the next few days. I will try to post photos of what I get done.
Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Finish for Gifted Gorgeousness

I finally got this done!
I will frame it and give it to my mother in law for her birthday!

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Rotation-Kind Of

I decided I needed to start a rotation to get some of my bigger projects moving forward. Last week I pulled out my Christmas stocking and worked on it.
This is the last photo I believe I showed you about a month ago.
 Here is where I am today:
This week I will try to work on Drawn Thread Sampler. Hopefully I will make progress to show you.

Monday, June 5, 2017

This Stitcher is So Slow!

I am sure most people who signed up for Gay Ann Roger's Drawn Thread Sampler are done and have moved on by now. Not me! I am as slow as molasses!
Here is what it looked like on May 31:
 This is where I am today:
It took me several evenings of lots of stitching and ripping and stitching to get this far. Now I can't find my master photo of the piece to see what I need to do next. Although I may do the little bits that are between the small squares. Oh! And it looks like I need to do the four-sided stitch around all of them too...Do you think I can finish this by next March? I am beginning to wonder.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Stash Diet

Sigh. Do you ever not want to weigh yourself because you know what the scale will say? That is how I feel today. But I figure I need to post something this month as I did not in April.
March Total-                                                       $214
Money for April and May                                     50
cards sent                                                                 9
ANG Pilot Finished                                                25
Mailed away pilot(to my mom) &finished           25
Threads                                                                    20
Eleanor                                                                   337
Patchwork of Peace                                               225
Total                                                                        -238 

Now that is sad. I am a slow stitcher and the question is whether I will ever finish all these pieces. The other question is the cost of needlepoint vs cross stitch or embroidery. There is a good discussion of it on Fiber Talk , which is a podcast about fiber arts. I find I enjoy needlepoint more and tend to finish more canvas pieces than cross stitch, or at least big pieces. I also find that needlepoint goes faster (if you aren't doing basketweave or some of the background stitches) than cross stitch. But the expense is real. I don't even touch hand painted canvases because they are out of my price range. But I admire my friends who do beautiful work on them.
Why am I writing all this? Probably guilt. I feel guilty that I broke my diet. But I am hoping you will not judge me on it and I hope to be back in the black before the end of the year.
I will try to post a photo of Drawn Thread Sampler soon. It is moving forward, if ever so slowly....

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ever Feel a Little Obsessed?

I do. Right now all I want to work on is Reptiles. Here is the last photo I took of it:

 And this is where I am today:
I am ALMOST done with that stinking first page! I want to work on it all the time. Especially instead of stitching on Drawn Thread Sampler! And the Eleanor class starts tomorrow. Guess who isn't ready?
My boys are back in Ohio for internships and graduate school. I miss them, but am eyeing their room as a place to escape from the cat to do some stitching. Now you can't walk in their because of the disaster they left, but I see possibilities!
Will try to do a stash diet report tomorrow. It will be bad is all I am saying.

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Little Project

I am getting tired of Mill Hill kits. Yes, I am fickle. I want to work on my big projects but time and life issues do not allow. So Mill Hill bead kits follow me to doctor visits and when I have 10 minutes before bed.
This is where I left Benjamin in March.
 He tagged along on quite a few places so he is looking a lot better.
I think when he gets to the beading stage I will look for a different small project. I have plenty of Mill Hills to do, but I think I need a canvas piece to relieve the stress of all those little x's.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What I Have Been Doing

I think I told you that my guild is stitching Tall Year Squared by Betsy Morgan and I am helping make kits. Why? Because I am crazy! Even more so as I volunteered to dye the linen and the silk. The first batch came out very blotchy.
The colors are lovely, but too dark by a little bit and not even. They will work for other projects and I will sell them for the guild at the region workshop we will have in 2018. I have reordered both the silk and linen and will try again next week. I think I need to do one shade at a time, add more water and stir! I also need to change one of the colors as it does not match the threads we already have.
Do you all think I am crazy?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Christmas Stocking- 15 Minutes a Day

I have been stitching on this piece consistently since the beginning of May. I know it won't be done before Christmas, but I like seeing it progress. As you can see, I have made it to the other angel. Most days I only did 15 minutes a day, but on some days I did an hour or so.

To answer some questions: last post was a Mill Hill bead kit that a friend gave me. Not sure what I am going to do with it when I am done, although I am thinking of gifting it my mother-in-law as she loves winter, Santa and Christmas. We shall see.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Gifted Gorgeousness

It has been awhile since I posted my North Pole design. I am excited, because I have started on the beading. I try to work on it for a few minutes at least 5 times a week. It doesn't always happen, but it gives me a goal.
Jo is hosting Gifted Gorgeousness over on her blog.  If you want to see more projects from other stitchers, look here.