Saturday, May 18, 2019


I like to have a needlepoint project going when I get tired of making little x's....
This would go really fast if I spent any amount of time on it.
I am working on the plaid area and I hope the gold I am using works. I just pulled some stuff from my stash. It won't be stitched by Memorial Day but maybe the 4th of July(?) It would be great if I finished that silly Uncle Sam's Hat too so I could do a display! Maybe if I watch some of those drum making videos on YouTube....How hard can it be?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness May 2019

Jo over at   Serendipitous Stitching  started this SAL to give us the opportunity to stitch something that was gifted to us, is a gift for someone else, that you can fit the word gift into....You get the idea.
I try to find something that I am stitching that I can shoehorn into this SAL. This month I thought I would show you the (very little) progress I have made on a project that I intend to gift to someone. That is, if I ever finish it!
This is the last photos I have of it.
 There is a mistake in the lower wing sections and I thought I might just throw the whole thing away.
 But I couldn't do it. So I decided to make it work. It is not a great work of art or anything! I am just going to mail it as a postcard!
So I took it back out and got a little more stitching done.
I may just leave the center parts blank. There is a bit more stitching in other areas, but it would be a joy to have it done and gone!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

What Day is it?

I was going to post for WIP Wednesday, but we all see how that turned out....
May is busy. Graduation. Mother's Day. College kids home-complete with dirty clothes and hungry tummies! And we have a vacation planned! I will try to post and keep up on everyone's blogs.
I made a decision to focus on First Christmas Stocking this month and make as much progress as possible. I may pull Reptiles out on a few weekends, but no MH 1656 or other large project. I need to see a large finish this year!
Here is the last photo of my stocking:
 And here is where I left off last night:
Lots of backstitching done although I can see from the photo I have more to do. This piece has lots of color changes, quarter and three quarter stitches. But it will look so nice hanging with the rest of my homemade stockings at Christmas!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Is it May?

Well life has been super busy. My middle child graduated with highest honors from Cedarville University with an electrical engineering degree. Yes, this is one proud momma! He also received an award for his senior design project.
Yes, he is the one that used to bead and do needlework. Now he is into the geek world, but I hope one day, he will return to needlework. A mom has to dream!
I am trying to keep up with the 100 Day Project . Because of life, I had to change my stitching plans. Because it was ready and I am stitching it in hand, I decided to stitch a little each day on Here Lie My Needles.
 One day I think I only put in a dozen stitches, but every stitch counts!
I also started Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.
I hate to say how many times I had to restitch the borders and then the bargello section. We are doing this as a study group for my local guild.
I do have an urge to start a new project, but I have way too many large ones going. Hopefully I can post a photo of my progress on one of them tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Z is for Zucchini

 I was craving zucchini bread and decided it would be perfect for the last day of the A to Z Challenge.
 I managed to get my 1200 stitches done on Reptiles! Yipee!
Now, should I start a new project for May? I need something that will be easy to take in the car. Or should I work on one of my many WIP's?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Y is for Year

Melissa over at    Measi"s Musings is hosting a SAL this YEAR for working on your WIP's before the end of the world. (I thought about finding something that I stitched in yellow, but it is time to post for this SAL.) Anyway, this will have a lot of photos of all my projects and where they currently stand.    
Question of the Month: What is your longest running WIP? If you define WIP by something you are working on rather than something you plan on getting back to,my longest running WIP is Reptiles. Everything else is in my UFO pile...
If you want to see my original post HERE it is.
1. First Christmas Stocking
 3.MH 1656
 4. 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge
 5.Welcome Fall
 8. Reptiles
 9. Tall Year Squared
 12. Warm and Wise
 30. Here Lie My Needles
 31. Imperial Diamond Heart
   It would be nice to get a few of my larger projects done....      

Saturday, April 27, 2019

X is for X-Stitch

 I know, I know. Everyone uses cross-stitch for x, but what else could I do?
I am no where near 1200 stitches for this month, but I am super close to a page finish!

Friday, April 26, 2019

W is for Warm

 This little kit should be done but has taken me more time than I thought.
I forgot that this piece needed to be backstitched before I started the beading.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

V is for Vertical

 Can you even see the vertical stitching?

The black stitching on the left is Vertical Diagonal stitch. I love how Gay Ann has us do layers upon layers.

What to do for W?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

U is for Underneath

 I know most stitchers do not show their "backside" and you know I rarely do! This sampler is supposed to be reversible. Obviously, it is not. But I don't think the back is too bad.
 Here is the front of the same section.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

T is for Tall (Photo Heavy)

 Tall Year Squared by Betsy Morgan is my big finish of the year. Thanks Diane S. and Mary D. for all your help and encouragement.
 Summer panel
 Fall panel.
 Winter panel.
 Spring panel.
Etui open with scissors fob and pin cube.
Several things I would like to mention if you are thinking about this piece. First, I would stitch on one piece of linen paying attention to the direction of the fabric. Having all the different colors is fun, but the construction would have been better with just one linen piece. Secondly, I would have used mat board instead of pellon to make the box. It is just too wobbly and so the panels bow and the lid does not stay on.
Thank you  Inspirations   
It was from their Issue 93.

Monday, April 22, 2019

S is for Shakespeare

 Well, Shakespeare's Peddler.  This is Here Lie my Needles and I really do love this piece.
But my eyes have a difficult time seeing the 40 count linen so it doesn't get as much love as I would like.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

R is for Rhodes Heart

 I love the Rhodes stitch and this is a nice variation made into a heart.
  I did the first sample using Neon Rays for the heart.
This one I just used DMC floss. Both are nice. The pattern is from EGA and called For the Love of Stitching by Mary Bush. It is a Petite Project put out by the guild for members/chapters to use. My local guild, Mississippi River Valley Chapter 
 stitched it last month and is planning on finishing the project in May.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Two Letters: Q and......

 First up is Queen since this series was made of Queen Catherine the Great. Ok She wasn't a queen but a Czarina. I had to find something!
 Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching is hosting an Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop today. You go to her blog and find the first person and hop to everyone's blog to find the phrase. I don't think she put a Q in there, but you never know!
I made this little bunny ages ago and decided to send it to my mom for Easter. Not sure it arrived yet, but I hope she likes it!
Here is the next letter in Jo's phrase. Hmmmm.
 If you want to continue playing, hop on over to
Happy Easter Everyone!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

P is for Pulled

 I managed to finish all the pulled thread on this little heart. It went fast although I did it in the wrong place several times.
I am finding keeping up with this blog challenge and the #100dayproject on Instagram quite difficult. Must remind myself to do one or the other next year....