Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July

I finished this pretty little lady a few days ago.  Because I inadvertently made her 2 columns thinner (who would complain about that?) and 2 rows shorter (bummer!) I adjusted the border a bit.

There is a new Christmas ornie SAL starting in August which I've joined.  Since I am already stitching some Christmas ornies this year, it seemed the perfect SAL to join.  The subject for August is Santa and happily, Santa was on my list for next month ... doubly perfect.

It has finally stopped raining in Pennsylvania (hooray!) and the beags took time to catch some well deserved rays.

Summer has finally arrived!

Monday, July 20, 2015

July update

Not much to show since last month.  Just a few smalls (I don't fell like working on the big projects right now).   I did, however, remember to take a picture of Autumn Log Cabin's progress from June.  It wasn't much but every little bit gets it closer to 'done'.

My haunted house for the Halloween Ornament SAL is from Handblessings.  I changed the look of this one significantly by changing the threads and fabric.

And finally, a group of snowmen from Prairie Schooler.  These will be made into ornaments for kids stuck in the hospital over Christmas.  All except the little one.  We were supposed to stitch on 14 ct fabric but I mistakenly grabbed 18 ct instead for the first one.

I'm afraid my whole stitching schedule has gone to hell and probably won't get back on track for awhile.  My dad died over a month ago.  My mom died 14 years ago.  I'm sure they're glad to be together again but I miss them both.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Sigh .... June already?!?

Not much stitching to show .... May was a super craptastic kind of month .... but here's what I stitched so far this month.

First up is Frank N Stein from Pickle Barrel Designs and my choice for June's Halloween Ornament SAL.

The designer had him in 3 pieces but that's too much finishing for me .... sooooo, I put him back together as a whole monster and now he's    A L I V E!  
My second piece is a Facebook group project.  It's a little quilt that's making it's way through our group and will be auctioned off to benefit cancer.  The theme is woodland things.  I picked a bluebird and flowers from a pattern that was gifted to me (Joyful Summer from CCN).
And while I was at it, I took a picture of the whole quilt to date ... isn't it adorable?
I guess since I used part of a gifted pattern, this will be June's Gifted Gorgeousness update.
Oh!  I almost forgot .... I did a little on the Autumn Log Cabin in May but didn't get a pic of it yet.  That'll be for the next update ... unless I forget again ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness -- May edition

I missed WIPocalyse this month but got lots done on my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  I love the pastels, the whimsical flowers and all the little butterflies in this project. 


I'm adding a project to this SAL.  It is itself a SAL from the Sampler Life yahoo and Facebook group.  It's a Gifted Gorgeousness because each square is a gifted freebie from the most wonderful designers.  The first square on my project is from Faby Reilly, the second from Jane Hubble.

Thank you, ladies!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Magic broom on the fritz

Back in January I stitched my witch for the Halloween ornament SAL and then sadly set her aside until May (pumpkin month).  But as soon as May started, I immediately picked Fright Flight back up to finish this cute project.

I absolutely love the humor in this pattern.   How can you not smile at this little witch and her alternate ride?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Late for almost everything in April :(

Unfortunately, my stitching schedule went out the window for April.  My dad was in the hospital for a few weeks so the month was mostly spent in the car driving back and forth to visit him.  He's out now so things should return to normal.

Anyways, for April's WIPocalypse I didn't get as much done as I planned.  Only 2 projects received any attention.  The tulip sampler has one more square finished:

And the great pumpkin conspiracy has another pumpkin and some blue zigzags:

For the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL I finished Nevermore (which is a birthday present for a friend):

For the Halloween ornie SAL (this month's subject being tombstones) I took pieces of Nevermore for my ornament:

And then I started a new project that the Sampler Life group is stitching.  I love this square from Faby Reilly:
Just what I need .... another project ;)
And last but not least, for the final days of April, I decided to pick up Primitive Santa and put in his coat sleeve.
And that's it for April's stitching.  I hope May is a better month.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

IHSW in March

I'm a little late with my IHSW post but I did get some stitching done over the weekend.  I started and finished Just a Little Flaky from Val's Stuff.

Snowmen always make me smile and this little guy is no exception.  Except for the white thread, I totally disregarded the designer's thread colors/fabric and chose what was handy.

I finished another ornament before IHSW for the Halloween ornie SAL.  The subject for March is owls/crows.  I picked a pattern from the 2013 JCS Halloween issue that caught my eye the very first time I saw it.  But because it's on black fabric, I hesitated to stitch it.  However, I reasoned that since it's small I would try stitching it anyway ... Owl-O-Ween from Blackberry Lane Designs.

He's on a 28 ct black even weave using mostly DMC threads.  I was originally going to stitch him 2 over 2 but was having problems seeing so switched to 1 over 1 with better success.  I'm not sure why this works but I'm learning that 1 over 1 with my magnifier often works better for me.  I prefer a long stitch on the back so the threads don't disappear on the front.
Amazing ... that's 2 projects on black fabric now.  I guess it's not so bad after all.