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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This Year's Goals

Hey stitching peeps. How's 2018 been treating you so far?

I've put some effort into planning my stitching line-up for this year, and the list is surprisingly modest...so far.  Let's start with my current WIPs:

This is Winter Wind by Prairie Schooler.
This photo shows only the top third of the design,
but I'm quite a bit farther than that.
I generally don't like to predict,
but this will likely be my first finish this year,
perhaps some time this week.

I've got a bit done on Blue Ribbon Designs'
Blue Jeans and Daisies.
This is a fairly good-sized piece, and
I'm hoping for a mid-year finish. (hehe)
If I don't finish it this year,
I'll have to pick out the date!


Here is Ho Ho Ho by Debbie Forney.
At a minimum, I need to do Santa's beard,
to convince myself that I still remember
how to do the bullion knots that make it up.
If I get the beard and mustache done,
it will all be downhill from there.
Maybe.

And my last current WIP is
our old friend the Prairie Schooler Alphabet.
Poor headless owl.
A little more done in the past couple weeks, no?
My fervent desire is to finish O through X this year.
(hahhahahahahaha)

A piece that I need to get started on
is Plum Street Sampler's Merry Friends.
This needs to be finished by the vernal equinox,
because I will be taking a tart finishing class 
from Vonna (the Twisted Stitcher) at
the Fancy Works retreat in March,
and this will be the tart!
No, I have not started this one yet.

There will be a patriotic pincushion exchange
at the retreat, and if the tart stitching goes well,
here is something that I had planned
to make for the exchange:
Liberty Starburst by
Summer House Stitche Workes.
This one is a definite maybe.

And I simply must do a blackwork piece, right?
I have this cute bird from Tanja Berlin, all ready to go.
I must admit that it looks a little intense.

In March I have two workshops to attend:
Kathy Rees (Needle Delights Originals)
is teaching one of her pieces at my ANG guild!
I'm really excited about this one.
I've done so many of her pieces,
but I've never had the opportunity to take one of her classes.
The name of the piece is Highland Circle.

Then my quilt guild snagged Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville)
and she will be teaching her Pineapple Blossom quilt.
I'm a little nervous about tackling this,
but the only way to improve a skill is with practice, right?

And that's it, so far.
As I said before, a modest line-up for me.
We'll see what the rest of the year brings.

Hope you're having fun with your stitching
because that's what it's all about.
Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Year in Review

2017 seems to have sped by, much like previous years have.  Since the New Year is almost upon us, I thought I'd take a look back to see how I've fared regarding my stitching goals.

In January I listed my ever-ambitious list of projects that I wanted to make progress on or complete this year: 16 in total.  This turned out to be my all-or-nothing list.  Five projects never even saw the light of day:


Clockwise from upper left:
Victoria Sampler's ornament finishing booklet 
(I planned to do the heart);
With my Needle and Thread's Kindred Spirits stitching tray and accessories;
Marsha Papay-Gomola's Ruby of the Forest
Hillside Samplings' Pines and Needles;
and Nordic Needle's hardanger ornament
from the 2012 JCS Ornament Issue.


From the other 11 projects,
I have 10 finishes and an "almost."
Left to right, from the top:
Barbara Ana's Funky Bird;
Needle Delights Originals' Independence Day;
Kay Stanis' Copper Illumination;
Carol Collection's Joseph's Coat sock;
Permin's Two Horses;
Needle Delights Originals' Spring Logs;
Hands on Designs' Underwater Basketweave;
Blackwork Journey's Wandering Star; and
Sam Sarah's Winter Cardinal.

This obviously isn't stitching, but I did make
this 3" x 3" quilted wall hanging
inspired by an Eleanor Burns book...

And now we come to the Prairie Schooler Alphabet.
I had wanted to finish the letters G through O this year.
I almost made it; as you can see,
I have a modest start on the O
but the main owl is massive--
not to mention the tree branches and,
of course, more leaves--
and I will probably be working on this letter for
a good part of January.
And guess what!
I've decided that this design will
really benefit from a back-stitch border
around each letter,
and I'm starting with the MNO row.
That will slow me down even more,
but I am one of the few people I know
who doesn't mind back stitching.

As usual, I got sidetracked by
a number of other projects not on my original list.
Here are the (mostly small) finishes...

Clockwise from top left:
LHN's Old Glory; L-K's Easter;
L-K's A Bit of June
PS Double Eagle Sampler;
and BBD's In Full Glory.

BBD's Bittersweet September;
NDO's Independence Day;
Plum Street Quilts' Shadow Play;
Summer House Stitche Workes'
Fragments in Time Squirrel;
Satsuma Street's Forest; and
Victoria Sampler's Christmas Spool.

My latest finishes, not yet seen here are:


From the Prairie Schooler Spring and Fall booklet,
the November design.
I omitted the name of the month.


A cute turkey freebie from
Plum Street Samplers.
I think its name is Bok Bok,
which sounds like a chicken to me.


Needle Delights Originals'
Holiday Delights Christmas, which will go into the top
of a Sudberry box, an easy finish.

And, finally, another Needle Delights Originals design:
Ripple Rotation II.

This one is my 2018 ANG challenge piece,
which I no longer have to worry about.

And that's it!

Happy New Year to all of you who celebrate it.
I plan to come back in January with
a peek at the plan for 2018.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Finishes

Well hello there... it's been a while.
I'm afraid I've been spending the bulk of my time
on Instagram lately.
I've really been enjoying it because
there's no political squabbling,
no advertisements,
just photos.

But I'm here today to catch you up
with some recent finishes, so let's get started.

Despite the title of this post,
this is actually not a finish.
Here's where I was at with RipRo last time.

I made what I consider significant progress...
Only two corners to go!
This is Needle Delights Originals' Ripple Rotation II,
in case my nickname is confusing anyone.

I had a teeny start on Bittersweet September last time.

And here it is all finished...

Then I started and finished this little squirrel...
The wool in the background is what I used
for the backing of the pillow.
This is from Summer House Stitche Workes'
2016 Fragments in Time collection.

I finished piecing my lap quilt, and had to wait
almost two months to get it back from the
longarm quilter!
But here it is, all finished as of this afternoon.
The name of the design is Shadow Play
and it's from Plum Tree Quilts.
It was a workshop hosted by my quilt guild.

I used some large pieces of fabric
from my stash on the back.

And finally, I had a letter finish...

which was also a row/leaflet finish...
on the Prairie Schooler alphabet.

The piece as a whole is getting
a bit harder to photograph.

And I'm plugging right along with it,
so here is my start on the M...
I think the mermaid is kind of homely.
I debated giving her some lips,
but thought better of it.
This is Prairie Schooler we're talking about
after all and not Mirabilia!

I don't think I've forgotten anything.
For those of you who are Instagrammers
interested in visiting over there,
I'm @southpaw.stitch.
I'm not technically savvy enough
to put a button on my sidebar!

Hope you're having a delightful October.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Auspicious August

Hey Blog Buddies,
Hope everyone's August went well.  
I was beginning to think I wouldn't get a post in this month, 
because I wanted to wait until I had another letter finish.  
But finally...

K is done!
I think the cat looks a bit nervous.
Maybe she's afraid that the birds
are going to start pecking at her ears.

I worked a bit on Rip-Ro, too.

Here's where I was last month.

And here it is now.

I had a good bit done on Forest last month.

And here it is now, all stitched.
I like the way the trees change color
when they overlap.

I made a couple of new starts, too.

I don't know if this will be
finished in time to be seasonally displayed, 
but at least I should have it for next year!

This has been in my stash pile for several years.
It finally called loudly enough for me to notice.

The Lake County Fair was in the middle of the month...

...and I did quite well.

This past weekend, I attended
Needlework Galleria with my friend Joyce.
It was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel
in St. Charles, Missouri.
There were close to 30 vendors,
mostly designers and some needlework shops,
and it took up the entire fourth floor of the hotel.
Since all the rooms were two-room suites,
the vendors set up their shops 
in the living room part of the
suite where they were staying.
I took this photo from the 12th floor where
our suite was, far from the madding crowd.
You can see the banners of some of the vendors
down on the fourth floor railing.

A tiny sample of goods from various shops.


I went a little nuts in the shop with all the fabric...
I got lots of nice 18- and 20-count evenweave,
good for over-one work!
Wait, am I planning on doing a lot of over-one work?!

I signed up for one class, the Round Robin.
Six vendors took turns presenting their small projects.  
Just what I need, six more projects!
But they're small...

Clockwise from top left, The Silver Needle's acorn stand-ups;
JBW's candy cane holder; Romyscreations' Christmas ornie;
J Design's Spooky Tin, Noteworthy Needle's
thimble holder (it's really small); and finally
Needle Bling's sampler pillow.

The Silver Needle is a needlework shop in Tulsa, OK.
They had a fabulous 2-suite shop jam packed 
with the most tantalizing stuff.
If you're ever near Tulsa, pay them a visit!

I have to give a shout out to Cathy from
Inspired Needle (my local LNS)
who puts on this incredible event year after year.
Thanks for all the hard work, Cathy.
It was well worth it.

That's it from here.
Thanks so much for visiting!