I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Turtle Trot: A Milestone

Hey Blog Buddies,

How's your weekend been going?  It's been cloudy here all day but no rain, so I'm not complaining.  The clouds are probably keeping the temperature down, which is good, because I like the cooler weather we've been having.

It's time for the monthly Turtle Trot update, organized by Claudette over at BAP Attack.  We all picked ten WIPs to work on at the beginning of the year, giving monthly progress reports about them on the 10th.  The reason that I keep showing only the same four is that four of my original TT pieces are finished, and the other two are just not calling to me now.  But I do have my hands full with these four because they are all large projects.

First up is (let's get this one over with) my hardanger table topper, Pristine by Cindy Valentine.

This is what I did last month--I filled in this triangle with all the eyelets that you see in the photo.  I'm doing these little slices of the project because if I took a photo of the whole piece, it would be hard to see what's been accomplished.

So this month I did another triangle's worth of eyelets.  Quite a bit harder to see!  I'm somewhat embarrassed to be putting these photos up because this project is a hot mess.  I started it on 2006 and wasn't going to do the eyelets at that time, so I started cutting.  (Any eyelets in a project like this should be done before the cutting starts, but oh well.  Nothing "bad" has happened yet!)

Second is Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself:
Here's where I was last month.

And here's this month.
I love all the rabbits and birds in this one.
And the Quaker-like trees.
And the Native American saying.

Third, we have the bottles.

Yes, it's 99 by Ink Circles.
Here's where I was at last month.

This month, I put up another six-pack.
I certainly hope they don't "happen to fall"
before I can get the shelf constructed!
Sorry, my corny sense of humor
got the better of me.

Finally, I'm still plugging away at Cross My Heart's Mates.

This is last month's photo.

Has anyone been wondering about the "milestone"
in the title of this post?
Well, here it is...

Yeah, baby, that's what I'm talking about!
I'm so excited, you'd think I was done with the whole piece.
But Wolfgang is all done.
There is not one stitch missing--that I can see--
in his slightly menacing face.
I still have quite a bit of work to do on Wanda, though.
(Of course I've named my wolf friends!)
I'm beginning to think that this project
will actually be finished sometime in 2015.
We'll see.

So that's it from here.
Hope you had a fun weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fun at the Fair

Hey Blog Buddies,
How has your August been going?  It's Fair season here in the Midwest, and the Lake County (IN) Fair is going on all this week.  DH and I made a trip there today--here's some of what we saw.

There's always a flower show.
They have a whole building devoted to it.

I cruised through the building next door...
and saw lot of pigeons...

...and rabbits.

No Fair would be complete without a carnival.

Any guesses as to what these are?  No?
They're "coin blouses" -- one size fits most, 
they stretch to fit.
I found them in the Industrial Building.
You never know what you'll find there.
No, I didn't buy one.
You didn't think I was going to skip the Ag Building, did you?

What a beauty--all 890 pounds of him.
That's a lot of pumpkin pie!

I thought this bug was cute and clever!
So did the judges.

You can win a ribbon for your baled hay.

Who doesn't love gourds?!
If you're a gourd and you're big enough,
you even get your own chair!

I couldn't tell what type of produce it was
that they turned into Miss Piggy!


I thought that this mixed produce display 
that came in 2nd
was much more creative than the one 
that took first.
C'mon, tomatoes atop Greek columns with
peapods hanging off of them!  Genius!
But that's the thing about judging--it's subjective.

I have many more photos from the Ag Building,
but I'll spare you because
you're probably not as enthusiastic about this stuff
as I am.

Let's move on to Family Arts and Crafts.
Here's what I entered...

I was quite happy with my results,
even though I didn't win a ribbon
on everything I entered.
There are a lot of talented exhibitors out there!
It's just so much fun to participate,
and to check out how all your friends did
during Exhibitors' Night.

My large Newfie/St. Bernard friend
who works with the guy who makes animal tags
says "Bye--see you next year at the Fair."

Thanks for coming along!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stitching from Stash in July

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's the end of July already and that means it's time for my Stitch from Stash report.  This is a Stitch-a-Long hosted by Mel of Epic Stitching where we all try to stick to a $25/month budget for new stash acquisitions.  I have three finishes and a new little start to show you, too, but first the stats.

I spent a total of $10.25 this past month,
all of it on this one little chart:
I guess I was just in a patriotic mood.
And, it's very cute!

This month I've been stitching on the usual suspects:  Mates, A Tree by Itself and, currently, 99.  And I stitched and finished...

 ...my Semaphore quilt.  My self-imposed deadline was September 1st for this autumn-colored cutie, but I beat that by a lot!  (That usually never happens around here.)  The bottom part of the quilt that's in the shade shows the quilted fern design a little better.  You can click to make any of the photos larger...

...and here's Nancy Buhl's Flowers from my Needle from the workshop I took in back in May.  This had been my traveling piece, because it was so mindless and small--and it was stitched on 18-count canvas so it was easy to see.  What looks like a frame is really the top of a lovely music box.  All I had to do for finishing was trim the piece a little and pop it into the top of the box.  Easy peasy!  It was fun to stitch--I'll miss it.

Oh, don't worry!  I have another small 18-count canvaswork piece in my stash that's been kitted up since last year and which I'll start the next time I go a-traveling.  This is why the Stitch from Stash SAL is so easy for me.

And finally, finally:  The Long-Lost Pumpkin.  That's not its real name, but that's how I was starting to think of it, since it took so long to get it finish-finished.  Remember this?
If you've looked at this blog at all in the past year, of course you do!  And you were probably hoping never to see it again!  I posted about my June 4th finish of this weeks ago.  It was at the finisher's until the day before yesterday.  It took a long time to be finished--much longer than the three weeks which was promised--and then it was weighted wrong (very lopsided) and the green crocheted stem had it's wire poking out.  It was a mess.  Why would the finisher/store even think that a customer would be happy with something like that?  I had the store send it back to the finisher to be done properly, even though I had wanted to enter it in the Lake County Fair and didn't think that it could be fixed in 10 days' time, which is all the time that was left at that point.  But it was more important to me to get it finished properly.  So I did get a call on Friday that it was done (again) and went to pick it up.  Saturday was the Fair deadline.    Did I mention that it's a 120-mile round trip to the store?  The weighting issue was fixed and the stem was fixed, but overall it was just OK.  To be honest, I probably would have been happier with the result if I had not been mentally comparing it to the stitched model that Debbie (Stiehler, the designer) had brought with her when she taught the workshop last year.  And the store owner did give me a 10% discount for my extra trip.  All I have to say is it's a good thing that paying for finishing doesn't count against the Stitch from Stash budget, even with a 10% discount!

Debbie Stiehler's Autumn Pumpkin Patch.
Yes, it looks fine in the photo.
All's well that ends well, I guess.

Last but not least,
here is my new little start (from stash, natch):

This is Blackbird Design's Bird in Hand.
I seem to be in a bird mood recently.
My friend Anne gifted me the chart a while back.
Yes, I just finished another small piece called "Bird in Hand,"
but that was from La D Da.
This will be just a bird, a branch and a border, no words.
I'm using a dark blue floss instead of the red
which was used on the original model.
The ground is a 40-count piece of mystery linen from my stash.

So that's it from here.
I'll be back in a week or so with 
the Lake County Fair report.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Turtle Trot

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's the 10th of the month, so it's time for the Turtle Trot report.  What's Turtle Trot?  It's a stitch-along hosted by Claudette of BAP Attack.  Everyone who joined picked 10 WIPs at the beginning of the year, and we report on their progress monthly.  And this month I've been turtling along slowly again.  Here's what I did on four of my pieces:

This is Pristine by Cindy Valentine.
It's a rather large handanger table topper,
so I'm only going to show what I've worked on.
I had started stitching eyelets in one of 
four large triangles last month.

My progress this month.
No, I didn't wash the piece.
I just photographed it in direct sunlight!
I told you it was white!

Next is Ink Circle's 99.
My progress as of last month.

Here's where I am this month.
When I started this SAL in January, I had one shelf completed.
It's taken me until July just to finish the second shelf!

Next are my old and dear friends,
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf,
better known as Cross My Heart's Mates.
Here's where I was last month.

This is where I'm at now.
Would you believe that this is
40-50 hours' worth of stitching?
But despite my relatively slow pace,
 I remain happy with the progress on this one
and I'm surprised that I'm sticking with it.

Finally, at long last
I dug out Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself.
This is where I left off in September, 2013.

 Not a whole lot of progress,
but I intend to change this from a UFO into a WIP,
with some progress made each month.

Well, that's it from here.
Hope you're getting some time to stitch.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!