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Sunday, January 28, 2018

First Finishes of the Year

Hello, people.  Hope your January has been going well.  I've been down with a nasty case of bronchitis this past week but am not complaining since I have the luxury of staying in bed all day if I need to (which I have for a couple of days).

Since photos of my pieces have all be taken, I'm hoping it won't be too taxing to do this little post.

My prediction about my first finish was correct, it was Prairie Schooler's Winter Wind...




and it was even framed...


I love this frame,
but I did make one bad framing decision recently.

When I took Ripple Rotation II in to be framed,
the first piece of moulding my framer pulled
was  a light orangeish salmon
which exactly matched the color in the 
corners of the piece below...

I loved it, but it was a flat finish and for 
some strange reason I thought the piece needed
a "shiny" frame, and that molding didn't have a shiny option.
So I selected a shiny green that
matched one of the darker shades in the piece.
Bad choice.
I got the piece home, hung it up,
and found that the frame actually 
sucked all the light and fun out of the piece.
I was a very unhappy camper.

I lived with it for a couple of days before
taking it back to my framer.
I explained my problem and asked to see
the orange frame again.
(You should always go with a color that you love.)
So they swapped out the green frame for the orange.
The day I went to pick up the piece,
I intended to pay for the new frame and any additional labor
because this was my mistake.
I did not expect money back on the green frame either,
because it was custom cut.
But they were going to have none of that.
"Put your money away," they said.
"You are such a good customer, this is on us."
So I left the shop with the newly framed piece,
and my original green frame, which I may use someday.
Even the lady at the framer's,
who was a little skeptical about the green being horrible,
agreed that this color works much better.

Back to the other finishes.

Hot on the heels of Winter Wind,
I finally finished M N O.
Of course, the bulk of this piece
was stitched in 2017, but it still counts
as a January finish.

And finally, I started and finished
my PSS Merry Friends piece
for the tart class in March.

I have two pieces that I'm currently working on:
Winter Thyme, a small seasonal pillow
which should make an appearance here
in the not too distant future,
and of course...

...the letter P.
I figured you might want a peek at the bird.
Ever onward with the alphabet!

This has been more or less my constant companion
during the last week when I didn't feel
up to stitching.

I like Annie Proulx's quirky sense of humor.
As you might guess, this is a library book.
It was written over 20 years ago,
so once I return it, hopefully no one will want to 
take it out any time soon.
As for me, if I need another book from the library,
I'm going to limit myself to those in ebook format,
at least until cold & flu season is over!

That's it from here!
Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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!