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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dance with Me!

Hey Blog Buddies,
Come dance with me!
I've just finished a project
and the happy dancing is in full swing...
I was going to give this project just a week in the rotation,
but when I finished the allotted segment
I felt so good--and it was so close to being finished--
that I decided to just go for it.
Can it be??
After an entire year...
Crabby All Year by Raise the Roof Designs
Started:  June 2, 2012
Finished:  May 29, 2013
The above photo shows my button-sewing work area.
As you can see, I needed:
a magnifier so I could see;
a box with all my DMC floss
to match the color of floss to each button;
photos of the months for button placement;
a portable phone so I wouldn't have to get up to answer a call;
and an iPod (music makes every task more pleasant).
I had everything but a glass of wine--
and that wouldn't have been a good idea!
I started this project last June with the June "row"
(April, May and June)
so this is the last row that I finished.
I had February and March (and the header)
to finish when I picked this up about 10 days ago.
I just noticed yesterday that I was missing
two tiny heart buttons for the header.
I decided to rummage through my stash
and came up with the black star button.
It was from Joann's, and the holes are
much bigger than the JABC buttons
called for in the design.
It was a dream to sew on!
Those are little chicks being blown around
in the March square, BTW.
I also ripped out, recharted and restitched the word
"Rabbits!" in the May square.
This is the way it was originally charted.
I thought the lettering was too small.
What do you think--would you have changed it?
The July design is my favorite.
But sewing on two buttons,
one on top of the other,
was not my favorite thing to do.
JABC buttons have tiny holes!!
Some stitchers have changed out
the flower buttons in the December square
to something more closely related to money.
While they don't relate to the theme of Bills,
I thought they were cute--so they stayed.
Are you up for looking at the whole thing one more time?
Why not!
This is such a goofy design--
it was a lot of fun to stitch,
even though I might have lagged a bit at the end.
That's it from here.
Until next time..
thanks for visiting!


Xeihua (Sara) said...

Big HAPPY DANCE for you :)
I really love this project, it's really funny, and I prefer your lettering for the Rabbits instead of the original as well :) You did an amazing job :)

PegC said...

Have never seen this design before ==Great job and many congrats on the finish! It does ones heart good to finish and you've just inspired me to start to finish a "biggie" that's been stewing in the back of my brain for a LONG time!

cucki said...

Super sweet..well done x

Chris said...

Fun finish! Looks wonderful.

Happy Baker said...

It looks fabulous, well done! I like the way you did the "rabbit", it fills in the square more.

Melody said...

What a great finish! Congrats to you!! I like the changes you made. Also, great perseverance in getting the buttons all sewed on as well. I find I sometimes procrastinate that step, which is NOT a good idea, because then they can become lost. :(

Moonsilk Stitches said...

What a cute design--the crabbiness really takes off when they're all together. Good job! I like your Rabbit much better than the original. Keep dancin'!

Minnie said...

Congratulations! That calls for a couple of do-si-dos! Good job!

♥ Nia said...

Uhhuuuuuu congrats on your finish :D

Linda said...

Congrats on the great finish. I am working on this one, but don't know if I will put the buttons on.


Anne said...

Congratulations on the Big Finish!!! You did a great job. I agree that your Rabbit lettering turned out better than the original!

Sharon said...

Love your finish, it's great! The change in lettering for the rabbit block looks much better and seems more suited to the piece. Congrats!

Karen said...

This is so cute. Congrats on the finish! I love the whole thing! It's great to see a sense of humour in stitching. :)

Anna van Schurman said...

Great job! ANd I'm with the others, the Rabbit lettering looks great!

Julie said...

Stunning! I much prefer your wording on the May block. Fun and colourful project.

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish!! The buttons really add to the piece.

Carol said...

What a fun finish!! I can see why you're a dancing machine these days :)

Good call on the Rabbit lettering--yours is much nicer! It is really such fun to look at each little block--congratulations!

Lili said...

How pretty project!!
Congrats on your finish!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Congratulations on your finish! Finishes are always nice especially large pieces

Sally said...

What a fun finish! Congratulations!

Silverlotus said...

Congratulations! That is a fabulous finish.

Giovanna said...

Congratulations!! What a great finish.

Karen said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that you won my give-away. :)