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Friday, January 10, 2014

My 2014 Turtle Trot Ten

Hey Blog Buddies,

This year I decided to join the Turtle Trot SAL because I thought it would mesh nicely with the Stitch from Stash SAL.  

Turtle Trot is hosted by Claudette of BAP Attack, and this is her description of what the SAL is about:

1. You must have a blog, because you'll be posting links to it. If you don't have a blog, you can still work on those old projects, you just won't be eligible for the contest.
2. Pick 10 unfinished projects...
3. Take a picture of them and make a blog post by the 10th of January.
4. Each month, by the 10th, post whatever progress pics you have.
So, we would very much like to finish our WIPs
but there's no pressure to do so--it's not a race:  hence, Turtle Trot!
Here, in no particular order, are the WIPs I've chosen,
with a couple of UFO's thrown in for good measure.
No. 1
Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself,
started on April 4, 2013.
I absolutely love this design,
but it only made my rotation twice in 2013.
I hope to do better this year.

No. 2
This has definitely become a UFO.
It was a canvaswork class
hosted by my EGA guild on April 30, 2011.
All of the proceeds from this design
went to benefit autism.
I think this will be a make-it-or-break-it
year for the UFOs on this list.

No. 3
Debbie Stiehler's Autumn Pumpkin Patch,
started on May 4, 2013.
I'm behind on this big guy.
My goal was to finish the stitching in
May of this year, but I've fallen behind
and there's a lot of intense stitching ahead.
I know, it's the journey, not the destination!

No. 4
Harper in Stitches' Cool Cardinal,
started on November 21, 2013.
This is really a winter piece,
but I may not get it done
before the warm weather sets in.

No. 5
My most recent start on this list (December 22, 2013),
is Ink Circles' 99.
I know DH will be nagging encouraging me
to work on "the bottles" this year,
so it should move right along.

No. 6
This is Mates by Cross My Heart.
The chart is dated 1998, and I believe
the last time I worked on it was
sometime in 2001 (before I kept records!).
As you can see, I do have a large amount done,
but it's all confetti stitching,
and it's not calling to me at the moment.
I need to either finish this or try to find it a good home.

No. 7
Needle Delights Originals' Tangerine Twist,
started on June 22, 2013.
It's over half done, and should be
a relatively quick and easy finish.
I hope those aren't famous last words.

No. 8
Winter Logs, another Needle Delights Originals design,
was started on September 28, 2013.
Estimated completion date:  early June 2014.
This is a guild SAL.

No. 9
Winter by Indigo Rose.
I believe this is my oldest WIP,
predating Mates by about a year.
It has lots of specialty stitches which should be fun,
but this one, too, isn't calling me.  (sigh)
As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure where it is right now,
but I haven't looked too hard for it (snort).
This photo is from a couple of years ago,
and not a stitch has been taken on it since then
or, for that matter, in the last 14 years!

No. 10

Cindy Valentine's Pristine.
This will be a lovely hardanger tabletopper, someday.
Started in April 2006,
it spent years folded up in a bag
because I cut a thread from the ground
that I wasn't supposed to
and thought it was the end of the world.  It wasn't.
This piece only made my rotation one time in 2013,
and I hope to see more of it this year.

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me.
I also have quite a few small charts
and random pieces of fabric in my stash
that I can throw into the mix every
once in a while in order to enjoy
a finish or two along the way,
so that I can hang on to what's left of my sanity.

That's it from here.
Hope everyone has a fun, stitchy weekend.
Thanks for visiting!


Silverlotus said...

Those are some really lovely choices for you to work on this year.

Justine said...

Some lovely choices. I wouldn't beat yourself up if you can't get motivated on your older pieces. Get rid of them and move on! There are too many gorgeous designs out there to spend previous stitching time on projects you no longer love.

Preeti said...

Your projects are very pretty!! Looking forward to see your progress !

Linda said...

What beautiful pieces you have picked for the SAL. Please don't give up on Mates. Your stitching is amazing and you have made such good progress on it.


EvalinaMaria said...

Beautiful projects. I see that the beer bottles are very popular. So far I noticed that three stitchers working on it.

Penny said...

Lots of pretty projects to work on throughout the year!

CJ said...

The wolves are my favorite of your bunch and I look forward to seeing them develop.


CJ said...

The wolves are my favorite of your bunch and I look forward to seeing them develop.


geeky Heather said...

I love the diversity of projects you've selected!

Carol said...

What a great bunch of projects--the Cardinal piece is my favorite! looking forward to seeing it finished up :)

Claudette497 said...

I've drooled over some of those needlepoint designs, but I lack the courage of my convictions to plunge in and learn how to stitch things besides the lovely x. I look forward to seeing these done!

Anne said...

I love ALL your pieces, as well as your comments! You're absolutely hilarious. I'll be cheering you on in 2014 - you go, girl!!!

Julie said...

A wonderful selection of different projects, going to be fun watching those develop over the coming months.

Patty said...

I have quite a few UFOs myself. Life is too short. The "Mates" is beautiful, but I'm not a fan of confetti stitching either. Congrats on your Blogoversary!

Sally said...

Wow fantastic choices for the Turtle Trot.

Karen said...

You've picked out some lovely pieces. I absolutely love Winter and your cardinal. Good luck with your challenges! :)