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!


Izzybeads by Laney said...

Oh my goodness I love the wolves.

cucki said...

So beautiful x

Joyce Clark Frank said...

I love all your stitching. Good progress on all the stitching. I enjoy watching everyone's progress.

Julie said...

What fantastic progress on the wolves, they are spectacular.
Loving the hardanger too.

Fidike said...

Oh, so beautiful.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful--stitching in all those tones would be challenging for me

stitchersanon said...

Wow, totally beautiful WIPs xx I love them all.

Linda said...

Wonderful progress on all of them Pat. I so love the wolves. You made such great progress on that one.


Carol said...

Wow, those wolves are so realistic--what amazing detail! Love all of your projects and the 99 Bottles looks like such fun to stitch!

Melody said...

Hey, great progress on the wolves!! I bet you feel excited by it, I would!!


Sally said...

Wonderful progress on everything. Love your hardanger table topper.