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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Final Turtle Trot 2014

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's December (already!) and that means it's time for the final Turtle Trot post for 2014.  So here's a grand review of how all ten of my pieces looked in January and how they look now, going in order from least to most worked.  I'll start off with my Walk of Shame...

This is a canvaswork project
taught by my EGA chapter in 2011.
The proceeds of the kit went to benefit autism research.
Don't recognize it? 
Probably because you never saw it this year.
This is the "before" photo.

And here is the "after."
My motto is: work on what calls to you,
and this didn't this year.

Continuing on with the Walk of Shame,
here is the "before" photo of Winter by Indigo Rose.

And here is the "after."
I will have to determine the ultimate fate
of these two pieces some time soon.
Moving on...

Here is the "before" photo of Pristine 
by Cindy Valentine Designs.

Here is the "after"--not an easy piece to photograph,
especially on a gray December day.
I finished the satin stitches on the star in the center,
and added the eyelets,
on 2 of the 4 small inner triangles
and 2 of the 4 large outer triangles.
You'll just have to trust me, they're there.
Maybe I can finish the eyelets in 2015.  (heheh)


Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself  "before."

Here it is now.
I was hoping to get more done on this one,
but it is what it is.

Ink Circle's 99 in January of this year.

Here's what it looks like now.
Lots more beer to choose from!
Hoping for a finish next year...
and for world peace, too.

Here's Harper in Stitches' Cool Cardinal.
Last January, I had a headless bird.

He's hanging on my wall now,
and looks better than this photo.

Debbie Stiehler's Autumn Pumpkin Patch
as of last January.

I don't care if it is an autumn piece,
it will stay on my shelf all year round!

Needle Delights Originals' Tangerine Twist,
as of last January.

 The frame is dark blue, and quite shiny.
But at least the glass didn't glare!

Another Needle Delights Originals piece,
Winter Logs, the "before."

And the "after."
I believe I may have photographed this
upside down from the first photo (oops!).
But you get the idea.

Last but never least, regular readers of this blog
know them well:  Wolfgang and Wanda.
 This is how little had been stitched
way back in January.
Cross My Heart's Mates.

And here they are now.

Are you ready?


Did I give away the surprise?

Yes, I was close last month,
but now they are finished!
We could put this photo
next to the word "perseverance"
in the dictionary.
Up until last month,
I didn't believe these guys
would be finished this year.
 They've actually been finished
for about four days now,
and I haven't started any new projects.

So half of my Turtle Trot projects are finished,
and 3-ish are coming along.
This SAL has really helped me to focus
and make some pretty decent progress.
Thanks, Claudette!

To see more Turtle Trot wrap-ups,
check out the BAP Attack blog.

Hope you're having a wonderful December.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


Moonsilk Stitches said...

You made awesome progress and accomplished a lot. I enjoyed following along all year. I think I may do something along these lines for next year, myself.

Linda said...

Congrats on all the gorgeous finishes and progress. I'm so happy you finished Wolfgang and Wanda.


Katie said...

Fantastic progress. Major Major congrats on the fantastic wolf finish!!!

cucki said...

Beautiful x

Pat said...

Great job! You did way better than I did :0)

Julie said...

Well done - the wolves look amazing!

Wendy said...

5 finishes and quite big ones - you did brilliantly!

Anonymous said...

The wolves are done! Awesome! I love them. You really did accomplish much this year. It's really nice to have those photos to show the progress! Super work. Diligence really pays off!

Melody said...

Congrats to you on the wolf finish!! It's beautiful. What a big accomplishment!!

rosey175 said...

Oooh I don't know how you survived that dark corner but yay, the wolves look great. And probably feels great to have such an epic finish!

I really like those Needle Delights patterns; I haven't heard of the designer before.

Chris said...

Great accomplishments and progress. Isn't it great to have some of those big pieces done?

Anne said...

I just love your blog! It's such fun and, of course, your needlework is fantastic!

Carol said...

Hooray for the wolf finish--they look amazing!! You always have such unique projects that you're working on--really enjoyed seeing the before and after shots. My favorite is the cardinal--just striking!

Merry Christmas to you, Pat!

Emma/Itzy said...

It was a great turtle trot year for you! Not so much for me..hehe!

Shebafudge said...

What a brilliant year for finishes! Turtle Trot has really helped.

I love Winter and would love to see it finished ;) It's such a pretty design.