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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Turtle Trot: All Ten!

Hey Blog Buddies,

How has your February been going?  My sympathies go out to those of you on the east coast of the United States who have been in the path of numerous major snowstorms.  I can image how sick of the snow most of you are.   We had our own little snow event (5th largest recorded snowfall) a week ago, but it's been melting off a little at a time.

It's been a little quiet around this blog during the past month, but there's a reason:  I've been stitching like mad.  (Snow--even a one-day event--is a good excuse for me to never leave the house!)  Since I had no exchanges, gifts, boutiques or any other stitching commitments this month, I thought I'd see if it were actually possible for me to work on all ten of my Turtle Trot projects in one month--and it was!  Turtle Trot is a stitch-along where we choose 10 WIPs at the beginning of the year and show our progress photos on the 10th of each month.  Claudette at BAP Attack is our ringleader.  Some of my pieces definitely got more love than others, but they all got some sort of mini-milestone finished.  Here they are:

1.  Cindy Valentine's Pristine

Last month--it's hard to see white-on-white detail.

This month.
One small triangle was filled with eyelets.
Three down, one to go.

2.  Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself

Last month.

This month.
I filled in the outline on the lower right.
This is the largest flower? or tree canopy?
I don't know what the heck it is.
All I know is that this took me almost a week.
And I added a little bunny.
Can you tell where?

Here's a close-up of the Quaker motif.

3.   Ink Circles' 99

Last month.

This month.
18 new bottles!

4.  Laura J. Perin's Nordic Panel

Last month.

This month. 
I stitched the @#$%!^&* metallic ribbon band.

It's always a good feeling to start back on something
that's been sitting for over a half year.

5.  Jennifer Riefenberg's Carrots

Last month.

This month.
It looks like that left edge is crooked,
but I swear it's an optical illusion.

6.  Plum Street Samplers' Liberty Inn

Last month.

This month.
I can't say I'm on track to finish by July,
but it's progress.

7.  Carriage House Samplings' Frederika

Last month.

This month.
Miss Freddi is my favorite of the ten projects.
(Isn't she just the cutest thing!)

8.  Needle Delights Originals' Summer Logs

Last month.

This month.
Still keeping up with my ANG chapter's SAL.

9.  Blackwork Journey's Save the Stitches

Last month.

This month.
Block 1 is finished except for the metallics
and Block 2 is outlined.

10.  Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus

Last month.

This month.
I had originally intended to stitch just the tree this month,
but got carried away!

I don't anticipate a repeat of
this type of Turtle Trot progress next month.
I've been wanting to start a
small project for some time now,
and I have a couple of stitches in to
a Prairie Schooler seasonal design
which I plan to start back on today.
Hopefully it will be finished before the end of the month!
If so, it will be my first finish for 2015.

That's it from here.
Hope you're having a great February.
Thanks for visiting!


santadeb said...

Wow, great progress. Our tastes run similar and both counted NP and cross stitch..I neglect my NP and need to get my WIPS out, you go girl!

Barb said...

Great progress on all your pieces. To stitch some on all 10 is an accomplishment!

CalamityJr said...

Wow - your needles have really been smokin'! Your progress is inspiring; thanks for sharing those great photos.

Katy said...

Wonderful job! They all look great!

Julie said...

Well done, such a lot of beautiful stitches put in this month.

Justine said...

Great progress on all of them! I thought you might have stitched a little bit but there's really substantial noticeable progress on each one.

Fidike Mamivonat said...

O, this is very impressing. A LOT of beautiful stitching!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW You are a lean mean stitching machine. Please bottle and forward some of your energy to me

Tina said...

Amazing progress!!! Love them all!!

Linda said...

Fantastic progress on all of them. The progress you made on some of them is truly inspiring.


Tiffany Pincombe said...

Great progress on everything, wow!

Happy Baker said...

Marvelous work! I think deep down you really like the snow.....

Barbi said...

You've got some incredible projects on the go! Looking forward to their progress.

Anonymous said...

♥ gorgeous work ♥

Chris said...

Wow, Wow, WOW!! So many great projects and amazing progress. I really enjoy the before and after pics.
I need to go stitch...

Katie said...

Beautiful progress! Love each piece.

llknbillburg said...

Fantastic progress! An inspiration for the rest of us! Laura

Anne said...

You HAVE been stitching like mad! Amazing projects! Keep up the great work.

Deb said...

You have such meticulous WIP's. Beautiful stitching!

Jackie said...

WOW! You have to be super happy with your progress. You've accomplished quite a lot on your beautiful projects.

Sally said...

You have made fantastic progress on all your pieces and they all look brilliant.

Melody said...

Wow, thanks for sharing, that is impressive progress in a month!! I like seeing your projects develop.

rosey175 said...

Watching your progress on Save the Stitches is starting to make it hard to resist that piece! All of your projects are so interesting and I bet they're the kind that are fun to fondle haha. I love different textures on fabrics. :) Congrats on surviving the metallic band; it looks awesome!