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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Leap Year List

Hey Blog Buddies,

Hope your holidays were happy and fun.  Thank you so much for the nice comments on my end-of-year recap post, and throughout last year.  They make my day.

Happy Leap Year!  I've seen quite a few leap years (more than 10, less than 20, heheh), and in my experience, major life events tend to occur during leap years.  My parents' wedding, my birth, our wedding, the adoption of our first dog, and the purchase of our current house all happened in leap years.  Maybe I just have too much time on my hands to be coming up with this trivia?!

Anyhow, I thought I would call my rotation a Leap Year List this year.  It's a catchier name, and I don't usually stick with a strict rotation anyway.  I just stitch what I'm in the mood to stitch on any particular day.  Eleven projects that I'd like to focus on made the list this year, some old, some new.  Let's start with our old friends:

  Dawn Chorus by Long Dog Samplers.
Still haven't fixed that tree, so it's currently at a standstill.

Save the Stitches by Blackwork Journey.
Hopefully including this piece
will inspire me to get going on it.

The formerly neglected A Tree by Itself
by Rosewood Manor.
I worked on it most of last month and
I'm still working on it!
Here's the photo I took at Christmastime.
Notice the treetop with no trunk next to the
rabbits at the bottom left.

Now it has a trunk and flowers.
I count each completed motif as a mini-finish.

Here is Autumn Logs by one of my favorite designers:
Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals.
I have done a lot of her pieces,
and have quite a few more in my stash.
This is my ANG chapter's SAL.
Anticipated completion date:  end of June.

Kindred Spirits by With My Needle.
This is the workshop I took in Shipshewana, IN,
in October.
It's true that most of these are smalls,
but taken together,
it's a good-sized project.

I showed these four sides of the pin cube a while ago.
This project has been neglected ever since.

This one is brand new (to me):
The Song They Sang by Carriage House Samplings.
I bought the chart a few weeks ago,
and it just elbowed its way onto the list
(and I even started it!).
The verse starts out:
"It was early, early in the Spring..."
so the drab colors are appropriate for how it looks here in March.
Can you tell that this is my new favorite?
I'm so fickle...

This was an ANG class that I signed up for but missed
because I was out of town at said 
Shipshewana workshop.
The design is by Jennifer Riefenberg.
I haven't started it yet.
It's not huge, but it's tricky because
I have to transfer two designs
onto the canvas: the puzzle pieces and the
overlapping rectangles containing the various stitches.
This one will need some study
before I'm able to start stitching it.

This is a rare (for me) painted canvas:
Chicago Collage by Lynn Deininger.
This has been kitted up in my stash
for at least four to five years.
I have a stitch guide by a third party (not Lynn)
which is complete gibberish to me,
so I'll have to make my own stitch decisions.
I think that a lot of the areas 
will get the tent stitch/basketweave treatment.

Here's another one that hasn't been started:
Blackwork Horse by Tanja Berlin Designs.
Transferring the design to the fabric
will be a challenge with this one.
I won't elaborate here but, trust me,
you'll hear about it down the road.
This one has a deadline, too:  end of July.

I had actually planned to start the
Prairie Schooler Alphabet on January 1st,
but I decided that postponing that start
would be the prudent thing to do!
I have all the charts, and they
keep beckoning me.
So, to satisfy my desire for a PS project,
I plan on starting this one:

It's a much more manageable size,
and I think the verse is very appropriate
for this leap year, too.

Instead of starting the PS Alphabet on January 1st,
I did the sensible thing and finally put some
stitches into this one:

Angles by Debbie Rowley.

I finished the Spratt's Head stitches
--I love that name--
in the upper left corner (Area 1).
For the longest time all I had
was the one blue Spratt's Head stitch.
Area 2 contains the large upright
rice stitches on the diagonal.
Area 3 is made up of four Amadeus stitches.
They are a kind of Rhodes stitch
for those of you not familiar with them.
Only 79 more Areas to go.
Seriously, the chart is 105 pages long
with two additional fold-out sections!
But it contains detailed diagrams of
all the nutty stitches that make up this piece,
so I'm not complaining.  Much.

This is my ANG chapter's challenge project.
If I finish this piece by the end of June,
I'll get rewarded with a tote bag.
If not, I'll owe the chapter's treasury $10.
Gotta get busy.

I have a couple of smaller projects
that I'd like to finish this year, too, namely,
Eastern Bluebird by Tanja Berlin
Yes, the bird is actually finished!
I have to be in the mood to do
the last blossom and all those leaves, though.


Ruby of the Forest by Marsha Papay-Gomola.
This one is from 2011.

Both of these were EGA-sponsored classes.
That's part of how I get into trouble.

And you know that  later on this year, 
something new will
come along and catch my eye
that I'll want to start right away.
It always does.

Wishing everyone a happy,
healthy and stitchy New Year.
Thanks for visiting!


stitchersanon said...

Wow, they are gorgeous. Looking forwards to seeing them stitched!

EvalinaMaria said...

Lots of beautiful projects. I always wanted to learn Tania Berlin technique, maybe this year is a year to do it! After all we are having an extra day for stitching.

Beth in IL said...

Love seeing your stitching. Lots of fun projects.

Claudette497 said...

That's a beautiful collection of projects!

CalamityJr said...

What beautiful choices! I look forward to seeing your progress and finishes throughout this year.

Linda said...

Love all of your projects.


cucki said...

Beautiful collections of project
I also thinking up start PS a farmer almanac
So cute ..lets stitch it together :)
Hugs x

Rita JG said...

Beautiful projects. Good luck!

blue star stitcher said...

So many lovely projects, and all so detailed! I do love the Carriage House piece, I can see why it made the list.

Christine said...

Wow, there are some gorgeous projects there

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

My word...what diversity and beauty you have chosen this year! I love it!

Robin in Virginia said...

Wow, what fabulous projects you have selected for you Leap Year of Stitching! Looking forward to seeing your progress (and completions) on them.

Julie said...

Such a wonderful collection of differing designers and stitches, I'm going to love watching these grow in the coming weeks/months.

Tiffstitch said...

Great plans and I hope you're able to progress on all of them!

Lillian Ortiz said...

Hello! Stumbled upon your blog! Is it a leap yearr? I didn't even take note till i read this!! Anyways, nice blog and beautiful pieces you featured in this entry!!! Have a blessed new year as you knock out all your projects! ;D

Carol said...

Your leap year line-up looks great, Pat!! I am so in love with that sweet bluebird--hurry, hurry and finish it :)

Shebafudge said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous projects for the year. I am SO looking forward to seeing progress on them. Good luck!

Emma/Itzy said...

Good luck with your goals for the year!