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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Year in Review

2017 seems to have sped by, much like previous years have.  Since the New Year is almost upon us, I thought I'd take a look back to see how I've fared regarding my stitching goals.

In January I listed my ever-ambitious list of projects that I wanted to make progress on or complete this year: 16 in total.  This turned out to be my all-or-nothing list.  Five projects never even saw the light of day:

Clockwise from upper left:
Victoria Sampler's ornament finishing booklet 
(I planned to do the heart);
With my Needle and Thread's Kindred Spirits stitching tray and accessories;
Marsha Papay-Gomola's Ruby of the Forest
Hillside Samplings' Pines and Needles;
and Nordic Needle's hardanger ornament
from the 2012 JCS Ornament Issue.

From the other 11 projects,
I have 10 finishes and an "almost."
Left to right, from the top:
Barbara Ana's Funky Bird;
Needle Delights Originals' Independence Day;
Kay Stanis' Copper Illumination;
Carol Collection's Joseph's Coat sock;
Permin's Two Horses;
Needle Delights Originals' Spring Logs;
Hands on Designs' Underwater Basketweave;
Blackwork Journey's Wandering Star; and
Sam Sarah's Winter Cardinal.

This obviously isn't stitching, but I did make
this 3" x 3" quilted wall hanging
inspired by an Eleanor Burns book...

And now we come to the Prairie Schooler Alphabet.
I had wanted to finish the letters G through O this year.
I almost made it; as you can see,
I have a modest start on the O
but the main owl is massive--
not to mention the tree branches and,
of course, more leaves--
and I will probably be working on this letter for
a good part of January.
And guess what!
I've decided that this design will
really benefit from a back-stitch border
around each letter,
and I'm starting with the MNO row.
That will slow me down even more,
but I am one of the few people I know
who doesn't mind back stitching.

As usual, I got sidetracked by
a number of other projects not on my original list.
Here are the (mostly small) finishes...

Clockwise from top left:
LHN's Old Glory; L-K's Easter;
L-K's A Bit of June
PS Double Eagle Sampler;
and BBD's In Full Glory.

BBD's Bittersweet September;
NDO's Independence Day;
Plum Street Quilts' Shadow Play;
Summer House Stitche Workes'
Fragments in Time Squirrel;
Satsuma Street's Forest; and
Victoria Sampler's Christmas Spool.

My latest finishes, not yet seen here are:

From the Prairie Schooler Spring and Fall booklet,
the November design.
I omitted the name of the month.

A cute turkey freebie from
Plum Street Samplers.
I think its name is Bok Bok,
which sounds like a chicken to me.

Needle Delights Originals'
Holiday Delights Christmas, which will go into the top
of a Sudberry box, an easy finish.

And, finally, another Needle Delights Originals design:
Ripple Rotation II.

This one is my 2018 ANG challenge piece,
which I no longer have to worry about.

And that's it!

Happy New Year to all of you who celebrate it.
I plan to come back in January with
a peek at the plan for 2018.

Thanks for visiting!


Jackie said...

You've had a productive year! Great projects as well! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the beautiful stitching for the year.


Robin in Virginia said...

What fabulous projects you created during the year! Those PS blocks are very stitch intensive and look good. I look forward to peeking at your 2018 plan. Happy New Year!

deb said...

So many projects! So much stitching accomplished - looks like quite a productive year!

rosey175 said...

Ooo so many lovely finishes this year! I think my favorite is the lovely Wandering Star piece! I do think Bok Bok sounds like a chicken too!

Happy New Year to you and yours~ :D

Ann said...

Beautiful finishes! Love reading your posts and glad to see a new one.

CalamityJr said...

What a productive year you had! Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects.

Rita JG said...

Oh, such lovely pieces!

Julie said...

Stunning projects you completed during the year, well done.
So many pretty things.
Happy New Year!

Brigitte said...

Such a lot of gorgeous stitching project. Your 2017 was very productive, congratulations!

Beth said...

What a wonderful post! I enjoyed reviewing your many 2017 stitching. Lots of good ideas for me for 2018. Happy New Year!

Anne said...

Your 2017 projects are amazing, Pat! As always, I'm soooooo impressed!
Happy New Year to you!

Carol said...

My goodness, Pat--what an incredible year you had in 2017! So many beauties and at the top of my list is that PS Alphabet Sampler... I think your idea of the backstitching is right on target--it will add a lot to the overall design. Love that PS turkey, too--I think he is the most handsome turkey ever designed :)

Hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start--I look forward to seeing what springs from your needles this year!