Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday and May YOTA

I'm linking this up to both Slow Stitching Sunday@Kathy's Quilts and May YOTA@Pull the Other Thread.

This month I've been working on Innocence and Butterfly Profusion

Innocence Before

Innocence After
I've actually made it onto the second page of Innocence at the top row, which makes it the furthest I've ever gotten with a HAED at about 2000 stitches.

Butterfly Profusion Before
Butterfly Profusion After
  Now I'm almost done with the 6th butterfly and it feels like I'm in the home stretch - a little deceptive with all the back stitching and half stitches that need to be completed.

As a side note, if anyone has any good home remedies for a chronic cough and reoccuring cold, I'd be thrilled to try them. I picked up a cold about a month ago and haven't quite been able to shake the cough - and now I think I have another cold, or at the very least a nasty sinus infection.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sometimes I Wonder

... about the wisdom of quilting.

You take fabric, cut it apart, and sew it back together.


If you are a real sucker, you cut it apart again and sew it back together one more time for good measure. (For example, Twister quilts, Disappearing Four Patch, or Disappearing Nine Patch, etc.)

From here

to here

to this

We must be a crazy bunch.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Stuck at Home Weekend

I was stuck inside the house all weekend. It is nice for about a day but after that, cabin fever sets in. I stayed busy by trying to catch up on laundry and dishes and doing some serious meal planning.

I haven't yet found a meal system that really works for us. Usually about lunchtime at work I start wondering what I'll be making for dinner, which results in a grocery store trip several times a week. I hate running errands every day after work, so today I sat down and spent some time (way too much time, really) trying to set up meals for a week.

That little menu and the coordinating shopping list took me an hour and a half.

Each day's recipes went into a page protector in a binder with a little tab that designates which day of the week I'll be cooking that particular meal.

Ideally, after using this system for a few weeks, I will have a binder full of meals and all I have to do every Sunday is change where the sticky tabs are and update my shopping list.

You'll notice that I didn't get Friday and Saturday in there, and that would be because sometimes we eat out on Friday and sometimes we get to Bible study on Wednesdays, which means Wednesday's meal would get shifted down the week a day or two. Also, Saturday's are always fluid, with Dagorhir practice and the occasional post-practice social event.

It hasn't been all work, I also found some time to work on a quilt, start a new cross stitch project, and continue stitching Innocence.

Kona Slate Rock is now about 1/3 quilted and still needs a better name.

Innocence gained a couple hundred stitches today.

Jack finally picked a LotR chart and he surprised me by choosing the Ranger. I was betting on either Gandalf or Unexpected Journey.

That is approximately 300 stitches done in five shades of brown.

So that's it for now - I have a bunch of yard work to get done in the next week and I have a new plan for planting the strawberries. I want to make a strawberry tower and maybe something similar for herbs or tomatoes, so I've got to get Jack to pick up some PVC and drill holes in it for me. Something like this:

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 Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Embroidered AotH Blocks

It was one of those nagging ideas that I couldn't shake until I played with it a little bit. Last Sunday afternoon found me deeply immersed in Embird, fiddling with digitizing the AotH blocks for embroidery.

Embroidery is 4" x 4"

It took me most of the afternoon to get this one block put together, but now I know how to do it and I have a system and the next two went much quicker. Here are the digital mock-ups, as I have yet to actually embroider them.

There are several inefficient things about how they will be embroidered, which is one of the reasons that I haven't embroidered them yet. I need to learn how to order things better and minimize jumps and sort by color, etc.

I ended up opting for full embroidery due to the size, although I did play with the applique option. I feel like the applique version requires significantly more software skills than I have right now, so I'm going to master the embroidery part and move on to the other features later on.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Last Stitch from Stash

This will be my last stitch from stash report. I have made the decision that I am not willing to comply with the rule modifications that were instituted last month. It is best if I make a graceful exit so as to avoid doing a disservice to those who are still participating 100%.

I want to thank Mel@EpicStitching and her co-conspirators for hosting Stitch from Stash again this year, as I didn't find it in time to participate last year and was eager to sign up this year. My decision should in NO WAY reflect poorly on the SFS moderators, who have been nothing but sweet and kind to me. I still plan to keep up with the budgeting of stash monies and cheering on those who are still in the SFSGroup, I just won't be reporting in every month.

I ended up pretty much draining my SFS Budget. I picked up replacement fabric for the three HAEDs that I wanted to restart, a very small dimensions kit to bring to work, and a Tilton Crafts LoTR Chart. I guess I'm just a total sucker for LoTR charts.  Now since I technically have no LoTR charts active, Jack needs to pick which one he wants stitched first. Upon asking, I was informed that he wants "all of them" stitched. ;)

Unexpected Journey by Kordek, Tilton Crafts
The good news is, I'm still in the green with $13 and some change left.

This month I've been stitching on Butterfly Profusion and Affairs of the Heart, with a few side projects thrown in here and there. I will post photos as soon as I get good ones, I have taken a week or so break from the surcoats but I should probably get back to it *sigh* only a few more left to do.

Ragnarok is coming up fast, so there are lots of things that need to be done for that. Never enough time in the day, right?

Happy Stitch from Stash to everyone, I hope it goes well for you.