Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Keep Stitching

I was finally able to locate the original pattern of the penguins that I am working on. The pattern was by Pegasus Originals and is found in a booklet with three other patterns.

My standing frame for stitching came this week! I'm so excited (I combined all my birthday money this year to buy this frame.) It is handmade to order by Artisan Home Design and took three weeks to get delivered. It was worth every penny and the long wait.  Unlike many mass produced floor stands, the Artisan Home Design stands can accommodate almost any size project and clamp to the scroll frame side bar or hoop instead of the scroll rod. I picked the Ergo model because it is collapsible and portable and compatible with recliners. I am really very happy with my stand, although I have yet to try it with a large project. Currently, my Penguins are living on the stand.

And the end of the penguins is finally in sight! That little line of brown on the right side represents the bottom of the project. I must confess here that working with only a few colors (and all of them in the brown/black family) can be gosh-darn boring at times and at other times nice because you don't have to think too hard about your stitching. I calculate about 4800 remaining stitches. Next time I plan to do a project with so much white in it, I would probably choose to stitch on ivory aida, to make the stitching easier to see.

I also finished quilting Mod Mosaic. I'm going to put the binding on before I post photos, but hopefully that will happen this weekend.

Jack has been busy this week finishing his quiver. I won't post photos yet because he should get first bragging rights but it is a beauty. More to come soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Progress and a Scary List

I think I finally got the "No Reply Blogger" nonsense squared away, although I'm pretty sure that my posts will no longer automatically appear on my Google+ feed.  If you are having this problem, check out this tutorial for help.

We got stuck inside today for various reasons and I was more than happy to take advantage of the downtime to work on a few things.

The first thing I did was dig up an old whiteboard and hang it in my sewing room. I have issues focusing on what needs to be done unless I have a list. Check out my list. It is scary long. Plus, I'm sure I missed a few things.

Future projects are things I really want to start now, but am not starting until a can cross a few things off the list. Having them on my list is incentive to Get Stuff Done.

Today, I shifted the Kona Slate Rock quilt from the UFO phase to the Flimsy phase and ordered some blue and white variegated thread from Red Rock Threads for quilting. This really needs a better name than "Slate Rock" because that was the name of the fat quarter pack I used. 

Then I womaned up and sandwiched the Mod Mosaic quilt. It wouldn't have happened except I had a piece of fabric the right size in my stash for backing. 

I even started quilting it in a basic stipple pattern using the same rainbow thread I used to quilt Anemone. I'm really liking how the thread shows up on both the gray backing and the dark purple quilt top. 

Once I get the Mod Mosaic quilted up, I want to finish the top for the Train DP9. It only needs borders and was set aside because I cut the borders wrong - twice - and got frustrated. 

The Affairs of the Heart quilt that you can see under my "Future Projects" list is from this book:

There is a whole assortment of these quilts out there for you to see if you want to get an idea of what the finished quilt looks like. There are 36 different blocks and all appliqued. It is a long term project. I've decided to use my Asian inspired fat quarters and a dark cream colored background. I'll put the kimono quilt on hold for a while because its not really interesting to me at this point. 

The Anna of the Celts is currently the next HAED that I want to start, although I'm going to force myself to finish at least one cross stitch project first. At the very least, I need an open scroll frame. I think I'm going to try to finish the Penguin Family first. 

Anna of the Celts by Dean Morrisey
I am planning on doing the mini version of this pattern, it will be about 9" x 13" when completed. 

So here's hoping that my list can keep me on track! How do you keep tabs on your unfinished projects?

Linking up to Anything Goes @ StitchbyStitch and MOP Monday at Tweety Loves Quilting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

No Reply Blogger

Hello everyone,

Sometime recently I was switched to being a no-reply blogger. I'm not quite sure when this happened (although I suspect it was when my google plus profiles were linked to my blog) and I apologize for the inconvenience. I have followed all of the google tutorials for fixing this option and I have not been able to resolve it yet. So, I have posted a help ticket and hope to get it fixed soon. Thank you to everyone who found a way to reply to my comments on their blogs anyway.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grumpy Day

I'm a little grumpy this evening

So here are a couple WIP pictures

And what I decided to eat for dinner after Olga's supplemented my to-go salad with some rotten (literally, black nasty rotten) lettuce.

At least I can now engage in brownie therapy. Yes, I like to make my brownies in pie plates because then you can get yummy crispy edges on every piece.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday and August UFO

Looking forward to my extra day off tomorrow. We've got a few projects that we need to get taken care of around the house but I'm hoping they won't take too long.

My August UFO is my Kona Solids Sunset Quilt. I have 1/6 of the blocks made for this quilt and there are too many possible layouts to choose one. I suppose I will have to keep making the blocks and decide when I get them all done. However, I am having fun playing with my options.

And of course, some cross stitch updates.

Penguin Family - about 66% done.

Look, you can see the little itty bitty baby penguin head start to crop up. Still not too happy with the white blending on the left pengiun, I'm hoping the further I get, the better it will look.

 The Fairy Spell - about 0.3% done.

Oh my goodness, so much confetti in these first few squares! There are at least 10 colors already on the canvas. I'm loving the way it is looking though.

I did get my floor frame ordered (yay for birthday presents!) but it will still be a couple of weeks until it ships. The frame I choose is handmade to order, and it is supposed to hold just about any size scroll frame, hoop, or q-snap. I'm excited!

My September Project 144 will be another short sleeved shirt for Jack. He keeps telling me how much he likes the one I finished last week. The next one will be out of black linen.

Linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday and August UFO.