Saturday, July 31, 2010
SALs and RRs:
Bride's Tree SAL: June Fruit Basket and July Fish. And assemble the May ornament. NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH.
Town Square SAL: Val's Stuff's Train Depot. DELAYED - NEED TO ORDER SOME FIBERS.
Linda's RR: stitch and mail Dolores' piece to Linda on or about July 15. DONE 7/14/10.
Monthly Projects: ALL FALL INTO THE NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH CATEGORY.
Thanksgiving Ornament: Assembly finish of the April, May & June Thanksgiving ornaments. Choose a motif from CEC Thanksgiving Circle and stitch as an ornament.
Christmas Piece: Sue Hillis' Cookie Baking Santa
UFO>WIP: Peacock Biscornu and Midnight Moogies.
BAP: TW's Autumn Faerie. SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS: BORDER COMPLETE [except for beading] AND ABOUT 1/2 OF SECTION 1 DONE.
Medium Project: Workbasket's Mermaid Solo. DONE 7/16/10.
Baptismal Stole for Elizabeth Cora. DONE 7/11/10.
Sewing Finishes:Take care of one or two from the backlog basket. Keep up with ornament and any other finishes for this month. Keep up with weekly classes in Sharon B's online quilting class. STILL NOTHING.
SETTING AUGUST GOALS. This is a busy time at work, so I'll be adjusting my expectations downward this month.
EXCHANGES, SALs and RRs: I am going to defer all self-imposed goals on the SALs to September which I will designate as a catch up month. This will leave only Linda's RR because there is an August 15th deadline and the Christmas ornament Exchange with an August 30th deadline.
Christmas Ornament Exchange:
Monthly Projects: No set projects this month, I'll just be filling in the empty spaces, should any develop, with whatever strikes my fancy.
BAP: Still TW's Autumn Faerie, now that I have recovered my focus. I hope to complete Section 1 and start on Section 2, back-stitching as I complete each section.
Play a little catch up on the Crazy Quilt Square.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
As I said, not an awful lot of stitching going on this past week. Reading seemed a more appropriate leisure activity and I did whip through Nora Roberts' The Search and Catherine Coulter's Whiplash ... both typical poolside reads ... thrillers with just enough plot and characterization to keep one interested but nothing that really taxed the intellect. I also read the very disappointing Time Together by Carol Burnett ... not much to it and what there was, was a rehash of what any fan already knew.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
1. All members should have moderate to advanced skills.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
These six titles are CHARTS ONLY ... none of the specialty fibers or button packs are included, since I used all of that when I stitched these up myself. The charts are designed to be stitched on 10 ct tula or similar count fabric but would be just as cute stitched on higher count fabrics ... with the proviso that you would then have to downsize the buttons you ordered as embellishments to keep everything in scale. With a very few exceptions, these designs look just as good without the buttons ... some exceptions that do come to mind are the ghost button placed to be the steam rising from the jack-o-lantern teapot's spout and the penguin button on the snowboard ... but that would really come down to a matter of taste. The recommended specialty fibers, mostly from Rainbow Gallery, really enhance the designs as well ... so I would strongly recommend the purchase of said fibers if you win this drawing. But stitching them with DMC perle cotton works nearly as well. I'll be including a small package of 11ct white aida that I found at the very bottom and back of one of the drawers in my stitching center as a bonus ... since I never stitch with aida anymore and since it is the right count for these designs.
-- include an e-mail address in your post if clicking on your name will not lead me to an e-mail link
-- a winner will be selected on the 10th of the month and informed by e-mail
Good luck to all who choose to enter.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
1. Stitch from stash ... purchasing no more than five new charts. This has been going well, I have purchased only 3 new chart thus far this year. My only other purchases have been fabric and floss to stitch up charts already in my possession. I decided to save all the invoices this year and track just how much I spend on stitching in a year. And how much of the total goes to charts, to fibers, to finishing materials, to classes and retreats.
2. Blog every other day. I am actually exceeding this particular goal, at least as far as the numbers go. There have been a few two or three day gaps but there have also been several blocks of daily posts.
3. Maintain reasonable monthly goals. Not so much ... I am still far more optimistic than is warranted by experience.
4. Complete 3 BAPs: TW's Woodland Angel stocking for Liam and Dimensions Woodland Enchantress converted to a stocking for Piper ... to work with the Woodland Santa stocking I made for their Dad. In 2011, I shall have to come up with something equally woodsy for my daughter-in-law Christina to complete the set. I also want to complete Angela's Teresa Wentzler Autumn Faerie. This one is really problematic ... I can't seem to get motivated to tackle the big stuff.
5. Complete 1 medium project a month, concentrating on Christmas and Halloween projects wth forays into Quakers. This has been working out nicely January through May but seems to have stalled in June.
6. Get to the bottom of the finishing basket and then keep up with sewing finishes each month. Up until the May crunch time at work, I was keeping up with sewing finishes for pieces stitched this year but I still have a basketful of projects left from last year.
7. Stitch one or two ornaments a month, concentrating on Christmas and Thanksgiving ornaments this year. I have been keeping up with the Bride's Tree SAL for the Christmas ornaments and have been managing to stitch a fair number of Thanksgiving ornaments.
8. Inventory and prioritize all UFOs [discarding those that are truly lost causes] and stitch at least five hours a month on UFOs. Well, I did a full inventory ... as to stitching items on the inventory ... that's another story entirely. So far, I have only finished and removed one UFO from the list.
9. Do more work on my own design ideas. Not enough hours in the day though I am still keeping a journal of sketches and ideas for a time when I can devote more effort to this area.
10. Finally back and quilt the feather-stitched crazy quilt top in time for Mary's 50th birthday in June ... after all, it was originally intended for her 16th birthday ... giving a whole new meaning to the the term belated. At least all those crazy colors from the 1970s are back in style again. Still in the UFO pile but maybe I'll take care of it during my July vacation.
11. Continue to work on fitting up a stitching room. Sporadic progress.
12. Learn to knit. This will have to wait till Fall.
I have taken on a few new goals not on the original list: joining a round robin which is running from April to October, and taking an on-line class in encrusted crazy quilting for six weeks in June/July. Never let it be said that I bite off more than I can chew!