Monday, August 14, 2017

Some progress on Quotes and another project


Quotes to Live By - August 7th
I was able to get a little bit of stitching done this week and am happy with some of the progress that I have been able to make.

Quotes to Live By - now this was the project that I decided that I was going to focus on first this week as I wanted to see if I could get the 8th part of the quote finished before the end of this last week.

Quotes to Live By - August 11th
After I was able to figure out the problem with the pattern I was able to focus on the actual stitching of the section and it seemed to come together pretty quickly.  I got some stitching done during the week and on Friday was able to finish off the quote so now there is just one more quote to go and then this piece is finished.

The final quote will be released on September 1st and I will try and get it done quickly to have this piece totally finished.  I look forward to having this piece off q-snap so that I can see the entire piece and not just the sections that I get to see while working on it.
Tiger Lily - July 30th

Tiger Lily - after getting Quotes to Live By done it was time to pick up a project to see if I could make a bit of a dent in it before the end of the weekend.  Tiger Lily was just that project but it didn't get any attention until Sunday evening when I finally looked at it and started to make a bit of progress on the design.

Tiger Lily - August 13th
I didn't get a lot done on the piece but at least I am slowly starting to see a bit of progress on it and that makes me happy.  I am going to see if this coming week I can spend a bit of time on this piece and will see how much of it I can actually get done.  Just seeing that the oranges are starting to make an appearance is making me happy.  I am looking forward to seeing how this piece turns out.


Once again I didn't take the pictures that I have been trying to do for the other projects that I have completed. I am starting to see that the other projects are finally starting to come together and I am getting some of them finished which makes me happy.

This week I hope to be able to get some of the other projects worked on that I have on the go right now.  I look forward to being able to show you some of the things that I have been working on but that is still a little bit of time from now.  I continue to work on the different projects and know that I will be happy when I can actually have the pictures to show for the work that I have been doing.

Today is a busy day so will see if I can get everything done that needs my attention and then maybe I will find some time to stitch.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not a productive week

Quotes to Live By - Part 8 - August 7
I have to admit that it has been one of those weeks when stitching just didn't happen.

I started Quotes to Live By on the 1st of the month and the progress on it was extremely slow this month. The border which is something that I can normally get done quickly took me longer than I figured it should and then I decided to start working on the main part of the design and that started to make me happy because I was starting to see some progress and that was only on the 6th of the month.

Quotes to Live By - August 6
Yesterday, I was able to find a little bit of time and I continued to work on the green section of the design and I got all of that finished.  Well, as you can see from the top picture the green section is missing and that is because
I stitched it with the wrong colour. Now the reason for stitching it in the wrong colour is quite simple.  I printed the pattern off in black and white and two of the symbols look the same.  The symbol for 352 and 993 are the same on the black and white pattern.  It is only when you see the colour copy of the pattern would you discover the problem or when you go to add the next colour and figure out they just don't go together.

So instead of being able to continue to work on the design last night I ended up taking out the entire green area. I was pretty frustrated because after not getting much time to stitch this week I thought I was going to be able to make some progress on this piece finally. 
The correct colour

I am not sure how much stitching I am going to be able to accomplish again this week as it is another busy week so will see how things go.

Besides not getting much time to stitch I didn't get the pictures taken that I wanted to do this last week.  I have a couple of projects that got moved forward and am happy with them.  Hopefully this week I will find some time to take some pictures of the projects and will show you what else I have been up to.

Hope everyone has a good week and I will see what I can accomplish this week.  Maybe Quotes will get some attention and maybe it won't.  I am not sure how things are going to go so will see what I actually end up stitching on.


Monday, July 31, 2017

A week with some progress

Tiger Lily - July 21st
This has been a week where I decided to try and make a bit of progress on a few projects instead of just working on one of them. I also decided that I was going to try and work on some projects that haven't had a lot of attention for a while after I worked on one of the Art show pieces.

Tiger Lily - now this is one of the Art Show pieces so I wanted to try and get a bit more work on it this week and I am happy with the progress that I made.  I finally have been able to join the top and bottom sections together and now to see how the rest of the design comes together.

Tiger Lily - July 30
I am going to continue working on Tiger Lily because I am looking forward to seeing how the flower turns out.  I keep looking at this piece and can see where some of the flower is going to appear but then again I will have to wait until I have stitched a bit more to actually see the flower. This project is taking quite a bit of time but I have been enjoying all the work on it.

Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - May 29
Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - this is a project that hasn't seen any work on it for a couple of months so I figured it was time to try and at least get a few stitches done on it.  I spent a couple of hours on this piece and saw that I at least was able to make a bit of progress on it and that made me feel good.  Maybe once Quotes to Live By is finished I will get back to working on this piece and making some good progress on it.

Linen and Threads - Mystery Stitch Along - July 29
Linen and Threads does take a bit of time to work on each of the sections because I am working on 20 count fabric over one and of course it just doesn't seem to want to work well when I am trying to get areas done quickly.


Twisted Rainbow Sampler - June 5
 Twisted Rainbow Sampler - here is another project that was been put aside and hasn't seen a lot of attention in the last couple of months.  I worked on this piece in early June and then it was put aside while I worked on a bunch of the Art Show pieces.

Twisted Rainbow Sampler - July 29
It felt really good being able to get a bit more of this piece accomplished as well and it will hopefully get more attention after Quotes to Live By is finished which should be in early September as there are only two more pieces of that piece to be released. Seeing some of the colour changes happening is also nice and I am looking forward to adding some more colours to this piece.


Besides working on these pieces I have been trying to get some of the project envelopes finished so now they just need to be pressed and then snaps put on them.  I hope to take some pictures of the envelopes when they are all finished.

I have some work that needs to be done so I am now off to get that done and will see what crafting I am able to do this evening. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

One crazy week

Lady - July 16
I can honestly admit that I had one crazy week where stitching wasn't something that I was able to focus on.  I did try and spend a bit of time stitching as I know it sometimes helps me stitch my mind back together.

Lady - this project got the most attention this week and I have to admit that it really wasn't as much attention as I hoped to be able to give this piece.
Lady - July 21

I am now working on filling in on the lower area and I know that it is going to take some time to get all the garnet and grey sections done.  I hope to be able to give this piece a bit more attention this week and hopefully get a bit more done on the dress and cloak.  I am trying to focus on the grey of the dress because once that is done I might feel a little better about things.

Tiger Lily - July 13
Tiger Lily - July 21
Tiger Lily - now this project got about an hour of attention this week but at least I was able to see a little bit of progress on it and that makes me feel good.  I am trying to work on some areas of this piece so that I can see some progress otherwise when I loo at it I don't see much progress.  Working on the blocks of 10 x 10 or sometimes 20 x 10 means that I am at least starting to see areas some to life.  I have almost finished connecting the top and bottom on the design and then it will be adding more of the oranges to the design.

This week my goal is to get at least the side connected together and then I will see how much more of the piece that I will be able to work on.


I didn't get a lot of sewing done this week either so nothing to show as I really didn't finish anything.  Once I can sit and do some of the sewing that I want to do I will have pictures of a bunch of things that are just wanting to be finished.  Project envelopes are close to being finished but again they still need the finishing on them all.

Hopefully this week will be a little calmer and I will be able to spend some time a couple of evenings working on my stitching.  I am not sure how much time I am going to be able to give to stitching as I have a couple of projects that are going to be taking my attention but that's fine.

It is now time for me to get some of the work done that needs to get done this week and hopefully I will be able to find some stitching time as well.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Some progress

Lady - June 25th
 This week I decided that trying to focus on only a couple of pieces would be a good idea so that is what I did.  I decided that I would try and work on two of the pieces for the art show and see if I could make a bit of progress on both of them.

Lady - this is a piece that is based on some art work by an artist and I have converted her piece into a cross-stitch pattern and am now working on getting it stitched.
Lady - July 16th

I had part of her cloak outlined before I picked it up this week and now I have some of her dress outlined and have started all the filling in.  I figure having the areas that I can work on while sitting outside or when I get together with friends to stitch is great.  It means that I don't have to worry about counting stitches or looking at the pattern.  I can now just sit and stitch and enjoy the time either outside or with friends.

Tiger Lily - June 4th
Tiger Lily - this is a piece that is based on a photo and I converted it into cross-stitch and have been enjoying seeing the actual picture come to life.  I still have quite a bit more to do on this as the finished piece is going to be around 6 inches square.  I am liking how it is turning out so far so will see how much more I can get done on this piece in the next week.
Tiger Lily - July 13th

I am finally getting closer to getting the left side of the design joined and that is going to make me very happy.  Just seeing the progress that I was able to make in the last week on this is great considering the colours that I have been using.  There are a lot of colour changes in this piece so that means it is taking me longer to work on but that is fine. I am looking forward to when I am actually working on the flowers more and not just the green background which has been my focus for the last little while.


I didn't get much other crafting done last week as I tried to stay focused on the two projects.  I am now going to try and make a bit of a dent in the other things that I also have on the go and that is also after getting all my work done.

My goal this week is to continue to work on Lady and maybe Tiger Lily because I would like to see a change in both of them before the end of the week.  Other than that I have a couple of other projects that I want to work on but until they are moved forward they are just ideas so will not write about them.

I have some work that needs my attention so that will be my focus for a bit and then I will see what projects get my attention during the week and what projects will have to wait until the weekend when I can focus on them a bit more.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Two finishes in one week

Quotes to Live By - July 1
Here it is the first week of July and I have to say that I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on a couple of projects. Having a long weekend last weekend did help a little bit because I did find a little bit of time to cross-stitch on Monday.
Quotes to Live By - July 7

Quotes to Live By - well I finally got motivated to work on this piece and it was something that worked up pretty quickly once I was able to start stitching on it.  I figured that getting this quote done also means that I am just two months away from having the entire piece completed which is making me very happy.

I am enjoying working on Quotes to Live By and yes it will be nice to see such a big piece finished but it will also be sad to see it finished as it has been so enjoyable to stitch.

Growf - June 30
Growf - as I said last week I really wanted to work on getting Growf finished this week and I am happy to say that finally last night I put the last few stitching in on him. It was a lot of fun working on this piece and now to see what project I pick up next.

Growf - finished - July 9

Growf - 2016 version
Growf - now here is a little bit about Growf.  It is a comic character that was by Phil Foglio. As it was a piece that looked interesting to try and stitch I decided to take this piece of art work and do a cross-stitch version of it. Yes it has been a lot of fun to stitch and I am now finished this version of it.   As you can see it is a big difference from the version that I did in 2016 and I am very happy with the new version.

Now Growf is the first piece finished for the Art Show in 2018 so now it is time to start working on the next piece and see how long it takes to get it finished.

Project envelopes - I am continuing to work on making some project envelopes but haven't sat down to take any pictures yet.  I have been trying to get some of the different versions of them finished before taking all the pictures.  I also have a couple of other projects on the go with regards to the organizing of my cross-stitch pieces so will show all of them at once.


Work is keeping me busy so now it is time to try and get some work done and then hopefully this evening I will be able to figure out the next project that will get my attention and make a bit of progress on it.

Our weather continues to be a roller coaster between hot and humid and then the rain.  We aren't having the heat like some places are having or the fire so I am thankful for that.  I am also thinking of everything that is dealing with the wildfires in British Columbia as I know someone that is living through this.



Monday, July 3, 2017

One crazy week

Growf - June 25
 As I said last week was going to be a crazy week for me and my stitching really shows it.  I wasn't able to make a lot of progress on anything but at least now to see if this week will be a better week for stitching and also getting other things done.

Growf - Now Growf was the one that I was working on and hoping to be able to get closer to being finished and he did get a little bit of attention.  Not as much as I had hoped so now I am going to see if I can work on him this week and maybe even get him finished. 
Growf - June 30

I am thinking that considering we still have one more day of our three day weekend left I may try and work on Growf for a while and see how much more of him I can get done.  My goal is to see if I can have him completed before the end of this week.

Quotes to Live By - yes Quotes to Live By got started on the 1st of July but I didn't get as much done as I would have liked.  I had hoped to be able to see more of this done but other things got in the way and my stitching didn't get done.  This is another project that I would like to get completed quickly.

Quotes to Live By - July 1

I am thinking that if I can work on Growf and Quotes to Live By this week that I might be able to get both of them finished this week.  Of course, this also means that I don't have other things that need my attention and take away from my stitching in the evening.

Today is the last day of our long weekend so I think I am now going to go and see if I can get a bit more stitching done.  The clients are mostly closed today so that means that I have a quieter day which is nice for a Monday.

I hope to have some pictures of the project envelopes next week as I have a bunch of them being worked on currently and will try and take a picture of some of them once they are finished.

Hope everyone has had a good week and have been able to do the things that you love.