Monday, September 16, 2019

Another finish and some progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Sept 11
Here it is Monday morning, and yes I have been able to find some time in the evenings to do a few things this last week.

A long post today as a lot of projects moved forward.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - I finally picked up this piece and worked on it as I didn't think it would take me long to get it done.  I picked it up Tuesday evening and then Wednesday evening when at a stitch night with some friends I was able to get it finished.  I love how this entire piece is turned out and am looking forward to seeing what comes next as we are only three months from finished this entire project.

I continue to use the three original colours that I picked and will see if after the final section is released if I will add any beads or glitter to this piece.
Modern Nordic - Sept 12

Modern Nordic - this week I was looking at all of my projects and realized that everything that I had on the go was big so it was time to have a small project on the go.  It is nice to have something that I should be able to finish quickly available, so that is when I decided to start this project.  Again it is a small piece so shouldn't take me too long to finish.

I worked on this piece for about an hour, and this is how far I got so I am getting close to the right-hand side of the piece and then it will be just moving down and finishing the rest of it.  I would like to have this piece finished before the end of the month, but time will tell.

 Krozwyrd - this project by Long Dog Samplers has been on my list of things that I wanted to start for a while.  I have seen several people finish this design and feel in love with it.  The original design is stitched in one colour so it shouldn't take too long to stitch.  Instead of doing it in one colour, I decided to do three colours, so will see how it goes.
Krozwyrd- Sept 14

I finally decided on the colours that I wanted to do and made a bit of a start on it this weekend, so I will see how quickly I can get it moved forward. I decided to start by outlining some of the squares, so that is as far I have got, but at least it is a start.  Now to see when I get back to this piece as there are a lot of other pieces on the go that I should be paying some attention to.

English Paper Piecing - Sept 8th
English Paper Piecing - I finally got back to adding some more of the motifs onto this piece and am happy with the progress that I have made.  I now have one more motif to add to the entire piece, and then a few of the side joins in sewing together.  It hasn't really taken me that long to sew them all together.  Once the joining is all done, it will be time to work on making this into a sewing kit.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished project.
English Paper Piecing - Sept 15

I have lots more fabric ready to make into motifs so that is something that I will be working on a bit at a time and deciding what colours will be going into the next sewing kit that I make.

 MAP - I did work on this project a little this over the past week, but it wasn't much, and as it was in the border it didn't look like I had got much done so there is no picture this week.

Everyday Shawl - Sept 15
Everyday Shawl - here is the start of a shawl that I started knitting this week.  I had seen someone else knitting this shawl and loved how it was turning out so I decided that it was something that I would like to make.  I found the pattern on Ravelry and figured out the yarn that I wanted to us and Friday evening I finally make a bit of a start of this shawl. 

The picture is just the corner of the shawl, but it is moving forward, and I look forward to seeing what it looks like when I get future along on it.


As you can see, I worked on several projects over the last week.  I enjoyed the variety as I needed a change from working on one or two projects over a week.  I will see what this week has it store for me.  I am now heading off to get some work done that I need to do and will see what I have time to work on later today. 

Hope everyone has a great week and you find time to work on something that you love each day even if it is just for a few minutes.




Monday, September 9, 2019

A finish and a bit of progress

Needleworker - August 27
 Here it is Monday morning, and I am happy with the progress that I was able to make last week.  I didn't have a lot of time to stitch, but at least I was able to make some good progress with the time that I had available.

Needleworker - September 8
Needleworker - this project was the one that I focused on when I had some time to sit and stitch.  I decided that instead of bouncing between a couple of projects, I am going to focus on one and see if I could get it finished.

Original Needleworker pattern
Once I started to focus on this piece, the letters quickly got stitched, and then the border and the little leaves and berries didn't take long to finish.  Again this is my adaptation of a cross-stitch pattern that I had seen.  Sure it isn't exactly like the original pattern which I didn't have, but I am happy with how mine turned out.

Now that I have finished stitching it, I need to figure out how I am going to display this piece.  I am not sure if it will end up like a little pillow or as a bell pull.  I think I will give it a few days before I decide on how to finish it.

English Paper Piecing - Sept 2
English Paper Piecing - now this project didn't get much attention at all this week, and I am now thinking that I need to get back to attaching all the motifs.

English Paper Piecing - Sept 8
I was able to spend some time joining some of the motifs, and I am still enjoying the progress.  This week I hope that I can find some time to work on getting the rest of the motifs attached.  The attaching the motifs isn't a difficult task it just means sitting down and working on them for a little while.  The motifs on the outside still need some joining together, but at least now I have started to remove the paper motifs out of some of the centre pieces.  The outer motifs won't get the paper removed until I have finished attaching all the other motifs and I am ready to continue to work on the sewing kit.


This coming week I hope that I can find some time to work on my English Paper Piecing as well as I would like to get some of the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - September section worked on.  I will have to see how this week goes as I do have a few things that will be taking my time.

It is now time for me to start to get the work done that is sitting here on my desk and then will see what time I have to sit and relax in the evenings.  Hope everyone has a great week and you find the time to do something that you enjoy doing even if it is only for a few minutes each day.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A bit of progress and a new project

Needleworker - Little House Needleworks
 Here it is Tuesday morning, and I have a bit of progress to show you from last week.  I didn't get a lot of time to stitch, but besides cross-stitching, I tried a new project.

Needleworker - August 27
 Needleworker - here is a project that I have wanted to stitch for a while.  I saw the original pattern by Little House Needleworks and the only way we could get the pattern was to buy the entire kit, but I could never find it, so I designed my version based on this design.  I know that mind isn't going to look exactly like the to picture, but that is fine with me as it is going to be something that I wanted.
I didn't get a lot of stitching done this week, but at least I was able to get 2.5 of the letters completed, so that is a start.  I hope to be able to pick this piece up again and see how much more of it I can get done over this coming month. We will see what it looks like when it is all stitched with the colours that I chose and the different placement that I did.
English Paper Piecing - August 27

English Paper Piecing - here is a project that I decided that I wanted to try and see what it was like.  This is English Paper Piecing, and I am currently working on making a sewing kit out of the hexagons that I have been making in the last week.  I wasn't sure how I was going to like this type of project as there is a lot of hand sewing, but I have been enjoying it.  The fabrics that I am using are remnants from other projects that we had done.

When I say that I am doing this to people, the first reaction I get is that sounds so difficult, and I couldn't do it.  I thought that at first as well but after doing a couple of the motifs I found it wasn't so difficult.  The biggest challenges that I have found so far is figuring out where to place each of the colours of fabric and then sewing some of the little seams when the paper is still in the surrounding motifs.  See with English Paper Piecing you select the fabric, and then you cover a template with the fabric.  You don't remove the template until you have finished sewing all the six sides of the piece onto another motif.
English Paper Piecing - September 1

I am currently working on sewing the motifs together for this sewing kit, but I do have fabric ready for some more projects.  I have found that this project is relaxing and it is how I have been spending my evenings.

My husband cut out the templates for me that I needed and after that, it was just a matter of sitting and making all the motifs and sewing them together.   I appreciate his help with getting all the templates cut out.


It is now time for me to get some work done that I need to get done today and then I will see what I do this evening.  I have lots of stitching that I would like to do as Linen and Threads has released the September section of the Mystery Stitch-a-long, and I also want to work on my sewing kit.  I guess I will have to see how the rest of the day goes and then I will decide what I work on this evening.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and you find some time to do the things that you love even if it is only a few minutes a day.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Some progress again this week

Dice Bag - August 17
 Here it is another week is over, and I have to admit that I am not too sure where the entire week went.  I had a lot of things that needed my attention in the last week, so that meant that stitching didn't get a lot of attention, but that's ok.  I will see what this week has in store and then go from there.

Dice Bag - August 24
Dice Bag - I was able to finally pick up this piece and work on the border for the second side.  The border doesn't take too long to complete if you can sit and focus on it, but that wasn't something that I was doing, so it took a few days to get around the border.

This project is now going to be sitting for a little while as I finish deciding what I will be adding to the rest of the second side of the bag.  I have a few ideas, so now I am going to work on other things and let this sit and see what the final decision ends up to be.


MAP - August 11
Mysterious Adventure Project (MAP) - Last Monday another part was released of the pattern, and this part was the nameplate.   Now the decision started with what do I name my map and how to stitch it and where to place it.  I had been working on the border of the section that I thought was going to be the bottom of my map, but after figuring things out and looking at the entire project I flipped the MAP and now what was the bottom is currently the top of the MAP.

MAP - August 24
The charting of the nameplate, as well as the name of the MAP, took some time and as you can see I wasn't able to get a lot of the stitching done this week.  I hope that I can find some time to continue to work on the nameplate as I would like to have at least one part of the pattern completed before another section is released.  I am behind on the coastline and the border, but that doesn't bother me because I am finding that not being totally caught up has it's advantages when some decisions in another section need to be made.

I am in some ways enjoying this project, but in some other ways, I am frustrated with it.  The descriptions of the various sections need some improvement, and the key to the colours needs a lot of work.  The colour key doesn't match the charted examples we are given, so that means a lot of decision need to be made.  Sure I understand that each MAP is going to be different and the colours are our choice but at least knowing that colours were used in the example would be nice.

Heaven and Earth Designs - of course, this week Heaven and Earth Designs have another sale on their site, so maybe I need to check my wishlist and see if I pick up another pattern. I love having my wishlist on their website as it means that I can always show people some of the patterns that I want. 


I have a few more things that I would like to work on this coming week, and I know that Linen and Threads will be releasing the September section so that means something else that will need to be stitched.  I would like to see a bit of progress on at least a couple of my projects, but I am not sure which projects will get the attention this week.

It is now time for me to try and get the work done that is currently waiting for me.  Hope everyone has a great week and you find a bit of time to do the things that you enjoy doing each day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

A bit of progress

Dice Bag - August 11
Dice Bag - August 17
Here it is Monday morning, and I have to admit that I didn't get a lot of time this last week to sit and do something.

Dice Bag - I have been able to make a bit of progress on the dice bag but still haven't got it done.  I know that making sure that I can get some of the dice bags finished up would be nice, so that is going to be some of my focus when I have some spare time this week.  I have the border to finish on the second bag and then add a few more details once I figure out what I will be adding.

The dice bag got most of it's attention when I met with some friends for our monthly stitching get together.  Other than that time I was able to find the time in the evenings to do much stitching this last week, so all of the projects had to wait for a while, but I hope to get back to working on some in the next little while.


I have a bunch of projects that I would like on, and the next part of MAP was released this morning, so that means that I need to try and get back to making some progress on that project as well.  I have some projects that need my attention today, and then I will see if I can find even a bit of time this evening to add a few more stitches to the border of the dice bag.

Not a lot to say this week and now to see if I can get the stuff done that I need to get done so that I can have some evenings where I can add a few stitches in on a project.  Hope everyone has a good week and you find some time to do the things that you love even if it is a few minutes each day.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Moving projects forward

MAP - August 4
 Here it is the start of another week, and I am happy to say that I was able to get a bit of stitching in last week.

Mysterious Adventure Project (MAP) - this project did get a bit of attention this week as I was trying to finish stitching all the coastline.  I finished the first colour on both of the coastlines but have to admit that they took quite a while to stitch.  Sure the piece is only 200 stitches high but considering all the twists and turns the coastline takes it meant for a lot of stitching time.
MAP - August 6

Once the first colour of the coastline was completed, I decided to try and see if I could start to add a bit more colour to the border. I started working on the rope section and have added one colour to about a quarter of the rope so yes it is going to take a while to get all the colours in the border, but at least I am moving it forward even if it is slow.

MAP - August 11
The coastline got a little bit more attention yesterday as I started to work on getting the next colour in.  The coastline consists of four colours, so it will take some time to get them all completed.  The aim of the last three colours to try and smooth out some of the areas, so that takes a bit longer as you are looking at the different sections and figuring out where to add the additional stitches.   I hope to have more of MAP done this week as the next section is released on the 19th of August.

Dice Bag - August 11
Dice Bag - this project is the result of buying dice for MAP and then figuring out I needed my dice bag. There wasn't a pattern that I liked available, so I decided to make my design and stitch it up.  I have at least one side of the bag mostly stitched and now to figure out what to add to the second side.  There are a couple of ideas already designed, but I think I need some time to figure out what I want my bag to look like.  Before stitching any more on the inside section of the second side, I will finish the border and then see what I feel like adding.  My dice bag is around 6 inches square so not large but big enough for all the dice that I have.


That is all the stitching that I was able to get done last week, but at least I was able to make a bit of progress on a couple of projects. This week I hope to be able to add some stitches in on MAP as well as on the Dice Bag.  I also think it is time to try and work on another project for a little while but not sure what I will dig out to work on.

Hope everyone has a great week and you find the time to do some of the things that you love to do. I am now off to get the work done that is on my list for today and then maybe tonight I will try and spend a few minutes doing something I like doing.



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A small finish and some progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'19 - Aug 4
 Here it is the start of another week and yes I have been able to find a little bit of time to do some stitching. Things are slowly moving forward, which is great.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - the August section was released early last week, and that meant it was time to try and get some of that stitched up. This month I did a lot better, and I was able to get the entire section stitched in the first week.  It feels wonderful seeing that I have been able to get it finished and it also means that I can focus on some of the other projects that I want to work on until the September section is released at the end of the month.

The grapes that were part of this month were fun to stitch, and the entire section didn't take long to complete. This piece is now tucked away again and will make it's appearance once the September section is available.

Mysterious Adventure Project - July 24
Mystery Adventure Project  - this past week, I decided that it was time to try and focus on getting the rest of the border outlined so that I could work on stitching in the coastline.  The border didn't take long to do once I sat down and actually focused on it instead of just looking at it and not doing the stitching.

Mysterious Adventure Project - August 4
After getting the border completed, I was able to start working on the different coastlines.  I completed the smallest coastline on the right of the MAP, but the other coastline is taking a while to complete.  The left coastline does go to the top of the piece, so considering it weaves its way up to the top it takes some time to get it stitched.
I am looking forward to seeing what the MAP looks like once I have completed the coastlines. I haven't had a lot of time to stitch this past week, so I will see what happens this week.  I would like to see if I can get the coastline outlined on MAP as there are still three colours involved there and I do need to try and spend some more time working on the border as I need to get it completed.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather we are having.  I now have some work that I need to do so hope everyone has a great week and you find a bit of time to do something that you enjoy doing each day.