Monday, July 19, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Working remotely will continue to be something a lot of us do for at least the rest of this year, but we will see what happens.
I hope to continue to work on at least one of my Heaven and Earth projects each week so that I can continue to move all of them forward. I have a couple of other projects that I haven't worked on for a while, so maybe I will try and get a few stitches on them over the next little while.
Garden by Hands Across The Sea I decided it was only right for me to pick up another one of those designs and see how quickly I could get it stitched up. This piece is a little different from the other two than I did, but again it is a nice size, so it makes me happy. When this piece is finished it will fit into an 8 x 8 inch frame, so that is nice. Instead of stitching on my normal 18 count Aida or 28 count even weave, I decided to work on 20 count, and I am loving it again.
I have completed the border all the way around on the piece, so now it is just the matter of filling in the rest of the design. This piece is only done with one colour, so it is a pretty quick stitch. I hope to have more of this piece done this week as it is my focus piece for stitching.
I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time each day to do the things that you love. I know that even when we are busy with everything else I try and ensure that I have a bit of time to sit and do something for myself. Have a good week and I hope to have some other things to show you next week if I can continue to make progress on things.
Monday, July 5, 2021
Here it is the start of another week and if you live in Ontario a start of another couple of days of very hot and humid days.
Ontario is slowly starting to reopen which is great so now to see how things go. It feels good to see that stores are finally being able to have customers and even just being able to pick something up without having to plan ahead is great. Yes, curbside pickup was wonderful, but you didn't get to see the item before you purchased it.
Emily Ann Foster - this week I once again focused on Emily Ann as I really wanted to see her finished, and I am happy to say that on Thursday I put the last stitches in on her. It isn't a very big piece as it is just under 10 inches square. I am now going to be looking forward to framing this piece and hanging it up in our home.
Of course, once Emily was completed it was time to start figuring out the next project or projects that were going to get attention. I had one in mind as it is something else that I hope to finish soon.
The next project that was on my plate was another Hands Across The Sea as I wanted to see if I could move this one forward as well.
In Our Garden Many Flowers Bloom - I had started this piece earlier in the year as something to work on while I was also working on Mini Forget Me Not. It is a rather quick stitch project and something that I have been able to make some good progress on this last week.
I have stitched on this piece since finishing Emily, and I should be able to have another finish before too long. I don't have much more of this piece to finish either so that is great. I hope to have this one finished before next week.
It feels so different seeing some quick progress on pieces after working on full coverage for so long. I will be continuing to work on some smaller projects for a while.
Moonstone will only be around 4 inches square when it is done, so it isn't big, but there are still lots of stitches in this piece
I have been having some fun working on different projects this past week and will see what happens this week. One of the other advantages was last week we had a holiday on Thursday, so that meant that I had some extra time to sit and relax and work on a project.
This week I will see what projects that I want to work on as I do have a new start that I would like to see if I can get moved forward. I am loving working on smaller projects as it feels great to see a change in it each time you sit and work on it even if it isn't for too long.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well, and you continue to find bits of time each day to do something that you love. If you are dealing with the hot and humid weather take care of yourself and try and stay cool. Have a great week and hopefully next week I will have more to show you.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Other projects - I do have quite a few other things that I would like to work on, so that means that I am going to have to figure out how to make progress on things over the next little while.
I am now sure what I will be working on this week as I do have some other things that do need my attention so will see how things go. I will continue to piece up something each day and even work on it for a few minutes as that does help me relax. I hope everyone else continues to find the time each day to do something that you love. It doesn't matter for how long you do it as long as you take a bit of time for yourself each day.
If you are dealing with the heat please try and stay cool and also remember to continue to protect yourself so that we can all get back to doing all the things that we love and want to do.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Here it is the start of another week and the weather can't decide if it is summer or spring. We have had the hot and humid days, and then we have had some cool days, so will see what this wee is like.
Covid-19 and the restrictions are still in place here, so it means that there isn't a lot of things that you can do. Yes, patios are open with limited capacity and some restaurants are only taking reservations, so that makes it difficult to go out and eat when you decide late minute. Also, people are making reservations at a number of restaurants and then decided at the last minute, so that also doesn't help. There are some restaurants that are doing 50% reservations and 50% walk-ups and I like that idea, so until things really get back to normal we will be finding out where restaurants have that as their seating option.
I am now going to need to figure out a frame for it, but that is something that I can do over the next little while. I may have a frame already but am not sure as just finishing it was a major accomplishment. It felt great having it done, but then there was the thought of what am I going to work on next. I have lots of things to work on, so that wasn't a challenge, it was just not knowing what I really wanted to do.
Other projects - now that Mini Forget Me Not is done I am going to be trying to move a bunch of other projects forward in the next little while. I hope that this week I can figure out the various projects
I hope everyone is finding a bit of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing. It doesn't matter how much time you spend, it is just making sure that you do something for yourself each day. This week my schedule is starting to fill up, so not sure what I will be working on, but I will ensure that I have a bit of time each day to do something for me.
Have a great week and stay safe, and hopefully next week I will have some more things to show you.
Monday, June 14, 2021
I hope everyone finds a bit of time each day to do something for yourself. It does't matter how long it is but making sure that you find the time is very important. Have a good week and please stay safe and take care of yourself.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Ontario is still dealing with a lot of restrictions, but hopefully this week we get to hear that we are going to be slowly starting the reopening of things. For us, it will still be the same for work as we will continue to work remotely. It will just mean that we will be able to start to go into store again, but that will wait for a while anyway.
This past week I decided it was time to start working on all the areas that I have left to stitch, so that is what I did. I am slowly adding in all the stitches that are remaining and am happy with the progress that I have made. I am now over 90% complete, and I am looking forward to seeing when it will be finished.
It has been fun working on this piece and seeing the different colours of floss that I have now finished using. The pattern started with 89 colours and I have now got it down to 47 colours left that I need to use and this week I will continue to work on getting more of the colours finished.
My goal for this project is to have it finished by the anniversary of when I started it which was July 20th. I think I should be able to do it before then but at least I have a goal and now to see if I can achieve it even faster.
Other things - I haven't really worked on a lot of other things this past week as I was busy with work and other things going on. I hope that this week I can start getting back to getting things into our ETSY shop so will see how that goes. A lot of the items will depend on the weather as it is pretty warm here in Ontario so sitting and sewing or working on crocheted baby afghans just don't seem to work too well.
I hope everyone has a good week, and you find time each day to do the things that you love. I hope to spend some time this week working on some of my projects and will see what I have to show next week. Stay safe and take care of yourself.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Covid-19 is still resulting in our lockdown, but it sounds like things might start to open up by the middle of June as case numbers are finally starting to go down.
Mini Forget Me Not - this past week I decided to work on one area of the piece so that I could see how much of it I could get done. I decided to pick one colour and then see how far it went and am very happy with the progress that I was able to make.
I am looking forward to seeing this piece finished and now to see if I can get it done before it's anniversary of when I started it. I think I can but will have to see how it goes.
Other stuff - I am working on a few other projects but a lot of them are in more of the planning and starting stages. I know that once I have finished Mini Forget Me Not I want to have some other projects to work on, so that is part of what the planning is about.
We continue to work remotely and are now waiting to hear when it is time for us to get our second vaccine. Have to admit that I can't wait to hear that it is our turn so will see when that happens. I hope everyone continues to find a bit of time to do the things that you enjoy each day. I am going to continue to work on Mini Forget Me Not each day and will see what it looks like next week.
Stay safe and remember even a few minutes each day of doing things you enjoy is good for you.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Here it is the start of another week and I have to say that I was able to get some things moved forward in the last week so yes a little more to talk about than normal. It felt good seeing some good progress on things this week and now to continue to move everything forward.
We are still in lockdown but at least some outdoor activities are now available, and they are saying that if everything continues to go like it is we should be able to start to reopen around June 14th, but it is going to be a very slow process once it starts to happen.
Mini Forget Me Not - this piece continues to get some attention every day, and I am happy that I have been able to continue to do that. It means that at the end of the week I can see some progress on the piece which makes me feel very good. I have reached 82.96% done, and I am looking forward to seeing what it looks like when it is finished.
This week I will continue to work on this piece and see how much more I can get done as it would be nice to see that I have started to get the flowers stitched.
I have a good friend that has been helping me figure out how I want to quilt the throw as well as how to add binding. I have never quilted before, so this is a big project for me, but I am loving how it is turning out. I know that the quilting is going to take me some time but at least it is slowing started to take shade, so that is great.
I have been having a lot of fun working on these projects and am now starting to get the fabrics organized for the other three throws that I will be making. It is going to take me some time to get all the motifs done even for one of them but at least I am starting to feel better about them now.
Other stuff - I continue to work on a few other projects but nothing gets a lot of attention as I am trying to focus on getting some of these projects moved forward. I will see once the weather warms up somewhat I work on as I love having projects that I can work on while sitting on the balcony and I think I may have some of those already on the go.
I hope everyone has been having a great week and if you are enjoying a long weekend like I am hope you are having a great one. Please try and find a few minutes each day to do the things you enjoy doing as it does help you be able to focus on all the other things going on around you. We continue to stay safe and will be looking forward to when we can get our second vaccine which hopefully will be sometime next month.
Have a great week and enjoy your bits of time when you can do the things that you love.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Here it is the start of another week and another week of being in lockdown. We had hoped to be out of lockdown by the end of this week, but it has now been extended until at least June 2nd. I totally understand keeping us in lockdown as the case numbers are still high enough in Ontario.
Mini Forget Me Not - this past week I was able to make some good progress on this piece and am now looking forward to seeing more of it done. I still have quite a bit of the background to work on but will see if I can get a bit of the details of the flowers done this week. I think a lot of that will depend on how much time I have to work on this piece.
I am very happy with where I am on the piece as I am just about 80% finished, so it means that once I can start to work on the details the entire picture will start to come alive. I will see what I actually get done this week as my schedule is a little busier with a bunch of virtual conferences that are all being held this week.
English paper piecing - the throw got a bit of attention this week as I was sewing a lot of the seams together that I needed to do. I am now just about finished attaching all the motifs as I have three more to go as well as finish the rest of the seams.
I had hoped to have all the motifs added before the end of the weekend, but that didn't happen given all the other stuff that needed to be done. I will try and get these motifs added in soon so that I can then figure out how to quilt this throw and get it finished up. I am excited to see it completed and hope that my mom likes it when she gets it. I have enjoyed working on it and look forward to knowing that she will be able to use it and hopefully feel that popsy is still near her.
I hope everyone continues to find the time to do something that you enjoy doing each day. I continue to spend bits of time each day doing what I love doing, and it makes everything else seem not so bad. With the weather warmer up it means that there will be more chances of going for walks and just getting out which is always good.
Have a good week, and please remember to stay safe.
Monday, May 10, 2021
Mini Forget Me Not - this week I once again worked on this piece each day, and it is making me happy to see that I am slowly making progress on it. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked on this piece but at least I have been able to move it forward. I am working on the very top section of the piece, and I am loving how it is something together. It would like to see if I can get right across the top before too long.
This weekend I started to work on making sure that I will have some fabric ready to start to work on the other throws that I am planning on making with this fabric. I have learned a lot about English paper piecing through doing this quilt top, and I am looking forward to seeing if the other ones are a bit easier to manage.
My goal now is to get the eight motifs added to the throw and then continue to work to get this throw completed and given to my mom.
I continue to work on some other projects and will be taking pictures of them soon. My goal this year is to have fun with my projects and not stress about any of them. I have some projects that need a lot more attention and some that don't so will see what happens in the next while. While we remain in lockdown I will continue to see which projects get the most attention as I know that my crafts have helped me through this last year and will continue to help.
I hope everyone has a good week, and you continue to find a bit of time each day to do the things that you enjoy doing. I will see what I do this week as I know finding some time each day is also important to me so hopefully next week I will have more progress to show you.