A Long Time Coming

Way back in 2010, I was involved in a Round Robin Stitching Project with a lovely group of stitching friends.  You know how it works – I stitch on everyone else’s piece, they all stitch on mine, and every one ends up with a lovely finished project and a wonderful keepsake.  I chose to have everyone stitch their initials from the Carriage Samplings House Alphabet series, with the idea of turning it into an alphabet book (I copied the finishing idea from a wonderful stitcher in England named Karen V. – with her kind permission).  By 2012 all my pages were home, and I finished up all the little letters that still needed stitching, and last year, I got started on putting all my pages together, as a practice piece for finishing Cheryl’s book project.  Once I finished Cheryl’s book, mine sat, patiently waiting…… waiting….. waiting.

Something finally clicked this week, so I have been stitching pages together… one a day, until today, when they are suddenly, happily, all done!  I just finished threading the ribbon thru – so here it is, my Letters From Friends:

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Now I need to pick out another project that needs finishing, given that I have some momentum going!

Everybody inhale……. exhale…..

November and December are always such busy months – between my own stitching and knitting and finishing work, baking, get togethers….. it seems each day has something scheduled.  Yesterday I finished the last of my must do christmas painting, and this morning I wrote cards and mailed out packages.  I also finished the last section of my SAL with Novalee:

IMG_3184 I think I will finish it as a quilted wallhanging in the new year!  I am looking forward to doing this SAL again in the fall of 2013!

I finished my own ornaments late last week – just a pitiful few this year as I did not stitch my normal christmas and halloween ornament a month, but enough to go around:

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IMG_3180  The wood christmas ornaments for my own kids and a few special others are all done – remind me to take a pic of the collections my own kids have.  Painting one a year adds up!

And of course, the knitting continues as well.  The thrum slippers are a lovely warm pattern and will be for my oldest brother, while the cabled hat is probably the warmest I have made, given that it has a knitted lining.  The socks and shawl will be heading off to some special friends who appreciate knitting!

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Tomorrow my ornament tree goes up, along with our usual assortment of christmas goodness, and then the baking starts the following week.  I hope everyone else is on track with their self-imposed deadlines!  Just remember to breathe!

March Ornament Madness

okay, so it isn’t basketball, but it is a ball of a different sort!  I had loads of fun with March ornaments:


First up is Baby It’s Cold Outside – last fall’s freebie from The Cricket Collection. This is the Shabby Chic colorway, and I am delighted with how it turned out! Given all the snow that is falling as I type, this little overcoat makes me long for some spring weather!

I am enjoying my Halloween stitching too – this is Jeanette Douglas’s Halloween Pumpkin.  Nancy chose this lovely piece full of specialty stitches for our Halloween ornie SAL – great pick!  I think my favourite bits are the spiders!!

Here is Outside My Window by Lynn’s Prints, in the 2005 JCS Ornament issue.  Sure wish we had visits from cardinals here in southern Alberta!  I remember them fondly from our time in southern Ontario.

And finally, my finish it up project is this lovely PS ornie that Jennifer sent along.  Isn’t it cute?  I hate to admit it, I saw a child building 3 large snowmen yesterday!


So I have to ask, is it spring where you are?

February’s Loose Ends

For a short month, there was a lot going on in February!  In addition to the ornament and the SAL pieces, I finished a square on my longtime UFO – Chatelaine’s Waterlily Quilt!  I am so happy to be working away on this one again.  I stitched the first four blocks way back in 2008, and then stitching took the back seat to knitting.  This is the first block of 2011:

Would you believe there is 3 hours of beading in this little square?  All together, the whole piece is here:


I have to decide on something to put in the shield blocks – maybe a large dragonfly charm for this one?

And now for something Twisted – socks…. that is!

I love the pattern, the yarn, the color – and most importantly, the fit!  Aren’t they something?  This is Twisted, available for free at Knitty: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTtwisted.php   Knit with 1 ball of Austerman Step on 1.75 mm dpns.

Finally, I dug into my personal ‘finish this up’ stack, and found these two little pieces!  Both were given to me by an online friend.  Here is Happy Halloween – a freebie from Whispered In The Wind, and a lion square who’s designer is unknown:




The fabric on the back of the lion ornament has a Gryffindor crest on blue – my DD loved it!

January Stitching WrapUp …. and the Giveaway Winner!

January has been one busy month!  Between ornaments and SAL pieces, I worked on 5 different pieces!  The S’mores mitten makes 6 – and here it is finished as a flat mitten:

I am trying to choose a mitten for February …. I will have to see what appeals to me most!

I finished the Blue Country Teapot – a DMC UK kit I have had for a few years:
I hope to make a quilt with teapots, tea cups, etc at some point!

I also picked up a UFO from at least two years ago.  This is the Waterlily Quilt by Chatelaine.  I stitched the first 4 blocks, put the piece away, and was motivated to pick it up again for a UFO challenge on a yahoo group that I am on!  I have part of the border stitched for the next row of blocks – not much, but every little bit counts!  Would you believe that this is my only stitching UFO at the moment?

And, finally, I pulled out my ‘finished stitching’ box, and pulled this project to actually finish off!  This is ‘You Were Hatched’ – a Teresa Wentzler limited edition chart that I stitched in 2005!  My daughter has been waiting for me to frame this one for forever, and she received it for her 12th birthday this month!  I do hope to Finish-finish one project a month this year.

Okay, no more delaying tactics!!  Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to read, and to leave a comment.  It was a lot of fun to hear from you, and I have been visiting lots of new blogs!  Congratulations to the two surprise winners of ornament finishing services – Lynne K and Dottie K.!    There will be more surprise winners based on comments in the future, so feel free to leave a comment in any post!

Finally, the winner of the January 100th post Giveaway, as determined by a random number generator,  is…….

Christine Korndoerfer!  Christine, get in touch with your address, and I will get the pkg into the mail for you!