2011 Maryse SAL Finish

Isn’t this something?  This lovely SAL began in January 2011, and I finished the last square and the center village in December.  It was a delight to stitch and see the squares fill in!  Maryse is offering a new SAL for 2012 if you are interested – check out her blog at  http://grillesdemaryse.canablog.com/

It has been forever….

since I did a stitching update, or so it seems!  Spring is always such a crazy busy time here – long days spent in the garden tearing out weeds, planting, revising…. add that to a recent reno project installing another small bathroom, and that leave little time for anything else!

Let’s see, where the heck was I?  How about starting with June’s ornaments? This is the Joy Stamp ornament by Jeannette Douglas, from the 2010 JCS Ornament issue:   I laced the edge to the back, rather than using a ladder stitch, to make it look a bit more like the stamp it was intended to be.

And this is a spiderweb ornie from the Halloween Ornament SAL I am in – sorry that I cannot remember the designer’s name.  I love the hand dyed fabric used for this one, and I had a lot of fun with the freeform finish! 

I have been enjoying stitching on my Les Grilles de Maryse SAL piece – here it is with April, May and June finished:

  I like how it wraps around the central area, rather than going to the left for June!

This was the fob I stitched for Juli in our birthday exchange group!  I love the ruched ribbon finish!

I really must find the time to stitch up one of these for myself!

Time Marches On!

right into April – altho given the snow falling outside as I type, it looks more like November!  The great winter continues.

One thing about all the nasty weather is that it provides loads of stitching time.  March’s SAL pieces were all finished by the 3rd week:

Oakhaven Designs Owl SAL 2011

Grilles par Maryse March installment and

Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler.  This was a very full block, and I was very happy to finish up with the house!

That left a good 9 days to work on the next block of my Chatelaine Waterlily Quilt piece, and I was delighted to do the beading on March 31st!

Now that I have stitched 2 blocks this year, I think I can move this piece into the WIP, rather than UFO, category!

And Then There Were the SAL pieces

I enjoyed stitching the Maryse SAL piece this month – mainly because crocus are one of my favourite flowers!  Not that I can see any outside, given the size of the snowbanks and snowdrifts there are at my house – LOL.  I can dream tho……

I am particularly enjoying the colours in this piece, and am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the neighbourhood looks like.

And then there were two – owls, that is!  Well, okay, including January, there are now three:

I switched the colours on the tummys tho – I could not see much difference  in shades when I stitched the first owl in the colour called for.  Do you think there will be a shamrock owl here in March??

And then there were blackbirds – lots of them this time!  This is part II in the Blackbird Mystery Sampler:

hmmmm 12 blackbirds!  If this were a flock of crows, it would be a ‘murder’.

Can you stand to see another mitten?  The Cricket Collection offered a new freebie for Valentines day – Mitten Cakes!  The freebie is here: http://www.cecricket.com/gift_design.html and this is my finished mitten for February:

I backstitched the SWEET part of the sweetheart, cause I could not see the letters well. Vicki’s idea of beads for sprinkles was perfect!  And I think the pink and white cording tops it off!

A Year of Monthly SALs!

2011 seems to be shaping up as a year of stitching on once a month projects!  In addition to the christmas and halloween ornaments, I have become involved in a number of SAL type projects!  Hmmmmm…… I don’t think I had planned on doing this in 2011, but it seems to have evolved on its own.  While I am not comfortable with the idea of a Crazy January – start 15 projects – one a day type thing, it seems I can do this!

I jumped in on the SAL going on at the Oakhaven Yahoo group – take one look at this lovely little fellow and tell me that it was wise:
Tonia’s design was just too cute to resist – and it gave me a chance to use this piece of Fairy’s Eve in Belfast linen dyed by Sugar Maple Fabrics that has been waiting patiently in my stash!

I signed up for the monthly SAL at Maryse’s website too – check it out here: http://grillesdemaryse.canalblog.com/ Note that this is not a free SAL, but the price is a very reasonable 10 euros.

I am stitching this one on 32 ct waterlily linen from Wichelt!

I am also busy stitching on the Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler – only 5 parts to this one, but I hope to do a part a month.  Some lovely stitchers on another yahoo group are stitching along with me:

I was taken with this one when I saw it on Danielle’s blog http://www.danitorres.typepad.com/peacockfeather/and was lucky enough to have a friend loan me the charts.

Just this past week another online friend talked me into stitching The Cricket Collection mittens!  Vicki Hastings has put out so many different mitten designs that it was hard to choose one to start with, but I have just finished stitching her S’mores freebie from 2007 : Look for this year’s freebie mitten at http://www.cecricket.com/cricket_index.htm I hope to have a great collection of mittens for my ornament tree this year!

Well, as if all this was not enough to keep me busy, I have just pulled out my Waterlily quilt by Chatelaine – my only UFO – and hope to get in a little stitching before February rolls in!  LOL – too many projects, too little time!  So what are you working on this year?

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