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To Do Tuesday 12-12-17 | Merry ☠mas

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! Is anyone else feeling the holiday crunch? I know I am! My list for last week had secret sewing (done!), baking (done!), and mailing all packages off by Saturday (DONE!!!!). It was quite a week, but I managed to get it all done and packages assembled and mailed off by Saturday, thanks to my family. I figured the post office would be packed on Saturday and when we arrived the parking lot was full. But when I walked into the service lobby, there was no line! I walked right up to the counter. What a treat! I also wrapped everyone’s presents this weekend and did my monthly checkbook balancing and payed bills. That’s a jam-packed weekend if you ask me!

Stitch ALL The Things | Merry Xmas Prairie Moon

I did finish stitching Prairie Moon’s Merry ☠mas. I absolutely loved stitching this chart. I had someone offer to trade me their Stitch Night at The Crypt Club chart for this one, and I happily agreed since I don’t have that chart. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Stitch ALL The Things | Bargello strips

I did start sewing the strips together for the bargello quilt. I have 12 days to get this quilt finished, so I need to kick it in high gear. I hope to have the top assembled by this coming weekend, baste it over the weekend, and then quilt it next week. We’ll see how that goes. This quilt is my sole focus over the next 12 days.

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and that your plans are going smoothly!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Bargello quilt top, baste quilt sandwich

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To-Do Tuesday 12-5-17 | Secret Sewing

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! I don’t have much to share as I am in the middle of secret sewing. The Mister and I got all of our Christmas decorating done over the weekend, and I made my baking lists. It’s a lot of busy Christmas prep around here!

I did take some time to create some cross stitching tracking worksheets to create a cross stitching journal. I was looking for free printables online and didn’t find any I really liked. I’ve included them in a post HERE where they can be downloaded by anyone else who may be looking to create their own cross stitching journal.

This week I will be finishing up my secret sewing project and hopefully getting that off in the mail by the end of the week. I also plan on doing all of my baking and mailing that off by Saturday. I’ll be making Molasses Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies, and Christmas Bark. Yum! I hope you are all enjoying the season and that your plans are all coming together nicely!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish secret sewing
  • Begin sewing Bargello
  • Get baking done and packages mailed by Saturday
  • Merry Xmas Stitching – Try to finish

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Cross Stitch Journal and Tracking Worksheets

Hello, friends! I’ve recently been looking into finding free cross stitching journal printables online. Alas, there really wasn’t anything out there that I found useful to me. So I spent a lot of time this past weekend creating worksheets in Excel. I thought I’d share them here, since perhaps there are some other people out there like me that would like to find free printables!

Stitch ALL The Things | Free Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

Before I get to the worksheets I created, I wanted to note that if you want to track your progress and inventories digitally, there are two products I would recommend for that. First is the XStitch app. You can find it for IOS and Android phones, but I think the cost is either $1.99 or $2.99 for the app. It comes preloaded with thousands of chart designers and fabric manufacturers, but you need to input the charts and fabrics manually. The flosses are all preloaded and you simply note the amount of each floss you have. The only downside is that you have to purchase photo credits if you want to include photos in the Charts section, but the workaround to that issue is to put all of your chart inventory in the Journal. The Journal section uses photos stored on your device. I put everything in the journal section, and nothing in the charts.

The second product I would recommend is the new Stitchingly website. Right now it’s in Beta testing (you can still sign up and use the website now) and will be officially launching January first. This website tracks EVERYTHING. It will track the progress on your project and give you the percentage finished. It includes data for 2018 SALs, flosses, fabrics, just…everything. The website is free too! I’m a paper and pen kind of gal, so while I signed up for it I’m not sure how much I will stick with digital tracking.

Now, onto the worksheets… I am keeping these worksheets as an Excel document. This way you can customize each sheet with the colors and items that best suit your needs.

You can download the worksheet here: Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

or download and save it from Google Drive HERE.

If you prefer to have a PDF copy, you can download that here: PDF Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

Here are screenshots of the documents included:

When I set up my journal, I made tabbed sections for each of the tracking sheets. I also made monthly tabs and for each month I printed out a monthly calendar (free printable can be found HERE). On the back side of the calendar I printed the Monthly Stitching Plan sheet. Then I printed out a Monthly WIP tracking sheet for each month, making sure to edit the page to have the month I was working on and correct amount of days. The calendar website also has a free weekly printable, so you could print out weekly sheets to go with your journal if you’d like.

I hope these sheets are helpful to you! Happy stitching!


To-Do Tuesday 11-28-17 | Post-Thanksgiving

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I hope you are recovering from your food-coma and that you enjoyed the holiday with family and/or friends!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stash Gift

I made a to-do list last week, but I didn’t really follow it. All of my plans were shoved to the side when all of these packages arrived on my doorstep. A few weeks ago a friend of mine said his wife wanted to get rid of all of her needlework stuff and he asked if I wanted it instead of them dropping it off at the thrift shop. I told him yes (of course!) and he told me that they were sending me “a couple” of packages. EIGHT big boxes showed up at my door, filled with tons of needlepoint kits, cross stitching kits, charts, flosses, fabrics, lapstands, a floor stand, needles, notions, hoops, qsnaps, and stretcher bars. And even more things I’ve forgotten by now. All of this arrived on Wednesday around 11:00am. So my entire thanksgiving prep day went out the window as I dove into all of these boxes and fawned all over my new-to-me treasures. And with this one delivery I achieved SABLE status (Stash Accumulated/Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy). I did manage to prep the turkey by 9 PM, and popped a store-bought pie in the oven while I did that, so I didn’t fail the Mister with turkey dinner!

Stitch ALL The Things | Dullahan & The Death Coach Day 5 Progress

Since most of Thanksgiving was centered around the new epic stash gift, turkey prep, turkey eating, and turkey dinner clean-up, I didn’t have much time for my crafty stuff. I still have three more fabrics to cut into strips for the bargello quilt. I did manage to get some stitching time in, and worked a few stitches on The Dullahan and The Death Coach while the Mister and I spent a day traveling to get the kids. The fabric is 32 count, so I was really struggling to see the holes and stitch while he was driving. We did get caught in a traffic jam for a little over 45 minutes, so that’s when I took the opportunity to stitch a bit.

Stitch ALL The Things | Merry Xmas Day 13 progress

After we arrived home Sunday night, I spent a few hours on Merry Xmas. I had hoped to be done with it by now, as my plans were to spend a day stitching during Thanksgiving. I’m going to try and push for a finish by the 30th, but I’m not sure if I will make it.

This weeks plans are to finish cutting the bargello fabrics, and then I have to set that aside while I sew a Christmas gift that needs to be mailed as soon as possible. I won’t be able to show pictures of that gift until after Christmas. I will also be making one last project bag as a Christmas gift for a customer this week. I said I wouldn’t take any commissioned orders, but figured I could squeeze in just the one bag for a repeat customer. But that’s the last one! (She said…repeatedly.)

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish cutting out bargello strips.
  • Make Project Bag
  • Secret Sewing
  • Merry Xmas Stitching – Try to finish

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