Category Archives: Cross Stitch

To-Do Tuesday 4-25-17 | More Project Bags

Hello, my friends! This week’s post will be brief, as I am having to write it from my phone. For some reason my computer doesn’t want to load the back end of the website. Weirdness!

Last week I finished my last order of Project Bags before summer. I special ordered some Outlander fabric for this order. I was not thrilled with the plain cotton fabric from them. I will not be ordering that fabric again. It felt like Walmart fabric, but with quadruple the price. Ugh. If I do order from them again, it will only be printed on Kona cotton.

My customer requested Wonderland fabric for one of her bags. I am not a fan of Alice In Wonderland, at all, but really loved how this bag turned out. So adorable!

The third bag was also a special request fabric, and this one is called London Underground. She found it on Etsy. Such a fun fabric!

The fourth bag was from Tula Pink’s Tabby Road line in the Blueberry colorway.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow WIP

I wanted to share a picture of my Sleepy Hollow cross stitching WIP. Other than the backstitching, I’ve completed the graveyard, Headless Horseman, and the horse. I stopped my rotation and am working solely on this one. I am having too much fun to switch to another WIP!

This week I am working on my final commissioned order before summer. Another 25 zip-top bag order. So I will be busy the next couple of weeks!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Commission for 25 Zip-top bags

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
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To-Do Tuesday 4-18-17 | Finishes!

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Easter. I was so busy finishing up the large bag order, and then resting over the weekend, that I completely forgot to read your blogs from the last link up. I just realized it tonight when I noticed I had not even responded to comments on my blog from last week. Gulp! I hope to catch up on blog reading soon, and I apologize for not visiting you all last week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Large Zippered Bags

I finally finished the 25 bag order on Thursday night. I was so excited! I spent Friday taking pictures of the bags, emailing the shop owner who commissioned them, and packaging them up. These are 15 of the 25 requested. I forgot to measure them exactly, but they are about 10″ high x 13″ wide, by 3″ deep at the base.

Stitch ALL The Things | Large Zippered Bags

I had to share the coffee bag though. I wish the picture showed the chocolate glitter vinyl better. It’s so rich and just gorgeous.

Stitch ALL The Things | Coffee Bean Fabric

But the best part is the interior! Those coffee beans are scrumptious! The interior is actually a bit darker than this, the only photo I took of it was really over exposed. The interior of all of the large bags has a long slip pocket that’s divided into three. The outside of the pocket is the same fabric as the bag interior, but for all of the bags I used a coordinating solid to create a faux binding on the pocket and to define where the pocket was in the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Small Zippered Bags

The other 10 bags were these small zippered pouches. They measure approximately 7″ high x 9″ wide, by 1″ deep.

Stitch ALL The Things | Lowery Cross Stitch Stand

I had some very exciting mail arrive today. The Mister ordered me a Lowery workstand from Sew and So in the UK. We ordered it on the 4th of April, it shipped on the 5th, and arrived on the 17th! Super quick for a really large international package. I was blown away! I also absolutely love it. I happened to check pricing one day and it was on sale. I also was able to use their first time customer code to get 10% off, which essentially was the same as the shipping charge. All told, it cost $88 USD! I. Am. Thrilled! The picture above is to show the stand. The picture below is my actual, very messy, stitchy spot… Right next to the Mister!

Stitch ALL The Things | A Messy Stitchy Spot

This week I have to complete four project bag & tool pouch sets. I ended up asking my customer if I could push off her bags to this week. I really needed a break, and I had forgotten it was Easter weekend. Thankfully, she was very understanding, and I had a chance to relax and feel a bit refreshed before starting her bags. I also am preparing for the other large commission order that is highly likely to head my way before summer break. I will be scheduling that order so that I have weekends off. This way I won’t fear any burn out, and I’ll be available to run errands or hang out with the Mister and the kids. I may even have time to quilt the Mister’s quilt and bind it on one of the weekends, so he can finally enjoy his quilt! Now that summer’s right around the corner (for those of us in AZ, anyway), my timing is perfect!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Commission for four Project Bag sets

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 3-28-17 | Sleepy Hollow Progress

I am so sorry, I completely forgot about writing this post on Monday night and posting it! Thanks to Sarah, of Quilt Moderne, for her email this morning I am now frantically typing and getting ready to post this! So, not a lot of words today…

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Cross Stitch WIP

However, a quick picture of my Sleepy Hollow cross stitching WIP. I think the last picture was of only half a horse. Now it comes with a graveyard and part of a tree! Love stitching this one! This week I have a couple of bag commissions to do, and possibly a new commission for zip pouches.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bag Commissions

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 3-14-17 | Santa’s Village

Hello, friends! A quick post tonight. I couldn’t take pictures of the bags I’ve made this week, but I made sure to take one of one of my cross stitching WIPs. Santa’s Village is the WIP I work on over the weekends. I love this one so much. I finished Santa’s House and Santa, with the exception of the berries on the wreath and Santa’s eyes. I tried so hard to do french knots, which I’m really good at, but since these were one-strand knots they kept slipping to the back of the fabric. So frustrating. The after re-doing them 5 times the Mister suggested that I use beads. That’s a pretty common substitution in cross stitch. I didn’t want to give up, but decided I was wasting too much time and there are quite a few more french knots called for throughout the pattern. So I ordered some Delica beads. Once I get this piece on some 24″ scroll rods I ordered for it, I’ll put the beads on. Ignore the wavy top border on this, the tension on my Q-Snap is wonky.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Cross Stitch WIP

This week I have two more bags to make and then we will be getting ready for a quick trip to Oregon for Spring Break. It will be really busy, so I may not have much progress to show next week. When I get back I’d really like to make a handbag out of some amazing fabric I picked up. I also plan to finish Mister’s quilt and start on the Bargello. I really need to schedule more quilting time into my days, and since the year is already a quarter of the way gone, I don’t want to delay. Summer time comes really quickly and that will take away more time. So no more putting off the quilting!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish commissions
  • Prep for trip

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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