Category Archives: Cross Stitching

To-Do Tuesday 9-5-17 | Happy Labor Day

Stitch ALL The Things | Live Love Life Project Bag

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday weekend! We had a busy week here. It didn’t really occur to me that it was a holiday weekend, so we had no plans to do anything special. I did finish the bag order I started last Monday. I’ve made this bag before and had just enough fabric left for one more order. The fabric is Rhapsody Chatter by AdornIt. Super cute, and fun, print!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bags In Progress

I also started working on the big shop order. I cut all of the fabric pieces out, all of the interfacing, and got almost everything fused. I ran out of black glitter vinyl, so I couldn’t finish fusing the fleece onto the exteriors of those bags. The vinyl should be arriving in the mail on Tuesday, so the short delay isn’t putting me behind at all. Thank goodness!

Stitch ALL The Things | 222K

The Mister asked me to go on a quick day trip with him up to Flagstaff to do some horse-trading with sewing machines. He had a Singer 24-9 cobbler treadle machine, and several other vintage machines, and a lovely woman was willing to trade her 222K Singer for them. I took Friday off from sewing bags and we ran up there (I made up for the “day off” by sewing on Saturday. Yep…another Saturday working. The LAST ONE! *I hope*). Meeting people you chat with online can be a bit nerve-wracking, but when we met this woman it felt as if we’d been friends for years. Later that evening I was trying to come up with a name for this beauty of a machine. It occurred to me that the previous owner’s name would be absolutely perfect. And so the 222K has been named Mel! She’ll be a good sister to the 221 Featherweight I have named Maye. Mel and Maye. I just love it!

Stitch ALL The Things | Poinsettia Place

As far as cross stitching this week, I finished Poinsettia Place, the second house in the Santa’s Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. Each chart within the series has a Just Another Button Company button on it, and this one is the cardinal on the roof. I won’t be sewing the buttons on until the entire village is done, but I do like to take a picture of what it will look like once they are sewn on. After I finished this chart I immediately start the third chart, North Pole Post Office. I should be finished with that one by next week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch North Pole Post Office.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-29-17 | Bags Galore

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday and this week (and the next four weeks) are all about the bags for me.

Stitch ALL The Things | Bag Order

Last week I had one three-bag order to finish and I was supposed to start on the shop order. The three-bag order turned into a six-bag order, and since the shop order hadn’t been finalized yet, I was able to complete an additional order that was scheduled for mid-September, as well as start another mid-September order. I promised myself (and the Mister) that I would not work on weekends to make sure I didn’t burn out again and to give myself (and my back) a break from sewing every day. I broke that promise, with the blessing of Mister, and spent 5 hours sewing on Saturday. I don’t plan on doing that often, but I did want to make sure I finished the order I started before the shop order was finalized.

Stitch ALL The Things | Camper Adventure Bag Set

How cute is that camper fabric? I went to a grand opening of a local quilt shop and saw that fabric. There was just under three yards left on the bolt by the time I got there, so I snatched up the remaining fabric! I don’t have a picture of the other bag in progress, but I will be finishing that up Tuesday morning. The shop finalized their order with me on Monday afternoon, so as soon as the bag in progress is done, the next three weeks will be all about the shop order. So expect progress pictures of my cross stitching, instead of finished bags, for the next few posts!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mystery Halloween Town Clue 4

Speaking of cross stitching, I finally caught up with the Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town Stitch Along! I finished Clue 4 on Saturday, and on Sunday I pulled out my Santa’s Village. I added the pine bough and berries under Santa’s House, and started working more on the next house, Poinsettia Place. My goal is to try and complete this building by August 31st. I really want to have a finish to add credit to my Stitch From Stash balance. If I don’t make it this month, it will be credited to September.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Poinsettia Place Progress

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete one bag order.
  • Begin shop order.

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To Do Tuesday 8-22-17 | Bag Orders & Mystery Halloween Town

Hello, friends! We’ve been running on full speed over here. I feel like I’m barely catching my breath before the next busy day comes along. But progress is being made on my to-do list, and that makes me happy!

Along with my To-Do list, we’ve been busy with the kids and their life-plans. My son wants to join the Navy when he graduates in May, so we’ve been talking to recruiters and getting him ready for the process and early sign-up. He may be disqualified for any military service due to his astigmatism, so we’d like to find out as soon as possible if that is to be the case. That way he can start planning for college rather than the military. I also attended college orientation for my daughter who is a Junior in high school. She will be taking the Certified Nursing Course concurrently with high school. So, some busy life stuff with the kids this week!

I completed one order of custom sized project bags. These fabrics were a lot of fun to make bags with!

I just finished the second order on Monday. I haven’t reached my efficient sewing levels yet, as these bags seem to be taking me longer than usual to make. I will get back into the groove soon, I’m sure, it’s just taking time with some of the various appointments mixed in.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ships Manor Mystery Halloween Town Progress

I’ve been making a small bit of progress on my Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL. There are only two clues left to be released, so I am trying to catch up by the next release date on September 7th.

This week I have an order for three bag sets to make, and then I will start on my large shop order which will take about two and a half to three weeks. I better find my efficient sewing skills soon!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag set order.
  • Begin shop order.

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To-Do Tuesday 8-7-17 | Back to life…

…Back to reality. Soul II Soul’s lyrics have been playing over and over in my head. Time to get back to work around here!

This week I’ve contacted all of the people who requested bags before I left for the summer, and scheduled all of my sewing onto the calendar. I’ve already pulled fabrics for the various bags, and my once-clean sewing room is already looking like a mess. I’ll be working on these until mid-September, and hopefully after that I can get started on the quilts I want to complete before Christmas.

I did finish my travel cross stitch WIP on the way home from Oregon: I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I stitched it 2 over 2 on antique white jobelan. I changed the red and grey from the called for colors to 498 and 318, respectively. I wanted to get another chart picked out for my travel wip, but after going through my kitted charts I couldn’t make a decision. I have time to figure it out, though. Too many fun charts to stitch, and too little time! I haven’t stitched on anything else since we returned home. Instead, I’ve been incorporating my summer thrift shop finds into my stash and kitting up new charts. Sometimes that’s just as much fun as the stitching!

This week I will be working on making the bags. I’ve scheduled my weekends to be free of all sewing, except for this coming weekend. Last week I hinted at talking about a very important project, and this weekend I will be finally working on that project. If you are on Instagram and follow Crafty Cop (Jessica), you may have seen her organizing a blue Raspberry Kiss block drive using Heritage Threads’ tutorial. She started this as a way to honor our fallen heroes who were lost in the line of duty by making a quilt for their family. She called just for blocks, but the response has been tremendous! Last I saw she has received just over a thousand blocks. She has also had people send in backing, batting, binding, thread, and even money for postage. She has had people volunteer to piece, quilt, and bind the entire quilt, and others who have volunteered to piece and send the quilt off to their local quilters. She has had long arm quilters offer to do the quilting. Even still, others have offered up prizes to help encourage people to make more blocks to send for quilts. I am absolutely amazed by the outpouring of support. I wasn’t able to make anything until we returned home, so now that I’m back I will be getting blocks made and a package of other things put together and sent to Jessica. She has made a point to let us know that she is arranging to have the quilts presented personally by the fallen officer’s local departments (obviously law enforcement and their families are necessarily suspicious of packages sent to them by strangers). Sadly, two of the quilts are already spoken for, as the loss of Officer Miosotis Familia started this movement, and the second quilt will be going to the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan of Southport, Indiana who was killed in the line of duty on July 27th. I have tremendous respect for our law enforcement officers and I am feeling so sad, and honored at the same time, to be able to participate in this. If you are interested in getting more information, or participating in this, please direct message Jessica/craftycop on Instagram.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete two bag orders.
  • Start third bag order.
  • Make Blue RK blocks, package everything up and mail.

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