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To-Do Tuesday 10-17-17 | Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Finish

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’ve had a good and productive week! I didn’t have much extra time to respond to comments or visit your blogs, but I will catch up on them this coming week. Since I was rushed with last week’s post, I’ve got several pictures to share this week. I had a big finish just over a week ago… The Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town Stitch Along that I was participating in. This was a really fun project to stitch up. The DMC Light Effects floss (the neon green and yellow floss) was rather fiddly to work with, but really gives this finish some pop. Definitely worth the hassle!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Close Up

There are so many elements to this design, I took some close up pictures. There’s Mr. & Mrs. Ghosty at the bottom of the scene, and they both tend to blend in with their surroundings. There’s a little skeleton girl swinging from the tree, and a witch headed back to her hut, complete with bubbling cauldron. However, my absolute favorite part of this entire scene are the Skelewags… The skeleton pirates! Love the two in the ship, and the one shooting slime balls from the castle grounds. Such a perfect Halloween Town! This was stitched 2 over 2 on 32 count linen in Abracabra from Ship’s Manor and took 48 days to stitch.

Stitch ALL The Things | Burlesque Zombie Portrait

After I finished Halloween Town, I pulled out my girl, Ava, to work on. She was the third cross stitch project I started back in 2014, and is currently my oldest WIP. She is full of confetti stitches, so she feels a bit overwhelming to work on at times. I’ve decided to work exclusively on her for the rest of the month. She’s perfect for October stitching! When I started her I had about 1/3rd of the right side of the frame to finish, the bottom bat on the right side, and some of the blue background (above the top right bat) to fill in. It took me seven days to get that done, but now I am officially halfway done on her! I started working on the bottom portion of her face on Sunday night. I’m anxious to get her profile done, so rather than working the bottom left quadrant from the outside in, I’m working from the middle out. Not sure how much longer this will take for her to be completed. I’m curious to see how much I can get done in the last half of this month!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wonder Woman Hyacinth Bag

As far as bag making, two weeks ago I completed two clear vinyl front project bags. Last week I cut out the fabrics and interfacings for three Hyacinth Bags (pattern by Sew Sweetness), and fused or sewed the interfacings to the fabrics as instructed. I began work on one Hyacinth Bag on Thursday and finished it Monday afternoon. It was my first time sewing this pattern, and was a bit different in construction than what I have done before. I made notes on some things to change for the last two bags, mainly thinning the foam interfacing at the top seam allowance for when the bag is turned and top stitched. My machine handled most of the bulk perfectly, but the thickness of the foam interfacing and the glitter vinyl gave me some skipped stitches there. The picture isn’t the greatest as it was dark out by the time I went to take a picture. I’ll take better pictures when all of the bags are finished.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hyacinth Pattern Pieces

This week I will be working on the last two Hyacinth Bags. A friend also asked me to add purse feet to two new purses she bought. Keep your fingers crossed that will go smoothly for me, I’m a bit nervous ripping open the lining of a bag that I haven’t constructed… I’ve no idea what I will be running across!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Hyacinth Bag Order
  • Add feet to friend’s purses

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To-Do Tuesday 9-19-17 | Bags, Bags, and Some Grime Guards

Happy Tuesday, friends! Time to check how we did with last week’s list, and decide what we want to accomplish this week! I had hoped to finish stitching Clue 6 of the Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL last week, but I barely spent any time stitching. I did make some progress, but most of my evenings were busy with other work, and my hand stitching time was spent sewing bag linings closed.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Collage

Speaking of bag linings, I did complete the large bag order I had been working on for three weeks. I finished it all one day before I anticipated I would be done, and because of that I was able to mail it out on Friday. It was a relief to have that completed a day earlier than expected! I didn’t have time to take pictures of the entire group of bags, so I made a collage of the individual pictures I took for the shop who ordered these. The collage above is all of the large sized zip top bags.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Collage 2

The top two rows of the picture above are large zip top bags. The two bottom rows are the accessory pouches. I really loved the fabrics we chose for these bags. Several bags almost didn’t make it out of the house because I wanted to keep them here with me… forever! Haha! These bags will be listed for sale at Down Sunshine Lane in next week or two.

Stitch ALL The Things | Grime Guards

On Monday I finished an order for a set of five grime guards. These are fun fabrics too, and I am definitely in the fall and halloween mood after making these! The Christmas fabrics are some favorite of my holiday fabrics, and the blue ornaments grime guard is made of a beautiful fabric that has silver metallic all throughout.

This week I have two additional orders scheduled to complete. I will be taking Thursday and Friday off of work for a long weekend, and I’m hoping to spend some great quality time with the Mister! He’s ready for me to come out of the sewing room for a couple of days.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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To-Do Tuesday 9-12-17 | Santa’s Village Update

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! This past week I kept up with my goals of having 16 bags done by Friday for the large shop order, and three more bags sewn by Monday. I confess to having hand-stitched closed the linings of the 16 bags on Saturday. I wasn’t stuck out in the sewing room though, and since I enjoy hand-stitching so much, it was a very relaxing Saturday. I am not waiting until the end of this week to stitch the linings closed for the last half of the bags. I will be stitching them in the evenings so that I can take pictures of this order by Saturday and have it packaged and ready to mail before Monday.

Stitch ALL The Things | North Pole Post Office

This week my evening stitching time was spent working on the North Pole Post Office from Santa’s Village. I just love the letters hanging from the line. Such a cute chart! So far I’ve finished three of the twelve charts from the series. There are three rows of four houses and I will be stitching one house per month. Which means the top row will be finished in October. Here’s the progress so far…

Stitch ALL The Things | Progress on Santa's Village

This week I will be finishing up the large bag order, and back to work on Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town cross stitch WIP. The sixth clue was released on the 6th, so I want to get that done before I fall behind again.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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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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