Category Archives: Cross Stitching

To-Do Tuesday 11-14-17

Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has passed and we’re checking our lists from last week and preparing new lists for this week. On my list last week was pressing the backing, batting, and quilt top; basting, quilting, and binding it. I also had working on my Merry Xmas cross stitching progress. Let’s see how I did…

Stitch ALL The Things | Sturgis Quilting Progress

Well, I pressed all the parts of the quilt sandwich, I basted it, and I quilted the big squares of the motorcycle print. I went with a sort of maltese cross design, but it didn’t turn out very well. I looked up the last time I free-motion quilted and it was my Christmas quilt from last year… that I finished in September of 2016. So it has been 14 months since I last did free-motion quilting. To say I am rusty and need to re-learn to keep my foot pedal speed equal with my pushing the quilt around is an understatement. Of epic proportions. Thankfully the Mister is not expecting a perfect quilt and is happy with whatever comes of my reacquainting myself with my sit-down longarm machine. He told me it didn’t matter if the lines were straight enough, since I was going to wash it and it would shrink and get that scrunchy old quilt look I love anyway. Love that man! I still have filler quilting to do around the blocks, and I will work on that this coming week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Prairie Moon Merry Xmas Progress Day 9

As far as my cross stitching, I’ve made some decent progress on it that I am happy about. I’m not sure how much longer it will take me to finish this, but I think maybe a week and a half at the most. I’m loving the creepy Christmas feel this one has. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, to be sure, but it’s definitely mine!

Speaking of Christmas, have you started your holiday crafting? Will you be making gifts this year or shopping for gifts? This year will be a combination of both for me. I am excited to see what you all have been working on!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish quilting and bind the Sturgis quilt.
  • Keep working on Merry Xmas stitching

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).
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To-Do Tuesday 11-6-17 | Ready for Quilting

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s that time again where we see how we did last week with our goals, and plan what we want to accomplish for the week ahead. On last week’s list I had two tasks: filling the last of the bag orders and pulling fabrics for the Bargello quilt. Both of those tasks were checked off as complete!

The last of the bag orders were finished and mailed off this past week. I loved all of the fabrics I used to make these bags. I have always been fascinated by the Gorjuss girls and I loved the print used for the Gorjuss bag. I also made an Americana bag for one customer, and another customer asked for an Air Force bag (as her father served in the Air Force), and a fall themed bag. It’s easier to sew when you love the fabrics you sew with…and these were all great!

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Top Row Progress

As far as stitching goes, I finished Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop in the Santa’s Village series by Country Cottage Needleworks. The top row is finished, and I love it! I haven’t stitched the cookie button on it yet, and won’t until the entire series is stitched since this project is on a scroll frame. Four houses down, and eight to go!

After I finished the Cookie Shop, I wanted to start a chart I’ve had in my stash for just over a year. I am absolutely over the moon (pun intended!) with the Prairie Moon Crypt Club charts. I only became aware of these charts in the last year, so I missed out on getting them before they became Out Of Print and VERY hard to find. I was able to find three of them for not-quite outrageous prices (but very close to that), and now that the holiday season is coming up on us I decided to get the Merry XMas chart done before Christmas. I started stitching this on 32 count crystal Nocturne Lugana by Picture This Plus. I quickly remembered why I hate the crystal fabric from them… I can’t see the holes! I don’t know how they process the fabric to get the glitter, but it seems like whatever it does seals up the holes on the fabric. I found another 32 count evenweave by Fabric Flair in Smokey Blue that matches the flosses nicely and re-started stitching. I plan to work on this one until it’s finished. I have to note that the model in the picture of the chart shows the dress as being white, but the called for floss is pink. I was surprised at that, but I love the pink enough to keep it, rather than change it to a white. The fact that these flosses are Crescent Colors Belle Soie helped that decision. There was no way I was going to pay for another white floss to replace the pink I had already purchased for this chart!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sturgis Quilt Top

This week I will be working on the Sturgis quilt. I need to press it, get it basted, quilt it, and hopefully have it bound and finished by next Tuesday. I was meaning to take this weekend off resting and relaxing, but the Mister got his annual “we have too much crap and things must be cleaned and purged” feeling going on. There was no way I could sit on the couch spending the day stitching while he was working, so I decided to tackle the sewing room and clean, purge, and re-organize it. I had this on my list to do AFTER completing my holiday sewing, but now seemed as good as time as any. I worked all day on Sunday and Monday in the hobby room, and it looks so much better now. I also found that I had already pulled all of the fabrics for the Bargello quilt, they were sitting in a neat pile under a messy pile of fabric scraps. Oops. At least that task was quickly checked of my list! I really should have taken before and after pictures of the room, but it was a shameful mess and there’s no way I wanted anyone to see that! At least now I won’t be moving piles of stuff from one place to the next while I switch over to quilting. Everything now has a place, and is in its place. Oh the joy to be working in a clean and organized room!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Press, Baste, Quilt, and Bind Sturgis quilt
  • Work on Merry Xmas stitching

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).
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  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.
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To-Do Tuesday 10-31-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Halloween

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios

Image from Rensel Studios

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at my house this year. I was just too tired to take out the decorations. However, I did receive Sleepy Hollow back from Jill Rensel and Crew and that more than made up for the lack of other decorations!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Frame Choice

Image from Rensel Studios

Working with Jill and Amber was amazing. Their process was very easy, and after I picked out the mats and frame I liked best from the set of three options they sent me, I left the rest up to them… Including their special art work touches. I have to say, I actually requested a different frame than this one, but once I saw the skulls and the spiderwebs on this frame, along with the bone border, I knew this was the frame for this piece. The mats are a black suede, Night Sky tapestry, and Trail Brown regular mat. The flames look like they are chalked on, and they are just amazing. The whole piece framed ended up being 24″ wide by 30″ tall. I absolutely love it, and have it hanging in the living room. This piece is going to be hung year-round. No way am I putting this away after Halloween is over. I should note, these pictures just do NOT do this piece justice, it really needs to be seen in real life.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studio Upper Right Corner

I wanted to show the close up of the flames art work done by Rensel Studio. Above is the upper right corner

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios Lower Left Corrner

The lower left corner. Absolutely amazing!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Framed by Rensel Studios Size Comparison

To give an idea of the size of the skulls, I placed a quarter on the frame. This frame was bigger than I expected, but it’s perfect and I love it!

I finally finished the final Hyacinth Bag and sent the set of three off to my cousin. She ordered them from me for Christmas presents for her girls, I hope they (and she!) love them! Now that those are done, I have started on the last few orders I received last week. I finished an order on Monday for a set of 5 grime guards. I happened to make this same set a month or so ago for another customer. I love these fabrics, and they really do make great holiday themed grime guards!

Stitch ALL The Things | Grime Guard Set

This week I pulled out Santa’s Village to try and get back in the stitching mood. It definitely worked! This picture is three days’ progress on Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop. I should have this house finished in three more days, and then the top row of Santa’s Village is done! That will be four houses down, and eight to go. I just love stitching on this one, and especially now that the holidays are coming up!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mrs. Claus' Cookie Shop Progress

This week I will be finishing the last three bag orders before I start my quilting and holiday sewing. Did you read that?! This is the LAST WEEK for bags this year!! I am ready to get going on my quilts! Woo Hoo!!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been working on this week. I appreciate you all linking up every week with me and helping me stay focused on my list and my goals for the week. It’s always a joy to see what you all are working on, and your goals for the week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work last four commissioned orders
  • Pull Fabrics for Bargello Quilt

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).
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  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.
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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

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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