"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, August 29, 2011

SAL (STITCH ALONG) PROGRESS

There are so many things I love about blogging, the most important being the friendships made with women (and men are ok too) with similar interests  

Recently I became friends with Rose, who kindly invited me to join in a Cross Stitch SAL (when invited, I didn't even know what an SAL is).  What a fun idea and great way to make friends and conversation, while staying motivated to keep on working a new piece of work.  So, through Rose, I have made friends with Denise and Shari, who organized this get together.  

Each Monday we will post our progress.  I missed week one, as I had a fabric change of heart and had to wait for the new fabric to arrive.  

Here's everyone's progress Week Two:

  
DENISE WEEK TWO
ROSE WEEK TWO

SHARI WEEK TWO.  I THINK SHE MIGHT BE A REALLY FAST STITCHER.  

AND, HERE'S MINE, WEEK TWO, BUT REALLY WEEK ONE FOR ME
HERE'S THE PICTURE OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT. 
So, I think this is great fun.  We are all using different types of cloth (I'm on 18 count Sterling Aida), having started on linen and deciding that was no longer an option or fun.  And, as you can see, two of us are middle starters and two are top starters.  I wouldn't even know how to start at the top, I suppose that sounds a bit silly.  

Hope you'll watch our progress as the weeks go by.  I suspect Shari will finish 10 projects in the time it takes me to finish this one!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OUT OF CONTROL, COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL

Apparently I am under the impression that I'm going to live to be 120 years old and be healthy and sharp enough to sew, stitch and knit myself to my grave.  That's how many projects I have lined up.  

So, here's what I am working on:  

IN THE SEWING ROOM

a quilt for our bed!  It's about time.  Everyone else has my quilts on their beds and walls, now it's our turn.    David had wanted a bear's paw quilt, and I wanted a bear's paw quilt with a bit extra to it.  I found this picture, no pattern, online, and have my trusty quilting teacher Rhonda supervising me and writing the pattern as we go along. 


I am a very lucky quilter, I have a sewing room.  That means that when I have a project going on, I have a space all my own to completely trash, and I am very good at that part of quilting.  After each project I tidy and clean and prepare for the next mess, but when there's a project on the table, all bets are off as to whether or not it's safe to walk in to my sewing room.  

 

ON MY KNITTING NEEDLES

I always have a baby afghan going, always.  No one seems to want sweaters anymore, and I got tired of making socks, so I started making baby afghans.  I stockpile them and when a baby comes along, I have an afghan.  There better be a whole lotta baby's in our future, because I have a whole lotta afghans. 

ON MY HOOP

The Three Kings, a design by Diane Arthurs, I love her designs.  When I do a cross-stitch, I make a copy of the pattern and mount it on cardboard, then cross the stitches off as I do them.  I am a VERY visual learner.  



IN LINE

Okay, here's where it gets really ridiculous:  

I saw these wee bird designs on someone's blog and I just have to make them.  

This is the companion piece to The Three Kings, how can I not do it? 


This combines my two favorite things--quilting and cross-stitching!  Next to each letter is a quilt block whose name begins with that letter.  

I will make this quilt in Queen Size for my dear friends Scott and Paul.  
I will be making this quilt in queen size for my son.  Will also be making it in lap size for a cousin, and I think also in crib size for a baby that has been born.   

I don't know who I'm going to make this for, maybe us, and I know my color choices will look a whole lot better than those in the picture.  


And, if all the above is not enough, I recently made friends with 3 other cross stitch bloggers, and joined in on a stitch along with them.  We will be starting this pattern on Monday!  

I'm sure there's something I've forgotten, but you get the idea, right?