I was a bad girl this month. I started off by running out and grabbing the Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch only to find nothing in it of interest. So there went 9.99 down the drain. Then I couldn’t find my graphite paper to work on my Tolkien quilt so there went 2.99. And then came Picture This Plus Christmas in July… and I have been aching to do Sabrina and Elizabeth from Mirabilia on the same fabric so I got a half yard of Twilight and I used Thutmosis fabric viewer to pick out Echo for Luna, Gigi, Emi and Ana. Doesn’t matter that I don’t have the patterns yet. I bought the fabric at the Christmas in July Sale. So put me down for 96.75 when it would have been 129 at the regular price.
Oh and I did do some stitching in July. Mainly on Fire and Ice.
Amazing what a few hundred stitches will do.
Posted by shondratasha on July 30, 2014
I don’t have much in the way of progress to show this month. I worked FantasyCon, had my high school reunion, hosted our annual Dutch Oven pot luck dinner. This didn’t leave much time for hobby work. I started the Tolkien quilt from my stash but I haven’t worked on much else hobby-wise.
You can see the work here.
So on to the question: Do you plan for Christmas in July?
Not really. July is when I start hankering for Halloween designs. I used to use July for Christmas ornaments but I don’t stitch for gifts anymore. Too many people don’t appreciate the work that goes into stitching. I only stitch for people who do hand work and understand the amount of time and money that go into such a gift. I don’t ever want to be in a situation again where someone calls a gift that I’ve put 40 hours and $80 into – “that kitschy stuff she gives us.”
So no, I don’t do Christmas in July although I do like the Christmas in July sales. Picture this Plus is having their annual sale this week. I keep eying the witches from Nora Corbett and this would be the perfect way to get matching fabric for the 4 that have been released.
Posted by shondratasha on July 20, 2014
Charity night where we had an assembly line for stuffing VIP bags and stuffing VIP, Vendor and Press cards into lanyards.
First day of having guests in the hall. Working with the incredible Tinsel Korey. One panel, autographs and a photo op.
Fourth of July, incredible panel on Tinsel’s life and career, scheduled photo op, and I tried to drive traffic to our booth.
The day we were expecting to be busy. I got my Doctor Who quilt signed by Sylvester McCoy, went to the photo op booth with Tinsel, shilled for any sales we could get for all the celebrities on our row, had an incredible panel on the power of women in entertainment, shook Sean Astin’s hand, saw Mark Sheppard arrive, found out that Jed Brophy will not sign body parts (asked him what the strangest thing he had been asked to autograph), was told to stop apologizing for things I had no control or responsibility for, and ended the day with dinner at the Pie.
Oddly, I moved more than at ComicCon but felt like I accomplished less. Looking forward to September.
Posted by shondratasha on July 6, 2014
I spent nothing this month. Zip, zero, nothing, nada.
I have a contract which paid late, graduation for my son, a daughter who needed to borrow money between jobs, an unexpected car expense, my husband thought he broke his foot, so even with the bonus funds in the challenge – I had nothing to spend. But that didn’t stop me from starting a new project.
Here are the first 6 blocks for my Tolkien quilt. And it’s all made from fabrics taken from my scrap bin or my fat quarter stash. I have 5 more blocks to finish and I want to have it pieced by FantasyCon on Wednesday. It’s paper pieced and appliqué.
I’m hoping things improve by the annual sale at Picture This Plus. But if not, I have enough fabric to last for some time.
Posted by shondratasha on June 30, 2014
Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it!
I was one of the organizers for the WWTWBBGTG – World Wide Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board Get-Together in Vegas. Teresa came and those of us there had a great time.
I’ve been to CATS in Nashville and Vegas and spent more on stash than I care to remember and on pieces that I really didn’t love when I got home. It was the thrill of the chase, the pressure of everyone else loving the piece. I have finished a few of the pieces I bought at both conventions.
The day of the EGA regional meeting in SLC, I found out that Cindy Valentine would be in town teaching. She had worked on my Victoria Sampler Round Robin and I wanted to see her again. I ended up rooming with Donnett of Embroidery.com and during the free stitch, I sat with Monica Ferris who was the guest speaker. And I solved the mystery and won the grand prize.
The last retreat I went to was a quilting retreat in November of 2011 with Pamela from French Knots. It was her first retreat and that weekend has become QuiltBliss. Tickets for QuiltBliss go on sale July 28 and it’s very tempting to go but it’s so over my spending limit (and the prices haven’t even been announced for this year.)
We do have an EGA retreat for the Sego Lily Chapter coming up in October.
Last month someone complained that there were no stitching pictures… so you get Fire and Ice
I’ve finish page 6 and I’m now working on page 5. I’m still in love with it so I’ll keep going on it. The kids want me to finish it and send it off to Jill Rensel.
Posted by shondratasha on June 18, 2014
I didn’t post much this month but I didn’t feel like I stitched a lot either. And despite the new Nora Corbett pixies coming out, all I bought this month was fiber I needed. The puppies played with the ball of Perle cotton I bought and that gave me the excuse to go buy the Subtlety for the Star Trek quilt. I didn’t go pick it up until I ran out of floss for the side piece of the antique purse.
This is where I am on the side piece. It doesn’t look like I’ve done much and there is so much more to do on that side. This is now my travel piece but I’ve switched to a smaller purse which means I’ve been carrying paperbacks instead of stitching projects. But I have a great new purse on the way from Think Geek – This is my Handbag of Holding…and it’s on sale right now…
So I did figure out why I haven’t worked much on the Fruit BellPull. With the puppies, I have to put everything away immediately after I put my stitching down or they play with it. Setting up to stitch a blended thread project is a pain so I’ve decided to leave it set up in an area where the puppies cannot get, or we believe they cannot get to. I’ve actually got more work done on it since I’ve done that…
Well since Fruit Bell Pull moved, I needed something to work on in the TV room. The next item up on the rotation was Fire and Ice, so I’ve been working on it but again, I’ve been spending more time on Android games instead of stitching. I did do a few stitches though…
So that is the report for this month…Except I almost forgot – total spending this month 2 cards of Subtlety and 7 skeins of floss comes to a total of 10.69 USD including sales tax.
Posted by shondratasha on May 28, 2014
What designs do you wish you could find? Actually there isn’t anything really missing in my stash. I have a few items on my wish list but I can’t think of anything that is burning in my head screaming “Why can’t you find me?” Okay maybe a beagle picture I can customize but I’m sure I could find one if I actually hit Google.
If I’m 100% honest with myself there haven’t been any designs in several years that I had to run out and buy except Persephone and Cassiopeia from Mirabilia and Christmas Quilt from Emie Bishop.
At this point in my stitching experience if I really wanted a design I couldn’t find, I would create it.
So what did I work on this month?
Well, I went up quite a few levels in Candy Crush Dreamworld, still stuck on Candy Crush level 500, lots of levels in Pet Rescue, and 4 scenarios in Gems Journey. I ran out of black floss for my needlepoint purse. And I did get work done on my TW Fruit Bellpull although it doesn’t look like much. As the weather warms up, I may put a quilt up on a frame outside. Then I may have something finished to show off next month.
Posted by shondratasha on May 14, 2014
So I started the month of April by teaching in Logan. The 2 hour drive to Logan means a visit to Donnett at Embroidery Central.
Through everyone’s Facebook progress pictures, I was falling in love with some of the new Mirabilia’s and Donnett stocks more Mirabilia’s than any other retail location in Utah. She also had a copy of My Christmas Quilt by Emie Bishop. Which gives us a grand total spent of $24.00. That was going to be my total spend for the month. But then I started working on Fruit BellPull by Teresa Wentzler and realized that I was missing the 612 and the 3747 but it was okay, I could work around it for awhile. I did get some progress done on the piece, not much though…
I did get my Dr. Who quilt pieced and put together except for the outer border.
I took it to ComicCon FanX with me and Hal the Archer added his signature to it.
That wasn’t the only signature I got that weekend. I have a nice start to my Star Trek quilt.
The start of my Star Trek quilt….
Seven signatures is a start. It would be nice if I had been able to get William Shatner and Patrick Stewart for a full 9 blocks. I’m sure that over time I’ll be able to add 2 more. The husband would like me to get Dwight Schultz since he loved the character of Reginald Barclay.
So after getting the 7 signatures for my quilt, I wanted some #12 black perle to embroider them in place. I’ve heard horror stories of people losing the signatures on T-shirts so I’ve pressed these in place and now it’s time to stitch over them, except I was out of #12 black perle cotton. So I did hit JoAnn’s and I bought the 2 missing floss and a ball of #12 perle – Total $2.60.
That gives me a monthly total of $26.60 for April. Good thing I didn’t spend all my money in previous months…
The only problem I have now is that I’m thinking the Star Trek signatures should be done in silk. I think I have some black Subtlety in my stash if not, guess what I’m buying next month…
Posted by shondratasha on April 27, 2014
First day of ComicCon – Working with Team Trek and looking for Gates McFadden’s missing glasses.
Working with Tom Kane and Roger Jackson.
Back with Team Trek. No panel, doing autographs and photo ops only
Day after ComicCon.
All I could think was if I hurt this bad, what do the stars feel like after writing out over 500 autographs, standing for over 106 pictures per day, living on snacks because they didn’t want to disappoint fans in line by taking a break for lunch.
Posted by shondratasha on April 25, 2014
Except maybe to be embarrassed by the fan-girl grin…
Photo courtesy of SLTrib
Posted by shondratasha on April 24, 2014