james-cemetery

My son is in the back, this was the day he found 11 previously unknown civil war era graves.

Great time meeting people tonight

This is Liberty Park in Salt Lake City at 10 pm on a Saturday night.  We’re all playing Pokémon Go.  I’m not in the target demographic for this game.  However, I downloaded it since my kids were having some much fun.  My favorite things are the people I’m meeting and the pictures I’m getting.  

Doesn’t this look like the Growlith is a family pet?

This guy was just checking his email but we had a great talk about the game and how it’s bringing people together.

Seth created a Facebook group for PokémonGo and set up a meetup tonight at City Creek. There was a herd of Ponyta.

This was just a fun shot which I posted on Instagram with the caption “none shall pass.”

This is my favorite photos so far! Makes one wonder what is on the other side of the fence which is so incredibly interesting that they ignore the Ratata.

Play safe though people and remember the only colors that matter are Red (Valor), Blue (Mystic) and Yellow (Instinct).

Help stop the screaming….Pick a new start for me

I am about to finish a second WIP which means I get a new start – two finishes = 1 new start until I get down to 15 WIPs which is more manageable than 36.  I had planned to start Summer Queen by Mirabilia but until I find a better way to hold the scroll bars, I’m not that motivated to work on her or the other 3 queens.  Just so you know, I pulled my kitted projects and these are my choices –

Three Carousels – I’ve explained in my first flosstube that I have 3 kids so I tend to stitch things in threes so they each get one.  I have Carousel by Teresa Wentzler, Dragon Carousel by Patricia Allison and Wild Hunt by Fire Wing Designs.  Wild Hunt looks enough like a Carousel that it counts as one.

Goblin Market by Counted Illuminations – Based on the poem by Christina Rosetti, this cute Goblin man is offering his fruit to unsuspecting girls.

Tiger Lily by Nora Corbett – with Jo Mason’s help, she’s been converted to silk and I have all the supplies except the purple pony beads but they should be at 123Stitch for pickup on Tuesday afternoon.

Ristipisto kit from Finland – My father sent me a Christmas scene from Finland which would be a fun addition to my holiday decorations

New Year’s Fairy by Mirabilia – Have had the kit for ages, still deciding on Kiwi Illusions Cloudburst or Silkweaver snowstorm for the fabric.

DysFunctional – Sue Hillis – I’m probably going to stitch this one 3 times, maybe 4 if I give one to my parents.

Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place – I’ve kitted this one up with Sullivans floss.  I haven’t used Sullivan floss before.

Toil and Trouble by La-D-Da – This is the 3rd in the Halloween series I’ve stitched for the kids.  The Raven was finished last year, I’m working on Something Wicked and this one will get modified to eliminate the nose and have a cauldron instead.

Please vote for which project you think I should start first.  The poll will be active for one week.

Usually when I’m coaching and people do things like this, I ask them what do you hope wins?  I can honestly say I’ve already eliminated the fully kitted pieces I don’t want to win (Fredrick the Literate, Iwo Jima, Sabrina, Elizabeth, Raven Queen, Emi Bishop’s Christmas Tree and 2 Just Nan patterns).

Stitch May-nia results as of May 22

There is still one week of my May-nia left for this year but This is what I’ve accomplished: AutumnQueen2016
Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen 4.5 hours close to 1000 stitches
Overdyed Dragon
OverDyed Dragon by Dragon Dreams 2.75 hours
DrWho
Dr. Who Quilt 1.5 hours
FruitBellpull
Fruit Bellpull by Theresa Wentzler 1.5 hours
SomethingWicked
Something Wicked by La-D-Da
FortunateTraveller
Fortunate Traveller by Theresa Wenztler 1.25 hours stitching 1 hour sorting pattern
Tidepools
Reflections of TidePools by Ro Pace – 2 hours
Fall Carousel
Fall Carousel Horse by Theresa Wentzler 1 hour
Not pictured
Anniversary Roses by Lauren Sauer
Bucilla Purse Kit from 1943
Final picture –
Mardi Gras Quilt I’m working on…20160522_194808

For more information on my new stitching process – check out my new blog – Agile Crafter

 

Bringing Agile to my hobby….

I’ve been reading and implementing Scrum/Agile practices at work. I am advocating it to my team as a quicker way to work.  We use scrum boards at work and as I was updating my Excel spreadsheet which I use for my stitching, it hit me all these projects are my current backlog.  I have even more projects which are kitted and not started so those might be my roadmap.  The two filing cabinets of patterns are my ungroomed funnel.
It really hit home when I looked at the calendar I’m using for my plan for Stitch May-nia – It’s a planned sprint.

So some things I’m missing.

  • What is my definition of done?
  • What is the acceptance criteria for the stories?
  • What is the theme of this sprint?

As I’m typing the questions, the answers are coming.

  • The theme of this sprint is re-acquainting myself with the projects.
  • The acceptance criteria is 2 days of stitching and track the progress (so I have a starting metric).
  • The definition of the project done is displayed or gifted.

My husband has started to worry as the kids move out that I will continue to start projects and buy new patterns without finishing them.  He has asked that I cut my WIP list from 35 to under 10.  I can agree with this.  However, the thought of working on one piece at a time without any new starts makes me queasy and following his plan, I would end up with 2 large pieces at the end before doing any new starts.

I enjoy rotating pieces and I feel I make progress but the 10 hour block I’ve been using hasn’t been working for me. When I get to a stopping point, I want to stop and sometimes I want to keep going when I hit the end of the time slot.

I’m thinking instead, I’m going to start creating stitching stories for the projects in the rotation.  Things like a set number of stitches or a page or a segment of the design.  Then I’m going to story point them based on relative size. This way, I can start getting a cadence and a velocity.  I find if I have too much on my plate, I freeze up and don’t stitch or quilt or do anything except play games on my tablet.  Having things pointed and knowing what is achievable each sprint could help keep the anxiety from hitting.   And if things come up, I shouldn’t be afraid to call the sprint.

I’ve been thinking about monthly FlossTube videos so that could be both my demo and planning.  If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find something to use for my Kanban board.

The Stitch Maynia starting status pictures

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Here is Autumn Queen as I start her for Stitch May-nia. Last worked on in July 2015.

Autumn Queen by Mirabilia is first on the schedule.  She is on scroll bars which makes her look headless.  She last got love in July 2015.

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Overdyed Dragon from Dragon Dreams is my first try at blackwork and yeah, it probably would be more enjoyable if I remember what I learned in the class.  He last saw love Sept 2015.

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The Dr. Who quilt from Fandom in Stitches got a few new signatures to be stitched in at FanX earler this year.  But then I’m also still working on the Barrowman signature from last fall’s ComicCon.

In this space should be Anniversary Roses but it is a class piece from EGA and we were asked not to post pictures on the internet.

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Fruit Bellpull is the Teresa Wentzler piece which is closest to being completed. 

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Fortunate Traveller is also a Teresa Wenztler pattern and last saw a needle in March 2004.

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Memories of TidePools is a class from Ro Pace.  This is at 41% completed and fun to work on. It’s last turn in the rotation was May 2015

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Fall Carousel Horse by Teresa Wenztler is stitched on 40 count linen with one strand of Anchor floss.  Last worked on November 2015.

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This Bucilla purse kit was left behind in my grandmother’s sewing room when she passed.  I’m they only grandchild that knows how to needlepoint so I got it.  I finished the front of the purse, I’m working on the bridge between front and back and then I’ll figure out how to create a back since the original has been lost over the years.  The kit was purchased in 1943 for $3 and included the purse lining and hardware.

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Fire Wing Designs Sentinal didn’t get very far when I started him in January 2013.   I’m thinking that if I take him off the scroll bars and work on a q-snap or frame, I’ll have a scroll bar to use for Summer Queen by Mirabilia.

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Dragon Ride by Teresa Wenzter is being done borderless with “Dette’s Tail.” I have the fabric for finishing it into a pillow.  I last stitched on in in January 2004.  I’m hoping I didn’t stop because of frogging because if it was, I don’t remember where it is.   I planned this for a weekend so I could have time to figure out where I am and re-start.

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Stitcher’s Paradise by Marie Barber published as a serial pattern in Just CrossStitch.  Last worked on January 2012.

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This is my oldest WIP and it has a companion piece which is just as old.  I bought them when I was in junior high.  There were 3 in the set and I finished the first while I was in college but never finished the other two. 

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Spring Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler – Last worked on May 2015.  You would think after putting in a full year on them, I would be closer to done.

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Summer Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler.  This is my favorite of the group and last saw a needle in August of 2015. 

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Here is Mirabilia’s Summer Queen all kitted up with silk/linen and the color conversion to make her more green than teal.

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Something Wicked by La-D-Da.  This is a companion piece to The Raven that I finished last year.  If I get Overdyed Dragon finished, I get to work on this as a replacement small piece.

And this is where Stitch May-nia starts.  I’ve already put in an hour on Autumn Queen and still have 2 days to work on her.

Discovered Stitch Maynia

It’s been awhile since I had a stitch in.  After all it’s more fun to stitch when you have people to talk with at the house.  Carleen came over and we had a stitch night and while she was here she introduced me to FlossTube and told me about the Stitch Maynia Facebook group.  Facebook isn’t the Yuku so things get lost easily but I’m really enjoying it so far especially the Flosstubes. (It was smart to show me Annette’s Acres first.)

One of the events on the page is Stitch May-nia – generally this is 15 starts in 15 days but I figure my justification for WIP’s only is I’m starting stitching on my own projects for this year and some of these WIPs are so old they might as well be new starts since I haven’t looked at them in years. I figure 2 days on each will still be a lot more progress than they’ve had in a lot of time. 

I’ve picked 15 WIPs to work on during the month.  I figure 2 days for each piece. Here’s the list:

  1. Autumn Queen – Mirabilia
  2. Overdyed Dragon – Dragon Dreams
  3. Dr. Who Quilt – Fandom in Stitches
  4. Fall Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler
  5. Fruit Bell Pull – Teresa Wentzler
  6. Fortunate Traveller – Teresa Wentzler – This might as well be a new start considering how long it’s been since I worked on it.
  7. TidePools – Ro Pace
  8. Anniversary Rose Sampler – Lauren Sauer
  9. Needlepoint Purse Kit from Mama’s Sewing room – Bucilla
  10. Sentinel – Fire Wing Designs
  11. Dragon Ride – Teresa Wentzler
  12. Crafter’s Paradise – Just CrossStitch Magazine
  13. Pegasus  – Dimensions Embroidery Kit
  14. Spring Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler
  15. Summer Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler

I figure that even one thread over 2 days will be more stitching time than many of these have seen in years and it fits in with this year’s theme of finishing things.   The one caveat for my joining is I need to finish the final Believe before May starts.

Finally a finish….and a contest.

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I have friends who would say this is not finished because it doesn’t have a name and a label.
I created this quilt from the blocks in a beginning quilt class and it’s made for my son, J, who is on an LDS mission in St. Louis, MO. He wanted Red and Blue but not something patriotic which is why I went with a black background.  I need suggestions for names – I’m thinking about giving a prize for the name I select… Leave your name suggestions in the comments.

 

I love how many of the blocks have scriptural references.  The center block is known as Tree of Life, the house block has been nicknamed by my classmates – the wiseman’s house because it’s built upon the rock, the teacher said that a log cabin block with a black center stands for freedom from slavery which is what the gospel truth does to a tortured soul, The bottom center block is an anvil which is appropriate for the summer that J was an apprentice to a blacksmith. IMG_9496You can definitely see the relation of the block to the anvil he worked with.  He looks so young in that picture too.

This is what Elder Bates looks like in Missouri – James

So if you see him on the street with his black and white name tag- Ask to see his quilt.  Especially if you gave me the winning name!

Two months into the new year and what happened to my goals….

The goal for this year was to work on finishing things and not start new projects.  Just so you know, that isn’t going so well.  I have finished a few things – but they are all new starts.  See I wasn’t going to start anything new and then one of the church leaders asked if I would stitch the word Believe for four of the congregations. I couldn’t find a pattern that was the right size or that I liked so with the help of one of my EGA friends I put together a nice pattern and I’ve completed the first one.  The EGA friend is completing one of the pieces for me which means I have 2 more to stitch.

The other new project I’ve been working on is a quilt for my son who is serving an LDS mission in St. Louis, MO.  He wanted a red and blue quilt.  I was looking for patterns but ended up enrolling in a beginning quilt class.  I’m making the red and blue quilt but I’m also making a lavender and pink quilt for myself as well.  I’ve been keeping somewhat current on the red and blue quilt but I’m far behind on the lavender one.

Yes, I know you want pictures but I haven’t taken any so far.  It’s also the reason I haven’t blogged in awhile – I kept thinking I should take pictures first.  However, I think I’ll wait until I get the quilt top finished before I take pictures….

 

 

 

I didn’t stitch much this month, but I did get a lot done….

Business first:

Spent: $0  Earned: $0

I didn’t stitch much this month.  Life got in the way.  I had two kids move out of the house one of which was a permanent move and one was off to college and so he’ll be back.  Anyway with the one leaving for good, the younger son decided to move out of his room and I got his room for my new craft room.  Which meant I did over 20,000 steps moving everything from the main floor, up the stairs to my new room.   I have 12 square feet more and a 2nd closet.  Here are pictures at the end of the first night before everything was moved in.

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I’ve unpacked more since these pictures were taken.  I don’t want to take final pictures yet though because I don’t have pictures hung yet.

Oh and to add to the reason I’m not stitching… after the move, I had a lot of hand pain. So I went to a hand surgeon who told me I was getting old so now I’m looking for someone else to give me a 2nd opinion and might actually take an x-ray.