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.

Once upon a time I created a website….

I took a class on a program that I don’t remember except that it was wysiwyg and everything came together easily.  But I haven’t managed the website in forever.  It’s not optimized for mobile, the focus piece on the cover is one I’ve actually finished ages ago.  The PHP code from the gallery is long gone. So it’s time to learn something new and re-vamp it.

My hosting company does have a WordPress app which would allow me to migrate what I’ve done here over to there (or I would hope so).  So now I have a new non-stitching project…

First check in for the second half of the year – Stitch from Stash

And we are now in part B of this year’s Stitch from Stash experience.  Business first – Spend $20.44 Earned $6.00 Total $14.44

The items I bought were beads and wisper for Raven Queen and the JCS Halloween issue.

The earn is for finishing the Lauren Sauer Basket of Roses Scissor Fob

Lauren Sauer fob

I found the monogram in a book I had in my stash.  It does look better from a distance than up close.  The current rotation slot is Summer Carousel Horse by Theresa Wentzler.  I’ve finished the first page of the working copy and I’m working on the 2nd page.  I would like to finish about 1/2 of this page during this rotation slot.

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I need to put the electronics down and stitch more.

Angst over the WIP list…

Several years ago I followed the advice of an article in Just CrossStitch magazine and pulled out all my started but incomplete stitching projects and made a list of where I was on stitching them and what the next step was.  I discovered that when I had all the stitching done and just needed to backstitch, I would quit the project. So I started backstitching as I go and that has helped.  But since then, I’ve kept a spreadsheet of my Works In Progress (WIP list).  Over the years I’ve added additional information such as stitch count; if it’s a small, medium, or large project; how many hours I’ve dedicated to stitching it; and where it is currently stored if it’s not on the stitching stand.

The largest my list has been is 68, the smallest since I started keeping track is 32.  I find that I’m comfortable with 36 projects on the list and if it goes any higher I get anxious.  This leads me to my current dilemma.  As an officer in my local EGA chapter, I participated in our class from a visiting teacher, Lauren Sauer, and started two of the projects she taught the class.  I finished the first 2 rows of the Anniversary Rose sampler and I finished over half of the Basket of Roses scissor fob.  I should add that both of these projects are over 1 thread projects and I definitely needed magnifying to work on them.  Both projects added to my list brought me to a total of 36 projects.  Normally, this would be fine but I had told myself and my kids earlier this year that once I finished over 50% of Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen, then I would start one of the other queens.  I have both Spring and Summer kitted up and ready to go.  They have been ready to go since 2004 when I got a yard of Silk/Linen to work with for them.

Maybe it’s the talk at work of enforcing WIP limits but I hit 69% on Autumn Queen this weekend and although I really want a new start, I look at the list and think, not going to happen until something else comes off.   So do I work on the over one stitches to finish the monogram and design on the scissor fob or do I work to finish off Autumn Queen before I start the next queen?  Maybe I work on OverDyed Dragon which has under 10,000 stitches left.  OR I could work on Tide Pools which has about the same number of stitches left as Autumn Queen but goes quickly once I get in the groove of working on it.

But as I get close to a finish, I also have to take into account my track record with completion anxiety.  Just so you know, when I get close to finishing a large or medium piece, I slow down or find excuses not to stitch. (Facebook and associated games have become a great distraction). In trying to analyze this, the best analysis I have found is I have worked so long on the pieces that they have become friends and it hurts to end the friendship even if it means they will be moving to the walls. I end up bribing myself with such things as, if I put one strand in the almost finished piece, then I can work the rest of the evening on a piece that excites me.  I usually end up putting 3 or 4 strands in the anxiety piece before moving on so that works well.

So to help with the decision, I added a new column to my spreadsheet called stitches remaining.  Interestingly, there are fewer stitches left on Fruit Bellpull by Teresa Wenztler than I have left on Autumn Queen. But the scissor fob is definitely the piece with the fewest stitches remaining to do before it’s done.  Maybe I should look at getting a stronger pair of magnifying glasses and just finish it so I can start a new queen.  Now just to focus on the seasonal queens and put thoughts of Mirabilia’s Raven Queen to the side.

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