Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
Introduce yourself – I’m a woman who lives with 2 beagles and a husband. 2 of 3 children are out of the home, the middle one is attending school and will be living here for some time (2 years left of undergrad and 4 years of grad school). I work as a product owner for a company which focuses on making banking easier for you through software improvements to the ATM and transforming how the branch is structured. I just got my ScrumMaster certification and I’m looking for opportunities to move into a ScrumMaster position. My hobbies are fiber arts, which includes stitching, quilting, weaving and needlepoint. My other hobby is volunteering for organizations I love such as the symphony, Salt Lake Comic Con, This is the Place Historic park and STEM organizations.
Introduce my projects – I currently have 31 WIPs across my hobbies. I took the step of declaring 2 projects as UFOs this year. They were 2 quilt tops from my grandmothers house that I haven’t actually touched since I got them. Since I haven’t actually put in any work, I’m going to move them to my kitted but not started list. I have 13 cross-stitch projects. I’m participating in Soulful Stitchings Year of WIPs and in the Stitch from Stash SAL 2017a and having an agile mindset, I’ve done some capacity planning and realized that I’m not going to be able to finish everything this year. So in order here are my cross-stitch WIPS, designer and year started, and status.
- Autumn Queen – Mirabilia – 2004 – I should finish this during the first week of January
- Ecology – – 2016 – I’m doing this as an auction piece for my daughter’s boss.
- Fruit Bellpull – Teresa Wentzler – 1997 – Working on plum block, 2 blocks left, this is on my Year of Wips list
- Dragon Ride – Teresa Wentzler – 2000 – Capacity planning says I could finish this during this year
- Summer Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler – 2011
- Spring Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler – 2011
- Fall Carousel Horse – Teresa Wentzler – 2010
- Fortunate Traveller – Teresa Wentzler – 2003
- Main Street: Crafter’s Paradise – Marie Barber (Just CrossStitch)- 2011
- Sentinel – Fire Wing Designs – 2013
- Anniversary Rose Sampler – Lauren Sauer – 2015
- Ristipisto Jouluha Kit – Ekelund and Esspe – 2016
- Wanted: Santa – Lizzie Kate – 2017 – This is my new year new start and I hope to complete it in January
I have 3 Embroidery WIPs, 4 Needlepoint canvases, one quilt up on a stand for quilting, and 15 quilt tops to be finished.
Goals for the year – Since I’m participating in the Year of WIPs SAL and it only includes cross-stitch, I’m not planning on working on my quilting WIPs at all this year. Based on the number of stitches that I completed during the last 2 years, I average about 3000 stitches per month. That means, I can reasonably complete #1-4 and #13 during this year. I do want to complete more of the TW’s so that I only have one TW WIP in my list. My husband would like me to narrow down from 13 to 3 on my WIP list.
Longer term Goals – I’m trying to work through several kitted projects. One of the legacies I want to leave my children is I would like each to have a seasonal set of designs. The TW Carousel horses, Mirabilia’s Queens and Joan Elliott Fairies are the 3 seasonal sets I’m doing. The other trilogy I would like to do is a 3 Carousel set – one for each child: these are Patricia Allison’s Dragon Carousel, TW’s Carousel and Fire Wing Designs Wild Hunt. I have several other pieces that I want to stitch for me that are kitted and ready to go like Nora Corbett’s Tiger Lily, Mirabilia’s Raven Queen, TW’s Peaceable Kingdom, Mirabilia’s Mother’s Arms and 2 other shelves of kitted pieces. In order to finish everything I want to do in the next decade, I need to increase the amount of time I spend stitching. In 2016 I only spent 136.82 recorded hours. I didn’t record my time for the first 4 months of the year so I’m only averaging about 17 hours stitching per month which is about 4.25 hours per week. There is no reason I shouldn’t be able to double that during this year, especially if I cut down the time I spend playing computer games. I could use some tips on finding more stitching time this year.
What time management techniques do you use to help you find stitching time?
Posted by shondratasha on January 1, 2017
February Topic: How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?
Wait, you’re supposed to overcome that rut feeling? You mean you don’t just say, okay, time to move to the next project in the rotation and put that one back in storage?
Eventually though that time comes when that not so fun project comes back up in the rotation. That’s when that feeling of dread comes into play. I can slog through 5 to 10 hours on any project doing 2 threads a night. What I do in those situations is find something I really want to work on an promise myself, I can work on the fun project after I finish 2 threads on the boring project. It’s that same principle of “you can have your pudding after you eat your meat.” The thing is though that often, the 2 threads turn into more and, in some cases, I may even fall back in love with the dreaded piece.
The next analysis comes with why did I fall out of love with the piece. Sometimes a piece gets put up because I made a mistake and can’t find where it is and I start thinking if I let it sit then I’ll find it the next time I pick it up. Yeah, unless I leave a note, I forget that I put it up needing frogging and I’ll start stitching and have even more to frog.
Another reason for falling out of love is boredom. I don’t really like doing large blocks of the same color. Doing those large blocks is good for gauging if my tension is correct. However on the other end, too much confetti gets boring too. The bests designs have a mix of confetti and large color blocks.
On some occasions, I can no longer remember where I plan to hang the finished piece, or I have a falling out with the person to whom I was gifting the finished piece. I know that’s the case with “O Christmas Tree.” The person who chose it, called a silk and linen ornament “kitschy” not realizing the time and money I spent making it. Since then, I haven’t stitched anything for her.
Sometimes, I’m getting too close to finishing a piece and completion anxiety sets in. See I spend so much time with my pieces that they become friends and it’s hard to let them go. Those are cases where I just need to power through it and think about how lovely they will be completely finished. Knowing how they will be finished and visualizing them in their final space helps with that.
So why do you stop working on pieces?
Posted by shondratasha on February 5, 2015
Just so you know, I’m combining the posts for the two stitching related groups I belong to this month. The topic for WIPocalypse is tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs. My oldest WIP by date it was started is the purse I inherited from my grandmother’s house. I finished the front piece of the purse and I was working on the side strip when I got bored. I also found a great monogram to put an M on the back since we share that initial. The oldest piece I have that I started is one of two Dimensions kits you can see at the top the list on the Stitch from Stash page shown at the top of the blog here.
The newest WIP I have is La-D-Da’s The Raven which I started so I could have a travel piece. It’s a piece that my middle son asked me to do for him. He’ll be home from the Philippines in November. So this is as far as I’ve done on it.
It’s part of three La-D-Da pieces I want to do for the kids. The second is Something Wicked this Way Comes and the third is Toil and Trouble. It’s hard to tell from the little that I’ve stitched that it’s the last word and the raven’s head. I’m using a piece of hand dyed oops fabric from Picture this Plus that Marilyn gave me from their reject pile. I’m stitching it with Fibers to Dye for silk threads which is all from my stash. That leads me into the next blog entry that is needed for this month. Stitch from Stash.
This month we got a free $25 to spend above the monthly budget of $25. With that in mind and in order to support Laurel’s Stitchery’s move to Rainbow Stitchery I bought the 4 Nora Corbett witches which I’ve wanted. If you remember, last month, I bought the fabric to do them with. The total cost for the 4 patterns and the embellishment pack for Gigi came to 40.25. The odd part is that it was originally charged to my credit card and then credited back. So I have all four ladies in hand and nothing charged on my card. I’ve emailed Laurel to make sure she got paid.
In the meantime, I’ve been going like gangbusters on Fire and Ice. Here’s a progress picture from tonight.
I’m only putting in 1-3 threads a night but it’s amazing the progress I see every day. I’m sure that as I enter some of the more densely packed parts that progress feeling will flee. However, I’m almost out of Anchor 897 so I needed to go pick up a new skein. I’ve also been itching for a new start so I kitted up Goblin Market from Counted Illuminations and I was short a few threads. While I was at Craft Center picking those up, I found that they had Toil and Trouble – the third La-D-Da piece in stock. I’ve had it on my list for 2 years now and the shop requires a minimum of $10 if you want to use a debit card so I grabbed the pattern too. The total for thread and the pattern was $11.54. So my total for the month is 40.25 + 11.54 – $25 = 26.79 which is a little over budget but I’ve been under some months so I should still be good.
I’ll try to drop in more next month.
Posted by shondratasha on August 23, 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
This is me stitching with my Princess Bo… This is my stitching chair. It has a magnifying lamp and wide arms for putting my stitching stuff on, patterns, floss, scissors, stopwatch, Tab with ice, all the important things… Stitching has been going good this month, I’ve managed to make it through my entire rotation and I’m now starting over on round two.
Posted by shondratasha on March 16, 2014
This week’s slot was new starts and re-starts – Here are the starts and finishes for this slot…
Both of these are Lizzie Kate designs and stitch up really fast. Be Naughty is ready for framing and I just have the clock to finish on Too Late and then it will be good to go.
I have another finish that I can’t show off yet until the recipient receives it as part of an exchange…
Posted by shondratasha on March 13, 2014
Steps up to the mike…taps…
Hi, my name is Stasha and I suffer from Completion Anxiety. At the top of the blog, you’ll see the navigation to go to my Stitch from Stash/Wipocalypse/WIP/UFO page showing the initial status of all my started projects or things I’ve committed to do. On January 1st, I completed the Homespun Elegance Majestic Bird pattern that I’ve committed to make into an ornament. Then over the last weekend, I finished one of the sock monkey ornaments that I’ve had in my FUPPY pile for over 2 years. But this month I’ve been concentrating on one of my 3 oldest WIPs. A Petit point purse from my Grandmother’s sewing room. I figure that it’s a 60+ year old WIP.
Progress as of 15/Jan/2014
The back is missing from the kit but Carol offered to send me 14 ct canvas to make a back. So now I’m hoping I have enough 8 strand cotton floss to finish the entire thing. I will admit though that I am ready to move on to the next slot on my rotation which will be my TW FruitBell pull that I started sometime in the 1990’s.
The big goal this year is to have more finishes than starts and to finish more older pieces than new pieces.
Posted by shondratasha on January 16, 2014
So at the beginning of the year, I picked 15 pieces to work on and hopefully complete. Of the 15 pieces I selected, 7 are completed. One of my selections was two quilt tops, I completed the smaller of the two – Christmas Pinwheel.
Unless I get snowed in this weekend, this will most likely be the final finish of this year. So I feel safe giving you the stats for this year. I started the year with 69 pieces on the WIP list. During the year, I split the list into WIPS and FUPPY. WIPs are works in progress; pieces that have been started but not completed. The Fuppy pile is Finished-Unfinished Project Pieces. These are pieces that have been finished but are not completed; for example, an ornament, a cross-stitch piece which needs framing, a bell pull which needs hardware added, stuff waiting to go to the framer. I’m finishing the year at 59 total pieces, 38 WIPs and 21 Fuppies. Of the Fuppies, 11 are things I could do myself, 10 are just waiting for money to go to the framer or finisher. I feel better about 38 projects, especially considering that one is the 2nd Christmas quilt which just needs me to sit my butt down in front of a movie or TV show, size the blocks and sew them together, that’s just an afternoon’s work. Another is some Origami fabric pieces I made in a class with a friend that I was going to put on a Drunkard’s path quilt I’ve been making by hand but I realized the quilt is too big to be a wall hanging so it’s a project on it’s own and I need a new background for the Origami pieces. I want to pull from stash for that. It really shouldn’t take long to make a background for the wallhanging. That would leave me 36 WIPs which would be the perfect number for next year.
The theme for next year is every WIP gets love. I’ve promised myself at least 5 hours on every piece. I’m sure there are several which could be finished if I gave them 5 to 10 hours, especially some of the machined quilt tops. If there were 36 items on the WIP list then I would have 2 weeks to complete my 5 hours and if I finished the piece in that 2 week period, I could either move on to the next piece or justify starting something new.
I think I would like to get the WIP pile down to around 20 pieces or less, the problem is after several finishes I like to start something new. That explains why I only finished 7 items from the WIPocalypse list but I have 42 completed projects for the year.
I have 52 pieces which are fully kitted and ready to start and 32 more that I’m totally in lust with. That doesn’t even include canvases I own which just need fibers and would stitch up really quick. It does include quilt tops that I have the fabric and the pattern but have never cut the pieces. I have been beyond SABLE for years now. I just hope my eyesight holds out to retirement when I’ll have time to stitch.
Posted by shondratasha on December 28, 2012
As we enter that final WIPocalypse month, I’m skipping around the project list and having trouble focusing. But I did make progress on stuff. Such as being almost finished with 2 sets of 56 blocks….
Not a pretty picture but I’m going to finish the blocks before I put it away this year. And then next year, I’ll resize the blocks and sew them together (8 rows of 7 blocks). The fun part of this quilt is that the corner cut of the large block, makes the pieces of the pinwheel block for the 2nd quilt.
I also started on my Stars of the New Millennium Stitch-a-Long. Here are Marilyn and Clark:
Yes, I’m ahead of the SAL but these have been so fun to do. The Very Velvet turned out really nice. The metallic black looks better in person than it does on the picture. I’ve been too stressed to lay the border correctly so it’s been waiting. Once I finish the quilt and my December WIPocalypse piece, I’m going to start on the 3rd block.
My December WIPocalypse piece is coming along nicely but I need a canvas stitch which will fit in a space that is 7 threads by 12 threads. And then a decision on what to do with the final row of stitches and it will be completed.
Posted by shondratasha on November 30, 2012
So coming into October I was supposed to be working on Teresa Wentzler’s Fall Carousel Horse.
Well, that didn’t happen. Maybe I was ponied out after working on the Summer border and those grape leaves just weren’t calling for love. However, there were quite a few other accomplishments in October. For some reason when I kept looking at the number of items on the WIP and to be Finished Spreadsheet, having the total over 60 bugged me — maybe not enough to keep me from starting anything new but at least with the first new start, I also finished it so it didn’t get on the list…
Things Haven’t Been the Same…
Then there was the machine applique class at a local fabric shop…
BOO! – applique quilt wall hanging
Then there was the Seuss Safari quilt that got blogged about earlier.
And the Joy Tree that got finished as a pillow with my first self-made piping.
And binding of the Lavender Waves quilt —
Lavender Waves for Liz – piecing finished 2004, quilt finished 10/29/12
And here is the back —
And now my list is under 60 items but in order to keep it under 60 and still be able to start Stars for a New Millennium – I need to finish at least one more project. Will it be the Binding on my Batik Mystery Fairy Quilt or will it be the stitching and making into a pillow of Town of Halloween.
Town of Halloween from JCS 2012 Halloween Issue
Right now Town of Halloween is winning because I want to put it away with the Halloween decorations when I take them down this weekend.
So up next month is making quilt blocks for the Christmas quilt that I started back in 2005… I think I’m almost half way through the 56 blocks but the goal is to get them all completed and sized ready to sew together when I work on it next year.
Posted by shondratasha on October 29, 2012