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

 

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Wednesday Works in Progress

I felt like I got a lot done this week.  I finished up the 10 hours in the rotation slot for Fire and Ice.

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I thought that I would want to keep working on it after the 10 hours was up since I was still in love with it at 7 hours of work but as that 9.5 point drew close, I knew I wanted to be working on something else.

If I actually stick to my rotation the next thing to work on would be putting in five hours on my Stars for a New Millennium.  So I got it out and I’ve put in about 30 minutes on the border and I’m eager to get the border done so I can go back to the fun part.

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It doesn’t look like I did much in 30 minutes but I did get across the middle square there.  I also realized why I wasn’t stitching on the Dr. Who quilt and I asked Kerry for her block 12 pattern and added a fez to 11 along with rearranging the block.  Here are the patterns as they wait for the previously traced blocks to have the pattern washed out and get re-used.

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With any luck, I’ll actually have some stitching on the final blocks to show next week.  I’ve decided on the final layout and I have some ideas about what I want to do on the border.

And up in the rotation after working on Stars will be 10 hours on Celtic steps which I bought because I had this wild hare that I should do at least on 40 ct canvas project in my life.  I don’t think I’ve done anything on it since I bought it at Nashville CATS when I roomed with Wendy and Suz.

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So see you next week, hopefully with some progress.

And the State Fair Results are in…

First, I’m sorry about the pictures, I took them with my phone.  Second, for those who saw the posts on Facebook, well this is a repeat.

Just so you know, here are the results.

My first blue ribbon for Cross-stitch at the State Fair

That’s right, despite all the Blue ribbons I’ve had in Needlepoint, I’ve never had a blue ribbon in Cross-stitch pictures.  I’ve had them for ornaments but never for a picture so I’m quite happy to have this be the first.  It’s Teresa Wentzler’s Winter Carousel Horse.

Fairy Tale Sampler by Dragon Dreams – okay, so it’s fuzzy, I took the picture on my phone.  What makes me really happy about this one is that it’s on 28 ct fabric which is the largest category in the fair.  Yes, that’s my competitive streak showing.

Remember I was worried about even dropping this one off because there was a bubble in the framing? I was positive that it would be a waste of time and I would just end up being embarrassed.  So the ribbon was an unexpected pleasure.  It’s an original design based on the Plum Pudding NeedleArts Witch’s Pantry ornament in the Sept/Oct 2012 JCS issue.

And that’s how I did…

I did find a needlepoint piece that I want to stitch though.

Does anyone recognize the pattern?

Blue Moon WIPocalypse post

It’s been a busy month with Olympic stitching and some framing and finishing – so we start with the Olympics this gave me much stitching time as we fast forwarded through the TIVO recording of the NBC coverage.  I don’t pay for television so there wasn’t much we got to watch.  Anyway, the first thing I worked on was a chatelaine for an exchange –

Chatelaine based on a picture I saw of an antique chatelaine on the internet.

Here is the back of the Chatelaine for the exchange

Part of the Chatelaine is the Assisi Scissor Case we got in our July EGA meeting.   This is designed by Alice Rathofer.

She used her favorite calligraphy alphabet to create the alphabet for stitching the names on the piece.  There are instructions for two types of scissor case with this pattern.  The slip case which I used here and a scissor pocket.

You can reach Alice at our EGA chapter page – http://egasegolilychapter.org/

But wait that’s not all during the 2012 Olympics, I worked on my final ornament from the 2002 Winter Olympics.  I had originally stitched 4 ornament because that is all the charms I had but when I went to frame them I realized that if I had 5 ornaments I could frame them in circles the color of the Olympic rings and hang them so they look like the rings.

So after finishing that for my Olympic stitching I figured I should go back to my WIPocalypse list and work on my Spring TW Carousel Horse.  I put about two hours in on it when I looked on my list and realized I was supposed to be working on my Dragon Dreams Dragon Doorstop.

I think working on Winter ran over and I managed to get my months mixed up – however since I did get some time on both, I can start my Summer TW Carousel Horse.

But that is not all that happened this month.  I got my TW Winter Carousel Horse back from Edgeline Framing along with the Fairy Tale Sampler which my older son claimed as his.

TW Winter Carousel Horse

Corner detail of the TW Carousel Horse frame – it’s designed so I can use the same frame for all 4 horses

C’s Fairy Tale Sampler

But after getting those back so I could take them to the State Fair it hit me that I didn’t have a Needlepoint piece to put in the Fair so I started looking for something I could stitch together quickly.  And I found an ornament in the Sept/October issue of JustCross Stitch by Plum Pudding Needlearts.  However when I pulled a piece of canvas and the fibers I didn’t really like the design so much so I started putting together a piece of my own based on the ornament I had seen in the magazine.  This is what it ended up looking like – 

I learned that I cannot call this an original design, and it’s not an adaptation since it was inspired by a stitched piece and not a different style of art.  That makes it a derivative work.  So this is my derivative of Plum Pudding Needleart’s Witch’s Pantry.

I didn’t get a picture of the frame I put it in before dropping it off at the fair.  But I did take pictures of the other pieces I framed this week.

I’m not too happy with the framing of Black Swan’s Fire and Ice since it doesn’t look like I got it quite even. And I also got two ornaments finished as well.

I made these because they reminded me of the ornaments I’ve seen on my aunt’s Finnish style tree.
But that’s not all I did this month…
My son is moving to the Philippines in October and he wanted to have a quilt to take with him so here is the start of the Safari quilt that he kitted up when he was in junior high.

This is what the blocks look like and here are the pieces I’m still working on –

It’s been a busy month. My completed projects list for this year is now at 24 items and my Rotation list is down to 64 items. If I finish up the ornaments I started earlier this week, then I could be under 60 items on the full list by the end of the long weekend. And we’re back on track with my original WIPocalypse list so I’ll be putting TW’s Summer Carousel Horse up on the stand.

Finished my Jody Purple Sampler ornament

Due to technical difficulties with my SharePoint class, I had 2 hours of uninterrupted stitching time at my desk (hey, they could have fixed the server at any minute) so I needed something small that I could work on without using frame.  My Purple Jody Sampler ornament was on the WIPocalypse list so I grabbed it.  And finished it – more to come on the WIPocalypse post but here’s a picture for now….

Jody Purple Sampler ornament

completed January 30, 2012