Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
11/14/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/21/2017

 

Mama’s Bukid
11/21/2017
close up of the bottom spread

I reread my post from last week and realized that I said the wrong thing at the end. I meant to say I am hoping doing the project from bottom top to bottom instead of by thread colors will be less bunchy not more bunchy.  I am halfway through Row 3 and I’m hoping to get it finished this week.  I liked going from top to bottom even though I need to pay more attention and have better thread management.  The extra effort is worth the look of the project!

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

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Monday makings and to do’s, 11/20!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #2 – Bind this. – DONE
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day.  I want to be half way through the purple section. – DONE
  • Secret Project #3 – knit another 5 inches so that by next week, I can work on the next part. – NOT DONE.  I DID KNIT ON IT BUT I ONLY GOT ABOUT 3 INCHES DONE SO I STILL NEED TO CONTINUE ON THIS PART FOR 2 INCHES.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 3 – I’m almost done with Row 2 but I will not be able to finish it until I get through Row 3.  There are a bunch of stitches at the bottom of the row that I could count to but I’d rather wait until I’m closer to that spot.  I’ll be able to easily get there from Row 3 and the likelihood of mistakes will be reduced. – NOT DONE.  AGAIN, I DID WORK ON ROW 3.  I ACTUALLY GOT THROUGH HALF OF ROW 3.  I THINK I SPED THROUGH THE FIRST 2 ROWS SO THOUGHT I COULD DO THE SAME OF ROW 3.  BUT ROW 1 AND 2 ONLY HAD ABOUT HALF THE ROWS FILLED SO OF COURSE IT WOULD TAKE ME LONGER TO DO ROW 3.  IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET THROUGH A ROW EVERY 2 WEEKS.  IT USED TO TAKE ME ABOUT A MONTH OR TWO TO GET THROUGH A ROW.  SO INSTEAD OF THIS TAKING ME 16 YEARS TO FINISH HOPEFULLY I CAN DO SO IN 8!
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – do what I can when I have time.  I would REALLY love to be finished with the leg but I’m half way there.  I need about another 20 rows so with this being at the bottom of the list, I’m not holding my breath. – I WORKED ON THESE A BIT BUT I’M STILL NOT DONE WITH THE LEG.  I’VE PROBABLY GOT ABOUT 10 ROWS TO DO.
  • Harry Potter – also, do what I can when I have time.  It would be nice to have a set of 20 done.  I will be attending knit night this week so I might be able to do it. – DONE.  I AM WORKING ON MY SECOND SET OF 20 ROWS AND I’VE ONLY GOT A HANDFUL OR ROWS LEFT BEFORE THIS IS FINISHED.
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8. This is my Sunday Stitch project so this really depends on how things go on Sunday.  You’ll find out then. – NOT DONE
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle. I do not have high hopes of finishing this anytime soon. – NOT DONE

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #2 – bury one set of threads and label this.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day.  I want to finish clue 4 this week.
  • Secret Project #3 – knit the final 3 inches so that I can work on the next part.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 3 – finish Row 3.
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – do the last 10 rows so I can work on the heel.
  • Harry Potter – do another set of 20 rows.
  • And since this is Thanksgiving Week spend Black Friday with Bonnie Hunter’s first clue of her mystery quilt for this year!

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 46, 2017

Nothing in and Nothing Out.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 42.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 81.75 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

I was still not able to work  on my Sunday Project, A Rainbow Garden last Sunday and I hope I can work on it today! I have 2 projects left for Christmas and I want to get those done before the end of the month.  It looks like I probably will not get 1 of them done which I had already figured but HOPED that I would be close enough to get it done early in December.  I don’t think that’s going to happen.  I probably will get it done by Christmas though as I’ve been working on it daily.  The second project is probably going to get done because it is a small thing.  All that to say that my slow stitching has not been in the world of quilting but in knitting and cross stitching.  I’m still doing a lot of handwork just not the handwork I set aside for Sundays.  Oh well.  that’s just how the flow goes sometimes.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

It’s mystery time! On Ringo Lake is coming from Bonnie Hunter!

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It’s that time of year again!  Who’s doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt this year?  Every year I tell myself NOT to do the mystery because I’ve still got 3 of them hanging out in various stages in my WIP/UFO piles.  And every year I get super excited as Black Friday approaches.  I look forward to spending the next few weeks putting cutting and sewing hundreds of pieces together.  I look forward to the community and the peacefulness of chain piecing.
I’ve participated in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts for the last 5 years.
From 2012, here’s Easy Street:

Easy Street
July, 2014

My son claimed it.

Here’s 2013’s – Celtic Solstice

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

The top is done but I still need to get the back together and then I need to quilt it.  This is a LARGE quilt at 115″ x 115″.  I think it is too big for the long arm I usually rent over at Baron’s.  So I’m debating whether I should send it over to the quilter.  It’s going to cost a lot and that’s why I’m hesitating on getting that finished.

I frogged the mystery quilt from 2014, which was Grand Illusions.  I admit I didn’t like how this one turned out.  That’s okay. Everyone doesn’t have to like everything.  I liked the previous 2 and I liked the last 2 so I frogged it.  I was sad about the fabric but I’ve let that go.

Allietare!  was from 2015 and I haven’t worked on it since 2015.  I love how it turned out and I love the little bit of work I did on it.  So it’s hanging out until I get to it.

Allietare!
Step 4
12/20/2015
2 sets done

En Provence  – was last year’s mystery and I’ve got these separated in 3 bins.  I can’t remember why but like Allietare I loved it when it was revealed and I love the work I’ve done so far.  And so it’s waiting for me to spend time with it.

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #2
12/12/2016

So I really should not start another one.  But I’m going to anyway.  🙂

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie

TGIFF

I haven’t done one of these in awhile.  It doesn’t help that I’ve not been doing much quilting lately.  Nor does it help that the last few things I’ve worked on have been secret projects.  But I’ve got a finish and it’s my last secret quilty project of the year!  My goal this week was to bind it and I did it. So it’s finished but technically it’s not finished finished finished.  First, I got to label it.

I have the label ready to go so that should be done this coming weekend.

Then I’ve got to wash it and make sure nothing untoward happens to it.

And finally, I’ve got to take a picture of it and prep a blog post and project page for it.  I can’t show it yet but once I can, it will be published.

Here’s a sneak peak of the back with it’s binding.

Secret Project #2
11/17/2017

Thank God its Finished Friday!  And I can spend the rest of the weekend doing other projects. 🙂

~Happy Friday!

Melanie

WIP Wednesday: Staycation

Staycation
11/15/17

Last weekend, I attended my guild’s monthly workshop.  The last one of the year.  The instructor was Lyn Brown and she walked us through her Staycation quilt.  I had a ton of fun and it inspired me to finish my secret project #2 so I can switch my machine from FMQ back to piecing.

Happy Wednesday!

~Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
11/7/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/14/2017

The lighting on my more current picture is so much better.  That’s because I remembered to take the picture before it got dark! As you can see I’m making significant progress week by week.  It’s safe to say that my Cross Stitch mojo has come back with a vengeance.

Last week I was putting stitches in as I was working on a particular color.  But I found during the parts where there was a lot of intermingling (is that what they call “confetti”?)  my stitches were getting bunchy and it was not looking very nice.  So on Row 3 I will attempt to start on the top row and work my way down stitch by stitch rather than color by color.  I hope this will create a more bunchy affect.

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Monday makings and to do’s, 11/13!

Last week’s tasks and accomplishments:

  • Secret Project #2 – Finish quilting this! – DONE!
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8. – NOT DONE!
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day – DONE!
  • Harry Potter – I started the Front piece last week and now I’m working 2 rows per day on the Front piece. I printed some graph paper and I need to figure out how I’m going to know a K instead of the H that the original sweater boasted. – I DIDN’T GET MUCH WORK ON THIS DONE. SINCE IT’S NOT ON MY CHRISTMAS PRIORITY LIST I ONLY WORKED ON IT 3 TIMES AND ONLY DID A 1-2 ROWS EACH TIME.  I HAVEN’T EVEN FINISHED THE FIRST 20 ROWS WHICH I GENERALLY DO IN LESS THAN A WEEK’S TIME.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 1 – My goal this week is to stitch the fourth line on Row 1.  THIS IS DONE AND I’M ACTUALLY ON ROW 2 NOW.
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – 2 rows per day.  I’d like these socks to be done this month.  But my Christmas knitting takes top priority since I plan to not be doing any Christmas knitting in December. – I GOT SOME OF THIS DONE BUT NOT NEARLY FAR ENOUGH.  I WOULD LIKE TO GET THE LEG DONE BUT AGAIN, THIS ISN’T ON MY CHRISTMAS PRIORITY LIST SO I NEED TO LEARN TO BE HAPPY WITH THE LITTLE I GOT DONE. 🙂
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle. – NOT DONE!

My List for next week:

  • Secret Project #2 – Bind this.
  • Starting point Shawl – knit 3-4 rows per day.  I want to be half way through the purple section.
  • Secret Project #3 – knit another 5 inches so that by next week, I can work on the next part.
  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 3 – I’m almost done with Row 2 but I will not be able to finish it until I get through Row 3.  There are a bunch of stitches at the bottom of the row that I could count to but I’d rather wait until I’m closer to that spot.  I’ll be able to easily get there from Row 3 and the likelihood of mistakes will be reduced.
  • St. Patty’s Socks and Secret Mandala sock blank that I’m knitting up congruently – do what I can when I have time.  I would REALLY love to be finished with the leg but I’m half way there.  I need about another 20 rows so with this being at the bottom of the list, I’m not holding my breath.
  • Harry Potter – also, do what I can when I have time.  It would be nice to have a set of 20 done.  I will be attending knit night this week so I might be able to do it.
  • A Rainbow Garden – continue working on block 8. This is my Sunday Stitch project so this really depends on how things go on Sunday.  You’ll find out then.
  • Maxwell Bag – finish hand stitching the second handle. I do not have high hopes of finishing this anytime soon.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 45, 2017

Nothing in and Nothing Out. Last Sunday I went to a Weaving and Fiber Festival in Torrance, CA.  I loved all the colors and fiber.  But I didn’t spend any money other than my admissions fee.  Which is very strange indeed.  I’d like to say that I’m learning to control my impulses and buy things for projects when I’m ready to start working on a project.  But that would not be true.  Really I have a ton of yarn and like my fabric space do not have room for more. I would have found space for the fiber though but I do not know how to spin on my drop spindle.  I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos and I’m just not getting it.  I think this is something I need to take a class and learn.  I would also love to get a spinning wheel and start playing with that.  But I’m afraid to get into another hobby or have another project.  So, I’m leaving that alone and will happily watch the spinners and yarny folks on YouTube.  I did find some sort of collective that does semi annual workshops or retreats and teaches this sort of thing.  The fall one was this weekend and I was not able to attend.  But I will try to attend the spring  event.  Maybe I’ll discover that I truly enjoy spinning and maybe I’ll be able to rent one a bit before forking out the cash.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 42.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 81.75 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

I was not able to work  on my Sunday Project, A Rainbow Garden last Sunday and I will probably not work on it today either!  I’ve got a number of projects I need to get done for Christmas so I’m working on those first.  The plan is to get it done by the end of this month so that all my crafty projects in December are fun projects for me.  Unfortunately, this project has to be put aside until I get to it.

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
10/29/2017

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
10/15/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
11/7/2017

I’m sorry the lighting is so bad.  This was what I had available so this is what you see.

I didn’t realize when I listed my goal yesterday that I only had 2 stitches left in Row 1.  I finished that in a second and started working on the first line in Row 2.

My goal for the month is to finish Row 1 (done!) and Row 2.  So I’m working on Row 2 and we’ll see how that goes.  I’ve got 8 different threads to use in that row but the last one is a bit away from the main project.  I’ll do that one when I get to Row 3 as Row 3 connects to that part of the picture.  I can try to do the counting but that’s where errors happen so I’m happy to wait until Row 3 to minimize the risk of errors. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie