Author Archives: Melanie

Mama’s Bukid, A Cross Stitch

This project was started in April of 2016. And at some point, I calculated how long it would take to finish this, it was like 15 years (I’m making up numbers but it was a big number).  And that was ridiculous.  I think a normal non-crafty person would probably just hide it in a bag and toss it.  But I decided to work on it more and after some time, those 15 years were cut in half to 8 years.  Then as I saw progress and started loving on it, I worked on it daily and had monthly, weekly and daily goals to finish. Next thing I know, it’s now become a real possibility to get this project finished this year!  I know…. My 15 year project could be finished this year, 3 years after starting.  On Friday night I finished page 6 which is the bottom page for this section.

1/18/2019
Finished column 13 and 14 of page 2 and 6 which means pages 2 and 6 are finished!

I unrolled the project because it’s a monumental time and it is about 20 inches long!  And, it’s about 60% complete.

1/18/2019
Finished page 6! and I’m 60% done. 

 

So how will I finish the remaining 40% this year? I have so many columns on pages 3/7 and then on pages 4/8 (which are partial pages).  So, I need to complete 2 columns per month in order to finish this project.  That’s really pushing myself and while this has been a focus project in the cross stitch part of my crafty life I haven’t regularly completed 2 columns per month. Sometimes I do it and sometimes I do not do it.  But this year, I’m going to really try hard to get this done. I broke it down to daily stitches of doing 1 box and 2 lines per day.  And when the 2 columns are done, I will move onto Gamer.

Happy Sunday, friends!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

 

 

Goals and Things… 2019

I was going to write a post about Cross Stitch… and that post will come but in getting my post together I ran across my 2018 goals. And was reminded about how funny I am. I made a whole 4 post series of my goals of which I’m not going to link up.  If you are truly interested, you can search for it in the search bar with 2018 crafty goals.  In reviewing here’s what I found…

My overarching goals were:

  1. Use what I have
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
  3. Only buy things I will use now

Did I accomplish these things… Short answer is no.  I continue to buy, keep (hoard) and buy things I don’t intend to start.

Here is a short list of specific goals:

Quilting:

==> I can tell you that I did not finish anything quilty related in 2018.  I did sew stuff and make bags and little things and made progress on quilting the humongous Celtic Solstice.  But I didn’t get much done.  I’m a little disappointed with myself but I’m going to do better this year.

Knitting:

  1. SOCKS!
    1. Box of Sox 2018 with Voolenvine – Done!
    2. Knitting Expat’s sock clubs – Done!
    3. Knotty Gnome magical maladies pattern – Not Done!
    4. Misc. patterns already purchased – Not Done!
  2. Other knitting projects that I outlined in the original post –
    1. Finished the Land of Sweets Cowl and Kayla’s Weasley Sweater

Cross Stitch:

  1. I didn’t have explicit goals but wanted to continue to work on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer and add in a small project here and there.  I finished the Spooky Scary 5×5 Mill Hill Kit for Halloween and that’s it.

I did start multiple projects for Quilting, Knitting and Cross Stitching to add to the WIP parade. I’m a little afraid to pull it all out.  But I’ve got a short list of things and I’m working off that list.  One of the things that has been going around Instagram the past few years is people’s Make9 projects.  I created one this year and what I did was pick 3 projects from each section that I want done this year.  For Quilting, I want to finish

  1. Celtic Solstice
  2. Have a little Quilty Christmas!
  3. Staycation

Knitting:

  1. Box of Socks – Same as last year, I’m doing 12 socks for the year.
  2. Jacob’s Weasley Sweater
  3. Featherweight Cardigan

Cross Stitching:

  1. Mama’s Bukid
  2. Gamer – 6 pages
  3. Snowman

This is my short list and it is currently making it easier to get going on things.

I’m tired just typing this all up.

Have a Happy Saturday!

Keep crafting and love on!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

 

 

Sunday Stash Report —- week 1, 2019

Retreating

I’m not going to do Sunday stash this year.  I had been doing a pretty good job for a few years but last year it fell by the wayside.  I couldn’t get myself to quilt Celtic Solstice and while it’s is almost done being quilted, it is still not finished.  That held me back from doing much of anything on the quilty side of things.  I did a bit (ahem, a lot) of purchasing last year and I know that it will continue into this year (but hopefully not as much as last year).  I really shouldn’t as I have NO space for more fabric but I plan to support my LQS at least on a monthly basis and I’ve been helping my older friends with their destashes. 🙂 So I am planning on making progress and using the fabric I have.

This weekend, I spent some time at a friend’s house working on Clue one of Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 mystery quilt, Good Fortune!  I did start along with everyone else when the clues started last Black Friday but I fell behind rather quickly.  And I decided to just continue with Clue One until I finish the clue before moving onto the next clue.  I didn’t search out the reveal when it came but I saw it come through my Instagram feed and I love it.  I didn’t change the colors on my version so I’m happy with spending time working on this quilt.

My quilty goals for 2019 is to finish quilts and use the fabric I have.  I’m having a lot of trouble actually quilting in my crafting space so I’ve been going over to friend’s homes to craft.  And this upcoming weekend I’m heading over to a retreat!  I’m so excited.  Here are the projects and my plans for this upcoming weekend:

  1. Staycation – I plan to put a thin border.  I need to buy more fabric from the quilt shop and it was closed today.  So sometime this week I will need to make it over and get a bit of Kona.
  2. Good Fortune Quilt – I plan to finish clue one and start clue two.
  3. Provence – I plan to piece the inner and outer borders of this quilt.
  4. 2012 SoCal Quilter’s Run Area One mystery quilt – I looked through this project bin just to see where I was at and to make sure I had everything to work on this project.  I noticed that I had a bunch of things pinned together from the last time I worked on this project. Which was at the last retreat I went to last September.

Those are the 4 projects I plan to work on and is squeezed into my bag in the above picture.  I do not have my sewing machine in that bag so I will be dragging that along separately.

Happy quilting friends!

<3, Melanie

@thousandneedles

 

2019 Goals

Happy New Year!

1- Celtic Solstice: Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2013

2- Have yourself a quilty little Christmas by Lori Holt

3- Staycation by Lyn Brown

4- Mama’s Bukid aka Farmland2

5- Gamer by @medusadollmaker (just 6 pages)

6- Kiss for Snowman: a dimensions kit

7- monthly socks

8- Jacob’s Weasley sweater

9- Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Monday’s Plan of Action, week 45

 

Quilting: 

  • Celtic Solstice – My goal for the month was to finish quilting 1 row.  I did that last week!  yaaaahhhh.  Next week I will be out of town for Thanksgiving and will probably not have time to do any more on this project. I am planning on using yellow fabric for the binding.

Celtic Solstice
Quilting…
11/12/18

  • Staycation – I’ve decided I want a thin border. Ideally I want an inch but I don’t know if I have enough fabric so if I do not, whatever I have enough for would be great.  As I will be out of town the latter part of the month, next month, I will spend some time pulling the fabric I have left and checking it to see how much border I can actually have.
  • Provence quilt – No time to work on this project this month. It’s on my list for next month.
  • Provence
    9/22/18

  •  Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 Mystery quilt – I will be out of town the weekend after the first clue is released. But, I did meet another guildie who also plays along with these. We’ve decided to get together every Sunday during this time to work on the clues.  I’m excited about this and hope to find other guild members who would want to join us.

Knitting: 

  1. November Socks – I’m about half way through the foot.  I plan to finish the foot this week and start working on the heel next week.
  2. Jacob’s Weasley sweater – My goal for the month is to finish the letter part.  I have a third left to go and I plan to do a bit more this upcoming week.
  3. Jacob’s Weasley Sweater
    11/4/2018

  4. My Featherweight cardigan – I’ve only done about 3 rows this past week so I still have to do about 17 more rows.  Once the other goals are met, I’ll be working primarily on this project.  My goal for this month is to get 20 rows done.
  5. My Featherweight Cardigan
    11/4/18

Cross Stitch:

  1. Bukid – Columns 11, 12 and 13.   = This week I finished column 11 so I’m working on column 12. This upcoming week, my plan is to get halfway through column 12.
  2. Gamer – I did not set a goal for this project but I have half of column 6 and 7 to finish page 5 so it would be wonderful to get those done.
  3. A Stitch In Time – I still need to get a project page for this month.

And that’s it for this week!

Happy crafting!

Melanie

Goals and things, November 2018

You know what I’ve been missing? My monthly goals and weekly updates. I haven’t been posting these in a long while and the reason is because my quilting is stuck on Celtic Solstice.  It’s still under my machine and I’m really very close to finishing the quilting of it.  But I hate to keep putting it as my goal each month and then not accomplishing it.  It’s a bit demoralizing.  So I stopped.  But I miss doing it and I feel that maybe I need to just make those goals a little smaller each month.  Like – quilt one more row.  Quilting one row on a king size quilt on my domestic (granted it’s a Bernina 790 with a larger throat size than most but still a domestic!) takes about an hour for me. And afterwards, I’m so exhausted and a bit overwhelmed that that’s all I can do in a weekend.  So I plan to make smaller goals and hopefully that will get me through this hump.

I did attend a retreat in September and I was all excited about blogging about it. Then life took over and it just fell by the wayside like a lot of half written posts I’ve made this year.  At the retreat though I made a lot of progress on various quilty projects that had stalled over the past couple of years.  I’m really excited about moving on those but I can’t because my machine is in quilting mode and I really do not want to take out any of my other machines.  As I write this I kick myself in the butt because what’s the point of having multiple machines if I can’t even bother taking it out when one machine is in the quilty mode?  I mean, that’s why one has multiple machines.  I need to blog more. It helps me figure things out as I write out my problems and excuses.

So after that long preamble, here are my goals for November.

Quilting: 

  1. Celtic Solstice – It would be wonderful to get the last 2 rows quilted and then quilt the borders.  But I know (after my rant above) that is setting me up for failure. So, my goal is to take one weekend in November and do 1 row.  Maybe I’ll step it up and actually prep the binding.  That way when it’s finally quilted that part is ready to go.
  2. Staycation – This top is done. I finished it at the retreat I mentioned it above. The pattern calls for a border but I am okay with where it is at. I think I may want a thing border around it and I just have to make a decision and move it to the next step.
  3. Staycation 9/22/18

     

  4. Provence quilt – The inner quilt is done. I think I need to work on the border next.
  5. Provence
    9/22/18

  6.  Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 Mystery quilt – Gather my supplies and get ready! I’m hesitant to join as I’ve got a number of UFOs from her previous years’ quilts but I love the community surrounding these quilts each year and even if I only get a bit done a week at a time, it is fun.

Knitting: 

  1. November Socks – I’ve been good about finishing a sock each month so I will continue to do a bit each day until they are complete.
  2. November Socks

  3. Jacob’s Weasley sweater – I want to finish the letter part.
  4. Jacob’s Weasley Sweater
    11/4/2018

  5. My Featherweight cardigan – I want to get through the first part.  I need to get to row 70 and I’m on row 50.
  6. My Featherweight Cardigan
    11/4/18

Cross Stitch:

  1. Bukid – Columns 11, 12 and 13.  If I could I would love to get through column 14 because then I’ll be done with pages 2 and 5. But that’s asking a bit much for me. I am a little out of love on this project and I force myself to do a bit every day so I continue to progress on this.  So to try and do more than column 13 would be torturous for me.  I know, I can hear you tell me to set it aside since this is cross stitch and it should be fun.  But I want this project done by the end of 2019 and the only way it will be is if I continue to work on it as diligently as I have been.  If I set it aside now… who knows when I’ll pick it back up.
  2. Gamer – I do a little bit each week. This is my fun piece and I do not have a goal for this.  I’m almost done with page 5 so it would be wonderful to get page 5 done.
  3. A Stitch In Time – I do not remember if I’ve even posted about this but it’s my first HAED (Heaven And Earth Design for non cross stitchers) and it’s 25 count and really tiny I need to wear readers when I work on this.  So, I only work on this a bit at a time because my eyes start to hurt after awhile. Again, I do not have a goal for this but I’m currently stitching on page 1, column 3.  My goal for this month is to set up a project page on here for it so I can post pictures for you.

And that’s it for November!

Happy crafting!

Melanie

Cross Stitch, an October update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Here’s where it is now:

10/31/18
Almost finished column 11…

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Here’s what it looks like now…

I’m through column 4 of page 5. I am working on column 5 and I’m more than halfway through a page finish.

 

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – 10/11/2018

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
8/31/2018

Here’s where it is now:

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Gamer Nouveau
Page 5, Column 2
10/11/18

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie