Author Archives: 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

 

 

It’s been a long time and I wanted to say hello!

Hello!!!!

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately.  Isn’t it weird how they still call them podcasts even though podcasts used to mean just audio recordings?  And some of them still call themselves VLOGs but those really mean the vlog style of simply recording short snippets.  And for those who cross stitch, they have FlossTube.  It’s still a video podcast on YouTube  but is specific to videos about cross stitching.  It’s so very interesting how words and meanings are created and changed as technology progresses.  Anyway, in my little world, there’s a shift as more and more bloggers switch to YouTube.  But then there are still a lot of bloggers keeping up that world.  I haven’t opened up a YouTube channel yet and as tech savvy as I am, getting dressed and prettied up is just way too much work for me to sit in front of my phone and chat with the world.  I would really love to though.

I mention the whole YouTube thing because somewhere in all my watchings, I discovered that I’m a multicraftual.  Meaning… I do a bunch of different crafts.  In the past, I used to think I only have room for 1 hobby or 1 main thing. I can have little side things but really 1 main thing is it.  I only have room for so much stuff and there is only time for so many things.  But lately, that kind of thinking has gone the way of the dinosaurs.  I am doing 3 things right now – cross stitching, knitting, and quilting.  I know I haven’t posted much of anything on that front but believe me – I still call myself a quilter and I still think of myself as primarily that.  At some point in the near future I want to start sewing garments and stuff.

Don’t get me wrong, space is still an issue.  I only have so much room for yarn, floss, and fabric.  Of everything fabric and quilty things have taken over most of my craft space.  Knitting takes up very little space in comparison and cross stitching even less.  At least for me.  My yarn stash is just in one bookcase and I’m on a yarn diet for right now.  I went a little overboard on the yarn purchases last year and now I’m working my way through it.  Cross stitching takes up 2 drawers and I’m slowly putting kits together.  Before this recent cross stitch frenzy that has taken over me lately, I had a small box of stuff that fit in a little drawer.  I’ve probably tripled my stuff since then but that means 2 drawers full of stuff.

Time is still an issue too.  There’s only so much time in a day, week, month, year.  I primarily knit while I’m out of the house and cross stitch on one project during the week and a second project on the weekends.  Quilting is more difficult.  I’ve been stuck on this project:

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

Do you see that… I finished the top in February 2017.  It took me the next YEAR to finish the back:

Celtic Solstice
The back, not yet finished
Daaaang, that’s big!
2/15/2018

And in the meantime, the place I used to rent a long arm at (Barron’s) got rid of their long arm and I no longer have a place to quilt it.  This is a king size quilt.  I ended up just biting the bullet and wrestling it under my machine. Yes, my domestic sewing machine!

Quilting Celtic Solstice
9/2018

I do have a Bernina 790 and that machine has a great big throat so that helps.  But, it’s still crazy and I hate it.  It’s been sitting there for the past few weeks. I’m about half way through the quilting but I am not feeling like doing this right now.  In fact, I probably will not get back to it until the last weekend in September.  Next week I’m going on a quilt retreat!

So I haven’t been doing much quilting this past couple of years because this humongous quilt was occupying way too much space in my brain.  What can you say, it’s a king size quilt.  I don’t even have a king size bed.  You may wonder why I just didn’t get it quilted?  I could have paid a long armer to quilt it for me and be done with it.  And if it was for me, I probably would have.  But this was a mystery quilt. It was Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt from a few years ago and I’m not especially in love with it.  Well I love the pattern but I’m not in love with the colors.  They are not my favorites.  That’s reason number one has to why I didn’t want to pay a lot of $$ for it to be quilted.  Then reason #2 – I’m giving it away.  I do not know yet who it will be going to but, someone will be getting it at some point.  So at this point, I just want this quilt to be done, given away, and out of my house forever.  Then I can move on to something else.  And with Barron’s no longer having a long arm for me to rent, I’ll need to figure something else out on that end.  I will probably by myself something in a couple of years.  The Bernina long arm is too much money.  But I may get a sit down machine.  It will not take up as much space as a long arm and will allow me to get these quilts quilted.  So over the next two years, I’ve decided to just get the tops and back ready and build up a pile of quilts to be quilted.  These are my thoughts and things can change over time but, this is what I’m thinking of doing.

I would like to post more often but I find that I get hung up on the picture part of the blog.  I do not have problems taking pictures, but putting my watermark and uploading a pic to wordpress seems to be a major hang up for me.  I do have more things to say but I’ve got to go give our dog a bath, so I will need to come back and tell you more of what’s going on.

I miss blogging and writing.

<3,

Melanie

Cross Stitch, an update – August, 2018

Progress… When I look at these close up every day, I can see I’m making progress but it doesn’t feel like much.  But when I step away and look at it from a distance I get excited about what is coming alive under my hands.  Then when I take weekly pics, it’s even more exciting because the progress is very obvious and I’m amazed at how much I got done over a week.  That is even more obvious when I look at the monthly pics.  My last updated pics on this blog for both Mama’s Bukid and Gamer were from July 31.  Here are the pics from the end of August.  They are amazing and beautiful!  I ❤ it so much right now.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
July 31, 2018

Here’s where it is now:

Mama’s Bukid
8/31/2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
7/31/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

Gamer Nouveau
8/31/2018

My next goal for September is to finish row 8 and 9 for Mama’s Bukid and to finish pages 3 and 4 for Gamer.

Happy Sunday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update – week 30, 2018

It’s been a long while since I posted an update as to where I am with my cross stitch projects.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s where I was last time:

Mama’s Bukid
4/10/2018

Here’s where it is now:

Mama’s Bukid
July 31, 2018

 

Gamer Nouveau

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Gamer Nouveau
4/10/2018

Here’s what it looks like now…

Gamer Nouveau
7/31/2018

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Getting back into things

I’m back. I’ve been back but I’ve not posted anything on here because I haven’t been quilting as much. I’ve been knitting and cross stitching a lot.  I also haven’t been very good at taking pictures or writing.

Life has resumed to our normal routine but getting back into blogging hasn’t made it back into my program.  I hope this little post will help me break through and post more regularly.

~happy crafting.

Melanie