So this week I sacrificed my stitching time on Monday & Tuesday to read my book for my mystery book club meeting tomorrow. I started this book kind of late this month. Usually I start reading my books on Friday night or Saturday morning and then I am usually done by Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but for some reason I wasn’t able to start this one until Monday. So far I’m about halfway through now and should be able to finish it up this evening. Unfortunately, since I sacrificed my stitching time in order to have time to read the book I didn’t make any progress on any of my current pieces. Therefore, I thought this might be a good opportunity to just share a rundown of all my current WIPs and where I’m at with each piece. There are eight WIPs in my “rotation”, some of them are close to being finished and some of them are barely started but here we go:
Elegant Geisha by Dimensions
This is a Dimensions kit that I have been working on for at least five years. The pattern is not particularly difficult, but I just seem to pick her up, work on her for a little while, then we put her away for a while. The official start date is some time in 2012, I think, but she is a piece that I’ve just been working on for work myself, so I never put any pressure on finishing. You can see that I really only have to finish the background shading and the upper tree sections and then she should be ready for back stitching, a press and finishing. My plan is to frame her and find a place on my wall either in the bedroom or the craft room.
Thailand Elephant by Pinn
This is a kit that I purchased while I was in Thailand in 2005. It stayed in my stash for a really long time and then in 2015 I challenged myself to stitch primarily from my stash. (My husband and I were saving to buy our first house and so I was cutting the budget down.) In February of 2015, I opened up this kit and started working on it. It is very nice to stitch, the picture for some reason doesn’t show the color of the fabric, which is like a khaki or olive green and the thread colors really pop them off of it. Right now I’m working on the border around the elephant. While it is an easy pattern because it’s all full cross stitches, the thread that came with the kit is very short and since I use the loop method, I can only get a couple of stitches in before I need to rethread my needle. So that can be a little time-consuming. When it is finished, I am not sure if I’m going to frame it or make a pillow. We shall see.
Fredrick the Literate by Dimensions
Actually, I saw this piece coming together from another stitcher in one of my Facebook groups and I absolutely thought it was gorgeous. Then my local fabric store, Hancock Fabrics, was going out of business and they had a massive clearance sale last year, and I found Fredrick for five dollar! Anyway I started working on him the beginning of this year, he was supposed to be a mystery stitch along, but once I started working on him I realized he is going to be an ongoing WIP. Working on the black fabric is hard on my eyes, so I can only do short bursts at a time. But I know I will love him once it is done.
Five Seasons of Quilts by Leisure Arts
This is another piece that I started this year, but haven’t worked on recently. It is a series of quilts hanging on a clothesline, coordinating with the four seasons plus a Christmas pattern. Currently, I am working on the Spring Quilts and I am not that far into the piece. Forgive the wrinkles in the fabric, the picture makes them seem worse than they are.
Happily Ever After SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Certainly, everybody is probably aware of my Happily Ever After SAL, because it is the primary piece that I have been stitching for the past couple of weeks. I did not want to take it out of the Q-snap today to take a picture, so I’m just sharing my progress on Three Billy Goats Gruff, the March pattern. I am not sure when I will get caught up but I am trying hard to, not only because I really enjoy this piece, but I’m hoping that as a Christmas present I might be able to get it professionally framed when it’s done at the end of the year.
Year Of Celebrations Series by Cathy Habermas
This series is such a pleasure to stitch. They are beautiful patterns and are quite quick to stitch up, if you actually sit down and work on them. February was the first month I stitched and I am now working on May. That means I’m only one month is behind! As soon as I finish May, I am going to start June, then I’m hoping to stitch each month in the first week of that month moving forward. We will see if I actually accomplish that.
In my purse I always have one or two small projects that I keep in my what I call purse pouch. They are they for whenever I am out and have an oppurtunity or need to stitch. Currently I have 2 smalls in my purse pouch. Busy Bees Mouse, which is a mini kit that I had picked up at Walmart many, many years ago. This is a collection of little animal patterns with a bumble bee buzzing. I have nine kits all together and my plan, once they are all stitched up, is to make them into a lap quilt wall hanging. The second small is a Mill Hill kit from the Autumn Harvest collection called Princess Carriage. I have a lot of Mill Hill kits, but this is the first I’ve started working on, meaning my first time working on perforated paper and first time with beads, so I hope it turns out.
Well there you have it. All my current projects. I wonder how many I will actually finish this year?