My Three Big WIPs

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I went into this year with 3 bigger projects: Random Thoughts by The Drawn Thread, Heirloom Nativity by Victoria Sampler, and Baby Celebration by Just Nan. Now do you even remember those first two?!

Of course I did make good progress on all of them but none are quite finished! And they all could be! So with 3 months left in the year, here’s what I’m going to do:

1) Finish Baby Celebration in October so it will be done before baby’s 1st birthday on November 10. Here is it as of today:

You can see how close I am! No problem with this goal!

2) Complete the center design of Random Thoughts before Thanksgiving. The “Z” represents the bottom right corner of the center section. I’ll do the border and hem stitch in 2019 (!) because there will be a learning curve!

Also very close! My delay is all the over one bits-there is a cat and a flower-and then I have to chart my name…well, it’s not the straightforward stitching. I can do it!

3) Stitch down to the hardanger portion of Heirloom Nativity before Christmas. Again there’ll be a learning curve with the hardanger so I’ll save that for 2019 too.

This one has the most work on it, but also the longest time to get it completed. And it will be nice to stitch the Nativity in Advent.

What a lovely plan!

Somehow within this stitching I have 2 little gifts to make and I’d really like to get one small done a month to keep up with the Smalls SAL and possibly Ornies SAL (especially because I have pieces picked for those). Anyway, we’ll see-I don’t want to put off the big pieces anymore in order to do the little ones this year. Wish me luck to persevere and succeed with my lovely plan!

Fall Break Finishes

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I live in Arizona as maybe you notice when I mention it occasionally and in October we are usually experiencing 90+ degree days regularly right up to Halloween. Ugh, right??!! Although it seems like this year has been a bit cooler than normal, our family still wanted to escape the end of summer heat and so we went to visit our folks in Indiana for fall break week! We brought the heat with us as the first days of the week were in the 80s, which is unusual there! At first we didn’t feel like we were experiencing fall at all. But, by the end of the week it cooled down and while the fall colors were scant, at least we felt the chill in the air!

Traveling with 5 kids is never much of a vacation–it is a “family trip!” However, since the kids were going to be enjoying lots of grandparents time I brought my stitching to make it as enjoyable and productive as I could for me too!

And I was productive! I have 2 finishes!

Here is Mr. Nutley Owl from Just Nan. The stitching is finished! I put the beads on too, after I took this photo, so he just needs to be sewn up!

And…Lazy Alphabet! It’s done! Yay!!

I’ll aim to get Mr. Owl sewn up for the Smalls SAL check in and also head off to Hobby Lobby for a frame for the alphabet. It feels so good to be winding down the year and getting things checked off my “Stitch in 2018” list!

Now I Know My ABCs

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I finished the alphabets in my La D Da projects.

Here’s Lazy Alphabet

And Leaping Cat

For Lazy Alphabet there are a few more little flowers and things and then the border which is just a solid navy line and a dotted red line. Easy peasy!

For Leaping Cat there is quite a bit more work- 3 trees, a bunch of grass, and a border around it all. This won’t be finished this year due to other “stitching commitments!”

Mr. Owl also has more vest on… here he is:

Little by little these things get done!

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