October Stitching Update


Over fall break, I only got a little bit of stitching done on Oakley Owlet. I just could not stitch in the car on the windy roads we were on, and after all the hiking each day, I was too tired to stay up and stitch! So here is my tiny little start:

Once home I was eager to get back to Autumn Quakers. I’ve made a bit of progress, starting many motifs and finishing none! You know though, it will be satisfying to fill in the missing bits and have a bunch of motifs come to a finish all at once.

My main issue with this project is one color-the light orange.

The color I started using for this symbol turned out to have too much mauve in the variation-it is more pinkish than orange even though when it’s piled up there is looks to be a good choice. The second orange that I chose is too light and bright-in person especially it sticks out like a sore thumb. You can really tell in the bouquet where it is supposed to be a subtle shift of rusty orange to dark red. I just don’t think the super light orange goes very well with the richness of the other colors. I’ve hunted through my stash twice and come up empty-I just don’t have a lot of oranges! So, I think I’m going to have to go shopping!

October FFO Gallery


We were on fall break this past week* so I didn’t have a lot of time to finish things up, so I tried to get most of it done before we left. I also didn’t have too much recently stitched to FFO anyway. I made the Pensee Sauvage by Samplers Not Forgotten into a pillow per the kit instructions.

Oh my goodness, I am glad this was a heavily patterned fabric. I cut one of the sides an inch too short and had to sew the pieces together and recut! You can hardly tell-the patched together side is on the back. I’m not sweating it. It came out really cute.

I also put together the Stacy Nash Summer Garden needlebook. The instructions were really good. This was not too hard to accomplish. I learned a new thing too-how to finish a small on both sides of a cardboard shape when only using 1 piece of cardboard. That will come in handy for ornaments and such.

Finally, I finished Chubby Bird from Jeannette Douglas into the example tart pan finish:

I followed Vonna’s tutorial. But I did A LOT of lacing of the back after gathering it with a drawstring. Lacing really is the KEY to getting a round shape with no lumps. It is totally worth the extra effort!

Thank you Rachel for hosting us for this SAL! Head back to Ten Hour Stitcher to see more FFOS!

*Where did we go on Fall Break? Well, we’ve been cooped up since March due to Covid of course. It was time to get out and do something. We headed up to Sedona and Flagstaff to see some fall color, then to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. I love our amazing scenery out here in the Southwest US!

doesn’t it look like Narnia??
North Rim of the Grand Canyon-the morning light and haze from the CA wildfires and other pollution was not too good for pictures
Zion National Park from Canyon Overlook
View from near Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon
“Queen’s Garden” so named because one of the rock formations looks like a famous statue of Queen Victoria. We took the kids on the 3 mile hike down to the floor of the Bryce Ampitheater and back up. It was a long way down and a longer way up. About a 4.5 hour hike for little legs!
View from Sunset Point, the structure on the right (casting the small shadow that looks a little like a person with a square head) is the Hammer of Thor

And we’re off!


I’m loving my October stitches so far! Here’s the first few days’ work on Autumn Quakers. I’ve completed 2 more of the bigger motifs, started some others, and added several smaller ones. I’ve made it to the right edge. Woo hoo!

And I got the stitching done on Chubby Bird.

I think I’ll leave off the words. This gets finished in one of those little tart pans and Acorns and Threads sent me one with the kit. I will follow Vonna’s tutorial which, like all her tutorials, is very good for a successful tart pan finish-I have used it before. I’ll aim to have it ready to show next week for the FFO gallery. Have a good one!

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