In the middle of things

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So, usually on vacation I take a bunch of stitching because I am on vacation and will have “all this time.” Then I am lucky to get one stitch in.

This time I was not mentally optimistic, but I still came prepared just in case. And I did get a few nights of stitching done on May for Joyful World. Here it is:


I really like this one nonetheless I am way behind because I have been enjoying working on so many other projects this year! So, I am not minding TOO much taking my time with it. I guess this will be a 2 year project. But I won’t let that idea make me put it all off till next year! I will keep plugging away!

So why isn’t it done? It easily could be! But I also really wanted to start on Plum Street Samplers Fraktur Friends! I’ve been working on it here and there all week and we’re about half done:

 

This was part of the Silver Needle’s Circle of Friends club which I was lucky enough to get a last minute spot in last year. I just LOVE this design. I think it might be my favorite of all of them. I like the model finish better than the finish with the materials provided so I’ve got to order some chenille trim.

I hope I get this done to count it as my July small…we’ll see. It’s not THAT small compared to the others I’ve done this year!

More Small(s) Triumphs!

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I finished my June Smalls SAL: isn’t she a sweetie?



I love it so much I bought the companion pieces which are a Santa and a bell.

I FFO’d my June Noel ornament for the ornies blog:


This is such a versatile design I will definitely make it again. So next time hopefully the finishing won’t be such a mess!!

Here’s my small from last month FFO! I found a really good frame I think but I think I want to change the color. Hmmm….

And…drumroll please…here is Petit Coeur Bleu with the ribbons! Lovely!


This would have been worlds easier if the chart had been a bit better with the placement of the roses. I think the chart was actually off by about 2 spaces in the up/down centering of the ribbon work. It worked much better to just eyeball it. Nonetheless I am really pleased with this little heart! And I think someday I will make some more of them. The ribbon and thread was really generous so I can even use this color way again. Good thing, the ribbons were fun but I need practice to make them look better!

Small Triumphs in Blue

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I’m winning against the pile of projects! I got those bands completed on Heirloom Christmas before July like I hoped. Yay! I even started the next band which is the 3 Wise Men:


I love this project. It is so beautiful. Here’s a close up of the bands section I completed:


The last stitch I learned, the green interwoven stitch with the gold beads, is stunning.  It was not hard at all (but I did need to be awake to do it!). I’ll put this aside now and take Joyful World on vacation. But I can’t wait to get back to it!

The floss stitching is done on Petit Coeur Bleu. Now I have to learn the ribbon stitches. I’m nervous about it for no reason.


The Atalie silk floss is so pretty. I think if I do this again I might pick something richer. But the great thing about this design is how it lends itself to so many colors. I have seen some stitchers do it over and over again in a veritable rainbow. What a good excuse to go shopping for ribbons and floss!

I finished my ornament for July. Isn’t it cute?!  I better get the June one done!

And I finally went back to the birth record by Sisters and Best Friends which I finished last year. I wanted to add a star charm on the moon and I finally found the perfect one so here it is all framed.


I love this piece too. It was quick and the colors I found turned out perfect. The dark blue is Auntie Dee and the rainbow silk is Glowing Embers by Caron Waterlilies.

I’ve got a short week this week to finish up a few things before vacation. I’ll check in on Friday with whatever I accomplish!