July “Mediums”

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My July “Smalls” were more like “Mediums” for me. I did get in a good amount of stitching considering it is summer and my schedule has been…not a schedule.

First, May for Joyful World. The cats are so cute! Again, no plan yet for the grass along the bottom. I am leaving all this ground for each month till last. So for me, it’s done. Should I skip June and July and forge ahead to August to keep up? Hmmm. I love the flamingos in July! Maybe I’ll do them next!


Next, almost finished is the Fraktur Friends Silver Needle piece by Plum Street. This is so fun. I put in some special touches, the eyelets for the brown and gold flowers and the satin stitching on the wings. The effect on the wings was not what I planned but I still like it. It looks like shingles and while I would be happier with a more defined checkerboard shape, overall I do like the look so I’m leaving it as is. You can see I have a few little sections to finish up:

I was going to make a pin pillow like the model shows and did even buy the chenille. But this would be kind of a big pin pillow. I think it is better framed, so that’s my plan. Then, in the future, someday, I will do it again but tiny, when I have learned to stitch itsy bitsy on 52/60 ct and then I will make the world’s cutest birdies pillow!

 

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!