January 2019 WIPs

My goal for this year is to blog each month about my works in progress. Especially now that I have more projects in my rotation, it would be nice to show you what I worked on.

I mentioned in a previous post that I decided to join some stitchers on Instagram to stitch on a Prairie Schooler each month. The idea is to start a new pattern each month, but I decided to simply work on a wip at least 1 week each month. When I finish one, I can treat myself to a new Prairie Schooler start. You can see everyone’s progress here #averyprairieyearSAL.

The Prairie Schooler I have is Where There are Bees. I purchased the pattern last year all kitted up and ready to go! I’m stitching it on 32 count white Jobelan using called for DMC colors. I decided to make a matching project bag, which I actually completed before the new year in anticipation for my start.

During the first week of January, I made my start on the center motif. I then continued into the lower bottom corner during week 3.

I then made another project bag for my Purple Martin Apiary by Shakespeare’s Peddler. The chart was designed exclusively for Jen’s Stitching Niche on Etsy and you can find it here.

I started this project in July, 2018. I’ve been very eager to stitch on this, but it’s very slow stitching as it’s a little hard to see. I’m stitching this on 40 count Black Forest by Lakeside Linens using the called for Weeks Dye Works floss. I finished the bees, added the left side border, and made a start on the bee hives.

My final project, that I started in January, is my lunchtime project. It’s called The Ones You Love by Teresa Kogut. Teresa recently started making flosstube videos and to thank her viewers for their kindness and support, she designed a free chart as a gift. I definitely recommend her channel so please check her out if you haven’t already! I decided to stitch this on my fabric of the month by Colour and Cotton. It’s a 32 count belfast linen in Cornflower Blue. I’m using most of the called for DMC colors, but what I didn’t have in my stash, I substituted with a very similar color.

While there hasn’t been much gardening during the winter season, I would like to share with you my blooming Hellebore ❤

I hope to have more quilting progress to share with you by the end of February. I’ve been working on my king size quilt commission and I’m making some great progress. It should be worth showing on my next update. See you then!

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SAL Update 2.3

Hello stitching friends! I made some decent progress on my Scarlet Quince project and I think it’s important that I show you the before and after since this is full coverage. My goal was to make it to the red passion flower bud.

Before
After

Stitch Stats: 407 stitches, 22.7% complete

Pattern: Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade, charted by Scarlet Quince.

I can’t believe we already have 2 new members since we last posted. A warm welcome to Carmela and Jocelyn! Looking forward to seeing what they are working on as well as the rest of the members of our group. Join me in a blog hop by clicking the links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, and Jocelyn

SAL Update 1.13

I’m pulling out my UFO (unfinished-object) for the SAL! This has now turned into my oldest WIP. The pattern is called Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade, charted by Scarlet Quince. I started back in 2012 and stitched strong for about a year. You can see I made great progress early on. I completed 3 pages and made a start on the 4th page, which is where I started back this week.

There are 79 colors and they are mostly blends. Meaning I’m using 1 strand of floss from two different colors on the needle. Most of the colors are shades of green. As you can see the effect is like a painting when you are done stitching. Luckily, Scarlet Quince came out with an app in 2017. The app is amazing! All the charts you buy are available in the app. The app allows you to highlight a symbol that you’re stitching, which saves so much time. You can also color complete a symbol by either clicking the one square, or by 10×10 block, or by page. You can also “mark” symbols in a different color, which I use to designate my parked threads. I had a pretty good flow of searching my next symbol, marking those complete, then marking my parked thread, repeat. The app also provides statistics of hours worked on, stitches completed, and overall % of chart completed.

Here’s the progress I made this week. 454 stitches and 22% complete.

I know with the support of the SAL group I’ll accomplish a lot! If you are interested in joining our stitch along group, contact Avis below. We update our progress every 3 weeks and we each work on our own projects, at our own pace. We actually have two new members! Warm welcomes to Renee and Jenny 🙂 I look forward to seeing what they are working on and how the rest of the group is doing on their projects.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, and Jenny