SAL Update 11.03

Apologies to my stitching group for my delayed post today! I’m not going to lie, 3 weeks past me by too quickly that I needed to put some progress on Into the Jungle today! My goal before posting my progress was to complete the green foliage in the block i’m working on and I accomplished just that.

Hopefully I will have this block complete by the time we post our progress again at the end of this month.

Another reason why I was distracted this weekend was because I decided to start a new winter project. I noticed a fellow stitcher on instagram start First Snow by Alicia Paulson, which I’ve had in my stash and have been eager to start. I asked if I could join her in stitching it and of course she encouraged me to stitch along with her πŸ™‚ I spent the day yesterday gathering my floss and prepping my new start.

Did you also spot the sweet kitty needleminder? I was surprised to get in in the mail on Friday from my sweet friend Leah Noel. She creates Flosstube videos and you can check her out here. She said she had bought a few of them to send to stitchy friends and knew I had to have one. I love it and was also eager to place it with a project.

If you are interested in joining our SAL group, click on Avis’s link below for more details! We post an update on our own project every three weeks and encourage each other to make more progress and stay motivated. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the SAL group has progressed with their projects this time around. Read along with me by clicking the blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, and Connie

Welcome back Connie! We’ve missed you and happy to have you stitching along with us again!

SAL Update 10.13

Happy Fall everyone! We finally had our first weekend of fall weather here in Texas and hoping it’s here to stay. I had a busy weekend and was not able to work on my full coverage piece. In fact, the stitching I was able to work on was Into the Jungle by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. This SAL started January 2018 and I have not completed it yet. I’m very close though and I’ve decided to make this my new SAL project until it’s finished!

First, I’d like to share with you what I did on Friday. Mom and I attended a workshop through our quilt guild and it was so much fun! The workshop was called Fabulous Fusible Flowers, designed and taught to us by Melinda Bula. She teaches a collage approach to quilting and has a variety of flowers in her line of Fabulous Fusible Flowers. We purchased the fabric kit from Melinda. They came in a pink, purple, and orange option. I went with purple and mom went with orange.

The process was easy to follow and I’m looking forward to using the techniques I learned with my own photography to make an artistic quilt in the future. Here’s how far we made it on our coneflowers. There are still layers to add on top of the petals that will give them more depth. I selected the background fabric from my local batik shop and was so worried it wasn’t going to work out, but to my surprise it worked out perfectly! I’m a little worried about thread painting to quilt this once complete, but that won’t happen for a while.

Here’s a photo of me and my mom with Melinda Bula. It was interesting to learn that Melinda also loves to cross stitch! We chatted briefly over our love of cross stitch and Flosstube watching πŸ˜€

On Saturday, my friend Becky and I visited a local-ish needlwork shop. It was about an hour drive for each of us, but made for a great middle-ground place for my friend and I to visit with each other. She usually makes the almost 2 hour trip to visit me. The shop is called The Stitch Niche in Arlington, Texas. They have multiple sit and stitch sessions in their shop during the week and occasionally on Saturdays. So as soon as one became available, we signed up. There was probably 10 stitchers while we were there, including us, and I loved being able to have a cross stitch discussion with other passionate stitchers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a group photo, but here’s the progress I made and the items I purchased from the shop.

As you can see, I’m working on the last animal block and then have the top and bottom border left to go as well. I think working on this piece monthly for our update will help me achieve my goal in finishing this for 2019!

If you are interested in joining our SAL group, click on Avis’s link below for more details! We post an update on our own project every three weeks and encourage each other to make more progress and stay motivated. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the SAL group has progressed with their projects this time around. Read along with me by clicking the blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, and Anne

SAL Update 9.22

It’s time for another stitch along update and I didn’t get as much stitching on this piece as I had hoped for. I also missed my August WIP update, so I hope to have another post up that covers August and September progress for you soon. Anyhow, here’s where I was last time:

BEFORE

And here I am now:

Stats: 183 stitches, 25.7% complete

I thought I would also share with you some images from the Scarlet Quince app. A lot of you have asked questions about how I track my stitch count, percent complete, and color parking. In the app, I can complete my stitches by clicking on the symbol, these are in blue. For parked colors, I color mark them in red. As I complete one row at a time, you can see from this image that it’s easy to see where I stopped and which colors I have parked. The Stats image show how it tracks my stitching each session. It does all the calculations based on the clicks I make on the chart. Again, this specific app is only for Scarlet Quince patterns. Check them out here.

If you are interested in joining our SAL group, click on Avis’s link below for more details! We post an update on our own project every three weeks and encourage each other to make more progress and stay motivated. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the SAL group has progressed with their projects this time around. We also have two new members! Warmest welcomes to both Susan and Anne! Read along with me by clicking the blog links below:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Susan, and Anne