SAL Update 12.2

Well, I didn’t quite reach my goal. I had hoped to be finished with the stitching by today and fully finished by our last update for the year in 3 weeks.  I know things will only get busier from here on out! Either way, I will at least try to get the stitching done by 12/23. All I have left are legs and feet!

As you can see, the tree is up and I’m in the Christmas spirit! Sorry these parts of the fake tree aren’t more festive! So far, I have completed two of my cross stitch ornaments from the Noah’s Christmas Ark series and I also finished stitching up my Just Nan mouse. As soon as I construct the mouse and put him on the tree, I’ll be sure to post about my tree ornaments.

Until then, let’s see how the rest of the group is doing on their cross stitch projects:

Avis, Claire, GunCarole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, ConstanzeDebbieroseKathyMargaret, CindyHelenStephLindaHeidiJackie, Sunny, HayleyTonyMegan, Catherine, DeborahConnie, and Clare

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Into the Jungle SAL & WIPs

Happy Thanksgiving my crafty friends! I did manage to complete the October block for Into the Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, but didn’t get a chance to share the update with you. I also co-hosted a SAL on Instagram for Madame Chantilly’s Pumpkins Thieves that started October 5th. Here’s the progress made on both projects:

First off, here’s my October block for Into the Jungle. We stitched up two sweet parrots. I really enjoyed the colors in this one. I haven’t had a chance to start November’s block and decided that I would start back on this project in the new year. I really want to focus on Winnie the Pooh and some Holiday stitching.

A fellow stitcher on Instagram shared a pattern by Madame Chantilly and I immediately went to order it from Etsy. I purchased two patterns directly from Madame Chantilly, which shipped to me all the way from Italy! 

The fabric I selected is a 32 count Vintage Maritime by Lakeside Linens. I also substituted some over-dyed floss for the Pumpkins and the blue balloon. We started the SAL Oct. 5th and one of the stitchers who joined managed to finish by Halloween! I definitely plan on rotating this project into my WIPs so I can make a quilted wall hanging for Halloween next year. You can see all of our progress here, and feel free to join in at any time!

Some of my plans for Holiday stitching is to stitch up a small ornament for a work ornament exchange, start and maybe fully finish a Just Nan Reindeer Mouse, and start Christmas Dollhouse in December.  Looking forward to sharing December’s progress and start planning for 2019! Until next month, Happy Stitching 🙂

Quilt Festival Haul

Hello my crafty friends! I wanted to share with you my International Quilt Festival haul! I went into the quilt festival with a couple of projects in mind, but also some items for my stash.

I noticed a cross stitch vendor for the very first time at the show. When I asked if this was their first year there, the answer was, “No, we’ve been here for the past 10 or so years.” Whoops! The stitchy bug definitely hit me last year and so this is the first time they were on my radar. They had so many stitched models, patterns, notions, and fabric! The vendor is The Silver Needle and they are from Tulsa, OK. I picked up one pattern from them, Wonderful Life by Heart in Hand. It’s so very cute and it comes with buttons to add to the stitched piece.

I also picked up one quilt pattern from Latifah Saafir’s booth. Mom bought the ruler that goes with the pattern, so we’ll definitely be sharing and maybe starting it together!

patterns

I noticed a lot of wool applique while at the show and fell in love with it! Wool is kind of pricey though. I decided to find the smallest kit to see how I like it. If I do enjoy it, which I probably will, I can slowly build my wool stash. The pattern is from Primitive Gatherings and this picture doesn’t give the piece justice. The model was beautiful in person and the colors are more vibrant. The kit comes with all the wool scraps and the backing homespun fabric for the pincushion.

wool applique

Below are some more random goodies that I scooped up: trim, thread from Superior Threads, and a needle threader from Bohin.

threads trim and threader

There was a company from Brazil with a variety of sweet wooden buttons. I picked up a variety that I will turn into needle minders. I plan on sharing with a couple of friends ❤

buttons

Now for the fabric! I have a wall hanging pattern called Bah Humbug, which reminds me of my grumpy kitty Petey. I purchased the pattern at my local quilt show back in August and was in search for the Christmas fat quarters at the festival. Here’s the array of fat quarters I found:

fat quarters

These fabrics will make up my Grey kitty with his white feet and green eyes:

fq1

He will wear a blue and silver striped Christmas sweater:

fq2

and these will be the ornaments that hang over him:

fq3

The rest of these fabrics will go to my stash. I have a few ideas where I will use them, but for now they will sit pretty on my shelf. First of all, I could not live without the fabric of kitties hanging to dry! Cute cute cute! The bark cloth is also very beautiful and I think I will make project bags out of them.

yardageyardage 2yardage 3fabricbarkcloth

fabric 3

Hope you enjoyed seeing my quilt show haul and I hope to get creating soon!