As you know, I love to sew and quilt…but I also enjoy cross-stitching! I wish I worked on it more, but as soon as I learned how to use a sewing machine, it’s been hard to stop 😀 I have so many projects I want to complete and quilts to make, but I need to continue working on my, going on 2 years, cross-stitch, lol.
I started this project as a birthday present for my mom. I thought, Eh, I can probably complete this in 3-4 months. Ha, no way! I chose a very demanding piece from Scarlet Quince, and probably more geared to experienced stitchers. I joke with her that I will have it completed as a retirement gift…at the pace I’m going….
If you’ve never heard of Scarlet Quince, I definitely recommend you check it out! You can get almost any fine art piece translated into a cross stitch pattern. This results in a completed project that looks like a painting when viewed from a distance. There are so many patterns I have saved in anticipation to complete this one and start a new one.
Now, while I would like to show you where I’m at and let you guess as I continue the process…I think that would be just rude of me since it could very well take me another year or 2 to complete! I feel that if I do share my cross stitch now, it will inspire me to continue working on it. Maybe I can trade weekends — one weekend sew/quilt, the next weekend stitch. The larger the gaps of time, the more difficult it is to count and find my place where I left off on the cross stitch.
So here goes, this is where I’m at! I have about 4 3/8″ x 14″ sewn on 18-count Aida fabric and the completed project will finish at 20″ x 15″ (laughing at myself). For those who want to see the final turn-out, here’s the pattern: Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds by Martin Johnson Heade. I have all the materials I need and there’s simply no excuse to put this off any longer!
Wish me luck!