Cross Stitch, UFO #1

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!

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8 thoughts on “Cross Stitch, UFO #1

    • Actually, I think I got that one from Kohl’s when I started this project. Thank you 🙂 It will be gorgeous and all for you ❤


    • Thank you! Haha, I hope to complete it in 2 years or less, we’ll see. Tempted to buy another Scarlet Quince pattern, but I think I’ll wait until I’m at least 75% done. That would be a great motivator too 🙂


  1. It looks lovely. I love the detail. It will look amazing when it is done. I have lots of projects that I have started and not finished. I just keep telling myself we do hobbies because they are fun and if something doesn’t get finished it doesn’t get finished. Rotating it in with your other hobbies is a good idea and once you see your progress you might be inspired to work on it more.

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    • Thank you so much! I think I currently have 5 WIP projects, lol…3 from this year. I do enjoy rotating projects because it keeps the hobby fun and exciting. You don’t want to get frustrated or burnt out; a fresh start on a different day is all you need to get motivated or inspired 🙂
      Yes, seeing my progression and having the opportunity to share my work with you guys is another big motivator to keep working!!


    • Thank you! I really wish I had more time to stitch. Currently I have this one column complete. I’m ready to start the next column and hopefully work larger batches.


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