SAL Update 9.4

Similar to last week, I only accomplished stitching one Beeutiful QAL block and some progress on my Classic Pooh cross stitch. I’ve been quite busy working on a baby quilt and other whole cloth baby blankets. I hope to post on these soon!

Block 7 – Bee Charming

I was definitely looking forward to this block as I very much enjoyed stitching this kitty with Block 1. My favorite part of him is the sea-foam green thread I picked for his eyes and the dusty pink used for his nose and ears. For his hat, I used fusible interfacing to adhere black fabric in place. The red running stitch helps to separate the hat and rim. I still need to machine stitch around the hat with matching thread. Sneaky little bee 🙂

Beeutiful QAL Block 7

The cross stitch isn’t going as quickly as I thought, but I’m still enjoying the process. More golden yellow hues, but finally a small change with black, which makes out his eye and eyebrow. I’ve had better luck with my twisty threads since my last post. I continue to use a shorter length of thread and dangle my needle when I begin to see the twist forming. Haven’t had a chance to buy wax, but I’m still interested in trying it out.

Pooh Cross Stitch Update

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend! Do take some time and check out what the other SAL members have been stitching:

AvisClaireGunCaroleWendyLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose, Susan, and Kathy.

SAL Update 8.14

I can’t keep up! The Bee-utiful QAL is already on block 17! Oh well, one block at a time, one work week after another…I need a stitching vacation! 🙂

Block 6 – Bee Sweet

No new stitches learned with this block and I followed the direction stitch by stitch. A simple block, but how sweet it is.

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I didn’t make any progress on my cactus pattern, but I did start on my Classic Winnie the Pooh pattern. Here’s where I’m at:

Classic Pooh Cross Stitch 8.13 Update

Can you guess with the silhouette in the middle is? Obviously, the golden colors of Pooh Bear are developing in the background. I wish I had more time to work on this as I’m enjoying the stitching. My only problem is the twisting of my thread. I just can’t seem to get nice flat x’s. Any suggestions? I keep my floss in skein form and have shortened the length of thread I stitch with. Let me know if there are any special techniques that help your stitching.

Time to blog-hop and see what the group is stitching up!

AvisClaireGunCaroleWendyLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose, Susan, and Kathy.

SAL Update 7.24

Three weeks flew by quickly! Luckily I have two more Bee-utiful embroidery blocks to share with you.

Block 4 – Bee Humble

With block four I learned the lazy daisy stitch, which are fun to make! The lazy daisy stitch is referred to as the Detached Chain stitch in my embroidery book. Makes sense to me as I learned the chain stitch first. As you can see, the detached chain stitch makes for some great leaves and petals (and even tiny bee wings)! The original design does not have the hive filled in, but I found the braid stitch to be a great filler for texture and focus.For the leaves and grass I used a variegated green DMC floss called autumn leaves. I love the yellow-green pops of color throughout this block.

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Block 5 – Bee Courteous

I thought this block would finish up quickly and I’d be able to present three blocks today, but all those little hexies took me a while to stitch up. The designer used back stitches and satin stitches. I decided to do the same with the addition of the Detached Blanket Stitch, which makes for a raised and unique look. I really like the negative space with the design in the lower left. Before I begin stitching, I draw in the lines where by block will be trimmed and where my 1/4″ seam will be once finished. This allows me to position my embroidery exactly where I want it and I recommend it for anyone who’s quilting along.

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Cactus #2

Not much, but you can see the cactus taking form.

cactus update

…I couldn’t help it, but I’m starting a new project! The final piece will be 10″x15″ on 18 count aida. I was torn between beige or white, but found oatmeal, which gives a nice linen look. There are only 6 colors and no color blending, so this should stitch up pretty quickly! I won’t share with you the pattern image, so you can be surprised with each progress update. I’ll most likely post some progress on Instagram, so do check in 🙂

New project supplies

Check out the SAL Group progress updates by clicking the blog links below and welcome two new members!

AvisClaireGunCaroleWendyLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose, Susan, and Kathy.

Warmest welcome Susan and Kathy — I can’t wait to see what you’re stitching up! Susan is also stitching along with the Moda Bake Shop and has some bee-utiful bee blocks ❤

Questions for my SAL Group – How many projects do you work on at once? Do you make sure you finish one pattern before starting another or do you prefer a mix of works in progress?

Until next time!