Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Theme-A-Licous Update


It's time for a Theme-A-Licious update! Theme-A-Licous is hosted by Heather at It's Geek to Me.
February was Fangirl February. Let's revisit what Fangirl February is about:

Send a Valentine to your favorite designer...or at least work on his or her designs for the month!

Our sampler guild is having a stitch a long so I chose to work on Ann Dale by Shakespeare's Peddler. It's a BIG project and I need to keep going forward on this one.
Ann Dale Update
See where I started the month here.

I also worked a bit on Long May She Wave by Ellen Chester of With My Needle (make sure you check out Ellen's new teaching project at the top of this link - it's gorgeous). This project is sweet. I'm not quick with the speciality stitches and stitching the white on the similarly colored background is a challenge for me (that means not a lot of progress). I love every stitch though! I'm especially looking forward to the completed project as I know I'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
Long May She Wave
See where I started the month here.

March is March Madness. That Heather is CrAzY. Look what March Madness is about:

Stitch or knit on something different every day...it's madness...of the funnest possible kind.

This is going to be a tough one for me. I generally stitch pretty faithfully on a single project. So in March, I'm going to try and stitch a little on a few projects. It might not be much but I'll try it. It's been a while since I've stitched on AotH (I put in maybe 10 stitches in it in Feb) so I'm hoping to pick that up and I'll keep working on the two from this month. Trust me, three projects is going to be a challenge! Does anyone have any good rotation tips?

27 comments:

Deb said...

Ann Dale is so striking! What fabric are you using for it. I haven't ordered the pattern, but I think I'm going to have to after seeing yours. I really love it!! I know she's a big one!!

And your stitching on your flag is perfect!

Oh goodness, stitch or knit on something different every day. I think that would be a recipe for disaster - at least for me. I tried that for 15 days last year and was left with a mess. I think that your plan of three sounds like a keeper.

BeckySC said...

Oh, Ann Dale is so pretty Jackie. And I am with Deb on the flag :)
hugs :)

Catherine said...

Loving the colors in Ann Dale! Beautiful!
The flag is so striking!

Margaret said...

Ooooh, Ann Dale is looking so pretty!!! Yummy! Nice progress on Ellen's flag piece too! March sounds challenging for sure. Good luck!

Tammy said...

Beautiful projects Jackie. I don't know how you'll add to it and do several in March - I think I'd drop the ball myself, I have totally lost my structure in working on things for the past several months. You might inspire me to get to one project at a time and finish it though!!

dixiesamplar said...

Oh my goodness...I am loving the Ellen Chester piece!! And Ann is gorgeous as well!

Your stitches are perfectly lovely...must be your patient attention to detail :o)...I tend to just slap the stitches down, LOL!

Annette said...

You are coming along beautifully with Ann Dale project. Love your flag piece from Ellen. Looking great!

valerie said...

Ann Dale is looking beautiful! She is one big BAP! And your flag piece is wonderful. I am really bad at rotations and no way would I be able to work on a different project each night for a month. My poor brain would blow up!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh I love your beautiful stitching ... bisous de France

Heidi said...

Great progress! Ann Dale is especially beautiful but then I have a weakness for samplers.

Humm...I understand you feeling over March. That will not be easy to do without feeling totally frustrated. Can you repeat a project after a few days? Good luck with it!

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, you really did get something done over the past days. Both projects look pretty, even though they are so different.

Giovanna said...

Lovely WIPs - great going on both!

Ruth said...

Found your lovely blog through the theme-a-licious.
Ann Dale looks wonderful, so pretty. Best of luck with March I think anything that pushes you out of your normal comfort zone is good for March. At the moment I'm trying out a new rotation of working for 10 hours on a project and moving onto the next. I have 3 sometimes 4 projects in the rotation and I just keep going until I get them complete. Its giving some good results for me at the moment.

Daffycat said...

Holy shmoley, Jackie...look how perfect those stitches are! Just beautiful...

I'm kinda struggling with the madness idea myself. Maybe I will create some different madness by seeing how much I can get finished on my BAP? Or maybe ~ I don't know! I can't decide!!!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Lovely sampler! Your flag is beautiful. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Food for Thought
http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2012/03/theme-licious-fangirl-february-wrap-up.html

Nicola said...

So pleased to see an update on Ann Dale. I am soooo looking forward to starting her.

Carol said...

Lovely progress on your sampler, Jackie, and Long May She Wave is looking grand :)

I could never do the March Madness challenge--I am so much a one at a time stitcher it would drive me mad--literally!! Good luck :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Ann Dale and Ellen's Flag piece both look wonderful. Good luck with the March challenge.

Ranae said...

Ann Dale is looking so pretty, lovely fibers
The stitches look perfect to me
Good Luck! with the challenge

Sue said...

Ann Dale is absolutely beautiful. Here's to a Mad March!

Anne said...

Love Ann Dale!! Beautiful progress so far! Good luck with the March Madness! That's a tough challenge!!

Suzanne said...

Loving your progress on Ann!

Kathy Ellen said...

Ann Dale is coming along beautifully. I love the linen you chose...perfect for the colours. 'Long May She Wave' looks great too. I checked out Ellen's new teaching box project too, which is really beautiful.

Enjoy the challenge of working on three projects. Like you, usually I like finishing one project before starting another one, but it is really nice to switch off to work on something different now and then. I love looking back at the other project(s) and feeling a sense of satisfaction at what I have accomplished. It breaks up the monotomy sometimes of a long big project too.

Brigitte said...

Very nice progress on Ann Dale.
Wow, March will be a month!! I'm very curious to see what you will come up with.

geeky Heather said...

Ann Dale is loverly! And you are really making me want to pull out Long May She Wave...hopefully that will come up this month. =) Good luck with the little bit of madness. ;)

TeresaB said...

Oh grasshopper I need to teach you to have enough projects going so that March Madness doesn't sound so crazy to you. And remember, you can use some knitting or quilting. So, maybe work on a single block one night? Plus I did stuff like worked on a piece of Long May She Wave and I'll probably go back and work on another of the small pieces. It's something different in my book. The key is to have fun, so whatever is fun for you is good!

quirky granola girl said...

wow! your cross stitching is so inspiring!