Monday, September 30, 2019

Off With Her Head!

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post.  Thank you also to the two readers who contacted me to let me know Maria Phinney wasn't really fully completed.  That is, unless I intended to leave off her head!!!  Thankfully, this project was at home and not at the framers.  She is still unfinished but I will get to it.  I jumped around a lot on this project and was running very very very short of the thread color that is used on Eve (Flax from Weeks and I used most of a second skein to finish this).  Since this wasn't at the framers, I am able to find some humor in this!  
 I also wanted to share a updated photo of And They Sinned.  This is how it sits today.  I'm enjoying every stitch but other things have been capturing my interest lately.
I finished the stitching on this Erica Michaels berry called Sampler Berry.  I ended up stitching half of this twice due to a counting mistake and it still stitched up pretty quickly.  Our guild was to have a berry finishing class which has been delayed but I will get it FFO'd at some point.
Sewing wise, I've joined the BOM program through The Quilted Moose for the Fairhaven quilt.  I was going to do the appliqué by hand but I have to admit, I'm having second thoughts on that.  I'm doing the dark background as shown below in this photo from the quilt shop.
I've been working on my Yankee Doodle Dandy quilt too but the updated photo really doesn't show much progress.  I'll save the next update on this project to hopefully be a finish.

Hard to believe it is October and the busy holiday season is starting!  I hope your week is enjoyable and all your stitches are happy ones!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Progress is Being Made!

Hello friends!  I hope fall has arrived in your part of the world.  It hasn't here in Florida but we have had a break in the heat after record breaking high temps.  It's been nice even though it is still close to 90!

I have a finish to share with you today!  Maria Phinney which is a club piece from Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. This is out of my normal color palette as it's a lot of brown but I enjoyed almost every stitch!  The ones I didn't enjoy were the ones I had to rip out because I clearly can't count.  If you have this project and haven't started it yet, I definitely needed two skeins of the Fawn thread color.  Many other stitchers did on Instagram as well.  I used the second skein for the house so it really didn't matter if the color was matched 100%.  It was a very close match though.  I substituted the linen for the Weeks Zweigart.  It came with the original base.  The colors between the 2 bases were very consistent and I've enjoyed the Zweigart base whereas I haven't really cared for the original base.  I love their colors though so I'm happy to see this new option with Weeks Linen.
Maria Phinney - Club Sampler from Country Sampler in Spring Green
Shakespeare's Peddler
40 Count Weeks on Zweigart Straw
Called for overdyed cotton thread

I've also been doing a bit of quilting.  I'm working on Yankee Doodle Dandy from Maker Valley.  This is what the quilt will look like when it is done.  I figure as I'm trying to get my sew-jo back I should be sewing something very uncomplicated.

I've gotten the first 6 rows pieced and they are pinned to my design wall (which needs to be cleared out).  I'm hoping to get some more sewing done today.  I'm not pushing it or trying big sessions in the sewing room as the goal is to simply get back into the habit.

I'm also trying to not let tasks or to-dos at home slide.  When was the AC filter changed?  Work is easily organized, home not so much.  I decided to get a planner and I chose Plum Paper.  I chose them because of the ability to customize and the variety of layouts.  It was easy to find one that I believe is working well for me.  I chose vertical priorities.   The text on the headings can be modified and you can pick what months are included in your planner.   I'm getting so much more done and I'm not forgetting to do things.   If you're interested, let me know and I can see you a referral code for 10% as long as you have not created a profile with Plum Paper.
This version has a weekly habit tracker.  I've gotten so much better at taking my vitamins daily and tracking food because of wanting to check off that little box!  I've also participated in one of my hobbies every  day for 7 weeks too!  
That is it for now!  I hope all your stitches are happy ones!