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Saturday, June 20, 2009

For the Birds

After finishing the Letter T last week I spent some time working on a few of the little projects I have poking around the house. I couldn't get into any of them, so I decided what the heck - start another. But I didn't want to have another stinkin' project sitting around in my pile. Instead I decided to compromise and start a new project on an old project.

I've been meaning to get back to my Birds of Paradise two-fer project and found it when I was "cleaning" my stash over the weekend. I set it up and got started last Sunday. This is what I have done after a week of dinking around...
I'm thrilled to have one block of color finished. I'm planning to get the leaves around the bottom finished up this week. I like this project because there are color changes, but I can work in decently sized blocks if I get sick of dealing with confetti stitches. I can't wait to see this piece finished. If I'm super fast (yeah right!) I might be able to have it done for the fair.

I also decided to finish off a couple of little motifs from the Autumnal Abstract to make into accents for the bag I assembled recently. I am hoping to enter this one in the fair. I hope my nasty sewing skills don't hurt it in the competition ;-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Best Day EVER!

Well if it's not the best day ever, it's pretty darn close! I went to work this morning to discover that a worm had infected our network and my computer was a victim. After about a 1/2 hour I asked my boss if I could bug out since there was absolutely nothing I could do - and I got the OK :-). So home I went to finish assembling this....
I'm thrilled with how it came out! There is a magnetic hook inside the top of the bag to keep it closed. I'm planning to stitch a couple of the motifs from the bag and make some little dangling charm sort of things to hang off the strap, but I'm not sure when I'll be getting to those.

The following pic shows the lining of the bag...I can't wait to start using it. I think I'll have to wait until after the county and state fairs as I would like to enter it in those and see how it does. I'm so excited about it!!

Last night I was able to finish off another one of the letter squares I've been working on. Now I have five finished and _only_ 21 left to go. I'm trying to decide if I want to do the four random designs that go with the letters series or not. Such difficult decision I face! Here's the Letter "T":I'm really happy with this one. Now that I'm home for the day I'm expecting to spend a little time working on the "Nova" canvas work project. Also, I'm trying to decide how to organize my fabric again.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Christmas and Not Even July!

Yay! I got my sewing machine working, bought some thread and figured out how to assemble my Christmas stockings! I need to tack the cuffs down - but I'll be doing that in the car today. I can't believe I got those finished :-).
I have another project I want to finish, but I don't think I'm going to be able to get to it this week. Maybe the next one? Maybe next year. Still, I have assembled almost all of the projects that were sitting around. Now I just need to finish a few more!

I went through my various piles this past week in an attempt to try to get things a little more organized. I've been experiencing project creep around the house. I discovered that I'm likely not going to have enough floss to finish my Free-Bee project. I'll need to figure out how I want to deal with that one. I also pulled out the letter "T" that I've been slowly getting started on and made some great progress on it.

I'm thinking about stopping by the shop today to pick up some more floss for the letters. They're good for travel projects. I only have 21 of them left to go ;-).

While we were watching movies last night I made some excellent progress on my hardanger teacups project. This one is moving fast! I just need to spend a little more time watching TV I guess!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Little Steps

I've been meaning to post some progress photos for some time. I promise... soon. I haven't gotten a lot done, but I have made some steady progress on a few of my projects. There's something about May that makes it hard to find time to stitch. The weather is getting nicer and everyone whats to do everything _right now_ because they have been cooped up all winter ;-). Now that we're heading into June my schedule clears out since everyone else seems to be getting burned out on doing things. Now I can start to concentrate on more stitching.

I am happy to note that I have been able to get my Christmas stockings almost fully assembled. I'm hoping to get them completed by this weekend with some finish photos. I'm super happy with how they are coming out. I have one more project that needs to be assembled. *fingers crossed*