Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another Festival Quilt



Since we're allowed to showcase 2 quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I thought I'd show another one.


I made this one about 20 years ago.

My husband remembers his great grandmother, who was a quilter.  He had described one of the quilt patterns he remembered her making but he didn't know the name.  I immediately knew he was talking about a Lone Star quilt.  He didn't receive a quilt from her so I thought I'd do the next best thing and make the one he recalled without telling him.

Thankfully, my sewing room is the only room upstairs so secrecy was fairly easy.  Unfortunately, there wasn't much furniture in the room at the time so it wasn't very comfortable for me.  One thing the room was lacking was a decent chair!  I tried to finish this for him for Christmas but because it is so big (king-size) and I hand-quilted it, I didn't get it done in time.

I wasn't going to not give it to him at Christmas but I had tell him his gift wasn't finished yet.  I went upstairs and brought it down all folded up.  I unfurled it to let him see it - he took one look and left the room!  I thought, "He doesn't like it!".  The truth was, he appreciated it so much he walked away because he didn't want me to see him cry.  I do love my man!

Happy Stitching!

Stacy


Online Quilt Festival!



This one sounded like a lot of fun so I thought I'd join in.  For information on the festival:  Blogger's Quilt Festival.


This wallhanging was made through an internet quilt block swap.  Some of the squares were made by me, the rest came from all over the US.  These are string blocks in greens and purples (theme colors).  Because it was going to be a wallhanging, I did the prairie points all the way around.

I quilted it on my sewing machine in straight lines horizontally and vertically.  The spacing of the quilting makes each block look like it's a nine-patch.

This hangs on the wall going up the stairs to my sewing room.  It has 3 other "friends" hanging around with it.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Monday, September 18, 2017

It came!

Hi Everyone!

As some of you are aware, I had been saving for a Grace Z44 hand-quilting frame.  I wanted the Z44 because it went up to king-sized quilts.  After measuring my largest top (width is the only dimension that matters), I realized that I didn't need such a large frame, a queen-sized one would be enough.

Once I discovered this, I checked my savings and found I had more than enough set aside for the smaller EZ3 frame.  Of course, referring to it as smaller is ironic, it's actually massive!

Well, I ordered it through Amazon.  When I received my shipping notification, it had arrived at a warehouse in OH.  Then it arrived at a warehouse in IL.  Then it said it had never arrived at the OH warehouse!  The shipping company lost my order!  argh!

I had to wait a couple of days for it to be "officially" lost.  Once it was, Amazon was great about refunding my money (was refunded to my credit card the same day!).  They also offered me a free shipping upgrade if I needed it (I didn't - shipping was already free on the order).  Amazon suggested that I just reorder it if I still wanted it (duh! of course I wanted it).  When I went to reorder it, the price had dropped $5.

The "new" order arrived 2 days before I was expecting it!  Yeah!

I had to rearrange a bit in my sewing room so that I'd have enough room for the finished frame.  Once that was done, I set about assembling it.  It took me about 2 hours total.  It would have been less time, but I didn't gather the tools they said I'd need before I started working on it.  I had to rummage around hubby's shop looking for them and that took about 15-20 minutes.

After it was assembled, I had to make fabric leaders for each roller (3).  I just used some muslin that I already had - the instructions for the frame included how to make the leaders (saved money by making them myself).  In order to put my quilt on it, I had to remove the little bit of quilting I'd already done plus remove all the pins I'd used as basting.  The layers have to be separate in order to be put on the frame.

Here it is all assembled with my Bullseye quilt on it:


It's currently set up at full width of 90" (that's usable quilting width, it's probably 96"-100" wide total).  The entire top is 10 squares wide and the photo only shows a full 8 of them.

I have to tell you all, I am IN LOVE with this frame!  I did roll the quilt up so that I could start working on the bottom border.  I've already done about 1/2 way across the border.

If you want to get your own, here's a link:  (please note, it doesn't cost you more to use the link but I do earn a small commission if you buy via the link)


Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finish It Up Challenge

I know I haven't been "on time" about posting updates.  I get that way.  The odd thing is if I'm going somewhere, I'm never late.

I do have an update for my FIU Challenge!  I finished the Crumb Quilt top!  Whew!  Here's a photo of the top:


The crumb blocks are 3½" and are separated by squares of black.  The top measures 67" x 81" (170cm x 206cm).  I'll quilt it eventually but it will probably be awhile before I get around to it.  Maybe I'll put that on my FIU list for next year.

Here's my current FIU list:

  • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
  • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
  • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top finished 12 August
  • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top  finished 10 September
  • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
  • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
  • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
  • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block  finished 30 July
  • Finish my green Temari ball
  • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
  • Make bookcases for my sewing room
  • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room

  • I also (finally) received the Grace EZ3 hand-quilting frame that I ordered.  The first one got lost in shipping.  I will say that Amazon was great to deal with.  I was lazy and contacted them by email.  They emailed me back promptly and refunded my money immediately.  They suggested that I reorder it and offered me free shipping if it wasn't already offered (it was).  I ended up saving $5 because the seller had dropped the price since my first order.

    I assembled the frame for a crib size quilt because that's how big my Bullseye Quilt is.  Silly me didn't allow for the extra material dimensions of the backing fabric, so I have to extend the frame to queen size.  I also have to unpick the bit of stitching that I had already done.  The backing and front get rolled up separately on the frame and need to be apart.  

    I'm fine with that because I wasn't thrilled with the pattern I'd chosen anyway.   It will be at least a few days before I get the quilt onto the frame but I'm really looking forward to it!  In the meantime, I am working on another scrap quilt top and doing some online swaps.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    God Speed progress

    Hello, Cross Stitch Land!

    Ooh, wouldn't that be a fun place to live!

    I finally finished a page on my God Speed from HAED.  It took me longer than normal because I have this perverse desire:  when it gets hot outside, I have the urge to make quilts.  I know, I know.  I'm nuts but at least I'll be warm during the Winter.

    Here's my God Speed progress:


    This completes the first 9 pages.  This is on 25ct., 2x1, full crosses*.

    According to my randomizer app, my next project to work on is Floral Finesse.

    * 2x1.  Anytime that you see this regarding cross stitch, the first number indicates the number of floss strands and the second number indicates how many fabric strands are being stitched over.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy


    La Belle...back from the fair.

    Here is how my La Belle Dame Sans Merci did at our county fair.


    The small blue ribbon on the right is for meeting the judging criteria:

    • Visual Statement - Visual impact.  Outstanding or special qualities.  Attractive.
    • Display - Clean and Neat.
    • Design - Traditional, contemporary, or original.  Unique use of pattern or design.  Balance.  Rhythm.  Design Flow.
    • Creativity or Originality
    • Color - Colors harmonious.  Accent color(s) added for interest and movement
    • Craftsmanship - appropriate technique used, control of materials, suitable fabric, precision of construction and finishing
    I received Excellent marks across the board.

    The small purple ribbon is for Best of Section (all cross stitch).

    The big, blue rosette is for Best of Show (all needlework).

    Hubby was teasing me about taking a picture of my "picture".  He's proud of my achievement(s) though.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Finish It Up Challenge

    I know I haven't been doing regular updates on this, but until lately, I haven't been really working on it.

    Well, that's changed a bit.  I've actually finished another item on the list!

    My Happy Blocks* quilt top is all put together!  Here it is:


    I couldn't get a photo of the whole top because my cutting table is in the way.  The top is 7 blocks x 7 blocks.  Each block measures 6" finished.  The overall quilt should finish at 66" square.

    * How Happy Blocks work.  I have only done these as a swap.  You could do them yourself but it kind of eliminates part of the "happy" that come from swapping.  I sent 6, 4½" squares of fabric to each swap participant.  In this case, they were random pinks and purples.  Each person kept 1 of the squares for themselves.  They then put 2½" borders on each remaining fabric square and mailed the completed blocks back to me.  Of course, I was doing the same for them.  I did request that the borders be maroon/burgundy.

    Now here's the part that wasn't "normal".  I took the Happy Blocks that I got back and whacked them on the diagonal.  I then paired a pink half and a purple half to make the new blocks.  That's why they finished so much smaller than you'd expect from the original dimensions.

    Here's my updated FIU list:
    • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
    • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
    • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top finished 12 August
    • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top
    • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
    • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
    • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
    • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block  finished 30 July
    • Finish my green Temari ball
    • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
    • Make bookcases for my sewing room
    • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room
    Well, that's all for this update.  Hopefully, I'll have at least one more done soon.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    La Belle Dame...framed!

    I finished framing La Belle Dame Sans Merci this past weekend!  Here it is:


    The frame is from PictureFrames.com.  It's from their Renoir collection.

    I got this done just in time to show in my local county fair.  Entries go in this coming weekend.  I'll post after the fair with my results.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Finish It Up Challenge

    Yes, yes, I know.  I have been neglecting this so far this year.  I couldn't even remember all that I had put on the list.  I did remember one thing though:  Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block.

    Guess what?  It's done!




    Here's my list for this year:
    • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
    • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
    • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top
    • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top
    • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
    • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
    • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
    • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block  finished 30 July
    • Finish my green Temari ball
    • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
    • Make bookcases for my sewing room
    • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room


    I have started on the 3rd one from the top:  Assemble my Happy Block quilt top.  So far, I have most of the blocks assembled.  I need to figure out what I'm going to do for sashing and borders.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    If it's Summer...

    ...I must be working on quilts.  I don't know why, but when it gets hot outside, I want to create quilts.

    At the moment, I've joined a couple of exchanges on FB.  In these exchanges, you make one 12" block for each person that has signed up and then mail them out to each person.  Here are some of the squares I made for the June/July exchange.  The colors were chosen but we each got to pick out what block to use them in.


    I chose the Wagon Tracks block from QuiltersCache.com.  These were the last ones I needed to do for June/July.

    For August, there were so many of us signed up, we got divided into smaller groups.  My group has 11 people with one person doing 2 blocks so I had to make 11 blocks total.  Our group was totally random for the colors and the block choices (as long as it finishes at 12").  This time I picked the Mosaic block from PatchworkSquare.com.  Since I had been running behind on the previous exchange, I wanted to make sure I was on the ball for August; my blocks are already done!  Here are the blocks I did:




    These were a lot of fun to do!  The big squares in each block are 5" and the little ones are 2".  I have bins of both those sizes already cut so that saved a bunch of time.


    I've been trying to tame my fabric stash while I've been making these quilt blocks.  I'm also doing a leader/ender project as described by Bonnie Hunter.  I've folded almost all of my fabric yardage (again, using Bonnie Hunter's technique) and rearranged it on my shelves.  Here are the before and after photos:



    Now, I just have to deal with a few more yards and all the pieces that are less than a yard:



    The first photo is mostly yardage.  The second is my "fat quarters" and scrap pieces.  Not all of the fat quarters were fat, they were smaller.  True fat quarters (18" x 22") are all getting folded the same way and put in a drawer together.  All the other pieces are getting cut up into:

    • 5" squares
    • 2" squares
    • 2½" strips
    • 2" x 3½" bricks
    • strips narrower than 2½ for string quilts
    • little bits smaller than 2" for crumb quilts
    As I'm working on managing all these fabric chunks, I'm doing the Caroline Chain from Bonnie Hunter's book Addicted to Scraps as my leader/ender project.  It's the first one in the book.  I'm thinking about just doing every one in the book.  I'll get back to you on whether I do or not.  Here's what it looks like in the book:


    I've been cutting a lot of the 2" squares and 2"x3½" bricks for this one.  I've been cutting 5" squares from my fabric chunks first and then I do a bunch of the smaller squares and bricks for this quilt.  I've been throwing the dark and light sets into these two baskets on the floor but I guess I needed some help from Spooky.


    The shoebox tubs have the brick and squares in them and I just grab them at random to piece together.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    La Belle Dame...FINISH!

    Yes, that's right, I finished La Belle Dame Sans Merci!


    I stitched this on 25ct., 1 strand over 1 fabric thread (1x1), using full cross stitches.  There are 223,675 stitches in this piece.

    Now I'm going to choose a different focus piece plus add a couple more projects into my rotation.  My new focus piece is going to be God Speed, also from HAED.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    La Belle Dame update

    I finished another page + partial page on La Belle Dame...!  I've now finished through page 30 plus pages 33-38 (partials).





    The bottom edge looks wavy due to my not putting it in the frame completely straight.

    Since I took this photo, I've finished pages 39 & 40 which is 6 stitches high across the bottom to the right edge.  I'm working on pages 31 (full) and 32 (partial) at the same time.  The finish is in sight!

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    New start

    Yes, I know, I really should finish something before I start anything new but 😛 to that.

    This is a retired pattern from HAED, Little Bee Eater.  I'm stitching it on 32ct., 1x1 full crosses.  The fabric is Summer Sky from Wichelt that I got from 123stitch.






    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Shop Updated

    Hi Everyone!

    Just a brief note to let you know that I've just added over 30 items to my Etsy shop:  XedStitches.

    The new items include magazines, leaflets and books...all for cross stitch.  Here are a few of the new additions:

     

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    La Belle Dame update

    I've finished another page on La Belle Dame Sans Merci from HAED!  I haven't been working on anything else lately which is why I'm making such good progress.


    The knight now has his legs!

    This is pages 29 & 37 finished.  Since taking this photo, I've finished page 38 as well...it's only 6 stitches high.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Another La Belle Dame update

    Whew!

    Since it's been too cold to use my sewing room (it's unheated at the moment - my space heater died), I've been making great strides on La Belle Dame Sans Merci.  I've finished another full + partial page!





    This is my final row of pages so I am getting excited.  I've already got fabric for the next project to go on this scroll frame!

    I also bought fabric for another project that I'll start as soon as I can either finish La Belle or comfortably spend time in my sewing room.  The cold room is also why I haven't made any more progress on my Finish It Up challenge.  I'm dying for just slightly warmer weather!  (sigh)

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    La Belle Dame - update

    Woo hoo!  I've finished another page on La Belle Dame...  To be accurate, it's 2 pages of the pattern but the bottom page is only 462 stitches (6h x 77w).






    No, that's not a needle minder in the photo - the magnet's not strong enough.  It is strong enough to hold my pattern page in place while I'm working though.

    For the record, the pages I just finished were 27 & 35 out of a total 40 pages.  That means that I have 4 more full pages and 1 partial page left to right plus the 6 stitches high partial pages across the bottom left to do.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Christmas Stitching Challenge






    Well, there's nothing to report on my Christmas stitching - I haven't done any.

    I have been working on my La Belle Dame...  Since I haven't finished a page, I haven't rotated to any other project, Christmas or otherwise.





    In other news, I am making a start on adding listings to my Etsy shop, XedStitches.  I just finished sorting out the items I need to list:  magazines, leaflets, books, kits, etc.  There is a lot!  Not only do I have a bunch of cross stitch stuff, there is quite a bit of quilting and sewing too.

    I currently have 222 items for sale in my shop and by the look of my office area, I'll be close to doubling that!  (whew!)

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Diamond Painting

    I know, it sounds so cool, right?  Unfortunately, they aren't real diamonds (sigh).  Also, there's no paint involved.  I consider that a good thing...paint's too messy.

    I heard of diamond painting on the HAED FB page.  One lady on there was doing a HAED in this medium rather than cross stitching it.

    I thought it looked interesting so I bought myself a kit.  The one I chose was a simple, inexpensive one (not a HAED) just to see if I liked this craft.

    It came today!  It came from China and wasn't supposed to be delivered until at least March 9th so getting it 8 days early was a bonus.  I unpacked it and here it is:


    The "diamonds" get attached to the front of the canvas, which is sticky.  You can see the color key on the right side of the canvas.  For this particular kit, the diamonds only go on the trees, not the ground.  The pink thing peeking out on the right side, is the grabber "pen" for the diamonds.  If you look closely, you can see that there is a clear plastic sheet covering the canvas - that gets peeled off to expose the stickiness.

    Here is a close-up of the "diamonds".  They are small, about 1/8" (2.5mm).  These happen to be round, but I know there is a square version, too.  If you click on the image for a larger view, you will see that these are numbered 741 and 742.  These numbers correspond to DMC color numbers so ordering your own supplies just got simpler!


    I got this kit on Amazon.com.  If you were to look for suppliers, the best places appear to be:
    Please note:  If you order complete kits from the China suppliers, the images are NOT LICENSED.  That means the artist's work is being ripped off and they are not getting any compensation for their art.

    Ordering supplies, the canvas, diamonds, tool, etc., is perfectly fine but please make sure you order the patterns from legitimate sources (your local needlework shop, designers' websites, etc.). 

    If I enjoy doing this and like the way it looks, I might do a few of the cross stitch patterns that I own in this  medium rather than stitching them.  I would do the ones I like but not sure I'd ever stitch this way.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

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    Finish It Up Challenge






    Well, I made some progress on my challenge list, even though I didn't finish a goal.

    I did some hand quilting on my bulls-eye quilt this past month.  As I said, I didn't finish it but I did have to move the hoop so that's something.

    Here's the quilt:


    ...and here's a close-up of the quilting:





    The thread is a red, white and blue variegated Sulky.  It looks less "patriotic" than it sounds.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Christmas Stitching Challenge





    Well, it's time for an update on this year's Christmas Stitching Challenge...and I actually have one!

    The last round of my rotation, I started Heirloom Nativity Sampler by The Victoria Sampler.  When I work on a piece like this, I stitch until I have to roll my scroll frame.  Here's what I've gotten done so far:





    It looks like there's plenty of room for another band but the next band is the shepherds in the forest, or something like that, and it's a bigger band like the angels.  This is the first 7 bands out of 30.

    The fabric is the recommended 28ct. linen.  The color name is something like Ice Blue (I forget what it's called).  It's about the same shade as DMC 927.

    That's it for now.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    La Belle Dame...update

    Woo hoo!  I finished another page on La Belle Dame Sans Merci!  Well, it's a page and a bit because of the partial page at the bottom.


    I have 5 full pages + 7 partial pages left to do.  The end is in sight!

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    Finish It Up Challenge


    Yes, I know.  I'm late with this post!  The real irony of that is I am never late for anything else.  Hair appointment?  15 minutes early.  Church?  At least 15 minutes early.

    Here's my list for this year:
    • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
    • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
    • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top
    • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top
    • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
    • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
    • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
    • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block
    • Finish my green Temari ball
    • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
    • Make bookcases for my sewing room
    • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room
    I'm glad that I post the list every month.  It's like a refresher course on what I'm doing.  ;-)

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    La Belle Dame... progress!

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    I finally finished a page on La Belle Dame Sans Merci

    It's been cold here lately and the space heater in my sewing room died, so I've been stitching in the living room next to the fire.  The only problem with that is there are more distractions than I'm used to so I haven't been stitching as intensely as normal.  ;-)

    This is actually a page and a bit.  The bottom row of pages are only 6 stitches high, so I'm including them as I work on each full page above.  That means that this is page 25 & page 33 done.

    I'm excited that I'm on the last row of pages!  While I love this pattern, I'll be glad to finish it - that means I'll have a scroll frame empty for another big project!  lol

    I'm taking a break from stitching for a day or two.  Not burned out or anything, but I've started working on getting all of my floss on bobbins.  I have more than I thought needing to be done.

    I've also created a database for all of my specialty threads (non-DMC).  I do have an app [XStitcher] to inventory all of my DMC but I needed something for all the other threads I have.*

    The app that I'm using for my inventory list is AirTable.  It's free for Apple - I don't know if it works on any other operating system.

    * XStitcher does have inventory capabilities for GAST, Weeks Dye Works, and Anchor but I would rather have all of my specialty threads listed together.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy 

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    Christmas Stitching Challenge


    Hello Everyone!

    Well, for 2017, I don't have any progress to report on Christmas Stitching.  I'll admit, I'm not even done packing up the Christmas décor from last month.  I still have a 7' Christmas tree up in my office area!  The ornaments are off it, but I still need to get the lights off and then pack the tree away.

    It's been cold here (WA state coast).  Not like most of the US, but cold for here.  The difficult part is the insulation, or lack thereof, in my house.  My office area is currently 58.8°F (14.9°C).  The chill in the house is keeping me in the living/dining rooms 'cause that's where the fireplace is (we have a wood insert - it's the only source of heat).  I have been getting some stitching done...just not Christmas themed!  ;-)

    I am close to a page finish on my La Belle Dame so I'll see about popping a Christmas project into my rotation.  I'm thinking that this year, I'm going to concentrate on a larger piece - probably the Victoria Sampler's Heirloom Nativity Sampler.

    I was going to mention my post-Christmas purchase, then I realized that I'd done that in my last post.  I think the cold office is affecting my brain.  Back in front of the fire I go...

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    This & That + WIP update

    Hey Everyone!

    Happy 2017!  I hope everybody had a great holiday season!

    I didn't get a cold, which is a minor miracle, so that is excellent.  I'm also another year older, not just due to the new year, but because I had my birthday (Dec. 27).

    For Christmas, I got jewelry from Hubby and a 123stitch.com gift certificate from my Mom.  I haven't used the g.c. yet but I know at least some of what I'm going to get.  I bought this:


    The pattern is called:  Rosarium and is by Chatelaine Designs.  I'd been searching for a US source for a different Chatelaine pattern and while I did find one, it was less expensive to buy it directly from the designer - even with the $ to  € exchange rate.  I would rather give my money to the designer any way, so I did.  The other up side to this was I had the pattern within minutes!

    I'll be spending part of my 123stitch g.c. on some of the flosses and embellishments that I'll need for this pattern.  I'll be buying some other "stuff" as well so I won't be getting everything for Rosarium all at once.


    Now for a WIP update!  The HAED FB page has another challenge going on right now (it started Jan. 1).  I've been working on Mini Wings in Repose (retired pattern) as my challenge piece when it meets the "requirements".  Well, this time it did so I worked on it.  I finished this challenge, which is to finish a page of 7300 or more stitches, on Saturday night.  Here's my progress:


    I'm doing this 1x1 on 32ct. in half stitches.  This completes page 4 of the chart.  At the bottom right corner of what I've just stitched, you can see the swan's head starting to form.

    Well, it's cold at my desk, so I'm going to go sit by the fire and possibly stitch.  I'm working on La Belle... again, apart from the short break on Mini Wings...

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy