Monday, November 20, 2017

QS Red Hearts Update - November 2017


This weekend I added 1,399 stitches to my 
Heaven and Earth Designs "QS Red Hearts" cross-stitch, 
based on artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik

I was hoping to add 600 stitches, so I am thrilled with the progress.

I finished another diagonal row of the chart and surpassed 
the 30,000 stitches milestone.
The photo above shows 104 days of progress.


This is how it looked in my last update (way back in September...) 
I am finding it difficult to put her away until IHSW in December.

The project is 65.12% complete. (It was 62.15%.)

Pages 1-4: 100% complete.
Page 5: 42.62% complete. (It was 29.39%.)
Page 6: 7.44% complete. (It was 7.26%.)
Page 7: 31.78% complete. (It was 23.05%.)
Page 8: 0.09% complete.

International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW) is the the third full weekend of the month. You may find more information about IHSW at Random Ramblings here. There is a new Facebook group set up for IHSW here. It was fun to see everyone's progress.

Friday, November 17, 2017

IHSW November 2017

It is the third full weekend of the month, which means it is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW.)

I plan to work on my Heaven and Earth Designs "QS Red Hearts" project for IHSW. I really love this piece of artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik. (She sells lovely digital stamps on Etsy - which you may find here - and HAED has charted several pieces of her artwork - which you may find here. I am not affiliated.)

Yikes! I have not worked on this piece since September 9th. I hope to have visible progress to share on Monday. 

Stats before IHSW:
62.15% complete with 29,202 of 46,990 stitches finished.

It is going to be a busy weekend here, tidying our home to host Thanksgiving next week. And, my youngest son and his friends will be performing in Once Upon a Mattress, a musical parody of The Princess and the Pea.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? I hope you have a great one!

-Renee


You may read more about IHSW here and see this month's post at Random Ramblings, here.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

TAST Stitch 75

TAST Stitch 75: Raised Herringbone Band

I am still catching up with some of the TAST stitches that did not easily work into projects I was working on as they were introduced. 

It is a bit difficult to see in this photo, but after piecing this crazy quilt stocking for my son, I realized I forgot to trim the selvage from the solid blue fabric and that it was showing beneath the blue striped fabric. Rather than ripping the seams out, cutting the selvage off, and sewing the fabric back in place, I decided I could easily hide the selvage with a ribbon, trim, or with embroidery. The raised herringbone band came to the rescue!

First, I stitched the foundation with straight stitches using size 8 blue perle cotton.

Next, herringbone stitches were added with a light blue size 8 perle cotton thread. (I used the stripes in the fabric above to measure the distance between my stitches to keep them relatively even.)

Two strands of a variegated blue cotton floss were then laced through the herringbone stitches, as I wanted that to be rather subtle.

When I finished, my husband entered the room and peeked over my shoulder. He said it looked cool. I thanked him and said the blue foundation stitiches were the most time consuming. His response was hilarious.

"Wait, that dark blue is all stitched? Seriously?" he asked, taking a closer look. "That's insane. There has to be a faster way," he said.

I explained there were faster ways. I could have used ribbon or another trim beneath the herringbone stitches, but then it wouldn't be the raised herringbone band.

He shook his head, mumbling something about that being ridiculous or insane.

"So... you don't like it?" I asked, trying not to laugh.

His eyes grew wide and he shook his head.

"Are you kidding me? I think it looks amazing! But that's just crazy," he replied.

One person's crazy is another person's fun, I guess! (Perhaps that is why it is called crazy quilting?!)

Thank you for stopping by.
Renee

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. There is also a TAST Facebook group you may find here.

The next round of TAST will begin in January. There will be TAST for beginners and Beyond TAST, for those that have completed TAST in the past. You may read more about plans for TAST next year here.

For those of you that may be interested in joining TAST next year, Sharon shared a great article about the supplies you will need. She shared several money saving ideas. You may find that article here.

Please note, I sometimes share sneak peeks of my work on Instagram and on Facebook.








Thursday, November 9, 2017

HAED SK Effects of Caffeine Day 19

On Monday, I took someone to an appointment and brought my travel project along to work on in the waiting room. 

I would love to say I made all of my progress during that appointment, but I barely started working on it when a young lady politely interrupted to see what I was working on. She cross-stitches, but had not seen charts by Heaven and Earth Designs. When she saw the cover of the chart for this Storykeep Effects of Caffeine by Randal Spangler, she rushed it over to show to the young man she was with. I spent the rest of the time visiting... :)


When I got home, I decided to work on it a little while longer and managed to add 372 stitches. The photo above shows 19 days worth of stitching progress. The piece is just over 10% complete and the jewel section at the top of the book is done. 

Page 1 is now 39.43% complete.

This photo shows how it looked in my last update. 

I do not have a photo of the completed piece to share, but you may view it on the Heaven and Earth Designs website, here.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017


November has arrived. 
In just 2 months, we will be greeting the year 2018.


Progress with my October goals:

The list of October goals may be found here
Click on any photo for a larger view.


A clutch purse was created with my May CQJP 2014 block. This was my August 2017 UFO Challenge project. More details are in this post.




Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM Block 9
"Bathing Beauty" was completed! The blog post is here.
This is my progress on coloring the Pure Prairie Bouquet digital stamp from Power Poppy for the September pencil class through Kit and Klowder.

This is a lovely design, but I may set it aside until after the holidays to finish. The classes take some time.


Other October Accomplishments:

This fabric postcard was created for a swap. It was yet another finish, as the cross-stitched pumpkin has been sitting in a drawer for about a year. The blog post is here.

This small zipper pouch coin purse was added to my Hand Stitched Treasure Etsy Shop. The blog post is here and the Etsy shop is here.

Progress was made on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 March block. 

NOTE: You may sign up for CQJP 2018 November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017. Find the rules here and the registration info here.



November Goals:

1. Finish embellishing this Christmas stocking for my son. Some progress was made in September and shared on Instagram. (#10 on the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge, selected in June.)

2. Add a label and a hanging sleeve to this "Sealed with a Kiss" quilt. This is a smaller version of the pattern in the book Hearts Aplenty by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith.

3. Frame my Heaven and Earth Designs Santa and the Mouse Ornament cross-stitch based on artwork by Scott Gustafson. The chart is retired, but a similar chart is available here - it is a quick stitch of this piece of art. (#9 on the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge - selected in November.)

4. Finish "Beach Boy Freddie", the September block of the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM at Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends.

5. Finish the October Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM from Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends. (Due to Internet issues, it has not yet been shared on Amy's blog, but there is a sneak peek at Moosestash Quilting.)

6. Sew the second border on my "Hearts Askew" quilt and stitch around the appliqued hearts. The pattern is from the book Hearts Aplenty by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith.
I found the fabric and finished the first border in October. (#3 on my APQ 2017 UFO Challenge List - selected in October.)


7. Finish my Kit and Clowder October Pencil Class. So far, I have printed the stamp onto paper. The Special Edition Snowman and Penguins digital stamp was designed by Crissy Armstrong specifically for this class and is only available a limited time at Whimsy Stamps, so this link goes to their digital stamp collection - not directly to this stamp. It is incredibly cute!

8. Finish Christmas gifts to share on the 1 X-Mas Item a Month Blog. In October, I made progress on two mug rugs featuring the "Snowman" digital stamp from The Paper Shelter.

Top 5 Posts Viewed in October:

1. Red, White, and Blue Handbag - link found above or here
2. October - link found above or here
3. 2017 CQI Halloween/Autumn Fabric Postcard Swap - link found above or here
4. CQJP 2017 March Block Motif 5 - here
5. Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM - Block 9 - link found above or here

Thank you for stopping by!
-Renee

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fractal White Tiger October 2017

This week I was able to add 972 stitches to my Charting Creations "Fractal White Tiger" piece.

It filled in some of the top of page 7.

22,684 of 174,300 stitches are now complete.

This is how it looked in my last update. 

I began this project on January 1, 2016 to participate with the Stitchy Start blog. However, I have only worked on it 74 days for the progress shown above.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee



Monday, October 30, 2017

CQJP 2017 March Block Motifs 6 & 7

Feather stitched vegetaton accented with petite glass seed beads created motif 6 on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 block.

Size 12 green perle cotton floss was used for the feather stitches.

Motif 7 was added to both sides of the block. 

Using size 5 variegated perle cotton, I created vines with the barred chain stitch.

The flowers were made with a variegated size 8 perle cotton by making groups of 3 bullion stitches. Straight stitches were placed between the bullion stitches and over the ends where the bullion stitches met the vines.

My progress on this block has been slow, but I am enjoying it!

I am joining the Monday Stitchery Link Party #134 at Super Mom - No Cape! 

CQJP 2017 is a challenge to create a crazy quilt block that is at least 8-inches square in size each month. You may learn more about it and see the blocks completed this year here at the CQJP 2017 blog.




Related Posts:

CQJP 2017 March Block Motif 1 and Seams 1 & 2 - here
CQJP 2017 March Block Motifs 2-4 and Seam 3 - here
CQJP 2017 March Block Motif 5 - here
CQJP 2017 February Block - here
CQJP 2017 January Block - here

My CQJP 2017 progress is all shared on this Pinterest Board.

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee

Sunday, October 22, 2017

CQJP 2017 March Block Motif 5



This is the 5th motif added to my Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 March block. I had a bit of fun playing with Sharon B.'s Stitchers Templates making this one. 

Click on any image for a larger view.


First, I traced a few of the wavy vine lines from the templates onto the back (muslin foundation) of my block with a pencil.

The vines were created with whipped chain stitches.


A chain stitch was added following the lines of one of the vines with size 8 DMC #954 perle cotton. Size 8 DMC #125 perle cotton whipped around the chain stitches.


After giving some thought to the way I wanted the vines to wrap around one another, I continued adding chain stitches to the other vines. 

In this photo of the back, you may see that I wanted the vine sketched on the left to cross over in front of the middle vine on the lower junction. So, I embroidered the middle vine first. On the upper junction, I wanted the middle vine to be in front, so I stopped just below where those lines met and embroidered the vine to the left before continuing the middle vine. 


I did not whip these two vines until both had been embroidered with chain stitches. 


You may also note that I did not follow the entire shape from this vine. I wanted leave enough room to add the flowers.


After whipping the chain stitches, I added a pearl bead to the top of each stem, and then added rice beads for each of the "spokes" I had traced on the back. For these flower petals, I added the middle "spoke" first and then added two beads to each side, to be sure they all fit together well.

Small straight stitches were added to the vines with the variegated green thread to add a bit more detail.

This was such a fun motif to create!

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Notes: 

I am not affiliated with Sharon B.'s templates. However, I did receive them in exchange for an honest review and have so much fun playing with them!


CQJP stands for Crazy Quilt Journal Project. You may find the CQJP 2017 blog here.


Related Blog Posts:

CQJP 2017 March Block Seams 1 & 2 and Motif 1 - here
CQJP 2017 March Block Seam 3 and Motifs 2, 3 & 4 - here
CQJP 2017 February Block Tote - here
CQJP 2017 January Block - here

On this Pinterest board, I am saving each step of my CQJP 2017 progress. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Colored Valentine Fabric Postcards


In September, I finished the last two panels I colored back in February into fabric postcards. The snail mail and mailbox themes were inspired by InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month.)

The snail was inspired by the book Embroidery for All Seasons by Diana Lampe.



For the backs, I printed these templates onto cardstock.

In February, I do plan to participate with InCoWriMo again. (It is a challenge to write one letter, card, note or postcard every day in the month of February.) My mind is already working on ideas of what I want to mail to make the month more fun. I had thought about making 28 Artist Trading Cards, but fear I do not have the time. I am toying with a few other ideas. We'll see...

Have you made any fabric postcards recently? I would love to hear about them!

Thank you for stopping by!
Renee


Related Blog Posts:

Valentines Made with Colored Fabric - here
Fabric Postcard Tutorial - here
InCoWriMo 2017 in Review - here
Love Mail Zipper Pouch Coin Purse on Etsy - here (sold)



Friday, October 20, 2017

Crazy Quilted Blue Heart Coin Purse


If you follow me on Instagram, the crazy quilted centerpiece of this zipper pouch may look familiar. It is now the front of a 5.5" by 5.5" zipper pouch coin purse.


Here is a slightly closer view. The heart was machine pieced and hand embellished. I used Therm-O-Web HeatnBond Lite to fuse the heart to black cotton fabric and then hand stitched the edges in place. After that, I added the green stem stitches around the heart and the pink flowers on the upper section of the heart.


Above is a close-up. You may click on any image for a larger view.


The back and lining of the pouch are 100% black cotton fabric.


The zipper opening is 4.25-inches long and opens up to 3.25" wide in the center.

The interior seams are raw edges finished with zigzag stitches.


This coin purse is now listed in my Hand Stitched Treasure Etsy Shop and will ship First Class for free within the United States. You may find it listed here.

I would love to hear what project(s) you are currently working on. Feel free to leave a comment letting me know!

Thank you for stopping by.
Renee