Sunday, January 13, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 1

I began working on my Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Storykeep Effects of Caffeine in October of 2015 because I love Randal Spangler's work and I needed a new travel project. (You may see the art this chart is based on here.)

Now that I am working full-time, my goal is to spend at least a few minutes on this piece during my lunch breaks. In December I asked Avis, at Sewing Beside the Sea, if I could join her SAL (stitch along.) Members of this SAL share progress on one project every 3 weeks, which seems like a perfect routine for sharing updates on this cross-stitch project. And I love the work I have seen through the other blogs I follow that are participating with this SAL. 

The photo above shows how it looked on January 1st. I hope to have more visible progress on our next SAL update, on February 3rd.

January 1 - 12: Stitched 7 days for a total of 3.85 hours. 452 stitches added.

4,842 of 23,660 stitches are complete.
The project is 20.46% complete. (It was 18.55%.)
Page 1 (of 4) is 76.01% complete. (It was 68.92%.)

I do hope you will join me in visiting the other SAL participants to see what they are working on and to cheer them on. Links are below. I would love to thank everyone in the SAL for the warm welcome. 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary MargaretJenny

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope 2019 brings you good health and happiness!

Do you have any New Years Resolutions?

This year, I am simply focusing on a few goals:
1. Eat more vegetables.
2. Drink more water.
3. Get back into a running routine.
4. Make progress on my cross-stitch projects.
5. Finish up some unfinished projects.

Each activity/challenge I have chosen to participate with this year will help me finish projects.


Stitches will be added to crazy quilt blocks I need to complete.

I will be completing blocks from previous CQJP years.

My aim is to make progress and/or complete 
Christmas themed UFOs.

I began my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger Cross-Stitch (art by Ricky Barnard) for the Stitchy Start blog in 2016. 
My goal is to add at least 900 stitches to it each month.
The 3rd full weekend of each month, I will be working on my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch project.

Make progress and/or finish a UFO each month.

Stitch Around the World:
organized by Porsche. 
The goal is to add 53,855 stitches to a single 
Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Cross-Stitch project. 
I will be working on Twilight Duel (artwork by Ruth Thompson.)
1 km = 1 symbol on the chart
To complete this challenge, my monthly goal is 4,488 stitches.
IF I succeed, the chart will be 75% complete at the end of 2019.

100 Days of HAED:
organized by Porsche.
This challenge runs January 7 to April 16, 2019
Round 2 runs from August 1 - November 9, 2019 
Goal: Add 5+ stitches a day to any HAED Cross-Stitch project.
I will be focusing on Twilight Duel & SK Effects of Caffeine.

I am joining Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for this SAL. 
Beginning January 13th, every 3 weeks 
I will post an update on my HAED Storykeep Effects of Caffeine (artwork by Randal Spangler.)

It looks like a HUGE list, but focuses on these 3 cross-stitch projects, several UFOs, and a few other CQJP blocks not pictured.
There should be visible progress by December 31st!

Thank you so much for visiting!

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 in Review

This year feels like it passed in the blink of an eye! I think the photo above captures finishes from 2018. (However, I just realized the center artist trading card was actually finished in 2017 for the ATC Swap through the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. Oops...)

I managed 12 finishes this year. Of those 12, the postcards, mugs and the tote bag on the top right portion of the photo were created by other companies using photos of blocks I completed in 2018.

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

Top 5 Blog Posts Since 2012
1. TAST 76 (#1 last year)
 5. April 2017 (#3 last year)

2018 Activities

2018 UFO Challenge
One UFO was finished this year and progress was made on 3 others. Find more details here.

My 2019 UFO Challenge list is here.

Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2018
December 31st is the last day to sign up for CQJP 2019. Details are here.

Many beautiful blocks were created for CQJP 2018, see them here.

I finished 4 of 12 blocks in 2018. January, February, March and April are complete.

In 2019, blocks may be created to finish CQJP events from previous years. That is my goal.

InCoWriMo 2018
INternational COrrespondence WRIting MOnth is in February. 

2018 was my 2nd year joining the fun. You may read more about my experience this year here. The InCoWriMo website is here.

This piece was completed on December 3, 2018, as seen here!

15,437 stitches added in 2018.

168 days (498.93 hours) of stitching from June 24, 2015 through December 3, 2018. 

Charting Creations "Fractal White Tiger"
I began this piece in 2016 for the Stitchy Start blog. 5,779 stitches were added in 2018, completing one page. 4 of 30 pages are finished.

This piece is now 17.15% complete. (It was 13.84% done on January 1st of 2018.)

7,417 stitches were added in 2018. 

The bottom row of the chart is now complete.

This is my travel project. 1,405 stitches were added to it this year.

Page 1 (of 4) is 68.92% complete. 

The project is 18.55% finished.

Wow! My cross-stitch projects - particularly QS Red Hearts - were clearly favorites on Instagram in 2018. 

Hmm... In 2017, I had 193 Instagram posts. There were only 57 in 2018. 

You may find me here on Instagram.

These 3 Artist Trading Cards were published in the Summer 2018 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine.

The Spring 2019 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine (available February 1st) will feature another block created in 2018. 

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 UFO Challenge List

Details for joining the 2019 American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge may be found here. On the Facebook Group for this event, project #3 was announced for January. 

Knowing my crafty time will be short and that I want to make a lot of progress on my cross-stitch projects, I tried to make my UFO list pretty simple this year.

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1. Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month hosted by Sew Incredibly Crazy & Friends. I need to complete the last block - "Hammock Time", sew the top together, add a border, label, quilt & bind this. You may find more details about this project here. Please note: Craftsy just removed patterns from some stores, so not all links to the blocks may work.

2. Make my "LOVE" Wall Quilt. Blocks were embellished through the Crazy Quilting International (CQI) 2014 Hearts Round Robin. You may see how the blocks arrived home to me here. And how I embellished the "E" block here.

3. Create a zipper pouch with this "Mom" heart I embroidered in 2017. You may see that post here.

4. My March Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 block needs a bit more embellishment before it may be sewn into a project. You may learn more about it here.
Do you think I should make it part of a tote bag? Or a cover for a 12-inch pillow?

5. My December CQJP 2014 block needs to be embellished. It will be the outer pocket on a tote bag. 

6. I colored this fabric back in 2017 (maybe?) to create a Halloween mug rug. It is ready to be quilted and bound.

7. In June of 2013, I began working on my first crazy quilted messenger bag, featuring pink Oregon State University Fabric. It is time to finish it up. This panel is almost fully embellished.

8. This panel of my pink OSU messenger bag needs a fair amount of embellishing.

9. The strap of my pink OSU messenger bag needs to be embellished.

10. The sides/bottom strip of my pink OSU messenger bag needs to be embellished.

11. Once all of the pieces are embellished, the messenger bag needs to be sewn together. The bag is based upon Butterick Pattern B4147. It was adapted to add the crazy quilting. (This photo is from December 2017.) More posts about this project may be found here.

12. I think I pieced this for a crazy quilt fabric postcard in 2016 when I created this tutorial for the Crazy Quilting International blog, but I am not sure. It has been sitting in a box for quite some time and I plan to finish it this year.

With my schedule this year, I do not expect to finish all of these projects this year. However, I know I will make more progress through this challenge than I would without participating.

Thank you for stopping by!

Related Posts:

UFO Challenge 2017 - My List
UFO Challenge 2017 Review
UFO Challenge 2018 - My List
UFO Challenge 2018 Review

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 UFO Challenge Review

My biggest goal this year was to finish one of my large cross-stitch projects. ("QS Red Hearts" is finished!) I also began working full time at a job I truly enjoy. As a result, my list of UFOs (unfinished objects) for the 2018 American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge did not get much of my crafty time. That being said, I am happy with the progress that was made this year.

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The photo above shows the 12 UFOs I selected to work on in 2018. You may find more photos and details in this post, shared last December.

UFO Progress in 2018:

1. "LOVE" Wall Quilt featuring blocks from the 2014 Crazy Quilting International Hearts Round Robin Blocks: I removed the basting seams from all 6 blocks and purchased a hanger from Ackfeld Manufacturing. (I am not affiliated, I just like their wire hangers.)

2. "Hearts Askew" Quilt: No progress.

3. Some embellishments were added to my pink Oregon State University messenger bag. I tried to work my Take A Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitches onto the panels for this bag. 

4. Assemble OSU Messenger Bag: Not yet! Needed to finish #3.

5. Embellish and Make a Purse with Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014 December Block: No progress.

6. Fully Finish "The land is not inherited" Cross-stitch: No progress.

7. Embellish & Sew Christmas Stocking: No progress.

8. Quilt, Label & Bind CQI Winter/Christmas Wall Quilt: No progress.

9. Finish "Red Barn" Wall Quilt: Borders were added, as seen in this post.

10. Complete The City Stitcher Quilt Collection #9 Our Country Home - Pattern by Janet Miller: No progress.

11. Create CQI Snowball Wall Quilt: No progress.

12. Fix CQJP 2013 April Tote Bag: Completed  and donated to a fund raiser in January 2018, as seen in this post.

One UFO was completed and progress was made on three others. That is more progress than I would have made without this challenge, so it feels successful to me!

My 2019 UFO List will be shared in tomorrow's post. 
Thank you for visiting! - Renee

Additional Information:
More details about the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge may be found here.

Search social media for #APQResolution to see what others have shared through the APQ UFO Challenge.

Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) is a personal challenge to learn a stitch a week. Sharon B. of will begin a new round of TAST on Tuesday, January 1st. You may learn more about it here.

The Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) is a personal challenge to create one crazy quilt block a month, measuring at least 8-inches square. Registration for CQJP 2019 closes on December 31st. You may learn more here.

Crazy Quilting International (CQI) is a group that meets on Facebook. You may learn more about round robins on the CQI blog here, and find the Facebook group here.