Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TAST 2019 - Stitches 1 & 2

This weekend I made some time to work on the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitches that have been shared this year at Pin Tangle. The Chain Stitch and Fly Stitch were both worked onto a Valentine Fabric Postcard I am working on.

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Stitch 1: Chain Stitch
I worked this stitch with size 8 pink perle cotton. I like the way the red fabric peeks out between the stitches.

Stitch 2: Fly Stitch
Fly stitches were evenly spaced above the chain stitches with size 8 green perle cotton to create leaves.

Straight stitches were added to make stems with the same thread.

The stems were topped with pink fly stitches (also size 8 perle cotton) to create flower petals.

Mill Hill Magnifica Glass Beads #10026 topped each flower.

TAST is a personal challenge to learn a new embroidery stitch each week. The challenge is hosted by Sharon at Pin Tangle.

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Simple Heart Block

The Spring 2019 edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is now available through MagCloud here.

The block in the photo above is featured on pages 14-15. The article shares how the block was pieced and how each section was embellished, using 8 basic embroidery stitches. 

The cover of the magazine features the gorgeous work of Margreet De Reus. (Note: This photo was borrowed from Pamela Kellogg's blog, Kitty and Me Designs.)

I must admit, it is a bit unreal to see my work in print with so many talented crazy quilting artists. There are a few tutorials in the magazine that I hope to try out and share soon.

If you crazy quilt at all, I encourage you to contact Pamela Kellogg about submitting photos of your work. My goal is to work on a Fall/Halloween piece to submit before May 1st for the Fall edition.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 2

646 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project since my last update. (You may see the artwork this piece is based on here.)

Page 1 should be finished by the end of February at this rate!

The photo above shows how it looked on January 13th. (Oops! The text in that photo should read 4,842 of 23,660 Stitches...)

January 14th - February 2nd: Stitched 19 days for a total of 7.27 hours.

5,488 of 23,660 stitches are complete.

The project is 23.2% complete. (It was 20.46%.)

Page 1 (of 4) is 86.15% complete. (It was 76.01%.)

Below are links to the blogs of the other SAL participants. I do hope you will visit to see the fun diversity of projects everyone is working on. (We are in different time zones around the world, so if you do not see an update yet, it should be posted within a few hours.)

I want to welcome Carmela and Jocelyn, our newest SAL participants!  

Avis, thank you for keeping us all organized and motivated.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

February 2019

Wow! February is here already. January passed by in a blur!

My crafting time was spent cross-stitching last month, adding a total of 4,766 stitches to my 3 projects.

Twilight Duel had 2,172 stitches added. 

Fractal White Tiger had 1,646 stitches added.

Storykeep Effects of Caffeine had 948 stitches added. (There will be a current picture shared tomorrow. The last update was here.)

With luck, I will manage to find some sewing and crazy quilting time this month, too.

My goals:
1. Add at least 5 stitches a day to a Heaven and Earth Designs Cross-Stitch.
2. Finish at least 1 item from my UFO List - beginning with the project in this photo.
3. Finish at least 1 (if not 2) Christmas items.
4. Spend International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW - February 15-17) working on Fractal White Tiger.

Wishing you all a fantastic month!

Note: The photo at the top of this blog post was created last year and may be found here.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Twilight Duel Update #30

2,172 stitches were added to Twilight Duel this month.

This is how it looked on January 1, 2019. 
57,412 of 147,600 stitches were complete.

This is how it looks today. 
59,584 of 147,600 stitches are complete.

This year, I am participating in a couple of events through the Stitchtalk HAED Challenges Facebook Group to push me to make more progress in 2019.

My Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Twilight Duel cross-stitch project is my focus piece for the Stitch Around the World 2019 Challenge (SATW 2019.) A chart was created for participants with 22 legs of a journey, beginning and ending in London. 
Assuming every chart symbol stitched = 1 kilometer, 53,855 stitches will take us around the world in a year. 
To be honest, I do not think I can commit the time necessary to fully finish this challenge. However, I will be thrilled to make it half-way around the world. 

Leg 1: London to Paris, 470 Stitches - Completed January 5, 2019

Leg 2: Paris to Turin, 775 Stitches - Completed January 13, 2019

Leg 3: Turin to Brindisi, 1,115 Stitches - In Progress

Stitches added in January: 2,172
Stitches added in 2019: 2,172
Stitches to complete SATW 2019: 51,683

Percent Complete:
Project:        40.37% (It was 38.9%)
Pages 1-2: 100%
Page 3:        46.9% (It was 41.51%)
Page 4:      100%
Page 5:          1.83%
Page 6:          0%
Pages 7-8: 100%
Page 9:          5.54% (It was 5.06%)
Page 10:        0.25%
Pages 11-12: 0%
Page 13:    100%
Page 14:      83.57% (It was 64.99%)
Page 15:        3.2%
Pages 16-18: 0%
Page 19:    100%
Page 20:      15.31% (It was 3.72%)
Pages 21-24: 0%