Sunday, May 19, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 7

Only 31 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project over the past 3 weeks. 

Those stitches filled in more of the author's name on the spine of the book - I.M. DRAGGIN.

The title is: INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE ON THE MIND. 

This is how it looked in my last update. 

I should have more time to stitch before our June 9th update.

My progress these past 6 weeks has been minimal. However, looking at the larger picture, I have added 3,757 stitches since joining this SAL (stitch along) at the beginning of the year.

It is my hope you will visit the other bloggers participating in our SAL to see their progress! We are all working on different projects and live all over the world. As we are in different time zones, if there is not an update posted yet, please check back again later. Avis is fantastic and keeps us all organized. If you are interested in joining, you may find more details on her blog.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSue
ConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaret
CindyHelenLindaHeidiJackie
SunnyHayleyMeganCatherineDeborah
ConnieClare, Mary MargaretJennyCarmela
Jocelyn, and Sharon

Thank you for visiting!
Renee

Sunday, April 28, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 6

Yikes! This update is being posted much later in the day than I had hoped. The past three weeks have been a blur. Unfortunately, not a lot of progress was made on my Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch.

Here is a photo of Randal Spangler's artwork.

Only 83 stitches were added. I am hoping to make more progress by our May 19th update. We have university graduation celebrations and Mother's Day coming up between now and then, so we shall see...

It reads: INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE ON THE MIND.

I am still filling in the author's name: I. M. DRAGGIN.

I want to thank Avis for all she does to keep this SAL going! It is a bit different from many other stitch-alongs, as participants share progress on one project of their own choice. If you are interested in joining, you may find more details by following the link to her blog below.

I do hope you will visit everyone to see what they working on! We are in many different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later. Jess is taking a break for the moment.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carol, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret,
Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie,
Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah,
Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, JennyCarmela
Jocelyn, and Sharon



The reason my post is later than I had hoped... I generally draft my SAL update on Saturday and schedule it to post in the wee hours of Sunday morning. However, I had an opportunity to help a relative out during my bit of free time before my husband and I left to attend an event at the McMenamens Edgefield Hotel.  (We always enjoy the Edgefield, and learn a bit more about the history of the facility - which was once a poor farm - with every visit. You may learn more about it here.) We also had an opportunity to listen to Amadan perform. It was so much fun! (This high energy band has a Facebook page here.) This morning we enjoyed a yummy breakfast at the Black Rabbit Restaurant. (My fruit salad was amazing.) And on the way home, we stopped to watch Avengers: Endgame. Now it is time to tackle chores... 

Thank you for visiting!
Renee


Sunday, April 7, 2019

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 5


892 stitches were added to my Heaven and Earth Designs Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project since the last SAL update.

The piece now reads:
INVESTIGATING
THE EFFECTS OF
CAFFEINE ON
THE MIND

The author's name is being filled in now: I. M. Draggin.

Randal Spangler's artwork that this piece is based upon is here.

This is how it looked on March 17th.

8,033 of 23,660 stitches are now complete.

The project is 33.95% complete.
Page 1 is 100% complete.
Page 2 is 26.93% complete.

I do hope you will stop by to see what the other SAL (stitch along) participants are working on! Steph and LucyAnn are taking a break at the moment. If you are interested in joining, contact Avis. More details are on her blog.

Links to the other blogs are below. We are all in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later.


Thank you for visiting! Our next update will be on April 28th.
Renee

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Twilight Duel Update #32



1,338 stitches were added to Twilight Duel in March.

This is how it looked on March 1, 2019.

61,351 of 147,600 stitches were complete.

This is how it looks now. 62,689 of 147,600 stitches are complete.

I generally try to take a photo on the 30th of the month, as I began the project on August 30, 2015. However, I finally had some time to work on it on the 31st this month. Here is a photo of it on the frame at the end of March 30th with 62,221 stitches.

This Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Twilight Duel cross-stitch project is my focus piece for the Stitch Around the World Challenge (SATW 2019) through the Stitchtalk HAED Challenges Facebook Group. Some participants have already completed the challenge and are going for a second trip! With my family life and work schedule, I am hoping to make it just half way around the world. We'll see...  There are 22 legs in the journey. 

I finished legs 1 & 2 in January, as seen in this post. Leg 3 was completed in February, as seen in this post.

Leg 4 of the trip is still in progress. There are 3,727 km (stitches) between Turin and Brindisi. 2,917 stitches are complete and I have 810 to go. 

April's update should complete Leg 4 of the journey and I should have a page finish to share - completing the 2nd row of the project!

Percent Complete:
Project:            42.47% (It was 41.57%)
Pages 1-2:      100%
Page 3:             47.91% (It was 47.54%)
Page 4:          100%
Page 5:              1.83%
Page 6:              0%
Pages 7-8:     100%
Page 9:              7.57% (It was 5.9%)
Page 10:            0.25%
Pages 11-12:     0%
Pages 13-14: 100%
Page 15:            4.03%
Pages 16-18:     0%
Page 19:        100%
Page 20:          65.84% (It was 29.56%)
Pages 21-24:     0%

Thanks for visiting!
-Renee

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

TAST 2019 - Stitches 3, 4, 7 & 11



I hoped to share this last Tuesday, but was unable to download photos from my email and blogger would not let me upload photos. Thankfully, things are working properly now! 

Click any image for a larger view.

My Take A Stitch Tuesday (TAST) Stitches are being added to a few of the UFOs (unfinished objects) on my list for the 2019 UFO Challenge. The seam above was created using three TAST Stitches.


Stitch 3: Buttonhole Stitch was added with green perle cotton floss to create flower stems.
Stitch 7: Detached Chain Stitch - Pairs of detached chain stitches were added using the same thread to create leaves.
Stitch 11: French Knots were added at the top of each stem with 2 strands of red embroidery floss to create tiny flowers.

Now 2 seams are complete on project #12 of my UFO list. (The first seam may be seen in my previous TAST post, here.)

Stitch 4: Stem Stitch Project #6 was selected to complete in February for the 2019 UFO Challenge. My project #6 required me to finish quilting a Halloween Mug Rug with a stem stitch before adding binding. The stitching is now complete!


Below are links to a few of my favorite works incorporating these 4 TAST stitches.

Buttonhole Stitch and Detached Chain Stitches - I love the combination of these stitches to create a seam of flower stems, leaves and flower petals on the 2nd seam of my January 2017 Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) block shared in this blog post.

French Knots - I love the way they worked in a monogram and as a blanket of snow in works you may find in this blog post.

Stem Stitch and Detached Chain Stitches - The combination of these two stitches on the seam shared in this blog post is one of my very favorites. I also love the stem-stitched words added to the quilt shared in this post that I made for someone dear that battled breast cancer.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Renee


My 2019 TAST Progress:
Completed Stitches: 1-4, 7 & 11
Need to Stitch: 5-6, 8-10 & 12