Thursday, July 21, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 1, and More Logs on the Cabin

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I'm trying to type this while the Little One plays on the couch next to me. He's seven months old today! I honestly can't believe it. Surely I just brought him home from the hospital last week?

So adding logs to the log cabin I'm sewing is completely addictive. Like I want to ignore everything else I need to do every day and just do this, all the time. Here's my progress:

Another layer done! I don't know how big I want this to be. I'll just keep going until I run out of fabric, I guess!

I've also started the next sheep in our Little Sheep Virtues SAL, Courage!

This is the first 100 stitches. I love all the purple in this one.  I think I already know which fabric I'll use to finish it...

Happy xxx's,

Friday, July 15, 2016

The July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Sewing Machine Adventures

Somehow, I don't know how, I guess I blinked and missed it, but somehow it's the 15th of July! Which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

Last month I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my start here. And here's my progress for the month:

I've finished the donkey! Yay! Now I've just got the elephant. I'm stitching this with the recommended GAST floss on 28 count Bone Jobelan.

Since I finished off the latest Little Sheep Virtue of the SAL last week, I decided to take a break from the sheep and take a crack at the sewing machine that's been sitting around collecting dust. Literally all I had done since we brought it home was take it out of the box and put it on my desk. This week I told myself to stop being such a chicken and try it. Note: I have never in my life used a sewing machine. I've only ever hand sewn things.

I very quickly became very familiar with the trouble shooting section of the instruction manual. Everything I could have done wrong, I did. I wasted half an hour of my life undoing the mess I made when the bobbin winder went haywire and started winding the thread underneath the bobbin. That was fun. And then the fabric got stuck and I had to take everything apart to rescue it.

Anyway! After much trial and error I finally figured out how to sew a straight line (HUGE accomplishment at this point). A couple days of straight lines and I decided I was ready to try actually making something. So here it is:

It's the start of a log cabin mini-quilt. I've always wanted to make one, but I had to achieve that super difficult goal of sewing in a straight line.

I'm using a jelly roll of Moda's Joyeux Noel for this, which is awesome because it's the right width, I just have to worry about cutting the lengths correctly. And I seem to have fudged that up - they keep sticking out the bottom like that last piece in the picture. Maybe my seams are too small? Whatever, as long as it all holds together and looks nice. That's all I require of it!

Wish me luck,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 17 - Finished!

Serious happy dancing over here! It took much longer than it used to PB (pre-baby), but I've managed to finish-finish my latest sheep!

This is Peace, stitched as part of the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. I finished it up as a little pillow, with twine around the edges, just as I have the rest of the sheep. I found some pretty blue fabric in my stash that I thought was perfect for the backing:

Here's my entire flock so far. Seven down, five to go!

These are Love, Faith, Simplicity, Hope, Gratitude, and Joyfulness, arranged in no particular order. I've been finishing them off with different fabrics:

I'm so happy with how they all look so far! I know it's been slow going, and thank you all for bearing with me through it. I don't know how long it'll take me to finish the entire set, but I'm looking forward to stitching on each one! I love this series, and I love seeing my little flock growing.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 16, and More Starry Skies

Hi everyone! Just a quick little update today while the babe is napping. A bit more on Mary's Sampler:

I've finished the border along the top and stitched a couple more stars.

And I have a finish!

This is Peace, stitched as part of the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, at a little more than 1600 stitches. I just finished stitching the sheep and sewed on the little bird button at the top. This one really felt like it took forever to finish!

I need to take the Bunka brush to it and then finish it off so it can join my flock. Seven down, five to go!

Hope you're all staying cool/warm (depending on which part of the world you're in)! It's gross and dusty and humid all at the same time here. Sometimes I think I should work for the tourism board of Dubai :D

Big hugs,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 15, and Some Twinkling Stars

Hi folks! Hope you're all doing well. It's officially the start of summer, but it feels like it's been summer here forever already. There is no end to this heat and humidity, and to top it off they just issued a sand storm warning! Just taking groceries out of my car and into the building makes me feel like I'm being baked alive.

Needless to say, I've been spending a lot of time indoors with the baby. He's six months old today! I can't believe it. He's growing up so quickly. He can already stay sitting by himself without toppling over, and you can just see how impatient he is that he can't walk or run or jump around. This is an active baby!

I've got some stitching progress to show for myself. First, Mary's Sampler:

I've put in a few more stars and extended the border down the left. I'm really enjoying this piece. I don't know why my pictures keep coming out so bright, though! It doesn't look this bright in real life.

And I'm so, so, so close to a finish with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL!

This is Peace at 1500 stitches. I'm about halfway through the sheep now. I'm stitching him with Wisper thread as I've done with all the sheep, but I decided to make this one tan, just to make it interesting. Too many white sheep in this series!

Happy xxx's,

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 14, and the June Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Wow, we've made it halfway through the year already! 2016 is just flying by in a whirl of diapers and long sleepless nights. Somehow it's the 15th of June, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

For most of last year and this year, I was stitching on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two (you can see my last update post here). But I needed a new project, so I went digging through my stash. I've had to take out my shoehorn a bit! Last year my father saved himself a headache: he gave me money on my birthday and told me to buy whatever I wanted for myself. So I went on a stashing mission and bought a few things, including Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts. This was technically a gift, so technically it fits right in with GG!

I'm stitching these with the recommended GAST colors. I think this project is appropriate, considering the elections coming up later this year. I'm hoping to get both tarts done by then - wish me luck!

I've also got my usual snail's-pace update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1400 stitches. All I've done is work on the border. There's only a tiny bit left, plus the body of the sheep, and then I'm done! Hopefully this will be a finish next week.

The first picture is more true to the color of the fabric. This keeps happening with my camera - it washes out all the colors. Oh well!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 13, and a New, Long-Overdue Start

I don't get a lot of time on my hands these days, but there are pockets of time when the baby is napping and I can take a few minutes to breathe, relax, maybe watch a little TV...and I need something to keep my hands busy! So I went digging around for something to start, and I found a little folder on my laptop of a bunch of freebies I've accumulated. One of them was Plum Street Sampler's Christmas freebie from two years ago, Mary's Sampler.

I love the way this piece looks, and I especially love the way it looks on dark fabric:

So I had a rummage through my stash, found this mystery piece of dark blue evenweave, and got going. I'm doing the smaller version, Mary's Sampler I. Here's my progress so far:

I think I frogged that first star on top 10,000 times. I started with the charted colors, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I tried to use my own choices, but then I started doubting myself, so I went back to charted, but I REALLY didn't like it, so I gave myself a stern talking-to, sat down, and got more serious about picking a nice palette. Looooonnnnnnggggggg story short, this is what it looks like now.

I'm using DMC for this, and so far the grass is 730 (as charted), the flowers are alternating between 3721 and 3722, the first star is 712, 676, and 783 (out to in), and the other two stars are 676, 783, and 780 (out to in).

I've also got a bit of progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1300 stitches. So close to a finish now! The border is slowly creeping to an end, and I've stitched the sheep's legs and the butterflies at the top (I think they're butterflies? I don't know why their heads are green...)

Big hugs,