August SAL Update

Whew!  Another three weeks has gone by!  Where does the time get to?  We are doing lots of gardening, organizing, cooking and baking.  We are getting into the rhythm of social distancing.  A couple of the kids are “back” at school – zooming.  And I have my regularly scheduled zooms several times a week.  It doesn’t replace the face-to-face interactions but it’s great to remain in contact with friends.

Without further ado, here is where I was at the last update:img_9776

And this is where I am now:img_0183

The patch is working just fine.   There is a section where you can see the threads from the upper fabric – I have a “snag-it” tool (given to me by a friend in my local EGA) that I will use to try to tease them to the back side, but I really am thinking about adding a thin piece of gold ribbon vertically to that area to hide it.  We will see how it looks when I’m done stitching.

I am enjoying this SAL as it is a place to work on a project of my choice and post about it specifically every three weeks.  Please take a look at the links below to see all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

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SAL Update

I have not stitched on my SAL project for this update.  I am still excited that I found a solution to the challenge of placement on the fabric and I will be stitching again this week.  Here is the picture from last week:img_9870

What I had been doing instead was getting ready for our yearly family backpacking trip.  We gathered all our packs and gear, inspected them (some repairs were necessary – good hand sewing skills come in handy!) and then purchasing the rest that we needed.

We backpacked in the back country of Yosemite and it was gorgeous!  There was really no one else there – we did encounter one family on the way out and one on the way back, but it was super easy to distance.  Here are a couple of photos from our trip:img_1698

This picture is actually at then end.  We went int and out of this trail head.  I couldn’t find the picture from the start of the trip where our smiles were much bigger and we didn’t look quite so tired!img_1704

This year I used hiking poles for the very first time and they made such a huge positive difference!img_1754

Chain Lakes on our first night.  Such a gorgeous place!img_1757

Morning time on the second day!  Right after this photo was taken, two of the kids jumped into the lake and swam out to the island in the middle.  Such a fun time!

I should have more to show at our next update.  This is such a fun group of stitchers to be working with.  We are from all over the world and touch base once (or more!) every three weeks to show progress on one of our projects.  I am so grateful to everyone!  Please take a look at the other talented stitchers participating and if you’d like to join us, please contact Avis at the link below.

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July SAL Update

It’s time for an update on the Christmas Stocking I am stitching for my son.  I had discovered a pretty significant error when I started the second set of “windows” and started looking ahead to the toe part of the stocking.img_9761

That looks pretty good, right?  Well… when I started this project, I wanted to start in the top left hand corner instead of the center.  I like to go from left to right, top to bottom and lots of the color was the same in the beginning – to me it just made sense.  I counted, recounted, counted again.  Did some math.  Counted, recounted and did more math and was pretty certain everything was good to go.  Then I started the stitching.  Those of you who have been part of this SAL know this has been a very long term project for me.  I am not a quick stitcher, I am quite slow.  That does not bother me – I love stitching.  This project has gone on timeout and come out of timeout more times than I can count.  I have stitched and un-stitched.

Well…  this error is not something I can unstitch without scrapping the whole stocking and starting over.  The toe of the stocking is on the left of the stitching.  In other words, I am too close to the edge of the fabric on the left – WAY too close, 3 inches too close in fact.

Once I realized that, my stomach sank and I sat there looking at the stitching for awhile (probably longer than I want to admit) and then had a really, really good cry.  Then I set it on the table (not back in the bag where I keep it to be safe) and walked away.  I went out to garden, took a shower and made dinner.  All with that piece of stitching on the table.  My kids and husband knew something was wrong.  My youngest son (15), kept coming up to me and giving me a hug telling me that it would be ok and I would figure it out.

I left that stitching out all night on the table which is unheard of.  We have three cats and a dog.  I did not sleep well at all.  Then, I did have an idea.  Because I started close to the left hand side, I had quite a bit of “empty” fabric on the right side.  I decided to try something out (something I still don’t know if it will work right).  I measured, counted, did some math (we all know how that works for me).img_9762

And cut my fabric at the top right of the project.  A big enough piece to overlap on the left with enough to stitch the toe and have a margin.img_9763

Then I pinned it to the right section.  Pinning was not enough so…img_9776

I added basting stitches to hold everything in place all lined up.  That looks pretty easy, but it was really a bear and took HOURS.  Originally, the holes didn’t want to match so when I put the needle down from the top, I had to flip the fabric and make sure the needle went into the correct hole on the bottom.  And then I had to repeat the process again from back to front.  All in all, it seems to be working ok now.img_9870

Stitching on the double piece is still a little fiddly.  Even though it’s all lined up and held together with those basting stitches, I still have to flip and check to make sure I’m on target for almost every stitch.  It’s really SLOW going.  I am hopeful that this “patch” will work and wont’ look too wonky when it’s complete.  Only time will tell.

There are lots of more talented and creative stitchers who are a part of this group.  Please take a look at their projects if you get a chance:
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June SAL Update

It’s time for my SAL Update.  I belong to a group of stitchers online and participate in a stitch-a-long.  This stitch-a-long is different from most in that each member chooses their own project to work and posts updates every three weeks.  I’m working on a Christmas Stocking for one of my sons.  Here is where I was at the last update:

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5/31/20 – SAL Update.

And this is where I am now:

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6/21/20-SAL Update

I have been finding a little bit more time here and there to work on this and I’m quite pleased with my progress.  With a little bit of stitching time each day, I’m hoping to be done with this window pane by the next update.

If you have time, please take a look at the other stitch-a-long members and their progress (list below).

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnne,  AJJennyLauraCathie, SherrieHelen

April SAL Update

A SAL is a stitch-a-long.  This particular one is super fun because everyone has a different project that they are working and post about it every three weeks.  If you’d like to join us, please contact AVIS at the link below the post.

AND a big welcome to Sherrie!  I can’t wait to hop over to her blog to see what she’s been up to.

Whew!!  That was a quick three weeks!  It is still shelter in place where we live – you are not supposed to leave your home unless you are going on an essential errand or walking the dog.  Our dog now runs away when she sees us get the leash.  There are four kids at home — walking the dog has become one of the coveted chores!

I did not get all that much done on the Candy Cane Christmas Stocking.  This is where I was last update:

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3/29/20 – SAL close up Update

And this is where I am now:

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4/19/20 – SAL Update

I’ve been scattered lately, not really able to concentrate on any one thing.  I’m like a pin ball, bouncing from one activity to another.  I have lots of unfinished things:  weeding (done in patches), gardening (also done in patches), different areas of organization in our home (lots started, nothing finished).  I read somewhere about a syndrome called IGAD – I Got All Day.  I think in some ways I am experiencing that.  Each day is open and free, one very similar to the next, it is a very strange feeling.  I have never had my days look like this.  I’ve always been working, studying, raising kids, running a business, keeping things running smoothly in the home.  I’ve never experienced long swaths of time like this.  On the plus side, we are walking as a family at least once a day, playing board and card games at every meal (we eat them all together now), do puzzles and have lots of movie nights.  The time together as a family has been really nice.  OK… now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I just watched a YouTube video on how to grow ginger from fresh ginger you buy at the store.  I have some here and I’m off to plant it!

Please take a look at the other stitchers in this group.  There are so many fantastic things going on:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaSherrie

I’m also sharing with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sunday.

SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s time for an update on my son’s Christmas Stocking.  This is where I was last time:

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2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

And this is where I am now:

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3/29/20 – SAL close up Update

I’m kind of shocked that I got so much done.  I’ve been really busy since we’ve been sheltering in place.  I’ve got four kids home again (so nice!), which means tons of cooking, baking, games, puzzles and walks and talks.  I’m loving being with everyone although sometimes we get on each other’s nerves!

I also started a YouTube channel of fun sewing/crafting activities for kids or kids and their parents to do to help with being home so long.  If you are interested, you can find my youtube channel here.  It’s also on my business website, Let’s Go Crafting in the blog section.

I’m sure others participating in this SAL have gotten so much more done.  If you’d like to join our group of stitchers, please contact Avis at the link below. Take a look at all the progress the wonderful stitchers in our group have done.

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I’m also linking up with Slow Stitch Sunday.

February SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

Three weeks have flown by!!  I’m slowly working on the Christmas stocking for my oldest son.  This is where I was three weeks ago:

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1/26/2020 SAL Update

I had been working on the separations between the panes of the window.  This is where I’m at now:

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2/16/20 SAL Update

I’ve finished most of the bars and have moved to another section of the stocking.  Here is a close up:

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2/16/20 SAL Update-closeup

I should be able to make some quick progress for next time as there is quite a bit of the same color.  Please take a look at what some of the others are doing and if you’d like to join us please contact Avis (she’s the first one on the list below)

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I’m also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

January #2 SAL Update

I’ve been plugging along slowly on this project, letting other things work their way into my stitching time, but I do have a bit of progress to show.  This is progress from last time:

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1/5/20 Update: After the backstitching

I had just finished that square including the backstitching.  This is where I am today:

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1/26/2020 SAL Update

I’ve been working on the stitching between the panes of glass in the window.  I’m enjoying the rhythm of the half stitches and also the texture given by the different number of strands of floss used.

Please take a look at the work made by the other member of this SAL – lots of talent shown on their sites!!  If you’d like to join us, please click on “Avis” below, she keeps us all organized!

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitch Sundays.

January SAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s a new year and there are so many things I’m looking forward to!  I’m so grateful for my family, my friends and just my life in general.  I’m grateful for this SAL and the friends I’ve made here.  There is so much support and care from each of you and I truly feel blessed to be a part of it.

Three weeks have gone by already since the last update!!  I simply cannot believe that another year is starting – Happy 2020 to everyone!

At the last update, this is where I was:

This is where I am now.

We were on vacation and I had lots of morning and late afternoon time to work on this.  It was just so very relaxing to sit either on our balcony or on the beach, watch the ocean and stitch away!

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1/5/20 Update: Before the backstitching

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1/5/20 Update: After the backstitching

I even managed to stitch on the airplane!!  That was a first for me.  I hope the start of the new year brings much happiness to you!

Please take a look at the other wonderful stitchers participating in this SAL by clicking on the links below!  And welcome to AJ who is joining us!  This SAL is different than other SALS in that you get to choose the project that you work on.  Every three weeks you post your progress.  It’s a great group of stitchers and if you’d like to join us, please contact Avis (hers is the first link)

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ

I’m also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.

December SAL and Slow Stitching Sunday

I am so grateful for this SAL!  On the Gingerbread House #5, this is where I was last update:

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11/24/2019 SAL Update – Gingerbread House #5

This is where I am now!!

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Gingerbread House #5.

The stitching is finished!!  I actually finished it over our Thanksgiving break and blogged about it here.  I haven’t decided what it will be yet, but am leaning towards an ornament.  I think I’ll try to have that done for our next update.

Also, I made time to work on my son’s Christmas Stocking.  Here is were I was three weeks ago:img_8083

and a closeup of the area I’m working on:

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Before

This is where I am now:

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12/15/19 SAL Update on Ty’s Christmas Stocking.

I’ve been getting up every morning and putting a few stitches in while I drink my coffee and start the day.  It’s been so relaxing.  This is what the stocking looks like now:

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12/15/19 SAL Update

Slowly, but surely, stitch by stitch, I will finish.

Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

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About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending Avis an email.

I am also linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.