Hello Everyone! I wish I could say “April Fools” and all the changes we’ve seen in the last month would go away. I guess that’s not going to happen and we are doing our part by mostly staying in. I did have to go to the grocery store and post office earlier this week and at both places, there were shields in front the employees. I thought that was good that they were being somewhat protected. Anyway, this post is about my weekly cross stitch update and I also have some Needlework Market haul to share.
Let’s get started with the Works In Progress first. I only worked on two pieces this week and I almost finished both.
I am so close to finishing Jack’s Tree Farm! I just have the rest of the fence, a little more snow and a wreath to go. You should see a finish next week.
I almost finished my third part of The Anniversaries of the Heart in March. My goal is to finish one of these a month and I hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow. All I need to do is fill in the vase and add initials. This block is going to be dedicated to the “dear fathers”, my dad and father-in-law. You can follow along with the SAL hosted by Olivia and Deborah at #bbanniversaries2020. My next chart that I’m starting will be a special one. You’ll get to see it next week unless you follow me on Instagram.
Now for some Market Haul. I ordered from several different shops and got charts, fabric and threads. Not sure when I’m going to get to all of them, but will start a few sooner rather than later.
I’m going to start with the fabric, which came from three different places. The gray-brown fabric on the left is from The Cottage Needle on Etsy and is hand-dyed by Mountain Aire Fabrics, which is a new dyer to me. It’s 32 ct linen in Woodland Moss. I don’t have a plan for it, but just thought it was pretty, maybe for something fall with some bright oranges on it.
The middle fabric is 25 ct Cloud Lugana from Lori Holt’s Vintage Cloth line. I got this for a few P. Buckley Moss charts that I have. The plan is to stitch them over 1 thread instead of over 2 threads so they won’t be so large.
The last piece is 36 ct Antique White linen that I got to replace the 18 ct Aida in the Scenic Farms kit. I don’t mind Aida, but what came in the kit was so stiff that I would not enjoy stitching with it.
Along with two new charts from Misty Purcel, I also ordered a few pieces of her hand-dyed fabric in 36 and 40 ct called Soft Porcelain. It’s a very pretty soft color with a hint of yellow. The chart is one of her market releases and I thought it was so cute. When I make this, I may change the cup color to go more in my coffee bar area.
Also from Misty is the “Savor Every Stitch” chart. I ordered both of her charts as a PDF download. I’m not sure why my printer printed that pink shadow. I also ordered the floss pack to go with the chart. It has all the threads except the DMC. You will notice a theme with some of my charts as we go along.
From The Cottage Needle on Etsy, I ordered a few new charts and one older one, too.
First up is Well Rounded by Hands On Design. There was something about these small pieces that I was really attracted to, especially the smaller ones, all with quilt blocks on them. I also ordered the finishing kit to go along with this pattern. I plan to save at least one of every size circle so I can finish them all. The kit contains enough of the circles to complete one season. I may get a start on the summer small soon.
Also from Cathy at Hands On Design is “Stitch in the Garden”. I like all these pieces, but I would like to try the square pin pillow to see how it all fits together.
Continuing on with the theme (have you figured it out yet?), I got “Mary, Mary Needleworker” by Lindy Stitches. I’ve seen several people already stitching this one and I guess the dress stitching goes on for a long time. I thought it was cute and I would like to see it hanging in my sewing room one day.
Because The Cottage Needle had it in stock, I ordered “Autumn in Baltimore”. I have several of these charts by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread and haven’t been able to find this one before.
The last one from The Cottage Needle is…
…Hands On Design’s “Memorial Day” When Cathy first showed this in a video, I knew I had to stitch it. She stitched it with Sulky Threads but I will chose some threads from my stash.
I needed something special to put it in, so I made this project bag for me. I love it! I have enough fabric to make one more and I will do that sometime this month. I also have some other patriotic fabric to make a few more bags. I’m not interested in going to the post office right now, so I’ll get them ready, then maybe list them in my Etsy shop at the end of the month and have a sale.
From 123 Stitch, I picked up the white linen and some of the floss I needed to finish Anniversaries of the Heart. I also placed a new order with them yesterday to get Brenda Gervais’ “Souvenirs of the Heart” smalls which includes her new one “Star Spangled Spectacular“. I ordered the threads I needed for those, too. I also went ahead and ordered “Sewing Club” by Blackbird Designs. It was on sale and I’ve waffled back and forth on getting it, so I did! It has some really pretty designs in it.
From Fat Quarter Shop, I also ordered floss for Anniversaries of the Heart and the new Classic Colorworks threads.
The new threads came with the free chart by Little House Needleworks, too. I already used Chesapeake Bay in July, by Prairie Schooler for the crab.
I may use Mariner’s Compass for the lighthouse.
When the order came from FQS, the threads were packaged together by brand. It was just serendipitous that these two were together…
My immediate thought was, “those are Hokie colors”! For all Virginia Tech fans, you know what I mean. But also in the group from Gentle Arts, was another orange…
…even better! I may have to look for some VT cross stitch charts. I have some older stitched pieces from years ago, one my mother-in-law made and one my mom made. I’m going to have to dig those out.
That’s it for now. My plans are to finish my two WIPs and kit Memorial Day, then I’ll go from there. I didn’t get a quilting update post in this week, because I didn’t have much that I could share. I was asked to make a mini quilt using an upcoming design by Jacquelynne Steves for her 2020 BOM. I spent the last week working on and finishing it (that’s why I went to the post office) and hope to finish the instructions for it today. I have several quilty things I want to get back to and finish this week, too.
I hope you all stay well and have enough things to keep you busy. If we do what we’re supposed to, maybe this will be over sooner rather than later. I hope so, we have a beach trip planned for the middle of May which will include seeing our daughter. Thanks for stopping by.