Hello Everyone! Where has June gone? It’s hard to believe it’s almost over. I didn’t post my cross stitch project update last week because we were in Pensacola visiting my daughter. You can see my post on our visit here if you missed it. This week, I have two finishes to share, plus progress on Memorial Day.
Before we left, I finished Pumpkin Farm by Blackbird Designs. When I went back through my planner to count my days stitched on this one, I got a little surprise! It took 32 days of stitching to finish it, more than any of the others by 10 days. I don’t know if it’s because I switched it to my morning stitch and sometimes I may only get in half an hour or so, or if it had more stitching in it. I can tell you it took 3 days to finish the pumpkin. It will be interesting on the next one to see if it takes as long because I’m working on it in the mornings. This is probably my favorite design, but I think it’s because of the colors. I love everything Fall! I stitched this one for my son whose birthday is in November. I used all the called for colors except for the pumpkin. It was charted to be a white pumpkin, but I really wanted mine to be orange. I outlined it with Weeks Sweet Potato and stitched the inside with GA Burnt Orange, the same as the house.
So now I have 5 charts completed in the Anniversaries of the Heart Series. I’m glad I’m stitching this as a Stitch A Long on Instagram, #bbanniversaries2020 with Olivia and Deborah. It’s keeping me on track to finish by the end of the year or earlier since I’m only stitching 7 charts plus the last bonus.
Next up will be Moonlight Visitor for my daughter. Her birthday is in August so I would like to have it finished by then. I picked this one for her because she likes moths and I’m thinking this is a moth not a butterfly since it visits at night. I’ve already kitted everything, but I will probably wait until July to start it and take just a little break from working on AOTH.
I took Memorial Day by Cathy of Hands On Design on our trip. I started the second flag as we started out trip and just finished it this morning. I ran out of the Weeks Grits in the first flag so had to substitute DMC 3866. I also started a second skein of Weeks Turkish Red in the last row of red on the second flag. The chart calls for Sulky Petites, which has a lot more yardage on their spools than using either a hand dyed floss or DMC. I also have just a little of the GA Freedom left that I’m using for the blue. I’m going to have to substitute something else for the last flag. I didn’t start with a full skein Freedom, so I’m not sure if one skein would have been enough or not.
I would really like to finish and maybe even fully finish this by July 4th so I plan to only stitch on it until it’s done. There are a lot of stitches in those flags! I’m not a fast stitcher, plus I have two quilting projects I also want to finish by the first of July, so we’ll see what happens.
When we got back from our trip, I started working on a Maynia start, Star Spangle Spectacular by With Thy Needle and Thread again. I finished it on Monday and plan to fully finish it this week sometime. It’s stitched 1 over 1 on 28 ct Flax linen. It’s tiny! Only about 2 1/2″ x 3″. Once I get into a rhythm, I don’t mind stitching 1 over 1. I think I used most of the called for colors on this one except I changed the little white stars in the background to DMC 927 because the whites just were not showing up on this fabric. I have the other two in this series and would also like to get them stitched this year.
I saw this pattern on one of Fat Quarter Shops videos last week and thought it was cute, then saw that it was on sale in Thimble Blossoms shop over the weekend. It’s Stitchville by Camille Roskelley. Since I made her Winterville quilt and just finished making the Swoon blocks, I thought this would be a great addition to my sewing studio. The pattern is charted with Camille’s Cosmos thread pack and I bought that many years ago so I will plan on using those threads.
That’s it for now. I hope you all are staying safe and well. Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!