Hello Everyone! I hope you are getting settled into the new year. I’ve spent some time cleaning and refreshing the guest rooms and baths after my kids left. I’ve also switched out Christmas quilts for Winter quilts and put away most of the Christmas décor. I’ve done a little planning but not much so I would like to spend a morning really thinking about things I want to accomplish this year or at least in the next few months.
Yesterday was the first day that I was able to spend any amount of time at the sewing machine. I had decided earlier this week that I wanted to pull out County Fair by Fig Tree and Co. and work on it this year. Of course it took a few minutes to remember where I was. I looked at my journal page and the last time I worked on it was when the picture above was taken, October 2019. Fortunately, it was ready to pick up and sew. I had already sorted the fabric groups into pairs for each block.
I made this block and just have to sew the components together in a second block. The fabric is Christmas Figs by Fig Tree for Moda. I decided that I would have to make one block at a time so I don’t get the backgrounds mixed up. As I was sewing, I came up with a plan to get this quilt finished by next Christmas. I’ll share my thought process in my next post.
A few days before the end of the year, I took out Button Up by The Prairie Schooler again. I started it on Christmas Day, 2019. Before putting it away, I had finished the first three blocks. I’m only stitching 8 of the 9 blocks and will continue to work on it for a while. Snow Day is a hand dyed fabric by Luminous Fiber Arts.
I got a decent start on Scenic Farm, my New Years Day start.
I’m stitching it on 36 ct Antique White linen using two threads over two. Deminsions uses their own threads and they are fine except I think they twist a little more than DMC.
After working on it for a few days, I have learned that it’s going to take some organizing of the floss and keeping up with where I am in the pattern. The pattern is printed on slick paper so I made my own copies. The chart is printed as two 11 x 17 pages and it doesn’t have any overlap shown. I started at the top of the chart in the center and had to mark the center line on my fabric. Since I know where the center line is, I can keep up with where I’m stitching. Because there are so many huge blocks of color in the sky, I also have to keep up with where I am in each color. I’ve been marking off the pattern with a pencil, that way I can erase it if I need to redo a section (like that would ever happen, LOL). Because there are so many blended threads, I decided to pull a couple of strands at a time and blend them. I like to use old post cards as floss keepers because of their weight. I write the color or symbol in pencil, that way I can use them again. I’ve been skipping around with the colors just so I don’t get bored stitching endless sky.
I do have a few plans for cross stitching this month. I’m waiting for fabric to start Winter Rose Manor by With Thy Needle and Thread. I would also like to get a start on a couple of other Winter pieces this month.
I’ve already stitched Welcome Summer and Autumn, so it’s time to start Welecome Winter by The Drawn Thread. The design is charted all in silk, so I will have to spend some time working on a conversion, but I already have the fabric picked out.
I would also like to start Let’s Talk Winter by Cathy of Hands On Design. I really like all three of them so I don’t know if I’ll start the large one or the small one in the hoop first. I’m going to try to start one of them this week because it calls for all DMC and I have the black fabric.
That’s it for now. I hope you all have a good rest of your week. Thanks for stopping by.