Hello Everyone and welcome to another Works in Progress Wednesday. Today, I’m sharing the last of my fall stitching and the beginnings of Christmas and Winter stitching plus and update on my quilting progress last week.
I didn’t post quilting progress on Sunday because we were out all day on Saturday and I only have one picture to share, but I did make lots of progress last week on the County Fair quilt.
I am slowly sewing this quilt together. I had already sewn the sashing strips to the blocks, so last week, I sewed the blocks together, then had to sew the corner stones to the sashing strips. I am in the process of sewing the rows together now. It’s slow because I pin all those nine patch seams together. It takes me twice as long to pin than it does to sew. My goal is to finish the quilt in time to use it this Christmas.
I hit a large milestone in Scenic Farms. The stitching is all complete! I am backstitching this last section and need to go back and repair a place or two where the backstitching has gotten loose. Then, it’s time to make all the French Knots! I’ll be watching for frame sales. If a really good one starts, I may put everything else aside to get this one finished.
These are the last two pieces of fall stitching for this year. Both are by Melisa at Pinker N Punkin Quilting. The house is Thanksgiving House and was a fun piece to stitch. In 1863, Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day of Thanksgiving. You can read more of the story on Melisa’s blog. I’ll be finishing it as a small pillow like the other saltbox houses that I’ve stitched.
The turkey is called Mr. McGobble and I just stitched the turkey from Melisa’s sweet pattern. I changed the turkey feather colors and used some over-dyed threads. It only took two nights to stitch, so you still have time if you want one for Thanksgiving. I haven’t decided how I’ll finish it yet, but hopefully we’ll all know by next week!
I’ve spent some time over the past week pulling out Christmas and Winter charts, trying to decide which ones I want to start and which ones I’d like to get started and finished! When I finished Mr. McGobble, I wanted to stitch something Holidayish, but small. I pulled out Joyeux Noel by JBW Designs and started working on it again. It’s stitched on 28 ct linen, 1 over 1 and for me the stitching is slow. I started it in 2019 and stitched on it only a little last year. I have made good progress over the past two days though. I stitched the entire bottom row and the branch on the right side above that row. I will probably finish it as some kind of standup, either on a block or as a flat fold. First though to finish the stitching!
I had some waiting to do yesterday morning while my husband had a procedure, so I started Melisa’s Christmas Eve Saltbox. I’m stitching it on 32 ct Winter Wishes linen, possibly by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie (the tag doesn’t say). I thought Santa should fly through a gray snow filled sky. I’m going to use Melisa’s colors but in Sulky 12 wt threads instead of DMCs. I have a few extra’s I’ll be using such as B5200 for the white and Hunter from Weeks for the Christmas tree. As you can see, I only have a small start, but I’ll continue to build the house this week while I decide on other things to stitch for the season.
We are planning another hiking trip later this morning. It should be a pretty day and I hope we have some pretty views. Based on the trees around here, I don’t expect to see many pretty colors in the trees. A lot of trees are still green, and when they turn, they are going straight to brown. I guess that’s the result of our warm days in October.
That’s it for this week. I hope you have a pleasant rest of your week and weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
Beautiful progress on your lovely cross-stitches this past week. Love seeing the right side of your Scenic Farm coming together – so pretty!
Canada used to have Thanksgiving together with Remembrance day many, many years ago. It then got changed to the second weekend in October in 1957 when many complained both of those holidays did not fit together at the same time. It didn’t please the farmers when it was changed to October, but there it stayed to this day.
Always love when you share some history along the way – and thought you might enjoy some of ours :)!
Thanks, Sigi for sharing a little about your Thanksgiving. I knew Canada had one earlier than ours, but didn’t know it had been changed. I hope you had a happy one.
The quilt looks great! Always love your stitching. I need to get organized.
Thanks so much, Patsy!
That quilt looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it finished.
Love the colors of the quilt top and that is Christmas-y without being Christmas-y. When you stitch with the silk- do you double the thread or do single strand. I have a lot of the spooled silk thread-cross stitching would be a good use for it.