Cross Stitch Progress and a Finish

Hello Everyone and welcome back! Today I’m going to share my cross stitch progress because there still is no sewing in the recent past and near future.

In case you are curious as to the basement repair, let me explain. In our section of new homes, the builder went with a new process to connect the foundation to the house. Instead of using straps, they used bolts. When a neighbor starting finishing their basement, they found bolts were missing. After inspecting several homes, they found it to be an issue in other homes, too. In some cases, it was the fact that the bolts were cut off in order to install the floor joists. So some were missing and some were cut. If you have a finished basement, the only way to know and replace bolts is to cut into the ceiling around the edge of the house and replace them. Then all the sheet rock work and painting has to be completed. The sheet rock is finished so now we are waiting on the painting and final cleaning process, which is supposed to happen on Tuesday. So there it is, it will be another week before I get everything back in order and ready to sew.

I actually have three finishes today! The first one is Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt. I put the last stitches in on the morning of August 31, so I met my goal! I wish the fabric would photograph better than it does because it’s very pretty. The fabric is Soft Porcelain by Luminous Fiber Arts. I’m very happy with my changes using the dark blue instead of the medium blue. As soon as I get my sewing studio back in order, I’ll be working on a finish for it.

As I was pulling out things to fully finish this week, I found the last of the Well Rounded Fall piece by Hands On Design (on the left). I only had to stitch half the yellow stars and fill in the centers. It only took two nights so I don’t know why I didn’t finish it last year. The two smaller pieces are fully finished.

On the right is the Scissor Fob from Quaker Star Delight. I thought I was stitching it on 40 ct, but it’s 36 ct Soft Porcelain so a tad large for a scissor fob. I left off the border and will be finishing it in the round.

I continued to work on Seasons of the Heart – Summer by the Blue Flower. It will be the last summer piece I work on. It’s stitched on 40 ct Lt. Khaki using the called for DMCs except the reds. I thought the called for were too orange for a summer piece so changed them for more pink and red.

Since Flea Market Flowers was my morning stitch, I needed a new one. I pulled out Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers to work on. I would like to get it finished this fall. I have the right side of the fence and all the sky stars to do. I’m stitching this on 36 ct Sparrow by Luminous Fiber Arts and am stitching 2 over 2 for a more saturated look. I’ve changed some of the pumpkin colors, too, for a more vibrant look and will do the same with the stars.

So now that September is here, it’s time to think about fall stitching.

I pulled out three new things to work on, but haven’t started any of them yet. I’m going to start with the pin pillow in Autumn Skies by Hands on Design, so that should be quick. Next is Gathering Acorns by Luminous Fiber Arts. I completed the other four in the series and this is the last one. We will be traveling later in the month and the Gathering series are easy to work on in the car. The last one is I Love Fall Most of All by With Thy Needle and Thread. I’m ready to start that one as soon as I finish the Summer piece. I’m afraid if I don’t finish that first, then the fall piece will take over my stitching time.

Not that I’ve been working hard on it, but I’ve started the process of fully finishing that pile of stitched pieces. I’ve cut out the mat boards and have batting on the front of the ones to be used for the stitched pieces. The next step is lacing them to the mat board. That’s a slow process for me so I’ll be working on it this weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, I hope you have a nice weekend and enjoy the long one if you are in the states. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll have another update at the end of next week.

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9 Responses to Cross Stitch Progress and a Finish

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Oh My!! Your stitching is beautiful – and seeing your finished Flea Market is awesome! So many lovely pieces again, beautiful progress! Canada also has a long weekend – I think it is the only one we celebrate at the same time, with the US :)!


  2. Carol in Texas says:

    I would like to be right there with you Brenda as you fully finish some pieces. I have not done any of that and I have some stitched pieces that need to be completed. I just need to gather up courage and watch some videos. I really love those Blue Flower Seasons of the Heart pieces. I have a photo of the fall one that is my IPad wallpaper for September.


  3. Lydia says:

    Love what you’ve finished. I have pulled out all my Fall themed projects and also hope to get Cinnamon Stars finished this year.


  4. Margaret says:

    Beautiful stitching! Autumn just lends itself to stitching – all the lovely colors Nature provides. Have you ever explained how you “fully finish” your pieces? If not, would you consider doing that?


    • Brenda says:

      Thank you, Margaret! I have occasionally shown progress on my finishing and you have given me an idea to put together a post on finishing and where I go to find different techniques. Look for that post in a few weeks.


  5. Jane says:

    I adore the colors in Flea Market Flowers, absolutely gorgeous!


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