and completed another color on "Bride" in the RYO mandala series (six of 12 colors done and a seventh 50% complete):
This week has been spent tidying up from the holidays (although the Christmas decorations are still up and I don't know WHEN I'll be motivated to work on those!). However, since my WIPocalypse report on the 5th, I have stitched some more on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015 block (some chain stitch to tack down the felt flourish applique - murder on needles as the flourish is self-adhesive and the glue seems to love my sharps):
and completed another color on "Bride" in the RYO mandala series (six of 12 colors done and a seventh 50% complete):
Quilt Guild meeting for tonight has been cancelled due to the extremely cold (for here, at least) weather so that will free up another night for stitchery, so I have hopes that I can finish at least one more color before the weekend.
This month's topic for WIPocalypse is "Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!"
I'm Carol, AKA ThatYank in NW Ohio, which identifies me and where I am. I'm a retired teacher (community college level) and into many forms of stitchery: Cross stitch, blackwork and needlepoint primarily although I used to do a lot of crewel (MANY full moons ago!) and have dabble in quilting and knitting.
My projects at this time are two BAPs: Elizabeth Almond's "Save the Stitches" SAL (in progress since late February, 2014) and Tracy Horner's "Roll Your Own" (RYO) mandala series (first mandala begun late January, 2014; the third of nine begun late June, 2014). When it is active (it is currently on holiday), I participate in Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) . I also am enrolled in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) for 2015 and, while enrolled, have not yet decided on the Bead Journal Project 2015 (BJP).
I try not to set goals or make resolutions of any kind but... Where stitchery is concerned, I'm going to try to stay on schedule with TAST and CQJP and get at least one of those BAPs completed.
So my WIPocalypse status of this, the first full moon of 2015 is as follows:
The outlines for the "Save the Stitches" piece are complete, leaving only the fill for "blocks" 10 through 24 and the beading for all 24 releases:
Five colors are complete and a sixth is 25% complete on "Bride", the third of nine mandalas in the RYO series:
The base block for my January CQJP is prepared and threads and beads have been selected:
With the holidays interfering near the end of 2014 and clearing up after them continuing into this month, and with tax preparation looming on the horizon (we are switching accountants and that could really complicate things), I don't hold out a lot of hope for major progress to be reported for February's full moon. But we shall see...
I pretty much wrapped up the year in my WIPocalypse report for December, but I have made some little progress since.
I feel like I am a broken record because, in December 2013, I said "Like in 2012, I'm not that happy with my completion rate for 2013". And there was a list of fifteen completed projects and/or classes for 2013! Well, If I wasn't happy then, I must be miserable now because I have not completed all that much in 2014. I blame it on a rekindled interest in papercrafting and reading... All I managed to complete this year were 11 projects and no classes:
Four pieces were framed for fair submittal in 2014 (four first place ribbons).
i am still a member of the local quilt guild and still their webmaster (and Yahoo Group administrator).
And, for accountablility, I participated in WIPocalypse 2014 and International Hermit and Stitch Weekend 2014 as well as this blog.
I had signed up for a four-part class in finishing with Funk & Weber and only managed half of part 1. I also signed up for a Seed Bead Botany class which I never managed to start. And left over from 2013 are two Janet Perry classes: Two Janet Perry classes (one a stitch guide practicum and the other a background stitch notebook), and several Craftsy online classes for quilting.
Long-standing UFOs from precious years weren't even taken out, let alone stitched on:
to say nothing of an ancient crewel-work pillow (I'm sure the moths have done in the wool by now), all the top work on six or seven needlepoint pieces that all predate 1992, and a slew of piece-worked tops from quilting classes in Saudi... And then there is my Round Robin piece from 2006 --- I still need to finish that off. (If the preceding words look familiar, they are almost verbatim my report from 2013!)
There are still all the years of Janet Perry needlepoint exercises that require finish-finishing;and a Chinese coins quilt top still awaits its sandwiching, quilting and binding.
Also started, but unfinished in 2014 are two "true" WIPs::
In addition, TAST 2015, Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2015 and possibly Bead Journal Project 2015 (I haven't decided yet) will be on the menu for 2015.
I hope to make 2015 a year of catching up and maybe even re-organizing my crafting space (which is currently a hot mess!). So my stitching goals are to finish what I call the "makeable WIPs": the "Roll Your Own" mandalas and the blackwork sampler; and keep up with Take a Stitch Tuesday and Crazy Quilt Journal Project. If I feel motivated, Bead Journal Project will also take it's place in this list. I will limit my goals to these, and if anything else inserts itself into my schedule, I should have the time to work on it...
This week was dominated by Christmas aa Borther-in-law's and two nights of catching up on DVDs of "Midsomer Murders" (only four series to go!). But I also beaded. And I got my December Bead Journal Project ornament completed, JUST under the wire! Snowy, my owl, entered an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" contest during this week, and I think he has a chance to win, don't you?
And once I finished with Snowy, I pulled out Elizabeth Almond's "Save the Stitches and put in the outlines for installments 15 - 22 :
(I didn't crop my foot so you could get a feel for how big this is going to be - I wear a size 8.5 shoe!) Only two more installments of outline and then I can get to the fill patterns!
Thanks to International Hermit and Stitch Weekend for December, I finally got in some stitchery!
I sat down at the sewing machine and stitched together the last three blocks of my 2014 Crazy Quilt Journal Project:
All it needs now is a border (or two, quilting and binding! Yeah, right, ALL it needs! LOL I have two other tops in the same stage of assembly --- requiring borders, quilting and binding. Think I'll get them done before the end of the year? Not likely! But at least I made some progress.
I also stitched a tractor motif on the 18-ct Aida bib of a Charles Craft Plush Pet teddy which I got as a freebie in an order of floss from the DMC store:
This teddy is a before-birth gift for a new great nephew, due in February...
And finally, a completion! The November Bead Journal Project owl:
Only the December one to go! Woo Hoo!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Blessed Kwanzaa to everyone!
What with holiday prep, the 18th challenge for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, and the fleeting nature of my stitching mojo, I didn't get much stitching in this weekend, although I did at least get my November Bead Journal Project piece started. Here's Snowy, the Owl, with a leaf theme:
He's roughly 1/3 complete and it should be able to get him done before Christmas is I plug away at him. Then it will be on to the Christmasy Owl and the year will be complete!
Well, another week has passed without a single stitch made. A lot happened, just not stitching!
Let's see, on the social butterfly scene, there was dinner and desert with friends who will be on the same cruise as we will be on Wednesday night, there was the holiday reception at the University President's home on Saturday, and there as Girls' Night Out on Tuesday. The Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge kept me occupied for nearly a week. Then there was the holiday stuff: over 120 Christmas cards signed, addressed, stamped, licked and mailed, and gifts for 8 people ordered (THAT was a trauma --- why have all our regular sites gone and made ordering so much more difficult?) and, in one instance, wrapped. More remain to be wrapped and the tree is still not decorated (today maybe?). Of course, it didn't help that I still haven't found my stitching mojo ...
Plans for Christmas Day still haven't been finalized as we have to get past husband's birthday today! So I make no promises for next week as well...
Christmas Season is now upon us and I'm not in the mood! Really. NOT in the mood. I hate to be a Scrooge, but there it is!
Husband decorated the little pine in the front yard:
I put up my hand-stitched ornament trees:
and the foyer tree is up but not decorated.
Otherwise, you wouldn't know it was Christmas around here.
Another week of minimal stitching. I got sucked into a really harrowing round of challenges on a computer game I play, I am working (in my head, if not with my hands) on a papercrafting challenge due next Friday, and I am two years behind on one television series and one year on another (and my DVR is rapidly filling up!)!
I did work on my Crazy quilt Block for December and reported on it in my WIPocalypse monthly report. I signed up for Crazy Quilt Challenge 2015 (bigger blocks next year --- so now I have to come up with some sort of theme).
I planned out and kitted my December Bead Journal piece (even though I haven't started beading the November one). Trying to decide whether I am Bead Journal Project-fatigued or not, and, therefore, whether I want to participate in 2015. What with Crazy Quilt Journal and Take a Stitch Tuesday, I suspect there are enough deadlines in my stitchery and so I should bow out but... if I do, it feels like quitting and I hate that! What to do...
Meanwhile, here is Christmas shopping to do (yes, I haven't really started so it will be online catalogs again this year), Christmas cards to address and mail, and the entire Christmas social whirl to avoid! Oh, do I need a vacation!
This WIPocalypse report is to cover my accomplishments for the year! (my finishes, my final before/after photos, etc). This should be a short report given how little I feel I have accomplished this year but I will have my personal wrap-up on December 31, JUST in case I actually accomplish something more between now and the end of the year (highly unlikely with the holidays had upon us, but I will try!)!!
Bead Journal Project 2014
Ten (of twelve) atc-sized beaded ornaments: "Snowy" Owl, Love Birds, "Celtic" Owl, "Peep", "Goldfinch" Owl,
Anniversary, "Patriot" Owl, "Firebird" cardinal, "Sports Fan" Owl, and "Bat Bird" The last two (one for November and one for December) are sketched and kitted but not started.
Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014
12 blocks, the latest of which is here:
Take a Stitch Tuesday 2014
Forty-nine stitches which can be seen on "pages" in this album. They included: Linked Chain, Beaded Linked Chain, Shell Chain, Beaded Shell Chain, Eastern, Beaded Eastern, Triangular Buttonhole, Beaded Triangular Buttonhole, Beaded Butterfly Chain, Buttonholed Cable Chain, Beaded Buttonholed Cable Chain, Cretan Looped, Beaded Cretan Looped, Rice Stitch (varieties), Square Box, Rope, ZigZag Coral , Feathered Chain , Beaded Feathered Chain, Long Tail Chain (plain, beaded and whipped), Beaded Vandyke, Bullion Vandyke, Braided Buttonhole, Woven Trellis, Double Herringbone, Twisted Lattice, Chained Bar, Woven Chained Bar, Closed Herringbone, Beaded Herringbone, Alternating Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Beaded Alternating Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Interlaced Up-and-Down Buttonhole, Lock, Double Lock, Beaded Lock, Kiko's Flower, Triple Chain, Fern, Beaded Fern, Knotted Buttonhole, Beaded Knotted Buttonhole, Barb, Beaded Barb and Threaded Cable Chain stitches! Whew!
"Ladybug & Daisy" designed by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai designs
WIPS which are STILL WIPS!
Kind of overwhelmed but the lack of stitchery productivity this year. I blame a rekindled interest in mixed media/papercrafting, a road trip in June and July, and the current stretch of winter holiday festivities (preparation for) for most of this loss of stitching mojo. Then there were the football games for which we got free tickets and sat in the President's Box, receptions at the President's Residence for various events, etc. etc. etc. All of which took up entire days which MIGHT have been spent stitching if I weren't otherwise engaged! We've become social butterflies!
What is even sadder is the accumulation of taped television series on my DVR which could well take a month to view, even in binge mode!
But, as you can see, I have enough WIPs to keep me busy through 2015 and beyond!
Pretty pathetic stitching week this week!
Thursday was all caught up in cooking for (and cleaning up after) the family Thanksgiving gathering.
Friday was the last home game of the season for our alma mater and we had tickets in the President's Box! Great view of a wonderful first quarter and three dismal quarters after that.
Saturday and Sunday, my friend Mary came down for a crafting weekend and I spent all my time either straightening up, sorting, purging or completing two outstanding papercrafting projects (you can see the latter on my blog Carol Stamps ....).
Monday was more cleaning and then an eye appointment which pretty much wiped out any chance of stitchery (I have enough trouble seeing the holes in the fabric without blurry eyes!).
Tuesday was Girls' Night Out and a late dinner at Chili's...
So, while a busy week, not a single stitch was made!