Thursday, January 8, 2015

Starting the Year Out Right!

Well, the holidays are over and life is back to normal.
I'm happy to report the Christmas tree and decorations are down and put away for another year. 
 
The super cold weather some of the USA is enduring is not here in the Pacific NW.  We are having a typical cloudy and grey winter with daytime temps in the 40's. I won't complain.
 
 I have been busy preparing for a new stitching year !
My stash got inventoried and put on an excel spreadsheet. It is alphabetized by the designers name.  It was a lot of work, but it is so nice to be able to check and see if I already have a project.   Yes, I have been guilty of buying the same chart more than once.  Hopefully, this is the end of that problem.
 
On the stitching front, I have 3 finishes to report-

 
Finish #1-Barbara Jackson
Peace on Earth ornament
Shining Needle Society
 
I love these ornaments!  But when it came time to make a queen stitch on 40 ct fabric, I hit a brick wall.  Even 1 ply was too bulky.  And I noticed from my basting that the ornament was going to be tiny.  So I switched my fabric to 32 ct and the ornament is a much better size and the queen stitch issue went away.


Finish #2-Barbara Jackson
Merrily, Merrily ornament
Shining Needle Society
 
Yes, I have the next ornament on the stretcher bars!  Hopefully it won't be long before it is finished.

 
Finish #3-The Stitching Parlor
Treasures Sewing Box
 
 I stitched the pincushion upside down.  I was using a hoop and the excess fabric was flapping against my hand.  So I flipped it upside down.
 

 
Current project-
The Stitcherhood
Merry Christmas #53
 
I'll be back soon with another post about my 2015 goals!

14 comments:

Margaret said...

I was so tempted by those Barbara Jackson ornaments! I'll probably be kicking myself for not getting them. Beautiful finishes!

Linda said...

Lovely stitching Teresa.

Linda

Barb said...

Such pretty ornaments! Great stitching!

thegreytail said...

oh my, those ornaments are delightful!
I love the French knotted sheep, and jumping hares! I bet they're all fantastic, can't wait to see more now.

Ann said...

Love the finishes--a couple of them look SO familiar--no, wait! I did those, too!

Vickie said...

Those french knot sheep are so cute!
Love the colors in Treasures Sewing Box.

Maggee said...

Your ornaments are very nicely done--look at all those french knots! Phew! Your Sewing Box will be assembled soon--I am sure you will do a great job with it! Hugs!

llknbillburg said...

Lovely finishes! I'm a big BJ fan too! Laura

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful finishes--will be so nice for your holiday tree 2015. Brr has been very cold here lows in the single digits with highs barely reaching freezing

Denise said...

Lovely Stitching!!

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching.

Marsha said...

I love those ornaments. Very pretty.

Annette-California said...

Love those french knot sheep - Beautiful! Gorgeous colors in Treasures Sewing box. Lovely stitching Teresa! love Annette

Joy said...

Lovely stitching!