Projects 2012:

TAST Projects:
Butterfly block for Pillow

Fairy Crazy Quilt

Hawaiian Applique Pillows

Missy C's Kitty quilt

Australian Landscape wall hanging

Matey Moo's Twin Quilt

Red Applique wall hanging

Small (quick?) Projects:
Crewel Cat with turkey stitch

Cross stitch Cat

I’m participating:

Word of the Year:

2012 Word of the year: PATIENCE
2011 Word of the year: BLOOM
How I did!
2010 Word of the year: FOCUS
How I did!
2009 Word of the Year: DISCIPLINE
How I did!

TAST Buttonhole stitch

I’m late, but I’m already working on next week’s photo. However, just to catch up, here’s last weeks:

I have always wanted to do this stitch – it’s from Dorothy Bond’s book “Crazy Quilt Stitches” – and has caught my eye for years, but I never had the perfect spot to put it.  I’m very happy with how it turned out!

TAST Fly stitch and closing in on my cross stitch project

Well the good news is I stitched all weekend – the bad news? I didn’t get around to posting my stitches and projects until today.

My first excuse is that I don’t think I really LOVE the fly stitch. I did end up liking my second example and I’ll play with it more in the weeks to come – maybe I’ll find my peace with it. Do you find you “like” some stitches better than others?

Anyway, the good news was that I finally found an example of the stitch below (the one that looks like a branch) and really liked it. I’m sure I’ll embellish further, but it’s a start.

So, should I rip out the other one? Or I could build on it? I’m thinking maybe flowers either direction off the center? Not quite sure yet.

When I got bored doing the fly stitch, I worked on my cross stitch piece, which is almost done. At this point I’m fixing mistakes and finishing it up. Can’t wait to be done and have this one framed.

Word of the year 2011 – “Bloom” How I did?

Well, I’m almost tempted to say I gave up on “Bloom” – I certainly didn’t write much on this blog and I finished a measly assortment of crafty projects (not one of them big artistic works – not even SMALL artistic works).

Finished projects (bleck, this is pitiful):

Easy Blanket with Binding

Painted a pottery plate

No-sew Quilt wall-hanging

Martini Towel

As I look back over the year, not many of my big projects were even touched – a few trotted out, looked at and put back, but nothing really even worked on.

However, what I did do was more internal – I’ve now focused my work goals and I know where I’m headed professionally. I’ve gone through all my projects in my studio and know what I want/need to work on.

I’ve also discovered the Mid-Century embroidery as a possible niche and something I really enjoyed doing.  I’m hoping to make more designs and put them on Etsy – maybe even some kits, so we’ll see.

I feel I’ve “bloomed” as a person, but now it’s time to plant some roots!

Word of the Year: Patience


Chinese Patience Symbol

I’m late. I struggled with my “word of the year” this year – and actually my husband suggested this one. I hadn’t really thought about it, but the mere thought of pursuing “patience” immediately made me really uncomfortable and so I knew that it was a great fit!

I’m never patient. I always seem to need to finish things now – thus the quality lacks and sometimes I make horrible mistakes. So, this year, this is the word.

One of the things I really love about having a word of the year is that it sort of takes shape as the year moves along.  Sometimes I’ve started the year with one idea of what that goal looks like and it changes and morphs.

Anyway, a few fabulous quotes about patience:
Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
Cato the Elder (234 BC – 149 BC)

It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – ), “A Wreath of Roses”

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.
Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)

Even with being patient, I have created some goals/posting goals for myself this year.  I do however vow to be patient with myself if I verr off track and to just steer myself back into the zone!

Some of these are ongoing projects and some are things I’ll just be posting about:

  • TAST – I will be doing “Take a Stitch Tuesday” – where we get a new stitch each Tuesday – the goal is to cross post here and on the new group blog I’m participating in.
  • Sewing Lessons – I’m going to try to each weekend work on a machine sewing projects
  • Book Reviews – I read enough that one book review a week shouldn’t be a big deal at all. My reading goal this year through Goodreads is 80 books (I read 77 in 2011)

With all of those, if I give you the occasional update on my smaller projects I should be blogging a WHOLE lot more this year – wooo hoo! Thanks for hanging with me this year clash of clans triche gemme and I really hope 2012 sees me artistically back on track

2011 Books

Woo hoo! Should I set my goal for next year to 80? If you’re interested, here’s the books I read last year!

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

has completed her goal of reading 75 books in 2011!



Happy New Year!

I haven’t done my “word of the  year” yet, but I will, however, I hope you all do something fabulous for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and I’ll meet you back here to start on my stitching resolutions in a few days!

Projects for 2012

This post has taken me longer than I originally thought it would – making goals and organizing my year has become a yearly goal, but this year I’m looking back and my fiber art really took an interesting turn. I’ve had some time to evaluate and have really loved a lot of the projects I’ve worked on, but I don’t feel I’ve been focused at all.

This year I really hope to round out and use my talents. I think because of the “holes” in my knowledge – there are often “holes” (real and figurative) in my work.

I’ve held off finishing several projects because of a lack of knowledge. Some might say to have someone else finish it, but I sort of feel like that’s cheating.

So, here’s my plan. I’m doing the following projects this year:

Sewing lessonsfrom a book I picked up, “Stitch by Stitch” (the author has agreed to answer questions if I get stuck – ha ha).

TAST – to learn more stitches and make me use them on a few projects I haven’t finished – primarily the butterfly pillow and the fairy wall hanging – if I can finish those I’ll be thrilled! :)

Book Reviews – I read – a LOT – I love to read about sewing and quilts and embroiderers and such and now I have a place for my reviews. What to call this feature? Hmmm, no idea, but I want to make it weekly – which may mean going back and reviewing books I’ve raed, but more often than not I finish at least a book a week, so we’ll see. Thoughts on a title? I’m also going to set a new overall goal for Goodreads – I was a bit high this year, but I want to make it next year.

Last but not least are the rest of my little UFO’s – I like having small projects, so I’ll probably rotate in extra little stitchy projects – they’re good boom beach cheats iPhone in front of the TV and a fun break from big projects

Tuesday Stitchers

You’ll find me posting over here weekly now!

New Fabric and progress on the tea towels

Woo hoo! New fabric! (who doesn’t love that!).

This fabby number is for our kitchen curtains. Yep! My duaghter’s comment was  “Wow! Daddy will like cooking in here!” ha ha!

But I have to say, I think this fabric is really cool. I’ll put up a picture when I’m done, but keep in mind my “beginner sewing skills” and the fact that I’m going for funcitonal (and these are pretty crazy for curtains, so I think they should be simple, don’t’ you?)

Then I’m working away at my “consignment”  tea towels – 2 almost down – one left to go!

TAST – a great way to finish a project!

Actually I’m tackling this as a way to FINISH a project. TAST or Take a stitch Tuesday was started several years ago by the amazing Sharron Boggon  – I’ve officially signed up and am listed on this post – so I have to do it! :)

If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s an awesome way to learn and expand your knowledge of embroidery.

I’ve also spent the weekend organizing the craft room – which now morphs into the kids craft area – which has taken on a life of it’s own.

We spent our “Tech free” day after Thanksgiving making shrinky dinks and Rex and Missy C learned some origami folds!

Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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