My January WIPocalypse Update…

I think this last Sunday of the month plan is going to work out much better.  At least right now, it’s going as envisioned… Max is playing and watching cartoons.  I’m enjoying my morning coffee and catching up on blog posting.  Perfect!

I had a very good January stitching-wise – two finishes!  The one I’m much more proud of has to be first, of course.  🙂

Blue Jeans and Daisies - FINISHED 1/22/17

Blue Jeans and Daisies, designed by Blue Ribbon Designs. Started Jan 1, 2013; completed Jan 22, 2017. Fabric and all threads per design. Stitched on 30ct WDW Blue Jeans with Weeks threads.

Yes – Blue Jeans and Daisies is finished!  I began that little birdhouse in the top left corner as my New Year’s start in 2013, when I was 7 months pregnant with Max.  The final stitch (the heart over the house in the center panel) was done last weekend.  A few months ago, I posted about how this piece has definitely been a journey.  I have an index card written with archival ink to tell about some of the different squares and what I was doing in life.  I plan on having it placed on the backside of the framing paper when I get this one professionally framed, so it serves as a memory record.

Overall – a very fun stitch.  Life just had a way of making this one a bit difficult for me.  The only time I really felt bogged down were those beautiful flowering trees in the center panel – they look lovely, but I stumbled through them for some reason.

So hooray!  Big finish!

My other finish of the month was for the Smalls SAL, and I talked about it in yesterday’s post.

Ornament - stitching completed 1/16/17

Smalls SAL – Drop Ornament. Stitched on 28 ct antique white with DMC 221.

I’ll get that put together in the next couple months. As long as it’s ready for the tree in December, I’m good!

I also did a little bit of stitching on a very old UFO, Smoky Mountain Cats, as part of the “Full Coverage on Fifth” SAL on January 5th in the Stitch Maynia group on Facebook.  Progress on that one really isn’t worth posting a photo of at this point, though, since I spent half of the evening trying to figure out my colors… since my key has gone wandering.  THAT was not fun.  But I think I have it resolved, so it’ll be my “Full on Fifth” piece for the rest of the year.

My final piece is what’s back on my frame right now – the Never Ending Sampler SAL.

Never Ending Sampler - as started 1/1/17

Started Jan 1, 2017. Stitched on an old piece of 32 ct Silkweavers (color name unknown) with DMC Ecru and Threadworx Hawaiian Flowers (#1068).

This is a free ongoing band sampler SAL created and hosted by Kitty and Me Designs. So far she has posted 15 bands. The first three went very quickly – I got them done in about 3-4 hours. I’m now working band 4, and I’d like to get another 5-6 bands done before I switch to another project again.

So yep, a very good month and good start to my WIPocalypse 2017 – I’ve already defeated two WIPs.  🙂  Not sure how my next month of stitching will go, but I have my three-day retreat to Stitcher’s Hideaway coming up, so I expect I’ll get a lot of stitching done.  I may intentionally find the pieces that I’m close to finishing so I have another finish to post!

So… onto the WIPocalypse Question of the month… What Stitch-a-Longs (SALs) are you participating in this year?

I’m participating in three year-long ones:  WIPocalypse (obviously… hard not to when you’re hosting it!), the Smalls SAL, and the Never Ending Sampler SAL (both linked above and on my sidebar).  I’ll also be participating in some event day and themed month SALs being hosted within the Stitch Maynia group on Facebook.

With the exception of the sampler SAL, everything else is intentionally tied into my WIPocalypse stitching… I figure the more motivation, the better!

And that’s my update for this month!

9 comments

  1. Sheryl says:

    Wonderful January stitching, I love the blue jeans and daisies piece, so pretty and also lovely thread on the never ending sampler. I started the same SAL but have been messing about with the colours, don´t seem to like my own choice, very frustrating. Thank you for commenting on my blog, (your mail shows as `no reply´)

  2. dragonsluver says:

    Fantastic to see you being able to stitch more. Congrats on the finishes even. Blue Jean is just amazing! Hope next month is just as good for you.

  3. Minnie Gray says:

    I’m sorry I made a mistake when submitting my blog page post will you please delete the first one. Thank you so much.

  4. tiffstitch says:

    Huge congrats on your big finish, that’s wonderful! And great idea about the card as well. Nice finish on the other and good luck with the rest. Love that sampler too!

  5. Leonore Winterer says:

    It’s great to see you had such a good stitching month! Blue Jeans and Daisy is stunning, and the band sampler looks really good as well. I’m looking forward to see what you’ll have to show next month!

  6. kaisievic says:

    Wow! Great WIPocalypse post, Measi and your Blue Jeans and Daisies finish is so very pretty and how awesome that you have been able to record the journey of its stitching.

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