Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Last Tuesday in July

Is it Tuesday already? How does that happen so quickly? I'm amazed at how the summer is slipping by. I keep trying to dig in my heels, but it doesn't seem to be working.

In my mind, feeble as it is, that UFO giveaway idea worked rather well. I had a request from one person for each project, so I'm happy. The bunny band sampler is going to Kate, Barb is getting the log cabin quilt square, and Wanda (no blog) will get the seashells. There is quite a selection of items in my UFO/Never Gonna Stitch pile, so I'll be picturing them for future giveaways beginning with my next post. I truly appreciate giving UFOs a good home. It makes me feel less wasteful.

Speaking of being less wasteful, here's something that I finished from my olden WIP pile. It's Twined Heart from Shepherd's Bush, and I can remember beginning it at an old stitch 'n' bitch session about 12 years ago (gasp). I know! It sat for years in a drawer, waiting for me to put the ribbon and beads on it. What the hell took me so long? It took all of about 45 minutes yesterday afternoon to just get 'er done. So hooray!

What about the new starts? Well, there hasn't been enough progress on Mayflower Women to warrant a picture. I'll see what I can do to remedy that situation. In another moment of weakness, I started the Evil Serpent Sampler from Examplars from the Heart (oops). OK, I've been a naughty girl again. I think I can live with that, because it's really fun to stitch. And look ... it's so cute.
Since I have a newly organized selection of fabrics, I decided to use something I've already spent money on (imagine that!). So Zack (yes, he's visiting again this week) helped me give a piece of 40-count Sandstone a spa day in my kitchen. Under Zack's watchful eye (he follows me everywhere), I soaked the fabric in my jar of coffee from the fridge for an hour or so, and then baked it in the oven until dry. I love the splotches we got. The man I hang around with will be amazed at all of the marvelous things his dog has learned, won't he?
I've also spent some time working on Block 1 of Shores. For some strange reason, the grayish rocks and the blue in the water look like the same color. In real life, it's not that way at all. Let's see ... could it be the camera? Nah ... it has to be operator error. But you get the idea.

That's what's been happening around here. I'll be looking through my files with the idea of dislodging more projects from my collection. You can be certain that there are some oldies-but-goodies in there. After the UFOs are gone, I'll be putting charts up for grabs. I'd better go get busy. Make some fun.

14 comments:

valerie said...

Absolutely love the colors in Block #1 of SoHRH! Amazing! Congrats on your happy dance and nice progress on your new WIP. Enjoy the rest of the summer...it's flying by!

Melissa said...

It's amazing what you can find in your UFO pile! That's great that you got the SB one done. I love that heart at the top. Lots of lovely stitching. Looking forward to seeing what you clean out... (Why did I just say that when I have my own share to do too? Do I need more?)

Jennifer said...

that SB one is absolutely beautiful!
I have actually been cleaning out some of my projects tonight too. Gosh, how did I get all these charts?
Your coffee dying turned out good. I got restless with mine and instead of baking it, I took a blow dryer and dried it :0
Love reading your blog, its great!
Jennifer

VALIE said...

Oh the bliss of being on holiday and having enough time on one's hands to fiddle with threads, and fabrics, and patterns, and files...
Enjoy it, there is still August to go !

Katrina said...

Love all your stitchy pieces. That SB piece is so pretty, one of my favorites. Glad you had fun dying linen.

Margaret said...

Oh I love your SB finish! Nice start on that EftH piece too! And Shores - I love Shores!

Kellie said...

Hi Doris,
Congrats on your SB finish! It is gorgeous! I have some of those projects lingering in my WIP pile that would only take an hour or two to finish if I would just do it. Love, love, love your Shores! I decided to stick with my 36 ct. with 1 over 2 and am liking it much better. The summer is flying by, isn't it? I really hate that it is almost over. (To me, summer pretty much ends when school starts back, and that is next week for us).

staci said...

Congrats on finishing another old project...what a great feeling!

And that's wonderful that your unwanted projects have all found new homes.

Siobhan said...

Woohoo! Congrats on the finish. I love SBs! I bought the Examplar Dames chart fairly recently... yet another one I must get started on! ;) Love the progress on Shores!

Deb said...

I think that's a wonderful idea of "recycling" your UFO's - they get to go to a new home!! I thinks that's great that you got your SB finished after all this time. I've done that too on a couple projects and wondered what the heck took me so long to get around to them.

Love your Block #1 of Shores. And I love your coffee dying. The fabric came out perfectly!! And I love your start on the Evil Serpent Sampler. That was one I really enjoyed stitching just because it was a little different. It will go well with your newly finished ATS!!!

Jan said...

Lovely projects!! I am always amazed when I come across a project, that has been tucked away not finished, and I wonder what was I thinking? What a beautiful finish and I don't blame you for starting that sweet, new design! Cute!

Brigitte said...

Oh lovely, your finish. What a nice band sampler. And your new starts are gorgeous. Getting rid of those UFOs seems to be very motivating for having new starts, lol. Looking forward to your next UFO give-away.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

You are really making some beautiful finishing progress! Love your stitching. Darling snake! Hugs, Deb

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hi Doris, so glad that you put the final touches on the SB piece. It seems to be a contagious thing for stitchers to do. Something I am trying to remedy myself this year.

Roberta