martedì, gennaio 30, 2007

The tablecloth

One of the most important goals for 2007 is stitching my first tablecloth.
I'll have to stitch 27 blocks and the other blocks of the tablecloth will be empty. On the 27 blocks I'll stitch the TP Fruit by LHN using only DMC because it's a tablecloth and I'll have to wash it.
Every month I'll stitch two blocks repeating the same design twice. During three months instead I'll stitch three blocks with the same Fruit TP.
During January I had to stitch Watermelon twice and I've already finished both the blocks.
February will be the month of the Pear.

One block:

Both the blocks on the tablecloth:

lunedì, gennaio 22, 2007


First of all, thanks for your adorable comments. I really appreciate them.

During the past week-end I stitched a bit because we had two days of shopping but I seem to have a big progress on my works.

Abigail Winslow by LHN is funny and quick. I should finish it and its pillow before 7th of February because this is the deadline that I decided with an Italian friend who is stitching this series with me.

On Fridays I stitch the Advent Calendar and these are three sachets I finished. I have to sew them but the stitches are ready.

The longest project in 2007 is the tablecloth with the LHN Fruit TP and this is my first picture of it. I'm stitching two blocks with Watermelon, the first release in this series.

The last progress is about Forest Snowfall by CCN. I'm really enjoying it but the threads Country Lane and Little House by CC are similar. My Country Lane is lighter than the one in the original design and I hope we can see the difference with Little House that is the thread I'm using for the house.

venerdì, gennaio 19, 2007

out of rotation

I'm following my rotation but I'm also stitching something out of it.

I could start the second pattern in the DD series by LHN.
I'm stitching Abigail Winslow. This is a lot of fun because the pattern is quick and lovely.
My first progress:

I also started a new SAL with Veronica.
We'll stitch all the patterns about seasons by LHN. Yes, we're both big fans of LHN!
We started stitching Season of rest.

venerdì, gennaio 12, 2007

two weeks with rotation

Two weeks of 2007 have quite passed and I've tryed my new rotation.

On Monday I work on my UFOs. They're a lot of UFOs but I decided to pull out the Flip-Its left to finish all the series Flip-It Blocks by LK.

On Tuesday I stitch the tablecloth with the Fruit TP by LHN. I'm finishing to prepare the subdivisions.
Then I'll start with Watermelon, the first TP released.

On Wednesday I work on Celtic Summer by L&L and exchanges/gifts. I stitched Celtic Summer but I haven't a pic because the progress is not so important. I also stitched a gift and this is my first finish for 2007. I can't share it because my friend has not had it yet.

Thursday is the day of Terre de France. I'm going to go on with this big project. I don't hope to finish it during 2007 but I would like to have a big progress for it.
I finished a block I had started during the past months.
Now I have to stitch other 10 blocks.

On Friday I work on my Advent Calendar but last Friday I couldn't stitch and I hope to catch up with it this evening.

During the week-end I usually stitch the Santas by PS. I started stitching the 1999 Santa.
This is a very small progress but I should finish him in two months.

I also worked on Forest Snowfall by CCN and this is my second picture.

lunedì, gennaio 01, 2007

welcome 2007!

A new year arrived and I hope everyone will spend a wonderful 2007.

It's the right day to review my 2006 goals and to write the list of 2007 goals.

2006 goals

- Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace by Passione Ricamo SAL with Carol (starting next spring)
no, we haven't started stitching her yet

-12 Flip-it by Lizzie Kate SAL with an Italian friend. Every month we'll stitch the monthly Flip-it
I stitched only 10 Flip-Its, I have to stitch the September and December ones

- finish Terre de France by Annick Abrial, Christmas Elf Fairy by Mirabilia, Christian's Stocking by Shepherd's Bush, Be my love by Carriage House Samplings
I finished only Be my love by CHS but I worked on the other patterns

- work on Once upon a time by Passione Ricamo, Celtic Summer by Lavender&Lace, Little Kate's patterns by Margaret Sherry
yes, I specially worked on Celtic Summer during the most recent months

- finish the Mill Hill kit about Halloween

- The rose of Sharon by Mirabilia SAL with Carol (sometimes during the year)
no, we haven't started stitching her yet

- some ornaments for my Christmas tree
yes, I stitched 12 Santas by Prairie Schooler

-a needlecase for me

-start and finish some LHN designs (Coffee Menu, The bookshelf...)
yes! I stiched and finished Coffee Menu, The bookshelf, Elizabeth McGuire, Lavender Hill, Daisy Lane Cottage, Woodland Snowfall

All my 2006 finishes:
- 10 Flip It blocks by Lizzie Kate
- 12 Santas by Prairie Schooler to sew into Christmas ornaments for my tree
- 3 RR
- 1 scissor fob
- 6 envelopes for mail art
- 5 little Christmas ornaments as gifts
- 2 recipes books as gifts
- 2 charity patterns
- 3 gifts for my new cousin born in March
- 14 patterns: Elizabeth McGuire and Kindness pillow (LHN), Daisy Lane Cottage (LHN), The Tea Room (CCN), The bookshelf (LHN), Coffee Menu (LHN), Lavender Hill (LHN), Woodland Snowfall (LHN), Little Kate (Margaret Sherry), Be my love (CHS), Valentine Holiday (BOAF), The stitcher (Homespun Elegance), Cookin' up magic (Mill Hill), a kitchen pattern (Italian magazine)

My 2007 goals are:

- finish two Flip-It blocks left (LK)
- 7 Dear Diary patterns and 8 pillows (LHN)
- stitch 4 Seasons by LHN (Season of rest, of plenty, ecc...)
- stitch a tablecloth with 27 patterns (Thread Packs by LHN)
- stitch an Advent calendar using patterns by Lizzie Kate
- at least six Santas by PS as a SAL with PS Yahoo Group
- work on Terre de France, Little Kate by Margaret Sherry, HOHRH by CHS, Once Upon a time by Passione Ricamo, Celtic Summer by L&L
- finish Quaker Garden by BD, Pear Tree Inn by LHN, Forest Snowfall by CCN, Chrismas Elf by Mirabilia, Winter Peace by SBF, Christian's Stocking by SB
- stitch Christmas gifts
- start stitching Christmas Village by VS

I hope to have not forgotten anything. The list is very long and I hope to stitch many patterns!

Now it's time to review the monthly goals.

December goals were:

- finish all the Flip-It Blocks by LK (September, November and December left)
no, I stitched only the November one

- finish twelve Christmas ornaments (I've already stitched ten and I have to stitch two)

- stitch and sew the last envelope for the Italian mail art exchange

- stitch and sew some Christmas gifts

I also stitched Woodland Snowfall by LHN and Kindness pillow by Dear Diary series (LHN) and I sewed the charity doll for Unicef.

January goals are:

- stitch twice Watermelon Thread Packs by LHN for my tablecloth
- stitch four little patterns for my Advent calendar
- start stitching 1999 Santa by PS and Season of Rest by LHN
- work on Celtic Summer, Terre de France and Forest Snowfall

My new rotation is:

- Monday: stitch an UFO (I can choose and it may be a Flip It or one of the patterns I listed)
- Tuesday: stitch the Thread Packs by LHN for my tablecloth
- Wednesday: Celtic Summer and gifts/exchanges
- Thursday: Terre de France
- Friday: Advent calendar
- Saturday/Sunday: Santas by PS and what I want to stitch

During the past days I was busy organizing the dinner for the end of 2006 and putting in order something at home so I couldn't post my last finish for 2006.
Here is it:

Woodland Snowfall by Little House Needleworks (Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2004)
stitched on Lugana 32ct, Mocha, Silkweaver

I also forgot to share the pictures of my charity doll for Unicef.
I tried to sew a Russian doll, she has the fur hat and a scarf I knitted but she doesn't seem a Russian, I think.

I also started stitching Forest Snowfall by CCN as a SAL with the LHN and CCN Yahoo group.

My first progress: