Let’s check in on some works in progress! I usually have some kind of crafty project going on (sometimes a few) but I usually wait until it’s finished to share on the blog… but this seems like a fun idea, so I’m jumping on board Freshly Pieced‘s linky party.
I love the low-volume trend and I finally have a bit of a stash (thanks to some Music City MQG ladies!) so I decided to jump in with some QAYG cat blocks. I used the block pattern from Oh, Frannson’s Catvent quilt to churn out some cute little black cats using low volume prints for the background fabric. I’m still thinking about whether I want to make a mini quilt, lap quilt, or table runner… and I’m leaning toward table runner because I loved having the patchwork tree table runner on the breakfast bar during the holidays.
Pro tip: an empty Naturebox box is the perfect place to keep fabric for a project in one place and safe from curious kitties!
An ongoing project… organizing scraps. That big bin on the right is where I throw everything leftover, and I’m (very) slowly making the scraps more useable by cutting them into 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3-1/2, and 5″ squares and strips (based on Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet’s system).
Since we’ve had more couch-time recently with the bad weather, I’ve had more time to cross stitch too. I’m ahead of the game and stitching March’s block already on the Woodland Creatures cross stitch.
This isn’t exactly something I’m actively working on, but I guess you could call it a work in progress… my ORT jar! ORT = Odd Random Threads, and I’m keeping mine nearby to collect from my embroidery projects this year. It’s filling up fast!
And that’s about it!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.
Almost two years ago I challenged myself to a doodle a day, but that challenge pretty much fell by the wayside in the hubbub of moving across the country and starting a new job. I haven’t shared an update in quite a while, but I’ve been doodling a bit more lately with the help of Craft-a-Doodle, edited by Jenny Doh. I’m working my way slowly through the 75 different prompts from lots of cool artists, so here’s an update on a few recent doodles… some from around the office, some at home, and some inspired by the book (review coming soon!)
More doodles coming soon!
Are you ready for V Day? I have another infusion tomorrow, so my parents will be here visiting this weekend. I’m sure we’ll find something fun to do. If you’re still looking for an easy DIY valentine idea, here are a few from past years (and this year too!)
And if you want to know what I made for hubby this year… it has cats on it. Surest way to get a smile from him!
Without further ado, the roundup!
(Side note–Yikes, I’m glad my iPhone and picture-taking abilities have improved since 2010!)
Hand Embroidered Note Cards
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Only 9 days til V-Day… Valentine time again! This year I gravitated toward the idea of grownup-friendly hand embroidered cards as valentines, so I spent a couple hours last weekend going to town. I used the same technique that I learned a couple years ago when I made jumbo Halloween cross stitch posters, just on a smaller scale.
DIY Hand Embroidered Valentine Cards
Time: 30 minutes per card
– blank notecards
– red floss + needle
– ABC stamps + ink
– straight pin
Easy peasy, as usual! Draw your design on the card, poke holes with a straight pin at even intervals, then thread your needle with floss and use a back stitch to connect the dots.
I made three different designs, so here are a few pics of each one. For the first one, I probably could have drawn “XOXO” freehand onto the card, but I tried this way first. I drew my design on a scrap piece of paper, used painters tape to hold it in place, then poked holes through the two layers of paper.
You can barely see it in this pic, but there are the holes in the notecard.
I used a glue stick to glue the loose ends onto the back. If you wanted to get fancy, you could glue a piece of scrapbook paper on the inside cover of the card so you don’t see the back of the stitches.
Ta da, first one done!
Next, I did the same thing with a heart design and added stamps.
For this “tweet-heart” I drew a simple bird outline and added a message with stamps. First I looked for a design in an embroidery book I have (Stitches in Color) for some ideas, and traced a few of them, but ended up drawing something freehand directly onto the card. The stitches cover up pencil marks, so no need to erase!
Quick Update Time: I made a couple other comp notebook covers for Christmas gifts, so I updated the original post with a few more pics. (See post here!)
But don’t worry, I won’t make you click that link if you don’t want to. Here are a couple more pics:
This is such a quick and easy project from Stitched in Color’s tutorial, I’m sure there will be many more in my future!
Let’s check in on some works in progress! I usually have some kind of crafty project going on (sometimes a few) but I usually wait until it’s finished to share on the blog… but this seems like a fun idea, so I’m jumping on board Freshly Pieced’s linky party.
I finally started working on the Woodland Creatures monthly sampler… since this pattern came out in 2013, I don’t have to wait month by month for each new block! I finished up the borders over the weekend, and now I’m working on January’s block.
I’m still plugging away at the Fair Isle quilt (slowly). I’m doing each block QAYG, and then I’ll join them all together with sashing.
And as a side project, I’m back to doodling again with the help of Craft-a-Doodle. Lots of fun doodle prompts to inspire creativity from eighteen different artists… right up my alley! I’m having a lot of fun working through the book and trying out every idea.
And that’s about it!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.
I recently had three finished cross stitch projects professionally framed, and finally felt like I had enough of a collection for a collage wall.
The big blank wall has been begging for art ever since we moved in. In all its glory:
After quite a few deliberations, I finally settled on an arrangement. It was tricky to balance out the different sizes, frame finishes, and mat colors while still leaving room to grow if I add more projects later.
I’ve blogged before about all these projects, so here are some links if you want more details: The top left is a cross stitch that used to hang in my Grandmom’s house before my aunt passed it to me as a wedding present. Below that, the Welcome to Gingerbread Lane cross stitch that I finished around Christmas 2013. In the middle, the Once Upon a Time sampler that I worked on throughout 2014 and just finished up. The top right is the Autumn Harvest Festival cross stitch that I worked on last Fall. Below that is a another wintry sampler that I finished in 2011.
I debated whether I wanted projects that were obviously “Christmas” or “Fall” displayed year round, but I decided the year-long project in the middle tied it all together, and with so many different finishes going on I decided to embrace the mix and match feel.
Since I had a hammer in the guest room, I also rearranged my collection of mini quilts on the opposite wall. Here’s a look at the bakers twine clothesline (and old storage!) I had up before:
I got tired of the twine, so I just used push pins to bring the collection closer together. It looks a bit off center but that’s because the furniture isn’t centered to leave a clear path to the guest bathroom. It doesn’t seem too off-centered when you’re in the room, though.
I even found a place for the little wooden house I painted the other weekend:
Do banners and thread count as collections too? Because I also have some of both in the guest room too, above the sewing table.
It’s nice to have a few of my favorite things in this room while I sew. And now that the walls are full, I think I’m done for now!