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The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: September

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with a mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Frosted Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The ninth stop was Japan, my favorites scene yet. I love the colors of the pagoda and blooming cherry tree, and the sweet girl on the swing. Too cute!

It’s hard to believe October is just a couple days away! I’m guessing the next stop will be Australia but we shall see… and depending on when baby decides to make her appearance, all bets are off if I’ll be able to keep up with the Passport for the rest of the year.

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September: Japan

September: Japan

Nine months down, three to go…

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

The final clue of the new Halloween SAL from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery was released last week, but I finished up the September portion of the Passport SAL (pics coming tomorrow!) before starting. I know I say it every time, but it’s so super cute!

There’s space on the bottom half of the fabric for an extra design that they’ve included to make a scissor fob, but I’m still debating whether I want to make the one from the pattern, a different mini Halloween pattern, or save the fabric for something else entirely. Still thinking on that one…

The next destination of the Passport cross stitch will be revealed in a couple days, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to give this one up until it’s done!

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

No-Sew Nursery

I had a bit of a meltdown last weekend when nothing went as planned… including my faithful sewing machine refusing to zigzag right in the middle of binding a baby quilt intended to hang above the crib. I’m really, really trying to be OK if none of my nursery plans come through before baby arrives, but just in case…

I’m unpicking the binding from the Firefly baby quilt if I decide to hand-sew the binding, and I’ve got Stitch Witchery waiting in the wings if I decide to make a crib skirt. We’ll see!

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Nursery Pinspiration

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

This is my favorite stop on the Passport journey yet, but it’s been slow going with a couple busy weekends in a row. I thought I would have plenty of time to stitch while hubby was recovering from dental surgery, but somehow it didn’t happen. I’m hoping to finish up before the next clue of the Trick or Treat Costume Club is released on 9/22… but that’s tomorrow already, yikes!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Baby Quilts

I’ve got two baby quilts to bind (Firefly and Vintage Star) but I’m dragging my feet on the binding. I finally squared up both quilts and made the binding, so a couple more hours next weekend should be all I need to finish them up.

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

Crib Skirt

I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole of nursery DIY recently, but at 36 weeks I realistically might only have time to make a crib skirt. I went to Joann’s armed with a coupon but had the hardest time picking out a fabric. I wanted a white cotton eyelet and waffled back and forth between adding a lace trim or going with an all-over eyelet pattern, then got distracted by a super cute textured polka dot. I asked Instagram for help but left the store with an entirely different choice… but once I got home I didn’t like what I picked at all. So back to the store I went to get the polka dots!

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I swear, pregnancy has made me the most indecisive person ever. I’m already the type to get spend hours reading online reviews only to get overwhelmed and not buy anything at all, but these days I have trouble with the simplest choices and it drives me crazy! Hopefully choosing the fabric is the hardest part, and I’ll be able to put the crib skirt together next weekend.

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Work in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Still working on Japan… my favorite stop of the Pumpkin Passport yet!

I love the colors of the pagoda and blossoming cherry tree. Hubby is having his wisdom teeth extracted in a couple days, so I’m anticipating lots of couch time this weekend while he recovers. No complaints here!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

Baby Quilts

I haven’t done any sewing over the past few weeks, and I’ll be missing out on the Music City MQG field trip to Chattanooga for the AQS Quilt Week this upcoming weekend, but I’m planning on binding the two baby quilts that came back from the longarmer (Vintage Star and Firefly) soon. Fingers crossed I can get started soon!

Here’s a sneak peek of the quilting – thanks Studio V Quilting!

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

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And that’s about it!

Trick of Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch: Part 1

Part 1 is done!

The Trick or Treat Costume Club cross stitch is the cutest! Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday of the year, but with a baby coming in October I’m looking forward to all things Fall and the newest SAL from the Pumpkins came at just the right time. (Their other new SAL for the National Parks’ centennial anniversary is also super cute! But I’m trying not to accumulate too many WIPs… so I resisted for now.)

Part 1 arrived at the end of August and I indulged in lots of stitching time over Labor Day weekend to finish it up. The 12.6″ x 2.8″ size will be really cute all framed up (or maybe I’ll branch out to try something new? This tutorial for a free standing cube looks really cute!) and there’s room at the bottom of the fabric for a bonus project. I didn’t do the bonus border yet, but I’ll start on it when I finish the September block of the Passport SAL (so many SALs!).

Can’t wait for Part 2, releasing on September 22!

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

Part 1 finished!

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

I started the September portion of the Pumpkin Passport over the weekend (after finishing up the first clue from the Trick or Treat Costume Club, pics tomorrow!) and this might be my favorite stop yet. Japan features a beautiful cherry tree in bloom with a mountain and pagoda in the background. So pretty!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

I had high hopes to bind two baby quilts and work on another one over Labor Day weekend, but I didn’t get around to it. If only every weekend was three days long!

However, one thing I crossed off the To-Do list was hanging up the three framed Square-ology cross stitch patterns on a skinny wall between the guest room and bathroom. So happy to complete this summer goal!

The Amateur Librarian // Square-ology Cross Stitch Trio

For a closer look at each one, click here –

Top: Sail Around

Middle: Octopus Dance

Bottom: Sand Castle Frame

The Amateur Librarian // Square-ology Cross Stitch Trio

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

The first clue of the new Halloween SAL from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery was released last week, so I’ve been working on it every chance I get. It’s so super cute! I love the unusual size, and the fact that a bonus project is included with instructions to use the same piece of fabric as the main design.

The next destination of the Passport cross stitch will be revealed tomorrow, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to give this one up until Clue 1 is done!

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

On Day 2 of stitching, I discovered an error in the border which would throw everything off by 2 counted squares. I hated to frog it all, but it was worth it.

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

All better now!

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Trick or Treat Costume Club Cross Stitch

And that’s about it! I’m hoping to fit in a lot of crafting time over Labor Day weekend – there’s the Trick or Treat Costume Club, the September block of the Pumpkin Passport, 2 baby quilts to bind, and the Square Dance quilt to keep working on. Lots to keep me busy!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Octopus Dance Cross Stitch

After finishing up the Pumpkin Passport, I had some time before the next month was released and the first installment of the new SAL (the Trick or Treat Costume Club), so I went back to my trio of mini nautical cross stitch projects in the Hands on Design’s Square-ology series.

I finally started the third one, Octopus Dance, and I hope to get it finished soon so I can frame and hang all three.  For once I know exactly where I want to put them, so they won’t sit around waiting to be hung up for months.

These little patterns look simple, but they can be tricky buggers! Doing only a quarter at a time, and rotating the pattern four times, has caused some counting errors but nothing too major. This third one is my favorite, so I saved it for last, and I’ve had the least amount of trouble with it so far. It might be because I’m using hand-dyed aida fabric from Picture This Plus instead of the cheaper navy aida fabric from my LNS that I used for the other two – there is definitely a quality difference that makes it so much easier to stitch on the PTP fabric.

The Amateur Librarian // Octopus Dance Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Octopus Dance Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Octopus Dance Cross Stitch

Sail Around was my first finish of 2016 (see here), and I finished up the Sandcastle Frame during a Pixar marathon over the weekend (we’re watching them in chronological order and just checked Cars off the list – #7!)  Pics of the finish are coming tomorrow!

 

Square Dance Baby Quilt

I started another baby quilt – I couldn’t resist! Simple patchwork (Square Dance pattern via SewMotion) and simple fabric choices –  white and two Cotton + Steel prints. I wanted something that would be easy to chain piece while gabbing at the Music City MQG Open Sew last weekend, and I made some good progress. I think this one will be so sweet when finished!

The Amateur Librarian // Square Dance Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Square Dance Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Square Dance Baby Quilt

 

And that’s about it!

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: August

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with a mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Frosted Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The eighth stop was India, with the beautiful Taj Mahal front and center. This one stitched up really quickly since I was watching the Olympics most nights. I can’t believe it will be September next week already, and time for the next destination to be revealed. The new Halloween SAL is also releasing this week… so hopefully I can juggle two projects over the next couple months (all bets are off after baby arrives, of course!).

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

August

August

Eight months down, four to go…

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

This post has been a long time coming! First off, there’s good news and bad news. The good news: my friend just had a beautiful baby boy. The bad news: the quilt I sent her way never arrived!😦
Obviously the good news outweighs the bad, but as a quilter it’s just a bit heartbreaking to put so many hours into a project, thinking of the recipient at every step, and then have an irreplaceable handmade quilt lost in USPS limbo.
(Just in case you want the gory details: I shipped this baby quilt via Priority Mail in late June, the same day I mailed True Blue, but while True Blue was received within a couple days, poor Blueberry Shortcake got stuck somewhere. The tracking still says “in transit” with an expected delivery date of June 28!  After it was about a week late, I had to alert my friend about the package, and we both filed missing mail claims (she even went to the post office multiple times) to no avail. It’s possible it will still turn up one day, but it’s been almost 2 months now and I’ve chalked it up to a lost cause. Plus, I hate that the burden falls on my friend to track it down – a newborn is enough to keep anyone busy without worrying about a lost package!)
But let’s move on… at least I took pictures?
Blueberry Shortcake Baby Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s Shortcake quilt pattern and leftover jelly roll strips of solid blue/green/aqua and a few prints from my stash… hence the name Blueberry Shortcake🙂 The patchwork blocks came together really quickly and the color palette is definitely one of my favorites – everything in our house is some shade of blue!
After the top was done, Studio V Quilting did the longarm quilting. To make it more baby-friendly, I chose a Moon and Stars pattern and aqua gingham backing. I really love how it turned out! There was enough leftover gingham to also make the binding, which finished it off really nicely.
I shared a few sneak peeks in WIP Wednesday posts, but since it was secret sewing I never showed much. Now I can final share a few more progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
Ta Da!
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
I’m still super sad this little quilt never made it to its new home, but I guess the cliche is true in this case… you win some, you lose some.
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… when she comes back in September🙂