I have been able to squeeze in a little stitching this week. I found a UFO I started last year sometime and pulled it out as I should be able to finish it fairly quickly. I'm actually a little further along as I took this photo a day or two ago.
"My Needle's Work" by Little House Needleworks
I did get down to my LNS the week after Christmas. I lunched with a good friend I hadn't seen in awhile then we visited the LNS and a quilt shop too - a great way to spend a day off. My framed Plymouth Sampler was ready to pick up and photos are just below. I am really happy with it! I couldn't find just the right color frame when I was dropping it off for framing, but my LNS has a very talented employee who paints unfinished frames so she custom-painted this one to go with the sampler colors. Isn't it great?? I always get museum glass on my framing - love it but it sure makes it difficult to photograph.
I also picked up a little stash LOL. I have been gradually picking up all the LHN "Dear Diary" series - like I need more LHN patterns! I could stitch exclusively on LHN and Prairie Schooler projects for 5 years with as many as I have in my stash. I just can't stop buying them! I also picked up 3 different Shakespeare Peddler's patterns, fibers, ornament cuts of linen and some other bits and pieces. I am accumulating the supplies for the Sarah Woodham sampler which I hope to start sometime in the next few months.
As I look at the year ahead I'm not making any particular stitching or quilting goals - I'm going to just do as much as I can. I really feel overwhelmed with my crafting stash - I love it but I have more than I can ever do in my remaining lifetime I'm sure. Over the past 2 years I got my quilting UFO list down considerably - I used to have about 25 projects outstanding and I am now down to THREE! My new rule is I'm not starting any new quilts unless one comes off the WIP/UFO list. I wish I could say the same for my stitching though. I did get a lot of framing done last year and finished up some UFO's but I still have like 12 or 13 WIP's. That is way too many for me - it stresses me out. I would love to be down to under 5 some day but it seems like a faraway dream. Here's a few shots from my craft room - here are some of my 38 bins of quilting fabric and various quilting projects kitted up and other "stuff".........
plus other stitching projects kitted up and waiting anxiously to be started..........
While I wasn't able to stitch back in December I re-inventoried all my cross-stitch patterns. I do keep them all in a spreadsheet but over the last few years I knew I hadn't recorded all of them and really needed to go through it all to see what I have. I'm not saying this to brag....and I'm older than a lot of you so I've been buying longer (LOL) but I have over 600 patterns on my spreadsheet! It really doesn't seem like I have that many - I have 2 file drawers full of hanging folders by designer. Plus...many of these are booklets or patterns which have multiple designs in them. OMG!!!! At the rate I'm finishing things this will be about 60 more years of stitching! That would mean I'd be about
I started buying Gail Wilson doll kits about 5 years ago. I have always loved her primtive/historical dolls and accessories - if you've ever seen any in person they are lovely but they are a lot of very detailed work. A local quilt shop used to carry kits so I got started buying them there, then I eventually started buying directly from the designer's website and subscribing to her email newsletters. (always dangerous...who can resist a sale??)
Gail Wilson doll kits - http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/index.html
I'm glad I bought when I did as the designer has cut her business back a bit and many of these are now discontinued. I really MUST get started on some of these or the paints are all going to dry up. She's got a new pattern out for a Jane Austen doll - she does online classes so hope I can manage that sometime in the future. You can see the doll if you scroll down a bit on this page. (http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/catalog/new_items.html). You can see why I'm stressed - so much to do and so little time! I need to quit sleeping I guess!Thanks for stopping in friends - I love hearing from you and hope to be a more frequent blogger this year!