My DMC storage - I have one drawer with all my DMC - I use drawer dividers I bought online and love how quickly I can pull floss and put it back when done
Overdyed and silk flosses live on rings on my pegboard. I need to be able to pull my rings and search for colors so I don't keep them like my DMC floss..
I have 2 big file drawers filled with charts in folders by Designer or Theme....
Smaller charts are stored in binders I got on sale at an office supply store...........
Two drawers of linen storage.......why do I keep buying more?!?
Some of my kitted up projects waiting their turn......
A box just for all those cute Mill Hill kits! I need to stop buying more stash!
A drawer full of Q-snaps and tools......
Another drawer with some of my finishing supplies....trims, pins, and things...
I make padded storage bags for all my framed pieces that aren't on permanent display in my home - mostly seasonal items. I try to match the bag fabric to the theme - Christmas, Halloween, etc. I have a spot on the front of each bag for a label showing a photo and name of the piece so I know what's in each bag. I see our dog Abby snuck into one corner of the photo - snoozing on one of her many beds throughout the house!
All the storage bags plus some of my quilts live in this armoire in my bedroom...I have too much stuff to even put out in my house!
A box under my bed full of Christmas cross-stitch items......don't want my stitched items living in the hot garage all summer.
Another one of the drawers with bags of finished items grouped together by theme - patriotic, etc. Sometimes it seems that XS is taking over my house!
I have had some more finishes since I last posted - and I want to thank all of you for your nice comments on my previous post. I was having some email issues getting my comments mailed to me so I didn't answer most of them but I appreciate them!
I did finally finish my "Old Nantucket" sampler from Little House Needleworks - took me about a year since starting it with some breaks when I got tired of working on it sometimes. Most of you may have already seen it if you're a member of the LHN Facebook group. One of these days I'll get it framed but I need to save up a bit. I stitched it on the recommended WDW Cocoa linen but used 35-ct instead of the 30-ct called for as I didn't want it to be so big. I used most of the charted flosses with a couple of substitutions.
Below is "Labor for Learning" by Plum Street Sampler. This is a petite sampler about 6" x 6" - it was fun to stitch.
A couple of ornament finishes below from Jan & Feb.....trying to get at least one ornament stitched every month but sometimes I get behind on the finishing. The top one is by Lizzie-Kate, the bottom is a motif from the "Favorite Things" chart by Sue Hillis Designs.
Here is a little stitched piece I did at the spring 2015 PSS Retreat in Williamsburg VA. It was from a class taught by Lori Brechlin. Instead of making the necklace pouch Lori designed I decided to make my stitched piece into a pincushion instead and I added a little stitched remembrance on the back. I'm making progress on my bag of "stuff that needs finishing work" LOL.
I also picked up 2 quilts that I had quilted by a longarm quilter I use - she does beautiful work and really makes my quilt tops look good. The first one below is a t-shirt quilt for my husband - he has tons of t-shirts he's saved and enough to make 3 quilts. This is the first one I've done for him which has a "places I've visited" theme. I'm currently working on a second one for him that's going to use up the 'miscellaneous' t-shirts and the third t-shirt quilt will be sports-themed. I'm getting better at these with all this practice!
Close-up of the geometric quilting pattern - I love how this quilt turned out
This is a little lap quilt I made for myself - the pattern is called Friendship Braid - it's a fun quilt to make. I had a hard time getting a decent photo of it but it's pretty colors and very feminine.
I just got back on from a weekend quilting retreat...will have photos of those projects on my next post. I wasn't able to go to the 2016 PSS retreat in Georgia.. that's a long way from Arizona and I didn't want to spend the money this year. But I had fun at my quilting weekend with friends here instead. I'm hoping next year I can go to the PSS annual retreat so I need to start saving for it. Meanwhile I'm plugging away on a couple of stitching UFO's and some more ornaments....I feel good about the progress I'm making on reducing the pile of old projects lying around and I'm almost done with the backlog of items that needed finishing work. It's all good!
Have a great stitching week everyone! I'm off to go visit some of your blogs now.......