It's funny, one thread a day doesn't seem like much. Yet I've made more progress on this table runner in the past two weeks than I have since I started it. It's amazing what a stitch here and there throughout the day can accomplish.
As a refresher - this is what it looked like last week:
And here it is now! The letters are in satin stitch, that always takes a little lot more thread than stem stitch does. Once I get back to the stem stitch part it will probably feel like it's moving at warp speed.
This table runner was finished last summer. It says "Welcome". It was one of several embroidery projects I've picked up when visiting family in Sweden.
A friend of mine has the most interesting way of counting how long a project has taken to complete. In the case of this table runner, it took 12 years and 3 months. The 12 years is how long ago it was started and the 3 months is how long it actually took to finish when I finally picked it up again.
Here are a couple of close-ups.
The table runner only uses two stitches - stem stitch and satin stitch. This was my first project with satin stitch; my late grandmother was the one who sat down with me to teach me. My work is still not up to her standards, but it is improving. (Being honest here - I'm showing you close-ups of the side I finished with and *not* the side I started with for a reason :)
Now whenever I sit down to do embroidery, I remember that trip with the evenings spent visiting with my grandmother and learning to stitch.
Where did you learn your crafty skills? Was it something passed on in your family or are you the role model in your family?
TL:DR- Life packed quite the wallop this past year and while I've been getting some stitching in, I was a lousy blogger. Things still aren't great, but I miss connecting with all of you wonderful people on the interwebs. So here's to a little more blogging consistency, a better 2017!, and lots more fabulous creations. If you stuck around through the radio silence - Thanks!
Onto the stitching:
I've been working on this tablerunner since January, slowly stitching away on it here and there. It's coming along nicely. However this past week I wondered what it would be like if I was a little more consistent (here's that word again) so Ive challenged myself to do one thread a day. Here are the results after one week. (It would have been much more impressive if I'd thought to take a before picture - lousy blogger strikes again. Next week will be better for comparisons. :)
Back in January, Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl hosted a link-up for our 2016 Quilting Goals and I couldn't resist joining in. Well, she has now posted a mid year review to check in and see how we're all doing.
End the year with 10 fewer UFOs than I started it with. Lots
of these half finished projects are holding me back from tackling new
projects. My sewing space would have so much more functional room if
they weren't hanging around and they nag when I work on something new.
I'm tired of it. In 2015 many of the UFOs went out the door to better
homes and now I'm left with the ones that I still want to make.
However, I'd like to make them while I still want to make them. Getting
rid of some of the UFOs and fabrics (I also purged the fabric stash)
made me sad, it was disheartening to remember how excited I was when I
started the projects and to see how much I just did not like them now. I'd like to spend my time on projects while I sill love them. Doing Well! Six quilts from the list have been finished! I also removed a few more projects that I decided would never be finished. I started the year off with 32 UFOs on the list and as of today I have 22 remaining. So the goal has already been met! Here's to keeping up the momentum and knocking a few more off the list.
Start a blog. Yes, got an early start on this one. :) I just couldn't hold off and wait for a date on the calendar. Done!
Join in the blog fun. I started the blog to participate in
the blog world; it just looks so fun. So, I'd like to join in on some
of the link-ups and quilt-alongs. However, I'm hoping to hold off from
joining in swaps (see item #1) In Progress. This one is a bit of a mixed bag. I've found a few link-ups to participate in but I underestimated a few things going on so the blog went silent for a few months. Oops. There are one or two quilt-alongs I've been tempted by and now that I met goal #1, I might just give in...
This was the UFO that doubled as a brand new start.
I had this kit sitting around for a number of years but never started it. This year, not only did I start it, but I finished it! I haven't worked with wool much but it was fun. It's novel to work with materials that don't fray and don't need seam allowances.
A friend of mine had a little votive holder and electric candle sitting about. She passed it along and it was perfect to finish off this little mat.
Have you worked much with wool? What have your experiences been like? Any recommendations?
While I failed miserably at following up with blog posts sharing all of the finishes (Still catching up but almost done!) it was really helpful to pull my thoughts together and come up with goals for the quarter. So once again, I'm linking up with the Q3 goal setting festival. Hopefully this time, not only will I finish things but I'll share them in a timely fashion...
This quilt was started way too many years ago. The top was completed in
a weekend and has sat there waiting for quilting ever since. Actually,
this was the quilt that made me realize that my piecing skills had
developed quite a bit but my quilting skills hadn't (I pretty much only
did stitch in the ditch and a few weak hearted attempts at stippling at
this point) So that weekend became the point where I started learning
how to quilt so I could actually finish this one.
This one is a repeat from Q2. I started on it but then my machine's tension acted up. UGH! I'm hoping I have the tension issues fixed and after a little quality time with the seam ripper, I'll be ready to start again.
Another quilt that has been basted for a year or two waiting for
quilting inspiration. I've made a decision! and now it's time to get
This is another repeat from Q2. I've started on it, working on the stitch in the ditch between the blocks. I have a couple of ideas that all require stitch in the ditch between the blocks; I'm hoping that a decision will be made by the time I get to the end of this step.
Teeny Tiny Blue Tuesday
This is another quilt started ages ago. Though at least this one isn't
basted and waiting for quilting. :) This one needs the borders and then
it's ready for quilting...
This is another repeat from Q2. Nothing was done on it last quarter but hopefully this quarter will see results.
This is another repeat from Q2. I managed to finish the embroidery on it and have an idea on how to finish it, so this quarter I'm aiming for 100% done.
Tomten Table Runner
A new project for this quarter! Since the embroidery is finished on Valkommen, I wanted to add another one to the line up. I figured this one is perfect since nothing says Christmas like 30C weather. :) I doubt it will be finished this quarter but I have hopes for the end of the year.
If you'd like to see what others are focusing on this quarter - check out the 2016 FAL link-up.
This quilt is called Blue Dancers - after the fabric used in the stars. If you look closely you can see Degas inspired ballet dancers in the blue fabric.
I kept the quilting very simple on this one. I didn't want to obscure the pattern in the blue fabric. Plus I wanted to keep it a soft cuddly quilt. (It's crib size)
Here is the back. Again not pieced! (What is the world coming to?) This was a fabric purchased years and years ago on a road trip. It has little strawberries and ladybirds all over it. I thought it'd be adorable for the back.
This quilt even made an appearance at the local quilt show.