Monday, January 23, 2012

January IHSW and TUSAL

Just a quick update for the January 2012 International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long......

January IHSW:

Blue Moon (Can I just add that stitching with the metallics just makes me cry!)  :)



And my January TUSAL:

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!  A quick thanks to everyone that posted on my last blog update..... I'm slow to get some responses out!


Friday, January 20, 2012

First HAED page complete!

I've finally completed 1 full page of one of my HAED pieces! 

Page 1 of Cathedral:

It still resembles camouflage to me, but when I compare it to the real picture I can see the right images coming through.  So excited!!

I've never rotated so many projects in one month before....I'm so used to focusing on one piece at a time, but I have so many different things I want to work on!!   I've actually enjoyed the rotation, but I'm looking forward to finishing some items and focusing on just 2-3 instead.

Another project I've made some headway on is my Cathedral Windows Quilt.  My last update had me with all my circles cut out and ready to sew.  I've sewn them all, turned them all out and ironed them.   I've finally started sewing them together and hope to have a finish to post soon!!

My quilting progress:

Piles of my completed circles!

I taped my circles to my wall to figure out the best patterns to put them in.  Was trying to avoid having duplicate material too close together.  This took more time than I could have imagined!

And finally.....some rows of sewn circles!

This weekend is my first IHSW!!  I'm happy to finally participate  :)     

I'll be working on my Blue Moon piece.  I haven't touched it since my January WIPocalypse update, so hoping to make a good chunk of progress.

Here's my before picture:

I can't believe January only has about a week left!   I swear it was just Christmas!!!  
Work has kept me busy for this new year, so time has just been flying by!!   Hopefully things slow down in February and I can visit my blog-world more often.  I feel so disconnected from everyone's blogs because I haven't been reading them for a week or so! :(   I need to find an hour this weekend and play some catch up.

My quick weightloss update:  32 pounds lost so far!  It's been 9 weeks since I started my journey.  I'm hoping to lose 75 pounds in I'm almost halfway there!  I have baggy clothes that sort of fit, but I don't want to go out spending money on new clothes if I'm going to lose more!  Guess I'll be using my box of safety pins for the next months!  :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2012 so far....I'll catch up on all your blogs this weekend!  I'm sorry I've missed out on your updates!


Monday, January 9, 2012

January WIPocalypse Update

I can't believe it is already time for our first WIPocalypse update!!  For anyone who isn't signed up for this HUGE SAL, there is still time (deadline is January 15th)!!  Information can be found here:

I'm posting my progress below, but if you want to see my full list of goals, just click here:  Lesli's 2012 WIPocalypse Page

Blue Moon -

Cathedral -

Coral -

Thanks for stopping by......I'll post updates to my non-cross stitch projects in my next post!

Have a great week!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Is it a HAED or a block of camouflage?

I finished my first half-page of Cathedral:

It looks like a block of camo!!  Looking at if farther away helps me see the leaves in the upper left corner, but up close I was getting worried about what I was stitching!  Hoping to finish the other half of the page in the next few weeks.

I also dabbled a little in my 2012 SAL from the HAED BB - SK Blue Moon (and when I say a little, I mean barely 200 stitches!)

My phone camera doesn't take the best shots, or maybe it's my lighting....sorry about that.  My last few posts have had some bad pics!

I decided to update my WIPocalypse list, knowing that my time will also be spent on my new sewing machine.  I moved a bunch to a "delete" list for now...possibly adding them back in mid-year if things are looking good.   I also updated the ones I'm going to work on with specific goals (since they're mostly all HAED pieces, I made page goals).   Has everyone finished putting their list together?

In my last blog post, I had begun my adventure of making a quilt with my new sewing machine.  After searching on the internet for various patterns, I decided  to make a Cathedral Window quilt.....and of course I decided to make it big!  Here's a link to the tutorial for the baby version:  Cathedral Window Baby Playmat.   My big version had me cut out 420 circles of fabric and 210 circles of batting!  Who knew circles would be so difficult and time consuming to cut?

Circles, circles, everywhere!
Now I just need to pair up the fabrics (trying not to get any duplicates) and pin the batting on....then I get to start sewing!

I'm loving how much stitching everyone is doing already!!  I think it's the Crazy January challenge that folks are participating in.   Maybe I should have signed up for that one!

*diet update* - 25 lbs lost so far...... hoping 2012 adds to that number!  :)

"I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them"- Author Unknown  (this is so me!)