Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I think this post falls into the continuing disasters category!

    When last we met I was planning to work on a piece for my mother's birthday.  I had decided to finish the cream colored piece for her since a) the pulled patterns were showing up more nicely and b) it was farther along and should have been quicker to complete.  Needless to say, that didn't happen!!
    I got the rest of the pulled patterns in and had moved on to the satin stitch flowers in no time at all.  I was confident that I would be able to wrap it all up in just a few days and be able to move on to the next project I had slated for completion.  Then, out of the blue, things started to go awry.  I can't even tell you what the problem was because even though I ripped out the 3rd petal three, I said THREE times, it still wasn't right and couldn't figure out why!!
    It didn't become a fireplace piece, although I did give that serious consideration.  Nor did I throw it in the trash although that sounded pretty good too!  I took it off the frame, folded it neatly, and put it all away.  I don't know what will become of it.  I may go back to it later and try again.  I may decide to change the flowers in the corners to something in cross stitch, I really don't know at this point.  All I can say is my mom didn't get it for her birthday and since this is was her 75th, I don't know if she ever will!!
     After all of that drama, I managed to get myself into 2 other SALs.  I think I have a mental illness where this is concerned! I get caught up in the excitement of the group (Group Hysteria??) and wind up signing up for more projects than I really have time for. But, I guess that's fun too and spurs me on to get other projects finished up.
    Since I have signed up for more SALS on Facebook, plus I plan to do the new Blackbird one that will be starting on the 12th, I decided I needed to reduce the rotation.  I am trying to NOT add to the UFO list so a couple of finishes are in order.  I managed to wrap up the Quaker Medallion Sampler last night!

40 ct Lakeside Linen w/ my own
GA Sampler Threads conversion
This is a current Facebook SAL so I can cross this one off the list now and add a new one.  A very pretty sampler and one that was in the stash for quite a while.  I bought the chart twice so I must have REALLY liked it!!  No trip to the framer for this one. It is destined to be a birthday gift for one of my stitchy friends!!
     I have also been working on Harriette Coe.  Not as much work done on this one but it will be the subject of some intense  attention over the next week or so and will be the next one I finish.

It is such a pretty sampler and once again, on 40 ct, almost fits within the Qsnap!!
     That's about all for now.  I have to go kit 3 new projects and see if my can make some further progress on Miss Harriette tonight.  Should have a guaranteed 3 hrs. plus to work on her since we'll be watching baseball. Wish them luck! Our Indians are currently in the basement in their division and need all the help they can get!!

Stitch On!


  1. Poor you, a break from working a piece that is frustrating you is a very good idea. Beautiful stitching on your other projects though, well done.

  2. Beautiful finish on the Quaker, Laura!! I feel your pain... I have the same problems with SALs I want to join them all! lol! I am also doing the Blackbird SAL so I will be stitching with you!

  3. Your Quaker finish is just beautiful and I love the colors in Harriet Coe. Sorry about the gift project. Some are just like that!

  4. Uuggghh! Understand the frustration with your moms gift!
    Fantastic work on your samplers! Like the "group hysteria" comparison. Am a sufferer myself!

  5. Congrats on finishing Quaker Medallion - Its gorgeous!
    Harriet Coe is looking amazing. I think taking a break on your moms gift was wise. I think the next time you pick it up you'll see where you went wrong.
    I too am participating in BBD SAL. It will be fun!
    love Annette

  6. Congratulations on finishing tis beautiful Quaker piece. And such nice progress on Harriet.
    I'm also a fan of SALs, they are definitely very motivating. BUt as I'm not on FB there aren't so many SALs coming my way these days. On the other side, this keeps me away from a lot of stress, lol.

  7. Quaker Medallion is outstanding! Congrats on the finish. :)

  8. Love your projects Laura and congrats on a gorgeous Quaker Medallion finish. I'm just getting around to joining Facebook (been avoiding it LOL) and know I likely will get sucked into some SAL's too. Group Hysteria is pretty much the right term for it!


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