Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jumping on the BBD wagon...

I have stitching photos to share. After not stitching hardly any the first 1/2 of April, I have been stitching the last couple of weeks. First, Fair & Square round 12 squares have been received by both my partner, Carolyn L, and myself, so I can post photos.

Here are the squares I stitched for Carolyn:

I know it wasn't a Halloween round, but from Carolyn's likes and dislikes, she loves Halloween. And when I saw this Lizzie Kate design for Bippity Boppity Boo, I had to stitch it for her.

Here are the squares Carolyn stitched for me:

I love these Calico Crossroads black cat designs. Thank you Carolyn, I love them.

I did stitch a few minutes on Peppermint Twist last week on Monday night, but didn't get a chance to pick it up again last week. What I did do last week, when grabbing moments to surf various cross stitcher blogs, was see several pictures of folks stitching the Blackbird Designs Vacation Sampler. This kept catching my eye over and over, and combine that with the fact that I've been thinking over and over lately, "I really want to start something new", I just had to start it. And, for whatever reason, was in the mood to stitch it with a fall color (rust or orange-red). I started stitching it Saturday afternoon, and continued stitching on it Sunday and last night and here's what it looks like now.

I obviously wasn't going to finish it in time for the BBD Vacation contest, but I still wanted to stitch it. I'm stitching it on 32ct Platinum lugana with Belle Soie Paprika. It really is stitching up quickly, I can't believe how much I've gotten done since starting it 3 days ago. I will continue working on it tonight after getting home from rehearsal. I did make some changes. I wanted the letters and words to line up on the same vertical stitch, so I shifted the letters on the second line to line the right side of the "U" up with the letter above. I'm stitching this for my Mom and needed a "W" for her last name and also added the "W" to the alphabet, and flipped "Y" and "X" so they were in alphabetical order, and moved the numbers down a row to line up with the end of the alphabet. I hope the ladies at BBD don't mind all the changes I made. The word on the 4th line will be "Mother" (I was stitching left to right and that was where the thread on the needle ran out last night). The last line will have "Nancy White", my Mom's name. I haven't decided what to put between "8 9 0" and "Mother", maybe a small blackbird, or a heart, or maybe the years for her birth and death worked over 1, I'll figure that out after everything else is stitched.

Once this is done, I can get back to working on projects that I should be working on.... a Christmas ornament that's theoretically supposed to be done, finished and mailed by April 30th (sorry Karen, I'll be a little late)...... two round robins I need to get stitched and mailed on their way this month (I want to get them done and mailed before leaving on a trip June 5).

Happy Stitching everyone.


Karen said...

great pics!! i am also working on BBD vacation sampler but obviously didn't have it done yesterday. stitching mine over 1 on a piece of 32ct with Belle Soie Rosebud. I am adding in Est. 1996 Decker for mine. and probably a pinkeep when done. no worries on the ornament!!

Karen said...

Love the LK design...hadn't seen that one! Love the BBD too...need to get busy and stitch it with everyone else.

Ranae said...

The exchange squares are very nice.
The BBD piece is looking great

Lelia said...

Lovely exhcange squares!!! Nice progress on the PLR sampler, too.

Mel said...

Lovely stitching!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I've got you on my reading list now. :)