Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stitchery Progress

I've picked up the Droid quilt to finish up before I can start a new project. This involved me my choosing some new fabrics to finish it up.

I thought I should clean up a little bit while I was in there in the Cave of Wonders, and immediately noticed that I had TWO boxes of plaids. Why do I have two boxes? I made a plaid flannel quilt and flannel takes up more room than normal fabric, but still, I hardly ever use plaid in my sewing.  One of those boxes have to go!  So in an effort to clean up one of the boxes, I just have to start the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt, you know, just to clean up the sewing room. I know it is technically not a scrap box, and the boxes were properly sitting on the shelf, but I am sure I will be able to find fabrics in the scrap box to use in this quilt.

Those two projects are now bubbling up to be worked on first, but even before that, the stitchery is still sitting here, while I am lazily watching internet videos resting and regrouping.  As a result, I managed to get at least 15 minutes of sewing done every day. The picture was taken earlier this week. I decided to read the directions for this stitchery.The directions are copyrighted MCMLXXIII, which translates to 1973.  It's practically an antique!

 I see that I did not follow the directions for the dress.  It is supposed to be weaving and couching stitches instead of cross stitches. I wonder if that is why this project was abandoned. The weaving stitches were easier, and the second half of the cross stitches, therefore became the harder way to make this.

Also the directions said to use one strand of yarn, which as you can see, does not work very well. I worried about running out of yarn, but figured that I could make do with something else.  That changed my perspective on this project, and instead of trying to make it perfect, I decided to just enjoy the process and trust that all will work out in the end. This is my rule for the year, but it is amazing how many times I have to relearn it.

With the new and improved attitude, I am more than 80% done on this.

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  191 out of 231 sessions
Success rate: 83%

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“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we're only what we've done and what we are going to do.” Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily


Kate said...

I like your fabric picks for the Droid quilt. Congrats on finding time to stitch this week, handwork always seems to be easier to get to then actually getting to the sewing room.

Kyle said...

Your right. Sometimes it's a change in the mind set that allows us to move forward. Enjoy your stitching.

For the love of geese said...

I'm not sure what the Droid quilt is but I am loving those fabrics and glad you stopped by my site.

Cathy said...

Oh, yes...enjoy the process! Even if it doesn't work out in the end you had a fun time getting there. Funny, I have a few of those old stitchery kits I've picked up at garage sales and thrift stores. I need to dig them out and see what is there. I used to do crewel embroidery back in the 70s to keep my hands busy when I gave up smoking cigarettes. And so I ramble...

Oh, and that flower doesn't look like our tiger lilies here that grow wild in ditches. It's pretty all the same.

Miaismine said...

Oh! How lovely is your embroidery project! I so love looking at embroidery! Sounds like you've been a busy bee all around! Have fun with your projects and clean up!