Sunday, July 28, 2013

Updates on progress, finishes, framing, and a new start

I have a bad habit of not updating on projects when I only do a tiny bit of work on them. Over the course of a month or so I might work on a project several times, but only minor progress occurs each time. However, that progress adds up. :)

Today's post is full of updates -- most of the work took place over the last month and not just since my last post. I sadly can't spend that much concentrated time on my crafting.

Alright, let's get on to the good stuff! Pictures coming up ...

Birds of a Feather got some zig zag added:

Elizabeth has more of her poofy pink skirt:

Rules for Life came home from the framers:

My granny square lapghan is finished!! It is currently being blocked. (This is my first time ever blocking something, so it isn't perfect, but it's a huge improvement from before I blocked it.)

And I started something new ... Metamorphosis (by Ink Circles) in a "fire" colourway (think yellow-orange-red ... eventually):

It always feels like I never have much time to craft, but looking at this post makes me think I manage just fine. Yay! :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Finally picked a new reader

Although I am sad that Google Reader is now defunct, I have finally choosen a new reader - Bloglovin.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

I should never just pop by a store

I recently discovered the blog of a local quilting store, Cornerstone Quilts, and since today was the Christmas in July sale, I popped by just to look around.

I should know better ... I never just "look around" in places like this. I walked out with half a metre of each of these:

I'm thinking of doing a 60 degree diamond hand-pieced wall decoration (or something, I don't know, I'm new at this stuff) for my mom.

And I also picked up some fat quarters so I can do a diamond wall thingy for me too.

Now I just have to convince myself that I don't need any more fabric ...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July IHSW (late as usual)

I did manage to stitch this past weekend despite having a raging migraine for a of couple days.

Progress on Ciara Blue is slow, but my oh my, she is pretty!

I did some stitching on Elizabeth as well, but I haven't taken any pics yet. Soon -- I promise!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A lady and a lapghan

My focus recently seems to be on just 3 pieces, and I rotate between them frequently.

I've added quite a bit to Elizabeth ... more pinky-purple skirt and a little more of her black bodice.

I have also made a ton of progress on my lapghan (even after ripping out a round and a half). I only have 4 rounds of dark green to go! It needs some serious blocking though.

I developed what I'm calling "crochet finger" which means that the index finger on my left hand has gotten sore from holding up the lapghan and maintaining my stitch tension. So no more marathon crochet sessions for me; I can only do a 1/4 round at a time before the aching sets in. :(

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blackwork is growing

Not a lot of time to work on this piece, but the progress sure is pretty!

So delicate!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Progress on several fronts

My apologies for not blogging in a while -- I'm still stitching but I've been out of town a bunch and that usually means blogging takes a back seat.

Over the past month or so I have picked up and put down Elizabeth by Mirabilia several times. Most recently I finally moved her from a q-snap to a Millenium frame. It makes working on her much nicer and I get a truer sense of how big she'll eventually be. She's still just a big blob, but at least now she's got some colour in her!

I also put a little more time into my blackwork project Ciara Blue by Blackwork Journey. I love this piece, but it's very fiddly. A few hours at a time is all I can manage on this one.

I've also been working on my Frozen Flower hardanger project (no pic of this one, sorry). All of the woven bars are done and I'm now working on the double wrapped bars and the filling stitches. To say I loathe this project is an understatement. I detest it! Ugh. But it's for a friend and it will be lovely once it's done. Bleh.