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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Last Sunday of the month....must be time for WIPocalypse

It was a slow start this month, but I think I'm picking up speed so I do have a few pictures to share.  But first the question of the month:

February 26 – What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

I’m not sure if I would call it my favorite, but it was one of the first “specialty” stitches that I learned a long time ago.  My girlfriend tried her hand at designing and one of her best selling patterns were her quilt squares.  I had so much fun stitching them all for their debuted at market.  One of them had a sprats head, it took a minute to figure it out, but once I did there was no turning back.  All of the designs had special stitches, so I learned a lot - there were 12 different quilt designs and I did them on an afghan that we hung outside her showroom.  

Since then I've gotten several books on how to do different stitches, and enjoyed many years of doing band samples, just so I could do all these fun stitches.  

So what have I worked on?

I worked a little bit on my Mourning Angels.  The faces of the angels are over one on 40 ct!!  And there are 4 of them, one in each corner.  What was I thinking?  OK I wasn't, I just liked the chart and got the material it called for before I really looked at the patten.  So I do a little over one, then some over two areas.  Keeps me sane.

I pulled out my Angel of Peace.  It has not seen the light of day for over a year, and probably more like 2 years :(  Didn't get a lot done, but enough that you can see the progress.  I think I need to work on this one a little bit more this year.  It is for my youngest grandchild who turned 3!!  This will be the 4th one I've stitched for the grandkids, so should get it done before the great grandchildren start to come.  It is one of my favorite angels, but I'm sure I'll be tired of yellow by the time I'm done with her.

Do you ever have one of those projects that for some reason get put away and then when you finally pull it back out and start working on it again you wonder why it never got finished before?  

Well this is one of projects.  I had so much fun working on it one night I couldn't put it down!!  Hopefully it will get pulled out again soon, it goes quickly and I love the colors - this is Starry Night by Nancy's Needle.  I've done 2 other design by her and have enjoyed doing them both.

If you look at my previous blog, you'll see my Emerald City that I've been working on, it's my take it to work project.  I would have shown a little more progress on it, but I ended up taking out everything I'd stitched because I did it all backwards   Oh well, next month.

I had one other one that I worked on, but will hold that one for another day :)  

Hope you all had a great month, can't wait to see what you've accomplished!!



  1. Starry Night is beautiful. And I know just what you mean, I question myself all the time about certain projects

  2. Great progress this month! Thank you for sharing the how to on the sprats head stitch, I don't think I've done that one before.

  3. Lovely collection of WIPs! Now I'm inspired to stitch today!

  4. Great projects I love starry night!

  5. Nice stitching on both and that's very fun that your family often has Groundhog Day celebrations. That is a ton of snow!