Saturday, November 5, 2016

Winter Project Link Party


Welcome to November's Winter Project Link Party! I hope you will want to join me in sharing your current craft projects in a friendly, supportive link-up. My crafty efforts have mostly been focused on cross-stitch lately, as I work (slightly feverishly) to complete a sampler for the GB's room. I plan to give it to her as a Christmas present, so my time is a bit limited, but I've been making good progress. I'd say I'm a bit over halfway finished in early November, so I think I'll make it. The sampler design is My Sweetiepie ABC's by Alicia Paulson; this is the third sampler designed by Alicia that I have made, and it's just as lovely as the others. As usual, I'm enjoying the work very much.


This is the full view as it looks right now. I just stitched "q" yesterday, isn't the bed with quilt adorable? I think it's my second-favorite motif so far, after "h," the house. I also really enjoyed stitching the kettle for "k." Every motif has been nice to stitch, but the pie for "p" was a little challenging, I'll be honest. I lost my place a few times and almost made a couple of mistakes. The "lattice" design of the top crust threw me off a little. It's also possible that I was daydreaming about pie.


These are the motifs I've stitched since the last time I shared my progress on the sampler. It's going fast. I try to work on it while the GB is in school, but I do sometimes work on it while she's at home. She doesn't know that it's for her, so I think I'm safe. I have to sit in my chair in the living room with the sun behind me to work; the linen weave is very fine and a bit hard to see. If I only worked while she's at school, four mornings a week, I'd never finish.



While I stitch, my yarn and my hexes sit forlornly near my desk. I've done very little crochet lately. I'd like to make a few small things before Christmas, but will probably pull them out at the last minute, once I've delivered my sampler to the framer. Then I can crochet in leisure, which I'm looking forward to. In past winters, I've put a lot of pressure on myself to finish big crochet projects and I'm not doing that anymore. All the crochet jobs are already taken! I'd rather take it slow and enjoy the work. So, yarn and hexes, I'll be seeing you in December.


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23 comments:

  1. I am working on miles of bunting at the moment , my daughter us getting married next year and when she asked me to make bunting I did not realise how much she wanted . I all so have to put letters on some of it . Let's not forget the garter and ring pillow .

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  2. Your sampler is so pretty, I'm sure your daughter is going to love it. I wish mine was going as quickly.

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  3. Your sampler is beautiful, the stitches are so neat and tiny xx

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  4. Your sampler is absolutely lovely. I spent this afternoon dipping my toe into cross stitch for the very first time, and had to drag myself away to make the supper. Maybe one day I'll be able to do it as beautifully as you!

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  5. Thank you so much Jennifer. I finally have a finish for your link up party! Thank you for hosting.

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  6. Your sampler is wonderful! I haven't done any cross stitch for so long, I think it is about time I started something new. Have a wonderful Sunday xx

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  7. You're making a beautiful job of the sampler, and it's such a lovely design. Alicia has such a good eye for cross stitch. Hope you have a lovely Sunday Jennifer. CJ xx

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  8. Your sampler is coming along really well, Jennifer. I have to admit the quilt is my favourite bit so far! :o)

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  9. That is a really sweet sampler! I know she will treasure it, and appreciate it even more as she grows older. I don't have any projects like that going. I'm working on some photo books for my granddaughters and I need to really get going on them!

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  10. lovely little sampler, it is very cute, though i couldn't work out what the p was glad you told us! am sure the GB will love it too, will look lovely in her room, hope to see a pic when it's hanging :)) (please!)
    crochet should be slow, not too slow but slow enough to be settled & relaxing, can't wait to see more of your hexies
    thanx for sharing

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  11. Fantastic progress, a really beautiful and thoughtful gift. Filled with love the best sort of gift.

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  12. This is such a pretty sampler. I find cross stitch incredibly time consuming, but there is no doubt the rewards are worth the effort. This is such a nice link up Jennifer, thank you for hosting it. I hope to put my post up later today x

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  13. The sampler's coming along very nicely, I really like the design, I'm sure it will become a family heirloom.

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  14. Your sampler is beautiful and such a lovely pattern. The quilt is so cute and I'm sure sampler will always be treasured.

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  15. Gorgeous sampler and what a lovely gift for your daughter. Once I locate my camera I shall do a linky post x

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  16. Q for quilt is a cute motif, it must be satisfying doing each letter at a time - you see progress. Happy stitching,. Jo x

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  17. Oh, you've done the quilt! That and the kettle are the parts I am most looking forward to. Even though this project is languishing in my sewing basket, I am loving watching your progress with the sampler. Is that weird?! xx

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  18. the sampler is coming together beautifully.. and I agree the quilt on the bed is too cute!

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  19. Love the sampler, that colorful little quilt is adorable!

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  20. It is exciting to watch the motifs take shape. I admire your work, and am glad you are enjoying it...cheering you on to the finish :) xx

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  21. I really like your sampler and it's funny, as I was looking at the picture, before I read your text, I had chosen those same motifs as my favorites and thought the pie looked difficult! Ha! Your stitiching is beautiful. And you're right, crochet will wait until you're ready.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  22. I love your sampler! Definitely an heirloom for you daughter to treasure for many years. X

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  23. That is a really lovely sampler. I've got a sampler to finish too but it's tricky finding time for it at the moment. Well done you for focusing and working to get it done!

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