Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Stitching Year in Review

This has been an incredibly productive stitching year for me!  It's amazing what you can accomplish when you just do it!

Number 1 and 20:  A pattern that I completed twice this year for Christmas presents.

 Once in January, once in September:

Number 2: Air Force Mini-block by Hinzeit for Hubby for his birthday.

Number 3: Grandmother Mini-block by Hinzeit for my Mom for Mother's Day.

Number 4: Masquerade by My Big Toe Designs, on page completed

Number 5: Patriotic Block

Number 6:  Fallen Soldier Memorial For Scott Eric Duffman

Number 7: Angel from Leisure Arts Nativity Set

Number 8: Patriotic Santa

Number 9: Love is the Greatest Gift

Number 10: Brothers are Best

Number 11: Shepherd from Leisure Arts Nativity Set

Number 12: Children Are A Gift

Number 13: Grandparents Are Grand

Number 14: A Thankful Heart

Number 15: Joy To The World

Number 16: Easter Mini-block

Number 17: Soldier Memorial number 2

Number 18: Home Sweet Home

Number 19: Uncle Snow Sam

Number 21: Let Freedom Ring

Number 22: Moms Are Magnificent

Number 23: USA Star Fob

Number 24: Home of  Needleworker

Number 25: Wiseman from Leisure Arts Nativity Set

Number 26: Pumpkin Cat

Number 27: Angels Mini block by Hinzeit

Number 28: Blue Jean Bear for DD2's birthday

Number 29: Blessings by Thine

Number 30: Itty Bitty Santa Beard

Number 31: Turkey on an Egg

Number 32


Number 33: Carriage House Samplings Friendship Sampler Heart

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

2009 Summary

Here is my list of goals for 2009.  Original list was posted in Feb 2009, I modified it in July.  Here is the final tally.

2009 Goals- Modified July 2009

  • 1. FINISHED! Leisure Arts Heirloom Nativity Angel
  • 2. FINISHED! Leisure Arts Heirloom Nativity Shepherd #2
  • 3. FINISHED! 1 page of Masquerade
  • 4. FINISHED! Surprise miniblock #1
  • 5. FINISHED! Surprise Miniblock #2
  • 6. FINISHED! Leisure Arts Heirloom Nativity Wise Man#1
  • 7. FINISHED! American Soldier Memorial
  • 8. Eagle Sampler
  • 9. FINISHED! Christmas present #1
  • 10. FINISHED! Christmas present #2
  • 11. FINISHED! Birthday Surprise
Pretty good year, I think.  I also did 23 other pieces this year!

I will be removing this list off the sidebar to make way for my 2010 Goals list.

 Thanks for checking out my blog this year.  I appreciate all your comments and encouragement!

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Last Finish for 2009

I have finished my heart for Mom's Carriage House Samplings Friendship Sampler.

Here it is, started on Tuesday.

And finished Christmas Eve.

Stitched with DMC 3041, and 861.

Now I am taking a stitching break until the end of the year!  Mom doesn't think I can go a whole week without stitching.  Maybe I should bet her some more of her stash to see who would win!  Mwaaaa Haaa haaa (evil laugh).

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you be blessed with joy and laughter during the holidays. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gobble is finished!

Completed Sunday, December 20, 2009.

Gertie Gobble by Bent Creek,
stitched on 25 ct Natural Dublin Linen
using DMC 3371, 3045, 644, 869, 934
WDW Hazelnut, Chestnut
(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weekend Update- December 20, 2009

Here is my progress on Gobble.

I expect to have her finished before Christmas.  Mom also wants me to do a heart on her round robin Hearts.  I would like to get that finished before Christmas as well.  I think that will probably be my last finish on the year.

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Significant Stash Enhancing Experience!

My mom has PAS (pattern acquisition syndrome) really bad.  In fact, there is no cure.  She buys patterns and stash a lot.  She has definitely reached SABLE- stash acquisition beyond life expectancy!

So today, after I helped her clean out a closet, I was rewarded by being able to scrounge through her stash.  She was feeling in a very generous mood. 

I picked up a pink Yazzii! (Mom had 2 so she gave me 1!)

A list of my new stash:

Shepherd's Bush: Land That I Love
Lizzie Kate: Children are People
Something in Common: Cabin Fever (I'll give this one to her when I am done)
M Designs: Floral Fun #1
Three Blessings: Pumpkin Tower
Glory Bee: Cabin Sweet Cabin
The Sweetheart Tree: Chili Pepper Fob
Bent Creek: Snappers Happy Thanksgiving
Banar Designs: Welcome Amigos
Hillside Samplings: Jack's Bat
Heart in Hand: Wee One Blessings
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Gather a Harvest
Sisters and Best Friends: button borders pumpkins
Heart in Hand: Wee One Favorite Hearts
Sisters in Stitches: The Bunnies
Bent Creek: Bad Hare Day
Ewe & Eye & Friends: Be Mine, Valentine
Pegasus Originals: Country Cluckin'
Angel Stitchin: doodle Doo
Maggie Bonanomi: Grand Old Flag
Sam Sarah Design: Full Moon Pumpkin Farm
Heart in Hand: Wee One Flags
Twisted Threads: Itty Bitty America
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Land That I Love
Lizzie Kate: Celebrate!
Lizzie Kate: A Slice of Freedom!
Hinzeit: Charmed Old Glory
Bent Creek: Cat-o-Lantern
Lizzie Kate: Snippet: Winter Wishes
4 My Boys: If  I Only Had  A Brain!
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Housework Never Killed Anyone
Little House Needleworks: Music and Books
Little House Needleworks: Plant Kindness
Waxing Moon Designs: Boo Spider (freebie)
Bent Creek: The Black Cat
Lizzie Kate: Halloween Flip It
JBW Designs: French Country IV Pumpkin
My Big Toe Designs: Housework
Erica Michaels: Hospitality
Bent Creek: Snow
JBW Designs: Christmas Tree Collection II and IV
Stone and Thread: Snowed In!
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Happy New Year!
Lizzie Kate: Snippet By Golly Be Jolly Santa 2000
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Winter ABC's
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Just Be Claus! Santa '06
Heart in Hand: Wee One Little Snowman in the Drifts
Bent Creek: Joyous Noel
Lizzie Kate: Snippet Wanted! Santa '02
Cedar Hill: Shaker/Country
Hizeit: Charmed Peace on Earth
Plum Street Samplers: Fruit of the Spirit
The Drawn Thread: There's No Place Like Home
Blackbird Designs: Home of the Brave
Midsummer Night Designs: A Patriot's Sampler
Bucilla: Blue Jean Bear Birth Record

Wow-that's a huge list!  I think I will have plenty of stuff to stitch for the next few years!  Plus I have a bunch of patterns at home.  Nothing better than free stash enhancing! 

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Start

I did a little work on the Home of the Brave.

It's hard to see but there are three white stars.

Then, Mom let me start Bent Creek: Gobble .  It is a sheep dressed up in a turkey costume.  Really cute!  I don't get to keep this one either.

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Got a Quick One Done

At the beginning of the week, I decided I was bored and needed something to stitch.  So I raided my mom's stash to find something.  You will note, I do actually have 2 patterns to work on, but I am choosing not to do them.  LOL

This was my start on Monday afternoon.

I finished it Wednesday morning. 

Turkey on an Egg kit, by Bent Creek
stitched on 28 ct flax linen,
using STs Nutmeg, Brandy, Maple Syrup, and Harvest Basket,
WDWs Brick, Caper, and Beige
Buttons by Just Another Button Co.

Mom said I don't get to keep this one.  Oh well, I had fun stitching it anyway.
Finish 31!  Woo Hoo!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Some Other Old Finishes

Hanging around my parents' house for the holidays I have spotted several items that I stitched for my mom.  Here are 2 more Christmas stitches. 

I don't have any idea when I stitched this one.  I seem to remember doing it when I was in graduate school in Louisiana.

Merry Merry Christmas was stitched in 2000. 

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Finish Number 30!

Hip Hip Hooray!

 I have completed project number 30.  What an incredible stitching year this has been for me.  I have never ever ever made this many projects in a year. Thanks for all your comments and support and encouragement!

Itty Bitty Santa's Beard 2003 kit
by Twisted Thread
stitched on 32 ct Smokey Peearl Belfast
using Sampler Threads: Apricot Blush, Black Crow, Brethren Blue,
Cameo Pink, Cidermill Brown, Cranberry, Oatmeal and
Staw Bonnet

This is going to be finished as a flat-fold and given to my sweet Sister-in-Law for Christmas, (She's here right now, so she already knows!)

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Update

Yikes!  It is less than 2 weeks until Christmas.  I still have to get a few packages mailed and a couple of things ordered,  Better get on that pretty quick.

In the stitching department, I am trying to finish up Itty Bitty Santa.  Here is how far I have gotten. 

Next, this is a set of finger tip towels I stitched for my mom ages ago.  I am not sure when I finished them, but they look so nice, I thought I would share a picture.

 Hope everyone is have a great holiday season.  Merry Christmas to all!

(c) 2009 There A Stitch

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Weekly Update

The kids and I are still visiting my parents on the mainland.  Hubby is taking a class that finishes up on Dec 18, so he won't be back with us for another couple of weeks.

I have made a little progress- a very little progress- on the Eagle Sampler.  

I am having trouble motivating myself to work on it.  I guess I am not going to finish all my official goals for the year.  But I think I have made tremendous progress on my stash this year, so I am happy with my work.

My mom has a lot of stitch stash.  So much that she and I will never finish it together in both our lifetimes!  LOL. So while we are staying here, I riffled through her patterns and found one to stitch.  This was started on Thursday.

Itty Bitty Santa's Beard 2003
by Twisted Threads
using the kit fabric and Sampler Threads

If I get Itty Bitty done this month, I will have completed 30 stitch projects this year!  Woo Hoo!

Thanks for stopping by my  blog!  I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas season!

(c) 2009 There A Stitch