Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy dance times two and other things


I had a pretty good stitchy weekend. With not one but TWO finishes! The first one was the Rose Sampler from Little House Needleworks. I used the recommended fabric and fibers. This one will go on the thread pouch the was designed by Impie, Hattie and Bea for Little House. I will do the finishing on this, as well as the Traveling Stitcher that I finished a couple of months ago, soon. I have been doing these as a SAL with my dear friend Deborah so I have to wait for her to finish her stitching. I know she's almost there.


After I finished the Rose Sampler I was straightening the pile of wip's that are sitting on the end table and came across the one above. It was all finished except for the hair! So I figured I had better get this done. It took all of 15 minutes. If that. Now that's what I call a quick finish! Again I used the recommended fabric and fiber. I love the sentiment on this. And it kind of goes along with anther project, La-D-Da's Lauren's Voice. I made pretty good progress on this one this week. Half of the border is almost done. And I hope to have that plus this week. Normally I work on a project for three nights and this one was getting Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. But last week saw a minor mishap with my BBD, Awake the Dawning Day, which should have been my Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Somehow I got a smudge of chocolate on it. I did get it out but to let it dry properly I didn't work on it. And then Thursday night was my LHN's sit and stitch. BBD needs concentration and LV is so easy to work on. So LV got two extra days last week.

Since I finished my weekend piece, Rose Sampler, it was time for another start. I am joining in on the Little House/Country Cottage Yahoo groups SAL. I always have good intentions and rarely ever get to do one of the SAL's. I am a week late starting but I am going to change my rotation so that I can get this one done in time. My choice for the SAL? Little House Needlework's The Sampler Lady. You see the theme of the SAL if Little House women. Diame Williams had mentioned that Sampler Lady would be the perfect choice. Since I had it kitted and waiting in my "to do someday" basket I said. Why not?

So here is progress photo number one. Not much but it is a start.

Speaking of rotations? Do you use one? Or are you a one project at a time type stitcher? If you do rotate how often do you rotate each piece? For that matter, how many projects do you have going at once?
To answer my own question. Yes, I usually have three (and sometimes more) projects sitting on the table near my stitching chair. Except for the weekend all my stitching is done in the evening. I usually do three nights on two pieces and one night and the days of Saturday and Sunday on the third piece. I find that I actually stitch more and never get bored with a piece when I use this rotation.


And now I will show you the next project that I am anxious to get started on. And you know what, I just might break the rotation done even more so I can start this one.

Hey, it's my rotation!






Then there is this piece that I absolutely fell in love with.
I just have to stitch faster so I can finish another project and get this one in the rotation. Isn't it fabulous?

I am sure that as soon as I get the necessary fibers that I will just have to get a start one this one.


Last but not least for this post is, of course, Rory. He has actually been a good boy this week. No cat food stealing, no table climbing. Oh wait, could that be because I have been good at putting up the baby gate thereby avoiding temptation? Probably. But it has also been very warm and humid so no one has had a lot of energy. Until 10 PM and bedtime. Sigh.
Until next time....................
Love and stitches
Kathy
and licks from Rory too

33 comments:

Tracey said...

Bee--you--tiful finishes! And your WIPs are coming along nicely as well!! I myself am a rotation stitcher. I stitch Christmas on Mondays-mainly ornaments-, no certain theme projects on Tues, Wed, Thu, and snowmen on Friday, Sat, and Sunday because I love snowmen and have a TON of snowman patterns!
As always Rory looks adorable. :) What a sweetie!

Anonymous said...

Very nice work Kathy!
Hi Rory!

Diane
LHN

CindyMae said...

Both of your finishes look gorgeous! Beautiful work, as always!!! Love the progress as well. Your next project is a great one, can not wait to see you stitch it!!

Meari said...

Your WIPs look great. I especially love the Treat Your Self Well one. Congrats on your finishes, too!

Deborah said...

Your finishes are fantstic as always!! I am getting a whole lot closer to our beginning to do the finishing on the "Traveling Stitcher" and "Rose"!! Got to find a hole in that rotation of your's as we have "Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxx" arriving any day now!!
Mi sends puppy love and hugs to Rory!!
Love and Hugs!!
Deborah and Max

Carolyn NC said...

Just like a kid to delay their bedtime!! Finishes look great an so do your WIP's and new projects. Love the MBT - haven"t seen this one out - it's a must have!

Pam said...

I like those quick finishes!! I have never seen the LHN Rose Sampler before, but I relaly like it. Just something else to fuel what is becoming a big passion for Little House Needleworks.

I used to be a one at time type of girl, then I met Sheri and that went right out the window. I work on a project until I get bored with it, and then I take something else out of the ol' stitching bag to work on. Right now I"ve been doing the sampler because I'm so close to being done and I just wnat to finsih it.

Dawn said...

Oh my!! Those are beautiful work. I love Rory's face!! She made me smile. ~ Dawn ~

Deb said...

I love those finishes. LHN have the cutest designs and they're a quick project. Seems you and I have the same taste - I just finished Be True recently. I really like that new My Big Toe chart - I don't think that I've seen it before. And I do think that the Treat Yourself Well piece is great - We do need to treat outselves well (perhaps with some stash? LOL).

I'm glad to see that you're a rotation stitcher too. Now I don't feel so bad about all my WIPs (misery loves company you know).

Ellen said...

Beautiful finishes! I love these LHN's designs, they are lovely and quick to stitch. Love your choice for the SAL. I chose the thread pack "Joyful and Caring", enjoying the silk threads. I have rotations but never stitch to them, lol. I love to start new projects.

Hugs,

Gabi said...

Beautiful finishes. Congrats on both.
Love the "Sampler Lady" and your new Big Toe design.
And Rory is adorable

Vonna said...

Hey...look at all these fancy, schmancy pictures! And all of lovely needlework and even the more gorgeous Rory :)
Way to go Kathy! Everything looks wonderful!!!

Daffycat said...

Ooo, what fabulous finishes! And your WIP is gorgeous!

I do a screaming rotation. I keep 5 or 6 regular WIPs and a couple of spaces for exchanges...and I stitch wichever screams loudest.

Nancy M said...

Looks like Rory's puppy stage is leaving since you are getting lots of stitching time in! Can't wait to see your finishing on the 2 projects! Your new WIP look great too. I have never been able to do any type of rotation!

Kristin said...

Great work Kathy! I love "Treat Yourself Well".

Trecie said...

Love your finishes and the way you added the flowers to the pictures to makes such special photos. Rosie's fan club said to give there love to Rory and her.

Joy said...

Wow!! You go girl!! :-) I know you did a little happy dance! tee-hee Rory is such a cutie and growing. I am a stitch one at a time stitcher, but I am trying to edge my way into rotations.

BeckySC said...

Beatiful photos-love the staging :) Your finishes are just great!!
I don't think I have been here to say how VERY much I love your dog!! He's beautiful!!

Sandy In Montana said...

Wonderful finishes Kathy. Rory is such a cutie pie.

Sheila said...

Love your finishes. The rose sampler is really pretty. I'm not sure I have seen that one. I think I'm going to have to get The Sampler Lady to do.I have 3 or 4 projects going.

Katrien said...

Your finishes are fantastic. Love the saying 'treat yourself well'.

Siobhan said...

Wow, you're rockin' those finishes!! YGG! Good for you, they are beautiful. Love your WIP, too. I really need to stitch that for my mother.

As always, the pic of Rory is adorable! He is so cute. Very photogenic.

As far as stitching goes, I usually have maybe 2 or 3 projects going at one time. I try to stick to one at a time but am hopeless at it. I have the attention span of a gnat and get bored and have to switch to something else. If I have too many going, though, I get frustrated, so the 3 or so is a happy medium.

Irma said...

Hi Kathy. Congrats on your finishes...they are beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog too and now that I've found you I will make sure to visit often. :)

Carissa said...

Everything looks great, Kathy....including Rory! As for rotations, I usually have 3-4 projects going and I do them as I have the urge. I like that I can pick up something different if I get bored with the one in my hands :) Now, if it's something that has a time limit on it, such as a gift, I do work on that a bit more.

Sherry said...

Oh you got so much done and LV is coming along beautifully! I know that border is a real trial! The Big Toe piece is beautiful and I don't blame you for wanting to do it! When I get back into my stitching I may give rotations another try.

Rene la Frog said...

Great stitching. I have to find that Dolly Mamma's, it's so me.

Kathy A. said...

Beautiful, beautiful pieces there girl. I don't know which is my favorite. Glad to hear that Rory has had a good week.

Cari said...

Kathy, thanks for visiting my blog - it was so nice to hear from you. Now that I have discovered your blog, I look forward to visiting often and seeing all your wonderful projects. Your LHN finishes are wonderful - Dolly Mama's are such fun projects. I have done two of them.

Enjoy your weekend.

Charlene said...

Lovely work - and such great progress! You go, girlfriend!!

Berit said...

I've been admiring that La-d-Da for a while, but this is the first time I've seen anyone in blogland working on it! Looks so good! Makes me want to get it, but I still haven't started their "Peaceful Ways" chart yet that I bought! Need Fabric! lol!

Don't you hate it when you just can't stitch what you want to?

And, Rory (as you well know) is simply gorgeous! What a lovely boy he is!

Gaynor said...

Lovely stitching..and yes, Rory has the same expression as Roly.
' Who me???? As if...'

Tammy said...

Thx for your comments on my blog Kathy! Oh I love your LHN finishes-they are just gorgeous. I've not seen the rose sampler before, and it's so pretty! Your other wips look great too. You have a busy stitching schedule! I'm envious, lol!

Shelley - ILCS said...

Congrats on the two finishes. They are very pretty. I too love the sentiment on your WIP. The flower border is lovely. Hi Rory!!