Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, February 15, 2009

31 done, including the over 1

From 21 squares done to 31 done, not to bad on the progress. I've gotten it out to the right side and bottom edge (excluding the border that goes all around it) so instead of 60 squares left, I'm down to 50. While 81 squares in total sounds like a lot to do, many (like the letters and numbers) go quick, so it isn't as intimidating as it would be if they were all solid stitches. I've made a couple small counting errors in some of the squares. However, given they are all different and there are so many squares in total, for the most part I've left them. For example, the little black bird should have started down one more row from the top, so to fix it I just gave him longer legs. Trick or treat the r in treat was one off (doesn't match r in trick), but that is over 1 stitching. It was close enough for me, as I didn't notice till I was finishing the last t in treat, and frogging over one on 32 ct. unless it was major was just not going to happen. I love the look of over 1, but don't do it much as I have a hard time seeing it and keeping the threads from slipping under. Overall I was pretty pleased with how Trick or Treat turned out, so figured no one would ever really notice the difference with all the other squares and everything that is going on in the design.

Although we don't have a set time to work on our SAL, my DSIL and I are keeping pretty close in where we are at. Kim has about 29 squares done on her Luck, Letters, and Leprechauns and some of the border.

So how many of you have been following the new Nashville releases? What's on your wish list? I've decided I'll need It's Cold Outside from Blue Ribbon Designs (the little penguins are so cute) Polar Quakers from The Workbasket (the penguin in this is adorable too, hmm usually it's Halloween but I seem to have a penguin theme going this time) and Quaker Gone Tropic by Michelle Ink (I love the colors and fun motifs). I've already gotten the first three of the LK Halloween Flipits, so of course when the rest in the series comes out I'll need to grab them.

Hope everyone is staying warm. Our lovely warmer weather has left, but pushing 60 in February really was to good to last. We've got the snow and cold back. They forecasted only 1-2 inches for our area, but as usual the forecast was slightly off, try at least 6 inches. Oh well, at least the sun is out today, so that's a plus, somehow things always seem better when it is sunny.


  • At 12:50 PM , Blogger Kerry said...

    Oh, I love the polar quakers. I'll have to add those to my wish list.

  • At 1:09 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Wow you are really moving along with that project! And even with you pointing out those errors, I STILL couldn't tell what was wrong.

    Thanks for posting the new designs, that snow one is gorgeous!! that may end up in the stash eventually.....

  • At 2:22 PM , Blogger Dani - tkdchick said...

    Wow! You are certainly whipping along with those squares! Its looking great!

  • At 2:41 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

    Wow! Great progress on those squares! I like the colors of it too!

  • At 2:41 PM , Blogger Doris said...

    the black bird look great,i like his legs, look good.

    my wish list of nashville release?,oh,the new chair of the cat´s whiskers, and the etui cube (sigh), but i can buy it in spanish store,i depende of sew and so,or 123 stitch sale it.

  • At 2:49 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    Great progress Sue! I've been watching the progress of your SIL as well :o) If you didn't point out the mistakes, I wouldn't have known. I still don't see them as mistakes anyway! LOL!

    Yes, there were some goodies from Nashville :o) I already have the LHN design and Dewdrop on the way to me.

  • At 3:25 PM , Blogger Dee said...

    In response to your question on my blog ...

    The Autumn Cottage is by Lizzie Kate.

  • At 3:45 PM , Blogger Lelia said...

    I love all your squares. Mistakes? Naw -- just makes yours more unique!

    It makes me antsy to get out my gameboard sampler & complete more squares -- maybe next week as I still have laundry & ironing this afternoon.

    Happy (belated) Valentine's Day : )

  • At 5:13 PM , Blogger Mylene said...

    Yousure have done lots of progress!!

  • At 10:44 PM , Blogger Cindy F. said...

    Awesome progress on your wip!
    Perfect way to solve the stitching error on the birds legs! Looks great! and the over 1 wording looks fine! Whew! That was luck, huh?

  • At 12:03 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

    Sue, you made beautiful progress! I love the Quaker Gone Tropic and I am currently checking out colors to to do that one in.

  • At 7:06 AM , Blogger Dawn B. said...

    Love the progress on the gameboard. Them Polor Quakers are cute.

  • At 10:24 AM , Blogger claudia said...

    You are moving along quite quickly on your squares! I didn't notice anything wrong, until I looked after you mention it and then it doesn't look wrong!
    I really like that Quaker Gone Tropic. Not even going to entertain getting one though, I have too many to finish up here for now. I have got to stop this "stocking up" of projects I want to do!
    The weather this year sucks so far. We've had a HOT January and now a flooding and wind blown February, can't wait to see what March has in store for us all!

  • At 2:35 PM , Blogger Michele said...

    Love your progress! This is coming along great :)

    ohh there are sooo many market releases I love .. all the penguins are way cute!

  • At 5:31 PM , Blogger Ranae said...

    The halloween lover in me says I like your BRD better then mine, lol.
    The Polar quakers are neat as is alot of the new ones, lol.

  • At 8:21 PM , Blogger Crazee4books said...

    Hi Sue,

    First off I must thank you for
    your kind offer to send me some
    of that cotton thread for Mom.
    I hope to get to our local
    knitting store soon to see what
    they might have in stock and
    I'll specifically ask them about
    the thread that you recommended.
    I'll let you know how things go

    I just love seeing your Halloween
    Squares whenever I visit, and you
    continue to make phenomenal
    progress on this piece. You really
    must be loving it to get so much
    done so quickly, even if some of
    the squares are fairly simple to

    I love your SanMan Halloween
    finish too. Congrats on that...
    it looks wonderful. The Bat is
    especially adorable, and I like
    how you gave him eyes, and the
    cat a face. It gives them
    character. This is a great
    design, don't you think?? Love
    SanMan stuff.

    Hmmmm.... I must have missed
    seeing that design Quaker Gone
    Tropic when going through the
    Nashville releases. How cute.
    And the colours are wonderful.
    It's motifs are perfect for
    a tropical theme. I can almost
    here the steel band playing
    and the ocean's waves when
    looking at it. Sigh!!! Right,
    add another one to the list.

    There's a storm coming...again.
    It'll be mostly rain, but will
    start out as snow, and is due
    to hit on Wednesday. Since I'm
    on vacation it sounds like the
    perfect time to have a PJ day.
    PJ's, cross stitch and music or
    talk radio. Bliss! Care to
    join me?? I'll show you my
    library and we can talk books
    too. Oh, wouldn't it be nice??


  • At 9:11 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Your Halloween squares look like a fun stitch. You're making fantastic progress.
    My son has a thing for penguins ever since he was young and I think I might just earmark that penguin Quaker to do for him.
    We have similar taste, I loved all of these designs too!

  • At 3:19 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

    Great squares! I haven't looked through the Nashville releases yet. Somehow I spaced that it was even that time of the year...I love the Quaker gone tropic though so I think that will be added to my wish list as well. :)

  • At 3:18 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

    Really like that penguin!!

  • At 1:07 PM , Blogger Kathy A. said...

    You are making great progress on your sampler. I admire you for sticking to it.
    Love the new quaker design

  • At 6:07 PM , Blogger Beatrice said...

    Those squares are amazing. Looking GOOD!!!

  • At 11:40 AM , Blogger Sally said...

    It's looking fantastic Sue. I really like this piece.

    As for Nashville releases I'm with you on Baby It's Cold Outside. I definitely want to get that one sometime as well as the Just Nan biscornu and the new Midnight Stitching design which I can't remember the name of.

  • At 10:21 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Your Halloween squares look awesome. And I'd never notice the over one. You're right--no frogging that baby!

  • At 10:12 PM , Blogger Meari said...

    Your WIP is coming right along. Had you not pointed out the 'flaws' I wouldn't have known. They make your project truly uniquely yours. :)

  • At 10:05 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

    It's lovley, Darling and I don't see any mistakes at all!!! :-) Your needle is really flying on this one and I imagine you'll be finished in no time at all.

    There are quite a few new lovelies I spied from the Nashville Market and I love It's Cold Outside! And those Polar Quakers are adorable! And Quaker Gone Tropic is really lovely! I have not seen that one before.

    Hope you are keeping warm and cosy, Sweetie... Sending you lots of {{{Hugs}}} and Blessings and Love in Stitches...

  • At 12:29 PM , Blogger Nancy in IL said...

    Sue, of all the ones you show here from Nashville, my very fave is the Blue Ribbon winter design. Doesn't she just do the greatest work? Love it! And thanks for visiting my blog, which, I'm sorry to say, is not up to date. I've been fighting the yukkies and am not back in the swing of things.

  • At 3:37 PM , Blogger disa said...

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