Fall Quilt Finale

First, thank you to all who commented or emailed about Julius. We’re slowly coping – still not much stitching yet, but a little more each day.

I finished the last of the background Monday evening – as easy stitch that I was able to handle. The pattern includes three fall items – acorns, apples, and fall leaves.


Fall Quilt finale

I think the leaves should have been larger. When I do the instructions, I’ll try to make them larger and see if that is better.

Saying Goodbye to Julius

The vet called Thursday night to tell us Julius did have cancer. We decided keep him with us as long as he could eat food (baby food meat only). He stopped eating yesterday. DH cuddled him as he went to sleep.


No more pain Baby Boy! We’ll miss you.

WIPocalypse 2016 – June

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I’m not getting much stitching done right now. But I did make some good progress in the weeks before last Monday.

Persian Iris Mandala – I finished all the buildings around the outside. Yeah!

PIG Bldg done

I’ve started the first of the corner triangles now. I’d love to have this completed by the end of next month and also finish the beading (it’s about half done already). Here’s the beginning of the corner piece.

PIG corner 1

Gentle Elephant – The large ear is almost done. I’ll do what little there is on Page 4 over the next month and work on the body next. It would be nice to have these 3 pages done and be over halfway to the finish.

Elephant 5

Patchwork Sampler Serenity – It’s really a nice break to work on this weekends after working on the elephant all week. Simple designs and only one color of thread at a time. All of Page 1 will fit on this section of fabric – before I have to move it. I’m just over halfway through the page. I want to finish the page and start on Page 2 by the next post.

Serenity 3

Old Fashioned Ornaments. These will be ornaments for my granddaughters this year. These are less than 3 inches square and will all be done in overdyed threads in the girls’ favorite colors (and overdyed red threads for me).

I also want to do a second set of ornaments if I have time. It’s the last year I’m doing gifts for my family. I’ll just be working on things for DH and myself after this year.

Old Fashioned 1


Fall Quilt – Progress 4

We’re dealing with a pet crisis this week and we’re not getting much of anything else done right now. But I have managed to stitch on the quilt for about an hour each evening. Here it is today:

Fall quilt-4

I’ll finish the last leaf tonight. I wanted photos of each step in creating the leaf for the instructions, so I’ll do the last few steps tonight, taking a photo after each step. Filling in the Slanted Gobelin stitch around the finished leaves is an easy task while we’re watching TV in the evenings.

If things improve here, I’m hoping to have this done by the end of next week. But no promises.

Our priority is Julius right now and we’re waiting for results of a biopsy – yes, we think it’s cancer but we’re hoping it’s something else that can be dealt with easily. He’s a large orange and white, adorable cat and only 8 years old.


Persian Iris Mandala Milestone

All the mosques and buildings are complete!! Feels like I’ve been at it for years – and I have! LOL

PIG Bldg done

I still have two more mornings this week to work on the mandala, so I’ll start on the little flowers on each side of the mosques and start the first of the triangles that form the square corners. It’s getting so close now.

Tracking My Projects

I’ve seen several posts on other blogs lately about inventory and tracking of projects. I thought I’d share how I handle it. I’m on a Mac and use Bento (a small database program that is no longer sold by Apple, unfortunately). But these first screen shots can be duplicated with Tables in any Word Processing program or in a Spreadsheet program.

List Page

This first screen shot shows the top of my list. These are projects that I want to work on this year – there are always more projects than I can realistically handle in a year, but it gives me options and choices. The 4th column always shows where that project is – started, being designed, or ready to start. Ready to start means it has been kitted up and ready to be stitched. You can see that I have 29 projects to work on this year. This part keeps growing throughout the year as I design more things myself.

There is a blank row that has Temp in the 4th column. This makes sorting my list easy – keeping current projects above the rest of the list. Z- projects are in my stash in various stages of readiness – projects to do in the future. They start with Z so they will fall below current projects since everything is listed alphabetically. You should be able to do this in the other programs mentioned above as well.

Bottom of List

This is at the bottom of the list.  I started this database in 2009 and the list is now at 177 rows, 82 of which are completed projects. Column 5 shows the completion date for each project and I also have a space for a photo of the finished project. I can easily add or delete projects right on this list page. I always sort the list by the 5th column – Completed. Any project that is not completed will automatically appear at the top of the list, like the screen shot at the top of the post.

Bento has an additional screen for each project where you can add lots of additional information, if you wish. I designed this database page myself.

Project Page

I haven’t used the Notes section as much as I intended. I thought it would be good to list the cost of supplies, etc. But I haven’t done that yet. The photo is the completeld project, but I will replace it with a new photo when this has been made into a stocking.

I have other “libraries” in Bento as well. There is one for each thread brand, fabric (not a complete inventory yet), books, etc. I’m very good about updating the projects library, but never seem to be able to keep up with the threads. I’m also creating one for stitches with how each stitch can be used and I’m creating stitch diagrams for them as well. Wish I had more time in the day for all these things.

I’ve always liked to be organized, but as I get older I seem to lose a little of that skill. I wish I had every one of the databases up to date, but I feel it’s a losing game. Hope this gives you ideas of what you can also do to get organized.


Fall Quilt – Progress 3

I now have one leaf in the center complete and more of the background is done as well. Here is the first quarter so far:

Fall Quilt corner

The leaves are being stitched using Threadworx # 1044 (Chili Peppers). This is one of my favorite overdyes – love fall colors. The stitches used are Mosaic, Diagonal Mosaic, T Stitch, Scotch stitch, and Jacquard. I won’t change it now, but I’m beginning to think the leaves should be a little bigger.

I’ve started the second corner and leaf, so here is the whole piece so far:

Fall Quilt 2

I won’t do the actual center until I have the four leaves in place. When the top half is complete, I’ll scroll down to do the other two corners. Let’s see how far I can get by this time next week.