ABC Sampler – Progress 3

This definitely will not be finished before the new granddaughter is born, but I’m making progress. The top half of the design is complete – 12 of the 26 animals. There are more smaller animals coming up on the lower half.

Each one is cuter than the last one. I did the Ladybug last night and just had to do the black outlining and the name today. I need to spend more time on this and get it done.

We were in the 90s today and this will be our weather for the next week (possible 100+ on Sunday.) We talked with the mother-to-be today and told to head over here if it gets too hot at her place. Only about 3 weeks to go. She’ll be more comfortable here during the day.

I know how hot weather effects you when you’re pregnant since I had two of my boys while living in Morocco (a million years ago). Without air conditioning there, it was miserable.

If they do come over, I’ll be able to show them the Christmas stocking I bought recently. It’s 21″ tall, so I want to be sure they like it before I buy the threads and get it onto my list to start early next year.

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 16

Finally finished Page 6!

I’ve pulled out Pages 7-8 and will work on the top half of these pages to finish the manor house, the steps leading to the front door, and the grass across the bottom of this large band. The rest of the plant on the left has been started – just need to finish the flowers. I’ll alternate stitching the border on the left with the first section of the first floor of the manor below the small roof on the left. The bottom of the manor is even with the bottom of the plant. That’s my goal for this week.

When the manor house is complete, I’ll be able to start the final band and the bottom border. Still quite a ways off – 6 pages done and 4 to go.

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 15

It’s been a couple months since you saw this piece, and I still haven’t finished Page 6.  The top floor of the mansion is finished. I have backstitched the three chimneys and added two rows of light brown from Page 7 so I could outline the first window and its shutters. I just couldn’t wait to see how it would look. The rest will get done when the house is finished – when Pages 7 and 8 are done. I’ve also stitched most of the flowers on the right side border. I have one more white flower to stitch. I have to put the white petals on another one as well.

I’m working on the night sky and moon too. The moon is done and I hope to get the rest of that done this weekend.

Besides finishing the night sky and one more white flower, there are still a couple more little details to the right of the small roof – plants, but a little different from the ones on the left. This panel with the house is all I’ve worked on this year so far and I can’t believe how slow it’s going. I just don’t have as much time to stitch right now.

ABC Sampler – Progress 2

Each animal is so cute and that makes this fun to stitch! But I haven’t had as much time to stitch lately. This may not get done until after the baby is born.

I’ve been very careful with the backstitching, but some parts just don’t look all that great. I outlined the A twice. This second time looks better, but I’m still not loving it.

5 down and 21 more to go!! I’m hoping that there are a lot of smaller animals coming up so it will move along a little faster.

I’ll move across the top now and then down the right side to finish the top half of the design. OK bird – you’re next.

ABC Sampler and Post 1,000!!

It’s taken over 7 years, but I have finally reached post number 1,000! I obviously don’t post as often as some other people do.

Here is what I have decided to stitch for our new granddaughter (since Train of Dreams didn’t work out). This is ABC Sampler from Design Works. It’s cute and just filled with animals and lots of colors. The photo of the project is printed on shiny paper and I had to take photo at a slant to prevent the flash from hiding a lot of it.

Every kit has its own little quirks and this one is no  different. The thread is sorted through holes punched in light weight cardboard (that is normal), but there are no symbols to tell you what color it is. The instructions say that the colors are placed in the holes in the same order they are shown on the chart – left to right on the top row and then it curves down to the second row which is in order from right to left! I knew that would drive me crazy, so I picked up a pen and wrote the symbols above each hole. Then I got to work.

Starting in the middle of fabric, I stitched the jaguar. And here he is!

Now this is more child friendly and I can’t wait to pick it up each afternoon and work on it for an hour or so. I still have to stitch the large capital J above the word, so I’ll start there tomorrow and then start the iguana next.

Saying Goodbye to Mini Train of Dreams

I’ve worked hard on this and for the last few weeks, it’s been a chore to work on it. I could have finished Page 1 today if I kept going for another hour. But I’m so disappointed in this…

Here is the photo of what it should look like:

And here is my stitching so far:

There just seems to be a lot of detail that is missing in this Mini version. I can’t see wasting my time for the rest of the year working on it. So it’s goodbye. I won’t throw it away, but I’ll put it away for now.

I’ve ordered a different project to do for the baby’s room – an Alphabet with colorful animals. It will be here this week and I’ll show it to you next week, after I’ve completed 1-2 letters.

Norfolk Diligence Sampler – Progress 14

Page 5 in now finished! I did all of the rooftop for the manor house, even though part of it was on Page 6. It was just easier this way.

You can see that I have a LOT to do on Page 6, starting with the outer border. I’m hoping I can get it all of Page 6 done by this time next month.

There is a lot of backstitching to do on the manor house, but the instructions say not to do that until the entire manor house is complete. Onward!