Deconstructed Log Cabin by Jeff Kulick – Progress 3

This is moving so nicely and I really love it!

I had hoped that the next section would finish the top right corner – but no. It’s on to the mini quilt section in the middle. This divides the piece up even more so you can see what is left to do.

Log Cabin-3

I only have two of the quilt squares completed and there are three rows of this to complete. I’ll have it done by next time.I also want to complete the outer borders. There’s only a little left at the bottom and most of the right side.

Everything moves along quickly when I have time to work on this. My hands don’t like me stitching on it for more than 45 minutes – so just 2-3 sessions a week. Needlepoint seems harder on my hands than cross stitch, for some reason.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 10

Time for a monthly update on this rug. Still going quite slowly…

Last month, I was here:


Today, I’m here (and I’ve turned it around again):


The side on the top now – a lot of the border has been filled in and I’ve started the outline of the two square motifs.

In the center, I’ve completed the outlining of the medallion. Now I can slowly start to fill in the areas.

The side on the bottom has the second square motif filled in and the pineapple is half done.

This month I’m going to finish filling in the pineapple, start the outline for the other two square motifs (so the two sides match), and then work on the border.

By next month, I want the entire outer border stitched, have some of the medallion filled in, and be working on one of the large corner motifs. I need to pick up the pace if this is going to be done this year.

I have a small tile design waiting for my attention and I’ve started working on a Persian pillow design in jade green and pale golden browns as well. My hands can’t keep up with all the designs floating in my head right now.

Happy stitching everyone!


Persian Nain Rug – Progress 9

I can’t believe a whole month has gone by already. The lower, right corner is about done – just a tiny bit of background to finish.

I’m going to continue along the bottom side to complete the outer border. You can see that I’ve outlined the motifs and turned the corner. Over the next month, I want to finish the border along the bottom, start the large corner motif and get one more quarter of the medallion outlined.


I started this in January! It certainly is a slow-moving piece. It’s 13.75 inches tall and will be 19.5 inches long. Feels much larger as I work on it.

D.E.S.I.G.N. for July – Madame La Fee

Time for another designer that I love and maybe some of you don’t know about – Madame La Fee from France. Her website is:

What design and designer are you presenting this month? I’ve just started stitching Polar Express by Madame La Fee. Here is the design:

Pole Express

This is Pole Express (in French). Many of her designs have phrases in French. If you look around at the cross stitch sites in the States,  you will find some of them with English translations for the words. I have a pattern that is completely in French and I haven’t had any trouble with it. The charts are in full color.

Have you stitched a project by this designer before? No, I haven’t but I know there are a couple others I would like to buy.
Would you buy/stitch a design by this designer again?  Yes, I would. The designs are delightful!
What made you choose this particular design/designer? Originally I found this designer because I was looking for train designs and couldn’t pass this one up! I want to do a second heart design that has deer, as a companion piece. It’s about 8 inches tall, so not a huge project (for a change)
Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?  Most of her designs are small scenes or items relating to a specific holiday, etc. that are presented in an array of small boxes. This seems to be something new in the States and I’m beginning to see the same format in cross stitch and a few in needlepoint too. The photo below is from her PDF collection with instructions in English. Just scroll down on her site’s opening page to find the PDF link.
Winter Chalet
I’ve started the Polar Express and have completed the middle car and a few trees just above it. Here’s how it looks so far:
I’ve happy that this designer doesn’t have a lot of backstitching in her design. That will speed things up a lot.

WIPocalypse 2015 – June

I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…

1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.

Mosque 3-2

2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.

Band 4

I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.

NF Sampler 11

3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.

Chapter 2-2

4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.


5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.

Train Stocking-2

Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!

Introducing the Madagascar Rug

I’ve just started on a new, small rug. It’s being stitched on Congress Cloth with #8 Perle Cotton. The original is shown below:

Madagasar Original

This is a full-sized rug, but mine will only be 6.5″ X 8.5″ when it is done. Rather than try to keep up with a million color changes, I’m using solid colors and two overdyed colors. The two shown below are from Lorraine of Colour Complements ( from Canada). She hand-dyes all her threads in various sizes and types of threads. You can find her on Etsy – Colour Complements. In the photo below, I’ve undone one skein so you can see that Lorraine’s threads change colors over a much shorter length than many overdyes.


I’ve only started, but wanted you to see how things are going. I’m going to use the same overdye all the way up the column and change the solid color as I work my up the column. My design is not very close to the original design, but I’m hoping it will have a similar feel. (I forgot to take the needle out before I took the photo. Sigh)

Madagascar Start


Persian Nain Rug – Progress 6

I’m still working along the bottom edge of the rug. The second pineapple is almost complete and I’ve added 3 more of the small motifs ( the two on the right don’t have the cream color yet).


Another two inches to the right of the last started motif at the bottom and I’ll be at the middle of the rug. It isn’t a really large rug, but it moves along slowly because of the Basketweave stitch. I alternate between adding smaller motifs and details and relax a little with stitching the background.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you may recognize the start of the center design in brown. This is the third time I’m stitching the same center from the original rug. This one has even smaller hexagons and diamond shapes and I’ve created a third set of designs to fill them in. I want to get a lot more of the center borders completed before I start to fill any of the shapes in though.