Friday, January 16, 2015

Rolling along...and Gifted Gorgeousness Entry

It's been a busy year so far...and though I'm behind in a couple of SAL's, I'm keeping up with a few goals.  I started a little encouragement group that hopefully will help me keep focused on finishing two projects I started this month...with the hopes to finish by the end of the year.  So far I'm going well on one of them, but struggling with another.

I began the Red Thread by Bent Creek New Year's day.  I've stitched the first four little squares (each one represents one month....and because I'm backwards...I finished December, November, October, and September.)  It's been a very quick stitch and I have no doubt I'll finish before the year is up.  Here's my progress so far.

I started Aurora Cabin...a kit by Dimensions.  The first color of blue called for six strands.  YIKES!!  It was so hard to pull the thread through, the fabric would pop each time I drew the needle through.  The next color also called for six strands, but I decided to use only four.  It's covering fine, and is much easier to pull'll use the six strands for the other color, but anywhere else I'm using four!!  Craziness!!  Here's my progress so far.

My last project here I started this morning, and finished tonight.  It was a very quick stitch, and such fun!!  A friend gave me her pattern.  She had used the materials that came in the kit, so I chose some fabric, and found a heart that I loved.  I'm pretty sure the heart is bigger than the one in the kit, but I thought it was pretty.  I hope it doesn't look too big...what do you think?  This is A Little Christmas by Lizzie Kate.  Another goal this year is to try and finish two Christmas/Winter themed pieces each month.  Only one more to go!!  This is this months "Gifted Gorgeousness SAL" entry.

I've been a little preoccupied for the last two weeks.  Last January my Mom was rushed to the hospital by helicopter with a ruptured aneurysm.  Thankfully she survived and I was able to spent 6 weeks with her helping her adjust back home.  This year...nearly exactly one year later, she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance to a larger hospital 70+ miles away, with a mysterious ailment that they  never did figure out.  This time I stayed put in Maryland.  Whew!!  She was sent home a couple  of days later, and seems to be okay.  It's hard living so far from her.  Hopefully she'll stay  healthy now!

There have been a few other things occupying my mind and my time...but hopefully I'll still find time to get some stitching done!  I'll keep you posted!  

I was invited to a stitch day yesterday and as always, had fun with my stitching friends.  It is always fun to meet up with these ladies, the laughter and stories that fly sure make my day!  Stitching buds really are the best!

Off to get more stitching done.  Take care!


Linda said...

Great progress on both pieces DJ. I have the Red Thread but have not started it. I love that Lizzie Kate chart. Congrats on the cute finish.


Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Love your progress on your stitching. I hope the things that have been occupying you are sorted soon.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Great progress, DJ and your Merry Christmas is SO pretty! I saw your post on the GID blog, too. I need to check in over there!!

Gillie said...

What a pretty piece, think the heart looks fine. Must do a post on GID and put it in my blog list....goes off muttering.....

Babs in Alabama said...

Hi DJ! just caught up on your blog a little bit. You have some very positive things going on and that's good :) I LOVE the Aurora Cabin and will check on its progress often. You do things so quickly. Happy New Year to you, my friend and I pray it is a happy, peaceful, joy-filled year for you. I hardly leave the house anymore, especially in winter but Herman is here with me and we've enjoyed getting to know each other all over again since retirement. Love.

Astrids dragon said...

Love that Red Thread, looks great so far!

SIX strands? I think not for me! But I do love the colours.

I do like the heart you/I chose!

Can't wait to stitch with you again, huge hugs!

Clare - Aimetu said...

I love your Lizzie Kate - great stitching

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I do like the L*K design you were gifted, I think the heart looks lovely on it, just the right size.

Shuddering at six strands though! I am sure that isn't really necessary for coverage?

Stitching in the country said...

Good progress and it's always great to have a finish.