Cross Stitch Update

I had a busy week and got zero stitching done over the weekend.  I scrambled the rest of the week trying to squeeze in some stitching.  I did okay considering.

I am still pushing for a finish by the end of July on my Forever and Ever piece by With Thy Needle and Thread.  Here is where I was last week…


What I’ve done in the past is stitch on this over Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  This week I ended up stitching on it on Sunday and Monday night.  My goal was to get the border all finished…

and…I did!  I am just loving this piece!!

I am stitching this on 40 count Eureka by Fox and Rabbit.  I love their linen!

The goal for this is also to get it to a complete finish by the end of the month.
The above picture is more of the true colors.

I need to fill in this area next.

I think I’ll start working on the pot of flowers next with the goal of getting the whole spot of flowers stitched.  I like making little goals like this as it feels great to reach them and see progress.

Of course, part of me is to the point I want to just stitch it until it’s done.  I’m hoping I can hold off on that but I know the day is coming.

Aren’t the Algerian Eyelet stitching so pretty?  Those are the stitches in the A, B, D, N, and P.  I’m so glad I ended up doing them like this even though it was time-consuming.

I didn’t have a grandkid here taking a nap so I didn’t think I would get a chance to work on the Red Sampler Stich Along piece by Heart and Hand.  Here is where I was last week…

I decided to stitch one thread into the piece meaning one single length of thread and being it’s so small, I made this much progress with only that single thread length.


That’s as big as it’s going to be.  I think it I stitch two more thread lengths into it, I might be finished stitching.

I really love having a small piece to work on.  It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.

The other piece I was stitching on this week is Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut.  This is the stitch along I joined.  I really want to stitch on this but my priority is the Forever and Ever piece that I showed at the beginning of this post.  I’ll try to get some stitching into this each week and then once the Forever and Ever piece gets finished, I’ll catch up on this one if I end up behind.

Here is where I was last week…

I didn’t get much stitching time on this so I missed my goal of having a motif completely finished.


I stitched more along the top border.  I stitched the bee and worked more on the flowers in the basket.  I really only worked on it one good night and one night for an hour so…not much.  But progress is progress.  I’m going to be so happy when I finish Forever and Ever.  Then this one is moving to the priority spot.  Hopefully, I won’t be too far behind my then and can catch up.  I really would like to keep up with this stitch along…we’ll see.

I’m loving this piece and that’s all that really matters.

Designers came out with a few things that are so tempting to me…

Check out this new piece from Plum Street Samplers.  Oh, I love it.  I love the saying and the border is AWESOME!!    It’s not quite my typical but then I thought it would go great in my bathroom.  I know, cross-stitch in a bathroom might not be for everyone but I’m going to eventually run out of walls, right??

With Thy Needle and Thread has new designs out too.  Oh, I wish my needles could fly and I could stitch faster.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one more hour in every day and the only thing you could do during it was something leisurely?  Oh, I’d love that!!

I like both of these designs but so far, didn’t order either.  I’m trying to tell myself to finish something before getting something else.  It’s so hard.


That’s what I’ve been up to this week…trying to resist buying charts and stitching whenever I can!!

Oh, one more thing…
Remember I love Deborah Harry’s project bags made with rescued linens?  Well if you purchased a bag from her she’s doing a giveaway.  You’re encouraged to send in a picture of your bag or bags that you’ve purchased from her for an opportunity to win a great tote bag that Deborah made.  The giveaway runs through June.  So if you’ve bought a bag, quickly take a picture and send it to Deb via Facebook Messenger.  If you haven’t bought a bag, Deb is running a sale on Sunday.  Check out her Facebook Page HERE for the details.

Here is the picture of my bags…I love them all.  My favorite are the flat bottom bags that stand up on their own.


It’s been fun following along on Facebook and seeing the pictures of bags that everyone has been sending in.

So it’s your turn to share now…what are you working on?  I’d love to know.

11 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update

  1. Judith M Fairchild

    Love the Algerian stitching. Such lovely little stars. I can see that it would rake time to get them just right. I don’t cross stitch , but I love looking at it.

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  2. Carla

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record (I bet we all remember those, Ha!) , but I’m still stitching away on Land That I Love. I’m almost halfway done, but no way it will be done by the fourth. I have started focusing on it in terms of motifs, and it does make me feel like I’ve accomplished more. As far as new patterns, I might cave in and get the other bird samplers that go with Redbird. For now they are just chilling in my wishlist. Blessings!

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  3. Patt Weimer

    My projects!!!? I’m currently tieing 33 flimsies, baby to king bedspread. Also finished 5 flimsies to add to the very huge tote to be longarmed at my so talented lady as I can afford. Since I sew 2 – 12 hours daily, I pile up & do alot at one time. They are sold at a yard quilt sale or gifted or ???, in early September.

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  4. Sue K

    Those bees are just the cutest! I’m a newbie stitcher and haven’t figured out how to secure the threads on such small motifs that have no other stitches near them. Any tips would be so greatly appreciated!!!

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  5. Margie

    Hi Jo, look forward every Friday to your cross stitch blog. Summer is busy and the garden seems to need weeding. Would you be able to publish your list again of the floss tubes you follow. I thought I saved that post, but can’t find it. I know you are busy, so if you don’t have time, I understand. Thank you.

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  6. Janice

    I love “How great the blessings” with the house znd sailboat. That’s my kind of cross stitch. My cross stitch is just “resting” for a time since I’m piecing a big quilt for my son and dil. I love seeing all your photos and ideas. I love thrift stores too!

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  7. Lisa Green

    Jo your work is beautiful.
    I am currently working on Soul of a Unicorn by Heaven and Earth designs. Its the biggest project I have ever attempted and I do like your suggestion of having a smaller piece to work alongside. I sometimes feel I am making very little progress. There are 47 A4 pages in the chart and I am only up to 5!

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  8. Helen Hewell

    Dear Jo, I am always amazed at all you accomplish. Your samplers are great. I always thought a sampler was an opportunity to perfect different stitches in a piece. Instead yours always have an alphabet. I started the Blessed sampler after I finished my large landscape piece. There are sew many errors, but I am soldiering on in hopes of mastering the linen. Maybe the next piece will be better. You’re right, there are a lot of enticing projects out there to choose from. Blessings

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  9. Toni W.

    I love seeing your progress! I am working on Anna Grater 1813 by The Scarlett House. The top half is all alphabet letters. One section of the alphabet letters are all Algerian Eyes. I do love them, but it does take longer. My granddaughter asked me why I am stitching the ABC’s over and over? Haha!!

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