For me, the stars are aligning…
I’ve been wanting to have fewer UFO projects in my cross-stitch life.
I went to the thrift store and found a great frame for $2. You can read all about the fun frame story HERE.
I went to the Stitchery Nook and saw Consider the Lilies on display.
I have the piece Consider the Lilies started. It’s just a small start. I started it back in the fall with my daughter Kayla. My heart wasn’t in it at the time. She wanted to start it. I wanted to do something with her so I started it too. After a weekend of stitching, mine just sat. Here is where it is at.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is the piece. It’s large. If I ever get it stitched, it will by far be the largest piece I’ve ever stitched. The designer is Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.
Below is a really cool video Beth did as she was stitching the model. Every day she worked on it, she took a picture of her progress. She then took those pictures and put them together into a video. It’s so fun to watch.
In my cross-stitch life, I’ve learned that I like to have a plan. You might remember that I stitched the Apostle’s Creed. You can read more about it HERE.
When I stitched that I made a goal to stitch one line of words each week. Several of the weeks I stitched more than one line. I liked having the assignment. I like seeing progress.
I also stitched Anniversaries of the Heart. This is a series of patterns that I stitched all into one big piece. There were 12 patterns with two bonus patterns. I stitched all of that over the course of a year.
Again, I liked having the assignments. I loved seeing the progress.
Well, the other day I was thinking that I’d like another “assignment type” project. That got me looking at new projects I could start…then all of the stars aligned and I decided to pull out Consider the Lilies. I looked at the progress I had. I paged through the booklet with the chart. Hmm.
There are 24 pages to the chart.I looked at how much I had stitched…I looked at the chart.
In just the little time I stitched, I about had a page done. Um, WOW. Maybe this marathon cross-stitch piece was doable for me to stitch.
My idea was to approach it as I have the other “assignment type” projects that I have done. The chart is divided into 24 pages…so how about I make a goal to do one page every month. If I do that, it would take me two years to finish it. That is totally doable. As I said, the little I do have stitched only took me one weekend to stitch. I will still have plenty of time for other projects. If approached this way, this isn’t the monstrous project it looks to be.
I ended up talking to my daughter Kelli. She’s been wanting to start this. I told her my plan. She looked it all over, listened to my idea and she said, she was in. She’d stitch with me.
I told Kayla my plan and she thought she might stitch along too.
Well…if we three were going to be doing this, we thought we’d invite any else who wants to stitch along. Would you like to join in on the madness?? I sure hope a few of you do. It will make it more fun.
Instead of a start date, we thought we’d have a start month. I’m chomping at the bit to get going and so are the girls so the idea was to make July your start month.
Maybe you’re like me and Kayla and have it started. Maybe you’re like Kelli and have nothing and need to get supplies. If we leave an open start date of July, you can start whenever it works for you.
I am stitching mine on a 40-count Vintage Country Mocha. I wanted the easiest fabric to stitch on and that’s it for me. Stitching it on that makes the project 22 x 18. If you stitch it as suggested on 28-count linen with one floss thread it would be 31 x 26. HUGE! Whatever you stitch it on, you need a special cut of fabric. I just bought a fat half but if you’re stitching it on a different count you might need more.
I did call Liz at the Stitchery Nook. She said she would get something together if anyone wanted to join us. HERE is a link to the shop. Feel free to call or get help with ordering if you need it. The gals are always so friendly and willing to help.
I will likely skip around some and might not technically do a page a month. You know me, I like to stitch the border first so I might do that and then catch up on the pages. You stitch along however it is comfortable for you. The goal is just to have the piece finished in July 2025 or sooner.
Let the Marathon Madness: Consider the Lilies begin!!