Very little cross-stitch happened this week. Between appointments, work, and family visiting, there has been no time. On work nights I am lucky if I am able to get 45 minutes of stitching in. There is just too much to do after work. Enough about that though…onto what I did get done…
I had wanted to get a lot of stitching done on Consider the Lilies. This is a piece from Heartstring Samplery. My hope was to stitch a page each month but that hasn’t happened. I spent the previous week getting the border to connect up.
I am stitching this on Vintage Country Mocha with the called-for over-dyed floss. This piece is gigantic. It will take some planning and commitment making on my part to get it finished but…I started this last year and I have about double my progress from when I put it down last year. So, I guess there’s hope if I live another 10 years or so and I keep doubling my progress every year that I’ll get it finished. HA!! Here is where I am now…
I added three flowers and started on the star. I hope to get the horse done this week. Even if I don’t get a page finished each month, I at least want to work on it every month.
Last week I just had a bit more to do on my first Quaker Wisdom Berry. This is our stitch-along project. It’s an Erica Micheals chart. I’ve been wanting to learn how to make strawberries and these will be my first. Here is where I was last week…
Here is where I am this week…ONE DONE!!
I plan to make all of them. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll stitch the next one. I really want/need to have a few less projects. I seem to be in a cycle of too many projects…I finish a couple…I start a couple and seem to always have too many projects. UGH. It’s a vicious cycle I never seem to catch up on.
In July for Summer Cross Stitch Camp I picked up this chart and stitched the crow. The assignment for that month was to stitch something that lives…It was an open category as you could stitch anything with an animal or a flower….and hey, pretty much every cross-stitch pattern except maybe a marking sampler, has either a flower or an animal.
Here is where I was last week on this project.
I finished the bird in July and the little ABC piece I finished in early August. I just have the one that says Goodness and Plenty left. I made progress on it this week. I stitched on it while I was at appointments.
Here is where I ended the week…
With any luck, I’ll finish this one and be done with all of them. Then it will be finishing time.
On the 25th of every month, I’ve been stitching on a Christmas or Winter project. This is my current one for Lizzie Kate, Joy to the World. Here is where I was last month.
I’m stitching this on a leftover scrap of Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linen. The night I stitched on this was a night I only had a half hour to stitch. So…not much progress. Hopefully, I can finish it in September but it will likely be October.
I also took Pet all the Dogs to a doctor’s appointment and stitched on it but I don’t think I even put 100 stitches in so I’m not going to bother pulling that out and showing you.
I could go on and on about my lack of progress for the week but I’m not going to. I worked on five projects in total and all of them got a little bit of progress and I’m thankful for that.
Next week I am supposed to leave and go to a cross-stitch retreat. I’m super excited about it but…I haven’t decided if I’m going for sure or not. I really want to but as I am writing this, I have a doctor’s appointment that they scheduled on one of the days. I need to call and see how urgent it is or how hard it would be to reschedule. UGH. Another problem, my back is acting up. If you’ve been reading the blog and following my journey, cancer has moved to my vertebrae and is eating the bone at L5 and L1. Over the last few days, my back has hurt and felt uncomfortable. I don’t know what sitting in a car for 6 hours there and 6 hours back plus sitting all day at the retreat would do for my back. I’m waiting a couple of days to make a final decision.
Part of me says, do it. You might not get the chance to go again. Part of me says, no stay home. Take care of your back. Take care of your cancer. I’m not sure what I’ll decide. Feel free to chime in with suggestions.
In the meantime, I’m hoping to get at least one of these current projects finished!!