Check it out…this girl, yep me, I finished my Anniversaries of the Heart. I’m so thrilled. I am going to show you that last block that I finished up last night and show you a couple of other pictures but that’s all for now. Next week I’ll take pictures of each block and do a final look at the whole thing before I send it off to the framers.
Here it is all finished!! Ah…what a huge sigh of relief. I finished it!!
Here is a close up of the stitching on the last block.
After I stitched the letters, I had an open spot to the lower left of the works. I had already decided if there was enough room I was going to stitch a flying bird there.
Can you see the anchor with the vine twined in it? I’ve always said that Kramer, my husband, along with my family, have always been an anchor for me but that they have also given me wings to pursue and do what I want. I thought it so appropriate that with the anchor there…I also include a flying bird.
I went to my Ultimate Sampler Motif Source Book by Brenda Keyes and found a flying bird that would fit there. I think it’s perfect.
Previously when Karl was looking at it, he pointed out that the heart in my block #2 was supposed to have some fill-in on the heart.
I hadn’t done that yet so I filled that in.
Before I called it completely finished, I went back and outlined the dog on Kayla’s block. The color of the dog was too light and didn’t show up.
The outlining was a great idea.
I’m calling it finished!! I had wanted to send it to Total Framing who did my other big pieces. But…I don’t think I’m going to. They have done an amazing job but I just don’t want to wait that long. I sent a piece to them back in June and I still don’t have it back. That’s just too long. So…on Saturday I think I’m going to take it to the Stitchery Nook in Osage. That’s my local (one-hour drive) cross stitch shop.
I read that they are about six weeks out on finishing. That’s more reasonable. I want someone who knows stitching to do it…and not Hobby Lobby or Micheals. I put too much work into it to risk it there.
I will do a complete overview of the piece next week. I’ve had so many questions about it. If you have questions about it ask in the comment section. I’ll answer all of the questions in that upcoming post.
Now to what else I was doing. You might remember… that I have started having a naptime cross stitch project. I often have to sit with Gannon or another little boy to get them to fall asleep at nap time. I sit and stitch. It’s enough of a presence that they lie still and fall asleep.
This is the piece I started. It’s small and easy. It says, “very little is needed to make a happy life”.
The chart is from Notforgotten Farm. I bought mine via PFD download. I plan to stitch it but not the top vine…just the basket and the words. This will be something for my dough bowl. It’s a tiny little start.
I’m stitching this on a piece of leftover linen. I started making a “K” on it but the k is too small.
I found these little bird picture frames at the thrift store. My idea is to stitch a K and put it in the little frame. The other one I bought I will be using as a gift. I’m stitching an initial for that one too. I thought they would be cute in my decor.
Now that Anniversaries of the Heart is finished, I need a new focus piece. As tempting as it is to start something new, I’m going to pick up a piece I previously was working on…This is Teresa Kogut’s Heaven and Nature. It’s meant to be a Christmas piece but I will keep it up all the time.
I started this about a year ago but lost steam. I never really put it away, I’ve worked on it on and off for quite awhile…lately since I’ve been pushing for a finish on Anniversaries of the Heart, I’ve hardly touched it.
Here is where I am at.
This is bigger for a sampler at 14 1/4″ x 18. I loved it what the chart first came out and I have loved it since.
My hope is that I can finish this up by the new year. I think that’s a reasonable goal. I know I stitched the tree and the motifs to the right over one week. That leads me to believe I can stitch these same motifs in the opposite cover over a week’s period of time.
I need to stitch the do-dads above the house, finish the house and stitch the baskets of flowers to the left. I think this part is what I’ll start on next.
The part that will likely take the longest is the row of the flowers above the bird. I did one of those flowers motifs and it took quite awhile. I have to make a whole row of them across the sampler. There are lots of color changes and counting.
I think I’ll got back and start working on A Changed World a bit too. Maybe one day a week while I still stayed focused mainly on this.
I also plan to go back and pick up Blackbird weekend. For that stitchers are stitching on Blackbird Design projects the first week of the month. I’m excited to get back to that. Participating in that is what got me to stitch All Joys for Thine. If you missed it, I told about that finish HERE.
I remember I stitched one evening on another Blackbird Design piece but I don’t even remember which project it was…all I know is, I’m so happy to have Anniversaries of the Heart finished so I can jump back into some of these other projects. Don’t get me wrong…I had a great time finishing it, I was just ready to be done.
Stay tuned and stop back next week to see what I accomplished on the cross stitch front.