I’m a slow cross stitcher. Well, I don’t know if I’m slow…I just don’t have the time to stitch as much as I’d like. If I didn’t quilt and garden I’d likely get more cross stitch done but I don’t want to give up either of those hobbies so I’m learning to be content with what I do get done.
One of the main pieces I am working on is Anniversaries of the Heart by Black Bird Designs. I absolutely adore this piece. There is a chart for each month of the year. Some stitch them all in one large piece. That is what I am doing.
When I last showed you back in April I was here…
I had the January, February, bonus block and March block finished.
I went on and completed April, May and June. I started on July.
If you remember, this is the piece that I am stitching as a family history of sorts.
January was our son Karl’s block
February was my Dad’s family
March was Kelli and Jason’s block
April was my Mom’s family
May was Kramer’s Dad’s family
June was Kramer’s family
Right now I am working on the July block. This block will be for Kramer and me. Our anniversary is in July and it’s the middle block of the piece so I feel it is totally appropriate to have that block be “our block”. I’m going to have to do some modifications to make it work.
Here is where I am at now with the whole piece…
I’m at about the half way point. I’ve stayed committed to this and plan to continue to stay committed.
I’ll update you on where I am at. Here is my April block. This is in memory of my mom’s family.
This is how I stitched it to commemorate my grandparents on my mom’s side.
I’ve been putting the family name in upper case letters along the top. So the family name was Huntington. My grandfather’s name was Ignatius…my grandmother’s name you can see at the bottom is Evylon Casper. They were married in 1924. They had six living boys…their initials are first. They had three children that passed away. Their initials are in black. My mom was Evalonne Revae and her initials are at the bottom left in red.
To stitch these I do a lot of futzing by taking off elements to accommodate room for the names. Most stitchers only stitch a first name or initials in their sampler but I really wanted something that really was an obvious family history with full names when possible. I often take one stitch out of a flower stem, eliminate small motifs of move motifs a stitch or two in a different direction so that I have room for the names. After the names are put in I go around and put in a few little do-dads to fill it in and look better so there are no blank spots.
Here is the May block. This is from Kramer’s Grandpa and Grandma Kramer. This is the picture from the chart.
Here is my version. It’s not the best picture. You can see that I had to eliminate on of the birds to get the names in. They only had two children, Kramer’s Dad George and his sister Ann. Their initials are on the side of the house.
I had some trouble with thread color on this one. The house color that was called for didn’t show up on my fabric. This is a substitute color. I was pleased with it.
Next is the June block. I stitched this for Kramer’s family. His parents were George and Pauline. Kramer had five sisters and their initials are in pink on each side of the parents names. Kramer’s first name is Roger so there is an “R” above the house. On the side of the house you see 1941. That is the year they got married.
This block also gave me a bit of a headache with the house color. I don’t love what I ended up with but it’s okay and I’m leaving it. I ripped a bunch out twice already trying to find a better color…
Here’s another look at it…I’m loving it.
This is the chart for the next block. This will be for my parents.
I have been working on this piece “All Joys for Thine”. It’s a smaller piece and I have thoroughly enjoyed working on it. There is a Stitch Along that I am doing. It’s called BlackBird Stitch Along or can be found with this hashtag #BBDweekendSal. Participants are encouraged to stitch a Blackbird design piece the first weekend of the month. I started this in May stitching only on that first weekend of the month.
This is how far I am…
I honestly am having trouble believing I’ve gotten this much done in only 9 sittings.
The designers of this are Barb and Alma. They make up Blackbird Designs. Sadly Barb passed away on July 4th. I decided that I am going to spend the rest of the month stitching only Blackbird Designs as a way to honor her for her work on behalf of cross-stitchers and quilters.
The Anniversaries of the Heart piece and my All Joys for Thine are both Blackbird Design pieces so I can easily keep with these as a way to honor her.
I have made a little progress on my Heaven and Nature sampler. This is a Teresa Kogut piece. I started this at Thanksgiving time last year. I’ve worked on it on and off…I’ve never completely put it away but haven’t worked full throttle on it for a long time.
When I last showed you this piece I was here…
I’ve really been building on the house. I haven’t done much else except work on the house. There is a lot of stitching on it…plus, I’ve only been working on it when I need something that I don’t need to count in order to stitch…so if the kids are home or I’m on the road, this is what I take.
Here is the whole piece. The bottom picture is more of the true color of the piece. It’s so hard to take pictures of cross stitch pieces. I can never get the lighting right.
Those are the three pieces I am currently working on.
If you caught my blog last week, you might remember that I stitched this little pillow…
…and this little pillow.
I am TERRIBLE at finishing things so I’m pretty pleased with myself that I got these finished. If you want to read more about them, you can find that HERE.
Last but not least…I am kitting this up. I’m going to be starting this on August 1st. Others are stitching along too. I’m a little happy and a little sad about that. I really want to finish my other pieces and know that if I start this, there will be less time for the others. It’s kind of like being pregnant and ready to deliver. You know you’ll have room in your heart for the next one…but it’s always a little bitter-sweet because you love things just as they are. That’s how I’m feeling about this piece.
Technically I am stitching along with others…
Here is who is stitching along….
Judy at Patchwork Times
Denise at Just Quiltin
but I know I’ll be the last to finish. I want to still keep working on my other pieces. I only plan to stitch a day or two a week on this. I am COMMITTED to finishing my Anniversaries of the heart this year. I am committed to finishing All Joys for Thine too. I’d love to finish Heaven and Nature for Christmas. That’s A LOT of stitching…I’m going to do the best I can and be happy with whatever I accomplish.
Some of you told me that when I last left a link for this chart to The Stitchery Nook that the chart was out of stock It’s in stock now and you can find it HERE. Everyone is welcome to stitch along with us.
That’s all I have to share with you from my cross stitch world.
17 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”
Such beautiful work!
I don’t know how you keep up with everything. I know how you’ve explained it. And my mom is in that class too. I say is even though she has gone to her reward. But I can guarantee that she’s doing things that keep her hands and mind busy. I enjoy seeing you stitching I’m not really much good at hand stitching I gotca little more practice last year and earlier this year. Found that I enjoy it.
Your pieces are amazing. Something beautiful for you to enjoy and what a treasure for those who come after you!
Love and prayers
Beautiful work! For your anniversary houses that you’re not over the moon on, what about a single strand outline of a slightly darker color? You don’t want a huge pop, but a small contrast might work?
Busy as a bee and love blossoms. Beautiful work.
Beautiful pieces. I like the charts you choose. You must have very good eyesight to work those tiny stitches! I like how your dough bowl is filling up. Beautiful work!
Love all your pieces, beautifully stitched. Which fabric are you using for the Anniversaries of the heart , work of art. Fantastic idea to make each month significant to you and your family. you have me itching to invest in it as a memento for the family.
Beautiful work Jo. You did a masterful job figuring how to fit your family information into your heirlooms.
I love these. I was so “baffled” by the 1824 date it bothered me. Was so happy the sampler was actually stitched as 1924 which made WAY more sense to me. Funny how those little things pop out at you. Keep a stitching! They are all wonderful.
I am also confused by the 6 living and the 3 that died. I take that to mean that 3 died in infancy. I could be wrong. And if that is the case I only see 2 in that category. Unless it means Jo still has 6 living uncles. It is a beautiful sampler, Jo. I can’t wait to see it finished. pam
Writing 1824 was a typo. My grandparents were married in 1924. They had six sons that grew into adulthood. My mom was the only girl. They had three children Marylynn and a sew of twins, Mary and Joseph that died shortly after being born.
You do gorgeous work. I would like to do that but the hands wouldn’t with the big ” a” living in them, I am lucky to be able to quilt.
Your Anniversaries of the Heart will be such a treasure!
Just beautiful work –you did a masterful job fitting in the family information you wanted in your masterpieces.
Beautiful work. Are these individual charts or all in 1 book?
Love the house stitch! Such a great idea and the grandchildren can learn about their ancestors by looking at your piece. Great for you too! Love it!