In the cross-stitch world, so many people have a “new year-new start”. It’s so funny for me originally being a quilter, the difference between cross-stitch and quilting. With quilting, UFOs are more of a bad word. People feel guilty about having so many unfinished projects…cross-stitch doesn’t seem to be that way. Many cross-stitchers start new projects all the time!!
I hear people say:
New Year starts…
… and to top it off, there is May-nia. That’s the month of may when many start a new project every single day for the month of May. Some tone it down a bit and will start a new project every other day… still, it’s not at all what quilters do.
There is also Jolly July…that is when the month of July is dedicated to starting many new ornaments with the hope to get them done by Christmas. Some people start a new ornament every single day. Oh my.
You all know I am fighting hard to get my quilting UFOs under control…I’ve been blogging about my Dirty Dozen challenge ever since June and I had 32 projects that needed attention. Oh my. I’ve made a big advance on getting them done…but still not done…and likely won’t be for a bit.
Because of all of that, I’ve been pretty careful not to fall for the cross-stitch “new starts”. I had planned on a birthday start…but ended up busy the night of my birthday and never started it and didn’t start in on a later date…so no start happened for my birthday. It was supposed to be this…A Pleasant Sampler, by Hello from Liz Matthews. One of the reasons I picked it was because I love the verse…
I’m hoping you can read the verse here.
I didn’t start it though. It might have to carry over and be my birthday start next year.
I never did pick anything for a Christmas start.
I did pick a New Year’s start though…I picked this…the Anniversaries of the Heart series. This…
I am stitching mine all in one piece. It will look something like this.
I bought myself the series as a Christmas present to myself. The point of the project is to personalize it. There are places throughout the sampler to put in personalization.
There are 12 blocks with 2 bonus blocks. The bonus blocks are the alphabet in the top center and the last block that is bigger.
In each block are places to put dates and initials or words to commemorate people you love. I’ve been following Pumpkin Hollow Quilts on Youtube as she has been working on her Anniversaries of the Heart project throughout the year. She has two kids so each kid got a block then she did parents and grandparents and even great grandparents.
I thought that was a lovely idea…but then I realized I have 5 kids and soon to be nine grandkids. I have my parents, Kramer’s parents, and Kramer and me. If everyone had their own block, that would be too many people for the number of blocks…so, I’ve been thinking and thinking on this and how to do it all. UGH. It’s not easy…but that’s who I want in the blocks…so, I consulted with my kiddos and came up with a plan that might work.
I think I am going to assign a block to my kids. The block below I think will work for Kayla’s family. See at the bottom of the block where the initials “JJT” are? I’ll put “Pins” in there as that’s Kayla’s last name. I’ll likely skip the moth above the house and put Kayla and Spencer’s name there. Then above the dog at the bottom, I’d put Jasper’s initials. In the upper corner are numbers. There I’d put the year they got married.
This one I thought might be for Kelli. I’d put “Hanken” where it says “Hayden”. I’d put the year they got married on the upper left where a number already is. Then I’d take off the words and add their names there instead.
This would be a block for Kramer and me. Where it says, “Happy Birthday Dear Friend”, I would put “Kramer Johnson” (my maiden name). There are initials at the top left and right. I’d put our initials there. I’d put our wedding year near the bottom of the house.
I was happy with that idea. I can see how some of the blocks will work splendidly.
Now the next problem. If I assign each family a block I still run into problems.
Five blocks for five kids.
One block for me.
One block for my parents.
One block for Kramer’s parents.
That’s only eight blocks. Hmm.
Then I have the whole problem with my kids probably aren’t done having kids so all of my grands won’t be listed. I talked about that with our girls and have concluded that this will be a snippet in time sampler. It will be dated 2021 in the last block so that will designate this is only current to 2021…
Wait…the other four blocks could be one for each of my sets of grandparents and one for each of Kramer’s sets of grandparents. That would be four more…Hmm. That might work.
I’m so excited to do the sampler. I’d like to say I’ll have it done by this time next year but I don’t want to do that to myself. I don’t want the pressure. Instead, I’m giving myself a two-year goal. One block every other month…if I do more, great…if I don’t that’s okay too. I don’t want the project to become a chore.
But…I’m still having trouble with it all. To start the new project, I have to set this aside…
This is the project I am currently working on called “Heaven & Nature” by Teresa Kogut. I just love it. It’s intended to be for Christmas but I’ll leave it out all the time as it doesn’t look too Christmasy to me.
I recently stitched the raccoon and the star flower vase.
I just don’t know what it is with quilting that I can have so many projects going and not be bothered but with cross-stitch, it about kills me to be starting on another project when this isn’t finished.
I think I’ll work on my new Anniversaries project and work to stitch one a month then after it’s stitched go back to this. I love this too much to simply put it away.
So…I’m giving the New Year New Start a try. I feel like being this is a month by month project, it’s most appropriate to start it in the new year…so here I go!!
We’ll see…other things are tempting me too. It’s so hard, isn’t it? There are so many hobbies calling to me! I’m sure you all can relate!! I am just so very happy that I picked up cross-stitch again.