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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Post Christmas

I have been relaxing at home. Trying to keep family peace by staying out of the sewing room and spending time with the hubby. So I have been planted in front of the tv with this...



While it is making it somewhat awkward to stitch I would not trade him for anything.  In fact he got up a few moments later and I missed him dreadfully. I have officially turned into the crazy dog lady. 

But back to the stitching!!!

You might remember me starting Handstitched class back in January 2013.  Yes it is officially a year ago that I started this project. I was super excited.  Yay for the learning!!  But the year was hard and work was busy and I fell further and further behind.  And then my little medallion languished.  I have still been dragging it around with me (on the train, to babysitting, I've even taken this on holidays!), but I don't think I've actually done anything to it in months.

For whatever reason (mostly because I wanted to sit on the couch and handstitch and this was next to me) I picked this up on Boxing Day and have been pottering away at it for the last few days.


What is really surprising to me is that you can definitely see the difference between my stitching from January to now. I didn't think I'd really improved at all, or at least not that much, but I can definitely see the difference.

The stitches at the top are last year, the ones at the bottom are this year.  it's not a good photo, but omg, my lines are so much straighter! My stitches are so much more even!!  I remember telling myself that my wonky stitching was a design choice, but no, it was just a complete lack of ability on my part.

I am almost 2 thirds done.  I have another 2 red triangles, 4 grey triangles and then I have to go back and do the black. of course I haven't done the satin stitching yet either, but I think I might practice on other things before I try it on this quilt. Just so it doesn't look completely thrown together!

I have added borders to two sides, and obviously have to add the other two. Then I've got some applique and 2 more simple borders.

With a little bit of effort, I could actually get this finished at some point!!  It's just for me, the plan is for it to go into my guest room (which currently has bare plaster walls, a concrete floor  and a garage door) so I don't need to rush it. Still, it would be nice to get this sorted.  Shall we say... March???

Wish me luck!!

E xx


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    1. :-) good, because I honestly don't think it's going to be sooner! Lol

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    1. I will keep stitching away. I promise. This is not going into a box to be forgotten about.

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  3. Beautiful stitches and colors! And it looks like you have the perfect couch companion :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. There are some seriously wonky stitches in there, but I plan on only taking trick photography in future so you will only see the pretty bits form now on ;-)
      And honestly, this little puppy is the best couch companion.

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  4. Keep going! It's beautiful. I love that you can see an improvement. That alone must be motivation enough to finish this off :)

    Your pup is gorgeous.

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    1. Ahh, thanks, Cindy. I don't know if you can really see it in the picture. It kind of looks lie a wrinkle in the fabric, but there is definitely an improvement there. And I do adore this little puppy :-D I will tell hm that you think he's adorable too ;-)

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  5. Happy New Year Erin! I hope it's a happy one for you. And keep going on the quilt, the end is nearly in sight! You will be so proud of yourself when you finish. Keep up the good work :-))

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. And to you. I am so excited to be so close to finishing this embroidery. I have been working on it for so long. It seems impossible that it will ever get finished!

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  6. YAY!! I'm so happy to see this quilt again!! :D I love the doggy on your lap, too. I am totally a crazy dog lady and whatever. People can deal. ;)
    Wow, I'm so impressed with your stitches! Mine were kinda all over (you could tell my emotional state of each one... upset/hurried looks very different from calm/patient. LOL) but they ended up working together fine. :) I really need to pull it out and work on the quilting, but I don't have a good frame for it really.

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    1. I was sure you had yours all finished! Well now I don't feel so bad that I'm behind. Although I am positive that you got your top done! I definitely remember seeing yours all pieced.
      I may have spoken too soon about my beautiful improved stitches, because I was sleepy and stitching and those are nowhere near as pretty!
      When we got the puppy I knew I was a dog person, but I have absolutely crossed the line into crazy town. I treat him little a child. But he's too cute not to fall in love with. :-)

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