Sunday, November 8, 2009

November stitching update

I am all the way up to the Dee part of this one. I really like working on it but put it aside so I could get some progress on the other two works currently in the rotation.
Sail Away by Shepherd's Bush is coming along. I never can keep up with a SAL but I do so love the idea of stitching the same thing with a group of people but stitch too slowly to ever keep up. I love this and the soft colors. Underneath you can see a peek at a neat sewing bag my good stitching friend Betty made for me with the lovely blueberry fabric. I thought it was just the bag to carry this project.
I cannot tell you why it has take me so long to get this little sampler done. I love it. I did change the color of the roof to the Mulberry GAST instead of the called for color. In my childhood I remember the white clapboard houses having red roofs. I also did not black in the window but will fill it with yellow for the light that we always leave on. I just have the top row of bushes or flowers or whatever you want to call them left to do as since this picture I have done all but one strawberry on the border and not long after this posts that will be done.

The first snow of the season came, went, little stayed, but the cold temperatures were left behind. Great stitching weather only it won't go away for several months so more than stitching will have to go on. I just don't have time to stitch on everything every week. I am going back to a weekly rotation. That works best for me. I have tried different ways to get stuff stitched these last couple of years but I think I am going to go back to the old rotation. I will do one week of each item and then a week of gift stitching or finishing if I am caught up on the stitching. That usually holds until I am down to the last little bit of a design and then I have to finish it. I will continue to have a daily strand piece for lunch times or travel times. Of course none of this is rigid as for me the joy is in the journey.
My stitching friends and I are getting ready for our Fall/Winter retreat. I am so excited. Three days with the best stitching buddies one could hope for holed up in a massive log home on 20 acres in a valley with a view of a glacier. It is gorgeous there. We bring our own food and we hike when we have sat too long to move anymore. Then Saturday night we stitch and watch a movie someone brings. We stitch all day until we have to leave on Sunday. It is so much fun I can hardly wait.
Well, I have time to stitch, there is a roaring fire in the fireplace and a cup of tea ready to go in the kitchen. That is Sunday afternoon bliss to me. Hope you have a terrific stitchy day.


  1. So envious of your fall/winter retreat! The stitching AND the hiking!

    Yay for 20 degrees and some snow. 83 here today, and icky.

    All your projects look beautiful and ARE progressing--it doesn't matter how fast.

  2. Love all your WIPs, Marjo! I've done all three of them and I think the CHS ABC's is my all-time favorite! But.... I love the other two as well and yours are looking great!

    I'm sure your cold weather is headed to Michigan in short order although we had a gorgeous, Indian Summer type day today. Glorious!

    Have a great weekend with your stitchy friends - it sounds like so much fun!

  3. Your WIPs are great! And I love the change you made to the roof in the BBD piece. Wish I had seen that before I had done mine. And great progress on CHS Alphabets. I did that a couple years ago, and while time consuming, it looks so great when finished.

  4. What a lovely blog you have and your work is beautiful.
    Glad I found you. Looking forward to visiting again

  5. Marjo, I love all three of your projects! You're making wonderful progress on them. I like the changes that you made to Where My Heart Blooms.

    Your stitching retreat sounds absolutely heavenly.

  6. Great pics of your projects, Marjo. It's made me get my "Sail Away," out. I love that we have so much in common. Hugs, Deb

  7. Marjo, it is so nice to see your blog, you have the most wonderful stitching projects. Could you tell me where I could buy a copy of the cross stitch with the house (red rood), it looks similar to my home and I thought it would be lovely for me to do make. I am inspired by your stitching, you do the most beautiful work. Ann ~ Australia

  8. Your stitching is beautiful and I love the red roof!

    The retreat sounds wonderful! Who doesn't love stitching in front of a roaring fire and hiking?! Enjoy every minute of it and I'm looking forward to pictures!