Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Red Five Standing By

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I've spent some time lately focusing on a couple of pieces that I'd really like to make some good progress on. I went to the stitch in my local EGA chapter held on Saturday and brought Isabella with me. She got a good amount of attention, and I can almost see a finish in my future. I truly love working on this piece and I'm so glad that I'm finally seeing some good progress on her. It's been almost a year since I started her, but then she sat for a good amount of time with not a single stitch added. I picked her back up in April and have worked pretty steadily on her since then. And on Saturday, she finally got her little pop of blue. It really changes the whole look of the piece, with those little blue berries. So, stay tuned for a finish on her soon! 

And the other piece that I've been trying to get caught up on is ATS. The last time I shared a progress photo, it looked like this. 

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That's when I'd just reached the bottom of page 1. So, I've been not so steadily working along on the top of page 2. And I finally finally finished that peacock band the other night. (All that grass under their feet and at the bottom of the hill took a bit of time to fill in!!!)

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Next I'll work on the strawberry vine that is at the top of the alphabet. I'm really excited to get to the alphabet and I think it will go relatively faster than all the individual motifs. But, I love that peacock band, with all the crowns and that colorful fruit basket. I had to include my new scissor fob from Annette because it matches those pretty yellow flowers. And thank goodness they are yellow! They were almost red, because I could not for the life of me read the stupid symbols. Lucky for me, I could take a peek at Margaret's progress and see what color they were supposed to be!

I am grateful for a fun stitch in topped off by a movie night with friends.

29 comments:

Peggy Lee said...

Lovely pieces. You stitch beautifully.

Great progress!

:o)

Laurie in Iowa said...

We'll be celebrating your finish on Isabella soon. Both Isabella and ATS look wonderful. Hope you'll get more time to stitch in the coming months.

April said...

Isabella and ATS are both so beautiful!! I have them both in my to-do pile.. It is a huge pile... lol

Hazel said...

Love love love your progress on both your samplers. x

Grit said...

Super!!! Wunderschön.
LG Grit

Cindy's Stitching said...

very pretty.

Giovanna said...

You're doing great on both pieces - they're beautiful.

Margaret said...

Isn't that the truth? The M and the N look soooo similar on the chart!! I've decided that the N is printed more boldly and that helps to spot it. I just hope I never mixed the two up! ATS is looking great! That alphabet does go fast, you're right! Love your Isabella too -- looking good!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Very nice projects - and quite pretty! Great progress!

Elizabeth said...

Both pieces are great - but all you ladies working on ATS sure are tackling a mighty one there. It would be hard for my head not to swell every time I walked past that one.

Mindi said...

Lovely progress on both your samplers. I'm in love with the red cow on Isabella.

Mary said...

Both pieces are looking really great Michelle! ATS is such a fun piece (excluding tht grass at the bottom of course...) And I've so enjoyed watching Isabella come to life. Will keep my eyes peeled for a pair of finihsed very soon!

Littlebit said...

Stunning progress on Isabella and ATS!!!! your stitching is perfect.

Penny said...

The colors in Isabella are just beautiful! You've made some nice progress on ATS too! I can sympathize about the grass. :)

Holly said...

Beautiful progress!

Anne said...

WOW Isabella is looking great and so does ATS!!!

valerie said...

Gorgeous stitching! Both Isabella and ATS look great!

Sylvia said...

GF, Isabella is to die for!! What a pretty girl! You are so close to finishing. I am so excited for you!

ATS is coming along so nicely as well. Just wait, you will just zip through the alphabet!

Katrina said...

I love Isabella and ATS, you are such a bad influence, LOL.

Siobhán said...

Such beautiful pieces, Michelle! Your ATS looks great--nice progress. Isabella--swooooooon! Love it. I never noticed the little berries before--yet another reason why I must stitch this! Yours looks so nice.

Dona said...

Michelle, Isabella is so pretty! You inspired me to pull mine out and work on it some more.

Great progress on ATS! Love Eve with her wild red hair!

Jeanne said...

Looking great! I've been admiring Isabella for a couple years now...I may have to break down one of these days and purchase it. Who would've thought stitching a cow could be so darn pretty?? You'll be done in no time!

Brigitte said...

These are just great projects which I'd like to stitch myself. Absolutely beautiful.

Catherine said...

Great stitches! I really love Isabella!!

woolwoman said...

Your making great progress on these 2 wonderful pieces. I must have missed the post introducing the "pharoahs" - glad they are bringing joy to your life. Also - the memorial piece your friends stitched and had Jill frame for you is just awesome - Melody

Karoline said...

They are both looking gorgeous, great progress

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Both such beautiful pieces, Michele and yours look wonderful. I too loved those blue berries in Isabella. Can't wait to see your grand finish!

Teresa said...

bellissimi lavoro, complimenti Teresa

Suzanne said...

Beautiful stitching on both pieces.