March WIPocalypse Check In

I started off the month of March with the #eapmacabre SAL hosted by Amy and Jenn in the Bewitched Stitches group on Facebook.  I wanted to participate but didn’t want to veer too far off my course of working on my WIPocalypse pieces.  So, I chose a small piece I’ve wanted to stitch for years – Quote the Raven by Cross-Eyed Cricket.  It’s in the Two Familiars leaflet.  I’ll do another post on him at some point with my changes, but I managed to finish him up by like the 8th of March.

After finishing up my raven for the EAP Macabre SAL I decided to pick up another WIP (although it’s not one of my 2018 focus WIPs).  This was one of my Dark October starts last year.  It’s Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers.  Here’s how it looked when I picked it up.

And here’s how much I managed to get done in a couple of nights.

I really love stitching on that piece.

Anyway, after my dalliance with non-WIPocalypse pieces I decided to get down to business and get back to my Chatelaine.  It was time to work on the top right corner.  Here’s what it looked like when I picked it up on the 9th.

I started by filling in the stair steps with rice stitches and then moved on to the espalier trees.  I got those stitched and beaded and made a start on the railing and the green hedge beneath it.

And that’s when it happened.  I saw on Instagram that Debra AZ Needleworker (Chatelaine stitcher extraordinaire) was participating in the 100 Days of Chatelaine Stitching SAL.  I immediately went over to the Chatelaine Support Group on Facebook and decided to take the plunge.  I figured that working on M9 for 100 straight days should make a huge dent in what I have left to stitch.  And maybe, maybe, I can even finish it.  I can of course work on any Chatelaine in the 100 days, but only M9 is on my WIPocalypse list, so I’d really like to stick with it.  If I get really burned out I may pick up Egypt Garden and work on it.  But here’s hoping I don’t.

Anyway, I started a day behind everyone else, but here is my starting point.  You can see how much I’d already done from my photo on the 9th.

And I’m now on day 6 of the 100 days, but here’s what it looked like when I finished stitching on day 5.

I’ve finished up the stair steps (still need to add beads to the top of the urns).

I got the outline of the railing finished and the green hedge below it.  I added the beads to the corner of the railing.

I added the swirls on either side of the corner pool and completed the outline of the pool including the backstitching in Petite Treasure Braid.

I stitched and beaded all the flowers too.  And I jumped down and started the outline of the side pool.

I am so happy with how it’s looking and how much progress I’ve been able to make so far this month.  I am aiming to finish this corner by the end of the month.  I think I can do it with almost a full week to go.  Then it will be on to the bottom two corners and then finally the center.  I hope that the 100 day challenge keeps me motivated to push through and get this beauty finished finally!

I am grateful for SALs to keep me motivated and good friends to cheer me on.  

Episode 51: Nevermore

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish for the #eapmacabre SAL and some WIP progress.
The #eapmacabre SAL is hosted by Amy and Jenn in the Bewitched Stitches group on Facebook and Instagram.
Finish:
  • Quote the Raven (which bugs me every time I type it) by Cross-Eyed Cricket from the Two Familiars leaflet.  Stitched with DMC on a 32ct linen I dyed myself.

WIPs:

  • Hex on the Beach – EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilt with Tula Pink’s Saltwater fabric line
  • Pixel Heart mini quilt with Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric
  • Snowglobe quilt pattern by Tula Pink with Tula Pink Nightshade fabric
  • Hallow Eden by Plum Street Samplers on 32ct hand dyed linen with the called for Classic Colorworks and Weeks threads

Gifts:

  • Fabric basket with Paris fabric

Shout Outs:

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors San Francisco

February WIPocalypse Check In

I transitioned from January to February by pulling out my Moon Phases piece by The Little Stitcher.  It seemed only appropriate to work on for the lunar eclipse on January 31st.  This isn’t one of my WIPocalypse pieces, but I very much enjoyed working on it.

On the first Friday of the month, I switched to a “new” project for #offthegridfridayparty.  I decided to pick up my Anniversaries of the Heart.  I’ve been avoiding this piece since May of last year and I knew that the first thing I was going to have to do when I picked it up was rip a bunch of stuff out.  I had never been happy with the too light colors of the called for threads.  I had pulled new (darker) threads already.

I started off by ripping out the blue and restitching it and then moved onto green vine.  I had originally planned to also rip out the peach color, but once I darkened up the blue and the green, it was fine.  I was able to finish this block on the 9th.  So happy to have this one off my list.

I’ve pulled the chart for the next block but am missing a bunch of the called for threads.  I’ll have to look at that further and see if I can make some substitutions.

 

After finishing up the block on AOTH I pulled out my Halloween Neighborhood to give it some love.  I started and finished a new “block” on my piece.  I borrowed the tree from a pattern by Praiseworthy Stitches called Trick or Treat that was in the 2013 JCS Halloween issue.  Here’s a photo of that whole piece.

And here’s how the tree on my neighborhood turned out.

I absolutely love it.  I think it really adds to the overall spookiness of the piece.

And here’s how the whole neighborhood looks now (excuse the wrinkles).

I then moved on to working on the model for my first design.  I basically worked on this exclusively until it was finished.  I shared this black & white sneak peek on Instagram.

So, that’s how I spent my February.  I feel really good about having three finishes this month and all three were on WIPocalypse pieces.  Now, let’s see what I can get up to in March!

I am grateful for finishing my first design and moving closer to a personal goal.

Flosstube Episode 50: And Now For Something Completely Different

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a finish and some quilting plans.

Finishes:

  • Tree from Trick or Treat by Praiseworthy Stitches from JCS Halloween 2012 issue.  Added to my Halloween neighborhood piece.  Here’s what the original piece looks like.

Quilting:

  • Marcelle Medallion
  • Pixel Heart mini quilt
  • Nightshade Snowglobe quilt
  • Hex on the Beach EPP quilt

Flosstube Episode 49: Neighborhood Improvements

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some FFOs, some old finishes, and an early start on #dark13stitching.

Past finishes:

WIPS:

Finishes:

  • Clara Ellen (Anniversaries of the Heart #8) by Blackbird Designs

FFOs:

  • Cast Your Spells by Stacy Nash
  • Glory House by Chessie & Me
  • First Day by Plum Street Samplers
  • Halloween houses from my first neighborhood RR