Well, I finally finished it!!! I am so pleased! I can’t believe it took me as long as it did (shameful, really). As you can see, I began in on February 1, 2007 and finished it last night. This piece began as a SAL with Carol, Jenna, Michelle, Nikki and Andrea. Although I was the person who organized the SAL, I was (sadly) the last to finish. Too many other things going on, I suppose. I really did love stitching on this piece, even though I seemed to put it down for months at a time. I tended to put it down when I hit one of those over one bands. Even though, when it is all said and done, those bands were my favorites when they were all finished.
I have to give a big thank you to Chris for inspiring me to pick this back up and start working on it for Just Nan Sundays. What a huge help that was!
Over the weekend I did finish up the stitching on Part III, and then I started on the beading. I finished putting on all the beads in the border Sunday night, and then last night I added the beads in parts 2 and 3 as well as the bee, rooster and dragonfly charms. The beading really adds a lot to the border though, I loved doing that. I had so many extra beads though!! They packaged up the blue iris beads with the charm needed for each section. I only used one little package of the beads. So the other two are just a bonus! I just love the finished piece!
I will be finishing this as a bellpull whenever I get around to it. I did order the hanger for the piece, but never did find the beeskep tassel topper. So, my piece will just have a plain tassel at the bottom. But, the hanger was the more important of the two pieces in my opinion. Here’s what it looks like.
I also had another finish yesterday…I finally finished the book I was reading for book club. We read Emile Zola’s The Masterpiece. It broke me of my book a week record. It took me approximately three weeks to finish this one. His descriptions of Paris and of the Salon de Refuses were really amazing, but overall I could have done without about 200 pages of this. It just ambled along. Anyway…I am looking forward to my next read, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. I can’t wait.
Even though I didn’t officially annouce my July goals, I thought I’d review anyway…
Stitch and mail Cathy’s RR by the 15th done!
Stitch Red Thread block for SAL finished Maypole, need to stitch June, July & August
Continue with Barnabee’s Quest for Just Nan Sundays made my focus project and finished!
Binding on $5 Quilt nope
I am dreadfully behind on my Red Thread SAL, so that is going to be the next thing I focus on. I need to stitch June, July and now August. Once I get caught back up on it I am going to pull out my Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler to work on. I unfortunately found an error in this piece the last time I worked on it, and it is going to require ripping out three or four motifs to correct it. So, needless to say, I put it away and attempted to ignore it. So, I want to get it back out and fix the problem so that I can continue on with it. It’s such a lovely piece, I’d love to have some progress on it.
So, for August I thought I would post some goals.
Caught up on Red Thread (June, July, August blocks finished)
Correct error on Mystery Sampler
Binding on $5 Block
I think that’s enough. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, especially when I’m feeling so much accomplishment. But, finishing Barnabee now brings me down to 17 WIPs (including the Neighborhood RR and my 12 Days of Christmas ornaments that are one a year). I would really love to whittle this down to under 10 by the end of the year. That would be a huge accomplishment. Of course, that is going to mean no new starts! We’ll see how it goes. I’ve modified my sidebar to only show my focus pieces. It was getting pretty cluttered over there.
So that’s what’s up in our neck of the woods. It’s 105 degrees here, so you can imagine we are trying to mostly just stay inside, in the dark, and think cool thoughts. I’m scheduled to take my vendor certification exam for Excel tonight, so then I will be done with that too. I am moving on to PowerPoint.
See you all soon, and thanks again for always stopping by and leaving sweet comments!
I am grateful for a finish!