An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.An Ancient Chinese Belief
I did it. Not quite by the end of the year, but I finished it on New Year’s Day. This piece was a year long SAL with my friend, Sherri. We set a goal of stitching one block a month starting in January of 2008. After a few setbacks, this piece is finally done!! I love the way it turned out and I am so thankful that I finally ended up with the right fabric and all my buttons. The fabric cut for this piece is 10 inches by 39 inches – just to give you an idea of how long it is…over a yard! Sherri and I are contemplating making our own frames for these, after she finishes hers. I can’t wait to have it framed! I’m so pleased to have my first finish of 2009 be such a big finish too.
Here are some closer photos…
Last week I was at the LNS buying more Weeks Bark, and then the next day I went back to buy some more Weeks Cocoa. LOL! They must have thought I was a nut!
Oh, and while I was there, I did a little stash enhancement for the new year. (There is a rule that you can’t just buy thread at the LNS right?!)
And speaking of thread, Anna sent me a beautiful handmade card and tucked inside was this most gorgeous of reds!! Thank you, Anna!!
For New Year’s Day, I wanted to have a new start after I finished my Red Thread. I decided to start on a piece I’ve been wanting to start ever since it appeared in The Gift of Stitching.
This is At Home with Jane Austen by Tanya of The Sampler Girl. I’m stitching it with the recommended Crescent Colors on 28ct Light Mocha Linen. Love it so far! It is so colorful and I’m really enjoying the Crescent threads.
I’ve also given some thought to what I’d like to stitch on this year, what my goals might be. Of course, I’d love to finish those WIPs that have been hanging around like Mystery 9, Dorothy’s Garden, my Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler, just to name a few. I believe Anna and I are going to continue our mermaid SAL as well this year, and I hope to not be such a slacker as I have been with it.
I have my Me, Myself & I RR to get started on as well. I still need to figure out what size fabric I need to order so that I can make a start on it. I’ll do that this month.
I’ve also made a list of some things I’d like to start as well, mostly some larger samplers like And They Sinned, Salem Remembered, A Most Noble Pursuit and Shores of Hawk Run Hollow. I also want to do some Christmas stitching this year including ornaments and that Marbek Nativity that I bought fabric for a couple years ago. I can’t wait to get that one started! It would also be lovely to stitch on some of the kits I have ready to go and mark some of them off my list.
I think I’ve pretty much found that rotations don’t seem to work well for me right now, so I’m going to stick with one or two focus pieces and something smaller and portable (like ornaments).
I have also committed myself to a book challenge this year…50 in 2009. That’s twice as many books as I read last year, so it’s going to be a big stretch. I’ve made a list of some classics and some books I’ve been meaning to get around to for years for my 50.
As for my quilting, I’d like to continue with finishing up the quilts I have in progress as well as start some new things, like my Leanne’s House and my Jo Morton quilts.
That’s a whole lot I’d like to do, but I’m not going to put a ton of pressure on myself. At my guild meeting on Tuesday, we’ll be bringing two WIPs that we’d like to see finished, and the members will vote on which one we have to commit to finishing in 2009. I’m going to take my Mystery 9 piece and my Dorothy’s Garden piece as choices. I’ll let you know what they decide. That’s really going to be the only thing I hold myself to this year, other than stitching the mermaids with Anna.
Here’s Mystery 9 at my last update…
For January though I plan to:
Stitch on At Home with Jane Austen
Find out what my guild piece will be and do some stitching on it
Mermaid SAL with Anna
What are your plans?
Happy 2009 everyone!!!
I am grateful for a fresh and bright new year.