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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Well, I'm Back...

Hey everyone,

So I kind of disappeared for a lot of June, didn't I?  As I mentioned in my last stitching update post, things were a little difficult for me health-wise.  Add to that a crazy stressful month at work, and things have been sparse on the blogging front.  I even missed most of my check-ins for the last month including TUSAL, WIPocalypse, Smalls SAL, and Stitch From Stash.  I'm definitely feeling better from the almost-pneumonia, and although I have some additional health things I'm waiting to sort out, things are doing better than they were, so that's progress.  I'm hoping to get back on top of things this month.

Although I may not have been blogging much, I still have been doing some stitching, so I do have progress to share with you.

I finished my fish pond square and sent it off to Love Quilts in time for the end of the month deadline:

This ended up being a pretty quick and easy stitch.  It was done with charted DMC threads, 2 over 1 on white 14 count Aida.  It is a free pattern from Happy Stitch, which you can find over at that blog.  There's even a matching cat pattern as well. 

Moving right along, there is of course the always progressing Frosted Pumpkin Round Robin project I'm participating in via Facebook.  This month brought the Once Upon A Time sampler to my door.  This one will be interesting because the owner of the pattern actually made quite a few of her own conversions to the originally.  I'm stitching Rapunzel this time around, and here's my progress so far:

Yeah, so I haven't done much yet.  Mostly just the two borders, and then that bit of tree you can see over there on the left.  I'm actually struggling with this fabric.  Most of the other round robin pieces have more or less got me used to stitching on linen/evenweave, but I don't know if it's the color of this particular one or what, but I'm having a very hard time with the over 2.  I've had to pick out a lot of stuff so far.  The color is beautiful though, so I'm loving that. 
In other news, Sunshine by Satsuma Street is moving right along.  I almost finished the sun side of the face, but ran out of the yellow, so I moved on to starting some of the rays while I wait for a chance to obtain more of the yellow floss in the meantime. 

It's actually turning out a little smaller than I pictured it, but that's okay.  This will be a square for World of Charity Stitching, so although it's technically "deadline stitching" the due date is pretty flexible, so I'm taking my time and enjoying it. 

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  1. Sorry to hear you've not been well. Your fish pond square is so pretty. Have you tried putting something light coloured underneath that dark fabric as you stitch? It might help you to see the holes.

  2. Hi Alyssa,
    I'm glad that you liked my fish pond pattern :) It's very inspiring to see the finished projects. Would you mind if I used your photo on my blog?
    Get well and say hello to Brownie!
    Maria (@Happy Stitch)
    (I'm having some problems with posting this comment, sorry if there are multiple instances of it :))

    1. Maria, I wasn't able to respond to you via email, but you are more than welcome to use my picture. I'm flattered that you asked. :)

    2. Thank you! Posted here: http://www.happy-stitch.net/2015/projects-in-progress-and-a-wonderful-finish-by-alyssa/#.VZ-CXPntlBc
      (I'll take a look at my e-mail settings, tnx)

    3. Great post, thanks for the link back! :)

  3. I'm glad you're on the mend and great finish and progress!

  4. If it is the color, Justine's suggestion is a good one! Also you could put a light under the fabric shining up to help.

    I love that little fishpond piece as well as the kitty matching! I might attempt a biscornu yet. :D

    1. Glad to hear that you too like this pattern :)

  5. There's nothing quite like feeling better after a being really sick! Welcome back!

  6. Your fish pond square for Love quilts looks great!