Sunday, January 8, 2012

WIPocalypse, January check-in

Time for the first update on my WIPocalypse progress. Yay! I have two finishes to share. Of course, they are the two finishes I mentioned in my last post. But this time I have pictures.

First up, I have Jenni Bean's Creation Sampler. I looked back at last year's posts, and it turns out I never posted a progress photo of this piece. No matter, here she is in all her finished glory:

I love how this piece turned out, so please believe me when I say that she looks much better in person. I used the fabric and fibers called for in the pattern. Most of what I finished was in the very bottom part of the sampler: the waves, lower writing, and several of the spot motifs. Here's a closeup:

I also finished Waiting for the Harvest by Blackbird Designs into a pin pillow. The actual stitching was done back in October. Since I have a bad habit of stitching stuff up and neglecting to finish it, part of my goal for this year is to finish all the smalls that I stitch. One down, many to go. Here's the front:

And here's the fabric I used for the backing:

Since I finished the pin pillow, I've been working on the Sarah Hatton McPhail Sampler. I got this piece in a class at Jeanine's 3 years ago. It is time for her to be finished! My last progress photo was from February of last year:

And here's where I'm at as of Sunday morning:

Now, not all of this progress was made this year. I picked this piece up in August and made some progress. I put it down again when my grandmother died, and didn't bother to take a photo of what I'd done. This month, I made my first dent in the massive amount of back stitching this piece requires:

And I did most of the pink in the flowers this month:

For the rest of this month, I plan to continue working on Sarah's sampler, and try to finish another pin pillow. I hope everyone else is having as good a time with their stitching or their scrapping as I am right now.

I have started boxing up all my books in preparation for the big move in April. I'm trying to be somewhat merciless in my culling, but I have so many books that I am too fond of to part with! Boxes and boxes of books will be making their way to either Alton's house, or to a donation box over this next week.

Til next time!

27 comments:

claire93 said...

what a wonderful way to start the year, with 2 finishes ^^
well done !

Faye said...

Hello Robin!! First, let me join in with others in congratulating you and Alton on your upcoming wedding!! How exciting!!! I know you are on cloud nine and with so many things to do, you have accomplished so so much already!! Way to go!!

I LOVE the pink flowers on Sarah and think that is what is bringing her to "life"....VERY nice progress...Jean Bean ad the pin pillow are nice finishes...Good job!

Again, I am very happy for you...I will be awaiting updates as your date starts creeping up!

Take care, Faye

Alesia Matson said...

Finishes? Finishes already! I'm so envious! :)

Seriously though, these are lovely projects and the stitching looks fabulous!

Margaret said...

All are wonderful! I just love Sarah though. I so need to stitch her! You have so much done!

Elfie said...

I love your Samplers - so pretty. Congratulations on your finishes.

Valerie said...

WOW! Sarah is stunning! You have made wonderful progress on her. I hope to see a finish very soon. She is in my stash and I hope to stitch her one day soon.

Congrats on your Creation sampler. It is one of my favorites and it too is in my stash waiting for some attention.

Ziggyeor said...

oh wow those samplers are lovely. Good job on the progress.

I feel ya on the smalls. I have some things that need to get finished as well.

Cathy said...

Beautiful finish and nice progress on our wip. Congratulations on your engagement!

mollycaff said...

Lovely finishes, and I completely understand the "look better in the flesh" situation, all of my stitching does too LOL. Congrats on your engagement!

Diane (di) said...

Hsppy Dance time for your finishes! Your stitching is just beautiful, too. Congratulations on your engagement!! :)

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching Robin. I love the Jenny Bean and BBD finishes and Sarah is looking great. I haven't touched mine since the class :(
Good luck with the packing. It is hard to do but great to force you to go through stuff.
Have a great week.

geeky Heather said...

WOW, major finish on Jenni Bean!! Congratulations; it looks great. Your pin pillow is very pretty, too. I'm also in the bad habit of not making up smalls when they're done.

BTW, Best Wishes on your upcoming nuptials!! =)

Melissa said...

What a great way to start the new year: 2 finishes! I love Sarah McPhail. Such a gorgeous sampler. Good luck with the move. After moving heavy boxes of books several times I learned to keep only those I really, really loved. After a few moves with those heavy boxes the definition of "really, really love" changed a lot!

stitcheranon said...

Brilliant finishes, well done xxx

Penny said...

What lovely finishes! Sarah is gorgeous, such pretty colors.

JoAnna said...

Wow, you do absolutely beautiful work! Congrats on starting the year with finishes (something I am just hoping to accomplish sometime in 2012.)

Jen said...

Such lovely finishes! Great progress too. :)

littledebbie said...

You have Beautiful stitches.

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! How exciting! Your finishes are beautiful and all are must stitches for me! Your Jenny Bean and BBD are both wonderful. I have the same resolution--to finish my finished stitching instead of letting it pile up! Beautiful progress on Sarah McP!

Mountain Ash said...

Congrats on the wedding and the finishes. Samplers aren't really my thing but Sarah McPhail is rather neat. There is no such thing as too many books - when I moved into my flat 12 years ago, most of what I brought was books and now I am seriously out of shelf space. Good luck with the move!

Raven/Missy said...

Congratulations on your finishes! The Creation Sampler is gorgeous and I love your little Waiting for the Harvest pillow.

Your Sarah Hatton McPhail Sampler is coming along beautifully! Great stitching!

jennilynn said...

Congrats on your 2 finishes. I love the Jenni Bean. Your WIP is looking good and is moving right along.

Colleen said...

Congrats on your engagement! That is so exciting, good luck with the packing.
Beautiful finishes! A happy dance for you. Your stitching is awesome and I love Jenny Bean & BBD. Have a great month stitching, see you on the Feb. full moon.

Gill said...

Congrats on the engagement!

You have some lovely pieces there...well done on the finishes!

BeckySC said...

Gorgeous stitching, Robin :)
I wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog :) I appreciate it so much!

Novia said...

Wow, we just started and you already finished??? ROFL Congratulations on your finishes. They are very pretty!!

Measi said...

Gorgeous finishes! I love Shakespeare Peddler designs - I love the traditional with just a bit of whimsy in them. :)

I hope you're making progress in the boxing and sorting!