If you look closely the charted design did not match the picture. That always bothered me, but never enough to try recharting it myself. (Lazy!) When I found it in the basket, I debated ripping out some of the bird and re-stitching. In the end I filled in the empty spots with two over-one hearts and declared it to be DONE. The design is called Be True.
The kit also included graph paper to chart your initials for the back of the design. After several miserable attempts I asked Lori for some advice and she charted my initials for me. Sweet!
The second stitched but unfinished project in the basket was from a retreat at Stitcher's Express in Mattoon, IL. The project is a Still Stitching with Susan Greening Davis design called Still Stitching by the Sea. I am still not sure why we were stitching a "sea" project at a retreat in IL, surrounded by corn and bean fields, but hey - why not? Susan was a fun teacher and brought lots of her other class projects for us to purchase.
I stitched the project during the Crazy January Challenge last year. (Proof!) This was my first attempt at ruching and overall it went well. I need to extend a BIG thank-you to Ilene and Kathy for finding the ribbon for me at Paducah and also to Nicki at Plush for her ruched ribbon tutorial.
That concludes the Finished portion of my post today. Now on to the Almost Finished portion!
This project is stitched but I still need to complete the finishing. It is Death by Candy Corn, a fun design by The Scarlett House. I am going to finish it into a pillow. The black fabric is the backing and the huge rick rack will go into the seam for decoration. All of the finishing materials are from my stash. Life is good!
In the Someday category I have several WIPs that I thought you'd like to see.
I am making slow progress on my work project, Home Sweet Home by La D Da. There hasn't been much time to stitch during work this summer. I'm hoping for more stitching progress in the fall and winter months.
This is E and E and F - Petite Exemplary #2. I am stitching all four of the Petite Exemplary designs in a column on 35 (could be 36!) count mystery linen from my stash.
Last but not least, this is Quaker Floral by Midnight Stitching. This project comes with an interesting story. Monique started this and gets all of the credit for choosing pretty evenweave fabric and gorgeous green floss, Olives from Carrie's Creation.
That is all for now, I'm off to stitch and visit with friends at the potluck today at Mom and Me Forever. Can't wait!