Sunday, October 12, 2008

Quilted and finished!

Well, here it is, I am really chuffed with it, so drum roll please - Dreaded Pumpkins, now quilted:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pumpkin update

Hello everyone, I have finally finished the 'Dreaded Pumpkins'.

Thank you for the impetus, Melissa! And of course everyone else who participated in the Olympic Challenge!

Let me tell you a secret - every time I have typed pumpkin, I have had to correct it from pumkin. Sigh!

I cannot appear to upload the picture - it is over at my blog

Thanks all


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Medal Count

I medaled. See it here.

Thanks, Melissa, for making get off my ass and finish. I appreciate the boost.

Coral's Olympic update

So, here is the result of my Olympic stitching, before and after of the “Dreaded Pumpkins”

More of my stitching and life can be seen at

Thank you Melissa, for first of all challenging us, and secondly for setting up this blog.

Monday, August 18, 2008

In It to Win It

This weekend I got quite a bit done on my project. More info on my blog.

Best Laid Plans

So I had planned to stitch the hours away watching the Olympics. I do believe since the Olympics began I have put in about ten stitches.

What happens to my day? I realize that I have been in a cleaning frenzy lately. Of course my hosue looks worse now than it did before I started cleaning as there are piles of stuff to keep, to toss out, to give to Goodwill, well basically the clutter has shifted a little, so my house is still a wreck. But the old me would just sit and stitch and you know ignore the other stuff. These days I'm overcome with a sense of guilt about the piles. Not enough to do anything about them but enough to keep me from touching my needle.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that with the kids going back to school today I'll be able to stitch most of the day tomorrow and Wednesday, even if it's while sitting on top of piles of junk.

I need to stitch, I've kind of lost my mojo.

Friday, August 15, 2008

For the Olympic Stitching Challenge, I was stitching Random Thoughts but although I'm making progress, I'm enjoying it too much to want to stitch quickly and to a deadline, so I'm not pushing it.

Instead - and because I don't want to make errors when getting excited at British prospects in rowing, cycling and sailing - I've been hammering at my finishes.

Literally, in some cases - I've made my first floss tags! I got some rivets from my favourite haberdasher - they are 4mm - and in my tool kit was the perfect 'bodger' for that diameter, so I didn't need to make a slit, and it made the finish pretty neat - after I hammered the rivets in! I don't think I've ever that to be so violent with my needlework before... BTW the 'bodger' is a family name for a screwdriver like implement that is basically a pointed screwdriver - should I call it a stiletto?

I've also made a couple of mini pillows, and I'm just taking a break from stitching the backing onto My Favorite Things - which of course, I'm doing by hand, being averse to a sewing machine - and I wouldn't be able to hear the commentary over the noise, either!

I have picked fabrics for a whole slew of pinkeeps from my stash - I'm pleased with how many work well - not always perfectly, but near enough! I'm blessed that I have such resources. They are going to be my weekend projects, but right now I'm off to watch the streaming feed on my computer of the Team Cycling Pursuit - Team GB are in the Gold/Silver race off - Go Team GB!

edited to add:

**and we've done it!**Gold to GB!**

Thursday, August 14, 2008

10 Days to Stitch

Yeah! I finally got to settle down and watch some swimming and gymnastics last night. Oh to have a young, muscular body like that again. Okay, well, maybe just young:)

I'm working on my hubby's stocking. We married almost 4 years ago (Sep 4) and I just started his poor stocking this year. We've already had a baby for crying out loud. Well, boy child's stocking will have to wait until Daddy's is done:-) I'll blaze through it for the next 10 days and see how much I'll get to stitch and how much I'll have to frog, ugh!

I'm anxious to see the Fishing Buddies in the picture. Thanks for the motivation to stitch through the chaos:-)

Late to the Party

My challenge project is 13th Colony Bay by By the Bay. I think this is the most current pic I have. It's been crazy rainy down here the last four days so I decided to just use a picture from the files. I'm concentrating on Part three which is the right side of the piece looking at the picture.

Between football practice-youngest son and a puppy, my stitching time has been limited. I'm hoping to get serious this weekend and put in some solid stitching hours. I'm trying to get all the housework done so my time is my own all weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 5 ...

Thanks Melissa for setting up this blog and inviting me to join in. I changed my mind for the 100th time about what I was going to stitching for this challenge .. it is tough to stitching and root for the US at the same time sometimes :) lol

I have to deadlines that I've decided to concentrate on. One is the Lizzie*Kate Double Flip-its that I'm stitching for my DS and DIL's 2nd anniversary on 9/23. I'm about 1/2 done. I'll post pictures later, I can't find them on my laptop lol.

What's is everyone else working on?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gianna's Garden

This is actually "Isabelle's Garden" by L&L that I'm making for our daughter's second birthday in October. This challenge could not have come at a better time, so thank you Melissa for getting us motivated and I hope to be much further along at the end of the Olympics!

I can't wait to see what the rest of you are doing!

Nic's Challenge

This is my marathon project for the Olympics - it's Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread. I've had to take the first couple of days out due to 'injury' - very rough skin on my fingers (due to some DIY) meant that the threads kept catching... I've been knitting instead, and I don't know if that's proved to be lucky for the British team, we've won two golds already - very exciting!

Friday, August 8, 2008

SB Toy Gatherer

My Olympic Stitching project is Shepherd's Bush Toy Gatherer. Here's a photo of how things stand at this time. I need to add the beads and the SB baubles.

I started stitching this in 1995, and I am determined to have it hanging in my house this Christmas!


Welcome to the 2008 Summer Olympic Stitching challenge!

Please send me an email if you'd like to be part of this team blog.

gulfskye at aol dot com