Sunday, February 13, 2011

We Interrupt Regular Programming....

....to share a finish that is not related to the January Crazy Challenge! My regular readers will remember back to December when I vowed to complete Game Board Sampler in 2011. (This piece has been a WIP since 2007!) Well, it's done! I took a break from Crazy Challenge pieces this past week and focused on stitching the remaining nine squares left on it and voila it's done! Happy Dance!


The Drawn Thread - Game Board Sampler
35 count Ivory Linen
DMC (1 strand over 2 threads)

For those who are familiar with this piece, yes, I altered the pattern. All of my squares are stitched facing the same direction. This one will get framed sometime down the road.

Yesterday, I spent almost the entire day at my LNS, Stitchville. On the second Saturday of every month they have "Sip N Stitch" from 9:30am - 12:30pm where we do just that! I went in January for the first time and now again in February. It's a great way to meet new stitchers and to chat about our favorite pastime.

It just so happened that the shop was offering a class in the afternoon; the first in the series of JABCO pincushions for 2011 - JABCO Snowman! I thought it would be fun to branch out and do something different and it was fun. It's a lot easier to figure out these finishes as a group with guidance from the shop employees. By the time I left, he was finished. Don't you think he is cute?




A couple of crazy challenge updates...I spent a good part of the weekend working on Happy Hearts from BOAF. The bottom border and the numbers 1 and 2 were complete the last time you saw this. I finished the rest of the numbers and the filling stitches. I think that this might start moving a little bit faster now!



And here's Poppy Maye Russell from Heartstring Samplery -- the top alphabet is complete, and I've started the alphabet on the second row.



Thanks for stopping by and for all of your kind comments about my stitching! I hope that in the week ahead you find time to stitch with needle and thread!

43 comments:

Marjo said...

Your sampler board is awesome. Great job. I love the snowman. I have contemplated trying one of those as well. I think he has such character. Lovely finish. I have recently purchased some of the Heartstring Samplery patterns and am enjoying the progress on your new start. You are making great progress

mainely stitching said...

What a great finish! :D Congratulations!

The little snowman is awfully cute, too!

Barb said...

Game board looks great. I have the pattern to do someday. That was a good idea to alter it a little. It looks nice.

Jan said...

First, Cathy, I really love your finished DT gameboard! I always wanted to stitch this project, but it never did happen! Admiring yours, for sure!

Also love your Happy Hearts start, pretty on that linen!

I think your snowman from JABCO is adorable!!!!!!

Cindy's Stitching said...

the game board is real pretty. The snowman so cute. congrats on the finish.

Cole said...

Gorgeous finish!

Margaret said...

Now that is an awesome finish! Happy dancing for sure! Love your snowman guy too -- how fun is that! Your WIPs look great too!

BrendaS said...

Your sampler game board is awesome!

What fun to spend the day stitching, visiting with friends and learning something new!

Nice progress on your WIP's.

Have a good week

Faye said...

That snowman is ToO cute!!!! And, I like the other goodies especially the Heartstring Samplery...Cant wait to see all the progress....Have a great week!! Faye

Karen said...

Kudos on a great finish! Love the little snowman too...just too cute.

Nice progress on your Challenge... happy stitching!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your sampler board finish. It looks wonderful.

Dianne said...

Fabulous finish! It's such a lovely chart, and I know that you will enjoy being able to "cross it off the list"

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations Cathy on finishing the Gameboard Sampler! I love it and it looks lovely turned. That is one challenge you have met and met well.
Your new stitching looks wonderful and I look forward to watching your progress.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Game Board looks great, I've always loved this design. And I love that you switched the houses to be all going in the same direction. The rest of your stitching looks great too.

Diana said...

Game Board Sampler looks really great! The snowman pincushion is so cute! Wish I could have joined you for your day of stitching. Sounds like it was lots of fun.

Karen said...

Sampler Board is gorgeous! great job sticking with it and finishing it up! :) and love the snowman!

Harmien said...

Sounds and looks like a great week for you! The sampler board looks fabulous, love the changes you made!

KarenV said...

Congratulations Cathy on finishing your gameboard it looks wonderful! The snowman looks very cute and nice progress on your other WIPs.

Siobhan said...

How cute is that snowman?!? Congratulations on the DT finish! I completed mine a few years ago and it, too, was a several-years-in-progress WIP! I always am so proud of myself when I see it, LOL.

Love your Happy Hearts, and your new Heartstring Samplery start! I love their stuff and need to start stitching them instead of just collecting the charts. I can't wait to see more of your progress!

Sherry said...

What a great finish! The little snowman is adorable too.

Sally said...

An amazing finish! Congratulations! I like the way you altered it.

Love the snowman! So cute!

Your WIPs are lovely.

Beth said...

Congratulations on your finish! I really like that all the squares are going in the same direction.
That snowman pincushion is just darling - way too cute - great job.
Samplers are coming along well too. You had a great stitchy time lately.

Vonna said...

I love, love, love your gameboard. You were the first person I saw stitching it and I love it to this day :)
Your JABCO snowman pincushion is adorable Cathy :) LOVE IT TOO ;)

Katrina said...

I alway enjoy looking at your finishes and WIPs!!!! Everything is gorgeous. Congrats on finish the Sampler Gameboard :-).

Bekca said...

Congratulations on finising Sampler Gameboard! You must be very pleased with it. Your snowman pincusion is adorable and your WIPs are looking great too - keep up the excellent progress on the challenge! Happy stitching.

valerie said...

Congratulations on your Sampler Gameboard finish! It's wonderful. And that snowman is so cute! Love the progress on your wips. Happy Hearts is on my to do's. I'll enjoy watching your progress.

Lynn said...

Your game board looks fantastic. Congratulations!
Your snowman is adorable! It doesn't sound like he took very long to finish either. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the gameboard, it's so beautiful!

pj said...

Great job Cathy! I love your Gameboard and the pin cushion...he is so cute! Glad you enjoyed some "you" time on Saturday. Fun to do things in a group and come home with a finish!

You are always inspiring me to get some finishes completed. Will keep a watch on your WIP's. Great choices. pam in iowa

Delusional Knitter said...

Great finish with the game board, that's really nice. Love the snowman!

marylin said...

very beautiful !
marylin France

averyclaire.org said...

Wow you have accomplished a LOT. Have never attended a stitch-in, but my local guilds are sure inspiring. Your blog inspires me as well.

Andrea said...

A fab finish on The Game Board. Love the start of your WIPs. Oh your snowman is so cute too!

CJ said...

The game board is fantastic. As for the snowman he is just too cute.

Great progess!!

CJ

Karoline said...

Sampler Game board is gorgeous and the snowman is very cute, congratulations

Lelia said...

Congratulations BIG TIME on your game board finish. Mine is still in the closet ; ) Maybe some day ...

And the JABCO pincushion is quite charming. Enjoy the stitching club!

enjoying your updates on challenge pieces. You just rock!

Brigitte said...

Oh great! I remember you saying that you'd finish it this year - and here you are! It looks fantastic adn I think I'll stitch mine the same way.
Nice progress on your Crazy Challenge pieces.

Marie-P said...

Congrats on your recent finish...I think I have that pattern, never started it.
Love the pincushion, that is just too cute.
You are one of the most productive people I know ~ good for you!

wendy peatross said...

Love your game board. Congratulations, it is beautiful.
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Marsha said...

Your gameboard is great. It is a real work of art. Your snowman turned out great!

Carol R said...

Great Game Board finish and your JABCo snowman is so cute!

Anonymous said...

Love your Game Board. I also stitched it, and it's a favorite. Love the snowman, some of the others are listed on Shakespeares basket. Too cute. Are you going to Stitchville's spring fling? Sue Hinsperger and I are going - can't wait.

Jeanne said...

Congrats on Sampler Gameboard! It looks great - mine has been about 2 years and still in the framing pile. Your new projects look fun.