Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Final Finish for 2011 (The Year of Good Intentions)

Happy New Year's Eve!
It is hard to believe that another year has come to an end.  I've been incredibly blessed this year.  I hope that 2012 brings you many blessings and of course, lots of time to stitch.

I have been busy finishing the first of the Prairie Schooler Limited Edition Kits. 
I have long hoped to stitch the entire series. 
This is my final finish for 2012 and a great way to end the year.

The year 2011 was apparently the year of good intentions.  For years I have only stitched small pieces.  I have several larger pieces I have framed and hanging on my walls but I haven't started a large project for a long, long time. 
I think I like to stitch small things because I like to do my own finishing. 
This year I have broken my dry spell and started several large projects.

Take a look at what I've gotten myself into.....

This is the retreat piece from Jan at Tree of Life Samplings
It is absolutely beautiful and has a place reserved in my stitching room. 
Hopefully 2012 will bring a finish to this piece.
How well I remember my good intentions with this piece.  I ordered this early in 2012.  I fell in love with Rose Quaker and had my friend Karen go to the attic and pick out fabric and silk fibers.  This piece was my first attempt at over 2 on 40 ct. 
I fell in love and stitch mostly on 40 ct. now.
I made good progress on this piece but haven't worked on it in a while. 
This is another of my delusions of grandeur.
One Nation is absolutely beautiful.
I am stitching it over 2 on 40 ct. 

I started Gem Show 3 this Summer.
I didn't make very much progress but still have high hopes.
Here is my Lizzie Kate Halloween piece.  I've finished 3 blocks. 
I'm stitching it on 27 ct. stitch band with hopes of finishing it as a bell pull. last big project of 2011.  Christmas Quaker Bellpull.
I started this piece late in November.  I haven't made a lot of progress on this one either.

The good thing is as I pulled these pieces out to take pictures I realize that I still love each one as much as the day I started it.  I see big accomplishments for 2012........

Here's to a productive, healthy new year,


cucki said...

hello dear, i truly love all your stitching..finishes and wips are so beautiful..
i so much love your retreat stitching piece..i wish i can stitch it too..
wishing you a very happy new year.
love cucki xx

Jan said...

Hey there, Missy~ Have been missing you!! I think all of your wip's are ought to see all that I have going, really baffles the mind! lol

Good for you, in getting attached to the 40 ct stitching, it can be so fun, and projects stitched on it, look so delicate and fabulous.

Here is to a more intensive stitching year for the both of us!! You have had a lot on your plate this year, so you have a very good excuse!!

Blessings for you in 2012!!!

Maggee said...

You have some great WIPs! I have never seen the Gem Show ones--they went on my Wish List! (Like I need any more stash... sigh...) I so enjoyed looking at all of your finishes for this year! You did a LOT! Hugs for a Happy New Year!

Karen said...

Just remember....every stitch counts! Hope you have a great stitchy year in 2012.

Shari said...

all of them are gorgeous!!! like someone else said...every XXXXX counts, so hang in there...they will get finished! Happy New Year!!

Karen said...

Love how you finished Ps Santa. You will make great progress on the other pieces and have them finished in no time. :)

Michelle said...

You have some lovely WIP's. Well done. I love all of them. Happy New Year to you xx

Catherine's Sewing Corner said...

You have such a lovely blog. I have become your newest follower. happy new year
x catherine

ROSELLA69 said...


ROSELLA69 said...


Kathy said...

You have beautiful WIPs. Good for you for starting on 40 ct. I find it slows me down but love the results.
Happy New Year!

Lesleyanne said...

Happy New Year. Your PS is gorgeous. Great wips.

Jenny said...

awesome - looks like you have plenty of goodies lined up for hours of stitching fun in 2012. Happy New Year! (Hope to see you at Keepsakes in a couple of weeks!)

Mindi said...

What a beautiful way to end the year, love the way you finished the PS Santa.

You've got some great pieces to work on in 2012. I love that Tree of Life retreat piece. I hope she releases it to the public at some point.

Marsha said...

Nice finishes and I can't believe the BAP's you are working on. One of the first things you told me was that you only do smalls. They are all gorgeous. Hope to see you in OH again.