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New pictures and new albums on my Flickr account

New pictures and new albums on my Flickr account

I’ve started out my dream of a year of stitching and stitching posts by updating my Flickr albums with as many photos as I can find missing. There all rather short on details and/or descriptions, but it’s all about the pictures anyway, right?

I’ve also updated the links in the sidebar to reflect the new albums and add in some old ones.

Actual posts for my 2015 (and one 2014) finishes will hopefully show up before too long.

New albums for finished projects: 2014 Fantasy Calendar, Box of Delights, A Good Marriage and Olde Irish Blessing

New album for current project: Animal Tree

New photos added to albums: So Many Books, So Little Time, Illuminated Medieval Sampler, Dawn Star, Defender of the Kingdom, Autumn Queen, Aurora Castle and Book of Ink Circles

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Like a number of other stitchers, last year I started keeping my thread tails (aka orts) in a jar to see what I ended up with at the end of the year. I’m about to throw them out so I can start over for 2015, so here’s my filled jar.

2014 Orts

Orts for 2014

It’s actually very pretty. All the nice blues at the bottom are from the border of Illuminated Medieval Sampler, while I suspect the reds and oranges in the middle are from the March block of the 2014 Fantasy Calendar. I’ll be interested to see what colours I end up with in a year.

It’s January and that’s when I (and I’m sure many others as well) look back at the blogs I’ve neglected of the last year and vow to do better. This, obviously, is one of them.

I’ve learned that hard way that hard and fast goals don’t work for me, but having a general plan I’m allowed to change is a better idea.

We’re moving house from Auckland to Wellington in about 10 days, so one of the things I’ve had to do recently is go through and sort and tidy my stash. I got rid of a lot of charts I’ll never stitch (and kept a good number of others I’ll probably also never stitch) and looked through all my projects and made decisions about what I really wanted to try to finish.

I found that I had 12 stitching projects that fall into that category and one quilt I’m hand sewing. So that’s 13 WIPs I’d like to make some progress on in 2015.

I also have two focus projects, but they are both gifts, so I won’t be naming them or sharing any photos here until they have been given to their intended recipients.

I’m going to try a 10 hour rotation where I work 10 hours on my focus project, then randomly pick one of the others for 10 hours. Back to the focus project (and when I finish one, I start the next), then another random pick etc. Will it work out? I have no idea. But I’m going to give it a try.

Those 13 WIPs are (in alphabetical order and with the most recent photo I can find – headings link to the Flickr album for the project):

Aurora Castle – Pegasus Originals

Aurora Castle

Stitched on 25-ct Confederate Grey Lugana.
This looks amazing, but is totally boring to stitch. If necessary, I’m allowed to do 5 hour rotations on this one.
Photo is dated February 2005

Autumn Queen – Mirabilia

Autumn Queen

Stitched on 32-ct white Belfast linen
She’s the last of Mirabilia’s four season queens I need to stitch. I’ve been working her on a frame and adding beads as I go, so I can’t do any more on her until my floor frame is set up in Wellington.
Photo is dated October 2013. I thought I’d worked on her more recently than that, but maybe I didn’t take a picture. She’s packed for travel so it’s too late to check.

Cinderella – Mirabilia

Cinderella

Stitched on 32-ct Evening Dreams Belfast from Silkweaver
I wanted a change from the queensw and started this one, but the fabric has gone really soft after the dyeing, and I always only manage to stitch a bit before I get annoyed with it and put it away again.
Photo is dated May 2013, which is probably about right.

Dawn Mist at Eilean Donan – Heritage Stitchcraft

Dawn Mist at Eilean Donan

Stitched on 32-ct cream Belfast linen
I’ve had this chart for years and years and got distracted by other, shiny things. But I still love it and would like to do more. I’m also more practised at confetti stitching these days.
Photo is dated February 2005

Dawn Star – Character Creations

Dawn Star

Stitched on 25-ct ivory Lugana.
I charted this for myself with the artist’s permission. I started the next page from what you see here and the pinks didn’t match, so I put it aside in frustration. Jennie persuaded me to go back to it, because it is a lovely design.
Photo is dated November 2010.

Defender of the Kingdom – Heaven and Earth Designs

Defender of the Kingdom

Stitched on 25-ct mocha Lugana.
This one I have continued to work on slowly. Very slowly, as I started it way back in 2005. But I’ll get there eventually.
Photo is dated October 2014.

Dragonfly Quaker –┬áStickideen von der Wiehenburg

Dragonfly Quaker

Stitched on a South African one off hand-dyed. I think it’s 28-ct.
This was a gift and I’m doing it with HDF silks. However, it is pretty small and I found the fabric a bit fussy to work with. I still love it though.
Photo is dated March 2011.

Hexagons are Cool – Kerry Dustin

Hexagons are Cool

Paper Pieced Hexagons.
I started this in 2013 for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary as it has Doctor Who fabrics scattered through it. I now have 900 hexagons to join together and I’m on to my second strip of 10.
Photo is dated June 2014.

Illuminated Medieval Sampler – Chatelaine

Illuminated Medieval Sampler

Stitched on 32-ct Tiger Eye Belfast linen from Silkweaver (discontinued).
I’m working on this slowly as well. It’s great to have the border done finally. I’m working with this on my floor frame and beading as I go.
Photo is dated February 2014.

Second Chances – Ink Circles

Second Chances

Stitched on 32-ct Starquest Opalescent Lugana from Silkweaver.
The reason I stopped on this one is simple – it is SO small. But I love the motifs and the colours so I’m going to stick with it. I think I’m allowed 5 hour rotation slots on this one if I’m finding it hard to see.
Photo is dated July 2009.

The Dragon Trainer – Character Creations

The Dragon Trainer

I don’t know off the top of my head what this is stitched on. I’ll look it up.
I started this as a model for Character Creations as it’s my favourite design of all. I couldn’t keep up and in the end another model was stitched for me. But I would still like to finish mine because I still love it. (I’ll need to set up a Flickr album for it when I have a moment; I’ll link it once it exists.)
Photo is dated January 2015.

The Ice Dragon’s Kingdom – Dragon Dreams

The Ice Dragon's Kingdom

Stitched on 32-ct white opalescent Lugana.
This is a favourite Dragon Dreams design and I loved stitching it up to this point. But the dragon is stitched with Marlitt and it is so horrible to work with I gave up. I’ve decided to pull out the little bit I’ve done and stitch it with plain old cotton floss because I want to stitch it but not to hate it while I’m doing it.
Photo is dated December 2006.

Too Many Books, Too Little Time – Heaven and Earth Designs

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

Stitched on 25-ct Mushroom Lugana.
I started this in August 2014 due to a sudden rush of blood to the head. It was probably a bad idea, but I love the design, so I’ll work on it if it comes up and just enjoy myself. (I’ll need to set up a Flickr album for it when I have a moment; I’ll link to it once it exists.)
Photo is dated January 2015, but stitching was done in August 2014.

Will I stick to this? I have no idea. But I’m having fun planning things out, so I guess that is a good thing in itself.

Finished Quilt Top by rocalisa
Finished Quilt Top, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

6 March 2014

Because I never do things the easy way, I decided to do a pieced border from the left over fabrics. Everything in the border has been used in at least one block.

The colours are a bit off (see the previous picture of the blocks and sashing for something closer) but I was taking the picture on my own and had to dot he best I could. I’ll try to take a better one outside when I have someone to help me.

(I also tried to fix the perspective skew in Photoshop, so this is more of an idea than an exact photo.)

My plan is to get more of the fabric I used for the sashing for my backing and use some kind of polyester batting. I want this to be a picnic blanket, so it needs to be able to be washed easily.

I’ll be doing some kind of all over quilting, but I haven’t decided exactly what yet. It needs to get a little cooler here before I go back to quilting and I have to finish Marcus’ Kiwiana Quilt before I quilt this one, so it’ll be a while before I get it completely finished.

Blocks and Sashing by rocalisa
Blocks and Sashing, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

Yay, almost there. Here’s all my Doctor Who QAL blocks with sashing. I decided to do a pieced border, so that took a little longer, but see the next photo for the finished quilt top.

Scarf Block by rocalisa
Scarf Block, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
3 October 2013

Okay, so I really should have been taking it easy and getting ready to go on holiday tomorrow, not madly sewing the 4th Doctor’s scarf. But I’m up to date now, so I can go away knowing there’s nothing hanging over me when I get back.

I tried to match the colours as best as I could, although I’m still not sure how close I got.

If anyone is interested, the background fabric says "Millennium". I bought a metre of the fabric in 2000, planning to use it that year and I never did. It’s been sitting in my fabric stash ever since. So when I started this quilt, I decided this was the time to use it. It seemed appropriate for the Doctor.

Dalek Block by rocalisa
Dalek Block, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
3 October 2013

I was all set to make a red dalek, when my son requested a white one, since the white is the Dalek Supreme and you’ve got to have the boss.

Getting four suitable shades of white proved to be a challenge, but my not-so-near quilt shop came through and I ended up with what I needed. I also found the very cool red and yellow background at the same time.

Sadly, at that point I was stupid and washed the white with the red (I can only say I was tired and not thinking). Guess what happened? Two of my white fabrics now had splotches of pink on them. I had to swap out one for something I already had and managed to cut around the pink for the other. So finally, we ended up with a white dalek. But it was a bit of a challenge along the way.

Via Flickr:
20 September 2013

Marcus, being a 9 year old boy, has the bad habit of growing. His weighted blanket is now too short and he asked me to make it longer. This proved to be a lot easier said than done, but I’ve got it finished now.

I almost killed my poor old and loyal sewing machine in the process. I think sewing the two sections together pushed it to, and probably a bit beyond, it’s natural limits. I broke three or four needles and instead of the single unbroken length of zig-zag I was imagining, it’s lots of short lengths of stitching before the thread broke or the machine locked up or the needle broke. I’ll have to sit down between now and bedtime and tie of the many thread ends.

But it is done and my faithful machine has survived. I guess bedtime tonight will be the big test.