Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Very Little Progress on UFO's, Cross-Stitching and Second LOCKDOWN

Today the calendar shows March 23! More than two months since my previous post! How did that happen?? 

So, we are on the second C-19 wave, which resulted in lockdown from March 10 until March 25. UGH! With increasing numbers (202 per this morning), I'm quite sure the lockdown will be extended another 1-2 weeks, at least! 

My previous post shows accumulated UFO's from 2020 and older. I'm quite sure they multiply overnight! As part of APQ's  and Quiltsy Team's UFO Challenge 2021, I did finish #7 (January Challenge). 

These blocks were leftovers from a quilt I made for my DF's Mom in 2010!  The blocks have been in and out of the shelf several times and this time I didn't want putting them away again! 

Table Topper


...and a bed runner or large / long table runner

My goal is to use fabric from my stash and found this beauty, just enough for backing on both items! The binding is Moda Marbles 'Cocoa'......... eh......... or is it 'Coffee'?? I can't remember! LOL 

Except from these two, I've not finished anything. The challenges for February and March are both 'trouble-items' and need some deep thinking. 

Sewing is a bit slow these days, but I have finished the last 3-4 (out of 48) New York Beauty blocks for a scrappy batik lap quilt 

...and I'm also working on a Double Wedding Ring quilt, my first one ever! Picture shows a test.

It has been year's since I did counted cross-stitching! To see the last ones I did, click here. It used to be my first love, then I was hit by the quilting bug and cross-stitching put aside. Some weeks ago I was looking for DMC black embroidery floss and there I rediscovered all the embroidery patterns I bought some years ago; mostly 'Little House Needleworks' and 'Blackbird Designs', all so darling! 

With the lockdown and just taking it easy, I have enjoyed cross-stitching Kit & Bixby's 'Merry Wool'! Stitched on White 14 Count Aida, not too bad for the eyes!

I'm sooo in love with this one! What else could it be than a 'Coffee Menu'?! LOL It is stitched on Zweigart 28 Count Cashel Linen - Vintage. Gorgeous linen. A bit strenuous on the eyes, but with good daylight it works fine. I'm using DMC embroidery floss as well as hand dyed cotton floss from Classic Colorworks (former Crescent Colours) and The Gentle Art (former Sampler Threads). They are just so yummy!