Friday, February 6, 2009


Wow. So it took me TWO YEARS, but I've finally started this cross-stitch sampler I got from Angry Chicken's Mailorder #5. I had no idea it had been so long until I went looking for that post on her blog. She sold this mailorder in January 2007. I wasn't even pregnant then (barely). Weird.

I haven't done any cross-stitch for years and years (more than 2 years, obviously) and I forgot how much I like it. The counting with this particular project is a bit tedious because it's on 28 count linen over two you kind of have to do math and double things and check everything a million times (at least I do). But other than that it's so relaxing. You just sit there. Pretty fun. Yes, when sewing one is just sitting, too, but it's different cause there's a lot of getting up and down to iron, etc. Plus you have to use your foot.

Anyway, I'm excited about this little project. I'm intending for it to be framed and matted in white to hang over William's crib. But then I realized -- there are earthquakes in this land. And I don't want my baby getting bonked with framed embroidery in the middle of the night. So, I'll have to investigate my hanging options and see what's up.

Update on the hand-quilting adventure: I don't think I'm going to be doing it. I've been practicing (or, attempting to practice) on some scraps and it is hard, yo. I've researched countless websites and videos. And, knowing me, if I do start hand-quilting this, it'll never get done. I'll be too frustrated and the quilt will never again see the light of day. I gave it a valiant effort, but I think I'll leave the hand-quilting to the Amish.

Happy Friday and have a glorious weekend!


Kaja said...

cute cross-stitch. i love the samplers, they're so much fun! i've been on this crocheting binge lately, especially now that i found out how to make barbie clothes for renee. i fear it will be a never-ending battle to keep up with her growing collection. i'm glad you're mixing it up though. your projects are always so adorable!

Alissa said...

Very pretty! I'm bringing some embroidery to work on, so we can sit around not moving together, haha.

GB said...

Just screw the frame to the wall, like you're supposed to do with the water heater and bookcases.

Dani said...

You could just come with me to an Amish mud auction in Lancaster, PA this Spring. We could oogle their quilts together. (And, for the record, I'm STILL working on my quilt blocks. AAHHH!)