August 15, 2019
Hi Everyone —
Greetings from Texas — we have eight NJNA members here this week so expect some great blog posts.
I’ll start by posting my SOTM piece finished through August!
I have to agree with someone’s thought that it looks like a bunch of shape blots on a canvas! Hard to imagine what will come next!
Sue and I flew to Houston on Tuesday because I have to help set up the Correspondence Course section of the exhibit. Little did I expect that no one else was there to help (except the marvelous Sue C) with any of the distance learning exhibits and we ended up having to do all of them. My gimpy leg was not much help! We spent over four hours with unpacking and set-up.
Even with my bad leg, we managed to walk the perimeter of Texas multiple times!
How’s this for a Texas-sized lazy river pool? Plus our room has a view of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Sue thinks she will take in Monday night’s game!
Classes started today. I am enrolled in a fabulous class with Jennifer Riefenberg called “Winter Lights”. It is a collection of candles — not a menorah, but the same number of candles. Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.
Five of the nine candles are complete! No spaghetti!
Tonight we had our opening Fiesta banquet dinner buffet with a live band and Texas brisket in multiple forms. It gave me a chance to show off my special earrings!
These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!
Cheers to all!
It was a small but enthusiastic group at our latest session. All of us worked on the ANG SOTM, a mystery project that continues to intrigue as it evolves.
We all have our own colors and threads so we are especially grateful for the collaboration at these sessions as we muse over which threads to choose for each month’s stitch. Sometimes that results in going back to a previous month to change what had been selected in order for the colors to work together.
You can readily see from these photos how different the pieces look due to the choice of canvas and colors. (And, no, I’m not such a fast stitcher that I finished everything that session. I used a bit of blogger’s prerogative and waited to take my photo after I completed stitching on Sunday. I did go back and change some choices!)
We’re looking forward to next month!
I decided I have too many projects in progress and needed to catch up with this year’s SOTM. I had been way behind since i needed to finish Autumn Kaleidoscope from last year and wasn’t going to start this year’s until I finished last year’s. I was Only a few months behind for our July session and decided to work a few of the June pinwheels and then start the July Amadeuses. I thought I needed more grey around the pinwheels and stars but did not like the way the grey Amadeus looked. I then realized I was off in my pinwheel counts so i got to do a bit of frogging! At that point, I decided to stitch each of the months in order and catch up.
Meanwhile i was doing some cleaning up while looking for a particular thread for another project (no I didn’t find it!) and found a red/white/blue overdyed floss in my stash. I decided to try it for the Amadeus and was amazed at how it pulled the colors together as well as how the overdye flowed with the Amadeus. So now I’m ready for our August session, once i download and print the instructions!
My progress to date:
Kind of nice to get all the stitching done on meeting day…
Hi Everyone —
We had a small gathering of eight members at Sue’s house today. I had not expected to be there, but because of a leg injury, I had to cancel my weekend travel plans. Sue helped me out with a walker and I was delighted to get out of the house (and Harold was delighted to not have to be home health aide) for the day.
I forgot to take pictures of Robin, Jill, Diane, and Sue’s stitching — here’s hoping that they will post them on our blog!
There was minimal stitching for July SOTM, so I was able to get caught up after missing June. Here are three of our pieces:
How different they are turning out! Five more installments to go!
What is it with the weather these days? Have we had two nice weekend days at all this Spring? And what exactly happened to Spring?
Last Saturday turned out to be the better of the two days this weekend and a small group of us gathered to work on the latest installment of the SOTM project. We all agreed that the mystery is causing some angst – since we don’t know what the final design looks like we are constantly second-guessing our choice of threads/colors. However, we also agreed that seeing the design emerging each month is part of the fun. We are trying to “go with the flow”, which is a challenge for many of us!
I think you will agree that our projects are all very different.
We’re all looking forward to next month’s stitching!
Eleven of our group met on this beautiful Spring Saturday to continue our SOTM projects. Nine of the stitchers worked on this year’s project – the ANG SOTM.
Two of our stitchers worked on catching up with past projects.
As always, we enjoyed stitching as well as chatting. What better way to spend a few hours?