Despite a late start, rethinking of my colorway and threads, and taking over as babysitter/preschool teacher for the past 2 weeks, I have finally caught up on the 2020 SOTM. I’m using stash and the same overdye in both colorways since it has both blue and burgundy. I was surprised I was able to find everything I needed in my stash.
Diane’s thru April
I’ve been able to stitch a little during “quiet time” and was very happy when my grandson wanted to sew with me. He made presents for his mom and his dad and has started one for himself. Fortunately I had cleaned up enough to locate some plastic canvas and a large needle!
Stay healthy and keep stitching.
Never let it be said that the SOTM Group is not dedicated … and adaptable. Despite Stay at Home, we still managed to get together via Zoom! We scheduled two sessions: one at 11:00 a.m. which is our usual starting time and one at 3:00 p.m. when we usually are wrapping up. SOTM members were encouraged to join either or both sessions so we could check in and see how the projects are progressing. We had 10 participants at each session; most were at both and a few attended one.
It was great to get together again, even though virtually, and catch up with the group. An added bonus was that the Zoom format afforded us the opportunity to chat with Brenda and Jacqui, who are remote members. So now we can put a few more faces to the names. We may repeat the experience even after we are passed the current situation so that members who cannot attend in person will be able to join us.
Without further ado, here are the April progress photos:
Sylvia has decided to work on A Different View by Kurdy Biggs this year. This design was our 2014 SOTM. She is stitching in the Black colorway which will be stunning.
We’re looking forward to the May stitching session, whether virtually or in person.
It has been a difficult few weeks and I have not been stitching much. I did take time today to complete the March SOTM. I am enjoying this project very much.
A few days before shops started closing I was able to pick up the two David McCaskill topiaries from The Edwardian Needle. I did not use the flag on the Patriotic Topiary; with the green trim I can use it all summer.
The Halloween Topiary will be a great addition to that holiday’s decorations.
I’m pulling out some long-neglected projects to work on in the coming days.
Hi Everyone —
I’m hunkered down and hoping to complete more than a few WIPs! We had only three attendees at SOTM, but I heard that many of you were stitching along in spirit at home. Please send pictures. I have four pictures to post today, but if you send me your SOTM picture, I’ll edit this post to include it!
The three of us whizzed through the first triangle on Saturday and thought it would be a short day — and then we started on the square. No one had finished by the time we called it quits and I was half-way through the second square before I realized that I missed the bit about crossing over two Smyrna! Sue and Dee both promised to send pictures when they finished.
So here’s what I have so far:
Top Row: Nancy W, Rosie
Second Row: Sue C, Dee
Third Row: Jill, Robin
Bottom Row: Janice, Ellen S
I had to shop my stash to find a second Watercolour thread to use since the one I bought seemed way to dark. I found two strands remaining from a kit where the instructor divided skeins to keep the cost down — but I had to manipulate the thread to pull out the color that I needed. It’s on my shopping list now!
Hi Everyone —
I’m about to post about Stitcher’s Hideaway in Sturbridge Village, but I thought I would start by posting Jacqui’s SOTM for February which she completed here at the retreat!
Hi Everyone —
We had a small gathering today but were able to get lots of stitching done while solving the world’s problems! Linda M was off delivering our pieces for the Woodlawn Exhibit so I subbed as hostess for her!
Without further ado:
I think you will agree that there are some very lovely color combinations!
Jill will join us in this year’s SOTM, but only after she finishes last year’s! She is on the last motif!
Another beautiful color combination!
So we are off to a good start — Marisa has already called “Dibs” on mine since it matches her bed quilt! As always, it is wonderful to stitch with friends!
Brenda is stitching with the SOTM Group from a remote location. You can read about her stitching on her blog Brenda’s Needlepoint Studio
Noelle has caught up with stitching the SOTM. Beautiful color choices!
I don’t know what I was thinking but I messed up photographing Janet’s January start. She graciously sent a photo of her canvas so that it could be included in the blog. Thanks, Janet!
If any of our other SOTM group has started, please post your progress!
Another year another SOTM project!
On a day that seemed more like May than January, the SOTM group gathered to stitch. We welcomed a few new stitchers to our group – we are so happy to have you!
Most of us are stitching the “official” ANG SOTM, which is an 8-pointed star designed by Kathy Rees. Kathy used a dark red and a dark blue for her palette, alternating points of the stars.
Here is our start on the project. Several of our stitchers are using Kathy’s suggested threads. However, it wouldn’t be an NJNA SOTM project if there weren’t color changes! What do you think will be the second color in February for each stitcher? (Apologies to Janet as I messed up photographing her piece.)
A few of our members are stitching SOTM projects from previous years and we expect to have their progress photos in next month’s installment. We also encourage anyone who doesn’t attend the session to post progress photos!