Tile 55

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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Tile 54

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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Tile 53

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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Tile 52

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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Tile 51

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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This Week’s Thread – 2/22/21

This past week went well!

Finished Projects

I have a feeling this is going to be a category that will be hard to add to every week, but I’m happy that I’m able to this week!

Quilt for Child #2

I did it! I FINALLY finished this project that’s been hanging around for ages! I’m so glad to have that project checked off my list. She was so happy to have it that she immediately ran off and made her bed with it.

Current Projects

Because my ambition is absolutely going to be the end of me.

I really need to get a banner to hang over my computer that reminds me: “You can do ANYTHING you want, but you cannot do EVERYTHING you want!”

Maybe I should make a cross stitch of that…

(Overwhelmed side of me: *screams* “NOOOO!!!!”)

OK! Back to business.

New Quilting Program!

I stumbled across a program that would allow me to design my own quilt patterns and got so excited I jumped on the investment immediately. I figured, if nothing else, I’ll be able to make patterns for myself, but my hope is to get to the point where I’ll be able to add them to the products offered by Odd Thread Designs. The catch is that there is most definitely a learning curve.

So somehow between all my other craft projects, updating my website and drawing new patterns for my monthly membership releases, looking after my 4 kids, guiding homeschool lessons, keeping the littlest ones entertained, and keeping the house in order as much as possible… I’m trying to figure out this program and make the patterns I’ve imagined, which the below image… is not what I had in mind.

Call me impatient, but the time it is taking me to learn this program is rather frustrating. The quilt design is certainly not bad, but its more basic than I’d like (see below in upcoming projects for the overambitious example of more like what I’m aiming for)

I look forward to making the announcement that quilt patterns are now a part of Odd Thread Designs, but that day is definitely (and sadly) not today.

OTD Free SAL

Not much progress has been made on this sadly. I’m finding the project very pretty to look at as I get closer to finishing. Part 7 is the last full page of stitching, so I’m very excited to see the progress speed up in the near future.

OTD Bargello SAL

It’s not much to look at yet, but the outlines for the Bargello SAL are completed! Can’t put it in the “Finished” category though, since all those squares need to be filled in. My aim is to finish “Part 7” of the Free SAL first, then I’ll resume stitching on the Bargello project.

Huck Embroidered Blanket/Bed Runner

This project is still in hibernation and might just have to remain so for the foreseeable future. Sadly, with everything else on my plate, this project will have to wait. Future posts will not Include this project until I pull it back out of hibernation.

Plush Fox

I’ve started working on my littlest’s fox!

Plush foxes made with the Stitched by Crystal pattern.

I would have finished it this last week, but I keep forgetting to grab stuffing when I go shopping (all the joys of “get your shopping done as fast as you can!!”), and as often as I can get out of the house at all lately… It might be a while before it’s done. On the plus side, I’ve still got a couple months! Or… actually… only a little over one month. I can keep track of time! Really, I can!

I also attempted to machine embroider (satin stitch) the eyes onto the fox.

Black on black! Super easy to see! NOT. (Sorry that its hard to make out the stitching

Didn’t work out as nicely as I had hoped. The eyes and nose are a little wonky instead of perfectly round, but for a first try I guess it’s not terrible.

Upcoming Projects

Because… why not?!

Queen-Size Quilt

(No, I’m not affiliated with Quiltworx. I’m just an average Jane lookin’ around for a fun project and I wanted to share.)

The pattern is stuck in the mail… still waiting to just see it…

Conclusion

So I got more done than honestly I expected to, but at the same time less than I wanted to. I had hoped to make significantly more progress on the Free SAL, but that didn’t happen this past week.

Nevertheless, here’s to a better next week!

Thanks for reading!

This Week’s Thread – 2/15/21

Here I’m hoping to stick to a posting schedule each week where I’ll ramble a bit about the current and upcoming projects I’m doing for Odd Thread Designs.

Current Projects

My current projects are probably too numerous given that I’m trying to limit the number of “active” projects I have to only 1-2 so that I’ll actually complete them. As you’ll see, there are more than that…

OTD Free SAL

This is something I probably should have finished BEFORE the SAL started… especially given the few errors I’ve found in the pattern as I go along, but apparently I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t wildly jump into projects without thinking things through 110%

OTD Bargello SAL

Learning from the error of launching the free SAL without stitching it all first, I’m trying to get the Bargello SAL at least mostly done before launching it.

By stitching it at the same time as the free SAL.

Because somewhere, somehow, that made sense.

Nevertheless, progress is being made on both cross stitch projects.

Quilt for Child #2

I’ve been working on this blanket (and getting distracted) for an awfully long time. It was meant to be a 3rd birthday present. Then a 4th birthday present. Then a Christmas present. Now just a “when it’s done” present.

As my only girl, (and the only girl granddaughter on my side of the family) she’s been showered in girly handmade blanket gifts over the years from the grandmothers, which frankly rendered my efforts to make her a quilt moot. I mean, when she’s got nearly as many blankets as my 3 boys combined, this kid is not suffering the lack of a quilt from mom.

It is my second foray into quilt-as-you-go and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a fan of the technique. I’m sure I could finish it in a day,, maybe even just a few hours, but the incentive/drive just isn’t there.

Huck Embroidered Blanket/Bed Runner

This project is arguably the origin/catalyst of Odd Thread Designs. I started stitching it thinking I could sell it and help bring some income for my family, but the reality was that I’d not likely sell a big $$$ item on Etsy with a storefront that has never sold anything and has been abandoned/ignored since 2017. And I felt it would be ridiculous to go to a craft fair with only one item. So when I realized that I could make cross stitch patterns to sell, the lightbulb lit up and I hit the ground running.

In fact, I could probably write a whole blog post about this project and the Odd Thread Designs origin story… maybe I should. Nevertheless, like the Quilt for child #2, this project has been left on standby for a while now.

Upcoming Projects

Because… why not?!

Queen-Size Quilt

I decided I’m going to “go big or go home” with making my first quilt for my husband and myself. I’ve made quilts for all four of my children. They were almost all small (baby blankets or twin bed size), very simple and all of those quilts used only square piecework.

So on technical grounds my quilting experience is the sum total of… maybe 6 or 7 small and simple blankets (yes, some kids have received more than one quilt over the years).

So, of course, this catches my eye:

(No, I’m not affiliated with Quiltworx. I’m just an average Jane lookin’ around for a fun project and I wanted to share.)

I was torn between this pattern and the one they call “Swordfish”, but to have some mercy on myself, this one ultimately seemed more reasonable for someone like me who has never tried to quilt curves… or even just triangles… but is wildly overambitious.

So, the pattern is on the way. Nervous anticipation is high.

Fabric selection will happen after I get a better idea of what I’m looking at (and whenever I can secure babysitting for at least some of my brood since trying to pick fabric with a screaming baby, hyperactive toddler, and two older children inevitably complaining about being bored, tired, hungry, or whining when I don’t buy them everything that catches their eye in the store… it’s just difficult. If I can avoid that headache I will.

I’ll start this project as soon as I finish the stitching for my SALs. Thanks to my husband’s significantly more calm and rational perspective, I can only do so much in a day and the SALs that I’ve already committed to need to take priority.

Plush Fox

I’ve sewn all of my kids matching plush foxes… except for my youngest. (I like foxes – maybe it wasn’t super obvious, but now you know!)

Plush foxes made with the Stitched by Crystal pattern.

Now that baby #4 is turning 1 year old in a couple months, I figure I’ve got to get the ball rolling on this project ASAP so I can give it to him for his first birthday. I’ve got all the materials so there’s no excuse there. Technically had all the materials before he was born… Just have to find the pattern again and sit down to work on it!

Conclusion

So I guess 6 projects isn’t too bad (I was imagining worse), although they are all fairly large aside from the fox.

Let’s see if this regular blogging requirement will light the fire needed to get these projects rolling through to completion rather than being stuck partially complete for months (or years).

Tile 49

Copyright: Odd Thread Designs
Fabric: 14 Aida
Grid Size: 84W x 84H
Design Area: 6.00″ x 6.00″ (84 x 84 stitches)

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