Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June WIPocalypse and Stitching Marathon

Once again, it is time for WIPocalypse check-in...
(I apologize for being a day late, the dates keep sneaking up on me.)

So, to start off this WIPocalyspe update, I have a finish to share...
The first oriole is all done!

(The pattern was designed by Fuzzy Fox Designs, for my blog.
You can find the pattern HERE.)

I was going to stitch all 3 birds on one piece of fabric, but I came up with a different way to finish them...
...so, I'm stitching each one separately.
(I just hope my "finishing plan" works!) :)

Then yesterday, I decided to participate in the "Longest Day Marathon", posted about by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching...
I didn't "officially" sign up anywhere, because I wasn't sure if I would be able to participate...
...work can really throw things off...
...but I was able to get all my work done by 2:00pm, so I thought I would give the WIP marathon a go...
(My list and stack of projects...)

I stitched in 30 minute intervals, with a couple breaks for dinner and doggie mom duties...
...I also concluded the challenge around 8:00pm, so I could have some time to play my video game.
(My husband got me addicted to the game Dragon Age: Inquisition and I only get to play it, once my son is ready for bed.)

Anyway, enough rambling...
...on to the stitching
Project One: 
The Sherlock Gang (regular size)
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
  His coat is done! :)
(Pattern by Wee Little Stitches on Etsy)

Project Two:
Big Bang Theory
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
Raj has a face!
(Pattern by Good Morning Maui on Etsy)

Project Three:
Tribal Owl
-where I left off-
-and where I am now-
Bottom of his tail feathers have been started...
(Pattern from the 300th issue of Cross Stitcher magazine)

Project Four:
Hogwarts Kids
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-

Neville has a face!
(Pattern by Tiny Needle on Etsy)

Project Five:
Small Cats
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
More purple...
(Pattern by Durene Jones on Etsy)

Project Six:
"Bears and Not Bears"
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
(Pattern by Crafty Like a Fox - Reddit SAL)

Project Seven:
Ariel
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
I have to be completely honest, the large gap (above her nose) was actually filled in on Saturday....
I forgot to get pictures of it...
...so, all I did yesterday was the wispy piece of red hair and the blocks of skin going above it.
(Pattern by Stitchering on Etsy)

Project Eight:
Dogs
-where I left off-

-and where I am now-
Coming along pretty well!
(Pattern by Gentle Feather on Etsy)

And that is what I got done yesterday...
...not too shabby, eight projects worked on.
I will say, 30 minutes goes by A LOT faster than I thought.  I couldn't believe how quickly the time ran out and I did have a hard time putting the projects down...
I really wanted to keep working on each one.
Oh well, it was a fun challenge, not sure I would do it again, though.

Lastly, the WIPocalypse question for this month...
"Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?"

I'm not really sure...
Usually, I find myself more productive in the winter, since it is cold and snowy...
but, my shop tends to be busier in the winter months, so I don't have as much free time for stitching.
I have been quite productive this summer, because my shop is a bit slower...
so, I have more time for stitching.
I guess it depends on how busy work keeps me.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and reading...
hope everyone has a great week!

18 comments:

  1. Wow! So impressed and some lovely patterns. Interesting challenge, well done!

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  2. Great WIP marathon, congrats on the adorable oriole finish too:)

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  3. Awesome stitching and progress Carrie.

    Linda

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  4. Nice to see you decided to take part in the stitching marathon.
    You have made lovely progress on your various projects and finished the sweet oriole bird!! So cute!!

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    1. Thank you Ingrid! It was a fun challenge to participate in.

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  5. Lovely marathon stitching! And congrats on a cute little finish :D

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  6. I totally agree It was so hard to put the project away after 30 minutes. For some of mine and some of mine I knew exactly why they had become wips. I reconnected with a ton of projects - so I was very happy I did it, and would do this again, as I want to finish most of them and I do need this sort of push to revisit some older projects. THanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Melinda!
      I do agree, the challenge helped to reconnect me with a lot of my WIPs. I will probably do it again next year, but I want to set aside more time for the challenge and will work in hour intervals.

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  7. Oh great, you were also doing the stitch marathon, and it was very successful with eight projects worked on.. It was a real fun challenge, wasn't it? I agree with you - 30 minutes are very short, and it's hard to put the project down after this short time. But it's so nice to pull out some long forgotten projects. And I think I will do it again next year, just for the fun of it.

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    1. Thanks Brigitte!
      It was a very fun challenge and I was surprised I got to work on as many projects as I did. Definitely going to plan better next year for the challenge.

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  8. Very impressive updates for a days stitching, well done.

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  9. Fantastic! Thank you for joining in with us. I'll add a link to my blog. Maybe I should have done a proper linky thing? Next year for sure!

    If I didn't have children I might have gone for a full hour on each project and stitched from 7am until midnight!

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    1. Thanks so much Jo! It was a very fun challenge.

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