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:
-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:
-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!


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

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

  3. Awesome stitching and progress Carrie.


  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!!

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

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

  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

    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.

  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.

    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.

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

  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!

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