Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another one drops Anchor

I finished up the last bit of stitching this morning. As I usually do, I made a few changes to this piece to make it my own. The hardest change was re-doing the lettering. Not a hard thing to do really, just a little time consuming. Because the whole thing reminded me of my sons sailing away on their life's journey, I put their names in it. I also changed a few colors - the house went from black to blue - not a significant change but one I liked. I also changed the last line of the verse. Rather than, "Come back again to me" I had it say "Come sailing home to me". Again, not a significant change but one I liked. I also decided, for the first time ever, not to put the buttons and charms on this one. I love it just they way it is.

I hope all of you that have been stitching with us will continue to post your progress pictures. No matter how miniscule your progress may seem to you, we're here to cheer you on! And of course, when you finally dock for the last time, be sure and post that, too!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Still at port but ready to sail

I have a long way to go but hope to be able to work on it on Monday when I am home from work. I love it and my scissor fob is beautiful. It matches my favorite blue bladed scissors. Marjo in Alaska

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What a Cruise

Dear Shipmates,

What a wonderful cruise this was. I enjoyed every stitch, every post and every comment. A great big thanks to Terri and Loraine for their leadership and friendship.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

still sailing!

I'm still here too.....

Now to get busy with the last assignment :-)

Thank you Loraine and Terri, for such a wonderful voyage! This has been my first official SAL and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!

Will post again with my completed piece :-)

Are we at week seven already?

I'm still stuck at the last port. The scenery must have been too good to board the ship again!

Hi there all. I'm so sad to post this week, because this is our last assignment. I have loved sailing away with you. I will be adding all of you to my regular blog roll, and hope you do the same so we can continue to keep in touch.

Please feel free to continue to post pictures of your progress and finishes on here. We would love to see them.Finally the end!

Our last assignment is the last three rows of the sampler. The fence, the words, and the flowers on the bottom. This should be an easy section! I hope that we didn't make the assignments too difficult to finish. If Terri and Margaret are the only ones keeping up, then I'm worried it was too hard. I definitely could have used a couple extra catch up weeks in there, but then I probably would have put it off, so I'm not sure that would have helped.

I know some are still stuck on shore, or having a difficult time getting "in" to this sampler If this is you, then I hope when your ready you will use this blog to motivate yourself, and help you finish in a timely manner.

Dear friends. Let's do this again sometime! Would someone else like to take over the captains hat?

Don't fret, I'm still working on needle cases. I have several things on the cutting table but hope to finish them all up this week. Please be patient!

Take Care, and don't forget to keep posting!!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A gift for our little sailors

Hi everyone. Hopefully you are using this week to get the rest of your picture portion done on your sampler.

I've been designing a little needle case for our group. If you would like one, then please send me your mailing address to I have Glenna's, Lizzy's, Terri's and Debs, but need everyone else's.

Hopefully you will think these are fun. I wish I would have gotten this done sooner!!!

Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I like long weekends. Got lots of stitching in and finished the landscape portion of Sail Away. I do think the thread colors aren't the same as in the model -- too bad one can't guarantee thread dye lots will be the same from lot to lot. Still, it came out nicely, despite the differences in color.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's progress! Terri, thank goodness the cola disaster came out ok!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Finished Part 4

Ok well I'm less behind than before! I just finished up Part 4 so I'm close to being caught up. The over-1 stitching went quickly once I used my magnifier lamp. My eyes are getting older! Thank goodness for magnification. Anyway I do love how this is working up. My favorite part has to be the little person though. I love the colors!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Week 5 & 6 Complete

I have loved working on this and got up very early this morning so I could have a couple of good stitching hours. I was able to take another pic in the dappled sunlight with some hydrangea petals that match the colors of the sampler so beautifully. A couple of other changes ~ I changed the colors of the fish; the brown didn't show up at all and I wanted brighter colors. I think I may go back and change the stem and leaves of the middle flower in the hill to the darker green so it'll show up a little better. I like the soft colors but not when you can't really identify what the shape is.

How is yours coming along?


Saturday, September 5, 2009

A House on a Hill is Built

I got a bit of stitching in over the last few days and this is where I was as of last night. I also made a couple of small changes. The house on the pattern actually looked blue and when I stitched it in black, it looked a little too ominous so I frogged it and did it in a dark blue. This is a blue from another SB kit I had already stitched. I always save those leftover threads 'cause you just never know. The only other change I made was to stitch the first big flower in the hill with a darker green just to be sure it showed up nicely in the hill.

How is yours coming? Be sure and check in with a picture or two so we can help celebrate your progress!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Some Band Stitching

I finished up last weeks assignment - here is a snap ....

Shot only using day light... now on to the next section!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Better late than never!

Sorry to post so late mateys. I didn't forget about you, I've just had a million and one things to do!
For our 5th and 6th week we will be working on the lovely picture portion of our sampler. I'm excited to stitch that lighthouse.
Hopefully the lightning fast stitcher's are already working on this part. I won't make an assignment post next Tuesday, so just know you have 2 weeks to complete this portion.

If you are running a little behind (like I am), then this is the perfect opportunity to catch up. Did everyone notice how quickly Terri caught up, even with her major set back with the soda? I'm so glad it turned out okay Terri. We were all sick about the accident!
Let me amuse you for a moment with a quick cheer for the ones still sitting at the dock. GO, GO, You Can Do It. Your stitching waits, so let's get to it!
(Really lame, I know. No I was never a cheerleader, as if you couldn't tell!)

I've been working on some little gifts to everyone. They are turning out cute, I must say. Take care friends. I hope all is well in your corner of the world.