SAL Update: Making Progress

Three weeks and here we are ~ time to show our progress

Here is where I was at our last posting


Today I am smiling with the progress I have made


Before, current work, and what it will look like when done



This counted cross stitch kit is by Barbara Lavallee, one of my favorite Alaskan artists. While most of her work centers on an Alaskan theme she does branch out to capture the whimsical side of life all around us. I found a wonderful print of hers on eBay. Titled “Fiesta Market” I made an offer and bought it. It will be a perfect fit framed and hung in our southwestern themed living room.


Barbara Lavallee’s work will always bring a smile



Please click on the links below to take a look at the others who are participating in this SAL. There are some amazing projects in the works by amazing crafters/fiber artists.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different from other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show the progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. If you would like to join in please click on Avis and contact her. The directions to join are simply. 

31 thoughts on “SAL Update: Making Progress

  1. Christina May 19, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Well done on your progress! Love your ebay find. Fiesta Market is so cute!

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  2. kathyreeves May 19, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    Excellent progress, Sharon, I think you are enjoying the SAL! Thanks for sharing more of the designer’s art, it really is unique and engaging.

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    • nwpaintedlady May 19, 2019 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you Kathy. I am enjoying the SAL, it has really made the difference in getting this done 🙂

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  3. Sewing Beside the Sea May 19, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    It’s great to see some of the other designs from this artist. You’re making fab progress with the cross stitching!

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    • nwpaintedlady May 19, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      Barbara’s work is so fun and I have found some more cross stitch samplers highlighting her other works ~ I am tempted 🙂


  4. Texas Quilter May 19, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    This is going to be so neat when you finish it! I love it! Good work Sharon. And the Ebay find! We have Southwestern also – Clay is Choctaw so need I say anymore?


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    • nwpaintedlady May 19, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you Nanette 🙂 Here in the northwest corner where I am, we have a very large Native American population. Over the last 20 years living here I have really enjoyed the many cultural events and community that surrounds us. Hugs back 🙂


  5. gingerninjacrafts May 19, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    You’ve made great progress and it’s looking wonderful. I had never heard of this artist until I saw your project and she certainly brought a smile to my face. x

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  6. Deb May 19, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    I love her art work ,it brings out the every day life with whimsical truth.

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  7. Carmela Gulino May 19, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    Hi! It’s really nice progress! I love this colors. Happy Stitching!


  8. magpiesue May 19, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Oh yes, good progress! I like Barbara Lavallee’s style very much.

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  9. Jocelyn Thurston May 20, 2019 / 12:16 am

    You are progressing well. I was intrigued by Barbara’s work, esp. her Alaskan designs depicting the dress style of parka. I am familiar with that style from the Canadian western arctic. Interesting.

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    • nwpaintedlady May 20, 2019 / 12:36 am

      If you google her/images you can see a lot more of her work – she is so wonderful. I have a daughter who lives up in Fairbanks and I am working on this for her 🙂


  10. claire93 May 20, 2019 / 10:03 am

    great progress!
    and thanks for sharing the artwork with us – it makes me smile too.


  11. KerryCan May 20, 2019 / 10:25 am

    I like Lavallee’s work a lot–I wasn’t familiar with it but love seeing it here. Your print is delightful! And you’re making real progress on that stitching!

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    • nwpaintedlady May 20, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      I am not sure how I stumbled upon her work but she instantly became a favorite 🙂


  12. teamwilsun May 21, 2019 / 5:49 am

    Great progress! I wasn’t familiar with Barbara Lavallee’s work until your blog; it’s really lovely!

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  13. rutigt May 21, 2019 / 9:20 am

    Thank you for showing some of her works! I really love them! You have been doing great progress!

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    • nwpaintedlady May 21, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      I did feel like there was good progress this time and I can really see the growth with this piece

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Renee Younger May 26, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    You’ve made great progress! I love seeing your updates.

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