SAL Update: Thank you for Warm Weather

Once, time was measured in increments of a Monday – Sunday work week. Since joining the HQAL organized by Kathy @ and this SAL, I am now measuring time in 3 week blocks. I like it, but boy does time fly by. There is an interesting rhythm that has developed. One of organization, expectancy and virtual travel into glimpses of places in our world I don’t anticipate ever traveling too.

As Avis posts monthly on our updates

“Please enjoy the latest updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 30th June 2019.” 

My SAL project has taken me to Alaska. I have not been there, yet, but a daughter and husband live there. (this is for her) They are up by Fairbanks – in Pleasant Valley – in the cold – and while not in an igloo – they stay bundled in winter and shed their many layers when they welcome spring and summer.

Here is where I was at my last posting


Here is where I am now


The only thing left is the solid background stitching and border.

This is a counted cross stitch by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. The finished project should look like this



Thank you for stopping by and visiting my page. Please take some time and visit the pages of the others participating in this SAL. There are some amazing projects in the works.

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

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to 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 progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

27 thoughts on “SAL Update: Thank you for Warm Weather

  1. ccflo3 June 9, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Such a cute piece. Great progress.


  2. claire93 June 9, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    looks to me like you’re not far from a finish!


    • nwpaintedlady June 9, 2019 / 8:00 pm

      I am feeling that way ~ heading to the finish line for sure 🙂


  3. Deb June 9, 2019 / 7:07 pm

    I’m going to miss seeing this ! It always makes me smile. Your work is beautiful.


  4. Christina June 9, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Wow, you made great progress! You’re almost there!


    • nwpaintedlady June 10, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you Christina – I was so happy I was able to steal so much time to work on her this time 🙂


  5. Jocelyn Thurston June 9, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    You are so right…the time in between is flying by. You have made great progress on your project. Lovely Stitches!


  6. kathyreeves June 10, 2019 / 12:21 am

    Wow, that’s a huge difference, Sharon. Do I remember correctly that the background is mostly half stitches? If so, you might be done by next time!


    • nwpaintedlady June 10, 2019 / 1:27 pm

      Your right – half stitches Kathy. I didn’t think faster finish – I need to get on it 🙂

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  7. rutigt June 10, 2019 / 9:23 am

    I love those ladies in your embroidery!!!!


  8. KerryCan June 10, 2019 / 10:50 am

    You made a ton of progress! But the background stitching looks kind of endless . . . . Your daughter is going to love this!


    • nwpaintedlady June 10, 2019 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you Kerry ~ they do look endless, I thought the same until Kathy pointed out there half stitches so this may go very quickly after all 🙂


  9. Texas Quilter June 10, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    You have done a great job! I really like this one! Your daughter will enjoy also! Have a great week! I think I told you before I could not get the hang of cross stitching, about like paper piecing for me (do not like that either). I need an attitude adjustment today.


    • nwpaintedlady June 10, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      LOL ~ I don’t even know what paper piecing is yet ~ lol. I am so behind the times. I have seen it mentioned so much and really need to take a look at a youtube video and see what this is all about. You have a great week too 🙂


  10. Lindashee June 11, 2019 / 12:05 am

    You’ve got so much done ! Not much left now 😀 , happy dance next time maybe ??


  11. Kathi Clower June 16, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    You have been very busy! I love your cross stitched progress for your daughter in Alaska… hope she loves your love you are putting into this project too ❤ Kathi


  12. Renee Younger June 30, 2019 / 12:37 am

    Wow! You made fantastic progress. This is such a fun chart and you are stitching it beautifully.

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